This is a guest blog post by job hunter Sally Lawton.
Slogan: Where Hiring Happens
Pros: Slick resume templates
Cons: Hard to use job search engine, limited sample size, you can get more from more traditional sites
In Job Search 2.0, there are several key features that every career site should have: social networking, sophisticated marketing tools, and a robust job search engine. Unfortunately, having all of these components doesn’t necessarily mean success. Mployd, with its kicky name and sharp display, has all of these characteristics, but they won’t necessarily help you find a job.
Social networking on Mployd consists of a system where a user’s colleagues can vouch for them. Vouching is supposed to work like a recommendation; however, it is unclear how much value an employer will place on a user’s vouches. After all, there is no way of knowing if the vouches are valid data on a user’s employability. Because of this, it seems doubtful that an employer would make hiring decisions based on this feature.
To be fair, Mployd’s marketing tools are slick. They offer well designed resume templates, and a personal URL. While the URL cannot be personalized with the user’s name, the resume templates do allow users to create a very nice looking online resume to present to employers.
Mployd does not have the most robust of job search engines. While a site like Monster allows users to search by using several different levels of refinement, Mployd requires users to fill in each search field. This can be exasperating if a user wants only to search by job category or keyword. More frustrating is that on my first go, Mployd seemed to have no job postings. I tried searching first for jobs in my hometown. Finding none, I tried a few bigger cities: Chicago, New York, and Toronto. No dice. Finally, I located a tiny link at the bottom of the page labeled “Job Listings.” Clicking there took me to all of Mployd’s listings, all of which seem to be in Canada and the Philippines. A job search engine should not be this limited.
Job Search 2.0 can be something of a gamble. Sometimes, a site has a lot of potential, or at least one feature that might make visiting it worthwhile. Other times, the features don’t seem to offer any boost to a user’s job search. Unfortunately, Mployd falls into the latter category. Its one useful feature, stylish resume templates, could easily be adopted by a larger career Website, or users could simply learn to design their resumes better. Mployd needs some work, and for now, I’m pretty unMpressed.