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  • Emissary’s Text Reminder for Job Boards
    By on August 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Emissary’s Text Reminder for Job Boards  Comments

    Last week I spoke with the guys at Emissary.ai, a new text recruiting tool born out of the offices of Juju.com the job aggregator.

    Emissary has a plugin for job boards that helps drive traffic/applies through text reminders. It is currently live on sites like CareersInGovernment.com on their job postings. Emissary has several ways employers can leverage text but they are also targeting job boards who want to add texting as a new marketing channel.

    It works by embedding a small piece of javascript code on your job description pages and by also adding a tracking code to your thank you page. Upon visiting that job listing, the script pops up after 5 seconds and offers the user an option to enter their phone number which will then remind them on a daily basis until they return and apply to the job. Here’s a screenshot.

    I was able to contact Michael Hurwitz who runs CareersinGovernment about the results so far. In the 45 days since he and his team activated the widget they have seen impressive results. “25% of all visitors to a job page will enter in their phone number and 22% of those will come back to the page later to apply via the text reminder”, he told me by phone.

    Hurwitz also mentioned that if he didn’t have it in place, he thinks they’d be losing candidates and added that he was ‘pleasantly surprised at the amount of users who are open to getting text reminders for jobs’. At first he was worried they would find it annoying.

    I think job boards and applicant tracking vendors need to do more with texting features like what Emissary offers. Text is an untapped marketing channel that will increase both traffic and applies if you give your users the option. To my knowledge, few if any job board software vendors have added this feature but they should not wait to add it. Its probably the single biggest thing they can do to improve their business.

    Text is the new email.

    NOTE: The Emissary widget will not work for hosted job board solutions like Jobboard.io or SmartJobBoard just yet. If you have a custom built site or one on WordPress your web developer can easily add the code to get it in place.

  • SmartJobBoard adds Resume Parser
    By on August 6, 2018 | Comments Off on SmartJobBoard adds Resume Parser  Comments

    In a blog post last week Rodion Telpizoz announced that SJB has added a resume parser to the platform which helps job seekers automatically pre-populate their profile fields. Watch the screencast for more info.

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  • Matching is the part of the next generation job board
    By on July 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Matching is the part of the next generation job board  Comments

    Recently, the executive level job site, ExecThread unveiled a new matching algorithm. Matching is essentially automated sourcing and you are seeing more and more job marketplaces offer it. ZipRecruiter does a ton of matching already and I’d say its becoming more of a standard feature across the new job boards and sourcing tools that are being funded.

    Here’s how ExecThread describes their tool.

    IntelligentMatch, powered by ExecThread, saves you the heavy lifting of sourcing exec-level talent. Provide us your specs, and in 24 hours we’ll send you a targeted shortlist of qualified, high-intent candidates. We do this via our AI-driven matching engine, plus a light layer of human curation. As one of our customers recently said, “IntelligentMatch is my favorite new product!” 

    Watch How it works (video)

    At last weeks Jobg8 Summit Matt Charney posted an image of a Facebook matching feature supposedly in the works. Just imagine a small business posting a job for a cook and getting instantly matched to other cooks within 5 miles of their restaurant. That’s a pretty powerful tool for recruiting.

    So if matching is becoming a must have feature it would benefit job board software vendors to add some type of matching to their resume database features. Shortlisting a bunch of qualified candidates will soon become the norm, something recruiters will expect. I believe vendors like Jobiqo do have a matching feature in their job board software but don’t know of any other vendors at this point who are offering it.

  • SimpleJobSite is a free new job board theme
    By on May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on SimpleJobSite is a free new job board theme  Comments

    SJS is a free job board template this is available for free from a UK based company.

    https://simplejobscript.com/

    I assume its a wordpress theme. They offer a “complete” version of it for $25 and hosting for about $4/month. The software appears to only offer Indeed as a backfill option.

    The interface is nicely designed (you can view the demo here). I cannot attest to its functionality or reliability but its nice to see another inexpensive tool for job boarders.

  • WP Job Manager Has a New Version Out
    By on April 30, 2018 | Comments Off on WP Job Manager Has a New Version Out  Comments

    WP Job Manager 1.31.0 has shipped recently. You can download the latest release here or head over to Dashboard → Updates to update your plugins from inside WordPress.

    Email notifications and support for GDPR highlight this current version.

    Here’s the punch list of what’s included:

    • Support for sending email notifications
    • Adding the ability to delete plugin data when WP Job Manager itself is deleted
    • Updating the minimum required version of WordPress to 4.7
    • Hiding empty categories when filtering jobs
    • Filtering by filled and featured jobs on the Job Listings page in WP Admin
    • Preserving the currently active tab when updating the settings
    • Adding company logo to the structured data

    You can find the full list of changes in the change log.

    Demo Page of their job listings

  • Vendor Market Share
    By on April 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Vendor Market Share  Comments

    I came across Datanyze which crawls websites and puts them in lists according to what powers them. It turns out they have a job board software list. (view list)

    This list is not quite accurate however. I have never heard of Job Gear and couldn’t seem to find anything about them online. But this list is interesting to look at nonetheless. No one really uses JobberBase anymore but they appear to have a lot of legacy sites running on it that are still live. Platforms like JobThread are also not active any longer though they still have live sites.

  • Job Board Software Update: Jobiqo
    By on March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Job Board Software Update: Jobiqo  Comments

    Recently at TA Tech Europe in Dublin I met Martin Lenz from Jobiqo, a software vendor based in Austria. I asked him to give me a update on their platform which competes with higher end players such as Madgex, Webscribble, CareerLeaf and others.

    They have been around since 2011. Most of their sites are spread around the world but they have 4-5 in the U.S.. Their technology is based on Drupal. You can buy the software outright or have them host it on a monthly plan.

    JOBIQO is the first vendor I have seen that touts its own ‘matching’ technology built into the product that helps employers surface relevant candidates and seekers discover more relevant jobs. Below is their response to some of my questions.

    1. How many sites does Jobiqo power? List top 3 examples.

    We power more than 200 job sites for about 50 clients worldwide (publishers, newspapers, recruiters, professional associations, non-profit organizations, university career centers).

    Recent go-lives:

    1. What is the cost breakdown?
    • We offer ownership (access to code) and rental model (SaaS only).
    • Structure:
      • Monthly rental or service fee including licence, hosting, maintenance, support, continuous improvement.
      • In case of ownership there is an upfront cost for the software depending on scope
      • In case of migration we offer special platform migration services (data and SEO)
      • Fully transparent fixed pricing based individual requirements, no hidden costs.
    1. What are the most unique features of the platform you would like to mention?
    • JOBIQO is the most flexible job board software
    • Fully responsive platform with high page speed and SEO focus
    • Intelligent matching engine (recommender)
    • Fully integrated career platform features like news, courses, social community, video application
    • Multi-site architecture
    • Multilanguage enabled
    • Enhanced analytics
    • Machine Learning optimized data extraction (current research project)
    • Intelligent Job Widgets for affiliate partners (target passive job seekers)
    • Every client is part of our innovation community (partnership)
    1. How long has the company been in business?
    • Since 2011
    • Previously running multiple job boards in central Europe from 2005
    1. What advice would you give to someone who is starting a job board today?
    • A career platform becomes more than just a job board by engaging candidates during the whole life cycle of career development.
    • Don’t be afraid of the growing ecosystem and new trends (AI, Google for Jobs, Facebook Jobs, etc.) but rather embrace the change and create new valuable services for your clients
    • Content is the new SEO and a very easy way to create unique value for your target audience in addition to the traditional job listings

  • Interview with Peter White from Jobboard.io at #TAtechEurope
    By on March 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Interview with Peter White from Jobboard.io at #TAtechEurope  Comments

    At TA Tech Europe last week I got to meet Peter White (Jobboard.io) and we had a quick chat about how he got the job, their latest feature release and more. Enjoy the audio.

    Here’s my video picture montage from the event.

  • Job Board Software Vendors Should Add These Features
    By on February 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Job Board Software Vendors Should Add These Features  Comments

    This is a general call to action post for all job board software vendors. As the job board space gets more crowded it’s important for them to keep iterating on their platforms and keep adding features to streamline the user experience while helping boards attract more traffic.

    So here are some things I would like to see them add to their platforms in order to stay relevant. Its free advice, take it.

    1. Text Job Alerts – start to offer job alerts by text message in addition to email. Employers are beginning to adopt text to engage candidates and so should job boards. I would love to see the ability to get job alerts by email or text. Text will greatly increase open rates and lead to more traffic/applies.
    2. Better Social Integration – social media, namely Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, are hugely important to help drive traffic so I’d like to see tighter integration with them. Let job board owners login and connect their sites to the platform to enable auto-posting of content instead of relying on 3rd party social media tools.
    3. More Content Feeds – job boards need more content but some of it is still out of reach. They all provide job feeds and blog feeds but they could easily add other RSS feeds for employer profiles, public job seeker profiles and even things like new signups. For example, it would be great to be able to auto-publish messages to social media like “John just posted a resume on XYZjobboard.com” or “[company name] just created a profile“.
    4. Push Alerts – desktop browser notifications are another marketing channel that boards can use to drive traffic. Either build it into your product or offer integration with more 3rd party tools.
    5. Visual job pages – allow employers to upload an image/video to their postings to make them more visual. Plain text pages are BORING. Design them in a more visual way to attract more seekers. These days most job postings still look too much like each other. I think an image or video should be the first thing a job seeker sees when viewing a job.
    6. Resume Refresh – the technology exists today to update resumes via social profiles (see crowded.com) and by prompting registered seekers to update their resume more often. We need to end the stale resume syndrome that exists in most job boards.
  • SmartJobBoard Gets More Customizable
    By on February 25, 2018 | Comments Off on SmartJobBoard Gets More Customizable  Comments

    Smart Job Board has long had a page builder for their homepage layout, where you can easily manage content. Now it is available for Pricing and custom pages in their latest update. Here’s what the email notification says;

    This new addition will not only ease up DIY designing but will also allow you to:

    -Create different landing pages, for example when you want to have a separate landing page for your Employers and Candidates

    -Add Text, Job Alert form, Job list, and much more to whatever page you like, with just a few clicks.

    -Make your Pricing page more informative, by adding nice content above or below product boxes.

    I applaud the move. Being able to customize any page on the site makes their platform more user friendly. By giving more control to site owners, Smart now has the most customizable hosted software product on the market.

    Learn more about these additions here:
    New Update: Page Builder Enhancements & Logo Resize