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Weed, Workable, and Greenhouse: Growing news of the online recruiting world

WorkableWell, another 30 days has come and gone – and not surprisingly, things have happened in the job board and online recruiting industry. Has anything affected your business? Let’s find out:

  • LinkedIn limits API usageLinkedIn is restricting access to most of its application programming interfaces (APIs) to companies that have struck up partnerships with the social networking company. Recruiting startups that rely on the LI API, beware! Also, in other news, LI bought Careerify – although it’s a bit fuzzy on what it will do with it.
  • Greenhouse picks up some more investmentGreenhouse, the recruiting platform that includes candidate aggregation and predictive analytics, has landed $13.6M Series B funding from Benchmark. Interesting product.
  • Job board growth in ChinaZhaopin Ltd, operator of one of China’s leading job boards, said its expanding market share among small businesses drove much of the growth in its second quarter, which ended on Dec. 31. Total revenue increased by 18.7 percent to RMB341.8 million (US$55.1 million), exceeding the upper end of the company’s revenue guidance by RMB 6.8 million ($1.1 million). In other news, 51Job saw an 11.9% rise in Q4 revenue from the previous year. I suspect we will see more of this.
  • Workable picks up some dollarsWorkable has secured $5 million in additional funding from its existing investors, including Greylock Israel (which has since become 83North) and Greece-based seed investors Openfund. Workable enables smaller companies to post to multiple jobs boards, review candidates and schedule interviews.
  • Weedhire begins charging: WeedHire International (OTCQB:WDHR) announced that effective April 2, 2015 will be charging $4.20 per 30 day job posting. I’m not sure if this is newsworthy, but I though it was noteworthy!
  • More ‘Tinder for Jobs’ news: There are a lot of ‘swipe and hire’ startups right now; the latest is Super, which just picked up CrunchCommerce. Super was first launched in the middle of 2014 as a resume builder. It crossed 250k downloads soon and expanding in vision, the app was upgraded to act as a job hunting tool on mobile. With help from then parent company CrowdFire, Super got more then 100 high profile startups as recruiters and launched the tinder for jobs. Today, the app has crossed 500k downloads and finding jobs has become the core.
  • JobBoardDoctor on the radioHey, it’s kind of news, right? I was recently interviewed by industry guru John Sumser for his HRExaminer podcast. Take a listen as I talk about all things job board!

That’s all for this time around. See you in a month!

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