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CareerBuilder Buying Broadbean

by Apr 1, 2014, 7:00 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 11.26.41 AMCareerBuilder is buying a key recruiting-technology company you may not know well, part of CareerBuilder’s goal of moving from a job board to a more sweeping software provider. keep reading…

Monster’s Buy of Recruiting Startups Offers Hints to the Job Board’s New Strategy

by Feb 24, 2014, 6:33 pm ET

MONSTER_Logo_Green_FG_USAll but given up for dead when it failed to sell itself, Monster today showed there’s life yet in the venerable job board.

The company announced it bought recruiting startups TalentBin and Gozaik. The terms were not disclosed, but whatever the deal, it isn’t large enough to trigger a disclosure filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Nor did Monster say how it intends to integrate the companies.

“The acquisition of TalentBin and Gozaik completes one key component of a larger strategy designed to help our business grow,” said Sal Iannuzzi, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Monster Worldwide. “We look forward to sharing more details about these plans at our investor briefing event later this year.” keep reading…

For $50 Million Dice Adds Hospitality, Life Sciences to Its Holdings

by Nov 7, 2013, 6:41 pm ET

Dice HoldingsBroadening its reach in healthcare and gaining a foothold in the hospitality job market, Dice Holdings today announced it acquired OnTargetJobs.

OnTargetjobs logoThe $50 million acquisition adds three key niche sites — Biospace (life sciences), HEALTHeCAREERS (healthcare), and Hcareers (hospitality) — to Dice’s growing portfolio of small but important niche players.

The company’s best known site is of course its career site for the tech industry In the last few years, however, Dice has expanded into energy and healthcare and added to its tech holdings buying Slashdot, SourceForge, and, most recently, UK-based The IT Job Board. The company already owned eFinancialCareers and JobsintheMoney, having acquired them in 2006. keep reading…

Findly Buying Bernard Hodes? No, I Didn’t Get That Backwards

by Jul 1, 2013, 10:38 pm ET

findlyHow’s this for a sign of the times: the 43-year-old recruitment advertising agency Bernard Hodes is being bought by a San Francisco-New Zealand upstart you may not have even heard of. keep reading…

What Will Disrupt LinkedIn?

by Jun 18, 2013, 6:45 am ET

history of sourcing.jpgAlways in motion is the future. — Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

If Facebook is the social lounge, then LinkedIn is the post-conference after party. It has disrupted the recruitment profession in the way recruiters perform their work. It’s one of the more valuable sourcing tools in the toolkit (see graphic). It’s not the only but currently the most important. keep reading… Buys JobCircle; Will Grow Job Fair Business

by Dec 10, 2012, 2:34 pm ET

One of the largest networks of company-owned job boards in the world has just grown a little bigger. announced this morning it acquired Human Capital Solutions, parent company of, for an undisclosed amount.

JobCircle, like Beyond itself, operates in dozens of regional areas, primarily in the mid-Atlantic states from Virginia to New York, though it serves parts of other states, including California, Alaska, Texas, and Hawaii.

The Beyond network — some 2,500 niche and regional sites, and national specialty sites — also covers these areas. With 12 million unique visitors a month, the network is several times larger than JobCircle, and ranks, says CEO Rich Milgram, as the fourth-most trafficked in the careers category, according to ComScore. keep reading…

Acqui-hiring: A Powerful Recruiting Strategy That You’ve Never Heard of

by Dec 10, 2012, 5:49 am ET

The war for technical talent is so intense that a handful of firms like Google, Facebook, Cisco, Apple, Twitter, and Zynga have shifted to a powerful but rare recruiting sub-strategy known as acqui-hiring. It involves established firms acquiring startup firms not for their products (only Facebook admits it) but instead primarily to capture an entire team of talented engineers and designers at once.

Marissa Mayer

If in the past after reading about an announcement of an acquisition you’ve wondered to yourself why a technical giant was bothering to buy a startup with no profit, a seemingly unrelated product, and a product that was in a completely different field, now you know why. The strategy has recently received some added publicity because Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer recently announced that she was going to adopt the strategy used by her former employer Google, a king of acqui-hires. Mark Zuckerberg has boasted that “Facebook has not once bought a company for the company itself. We buy companies to get excellent people” (“Engineers are worth half a million to one million” — V Smith).

Acqui-hiring (acquisition hiring) is in direct contrast to most traditional corporate hiring, which simply doesn’t work when you are recruiting innovators who prefer startups over what they consider to be onerous “corporate jobs.”

The Benefits of an Acqui-hire Strategy keep reading…

Consolidation in SMB Market as Bullhorn Acquires Two Competitors

by Nov 28, 2012, 1:30 pm ET

At once swooping up two of its largest competitors, Bullhorn today became one of the largest, if not the largest, technology providers to staffing and independent recruiting firms in the world.

Describing it as “an incredible moment for Bullhorn customers,” company CEO Art Papas announced the acquisition of both MaxHire and Sendouts.

“We’re acquiring two extremely talented teams, both of whom have succeeded in delighting their large customer bases with a combination of product innovation and excellent service,” Papas said in a news release. “These acquisitions dramatically increase our ability to execute on our vision of helping recruiters be more successful, develop new products, and serve our exponentially expanding user base.”

Details of the sale weren’t disclosed, however both MaxHire and Sendouts will operate under the Bullhorn brand. MaxHire’s CEO Peter Blitz, who founded the company in 1995, will become Bullhorn’s product innovation officer. Sendouts’ CEO Brian Hopcroft will become general manager.

Customers of each company will continue to use the existing software and will be supported as they always have, assured Andrew Hally, Bullhorn’s vice president of product and marketing. “Both products (MaxHire and Sendouts) are staying… We are not shutting down the products,” Hally explained, though the individual companies will immediately be folded into Bullhorn. keep reading…

Jobfox Now Part of Doostang

by Oct 5, 2012, 2:38 pm ET

A quick update on struggling Jobfox, one of the first companies to enter the business of matching employers with job candidates, eHarmony style: Doostang, the community directed at young people, has bought certain Jobfox assets.

Jeff Berger, Doostang’s CEO, has had his eye on Jobfox for a long time. Doostang, which boasts more than a million members, is not going to continue operating the previous Jobfox website. But, Berger says via email, “as part of the acquisition, we own the domain and are using it to offer a new job alert service. However, our primary interest in Jobfox was the technology and how we could integrate some of the pieces on Doostang.”

Jobfox, in addition to being one of the first in the now-crowded matching business, also had that idea I mentioned about “recruiter networks” for passive candidates to keep in touch with recruiters even before they’re ready to switch jobs.

Recruit Wants to Be Global Recruitment Power

by Sep 25, 2012, 7:53 pm ET

With the acquisition announced today of, has taken a major step toward becoming a worldwide recruitment powerhouse, directly challenging CareerBuilder, Monster, and Indeed’s most direct competitor, SimplyHired, for a share of the global employment advertising market.

A curiously eclectic conglomerate with holdings in the B2C classifieds and direct sales marketplace, Recruit has been moving aggressively to expand its human resources market, and broaden its footprint from Asia Pacific and especially Japan where it is headquartered. In the last two years, the company spent more than $700 million buying American staffing firms, establishing its first U.S. presence while simultaneously become one of the top four or five staffing firms in the world.

Recruit already was the dominant staffing and placement firm in Japan, where it operates both job boards and employment agencies. It also owns a piece of 51Jobs, the leading publicly traded job board in China. Buying Indeed, the No. 1 or No. 2 most trafficked job board in the world (depending on what’s counted and how), Recruit leaves no doubt it intends to be a global player.

“I think that’s their goal,” said Paul Forster, co-founder and CEO of Indeed. “We are the No. 1  job site worldwide, which makes us a good fit with the company plans … They are looking to Indeed to be their tech platform worldwide.” keep reading…