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Sharpen your recruiting with new matchmaker sites

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Issue: Some new job boards this year take their cues from dating sites, trying to match employers with applicants.

Benefit/risk: Such sites can eliminate unqualified applicants, but they're fishing in smaller ponds, and they're not cheap.

Action: Test the waters with one of these sites; expect the competitors to narrow in coming years.

When posting want-ads on traditional job boards, you can waste lots of time sifting through rÈsumÈs that don't come close to your job opening. In the past year, a new breed of job boards has emerged that aim to more selectively screen rÈsumÈs to provide fewer, but better, matches.

Traditional job sites use sorting and keyword-filtering technology that matches job descriptions with skills listed on rÈsumÈs. But the latest sites combine the technology of relationship-matchmaking sites (, etc.) with rÈsumÈ analysis and assessment of skills, personality and work habits. Job-seekers typically fill out online forms citing their experience, skills and even personality.

Examples: Employers receive anonymous matches and select their top 10 choices. After that, candidates receive notice of their selection and can choose to apply for the job. Cost: $500 to contact up to 10 candidates and hire one. Job-seekers fill out a profile and are matched with jobs culled from newspaper sites and individual employers. Job-seekers receive an e-mail when matches are found. Employers pay a fee per number viewed. One of the few sites that charge job-seekers a fee (typically $10 for three months), eBullpen focuses heavily on personality assessment to match applicants. Cost to employer: $20 to register and choose from $79, $295 and $495 packages. Find matches based on 21 key elements taken from candidate rÈsumÈs and profile questions. Receive e-mail alerts for matches of 90 percent or more.

Outlook: Count on some matchmaking sites to die off or merge in the coming years, allowing the cream to rise to the top.

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