More Than A Job Board

evolutionOnline job boards have quickly become the number one channel by which job seekers find employment opportunities but, how will job boards evolve? According to LinkedIn, job boards represent 60% of the job search volume. This makes sense when you consider the relative ease and access offered. As with all human behavior incentives are the key to action. Job boards hold the carrot of employment opportunity paired with convenience.

Job boards present a wide array of functionality that have transformed the process by which employers and job seekers connect. Take a look at any job board and you’ll find nearly every industry represented, every type of position, tools to post & review resumes, tools to pre-screen candidates, employer reviews, and the list keeps going.

It goes without saying that job boards have had a huge impact on how much time a position remains open. That number is roughly 42 days. Job boards along with social professional networks and word of mouth have created feedback systems that stimulate positive employment outcomes.

As good as job boards are there is always opportunity for improvement. Connecting job seekers and employers is the most important function of a job board. The second important function is confirming mutual value between the employer and job seeker. Job seekers provide evidence of their qualifications and employers consume and attempt to confirm this information. Job boards follow the standard practices when it comes to the confirmation of value; resumes, assessments, pre-screen questions, calling references, and scheduling phone screens/interviews.

The challenges associated with these standard practices for value confirmation have existed for many years. Employers are forced to make critical and costly hiring decisions with anecdotal information mainly self-supplied or references hand selected by the candidate. The same can be said for the job seeker. They are tasked with providing anecdotal instances of achievements and hoping that employers takes their word in good faith. There are some systems in play to help in reducing this hurdle such as certifications, proficiency testing, soft skills testing, and professional prescreening.

A recent evolution to the job board model has introduced additional tools and information by which employers and job seekers can confirm value. In this new model, job boards serve as a secondary function to a skills confirmation platform. To be more exact job seekers subscribe to a service where they can demonstrate their skills and proficiency within simulated business environments. Job seekers are immersed into a simulated experience and must apply the appropriate skills and techniques to overcome the presented challenges. The business simulations are identical to real companies and real operating environments providing a realistic depiction of a job seekers capabilities. In addition, job seeker performance is measured and quantified into an assessment model. Job seekers can use this information for the identification of strengths and areas of opportunity.

As noted, the job board is a secondary function within this service. Employers are able to post positions as they would in any other job board but the difference here is the access to job seeker performance data from within the simulations. This information provides additional data points by which an employer can confirm skills and experience.

A young company, focused on Data & Analytics, that is pioneering this new method of connecting employers and job seekers is SimDnA with their TradeCraft platform. SimDnA was started roughly two years ago with the mission of bridging the gap between Data & Analytics training and getting hired. The founders had witnessed countless situations where individuals educated themselves on the skills of Data & Analytics but were unable to capitalize on opportunities. This included entry level positions and transitioning into senior level analytic roles. With this new platform SimDnA plans to bridge this experience gap and unlock opportunity for both job seekers and employers.

About the Author: My name is Ion King and I am a 20 year veteran of Analytics and Information systems for both fortune 500 companies and startups. My career has centered around traditional consumer lending and Fintech. Presently, my focus is on helping others passionate about growing careers in Data Science & Analytics achieve their goals. Connect with me on LinkedIn or find more of my articles on medium.