While there are many other job banks out there for you to peruse, JobSearchUSA.org is looking to provide you with more functionality, a huge selection of postings, and excellent search tools. They aim to be different and the best part is that it’s all free. They ordered up a ReviewMe review, so he we go!
For Employers and (Potential) Employees
On the job seeker side of things, the experience is a familiar one. There is a growing database of job postings — provided directly by recruiters and “supplemented with additional listings” — and you sift through these using a number of filters. Shady postings (like home based scams) are also consistently deleted. Alternatively, you can put up your resume for employers to browse through. Job seekers also have the option to hide certain details that they wish to keep private.
The level of detail found in these listings is largely up to the individual employers, so you’ll find some that’ll tell you exactly what they expect, what you’ll be doing, and how much they’ll pay. On others, the information can be pretty scarce. In either case, you can oftentimes apply online directly through JobSearchUSA.
For employers, the tools appear to be more powerful. At its most basic level, you can post up individual positions in JobSearchUSA’s listing and wait for the applications to come in. When you create an account, you are presented with an employer dashboard that tells you how many jobs you’ve posted, how many have been approved, how many job searchers are registered, and so forth. You can also search through the resumes posted by the job hunters, filtering through based on geographic location, primary field of experience, years in work field, management experience, and highest qualification.
Perhaps the coolest thing for employers is the ability to have a self-branded mini-site, either hosted on JobSearchUSA directly or on your own company website. I had some trouble setting up the banner on the mini-site and the design is very, very basic, but for the most part, it works.
How Does JobSearchUSA Make Money?
As John Chow dot Com is all about making money online, this is the key question that you’re probably asking about this job hunting (and posting) website. Well, the short answer is: they don’t. At least, not right now.
JobSearchUSA has only been around for a relatively short amount of time, so they’ve taken the approach of building up their user base first before making an attempt to monetize that traffic.
Why? Well, when you look at JobSearchUSA‘s direct competition, they have “featured employers”. I can say with a fair amount of confidence that the reason why any of these employers are “featured” are because they pay for that advertising space. If you have a small user base and limited traffic, companies will not be willing to fork out the big bucks for a spot on your homepage. By contrast, when you have millions of registered users, you can demand top dollar for your valuable online real estate. The same can be said about having their HR departments provide “featured articles.” You can charge companies to advertise themselves that way too.
I personally think that it would be best to avoid any sort of contextual advertising like Adsense or Kontera, because there’s a good chance that you will be directing your visitors away from your site and onto direct competitors. Think about the ads that would be served up based on keywords like “job search”, “post your resume”, and “post a job.”
Fiasco could perhaps have two or three “featured employers” per job type (accounting, education, hospitality, etc.). It’s a little more adventurous, but he could even try charging job seekers to “feature” their resumes, paying a small fee to place their names near the top of the list when employers are looking for workers.
Find a Career with JobSearchUSA
I enjoyed the interface which was clean and straight-forward, and it will be interesting to see how well JobSearchUSA can compete against some of the bigger boys in the job posting industry.