|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)
|Revenue||AUD9.2 million (estimated)|
|Owner||SpotJobs Pty Ltd|
|Type of site||Job search engine|
SpotJobs was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Melbourne, VIC. In February 2014, it expanded by opening its first office in Sydney. As of January 2015 there are 19 employees in the Melbourne office and six in Sydney. It is a Limited Proprietary Company and is an employment website that lists permanent and part-time entry-to mid-level jobs throughout Australia.
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. 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. The Smorgon family, which topped the BRW Rich Families list in 2013, also owns a stake. 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. On October 31, 2013 Spotjobs.com celebrated its first birthday. Romano and Williams expect to reach profitability in the first quarter of 2014.
SpotJobs focuses on listing casual, part-time and full-time positions in the entry to mid-level employment space. The site prices itself at a discount to other Australian employment websites, charging AUD72.50 per listing. 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. SpotJobs' majority of job seekers are between 20 and 30. The site has also seen an increase in women and retirees re-entering the workforce. 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.
The site's search engine allows job seekers to look for work based on several criteria:
- Travel distance
- Day and time availability
- Degree of customer interaction
- Indoor or outdoor position
- Tag words
Spotjobs is currently Australia's first largest entry level and casual job site  and third largest job site. Romano and Williams reported that SpotJobs has 850,000 registered users as of July 2015 As of May 2013, the site was receiving 3,000 applications per week. 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. One thousand new users Sign Up on SpotJobs each day.
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.
Other Offerings, Sponsorships and Advertising
In May 2013 SpotJobs launched SpotED, a service that connects job seekers with registered training organisations. As of June 2014 there have been approximately 10,000 course enrollments in this educational arm of the SpotJobs family.
SpotJobs sponsors TV programming such as Big Brother, the Sydney Thunder Cricket Team as well as the Giants and Melbourne Storm. They advertise heavily nationally on TV and through outdoor media including large format billboards.
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