Helping Employers Use Job Boards
A young New Brunswick company is making it easier for employers to extend their reach when looking for new employees.
Moncton-based Qimple has developed an automated process that helps employers to carefully assess where they are posting their job openings. It automatically posts jobs in the best places possible and screens the responses – all with the goal of increasing the likelihood of finding top-flight candidates.
Employers looking for employees these days usually post their vacant positions on job boards, hoping that the perfect candidate will pop up. But the problem is there are more than 1,000 job boards in North America. There are about 160 in Canada alone. Some concentrate on a geographic location, while others specialize in certain occupations.
Qimple aims to help employers figure out which job boards are best for the job being posted and then help employers navigate the application process. It automatically posts the job on all the selected job boards and handles all the payment processing.
“The big thing that makes us different is we distribute the jobs,” said CEO and Co-Founder Yves Boudreau in an interview. “We give you a selection of job boards and help you find the right ones.”
The company is still in its early stages, but it already has paying customers and is in talks with others. It’s got a core team to develop the business, and it’s been accepted in the Launch36 accelerator.
Boudreau got the idea for the company a few years ago when he worked for Enterprise Greater Moncton and was helping the New Brunswick Government to attract workers to the region. He was astonished not only by the vast options for job boards but also by the flood of résumés employers receive.
So he teamed up with Lead Developer and Co-Founder Benoit Bourque and Product Manager Aaron Lewis to launch a product that addresses these problems. They’ve developed and are now beta-testing a fully automated system that posts jobs on the best job boards and then filter the responses so only the employer only sees the best candidates.
“We’ve been scraping data for months now and we have a ton of information on job boards,” said Boudreau, adding that it is continuing to develop this databank. The Qimple system analyses that data to help employers find the best platforms for their needs.
It allows employers to customize their requirements in job posts and even helps them to determine what skills are most necessary for their vacant position.
“Our target market is growing companies,” said Lewis, a serial entrepreneur who previously worked on Maritime Rideshare. “There are 1000 or so job boards in North America. You have to know which ones are gaining traction. We provide recommendations on the best platforms for finding quality talent.”
Qimple is planning to raise capital through this year .The company is now working with a few clients on beta-testing the product, and will do a soft launch in June – around the time it completes the Launch36 program. The team is planning a full launch in September.