CareerBuilder Tool Tells You How Well Your Job Ad Is Doing

CB recruit portal 1Quick quiz: Your job postings for customer service reps on average get 28 applications each. Is that good or bad?

If you answer is along the lines of “I don’t know,” CareerBuilder has a solution for you. Any employer with a job posting can now see how well their ad performs against every other similar ad in the CareerBuilder network. Free.

That alone is pretty cool, since knowing your ads for customer service reps draw fewer applications than your competitors get is important business intelligence. But as the cliche goes, “Wait, there’s more!” Besides the raw counts, CareerBuilder’s new Recruitment Performance Portal tells you at a glance how experienced they are, how educated, as well as ethnicity, gender, and a fairly broad range of other details.

Over the years, says Hope Gurion, CareerBuilder’s chief development officer, the most frequently asked questions from employers have been about the performance of their online postings. Regularly, CareerBuilder would package up the data about searches, ad views, applications, and other metrics and provide it to employer clients on a spreadsheet.

Missing was any comparison to others advertising similar jobs.

“To me,” says Gurion, “the most important thing I can do with this data is to compare … So we invested this recruitment performance portal.”

The near real-time data is graphically presented for ease of use. At a glance, even a casual user can tell how well a particular ad is doing and how the results compare to the industry. While 28 applicants is at the low end in terms of volume, the candidates are better educated and have more experience than the average of what other customer service rep ads attract. For that employer, trading volume for those quality indicators could be a winning combination.

But now how does CareerBuilder know so much about the applicants?

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CB recruit portal 2“We have a lot of information collection points,” Gurion explains, beginning with the millions and millions of resumes in the CareerBuilder database. Most applicants will use their CareerBuilder resume to one-click apply to a job. That data is combined with other information the applicant may provide in other ways, say as part of screening questions, and possibly geolocation via their IP address. Cookies track users from entry to exit and lets CareerBuilder know what searches they did to find each ad.

“Billions of data points” are collected and synthesized into the portal information, adds Gurion. The goal, she explains, is to help employers craft more effective ads.The Recruitment Performance Portal tells recruiters whether “my job is doing better or worse than others. (The data) gives you clues so you can go and hunt and see what the problem is,” Gurion says, referring to underperfoming ads.

It may be a matter of wording, or presentation. Want to make a change, but aren’t sure what might work better? The portal tells you who else is advertising so a user can check other ads for inspiration.

The information about other ads is anonymized, so no one will know how any individual employer or ad does. But just seeing the differences among the ads should be help enough.

Says Gurion in the official announcement going out today: “We’re applying the power of Big Data, making it easy for clients to optimize recruitment strategies to gain competitive advantage and better engage desirable talent. The portal offers companies information that is invaluable in developing a more effective recruiting program by not only evaluating their own applicants, but also benchmarking their recruitment efforts against competitors.”

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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7 Comments on “CareerBuilder Tool Tells You How Well Your Job Ad Is Doing

  1. This is fabulous. Beautiful work from CB.

    There’s a piece missing for me though: Cost-Per-Apply-Click and Cost-Per-Completed-Application.

    Being able to compare how I’m utilizing my recruitment brudget would make this dashboard exciting for me!

  2. To view the portal you have to 1) post jobs on the CareerBuilder network and 2) be listed as a manager on your account. If both of those apply, then log-in to your account, click the “Talent Intelligence” section in the navigation pane near the top of the page, and then you should see the link to the portal.

  3. @Jonathan: You can access the Recruitment Performance Portal by clicking on the “Talent Intelligence Portal” link that is located on the top toolbar of the main screen right after you log into your account.

  4. @Alex de Soto Careerbuilder can share this with you.
    I complete this analysis for our clients.
    We can also take your applicants/interviews/hires and complete a Hire Comparison that will tell you exactly which people came from CareerBuilder. This is a free service that you and your sales rep can complete.

  5. Another plus for CB! I may have mentioned that I like everything about CB, except the quality of the candidates in their resume database and the quality of positions on their job board….


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