Industry News: eHarmony’s Elevated Careers for Sale

Elevated Careers is up for sale! Elevated Careers was intended to be a matching platform for candidates, jobs, and employers, and was created by online dating company eHarmony. eHarmony is known for its use of algorithms to match potential partners, and they presumably sought to apply similar methods to recruiting and job search.


Elevated Careers was launched in April of 2016, and featured extensive questionnaires and employer branding. Last week, Matt Charney reported that an email was sent to prospective buyers of Elevated Careers, with a slide deck explaining that the product was better in the hands of a company focused on business-to-business, rather than business-to-consumer (as eHarmony has traditionally been).

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The Politics of Hiring

Some people don’t like talking about politics. (I do, but I also like pineapple on pizza, but I’m told that is also controversial.)

Right now it’s hard to avoid news headlines proclaiming all sorts of things about jobs, trade, and the economy. The new U.S. president has been the cause of much of it, and the recruiting and technology industries are particularly impacted by his recent executive order and how it affects immigrants, refugees, and foreign workers.

Last Monday I was heartened to see Betakit – a website dedicated to startups and technology in Canada – had published a page titled, An Open Letter From the Canadian Tech Community: Diversity is Our Strength.

The letter is signed by Canadians working in tech and illustrates some of the reasons why the president’s policy affects that industry:

Many Canadian tech entrepreneurs are immigrants, are the children of immigrants, employ and have been employed by immigrants.

As connected economies, decisions by the United States can directly impact every business north of the border. The recently signed Executive Order to block entry of citizens from seven countries has already impacted several in our community. As a community, we are all affected.


In a similar vein, Vanity Fair’s Maya Kosoff talks about how some Silicon Valley leaders are reacting:

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Recruiting & Job Board News Round-Up

January is almost over and it seemed like a good time to have a look around at what people in the recruiting and job board industry are talking about right now.


Recruiting Conferences

The Job Board Doctor has a nice round-up of events and conferences relating to recruiting, job boards, and HR technology. If you plan to attend one of these events, it’s an opportunity to network, learn from peers and experts, get excited and inspired about your own projects.

The events listed include events by ERE, TAtech, SHRM, JobG8 and more. See the full list here.

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Job Boards and Recruiting in 2017

Yep, it’s that time of the year again! With December brings the prospect of a brand new year and predictions about the ever-evolving recruiting industry.

So what does the future hold in store for us in 2017?


Mobile, mobile, mobile!

Yeah, yeah, it’s been on similar lists for the past several years, but here it is again. It was only four years ago that 90% of Fortune 500 companies did not have mobile-friendly careers pages. That number has improved since there, but there is still a good number of large companies whose online recruiting tactics haven’t kept up with technology. And if they’re having trouble keeping up, small and medium size businesses are facing the same challenge, especially if their web presence predates the iPhone.

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Recruitment Tech News for November

The month of November has brought with it some interesting news that’s ripe for discussion in the recruiting industry.

Both Facebook and Google are testing products relating to recruiting and job search, so today we’ll give you the highlights on these news stories along with our key takeaways for job boards.


Facebook Jobs

The Story:

Facebook is testing a new feature that will allow companies to not only add a “Jobs” tab to their Pages, but also post jobs directly to the social media platform. It also includes a basic application delivered as a Facebook Message.

The Reaction:

Some view this development as a certain threat to LinkedIn and Indeed, while others wonder if using a primarily personal social media platform for recruiting may ultimately backfire on Facebook, and change the way its users share and interact on the platform.

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September Recruiting News & Insights Round-Up

There are lots of things happening in the recruiting industry right now, so check out a few gems of relevance to job boards.


CareerBuilder for Sale

The big news last week was that CareerBuilder, another older but big-name jobs aggregator would soon have a “For Sale” sign pitched on its front lawn.

In contrast to Monster and SimplyHired (who have been acquired by Randstad and Indeed’s parent company, respectively), CareerBuilder has been re-shaping itself into an end-to-end HR solution.

Jeff Dickey-Chasins of points out that this likely isn’t a reflection on job boards as a whole:

What does this mean for the rest of the job board and online recruiting industry? Not a lot. Like the LinkedIn and Monster purchases, it is less reflective of industry trends and more reflective of big company priorities.

I tend to agree. Job boards come in all shapes and sizes, and they are a part of and impacted by the recruiting industry at large. However, niche and regional job boards are a different animal than those of companies like Monster, SimplyHired, and CareerBuilder. Smaller, focused job boards with good sales and marketing habits, a defined market and a clear value proposition are still finding success.

New HR Tech Hurts Hiring?

Over on PBS Newshour’s blog, Nick Corcodilos tackles the question of whether some technologies help or hinder the recruiting process in his Ask the HeadHunter column.

The question stems from reports that while job openings are abundant, not every job posting results in someone getting hired. As a way to explain this phenomenon, some point to the gap between the skills employers need and the skills that job candidates actually possess, and others speculate employer behaviour around hiring may also be a factor.

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Randstad Buys Monster – But What Does That Mean for Job Boards?

Last week news broke that global recruitment company Randstad bought job board giant Monster, and the recruiting blogosphere is abuzz with discussion.

Founded in 1999, was one of the earliest online job boards and remains notable for having stayed in the game this long. Randstad is a multinational recruiting and staffing company with 29,000 employees of their own.

Monster’s stock value has fluctuated in the past and has been in decline in recent years. The sale to Randstad has come in at a price far below their estimated value in previous years, which leads to three big questions about the deal.

  • What went wrong with Monster?
  • What does Randstad get out of the deal?
  • What does it mean for job boards that one of the earliest and oldest disappears?
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The Simply Hired Shutdown: News and Next Steps

You’ve likely already heard the news that job aggregator Simply Hired is shutting down on June 26th. A letter was sent to their customers and publishing partners, informing them of the shutdown.

The Simply Hired shutdown will impact those whose job sites are hosted by Simply Hired, and anyone using Simply Hired’s job widgets, API, and data feeds. Simply Hired staff also “face an uncertain future”, and many assume they will be laid off. It has since been reported through “a trusted source” that Recruit (Indeed’s parent company) has acquired Simply Hired.


Simply Hired Shutdown Timeline and News Round-Up

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Job Automation, the Robopocalypse, and Online Recruiting

The Robopocalypse is upon us! Robots are taking over jobs! Automation and algorithms will replace us! That’s the word on the street, anyway. (And by “street”, I mean my Twitter feed.)

Job automation is a real phenomenon happening right now, and it will change many industries, including online recruitment. But how? And will it change the roles of recruiters and job boards?


Background – Just What Are Those Robots Up To, Anyway?

First, let’s get the lay of the land. When we say “robots are taking over jobs”, do you picture some kind of cute, retro-futuristic world like The Jetsons where robots are just our helpful pals? Or maybe it’s a dystopia like The Matrix, where we’re at the mercy of artificial intelligence, serving the machines?

Science fiction aside, The Guardian cites a World Economic Forum report suggesting 7 million jobs are at risk of disappearing to due to new technologies, and the Bank of England’s chief economist who believes as many 15 million UK jobs are at risk in light of automation. Research from Oxford University suggests 47% of American jobs could disappear in the next two decades.

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Diving into the Numbers: Job Board & Recruiting Stats for 2016

TA Tech and Job Board Doctor released the results of their 2016 Global Job Board Trends Survey recently, so this week we’ll be taking a gander at those job board stats, as well as a look at some other research released this year, and explore what it those numbers might mean for your job board business.


Job Board Doctor & TA Tech 2016 Global Job Board Trends Survey

Released May 2016Surveyed 211 job boards from across the globe, nearly half which were US-based.

In it for the Long Haul

Nearly half of respondents have been in business for 11+ years, and over 13% have been in business just 1-2 years. It’s easy to start a job board, but it’s harder to keep it going for a decade. The fact that so many have been in business for over a decade demonstrates there is success to be found, but that it’s more difficult to achieve than many entrepreneurs initially assume.

(Sidenote: at Careerleaf we’ve got some projects brewing to help support and guide job boards through the murky waters of those first couple years. Stay tuned!)

Lots of Jobs on Lots of Job Boards

47% of respondents reported a monthly count of 500 job posts on their board. That’s a lot of jobs! It seems job boards continue to provide a return on investment for recruiters and employers through job advertising and employer branding.

You Gotta Track That Data

One worrying statistic to come out the survey is that 32% of respondents weren’t tracking how many applications paid postings were receiving! It’s a good stat to measure and track, not only to measure your own success, but to market your services to your customers. (Not sure what stats to track? Check out our Quick Crash Course on Job Board Analytics.)

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