NAS Sold; Unrabble Unveiled; ICANN Implored

Here are some of the events making news during the week:

Recruitment MarComm Firm Sold

NAS Recruitment Communications has been bought from Interpublic Group by a private equity firm in partnership with senior management. The new owner, Stone-Goff Partners, called the acquisition an “excellent match” with its “strategy of investing in strong niche businesses with established track records and experienced management teams.”

Key members of the management team, including CEO James Miller, will stay with NAS. In the announcement of the deal, Miller said, “Interpublic has been a great owner and partner over the last decade; however, under this new structure, NAS will be more nimble and better able to adapt to a constantly evolving set of dynamics in our space.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Unrabble Your Candidate Search

Unrabble is the latest “no resume” candidate analysis and job posting service to hit the market. The startup from KMC Software is aimed at the SMB market. Busy hiring managers or recruiters just fill out an online job description form, edit the resulting job posting, and it gets posted to StartUpHire, Indeed, and SimplyHired. It can also be distributed to the leading social networks.

Candidates apply by filling in forms that, among other things, have them list and rank their skills. Unrabble ranks candidates based on how their skills and self-scoring stacks up against what the hiring manager specs out. The service even allows a hiring manager to research a specific company listed in a candidate’s work history. The site is heavy on visualization and graphic representation of work timelines and the like.

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Coalition Says No More Addresses For .jobs Operator

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers began selling new domains this week to almost anyone who can pony up the $185,000. For that, you get the right to append a .pepsi or .toys or even a .smith to an Internet address.

While the whole idea has been mired in controversy, the coalition fighting over how the .jobs domain is being used says the one group that shouldn’t be allowed to get one of the new gTLDs is Employ Media or any of its principals. In a letter to ICANN, the .JOBS Charter Compliance Coalition says the organization has been lax in its oversight of how the .jobs domain was used and mismanaged the contractual dispute.

“ICANN can still re-gain a measure of regulatory authority by publicly excluding Employ Media, as well as DirectEmployers Association, its alliance partner in this egregious breach, from participating in the new gTLD program,” says the Coalition in a letter.

You can find the history of the dispute here.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. 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.

You can contact him here.

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