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Making a Match: Job Sites Get Personal (live links included)
Wall St Journal ^ | 7/9/2009 | SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN

Posted on 07/09/2009 10:16:02 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies

Finding a job in a recession is tough, let alone one that suits your background and interests. But a strong fit is important. Chances are you won’t be happy if, say, you’re an introvert and vegetarian working as a sales rep for a foie gras purveyor.

The good news is that several help-wanted sites now offer to identify free of charge ideal career opportunities, much as dating sites pair up singles. We asked two professionals to each test the matching capabilities of four sites:, which is in beta; and, which are built around their job-matching functions, and industry veteran, which features its ‘job recommendations’ matching tool on its home page.

The sites dig deeper than traditional job boards, asking questions to help determine what job hunters are seeking in a new position. For example, you might be asked whether you prefer working for a small or a large company, or whether you previously had people reporting to you. Such additional questioning is aimed in part at heading off the common complaint from job seekers that traditional job boards often fail to retrieve positions that suit their preferences.

Using proprietary algorithms, most of the job-matching sites then search their databases for appropriate jobs and list the results. One site,, searches the entire Web, including other job boards and company career sites. Last month, there were 3.3 million job vacancies advertised online, according to the Conference Board, a nonprofit research association.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events

1 posted on 07/09/2009 10:16:02 AM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I have seen an Indian website that is a combination job-board and matrimonial brokerage site. Plus it has more blinking ads than Las Vegas on it. Too weird!!

2 posted on 07/09/2009 10:53:29 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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