As the US economy suffers from a stagnant unemployment rate, an Israeli startup company is using innovative technology to change the way Americans search for and find jobs.
Utilizing social networking as its base, www.Jobsminer.com is the only job search engine that aggregates jobs in real time from social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus and more. While such social networks are generally limited to family, friends or followers, JobsMiner offers ground-breaking means to access job opportunities hidden within the vast and relatively untamed social networking frontier.
In unlocking these hidden jobs, JobsMiner presents potential employment opportunities that otherwise would have been missed by the job seeker.
If someone for example, wants to search for potential jobs in Maine, a simple click on the website’s map of the state yields a list of jobs, ranging from office manager in Portland to registered nurse in Bangor, all drawn from various social networking sites. The job seeker can always tailor the search by specifying the job field he or she is interested in and the geographical area.
According to the company’s CEO, Ran Enoch, more than 22 million Americans used social networks to find their most recent job in 2011.
“The majority of jobseekers today use social networking,” Enoch told Tazpit News Agency in an exclusive interview.
“Ours is the first and only on-line tool that searches all social media websites for relevant jobs,” he added.
JobMiner’s social media search engine is based upon the technology of Makam, a leading Israeli company that has been monitoring and analyzing social media for seven years, providing services in the fields of government, security and healthcare to thousands of users in organizations both in Israel and internationally including the U.S.
“The reason that we chose to launch JobsMiner in the United States is due to the current economic climate of the country and partly because of our familiarity with the market there,” explained Enoch.
He added, “Our search engine crawls through social networks, blogs and forums, filtering out the clutter and presenting those job opportunities that are relevant to the job seeker. What we realized is that company employees many times will post about a job opening on their social networks before it even appears on the company’s website or job board. JobsMiner gets this information out to a much wider circle of people in the quickest possible way.”
Launched in February 2012, JobsMiner has already helped countless Americans locate jobs according to Enoch.
Joyce Lain Kennedy, a Los Angeles Times syndicated careers columnist, predicts that JobsMiner “holds the potential to play a major role in the 21st century job search revolution.” She described JobsMiner in her column as “an impressive burst of creative energy to refresh your job search.”
With ten Israeli employees who oversee one million job postings per month, JobsMiner is a small start-up company located in Kiryat Ono near Tel Aviv, and is looking to expand its services.
“Following our success in the American market, we are looking at the job market in Spain right now,” said Enoch. The company is also looking elsewhere in Europe and plans to make its job service technology available in its own home country in the coming months, with the Hebrew-language system already set.
“Even with our plans to continue expanding, one thing will not change, and that is we plan to always keep our services free of charge,” Enoch told Tazpit News Agency. JobsMiner provides its services for free as it generates revenue through clicks on Google advertisements on its site.
“In general, our company’s vision is to continue to help people find work across the globe,” concludes Enoch.
Anav Silverman made aliyah from Maine in 2004. She works as an educator at Hebrew University’s High School and writes for Tazpit News Agency in Jerusalem.