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NZ software company partners with Forbes.com

Date: 5 October 2006
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New Zealand software company partners with Forbes.com
QuietAgent.com reinventing careers for 15 million unique visitors


Technology firm StaffCV celebrated a major international milestone this week, with the announcement that its QuietAgent.com online careers tool has been selected by the world’s leading business resource website, Forbes.com, to power its career centre.

The partnership will put New Zealand-developed QuietAgent.com in front of some 15 million unique Forbes.com visitors each month, encouraging them to take a very different approach to considering their next job move. In a $US7b industry dominated by ‘mega’ US-based job boards such as Monster and Careerbuilder, the deal is considered a significant endorsement of StaffCV’s vision of the future beyond the aging job board model.

QuietAgent.com was launched in October 2005 to provide a service for an estimated 90 percent of the workforce who are not actively job seeking. It has been described by online recruiting commentators as “an ingenious twist on the web-based job board” and is fast gaining attention in a marketplace demanding of new solutions for the cost effective sourcing of talent.

Jason Kerr, CEO for StaffCV says that the solution boldly challenges the expected norms of online recruiting, by deviating from the decade-old classified advertising model that is used by job boards. “What we have created is a totally new process for career seekers and employers to get together. It’s compelling for career seekers because they can use it in total anonymity, and it’s compelling for employers because they aren’t paying for advertising, but instead are paying for the success they have in recruiting”.

Forbes, a name synonymous with business and financial success, provides a strong degree of fit with the target audience of QuietAgent.com. Kerr says “our growth is all about securing quality employed career seekers, which is exactly the high calibre audience of senior business executives that utilise Forbes.com”. The integration of the QuietAgent.com toolset for Forbes users continues the media company’s tradition of being one to set industry standards and deliver innovative products.

QuietAgent.com’s key difference is that it allows career seekers and employers to get together in complete privacy, and does not attract any fees until this is done successfully. Personal identities are kept secret, and private information is only shared by a career seeker if they are interested in releasing it to an employer that has invited them to consider a job opportunity.

In New Zealand, QuietAgent.com is used by the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) to connect students from its 19 member institutions with jobs, and by Local Government Online (LGOL) to allow people to be found for jobs in local government. StaffCV’s same underlying technology has powered the Ministry of Social Development’s job matching solution since 2004, and more recently the Department of Labour’s Skilled Immigrant Recruiting Programme.

With internet traffic six times that of New Zealand’s largest website, Forbes.com will deliver a huge boost for QuietAgent.com, and stands to benefit partners such as ITP and LGOL, as each of their registered career seekers and employers can now tap into a wider global employment networking community.

Kerr says that there are other deals in the pipeline that will continue to build the QuietAgent.com global brand, and in doing so grow the solution into a major force in online recruiting’s future.

About QuietAgent.com™
QuietAgent.com is a discrete two-way career matching portal that provides a service for career seekers to ‘find a job quietly’. The solution keeps personal identities anonymous, and it is up to career seekers to share their private information with individual employers. QuietAgent.com is used by recruiting agents and employers globally to source candidates. Connections between two parties are only ever made if both their needs and desires are met or exceeded.

QuietAgent.com is a product of privately held New Zealand technology company StaffCV. For more information visit www.quietagent.com and www.staffcv.com
About Forbes.com
The home page for the world's business leaders and the No. 1 business site on the Web, www.forbes.com is among the most trusted resources for senior business executives. It provides the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools, community and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.


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