As you have no doubt experienced, the current model for job searching online is horribly broken, frustrating employers and jobseekers alike. The sorry state of Web recruitment has been acknowledged for years, yet no one has been able to find a solution that works for the vast majority. Until now.
The current online employment process is plagued by a number of serious flaws. Among them is the ease with which jobseekers are able to indiscriminately ‘blast’ their resume to hundreds of employers, regardless of their suitability for the jobs posted. Companies are forced to waste considerable time and resources wading through the frivolous responses – in fact, employers are lucky if even 10 percent of the applicants deserve consideration. The result? Jobseekers get no feedback and feel like their resumes end up in a black hole, well-qualified candidates get lost in the shuffle, and no one is happy with this inefficient, ineffective process.
Software experts have been trying for years to solve the problem by developing algorithms that identify the best resumes based on key words and other criteria, but their results have been spotty, often excluding top candidates in favor of those who are best at ‘gaming’ the system. And no matter how good artificial intelligence may get, we believe it’s no match for human intelligence and the good judgment that already exists among serious, responsible jobseekers.
To radically improve results for both sides of the job-match equation, jobseekers need to have a vested interest in prescreening their suitability for a position. And employers need protection from the avalanche of unqualified applications triggered by nearly every job they post. JobJournal.com will accomplish that and much more.
We are introducing a preliminary ‘beta’ version of the Job Journal website because we want jobseekers and employers to benefit from this revolutionary concept as soon as possible. Ultimately, this will be a much more comprehensive job-search website, but first we are focusing on making better connections between jobseekers and employers.
We offer free job listings to encourage employers to post more opportunities, which will reveal a substantial portion of the ‘hidden job market’ (it’s estimated that over 60 percent of available jobs are never advertised). Jobseekers are able to review pertinent job information before paying a nominaal micro fee (59 cents or less) to reveal the employer and contact details. This compels jobseekers to make more responsible decisions about where they apply for work, significantly reducing the number of unqualified applications employers must contend with. By being more selective, jobseekers improve their chances for success and make it more likely that employers will respond.
Many jobs will be listed exclusively on JobJournal.com, so qualified candidates who have felt ‘lost in the crowd’ now have a website that helps them stand out in the competition for the attention of hiring managers. We’ve programmed this site to prevent aggregators and robots from copying our listings and reposting them on other job boards, eliminating a major irritant for employers and ensuring that jobseekers who apply through the Job Journal process are among a select few given serious consideration for the positions found here.