Quietword answers job board privacy issues
Date: 10 October 2005
Quietword answers World Privacy Forum issues with job boards
New confidence for job seekers concerned with fraud and identity theft
A new online development called Quietword™ promises answers to growing global concerns about identity theft and job fraud for job board users, and introduces a new concept of allowing people to remain anonymous yet be invited by employers to get together if they have a strong mutual interest in each other.
Privacy concerns for job seekers were recently aired by the World Privacy Forum, with experts warning that identity theft and job fraud have become very real threats for anyone that risks posting their résumé on a job board.
Quietword provides a different approach to both job boards and trendy networking and referral website tools. Jason Kerr, CEO for the technology company behind Quietword explains its simplicity; “job boards use an advertising-driven model that we call a ‘you find us’ approach for job seekers looking for work. Networking tools by comparison employ ‘we find you’ name generation tactics in order to find candidates. Quietword’s unique model is based on a ‘let’s find each other’ process between job seekers and employers that guarantees total privacy and a high level of mutual interest before any match is made”.
Quietword was created by technology company StaffCV, whose team set out three years ago to confront universal online recruiting issues, and create a next-generation tool to address problems associated with the decade-old and failing job board model. Kerr says that their aim was to “deliver equal opportunity and anonymous participation for everyone, whether actively seeking work, unemployed, underemployed or happily in employment”.
Job seekers visiting Quietword complete a detailed résumé profile that is separated by Quietword into ‘private’ and ‘public’ sections, and then set their desired career interests (a concise set of minimum requirements for jobs, company types, locations, sectors, work types and benefits they require to be met before they would consider an opportunity).
Job seekers remain anonymous, which Kerr says will “appeal to people who may consider a better opportunity if it was presented to them with anonymity”.
Quietword employers create shortlists that only contain mutually interested people who meet or exceed their needs, and who are also willing to work for them in the type of job they have on offer. They are able to view ‘public’ information of short-listed job seekers, but cannot view any ‘private’ information. They use an invitation process to invite a job seeker to release their private résumé information.
Job seekers receiving invitations know that someone has personally reviewed their résumé, so experience a person-to-person, qualified interaction, rather than an automated computer alert. They have the confidence of knowing that only validated employers can participate, and that they have final control over release of their private information.
Quietword challenges the accepted ‘pay to participate’ norm for recruitment, and delivers its service on a ‘success’ basis, charging a small fee to employers if they are successful in inviting a job seeker to release their privacy.
Quietword has been embraced by Chambers of Commerce in Chicago and New York that now offer Quietword candidate sourcing services to members and non-members. Quietword’s global community includes over fifty education providers that encourage their students to join for career, internship and vacation work opportunities.
Kerr is excited about taking Quietword to the world in 2005. He says that “for the past ten years, job boards have been the staple diet of the online recruiter. We believe that the recruitment market is confused and well overdue for a creative solution and a big shift in direction. We think that Quietword will deliver just the transformation it needs”.
Quietword is a discrete two-way matching portal that provides a guarantee of anonymity and privacy, while ensuring both parties’ needs and desires are met or exceeded before any connection is made. For more information visit www.quietword.net or visit this URL to listen to more details: http://ennz.springdoo.com/public/play/?id=FC00CE25FCF598F1
StaffCV is a company specializing in next generation online solutions, including applicant tracking, workforce development and education communities. For more information visit www.staffcv.com