An Interview with John Paul Caffery – Founder of TheJobPost
http://blog.thejobpost.co.uk/an-interview -w ith-john-paul-caffery-founder-of-thejobpost June 24, 2012
It’s been an amazing year for TheJobPost and with over 32,000 recruiters registering to benefit from their service; it’s certainly one they are proud of. To mark the first edition of TheJobPost’s Newsletter, Keith Robinson, Founder of HR Magazine Personnel Today and one of the original management team behind the successful Job Board Totaljobs.com, has interviewed Founder John Paul Caffery to ask the questions no founder should face! Q – Having had such a successful career in recruiting, why did you make the move from running a recruiting firm to building a technology company? A – Being honest Keith, it is not easy today with the traditional recruitment model to build and scale a business and then sell it. My ambition has always been to build a “big” business and for me that means global. So the future is TheJobPost. My vision is a world where recruitment is fast, simple, economical and effortless. In our vision, human intelligence is the guide while technology and processes are tools that bring people together, not barriers which keep them apart. Messages, calls and meetings are a step forward, not a waste of time and no one will disturb you unless they’re solving your problems. In our vision, every employer finds the best talent and every recruiter spends their day recruiting, not marketing. Q – A powerful vision John Paul but where did the inspiration for TheJobPost come from? A – I was running a small but successful recruiting firm and one day read an article about the value of Facebook and how it scaled so quickly. I’m a fan of Facebook, what I like is that the platform allows visibility BUT you remain in control and immediately I thought that there is little transparency in any of the traditional recruiting models to offer complete visibility of talent in the market. In my view, the industry is very inefficient in finding the right candidate, it should always be the right recruiters with the best candidates that are engaged and this is not the case which is driven by the restrictive nature of the PSL. Recruitment is now run by purchasing – not recruiters, so often the best candidates do not get the job… my aim was to use crowdsourcing as a technique to allow, in a controlled environment, companies to use 1000’s of recruiters to source the best candidates in the market. How can an employer engage with a recruiter with great candidates in a smart scalable way? Facebook and its simplicity was the inspiration. Q – Given that you “loved” the Facebook model, why didn’t you build a Facebook app? A – Being blunt, I wanted to build and be in control of the platform and NOT reliant on it. It is also far easier for me to sell my platform to another social network in the future! Q – When you were running your own recruitment consultancy, what were the key challenges? A – For me and my recruiters it was being in a position to present a candidate to client with no previous
relationship or a PSL in place. But I do understand that with thousands of recruitment consultants trying to contact companies each day, each having the “perfect” candidate, it is impossible for companies to take every call. Hence, TheJobPost. Also as a small firm, it is difficult to gain scalability and it was too time consuming to get on those big PSLs, even with excellent candidates. Finally and I suspect many recruiters get frustrated by this, you have completed an assignment and have placed a great candidate BUT have two other equally excellent candidates, both right for a similar job BUT how do you help them? Previously there was no way that existed to quickly identify other jobs right for them. Q – Did this influence how you built TheJobPost? A – The bottom line was helping recruiters day to day getting great candidates in front of corporate employers and beating the inefficiencies of the PSL – but in a controlled way. Q – Give me the key reasons why any Recruitment Consultancy should sign up or a corporate recruiter should post a job? A – It is free to view all vacancies. There are 200 new vacancies being posted per month with a current fee value of £800,000 and you retain 100% of the fee. 18,000 firms supplying candidates to our clients, a huge talent pool…. Immediate access to new vacancies without the need to pitch, all terms preagreed… I could go on!.. Q – Is it just SME’s who are posting open vacancies? A – No, actually we would welcome SME’s using the service. What we have found is that it has been the larger organisation that has utilised our service and often those with a PSL. These include; Serco, Carphone Warehouse, Thermo Fisher plc and Groupon. Q – So final question John Paul, what is the “big vision”? A – I relate TheJobPost to an eBay, Amazon, Facebook or Wikipedia model – they are all crowdsourcing platforms in the consumer space – NO ONE has built a recruiting version; a huge global exchange bringing the three sides of the industry together and creating a transparent “trading floor”. The team at TheJobPost has a clear mission and that is to have over £1 billion worth of fees being traded globally every quarter by the end of 2013.
To mark the first edition of TheJobPost’s Newsletter, Keith Robinson, Founder of HR Magazine Personnel Today and one of the original management team behind the successful Job Board Totaljobs.com, has interviewed Founder John Paul Caffery to ask the questions no founder should face!
TheJobPost founder John Paul Caffery relates TheJobPost to an eBay, Amazon, Facebook or Wikipedia model – they are all crowdsourcing platforms in the consumer space – NO ONE has built a recruiting version; a huge global exchange bringing the three sides of the industry together and creating a transparent “trading floor”.