SimplyHired’s Future Looks Pretty Bleak

I’m hearing from multiple sources that SimplyHired has told employees it will cease operations around June 24.

You haven’t heard much from SimplyHired lately, except for its eHarmony partnership. The company has been under heavy competition from Indeed, LinkedIn, and sites like Jobs2Careers and Appcast, where new payment models like “pay per applicant” have come into vogue.

Stay tuned to ERE.net for an update.

  • Mike C

    Hey Todd

    I got the email today from Simply Hired, a 30 day notice ending my
    6-year publisher relationship and informing me that they will cease to
    do business next month. In a quick Google search I found a few of your
    articles, and here is some feedback:

    First, my credentials. I was a web hosting provider from 1996, and
    sometime in 1998 one of my clients, a recruiter, called me and said “Hey
    Look what I learned how to do!”, which was to make some smart searches
    on HotBot. This was pre-Google…there were about 40 search engines
    active at the time…and HotBot had one of the best Boolean search
    capabilities in the field. Basically, you want to separate resumes from
    job postings… they both have the word resume, but resumes usually
    don’t say job.

    I took his tricks and applied them to about 25 search engines, and I
    wrote a hacked-together search site called Flipsearch. It was not
    altogether user-friendly, but boy did it ever do the job! It found
    “passive” candidates, who were not listed on Monster (or later Dice or
    Hot Jobs or whatever). Back then each search engine gave you different
    results for the same search, lots and lots of resumes out there. I
    started selling it as a hosted application, and recruiters lined up with
    cash in hand. Pretty soon, AIRS came along and offered to license the
    “technology”. OK. Cool. I was living at the end of a dirt road in
    rural east Hawaii, didn’t even have broadband. Sounded good to me.

    Then I wrote Resume Robot, a true search engine. We spidered the web
    and had resumes galore. Recruiters were calling and emailing every
    day. I started hiring some young talent and we had a development team
    going crazy in the back bedrooms. Still no broadband, but hey, it was
    Hawaii, we didn’t live life in the fast lane. April 2001 was the best
    month… and then the bottom fell out. Dot Com Crash! Recruiters went
    out of business. Back to the drawing board.

    I kept developing, and wrote some sites like Health Care Hiring and
    e-Physician, targeting hiring in health care. I gathered directories of
    millions of health care providers. Turned out health care recruiters
    back then were still using the phone and taking notes by hand, it was
    really antediluvian, no cash cow there. But it got traffic, and along
    came Google adsense publisher program. That worked great for years.

    I found Career Builder, and started publishing their jobs, working the
    other side of the street.

    In 2006 I had a call from one of my old recruiter clients, and I went to
    Argentina to partner with Pierpoint, at that time headquartered in
    Buenos Aires, Montevideo and San Jose (CA). My project was to develop a
    recruiting tool that their call centers could introduce to employers, in
    addition to their own search services. This was Candidate Hunter.
    Well, we all know what happened in 2008. It was a great product, but it
    hit the market too late. Today Candidate Hunter has been resurrected as
    a job publishing site. I stayed in BA until 2010.

    After the big crash, Career Builder bailed out of publisher
    relationships, and I found Simply Hired. It’s been a good run, they
    treated me fairly and I ain’t got no complaints. But over the past few
    months revenues have been wavering. I never had enough stats to analyze
    why. Another company called me (let’s keep them nameless for now) and I
    have been in the process of converting some sites to display their jobs,
    doing A/B testing, and trying to understand who’s who and what’s what.
    No answers yet, but I gotta speed up the changeover now, no joke, no
    fooling, no two ways about it.

    So this brings me to the point.

    My credentials should identify me as somebody who has read a few resumes
    and job listings. In BA I read resumes in Spanish to find my own tech
    hires, and there was a 100 person call center to help me.

    I have also been exposed to the hiring mentality of employers, hiring
    managers, and staffing departments.

    So this brings me to my point. Really this time:

    When I read your article about eHarmony going into recruiting, I
    cringed. I blanched. I felt a wave of nausea pass over me. The image
    of the white-haired eHarmony guy with the soft, persuasive voice on the
    TV commercials … I can’t get that image out of my head.

    The notion that decision makers care about whether somebody is
    collaborative, passionate, or warm and fuzzy, if their personality is a
    match with the corporate culture… it’s a crock of New Age B.S..

    I’m an old guy now, and my experience has taught me that the real need
    is for tech experts. Hiring authorities want people with specific
    skills and experience who can hit the ground running. They want to give
    them a tech literacy test. They want them ready to jump. All the stuff
    about organic juice bars and kale salad for lunch, that’s for employee
    morale. What THEY want (the hiring guys) are people ready to make them
    money.
    And this goes for health care too, specific competencies please, show up and go to work.

    Granted this is simplistic. I am not a corporate guy, and I do have an
    attitude problem. Maybe the sales and administrative staff can have
    group hugs and sing Kumbaya. But the hard-core recruiting is
    overwhelmingly for tech experts, and that is where the focus has been
    for the last 20 years.

    Cheers

    Mike Clark
    Coconut Island Software

    • http://www.skipthedrive.com/ Pete

      Hey Mike –
      Your relationship with SimplyHired was through their Simply-partner program only? I’m also a publisher, but got no email indicating their end date. I wonder why…