Berlin-based Jobspotting launches in Germany and the UK today. It promises to present users only relevant job offers through criteria such as skills, experience, and location. Additionally, the algorithm learns from the interaction and feedback of the users.
Though hardly a new trend, finding a new job is now also something we do online. Jobspotting is launching to optimize this process. The platform aims to give an overview of the job opportunities available and find the perfect match for a user by pulling offered jobs from over 20 job boards, including Xing, Monster, StepStone, Angellist, and London Startup Jobs. As of right now, it focuses on Marketing and IT jobs.
“Using data we try to understand people’s interests, but also what each position is really asking from a candidate,” explains CTO Manuel Holtz.
Besides jobs, Jobspotting also offers a magazine and company profiles that users can access through the websites and the iPhone app.
Jobspotting started in 2013 by Hessam Lavi (CEO, founder ofBerlinStartupJobs.com), Jan Backes (CDO) and Manuel Holtz (CTO), who previously worked on the Search team at Google. In September 2014, Robin Haak, co-founder of Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator, joined the team as co-founder and COO.
This is how it works:
Users sign up on the Jobspotting platform. They pick their interests or connect with their LinkedIn or Xing accounts to transfer information from there. Afterwards, users pick locations they are willing to work at. As of right now, Jobspotting is available for jobs in Germany and the UK. Mean: you are not allowed to enter in cities that are outside this area.
Through the user’s feedback and behaviour, the algorithm should improve and offer only relevant vacancies.
Jobspotting wants to expand into other job verticals and countries soon. The startup received a total investment of €500,000 from Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator and angel investors including Dr. Stefan Gross-Selbeck, the former CEO of XING and eBay Germany. Gross-Selbeck is currently the Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures. ]
Finding the perfect job or the perfect candidate is an issue many startups are trying to solve. Splinter.me had a similar approach and shut down by the end of 2013. Others, for example, adzuna also collect offers from other platforms and is available in many cities already. Jobspotting’s design is its definite strength. The additional magazine from Jobspotting could set it apart from other platforms along with its learning algorithm.