CareerBeacon, Atlantic Canada’s leading job board, has teamed up with Moncton-based Alongside to launch an updated recruitment tool that focuses on mobile devices.

The job site, which is owned by the Irving family’s media company, Brunswick News Inc., unveiled its revamped website today, saying it provides a richer and easier experience for both recruiters and jobseekers.

The updated product, which improves its mobile experience, is the first result of the partnership between CareerBeacon and Alongside. The two New Brunswick companies partnered last year, when CareerBeacon invested an undisclosed amount in the Moncton company formerly known as Qimple. (Among the properties overseen by Alongside is the Entrevestor Job Board.)

“CareerBeacon has demonstrated a strong commitment to enhance its services for employers and job seekers, which is why they approached us with the idea of partnering,” said Alongside Co-Founder and CEO Yves Boudreau in an email. “They felt we could complement their offering with our applicant tracking system, and we thought partnering with Atlantic Canada’s market-leading job board was a great opportunity to have our product in front of all Atlantic Canadian companies.”

The companies said in a statement that they hope the new design creates an easier way for jobseekers to search, save, and apply for jobs and even apply for jobs directly from their mobile devices. Employers benefit by providing a clean and mobile-friendly experience for job-seekers, said the statement.

WEnTECH Planning 2 Launches in 2018

Boudreau said the launch today is the first phase in the partnership, and the focus is on improving the experience for job-seekers – especially on mobile. “Later this summer, we will release the CareerBeacon employer services, which will make the partnership more obvious as both sites will communicate seamlessly,” he added.

Founded in 2005, CareerBeacon has the largest market share of any job board in Atlantic Canada, with more than 20,000 daily job-seekers and 2,500 companies using the site.

"With 63 percent of recruiters stating that talent shortage is their biggest problem, we believe that our flexible and efficient jobseeker experience will help increase talent acquisition rates," said CareerBeacon Director of Sales Jason Warren in the statement.

Alongside operates a hiring platform that humanizes the online hiring experience by bridging the communication gaps between employers and candidates. Founded in 2014, Alongside was named to the Top 25 Up and Coming Canadian ICT Companies by the Branham300 and was the first Atlantic Canadian startup to be accepted into 500 Startups, one of the world’s top startup accelerators.

Boudreau said the company, which now has 12 employees and will add employees later this year, has been growing its business in other areas while it has been working on the CareerBeacon relaunch. “Actually, this partnership allowed our team to take a step back and re-evaluate our offering and how we can reposition Alongside to be a market leader in the human capital management industry in North America.”