Every Tuesday on AltSearchEngines we invite two search engines to discuss a topic that they are experts about. Tonight we are very pleased to hear from Maneck Mohan of Recruit.net and Lucas Mast of SimplyHired. I asked them a few questions about Jobs.
1) It looks to me as though most, if not all, Job Search engines are racing to provide the greatest number of job openings “on the planet.” Is that the real name of the game? the site which links to the most millions of job listings “wins?”
The number of jobs is important, but from our perspective the ultimate objective is not solely a vast quantity of jobs but rather in delivering a good user experience and thereby ensuring your visitors keep coming back.
Some of the factors that go into this include:
– Easy to use filters that can break down millions of jobs by company name, date of posting, category, city, etc.
– “De-Duplication” which is what we call our process of ensuring that jobs are not repeated, cross posted and duplicated across our search results.
– Authentication – which involves ensuring that the jobs are real, that the posting source is credible and not just “job spam” which is becoming more frequent with the global proliferation of free classified sites..
So ultimately it’s about the quality of jobs, speed, and relevancy (and not just the number of jobs!)
For Simply Hired, it is about bringing the greatest number of jobs to those who come to our site (www.simplyhired.com) or sites that we power, including MySpace Jobs, Vault, job search on LinkedIn, and more than 2,500 other blogs and websites. It is incredibly important that we search every place imaginable to bring our users all available jobs, whether you are looking for a job as an accountant in Los Angeles or as a tattoo artist in Topeka. If we can bring job seekers relevant content that they will not find elsewhere in one place, we would consider that a “win”.
2) Helping job seekers find job openings is one thing, helping employers find good candidates is another. What are your plans for the latter?