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With 'youth' unemployment on the rise, PathMotion launches career-minded jobs site

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[UK] Does the UK really need another job hunting site? Apparently so, says PathMotion.

The Paris-based startup is targeting students and young professionals in the UK with its mix of career guidance and job vacancies. And considering that ‘youth’ unemployment in Britain is worryingly high, the site’s launch looks well timed, although it’s curious that a French company has chosen to launch this side of the Channel first.

PathMotion says it differs from traditional jobs boards such as Monster and CareerBuilder, which allow users to search vacancies based on job titles and require the candidate to know what they are looking for, by matching possible career paths via existing skills, experience and competencies to actual current job vacancies.

Job boards also don’t usually “contextualise” this information, says PathMotion, which instead provides tools to show how the candidate might progress next in their career. Perhaps one way to think of this aspect of the site is as a job recommendation engine.

For the job vacancy data itself, PathMotion is partnering with Indeed, although the startup is planning to develop its own recruiters section.

PathMotion is free to the end user, and the company plans to generate revenues by charging recruiters for job postings, company branding, and database access to PathMotion user profiles. They’ll also be able to screen users by their career goals and competencies, and “push job opportunities to targeted candidates.”

Another revenue stream is licensing fees from universities who are looking to provide their students with career guidance tools and “to leverage social networking to serve their students and alumni.” PathMotion hopes to announce the first such contract soon.

The company is currently Angel funded.

  • http://www.GraduateFog.co.uk Tanya de Grunwald

    Finally, my site isn’t the only one that acknowledges that not all job-seekers know exactly what job they should be seeking! Clever tools and easy to use too – I will definitely recommend to my users.

  • http://www.vox-pop.co.uk K Tibaijuka

    This is an interesting concept.

    Also I don’t think the fact they are in Paris will affect them on bit at all.

    RetailMeNot for the US market is highly successful and the parent company is based in Melbourne!

  • http://www.efletes.com Federico Vega

    I don’t really see the difference with Monster and CareerBuilder . They will have to put a lot of cash on ads in order to gain some market from the established sites.
    I hope it works, best luck!

  • http://www.efletes.com Federico Vega

    I can not see how they are different from Monster and CareerBuilder.
    On the other hand, they will have to explain the market how they add value in a different way.

    I hope it all works very well for them

  • http://www.careerplayer.com Rob Wescott

    Reminds me of Path101. Unfortunately they didn’t make it but the CEO wrote some posts about the experience which are worth a read for anyone launching in the ‘Career Discovery’ space http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com/blog/2009/10/12/startup-lessons-having-industry-momentum-at-your-back.html

    The whole area of career advice and exploration is in much need of tools like these and is something we’ve tried to tackle by bringing careers to life through a video platform. Anything that improves the state of career advice in universities has got to be good…

  • http://www.technojobs.co.uk Grace

    I think a serious problem for Graduates is that universities aren’t happy to promote/introduce newer/smaller job sites to their students – a little bit of backing could see a students accessing a whole range of interesting opportunities the larger sites swap out or don’t have.

    Sites such as http://www.jobsforitgraduates.co.uk are great little resources.

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  • Info

    I think the more job resources you have at your fingertips the better, especially in a recession so also try http://www.careers-seeker.co.uk
     

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