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Finding a Job Online is like Finding a Date Online

Our idea for roundpegs.com marries a lot of the ideas that work in the online dating model. In reality, finding a job and developing a career at a company is very similar to finding a date and a building a relationship with someone you meet on a dating site online.

Some of the similarities include

1. You have requirements

As a job seeker, you know what you are looking for – and there are certain drop dead requirements you aren’t willing to bypass. You need to make X dollars a year, you need Y benefits, and such. You want to work in Z city. We all have requirements that we aren’t willing to compromise in our job search.

As a dater, you also know what you are looking for – and aren’t willing to budge on. Perhaps you have religious beliefs. Perhaps you don’t date someone that watches reality shows. Regardless, we aren’t willing to compromise on some things in our search for a mate.

2. You have preferences

Job seekers have alot of “soft” preferences – things that make a job more attractive – and thus give it a higher score relative to other jobs. For example, to some a casual dress code gives it high points. To others, having a games room with ping pong and foosball make that office more attractive and fun. These are not make-or-break items, but greatly contribute with the attractiveness of a job.

Daters also have such preferences – some of us prefer dating someone who have a certain shade of hair color, or have a certain affinity for a partner that likes watching some obscure re-run of a tv show on weeknights. These quirks are things that contribute to the attractiveness of a partner.

2. You know who you are

A job seeker is able to define what you are – so that you can be represented online. And no, a resume doesn’t do you justice. You can and should have an online profile that defines you – your requirements, preferences, your experiences – who you really are. This is a better spark of interest than a generic resume.

Daters also do the same with the idea of an online profile that is a glimpse of you for others to see and spark interest.

3. You’re looking for something new

Both job seekers and daters are in the same mindset – they are looking for something fresh and new that matches their needs and preferences. They are a captive, engaged audience.

4. You want to be matched

Most job sites don’t do this well. They make you do all the work – enter in keywords, sift through results, and qualify job postings yourself. Its like a big classified section that you click through. All you want to do is see jobs that are relevant to you, and have the technology do the work. But at the heart of it, you want to be matched with someone you want, and someone that wants you.

Online dating has gone a far way to simplify the process. Once you have created a profile, the technology matches you and shows you people that would be a good fit and are looking for others like you.

5. The Human Element – The Dance

This is what it’s all about. The “getting to know each other” phase. It’s like a dance. You try to impress each other. Every thing you say matters. Bring your A-game.

You don’t want to commit right away – you want to flirt and screen. Imagine if people selected mates by looking only at a profile!

As a job seeker courting an employer and vice versa, this stage seems to be rushed. There seems to be a rush to bring someone in and interview them right away – wasting alot of time. It would be more worthwhile to have a “courting” stage where you get to know each other, pre-qualify and pre-screen each other.

On the dating side, this is common. It is very common for online daters to get to know each other online for weeks until they actually meet in person.

What does this all mean?

Our idea, roundpegs.com, aims to bring together some of the ideas I’ve written about here. There is alot of ideas working in the world of online dating that can be applied to finding a job and recruiting online.

One thing to note is that matching job seekers to employers is only half the battle. Its key to bring job seekers and employers together, but the real value is enabling conversations and connecting the two parties – which allows both sides to pre-screen each other and introduce the human element of figuring out if a job is for you.

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Job Boards and Sites as a Source of Hire – Growth since 2001

Job Boards / Sites have been growing on a steady clip in the last 5 years — I’ve been putting together some of the numbers from CareerXRoads – who seem to be one of the only sites online that compile year to year statistics of Job Source of Hire statistics (anyone know any other statistic sources?). Very interesting – over the last 5 years, not much has really changed in terms of the distribution of where jobs are sourced from.

Source
of Hire (External Hires)

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

Referalls

25.6

27.1

31.7

28.5

26.6

Company
Website

20.7

12.2

15.8

20.6

15.5

12.76

Job
Boards

12.3

12.6

15.8

10.3

11.5

7.7

Print/Media

6.9

4.6

5.5

3.8

4.8

Direct
Sourcing

6.4

7.4

6

2.6

Re-hires

5.2

3rd Party
Agencies

4.8

5.2

3.2

1.2

College

3.8

8

5.6

2.4

Career
Fairs

2.7

5.2

3.2

2.8

3.2

Temp-To-Hire

2.3

3.2

Search
Engine Advertising

2

Walk-ins

0.5

4.2

Other

7

10.5

15.2

26.9

38.4

total

100.2

100.2

102

99.1

100

I think what will really push the needle (for job boards to become a bigger player) is to build a tool that will connect and match recruiters and employers to higher quality job seekers. Ideally a computer agent that sorts through the marketplace of jobs and job seekers and brings together the relevent parties. We’re hoping to do this by connecting compatible job seekers and employers.

Roundpegs.com Coming Soon — Matching Job Seekers to Employers Job Postings

Our site is launching soon — stay tuned. Soon job seekers will be matched to compatible employers and employer to job seekers based on preferences, skill sets, and abilities. http://www.roundpegs.com

One Job Post, Two Job Post, Six Job Post

Arg. Trying to fill a job opening of software engineer in new york city is so hard. Trying to fill a job opening of software engineer in new york city and wanting a personable and assertive person – fugettaboutit!

I’ve been unsuccessfully looking for a candidate for this job opening for a couple weeks now. So — today I decided to go all-out with what I could, with one constraint – i didn’t want to spend money on a job posting. I’m looking for someone straight out of school, someone hungry and wanting to learn and willing to work alot.

So. I became a job posting machine. NYU. Columbia. NYU Polytechnic University. University of Waterloo. Posted on all their boards. Craigslist – yeah, I went there (not free, but only $25). I even went so far as to post on my Facebook profile!

Later today I thought to myself — wait a minute. I just posted to 6 different locations. With 6 different username/password combinations. With 6 different url’s to visit. Arg! I wish there was one place I could post a job, and that one place would just work. Not having to go to 6 places to post a job would be nice.

So – this is our goal. One place. To post a job. And make it all work.