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Searching for a new job is both stressful and time consuming. Although the dawn of the Internet has made job hunting easier, looking for a new role still requires endless scrolling through job boards, writing untold amounts of covering letters, and a healthy dose of good fortune.
In truth, a lot of the jobs you see listed on those boards either don’t exist, have already been filled, or are duplicates of positions you’ve see elsewhere. In fact, a lot of the jobs you’d like probably aren’t even listed on these boards at all. If you’re in a professional industry, you’re much more likely to land your next career move by searching through job listings on company websites, having a good professional network, and speculatively approaching various organisations.
Thankfully, things are set to become a little more straightforward thanks to the launch of JobSamurai, a new web service that aims to give you exposure to hundreds of relevant jobs without actually having to look for them.
How It Works
At its core, the operation behind JobSamurai is very simple. Job seekers register on their site, filling in a few personal details about their preferred roles and location, then sit back and wait. There is no need to ever return to JobSamurai and the whole process takes less than a minute.
JobSamurai uses your information to find jobs around the web that match your profile, then shows them to you as banner adverts on the websites you visit most often. They do this by leaving a tracking cookie in your web browser that sends data back to JobSamurai to notify them of where to display their content.
It typically takes 10-15 days for their internal search engines to find all the jobs that match a candidate. It means you won’t see the full effect of their service straightaway, though some adverts will start to filter through after the first week.
Unlike traditional job boards that frequently send out information about matching roles, weekly digests, and other annoying email spam, you will never receive any notifications, emails, or pop-ups from Job Samurai. The only correspondence you’ll receive is one email every two months which will renew the cookie, check that you’re receiving the correct adverts, and give you a chance to update your details.
The beauty of this whole process is — as long as you don’t use an ad-blocker — you’ll start seeing positions that will be a good fit for your skill-set on places such as MakeUseOf and Facebook without ever needing to look at another job board or recruitment company’s website.
Finally, it is important to note that the service is currently in beta.
Who’s Behind It?
The service is powered by Recroup, an online platform that has already sought to revolutionise the traditional job application process. Potential candidates can draw information from their social media profiles, validate their skills by taking online tests, and send cover letters to multiple employers at once – all in an attempt to access the 40 percent of job opportunities that aren’t posted on traditional job boards.
A service of this nature is bound to set alarm bells ringing for certain users. While it’s true that some Internet users are strongly against the use of tracking cookies and even banner advertising, the reality is that in order to experience the full potential of the modern web, you need to bite your lip and embrace them.
For readers who are less technologically savvy, it’s worth noting that cookies cannot carry viruses and cannot install malware on your computer, though on the flipside, tracking cookies do have the potential to compile long-term records of your browsing history. If you ever decide you don’t want to let Job Samurai track you anymore, all browsers offer a way to delete existing cookies and prevent any new ones being added.
What is your opinion of JobSamurai? Is it something you could see yourself using or are you concerned by privacy implications? Are you looking for a job at the moment? What has been your experience with the traditional job boards and recruitment agencies? Perhaps a hassle-free service such as this could inspire you to look for your next career move?
We’d love to know your thoughts. You can let us know your feedback and opinions in the comments section below.
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