Recruiting Sites Up the Ante

A company that matches job candidates’ resumes to jobs has buffed up its own curriculum vitae.

Trovix, founded five years ago, has been offering a Web-based application that uses proprietary search technology to match and track talent.

Today, the Mountain View, CA, company expands its mission, launching a free online job service for job hunters, said CEO Jeff Benrey. Candidates can anonymously upload their resume to; the company promises candidates will get matches within 30 seconds based on their experience and skills. Additional listings will be e-mailed to the candidate.

Initially, the site will be open to any company that wants to post jobs. Eventually, Trovix plans to charge for advertisements listing job openings. Ads will appear as a paid result, if relevant, in response to a candidate’s search. If paid results closely match a candidate’s skills and experiences, it will receive a five-star designation. All search results will include a score that will indicate how well a job matches a candidate’s background, according to a Trovix spokeswoman.

Results will be culled from other sources, including corporate Web sites, Monster, Career Builder, industry association boards, and free job feeds.

Trovix is not the only company working to put a new spin on job sites. Earlier this month, Rob McGovern, CareerBuilder’s former chief executive launched a career site called Jobfox. While some other job sites charge businesses to advertise openings, Jobfox charges a subscription fee to companies using the service, said Jobfox spokesman Barry Lawrence.

Using Jobfox, a job seeker can create a profile by answering a questionnaire. That profile is posted on a Jobfox page and the job seeker can receive a unique URL. Jobfox matches companies and candidates based on profiles, said Lawrence. “It’s an eHarmony matching system for jobs,” he said, referring to the dating service.

About 1,000 profiles or resumes have been posted each day since the company’s Sept. 12 launch, in addition to 500,000 collected during the company’s beta, Lawrence said.

In addition to Monster and CareerBuilder, career site competitors include of Stamford, CT, and Simply Hired of Mountain View, CA, both of which launched in 2005 as jobs search engines.

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