Student Debt is Killing Tech Entrepreneurship

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft after dropping out of Harvard.  In his youth, personal computers were coming of age. He was given a small window of opportunity to participate in bringing PCs to users homes by creating an operating system.  Today Microsoft is one of the largest software producers in the world, employees thousands of people, and helps businesses on a daily basis.  Bill Gates was able to capitalize on this window because, at the time, he was not married, did not have children, and entered the market at the right time.

Will high tuition make tech entrepreneurship possible?

Will high tuition make tech entrepreneurship possible?

Mark Zuckerberg also dropped out of Harvard to build Facebook. Zuckerberg was born in 1984 and was in his twenties when social media became popular.  It was the perfect time to start Facebook, as there was limited competition in this field.  Zuckerberg acted quickly on his window of opportunity, and today Facebook connects millions of people around the world and is a great tool for businesses to communicate with their customers.

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Top Employment Websites in Canada

With so many employment sites to choose from you can become overwhelmed in your job search. Today the web offers much more than job search functionality. It offers tools to help you with the whole employment life cycle which includes: how to network, where to look for employment, employee reviews, salary info, and interview questions. When considering which site to use,  consider what stage you are at in the employment life cycle and use these sites to your advantage. Continue reading

GetHired Review

I recently discovered the site GetHired.com.  I figured the Internet has enough job websites out there so is there really a need for another?  But GetHired.com points out some of the flaws in the hiring process and makes one search for the right candidate much more interesting.  With GetHired.com the job seeker and employer can use video or audio to make the hiring process more personal.

GetHired Review

GetHired Review

From Job Seeker Perspective

From the job seeker side GetHired.com boasts the following:

  • Track status for each job you have applied for.
  • Alert you with appropriate jobs you are qualified for
  • See which employers have reviewed your profile
  • Track how many times your profile has been viewed.
  • Schedule interviews through their video conferencing system.

I would like to mention I love how easy the registration process is.  I uploaded my resume quickly and accurately from a word document.  There was no hours of form filling.  But I submitted my resume almost a week ago and my account is still under review.   I would like to add the site needs more jobs.  When I searched my city nothing came up (I live in a large city) but hopefully that will change as the sites grows in popularity.  I also didn’t like the fact that when I signed up for the site I had to share it on facebook, or on twitter, or via email to get the “who’s viewed me” activated.  I really don’t want to spam my friends.  But at least the “who’s viewed me feature” is free, unlike LinkedIn.com.


From an Employer Perspective

For the employers GetHired boasts:

  • Employers can pre-screen candidates using video and voice
  • Automatically schedule interviews online
  • Search video resumes that are ready for an interview right now
  • When posting a job on multiple websites, GetHired.com creates a link back to their sites where users can apply.

I think from an employer perspective this site is great.  What makes it great is employers ability to post interview questions online and have the applicant respond in a video or audio interview.  Everybody knows how important first impressions are and people can decide if the applicant is worthwhile for a person-to-person interview.    I remember when I was a coop student and a hiring manager asked me, “What is the most important skill you can have at work”.  I answered incorrectly and the answer he was looking for was communication skills.   When using GetHired.com the employer can definitely get an idea of how good the applicant’s communication skills are.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I really like this site.  Personally, I hate writing cover letters because I think no one will read it.  Making a video cover letter is much more personal.  We all know that first impression is everything.   If the job seeker makes a good first impression they will increase their change for a person to person interview.

Monster vs CareerBuilder

Monster vs Careerbuilder

Monster vs Careerbuilder

I have been curious what is the best website for finding jobs. Two websites that always stick out in my mind are Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com. So I went onto some social media sites and tried my best to do keyword research on what type of jobs people are looking for and this is what I found:

“I need a job in Publishing”
“I need a job in “Web development”
“I need a job in a Library”

I decided to see who has the most jobs out of the sample I took. So the rules are the posts can only be a week old within a five mile radius of a city. Below are my results:

Keyword: Publishing

Region Job Type Monster Career Builder
Seattle, WA Publishing 29 Jobs 13 Jobs
Los Angeles, CA Publishing 46 Jobs 16 Jobs
Minneapolis, MN Publishing 42 Jobs 10 Jobs
Dallas, TX Publishing 32 Jobs 19 Jobs
New York, NY Publishing 165 Jobs 69 Jobs
Miami, FL Publishing 21 Jobs 14 Jobs

My criticism of Monster.com is a large percentage jobs are from examiner.com which I would not consider a high paying job. But I guess it is fair to say a job from examiner.com is a job nevertheless.

Keyword: Web developer

Region Job Type Monster Career Builder
Seattle, WA Web Development 51 Jobs 106 Jobs
Los Angeles, CA Web Development 111 Jobs 68 Jobs
Minneapolis, MN Web Development 32 Jobs 34 Jobs
Dallas, TX Web Development 75 Jobs 77 Jobs
New York, NY Web Development 206 Jobs 242 Jobs
Miami, FL Web Development 15 Jobs 22 Jobs

My criticism is a large portion of jobs come from cybercoders.com I would recommend searching about cybercoders.com and see for yourself if you want to work for them.

Keyword: Librarian

City Job Type Monster Career Builder
Seattle, WA Librarian 0 1
Los Angeles, CA Librarian 0 2
Minneapolis, MN Librarian 0 2
Dallas, TX Librarian 0 0
New York, NY Librarian 8 1
Miami, FL Librarian 1 0

I liked the search functionality better on CareerBuilder.com. I found Monsters ads tended to dominate the site. I found the search results pretty much the same. But my biggest concern with all the sites out there is the quality of jobs. Google recently tweaked their search engine to reduce webspam. I recommend these sites filter their jobs to promote good reputable companies with quality jobs.
So who is the better side? Neither. I conclude they are both great sites but both need work to improve the quality of jobs they post. In fairness there is a lot of great jobs in both.