The third major decade of the web in which we have entered has often been referred to as the "semantic web decade" where developers are trying to create web services that match users with the things they want based on mounds of data they have provided versus keyword matching.
Montreal based startup Jobbook is no exception, matching members with the jobs they want, much like an online dating site, but for the human resources industry. The difference between Taleo, which 5,000 corporations use for applicant selection and Jobbook is that the potential employee is matched with a job versus having to search for one.
As a result, Jobbook, with now 6,000 members in just less than two months benefits both the potential employee and the corporation involved, which is a step forward in the human resources automation world.
The service is completely free for job seekers and students who can remain completely anonymous until they actively express interest in becoming hired for a position. If the potential employee chooses to reveal themselves, they and the employer will both receive notification of the match. The job seeker can then "like" a match which notifies the employer and share the CV of the applicant. If the potential employee doesn't like the match, then they can simply "dislike" and it will be removed from their list and maintains the privacy of the individual.
When an employer is interested in learning more about a candidate and pursuing an interview, they can request to view the candidate member's name and CV. When the potential employee accepts, then an interview can be pursued to talk about an eventual hire. The company takes 5% of the hired employee's first year salary as commission for the employer using the system.
Jobbook is also organizing a dictionary that aims to list all job titles, field by field, which will always be constantly adding and subtracting as different types of jobs emerge due to the changing role of the worker in society due to different technological revolutions.
Jobbook is also hosting a user-submitted content section which will allow users to share, contribute and learn useful information and resources on job titles in their professional fields of interest.
In addition to user-submitted content, Jobbook is also providing targeted news to the human resources industry field-by-field, helping readers stay in the loop which will soon be integrated into the job seeker's dashboard.
With all those features in mind, and Jobbook bringing Web 3.0 methods into play, it could be a brilliant recipe for a successful Canadian startup story.