TalentSpring, in beta mode during q2 2007
Founders: Bryan Starbuck, CEO – Andrew Boardman, Development Manager – ex-Microsofties, no recruitment pedigree (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Their bios on the site here
Tagline: wisdom of the crowd brought into the candidate selection processes
How it works: potential candidates enter their profiles, subject to voting on other peoples’ profiles. system algorithms are meant to pick candidates who put crappy scores. recruiters use these scores to spot top talent in their corresponding industries and pay to contact the people they like (recruiters need to enter a JD in the system)
Value prop for job seekers: you resume stands out in front of recruiters because it carries a user-generated score (the merit score)
Value prop for employers/recruiters: easier to spot top talent because of the – you guessed it – Merit score
Comments:Does it sound a bit like jobster to you? I am unsure how the merit score is a good assessor of the quality of the candidate, and if recruiters will rely on the score to make contact/interview decisions. Very early stages though.
Thank you to Kris for the tip