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Collecting job postings from Web sources to power job board sites



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iHire operates a network of 56 job board sites targeted at specific niches. Its goal is to differentiate itself in the field by locating difficult–to-find career opportunities and by ensuring that job seekers receive only relevant job postings.

iHire needs to monitor thousands of constantly updated websites for jobs and to extract only the most pertinent postings for each career category. For corporate clients who leverage its job boards to fill open positions, iHire monitors each account’s career listings for new jobs and posts them to the most appropriate iHire job board.

To help reach its goals, iHire chose technology from Connotate to power its content collection, delivering more than 60 percent of iHire’s job listings. That includes harvesting content from many highly targeted job sources, as well as the corporate jobs that iHire curates.

Carol Wolcott, content team lead with iHire, says, “It’s hard to imagine doing this without Connotate. We get precisely targeted, accurate data in the format we need—even though many of our sources are inconsistently formatted and constantly changing.”

Connotate reports that it monitors more than 6,000 Web sources, visiting each site up to two times a day. It also says that its technology extracts precise types of information from job listings—such as required skills—allowing iHire to accurately match job postings with each candidate’s resume.

iHire also uses Connotate to gather information about massively open online courses (MOOCs) to provide job seekers with a searchable database of educational and certification courses from reputable institutions, according to Connotate.

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