New IT job search site shuns recruiter-ridden trend

Jobreel to help the cream of Australia’s IT crop find specialised positions, without the help of recruiter middle-men.

A new job search Web site that aims to help the cream of Australia's IT crop find specialised positions is doing battle against the anonymous recruiter-ridden job search giants like Seek and MyCareer.

Developed by Sydney start-up Deep Grey Labs, Jobreel is a specialised IT site targeting the high end of programming, testing, management, product and interface design, analyst, system and network administration jobs.

Launched in February this year, the site aims to help Australia's best technologists find jobs with companies who will appreciate them, and aren't afraid to list their company's name in an ad, according to Jobreel spokesperson Oleg Sushkov.

"Who you're working for matters a lot to many technologists, but searching on Seek with this in mind is a real pain. At least 95 percent of their ads are from agencies who won't identify the employer so there's very little information available to job-seekers," Sushkov said.

"The recruitment industry is well known for underhanded tactics like posting fake ads in order to snare clients, and many won't bother responding to agency ads. Jobreel gets out of the way and allows job seekers to contact employers directly."

Sushkov, also a co-founder of Deep Grey Labs, said people who respond to an ad on Jobreel are more likely to know what they want and be a reasonable candidate for the position.

"It allows companies to differentiate their positions from the thousands on Seek and show that they care enough about who they employ to manage their own recruitment."

He concedes that the bigger job sites can offer more exposure than Jobreel, but believes this results in them being bombarded with mediocre applications by people looking to do a job without distinction.

"The employing company defines the calibre of your team, the work environment, management attitudes, scope for learning, creativity and whether you're working on something that really matters. All [of these things] are more important to many technologists than salary or, say, the particular programming language used. Requiring the employer to be named makes this information available to job-seekers and lets them do their research," Sushkov said.

While it is currently IT focused in its job ads, Jobreel is planning to expand to include positions from other high technology fields.

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