eHarmony selling Elevated Careers

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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Recruitment Tech News for November

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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Recruiting News and Insights

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 - what does it mean for job boards?

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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maintaining seo after a change

Maintaining SEO When Your Website Changes

You have a job board, and maybe you need to change the domain name. Maybe you’re upgrading your CMS, or even your entire job board’s structure and technology.

No matter why it’s changing, when your existing URLs change, it will impact your site’s SEO. It will also impact traffic from sources beyond search engines – think of your established audience who types in your URL directly or has you bookmarked. Think of all the places online that link to pages on your site.

If you make a change that affects those URLs, you’re going to get hurt. Yes, even if you’re moving to a better system with nice, clean, human-readable URLs to replace the less-than-ideal dynamic ones you had before.

There are ways to mitigate the damage, however, and it helps to plan ahead.

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Top 5 Job Board and Recruiting Industry Insights

There are lots of interesting things going on in the recruiting industry right now. You might be spending an exciting week attending IAEWS’s Fall Congress and/or the HR Tech conference in Las Vegas. Since I can’t be there, I spent some time gathering up the top industry insights and news items for you to read.

And by “top”, I mean: “stuff I thought was pretty interesting, and hope you will, too”. Have a look-see:


1. Creativity Will Prevent the Robopocalypse

Over at Blogging4Jobs, Mike Haberman talks about the importance of encouraging creativity in the face of radical change in employment due to automation and artificial intelligence (otherwise known as robots taking over your jobs:

Rather than spending millions of dollars in trying to train people on how to be more creative, what if we revise how we educate our children and stop teaching them to be uncreative? Let’s try to perpetuate the creative urges children have throughout their educational life. That way, when they hit the working world we will not have to teach them how to be creative.

Coming to the working world as a very creative person will allow future employees to more easily adapt to new situations. They will have the ability to easily invent new ways of working that keep them employed instead of being displaced by automation.

It’s a known fact that robots are not good at poetry. This will be your competitive edge in the future job market, dear humans.

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Would a CRM by any other name smell as sweet?

Customer Relationship Management. Two years ago I’d never heard of CRMs and today I don’t know how any business operates without one.

A CRM tool, system, or software, is one that manages customer contacts and their information, like a phone book or a rolodex (yeah, yeah, even a Millennial like me knows what those are–I saw them on Mad Men). Usually they come with other features to help you organize and funnel those contacts, track them over time, and keep notes.

Some CRMs combine themselves with marketing, analytics, and VOIP/telephony tools, so that you can tie all your outreach and communications with clients together under one metaphorical roof.

Recruiters use CRMs, too, but in this industry they usually take the form of the ATS, or applicant tracking system, with which so many have a love/hate relationship. And as with a CRM, the ATS often comes with features that elevate it beyond a digital phone book with notes. I’ve sometimes seen ATSs referred to as “recruitment CRMs”, which just confirms their similarity of concept.

If you’re a job board or a recruitment company, you potentially have two or three use-cases for CRMs and their equivalents.

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Data Security & Online Recruiting: How Safe Are You?

No corporation seems to be safe these days. Target, Home Depot, Sony, and most, recently Ashley Madison are just some of the billion-dollar brands that have suffered lapses in digital information security. Literally, just a couple days ago, we received a phone call from a job board owner who had been victim of a data breach.


The Careerleaf team is currently prepping to launch exciting new software in the coming months. In this effort, our updated FAQ features a question about approach to data security. However, given the level of attention currently being devoted to the topic (Ashley Madison specifically), we felt it prudent to delve deeper with an entire blog post.


If you’ve taken data security for granted, this blog post is dedicated to you! Ask yourself, when was the last time you considered:

  • How much do you know about the handling of your data?
  • Where do the servers physically live?
  • Who is the hosting company, and what kind of security do they offer?
  • Are databases shared among a vendor’s portfolio of customers?
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When One Job Board is Not Enough – Part 2 of 2

Picking up from where we left off last week with Part 1 of 2, we’re delving into a couple of scenarios/arrangements where your business might involve multiple job boards, and today we’re covering…



You have big ideas. A vision! You know there are a lot of job boards out there who could be more successful, and make their customers more successful, with increased traffic. And you’ve got a plan to make that happen.



You’ve identified your job board partners, each of which is independently owned. Either you’ve arranged to work together with several of them to get started, or you’re ready to pitch your plan is to create one job board site that will take in all the jobs from your partners’ boards, and list them on your site.

You’ve got a plan to promote and market your board, which will then send job seekers to your partner job boards through the jobs you list. Your differentiator is that you list all the jobs from all your network partners, making your job board a one stop shop. Your strategy and positioning is very important, here.

If you plan to focus your job board network on the retail sector, your partner sites could specialize in different areas within that industry, such as merchandising jobs, point of sale jobs, management, customer service, or different regions. You could then position your job board network as the go-to source for retail jobs everywhere, and your job board partners would benefit from the increased exposure you deliver to their jobs.

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