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    5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 17, 2008 4:38 PM by ExcaliberJobs

    Where can we find "Test Pilots" for a new service?

    ExcaliberJobs Wayfarer

      We have just published a Job Search website specifically for Small/Mid Size Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations. We are searching to contact companies/organizations to "Test Drive" our site. Need your suggestions on the most effective way to proceed.

       


      ExcaliberJobs.com offers a niche job service to privately/independently owned business looking to streamline their workforce planning. Our clients will have the same online tools of the "Big" name job portals, but at a more competitive cost (no cost for jobseekers).

      We are hosting a pilot for the next few months, but need help in identifying test pilots across the US. We have evaluated several marketing strategies...e-Blasts, click ads, trade shows, mail-outs, etc., but need some advice from experienced professionals before we invest.

      For research purposes: www.excaliberjobs.com & www.youtube.com/excaliberjobs
      Please email at info@excaliberjobs.com if you would like more information!
        • Re: Where can we find "Test Pilots" for a new service?
          LUCKIEST Guide
          Where can we find "Test Pilots" for a new service? Welcome

          Be happy to volunteer.
          We are hosting a pilot for the next few months, but need help in identifying test pilots across the US.

          Good luck, LUCKIEST

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          • Re: Where can we find "Test Pilots" for a new service?
            DomainDiva Ranger
            Why don't you contact some of the job recruiting firms like Volt?
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            • Re: Where can we find "Test Pilots" for a new service?
              Milleisen Scout
              Critical mass is an issue with many businesses (online dating, real estate, business brokers and on and on....)

              Have you considered discounting or even offering a certain amount of postings for free to attract employers? If they have nothing to lose, they might be more willing to try you out.

              What's the plan for attracting job seekers? Why will they want to use your site and not a major player?
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                • Re: Where can we find "Test Pilots" for a new service?
                  ExcaliberJobs Wayfarer
                  Great points, critical mass is one challenge that we are faced with.
                  To answer your questions, I have the ability to offer discounts to new clients, but currently anyone can post unlimited job opportunities for free without any obligations...hence the pilot. We feel that this format will give business owners the ability to learn how our service works before they truly invest in it.

                   

                  ExcaliberJobs.com (eJobs) was created to offer an affordable, innovative solution that will

                   

                  facilitate the creation of business relationships. The strategy of most job search firms is to

                   

                  service the global market and focus on big businesses. The scope of "eJobs" is to bridge the

                   

                  gap between professionals, freelancers, small/mid size businesses, non-profit organizations,

                   

                  and start-up companies at a local level.

                   


                  eJobs began as a continuous improvement project for a consulting company in an effort to streamline the candidate search for business owners. The project sought out to impact a small or mid size business by targeting their current process of workforce planning. After surveying business owners about the methods they use to recruit and/or discover talent, we found that each have similar approaches.

                   

                  • Business or Personal Referrals

                   

                  • Job Search Engines

                   

                  • Temp Agencies

                   

                  • Advertisements in Classifieds or in Trade Publications

                   

                  • Internet Sites for Freelancers, Contractors, etc.

                   


                  Some observations about the above methods,

                   

                  1. Referrals are a great source for candidates but the motive of the person giving the

                   

                  referral is not always clear.

                   

                  2. The majority of job search engines are tailor made for big businesses. They have many

                   

                  postings for fortune 500 companies, but there are few postings for small to mid size

                   

                  businesses. They are also expensive (ranging from $100 to $400 per (1) thirty day ad). What if you don't have a college degree (yet) and are looking for a local job or you're a college student looking to work part-time/intern/freelance? Can start up comanies afford several hundred dollars per ad?

                   

                  3. With temporary agencies, there are many compatibility issues because the skill levels of

                   

                  candidates are either too high or too low. Many contingent workers lack commitment to

                   

                  the organization when compared to core workers. Contingent workers have a higher

                   

                  turnover rate and may pose a security risk.

                   

                  4. Classified advertising companies typically do not specialize in job recruiting. They are

                   

                  looking to attract business from a larger scope, not just job placement.

                   

                  5. Freelancing websites only connect freelance professionals to opportunities. What about

                   

                  small to mid size businesses looking for full-time candidates?

                   


                  I have found at least one internet site that publishes local classifieds and forums for

                   

                  multiple cities in the U.S. This site concentrates on classifieds for jobs, housing, goods,

                   

                  services, romance, local activities, and advice. Its ads run from $25 - $75 per ad, depending

                   

                  upon the location. Although this service is an excellent classified source for just about

                   

                  anything, it does not offer the same online tools of the "major players".