James, I think your cover’s blown! by laverrue, on Flickr
One startup concept I’m really excited about revolves around job search. It resonates so much with me because I really think that the classic approach is broken. 9 out of 10 of the best people I hired did come through recommendations. So while there are some gems in the open job market you really need to have a lot of luck to find the right match for your team. And also the best talent is only available for a very short amount of time which requires the company to be constantly looking to not miss out.
Most likely the one rockstar that you are looking for to complete your team already has a job at the moment. So a classic response would be to go headhunting. Problem is that this is a crowded craft and very expensive as well. A rather novel approach is to try to chance the mindset of people who currently are employed. If we get them to constantly list their profiles when employed, this creates a huge new market. And hey - it can’t hurt after all to know what you are worth right?
So we are not talking recruiters sifting through a ton of linkedin profiles and cold calling you - but about people like you freely deciding to be open to arising opportunities.
There are already a few companies active in this space (e.g. jobdreaming.com or poachee.com) and I think this really will be a huge market in the future.
P.S.: on a personal note - the question “what have you done” more important than ever. This is why a lot of good programmers get picked after reviewing their code contributions to open source projects on github - or in terms of marketing, project management and other disciplines you look at what they blog about or how they answer questions on quora, stackoverflow and other platforms.
P.P.S.: the general trend should be called “skill hunting”