Jobfox is an employment search tool that helps job seeker and companies. Job seekers begin by creating a virtual ‘card’. The user answers a few relevant questions which help Jobfox make hiring network suggestions that fit the user’s experience and skills. The user can join online networks that are hosted by decision making individuals at companies. This gives the user a rare opportunity to get in with someone who might want to hire them from a company they are interested in working for. Employers can post job openings as they become available so the network receives quick access to the information. The user can apply to the jobs they like. The application is sent directly to the network host. Users can also refer friends to earn bonuses.
Jobfox was founded in March of 2004 by Robert McGovern. The application was created to help refine the traditional hiring process. Jobfox has met with a significant amount of negativity and conflict so far. There are reviews that give the application poor ratings, referring to the lack of openings, many CEOs leaving and a poor resume writing service as the many reasons the site is tanking. The poor ratings and reviews are not limited to one or two sources, either. RipoffReport.com featured the application in an article discussing potential litigation against the site's founder. Users should beware before working through Jobfox’s registration process or paying out any cash for services and premium access.
Jobfox may be appealing to some because it establishes mini-networks for employers. There are numerous websites that work much the same, by letting users create groups. The only real difference is that Jobfox is focused on building networks created by employers. Other sites allow more flexibility, but this might be a good thing in many ways. Users can connect by skill, certification and experience rather than be restricted by which company they want to hire them.
Jobfox has a modern design that favors red and orange. The colors are used tastefully without becoming a distraction to the visitor. The interface is relatively user friendly and features many visually appealing elements, such as sliding forms. No clutter is present to slow the user down and the site maintains a professional atmosphere that works well for its intended purpose.
New users can begin by clicking the red “Sign Up” link found along the top of the Jobfox homepage. The next step asks the user for their profession. The user again narrows down their profession by selecting a second option then providing a zip code. The next step asks the user for a first and last name, title, current company name, email address and password. The user can also upload their resume using the uploader at the bottom of the form. The user is automatically logged in and can complete their profile.
Jobfox invites all visitors to sign up for free. There are paid membership and service options available. The premium Break Through account costs $29.99 per month and includes access to more jobs, featured applicant status, professional web page, discounted and free cover letter and resume writing services, and access to the site’s career advice network. Users can also purchase resume writing services that include professional formatting, reusable cover letter and keyword optimization. Resume writing services cost six payments of $88 or one payment of $499.
Jobfox is intended for serious professionals and companies interested in hiring them. While the site looks and feels like a reputable option, a quick web search for its name will quickly deter many users. There appears to be a significant amount of turmoil surrounding Jobfox’s business practices as well as its future. Most job seekers and employers would be better off waiting until the skies clear to see if Jobfox will pull through before taking the time to set up a profile or risking any money on a subscription.