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Online Recruiting Service Saves Time and Money

Hiring managers can save time and money searching for new employees through a new Web site that helps weed out unqualified job applicants., a do-it-yourself online recruiting service launched in March, gives companies the ability to post an open position to multiple free job boards at one time. Once a resume is submitted, the applicant goes through an online interview created by the posting company.

By having the applicant answer a series of questions, the posting company can determine whether it’s worth their time to review the submitted resumes.

Ian Siegel, co-founder of ZipRecruiter, says the idea for creating the online service came to him while reading through a stack of resumes at a prior company.

“Not only did I spend hours weeding through resumes,” says Siegel, “but then I was phone screening what looked like the best candidates on paper by asking them all the same questions. The frustrating part was - regardless of what their resume said - many candidates obviously lacked basic skills required for the position.”

With ZipRecruiter, Siegel says, each applicant answers the screening questions online. Then it’s up to hiring managers to decide if they want to pursue a candidate.

After registering with ZipRecruiter, the first step that companies take is creating the online candidate interview, which can be anywhere from one to a half-dozen questions.

The second step gives companies the opportunity to post their job opening to multiple free job boards. “Many companies don’t realize the volume of traffic going to free job boards,” Siegel says. “The number of applicants a company can draw from these boards now compares favorably to even the largest paid job sites.”

The third and final step is reviewing candidate answers and resumes online. Siegel says hiring personnel can toggle between applicants’ answers and resumes online as they collaborate with staff to rate and select the best candidate.

ZipRecruiter, the co-founder says, helps hiring managers steer clear of the applicants who submit resumes to one job site after another, without stopping to determine whether an opening is a genuine fit for their abilities. “For most employers, vetting these resumes is a time-consuming, highly subjective and expensive task,” Siegel says.

The online recruiting service – which is designed to be a paperless process - can also help companies save time while hiring by keeping all applicant feedback in one central location.

For more information, visit the company’s Web site at

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