Nationwide, Targeted Job Board Network Launches with First Niche Site

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The Locate Jobs Network, a nationwide network of highly-targeted, "vertical" job boards, launched today along with the first site in the network, "Locate Sales Jobs."

We've long held to the belief that a highly-targeted, niche approach to online recruiting and job search better serves both job candidates and the employers and recruiters seeking qualified talent. In fact, that belief roughly parallels the collective thought process of a number of professionals operating in the online job board space.

The Locate Jobs Network, a loosely-affiliated group of vertical job search websites, was launched today by entrepreneurs Michael Wist and Matthew Blevins, two professionals with a long history in the online job search and recruiting space. The network commenced concurrently with the launch of its central web site - locatejobsnetwork.com - as well as the first targeted job board in the network, Locate Sales Jobs.

Said Network co-founder Michael Wist, "We've long held to the belief that a highly-targeted, niche approach to online recruiting and job search better serves both job candidates and the employers and recruiters seeking qualified talent. In fact, that belief roughly parallels the collective thought process of a number of professionals operating in the online job board space." In keeping with that belief, the Locate Jobs Network is intended to serve job seekers, employers, recruiters and staffing agencies by offering job posting and job search in specific industries, and targeting each of the websites in the job board network to a single industry.

The approach runs counter to that employed by the earliest and largest job boards, but is in keeping with a paradigm shift that is still underway in the industry toward niche job boards. "It would appear that the larger, comprehensive job boards still have their place in the recruiting and job search landscape, but increasingly sites and services like those that we are offering are carving out a significant market share, one niche at a time," added Wist.

The individual websites in the Locate Jobs Network will have varying rates for job posting and display advertising offered to employers, though Locate Sales Jobs, the first site in the Network to launch, will allow employers to post sales jobs at below market rates during the initial launch period. On the candidate side, there are no fees for searching for and applying to jobs listed on the various websites in the Network.

Locate Sales Jobs will feature employment opportunities posted directly by employer/partners and a backfill of jobs - occurring when there are no positions for a user's given job search - will be handled by one of the large, online job search engines. The niche sales job board will eventually offer candidates the ability to submit their resumes online, as well as make those resumes available to employers at the behest of candidates, though upon launch the site will feature accounts only on the employer side, for purposes of posting sales jobs online.

About the Locate Jobs Network

The Locate Jobs Network is a series of planned job boards, each of which will focus on a particular industry or geographic region in the U.S. All of the job sites in the network will feature cost-effective job posting for employers, a vast array of job listings for employment candidates and a highly-focused approach that will make the individual sites in the network a more effective recruiting and job search tool than the larger, "one size fits all" job search sites on the Web. The Locate Jobs Network was founded by two professional who have extensive experience in the online employment space and a long history of working with staffing companies and recruiters to identify and evaluate top-flight employment candidates in a variety of industries.

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