Fortune 500 Companies Create New Job Board
Several Fortune 500 companies are banding together to create a free new job board that will give users access to all their jobs with just one application.
The site is called United We Work and launches today with sponsorship from Sears, AT&T, ADP, Allstate, Hewitt Associates, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Office Depot, 7-Eleven, and Starbucks. The site is free for up to a year for other companies seeking to post positions and will always be free for jobseekers.
“If we can stimulate an employer to make a hire now, that’s going to help get this hiring process back," said Jason Kerr, founder and chief technology officer of QuietAgent, which is powering the site.
Kerr said the site has about 350,000 jobs in its database, and he hopes to increase the listings to 500,000 by the end of the week. He said the jobs are culled only from corporate Web sites to help ensure their legitimacy.
QuietAgent had helped some of the country's biggest companies about a year ago to create a network to share job applicants, Kerr said. Here's how it worked: Sears might get 100 applications for a single job posting. Once it has filled the slot, it could pass on the other 99 applications to other companies in the network. Sears could also access other companies' leftover applications to search for qualified people.
But that network was designed only for company recruiters who pay a fee, Kerr said. United We Work uses a similar database, but allows job seekers to post their resumes to the site and search for positions. Large companies can also sign up to post positions for free until the end of the year, while small businesses can access it for free until July 2010.
Unemployment remains one of the biggest drags on economic recovery. The jobless rate stands at 9.5 percent now and is expected to hit double digits by the end of the year. The new W Hotel in Washington reported 10,000 people applied for just 330 jobs.
It's competitive out there. For those of you hunting, Wisebread offers some good tips on how to get the most out of your online job search, including finding key words and tracking which companies are hiring. And if you want to get really Web 2.0 with it, BioJobBlog has a guide on using Twitter to find a job.
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