For the past two years, we (i.e., anyone going to job board conferences) have known that Elevated Careers, the eHarmony job board, is coming, and that matching jobs to candidates was in the offing. Dr. Steve Carter has given numerous talks about the technical and logistical challenges in building a sophisticated matching site focused on careers rather than dating.
Well, it’s almost here. The site is in beta now, and moving to wider release in March.
In the meantime, RealMatch has been pulling down VC money right and left, even as it expands its footprint. There are (as always) plenty of matching-focused startups, including Workshape.io, Poachable, WhiteTruffle, and JobAndTalent.
So – is matching really happening? Or is it still ‘just on the horizon’?
A long time ago I wrote that the matching process required too much data – creating too much friction between job seeker and employer – to ever work. Well, in the meantime we’ve seen a significant evolution in data analytics – and an increase in the amount of data that is publicly available about many candidates.
I guess it really boils down to what you mean when you say ‘matching’. For me, a good matching site would allow the candidate to upload their resume, answer a few (the operative terms here being ‘few’) questions, and then be presented with jobs that truly fit their skills, aspirations, and goals. In other words, if I load my resume, which is rife with mid-to-high level marketing, sales, and publishing jobs and skills, I won’t be presented with trucking jobs or even retail sales jobs. A good matching site has to get beyond simple field-to-field matching, and instead get into the context of my skills, jobs, and goals.
I have not yet experienced a site that is matching jobs to candidates. But as Justin Bieber once proclaimed, never say never. (And by the way, another check off my bucket list for mentioning Justin Bieber in a job board blog).
I’m waiting.[Want to get Job Board Doctor posts via email? Subscribe here.]. [Check out the JobBoardGeek podcast archive!]