Updated: October 16, 2012 6:05AM
Jaclyn K. Hogan discovered a new career when she used a Chicago-based job board, HiredMyWay.com, that lets job seekers pay a $5 fee upfront to ensure their resumes are seen for jobs they’re serious about, or their money back.
People who post their resumes with the $5 token also get the promise of a hiring bonus averaging up to $4,000, paid by HiredMyWay.
People who refer a successful hire get a one-third take of the bonus, split evenly among HiredMyWay, the new hire and the person who referred him.
People may post their resumes for free, but there’s no guarantee their posts will be seen and they’re ineligible for a bonus.
The job board, launched in Chicago six months ago after HiredMyWay raised $3.5 million in first-round angel-investor funding, is enjoying seven times the hiring-success rate of other job boards, on average, and is being used by more than 1,400 companies looking to hire for 5,000 job openings, said Matt Mosher, CEO and co-founder.
The average hire takes 60 to 90 days for jobs ranging from administrative assistants to IT engineers.
Paying users get one-on-one help from HiredMyWay’s search helpers, who stay in touch with applicants until they get responses.
“It’s a mimic of the college-application process, and it attracts serious job candidates who know what they want and want to get noticed,” said Mosher, 30, who since age 17 has built two multi-million-dollar businesses in landscape construction and maintenance.
Hogan, a 24-year-old Ashburn neighborhood native, found her calling in June as a recruiting coordinator and operations administrator for two sales teams at Aflac, the supplemental insurance provider best known for its talking-duck mascot.
Hogan wasn’t looking for a job when she tried HiredMyWay, but as a recruiter at the time, she decided to see how it worked both for an employer and a potential hire.
She was impressed that her “candidate manager” — like a personal marketing ambassador — contacted job candidates on her behalf after she didn’t hear from them. Hogan got her new job two weeks after she posted her resume. She didn’t get a bonus because she didn’t pay the $5 fee.
“It’s important that a job seeker make sure he or she applies only for jobs he’s interested in, rather than applying for 100 positions,” said Hogan, who originally considered being a nurse because the field looked wide open. After she encountered hiring freezes in nursing, she followed her heart as a “people person” and majored in general studies with a focus on social and behavioral sciences and a political science concentration at Indiana University-Bloomington.
“I wanted to prepare for anything,” said Hogan, who has sunk her teeth into insurance policy, the industry’s growth under federal health-care reforms and her ability to help people when they’re in crisis.
Hogan enjoys making her own future, which as an independent contractor she feels free to do. She aims to run a wider territory of Aflac as she shows how well she can manage her own business.
She advises job seekers to figure out their passion when they post on HiredMyWay.
“Express why you have an interest in a position so people know you’re not casting a really wide net,” she said. “There is no shortage of jobs in this (supplemental insurance sales) industry. If you are open and trainable, anyone can be successful. Be open — a new job could just be a vehicle to get you where you want to be.”
A recruiter said companies are increasingly using their own in-house staff to search LinkedIn and other websites to find qualified people to fill jobs. At the same time, job seekers want to work directly with the companies so they can negotiate their own salaries without a recruiter’s fees attached, said Clark Cotterell, president of Management Recruiters of Salt Lake City.
Since technology helps job seekers look for work far and wide, websites such as HiredMyWay are worthy players along with a variety of other ways to network, he said.
“If a job seeker has the time and the technical aptitude, and they’re looking for greater exposure, absolutely. You have to spread your net as widely as possible.”