It’s been a while since I looked at new, interesting, and (occasionally) odd startups in the online recruiting sector. However, just because I haven’t been looking doesn’t mean there’s been any shortage of start-ups. Sometimes it seems like I see a new one every day! So without further ado, let’s take a look:
- Exquisite Jobs: ‘Handpicked jobs for awesome freelancers.’ I guess that pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? The About page references a desire to ‘reduce choices’, thus (theoretically) driving up quality.
- JobPoacher: Behind the attention-getting name is a fairly standard job board, albeit without candidate or employer information. You announce what you do, how much you want, and then hope that an employer will bite. I’ll be curious to see if this goes anywhere – seems like the lack of info would depress response on both sides.
- TheFIT: A new project from the folks at Bullhorn. You join, answer lots of questions, and then can view poll answers by company name. Kind of like a more structured, slightly hipper GlassDoor. Not a job board per se but a good addition to any job seeker’s tool belt.
- Recruit.EE: Want to hire students for your startup in Montreal? This site is for you. Hyper-focused and niche, I can see this site expanding to other metro markets if it catches on. A project of Startupifier, which bills itself as a ‘fight club for startups’. They have a way with words.
- SparkHire: A video-centric take on a job board that allows job seekers to post profile videos. Employers can interview candidates via video, as well as having their own profiles with videos. It’s certainly been tried before – but the site seems well integrated and thought-out.
- GitHire: “For $1000, we will find you 5 exceptional software engineers, for a phone interview within 30 days or your money back.” That seems pretty straightforward! I’ve seen this type of service offered as part of other job boards, but this is the first time I’ve seen a site built around the concept. No code tests – they grab public data from GitHub. I’ll be curious to see how this does.
- FreshTransition: Not actually a job board, but a tool to help job seekers organize their job search. Career coaches can see what the job seekers are doing – and help them accordingly. The product is aimed at college career counselors, government workforce agencies, and independent career coaches. I could see this as an interesting add-on for certain types of job boards as well.
- Identified: Using data from your Facebook account, Identified ‘ranks’ you vis-a-vis other professionals in your field. As you might guess, what you do and disclose on Facebook has a great deal to do with your score. Recruiters can (I assume) pay to access candidates. I found the ranking a little suspect – for example, my alma mater, Grinnell College, is a top-20 liberal arts school, yet it was ranked 841st in Identified, behind Sentinel Secondary School. Huh?
- OnGig: Did someone say video? OnGig is another video-centric job site – adding the word ‘social’ to the mix. What is it really? Job listings with videos (produced by the employers, I’m guessing). Interesting look and feel, though