[New York, NY – January, 2013] CareerSonar, a free service that lets anyone discover the most promising job opportunities in their social and professional networks, launched this week. The social job discovery service lets job seekers easily find their most relevant opportunities: those to which they have strong inside connections who can push their resume to the top of the stack.
“Job boards have become very ineffective, and it’s exceedingly difficult for job seekers to get noticed with a cold approach,” says Aviram Ben Moshe, CareerSonar Co-Founder & CTO and a veteran of an elite IDF intelligence unit. “So much so that many refer to job boards as ‘black holes’ for resumes”.
In contrast, studies show that candidates referred by friends are up to 54 times more likely to be hired than those applying via a job board. It is no surprise that candidates who come with a trusted built-in recommendation have a much better chance of actually landing the job.
CareerSonar, whose motto is ‘friends don’t let friends use job boards,’ analyzes your connections and leverages them in your job search. Its patented ranking of relevant jobs is based on the job seeker’s level of insider access to the hiring company, so that candidates see the most promising opportunities first, rather than waste time poring through hundreds of job search results.
There is a growing debate around which network can be better utilized when job hunting: LinkedIn or Facebook. CareerSonar integrated with both, so friends, family and professional contacts are all in play. “The average person has around 50 LinkedIn connections but over 150 Facebook friends, who can be just as helpful if not more,” says Ben Moshe. Moreover, the website bridges the boundaries of each network to connect users with their Facebook friends’ LinkedIn connections (and vice versa).
Not actively searching but open to hearing about the right opportunity? By eliminating the hassle involved in finding these promising opportunities, CareerSonar’s appeal extends to those individuals who are on the fence. Scheduled ‘Sonar alerts’ let passive candidates find a better job - without really looking.
The website’s launch to the general public today follows more than a year in development and successful beta testing. “CareerSonar strives to dramatically improve the way each of us finds our next job,” says Ben Moshe.