LinkedIn may have established itself as one of the leading job services out there, but it’s not necessarily the best when it comes to helping users locate the right position. Berlin startup Jobspotting, which just launched this week, believes that it has the solution in its aggregation platform for job seekers in the fields of IT and marketing.
The service, which is starting out in Germany and the United Kingdom before expanding further, is available through the web or on iOS and functions by sifting through hundreds of thousands of job postings on popular job sites like Monster, Xing, StepStone, AngelList, and more and delivering relevant results. Essentially, users fill in their skills, work experience, seniority, and location and then let the database deliver relevant search results. One of the aspects being promoted is the ability of the database to learn about applicants based on the information that they provide, which would ideally deliver to them increasingly relevant results. The company says that there are currently 200,000 vacancies accessible through the site. Jobspotting has opted to charge their business customers, offering the service for free to end users and partners (online job boards) end up paying based on the leads and traffic that Jobspotting would generate.
Hessam Lavi, who worked at Google and developed this service, wanted to built a job-search platform after experiencing his own difficulties in locating a suitable position. Delivering personalized results is nothing new, but these guys feel that the principles, such as simplicity, that guide services like Spotify, Pandora, and Netflix might be applied to a search engine geared towards job seekers.
The company was actually founded back in 2013, but they are just now ready to go live with their platform. Their financial backing comes in the form of 500,000 Euro from the Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator and from a group of angels that includes Dr. Stefan Gross-Selbeck, former CEO of Xing and eBay Germany.