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  • Whats wrong with this job board? (member only)
    By on June 3, 2014 | Comments Off on Whats wrong with this job board? (member only)  Comments

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  • myCNAjobs.com is a well designed job board
    By on August 26, 2013 | Comments Off on myCNAjobs.com is a well designed job board  Comments

    Niche job board myCNAjobs.com has a new look which I really dig. Its one of those “micro-niche” type job boards that focus on one type of job. In this case, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). They just introduced a new “badging” system for their job seekers. According to the article;

    For those on the job hunt, the latest release from myCNAjobs allows caregivers to earn badges for caregiver training achievements and standout for their willingness to work in various positions, including live-in caregiver jobs. Employers can find the badges displayed on caregiver profiles, allowing them to filter the workforce to find a qualified hire.

    I think giving badges to job seekers is a great idea that most any niche site can copy. Its another way to keep seekers engaged on your site as well as providing employers with more trustworthy candidates.

    And I love the new look of this job board. Its beautiful. I especially like the zip code search function. When you have a job board with only one type of job you only need to provide a way to search by location since the job title (aka keyword) is always the same.


  • Deconstructing a new job site for recent grads (member only)
    By on April 16, 2013 | Comments Off on Deconstructing a new job site for recent grads (member only)  Comments

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  • Review of Railyo – private job board
    By on January 14, 2013 | Comments Off on Review of Railyo – private job board  Comments

    Whats a private job board you ask? Well Railyo is. According to their site:

    Railyo is a global network of Ruby On Rails Developers. It’s a private network, all the members are handpicked (based on their portfolio/projects/skills/..) to ensure the quality of the network.


    From a design perspective there are almost no graphics on this site. And thats ok because they use colors and text very well. Its amazing what you can do with a well planned page layout using CSS and Railyo offers a glimpse of that. The homepage tells you exactly what they do and I like the 2 column layout that explains why they are different than other tech job boards and freelance sites. Stating why you are different is important so you can set expectations. And it helps set you apart from the competition.

    Now for the “private” aspect. Railyo is a new type of service that is cropping up. Others include InterviewJet.com. Their main premise is to curate the best candidates based around a certain niche. In this case they are targeting Ruby on Rails developers.

    I like this business model because it helps recruiters save time and in theory see the best candidates. (and as you know time = money) But that is also the challenge for Railyo. How will they get enough candidates to fill the pipeline? They need to be laser focused on building their candidate database with enough top ruby developers to make it work over the long term.

    TIP: think of products that help recruiters/employers save time. If you can help make their job more efficient with a certain part of the recruiting cycle you can charge for it!

  • Deconstructing SeniorCareCareers.com (premium)
    By on April 9, 2012 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

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  • Deconstructing Uvisor (premium)
    By on November 9, 2011 | Comments Off on Deconstructing Uvisor (premium)  Comments

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  • Smackdown of a job board (free)
    By on September 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Smackdown of a job board (free)  Comments

    The NY Times has a blog that critiques websites and I stumbled across this post about a site called DirectApproachSolutions.com that claims to be the ‘eHarmony of jobs‘.

    The Times asked readers to comment on the site and they gave it scathing reviews but I wanted to chime in as well.

    First of all, lets start with the domain name. Its WAYYYY TOOOOOOOOOOO LONGGGGGGGGGG!

    The number one rule of picking a domain is to go as short as possible. Nmmber two is getting the words jobs or careers into it somehow. DirectApproachSolutions.com does neither. Nor does it give the visitor an indication of what the site does. Its a generic, unremarkable domain name.

    Other problems I noticed:

    • The browser title starts with “Job Search NYC”…if it’s a local site the homepage gives no indication of that.
    • The logo is boring and generic looking.
    • The homepage is text heavy and does not draw the users eye to any one area of the page.
    • The premise: the online job search industry is littered with a long list of companies that claimed to be the eharmony for jobs. ┬áJobster, RealMatch, Climber…to name a few. The idea never really caught on with job seekers or employers.
  • Deconstructing a construction job board
    By on December 20, 2010 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

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  • Deconstructing CleanTechRecruits.com (free)
    By on November 12, 2009 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    Here’s my critique of CleanTechRecruits, a renewable energy job board. 5 min. Free.

    [youtube width=”640″ height=”480″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5jEymD3Ev4[/youtube]

  • Deconstructing Jobs.Startribune.com (premium)
    By on November 5, 2009 | Comments Off on Deconstructing Jobs.Startribune.com (premium)  Comments

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