Jobsculptor.com "humanises" online recruitment

Joining the burgeoning Internet recruitment world, another online employment search engine was launched on Thursday.

Called jobsculptor.com, officials say this service is an Australian first at matching candidates with employers by combining online and offline recruitment consulting services.

Following a "soft launch" in Melbourne on Wednesday, the IT e-cruiting site had already attracted more than 500 candidates by Thursday morning, Monty Sachdev, managing director of jobsculptor.com said.

Sachdev said by the end of March he expects some 16,000 candidates to register on the website and 3000 jobs to be advertised.

Sachdev said job.sculptor,com has formed partnerships and alliances with industry specialists, such as Lead Lease, cXc Online, Hamilton Watts and Assessyou to provide offline services to candidates and clients such as financial planning, legal advice, payroll services and pyschometric testing.

The company plans to form partnerships with other recruiting companies in an application service provider model where the recruitment consulting company would focus on client relationship management and business development and use jobscultpor.com's matching service and database.

The company is aiming to provide a "humanised" interface to its online service, unlike other online job boards that merely provide classifieds, Sachdev said.

"When you look at what Australia has in terms of so called online recruiting services, what you'll find . . .is that most are not services at all," Sachdev said.

"Most of the existing sites are job boards created by media entities to protect their classified revenues."

Jobsculptor.com features 57 different vortals, each focussed on a specific sector of the IT industry, such as SAP, Oracle or Linux. Candidates register their information only for jobs or areas they are skilled in, Sachdev said.

According to Sachdev, users can currently register with the site, but should not expect to be matched with a prospective employer until mid March.

The organisation's matching technology does not come online until March 165, Sachdev said.

"By the end of the month we expect substantial traffic," he said.

Sachdev said the company plans to expand into other industries, such as engineering, and accounting as well as globally, with the aim of achieving presence in 26 countries in 18 months time.

Meanwhile, Sally Mills, joint CEO of online Internet recruiting company, MillsHarding does not believe the job.sculptor.com initiative is a first for Australia.

"It's not the first . . .and it's the way a lot of the online jobs companies are going," she said.

Mills said the venture was likely to affect certain markets in the recruiting market.

"It will be interesting to see whether they tread on anyone's toes," she said.

Mills added that the company is likely to face hurdles as it partners with more companies and generates more candidates.

"Cyberspace is like a blackhole . . .being able to deal with the volume is (difficult)," she said.

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