SpotJobs

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SpotJobs.com
Spotjobs Corporate Logo.png
Type Private
Founded 2011
Headquarters Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Founder(s) Lewis Romano, Jake Williams
Key people Lewis Romano (Managing Director)
Jake Williams (Executive Director)
Glenn Smith (Chief Executive Officer)
Industry Internet
Services Online employment
Revenue AUD9.2 million (estimated)[1]
Owner SpotJobs Pty Ltd
Employees 14 (2014)[1]
Website www.spotjobs.com
Type of site Job search engine
Registration Optional
Available in English
Current status Active

SpotJobs was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Melbourne, VIC. In February 2014, it expanded by opening its first office in Sydney.[2] As of June 2014 there are 17 employees in the Melbourne office and four in Sydney.[3] It is a Limited Proprietary Company and is an employment website that lists permanent and part-time entry-to mid-level jobs throughout Australia.

History[edit]

In 2010 the idea for SpotJobs was conceived by Lewis Romano and Jake Williams. Shortly after graduating high school, Williams saw the opportunity for a website that catered to job seekers looking for temporary employment.[4] When both Williams and Romano graduated Business school, the pair spent 12 months pitching their idea to a number of investors. Their break came when a family connection introduced them to contacts at the Simonds Group of Companies. Co-founders Romano and Williams successfully pitched the Simonds Board who then invested approximately AUD2.5 million in SpotJobs.[1][5] The Smorgon family, which topped the BRW Rich Families list in 2013, also owns a stake.[6] In October 2012 the Spotjobs.com site entered its Beta phase which ended February 28, 2013. The website officially launched at the beginning of March, 2013.[7] On October 31, 2013 Spotjobs.com celebrated its first birthday.[8] Romano and Williams expect to reach profitability in the first quarter of 2014.[1]

Positioning[edit]

SpotJobs focuses on listing "high-turnover" casual, entry level, and part-time positions. The site prices itself at a discount to other Australian employment websites,[5] charging AUD72.50 per listing.[9] Optional Extras may be added such as: Promoted Listing, Long Listing, Fast Listing and Facebook Promote. Volume Discounts are also available at highly competitive rates.

The average user on SpotJobs is a 26-year-old woman.[10] SpotJobs' majority of job seekers are between 20 and 30.[11] The site has also seen an increase in women and retirees re-entering the workforce.[9] However only 3 per cent of its job hunters are over 50 and yet 60 per cent of its workers are female. According to SpotJobs' data, female participation drops off steeply after the age of 30 and is almost negligible by 40. Support is given to employers who positively discriminate as encouraged by the Australian Department of Employment with their Corporate Champion program. Bunnings Warehouse is a company which does favour women and older age employees in their home and hardware-related business.[10]

The site's search engine allows job seekers to look for work based on several criteria:

  • Location
  • Travel distance
  • Day and time availability
  • Degree of customer interaction
  • Indoor or outdoor position
  • Tag words

Clients[edit]

SpotJobs lists Apple Inc, Coles Supermarkets, David Jones Limited, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Telstra among its approximately 1,500 clients.[4][11]

Usage[edit]

Spotjobs is currently Australia's first largest entry level and casual job site [11] and fourth-largest job site.[3][12] Romano and Williams reported that SpotJobs has 650,000 registered users as of September 2014[10] and was receiving 500,000 unique browsers and 2.5 million pageviews per month in October 2013.[13] As of May 2013, the site was receiving 3,000 applications per week.[5] More than 400,000 job applications have been submitted through the site since October 2012 with between 5,000 and 6,500 job listings posted on the site at any given time.[1][12] One thousand new users Sign Up on SpotJobs each day.[4][11]

To recruiters and hiring managers, getting the right candidate is the name of the game. Encouraging hires at any level MD Lewis Romano suggests that there are creative ways to get noticed. What might appear as a crazy tactic in getting hired turns into a delightful experience when the results are successful.[14]

Other offerings[edit]

In May 2013 SpotJobs launched SpotED, a service that connects job seekers with registered training organisations.[5] As of June 2014 there have been approximately 10,000 course enrollments in this educational arm of the SpotJobs family.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Recruitment start-up SpotJobs closes in on profit target". BRW. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "No Cookies". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Video - Switzer Daily". Switzer.com.au. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c ""How we raised funds pre-development" SpotJobs co-founder tells". Brw.com.au. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Job ads start-up Spotjobs tackles entry-level positions with big-name backer". Brw.com.au. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "SpotJobs takes the hard work out of finding work". Surf Coast Times. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  8. ^ Gavin Lower. "How I did it - SpotJobs.com celebrates its first birthday". Startupsmart.com.au. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Spot the success story: start-up proves to be just the job". The Australian. 3 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  10. ^ a b c "Help for older women who need jobs". M.smh.com.au. Retrieved 2014-10-01. 
  11. ^ a b c d "How free beer has helped turn Spotjobs into a major nuisance for its established rivals". Brw.com.au. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  12. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  13. ^ "Spotjobs.com Celebrates Its First Birthday". Startupsmart.com.au. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  14. ^ "Crazy Ways People Have Been Hired". News.com.au. Retrieved 2014-09-25. 

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