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  • JobMount Now Offers Career Sites as a Product
    By on June 20, 2017 | Comments Off on JobMount Now Offers Career Sites as a Product  Comments

    Sites powered by JobMount can now offer branded career sites as part of their offering. This news comes on the heels of Indeed’s recent career site announcement.

    According to Valerii Verbovetskyi, from Aspen Tech Labs which owns JobMount, “Corporate career site pages are a preferred choice for candidate job searches & applications. Job boards can now offer fully functional branded mini sites with a custom application process and targeted job campaign landing pages for hard-to-fill positions.” They announced a series of upgrades on their blog last week.

    So your Job board would have multi-site account within your dashboard to create career sites, ad campaigns or provide ATS access to employers. Here’s what it looks like in the pricing page.

    Personally, I like the move. Job boards need to add more products like this to compete with ad agencies and the new Indeed product. The more you can embed your site into the workflow of your employer clients the longer you will keep them as a client. It’s that simple.

  • Interview with Smart Job Board Founder
    By on April 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Interview with Smart Job Board Founder  Comments

    At this weekend’s TA Tech event in Chicago I go the chance to meet Rodion Telpizov the founder of Smart Job Board, one of my recommended vendors and a sponsor of this blog. He flew 20 hours from his native country and gave me the scoop on some upcoming features. Be sure to listen to my last question where I ask him his advice for new job board owners.(10 minutes)

  • Thoughts on Replatforming Your Job Board
    By on January 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Thoughts on Replatforming Your Job Board  Comments

    I have helped a lot of job boards over the years to move to a new software platform. “Replatforming” as its called, involves a good deal of planning and data extraction so it’s not to be taken lightly. You need to do it carefully otherwise you risk losing a great deal of traffic and sales.

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    Specifically you need to:

    • Plan and implement a communication and training strategy for your existing customers. You need to warn them of upcoming site changes and then educate them on the new features.
    • Make sure all your job seeker and employer data is extractable from your existing platform. Depending on your platform you might lost some data in the transition such as passwords which usually aren’t exportable.
    • Maintain your feeds. If you get traffic from sites like Indeed you need to either send them the new feed BEFORE you go live or ensure its contents are unchanged when you move to a new platform. I have seen several site lose their aggregator traffic because they forgot about this step.
    • Reset your social channels. If you currently auto publish and jobs or content to social media you’ll need to reset those feeds if your RSS has changed.
    • Keep high traffic pages. If you have pages on your existing site that get a lot of SEO traffic it is imperative you recreate those pages on the new site with the same URL structure. Otherwise you will lose that traffic.

    So if you are planning to replatform in 2017 take my advice or hire me to help.

  • Tracking Applies
    By on January 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Tracking Applies  Comments

    As a job board owner your number one goal should be driving enough quality applications to your customers jobs. If you fail in this task your employers won’t come back.

    Therefore you need to be able to track the number of applies overall and for each job. A lot of the job board software in the market now doesn’t track applies but platforms like Jobboard.io, Job Mount and Smart Job Board do which is yet another reason I recommend them

    Without this data you cannot service your clients needs. Jobboard.io recently introduced the “Apply Rate” which is the number of views divided by the number of applies. I love this stats and it’s something you should add to your own job board if you don’t have it yet.

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    In Jobboard.io they show you total views, number of applies and the apply rate.

     

    Apply data from Smart Job Board dashboard.

    Apply data from Smart Job Board dashboard.

  • Smart Job Board introduces Recurring Billing
    By on November 28, 2016 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    Smart Job Board is the first platform provider, to my knowledge, that now offers recurring billing options for employers. They made the announcement on their blog last week.

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    Recurring revenue is great for job boards (or any internet business). Helps to maintain steady income so think about ways to integrate it into your product mix. Also save you time from having to collect or sell to customers. You can choose to bill your customers on a monthly or yearly basis.

    There is one more type of revenue model that might make sense for software vendors to add. A membership based model where you charge job seekers and make postings for employers free. Would only make sense to use in certain industries but might be a good source of revenue for platform providers. For now you could try using membership software like Memberium.

  • New WordPress Plugin for Jobs2Careers
    By on November 15, 2016 | 4 Comments4 Comments  Comments

    If you own a blog and want to add job listings to it there are a number of plugins to do that. But most of those only  backfill from Indeed. But no more. Pete Metz, owner of SkiptheDrive, has changed that. He developed a WordPress plugin that lets you search and browse listings from Jobs2Careers, now the 2nd largest aggregator behind Indeed.

    I have installed it to display recruiting/HR jobs on my site RecruitingHeadlines.com. View it here.

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    There are 2 steps required to set it up. First you have to have a publisher account from J2C and create a new feed for yourself from there dashboard. Once you have that you copy the user id and password from with that url and insert into the settings of the app. Just search for Jobs2Careers in the plugin store to find and install the app. One cool feature is that you can limit the backfill to a certain location if you have a local job board. Get the plugin here.

    NOTE: you cant post jobs, the plugin is only search/browse so its probably a better option for blog owners who just want a little extra backfill revenue. There is no cost for the plugin.

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  • JobMount releases new template
    By on July 25, 2016 | Comments Off on JobMount releases new template  Comments

    Updates are coming fast and furious from the job board platform industry. After recent updates by both Jobboard.io and Smart Job Board, Job Mount has just released a new version. According to their email…

    Aspen Technology Labs’ JobMount team announces the release of a new-age job board design platform. This fresh, responsive and fully featured job board solution provides an enhanced user experience for job seekers and employers, more customization options and better accessibility, especially mobile. As global employers continue to seek to attract top talent, JobMount offers a platform for niche job boards, associations, and entrepreneurs to upgrade or launch a job board business.

    They have also released a new whitepaper on Job Wrapping which you can download for free as a PDF.

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    You can view their demo site here. Platform providers are finally getting much more visual with their templates reflecting a more design centric approach when it comes to job hunting.

    Other notable features of the new Job Mount include;

    Full accessibility from any device: All front end users can easily access job board features, no matter what device is being used to interact with your job board. Job seekers can search jobs, and easily apply and upload resumes, from any device. Employers can buy and post jobs, manage job postings, view applications and search for resumes.

    One click job alert subscription: Job seekers can take advantage of easy job alerts set up with just one click and start receiving various job offers from your job board.

    Eye-catching email notifications: We have also refreshed the available styles of email notifications to improve click-through and application rates for job alerts.

    JobMount’s hosted version costs $295 per month plus setup fee. You can also buy the sourcecode if you want to host yourself.

  • Your job board platform is holding you back
    By on June 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Your job board platform is holding you back  Comments

    If your job board hasn’t upgraded its platform in the past 5 years, you might be a red neck.

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    I have seen it time and time again as I speak to many job board owners each week. They are being held back by their platforms because they haven’t kept up with technology. Part of that is the vendors fault but mostly it falls on the owner who gets complacent and fails to change with the times.

    I talked to a job board owner once who had collected 100,000 emails over 10 years but never sent 1 newsletter to that list. In the end, his list was worthless because he failed to engage it.

    There are still way too many job boards using technology from 10 years ago. Consider this a WARNING: your site will eventually die unless you upgrade to more modern software platforms. Check out my ebook for a complete list.

    And you’d better upgrade your marketing too. A lot of job board owners haven’t kept up with modern marketing techniques like social and SEO. Starting a job board today demands a modern platform and a modern marketing strategy. If you can’t do both, why bother?

  • Q&A with Smart Job Board
    By on June 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Q&A with Smart Job Board  Comments

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    I asked Rodion Telpizov the developer of Smart Job Board a few questions over email. The company is based overseas in Kyrgyzstan. They have a new version out with new pricing.

    1. What is the history of SJB? When did you start the company and why?
    I launched Smartjobboard back in 2008. At that time, I was a co-founder of the software development company that provided solutions for automobile and real estate classifieds websites. We were doing well, but I kept looking for other less competitive markets. After long hours of research and analysis, I noticed that job board market had a greater opportunity and a bigger demand for a flexible and easy-to-use software solution. So, hired a couple of developers and in a few months the first version of Smartjobboard was successfully launched. I quickly realized that we were in a right direction, as many customers were choosing our solution and were happy with it. Since that time, we have significantly improved our platform based on customer feedback. And we are still working really hard to make it the best job board software on the planet!
    2. How many sites currently use SJB as their platform?
    More than 2000.
    3. Describe your new pricing structure?
    It’s pretty simple. The software is provided in two options:
    • Host in the could – in this case we setup and host everything ourselves on our servers. We take care of all the technical part, like updates, backups and etc.
    • Host on your server – some people prefer to have a full control over their website. So this option is for them. You’ll need to install and maintain everything on your own server in this case.

    With host in the cloud option there are 3 pricing plans:

    • Start up ($49 per month) – allows you to have up 1000 active listings (jobs and resumes) on your site
    • Advanced ($119 per month) – allows you to have up to 10.000 active listings
    • Unlimited ($219 per month) – unlimited active listings

    And for “Host on your server” option there is a one time fee of $749

    There are also a bunch of add-ons you can purchase additionally.
    More info about pricing could be found on our website:
    https://www.smartjobboard.com/pricing/

    4. What new features are in version five?

    • Better Speed And Performance – By removing some bloated functions, the software is now much more robust and works faster.
    • Awesome Responsive Templates – We’ve hired a dedicated design agency to develop clear and beautiful templates that look awesome on any device.
    • Enhanced SEO – We’ve optimized the URLs, titles and meta-descriptions of the main job board pages: job search, job category, and job posting pages.
    • Design Customization – You can now easily customize your job board without any coding.
    • Google Maps API Integration – Automatically determines job posting coordinates for accurate radius search.

    5. Why should job board owners consider using SJB?

    1. It’s easy to use, set-up and customize. You can easily modify it design to your brand without any coding hassles.
    2. It’s responsive and mobile friendly. So you don’t have to worry about losing your mobile users.
    3. It provides add-ons that no one else provides: Facebook app (posts your jobs on Facebook tab on your FB page), iPhone/Android apps, Jobg8 integration

  • SimplyHired Shutting Down its Partner Program for Job Boards
    By on June 1, 2016 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

    In case you haven’t heard SimplyHired is shutting down. Their partner program called “Simply-Partner” is also going away and thus ending one of the last viable options to operate a free hosted job board solution. They made the announcement last Friday. Last day of operations will be June 26th.

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    Any sites using SimplyHired’s API for backfill or hosted job board platform will be FORCED to change providers. Unfortunately this is going to cost you time and/or money since they had the last viable free platform on the market other than RealMatch.

    Your most immediate option would be to buy a WordPress job board plugin and host your own job board. I can help you set that up if you are willing to pay me. I can get you up and running for about $600. Or you can try my Jobboard.io concierge service if you have a bigger budget.

    I just heard of a new new free platform that is being built but FreeJobBoardSoftware.com is not ready at this time though you can sign up for launch on their homepage.

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    Below is the text of the SH email I received last week;

    Dear Chris,
     
    Your company and Simply Hired are currently parties to the Simply Hired Partner Terms of Service (“Agreement”), under which Simply Hired is providing job content and related services to your company. 
     
    Simply Hired hereby notifies your company that it is terminating the Agreement effective in 30 days, on June 26th, 2016. We are terminating the Agreement because we are suspending our Partnership Program for all publishers.
     
    There will be no interruption in services between now and June 26th.  All payments will be processed and paid under the terms of the Agreement.
     
    Please refer to the FAQ below for additional details. Our partnership team can assist with any needs you may have with respect to this transition process.
     
    Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other questions.
     
    Best regards,
    The Simply Hired Partner Team
    support@simply-partner.com
    CONFIDENTIAL: SIMPLY HIRED PARTNER FAQ

    Overview
    The business of Simply Hired will cease operations as of June 26, 2016. Accordingly, we will be winding down our Partnership Program and all related platform services prior to this date.

    Timing
    We will be winding down all partner services by June 26th, 2016 (“Service Discontinuation Date”). This includes hosted Job Sites, Job Widgets, API and data feed accounts. Please make arrangements to transition all Simply Hired services prior to this date at which point all services will no longer be available. This includes all functionality- hosted Job Site URLs, Widgets, API, Account and Reporting services will be deactivated.

    Job Listing Sales (For Hosted Job Site Partners Only)
    The following pertains to our optional Job Listing Sales features offered with our hosted Job Sites only. All Job Sales capabilities will be available through the Service Discontinuation Date, however, it is important to understand how best to handle transitioning these capabilities with respect to active advertisers.

    Active Job Listings will run through the Service Discontinuation Date unless you advise us to disable this specific functionality, or all your Job Site functionality, before that time. Typically these are sold on a 30-day basis. Any advertiser with partially delivered listings (i.e. less than 30 days or applicable duration sold) will be issued a refund. Please note that Simply Post upsells will run until the Service Discontinuation Date (on www.SimplyHired.com) irrespective of the status of your Job Site, but will be subject to automatic proration and refunding per the policy below.

    If we disable this functionality for you, or when you turn off your JobSite entirely, all active job posting products will be canceled in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

    The refund shall be calculated as the total number of days remaining in the Job Listing divided by thirty (30) and multiplied by the fee paid for the Job Listing and shall be paid to the advertiser within thirty (30) days of cancellation via the credit card account used for purchase. and your advertisers will be unable to access their account settings and dashboard.

    Should you wish to transition your advertisers to a new platform, our Partner Support Team can assist you with downloading your data. Please keep in mind that your advertisers will not be able to access your account settings once this functionality is disabled. As a reminder, all communication regarding the discontinuation or modifications of these services to your customers is your responsibility. We will not communicate directly with your customers with respect to any information contained here.

    Please let our Partner Operations Team know of your plans as soon as possible, and ideally no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2016, by sending us an email to support@simply-partner.com.

    Your final partner payment will reflect these adjustments. 

    Reporting Data
    If you wish to download any reporting or account information prior to service disconnection, please do so no later than the Service Discontinuation Date.

    Final Payments & Tax Forms
    We anticipate making all final payments within 30 days of the Service Discontinuation Date orJune 26, 2016. This includes all unpaid earnings generated up to the Service Discontinuation Date. Your current payment method (i.e. check, wire or PayPal) will be used.

    All year end tax reporting forms will be provided on a timely basis.

    Other Questions/ Assistance
    Should you require any additional assistance up until the Service Discontinuation Date please send an email outlining your question or request to support@simply-partner.com prior to the Service Discontinuation Date we will respond as promptly as possible. After the Service Discontinuation Date please contact partner-support@dswinddown.com.

    Finally, we’d like to sincerely thank you for your partnership and support during the last 10+ years. We will miss working with all of you.

    The Simply Hired Partnership Team