Dec 25

Working in the online recruitment industry, I’m often amazed with the variety of ways job site owners charge the users of their service. My company produces software packages for building job board sites, and we configure these different charging plans for our clients. The first thing that I noticed is that there was no standard business model that job site owner choose. Everyone is trying to use unique model, and it rarely repeats. There are many payment options and variations that can be payable.
So here I’d like to describe some of the most interesting charging models I’ve seen. This is based on my own experience, and on the employment sites I’ve seen on the Internet.

  1. Employer pays for a number of resume views – This is the most popular model and also used on many popular job sites.
  2. Job seeker pays for making his resume viewable to employers free of charge. This means that when posting a resume, the job seeker has two options. First option is free for job seeker, but employer will have to pay to view job seeker resume. Second option is payable for job seeker, and employer wont have to pay to view the resume.
  3. Employer pays for a number of resume views during a particular period of time. E.g. viewing 20 resumes per week.
  4. Job seekers pay to hide their contact information. Employers are able to contact them only through the web site. This is useful when the job seeker want to be anonymous for some reason, but still needs to communicate with potential employers.
  5. Job seekers pay to possibly include additional information to their resumes, such as enhanced skills description, pictures or videos.
  6. Employer pays for unlimited job posting for a particular period of time.

So if anyone has any additions to my list feel free to post it in the comments. I am always interested in learning about new models for charging.

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