Hi Guys, We're a small startup and have developed a new job matching website with a twist. We match job seekers to employers through specific filtering criteria, essentially reversing the recruitment process.
I'm pleased to say that after a lot of research and discussion we have just gone live in the I.T. industry. I've been a long time lurker and recently a poster so I'd welcome any feedback from the community about the way we've structured the industry (or any other industry for that matter) along with any questions or comments about our website as a whole.
You can check us out at www.snafflejobs.co.nz (to view the industry breakdown you will need to register as either a job seeker or an employer).
In a way you are still competing with Seek. I have my own 'Seek profile' and get calls every now and then once I've matched certain criteria. The majority of those calls though are recruitment agencies fishing for people and not really basing it on proper matches. Fishing being the key word.
It really does frustrate me when my profile says 'I'm looking for a web dev job in Wellington using Ruby or PHP and I have 5 years of experience' and I get a call from a recruiter saying 'Hey, So&So is looking for a Senior C# dev (7-10+ years experience) in Chch. Are you interested?'.
Maybe, just maybe if they matched one or two of my criteria i'd at least talk to them.
How are you going to go about stopping this exact same behaviour?
You are quite right it can be rather frustrating and we have stopped this behaviour by being very specific with each industry.
Before we launch an industry we have our team research each job title within the industry in order to give us a specific breakdown of all the titles within that industry. This is why we haven't just launched straight away into everything as there has been quite a bit of work to do :)
We then ask our job seekers to complete an online profile, in short this profile is made of personal details, the job that they wish to have (can select upto 3), desired remuneration (which an employer cannot see), qualifications, skills, location and work experience.
An employer can then create a job search for their position that needs to be filled using the job title which in your case *hopefully I get this correct* a "Back End Web Developer" If the employer does not enter any additional criteria they will receive a list of all candidates under that job title where they can expand and view each candidate's skills, experience and qualifications along with a match rating.
The employer is only delivered those candidates that have elected themselves to be considered for that role. If you, Kingy, have stated that you're a Back End Web Developer you won't be matched with an employer looking for a Application Developer, for example. The employer can also see your list of skills before purchase and won't be bothering you if they can immediately identify that you are not the man for the job, so to speak.