Next-Gen Job Sites

These next-gen job sites seek to replace executive-search firms and spirit-crushing job boards with cash incentives, matching algorithms, and social networks.

Money Talks: NotchUp

Greatest strength: NotchUp lets employers offer passive job seekers cash to sit for an interview. Candidates name their price.
References: 100,000 users; recruiters from Disney and Genentech
Experience: Motorola product marketing director Manish Rai first tried recruiters to fill an open senior-marketing-manager position, but "it took several cycles of feedback on candidates before they understood the position," he says. In one day on NotchUp, Rai says he found the best four people he'd seen. He offered one $500 to interview but hired someone from his own network first.
Greatest weakness: In a softening job market, will recruiters still need to pay people to talk to them?

Multilevel Networking: Blue Chip Expert

Greatest strength: Individuals join in the hope of either being discovered by an executive hiring manager or reaping a piece of Blue Chip's finder's fee when a friend they've invited gets hired. Employers join to get access to a better class of candidate.
References: 375,000 members (60% outside the U.S.); companies such as American Express, Pepsi, and Williams-Sonoma
Experience: Within weeks of joining, Cheryl Schurr got hired as a district sales manager at Impac Medical Systems, which sells back-end tech to medical facilities. Ten recruiters and daily job-board visits had netted her nothing. "You never know what jobs recruiters have or how hard they're working for you," she says.
Greatest weakness: Hiring managers need an invite to participate.

eHarmony for Paychecks: Jobfox

Greatest strength: Employers use Jobfox's search algorithms to identify candidates' profiles that best fit their job descriptions.
References: 1 million job seekers per month; 3,000 companies, including Bank of America, Comcast, Time Warner, and TiVo
Experience: "With this, I'm not flipping through 100 résumés going 'no, no, no,' " says Mike Manzo, a recruiter for $4 billion casual-dining conglomerate Brinker International. He uses it to fill manager slots. For a New York City Chili's, he says, "I got four applications, everyone was a fit, and candidates got back to me. With Monster and CareerBuilder, they apply but may not be as serious."
Greatest weakness: Less coverage outside the top 10 U.S. cities.

Pay It Forward:

Greatest strength: Employers broadcast a job notice, along with an offer of a $10,000 bonus to the person who refers the winning candidate, through H3. The posting then ripples through email forwards and social networks such as LinkedIn.
References: 20,000 referrers; 200-plus companies, including Fidelity and Gartner
Experience: Scott Simmons, a recruiter for Microsoft in its accounting software division, made seven hires — including senior-level software engineers and program managers — in the first five months of using H3. He now uses the tool for every open position.
Greatest weakness: Limited control over where the job notice is posted. Facebook, sure. MySpace, not exactly.

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  • eric shannon

    Back in 2007, I wrote about the flood of new job sites in Too Many Job Ventures and nothing has really changed. The employment business is about marketing and service where the new sites can't compete.

  • C.E. Reid

    Another organization on the cutting edge for empowering job seekers is Empowering Today's Professionals (ETP) Network. The global membership synergy business model combines online and in person social networking, career management training conference calls with "virtual handshake" networking. In addition career management training videos and podcasting are also available.

    ETP Network leverages the best Web 2.0 has to offer, which has proven to help more members land jobs quicker in a shorter period of time.

    Carl E. Reid, CSI
    Developer of Career Management Swiss Army Knife w/Smart Radar

  • Jeff Greene

    The day that I retired at age 48, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my business life... Help folks create a full measire of financial freedom and independance from Jumpstreet, so that as my own business grows, I'd have a friendly self-made Clientele and ready Market.

    Looking at these great resources today, and seeing how easy it is to really help folks come together through networking online, I'd say that the "Old Days and Old Ways" surely leave a lot to be desired, and yet there are those who still expend unnecessary time and energy trying to find work without using the newest tools...

    I am proud to be a referrer for Blue Chip Expert and Climber, as well as some of the lesser known job aquiring resources- Finding ways to let folks know about these great innovative platforms is 90% of the equasion, as in most of the growing and changing ways that Life and Work are being presented to us these days.

  • Jeremy Macdonald

    I couldn't agree more with the need for a next generation of job search sites!

    For fair disclosure, I am working on one of them. is a companion to existing job search sites and focuses on providing tools for managing job prospects like a sales pipeline and a community for job seekers to learn from each other.

  • bill powers

    very informative article for those given 2 weeks notice 1 month or 2 weeks from christmas and the promise of a new year