Labels.io connects job seekers with companies who are searching for job candidates. The websites approaches the task a little differently from the standard job classifieds site. Rather than request lengthy job descriptions and resumes or CVs from users, Labels.io focuses on key areas. The site takes key attributes that the user chooses and matches them up with jobs in real time. Within moments the job seeker and/or job poster can see their most recent matches and possibly begin the interview or hiring process. Users can also search the site by skill and location. Professionals can build a Labels.io profile, however this is kept a bit shorter than other career websites. Users can still promote their profiles however Labels.io eliminates the need to apply to jobs. If the job candidate has the matching qualifications, Labels.io automatically places them on a short list sent to the potential employer.
Labels.io was founded in March of 2010 by Octavian Popescu. Based out of Bucharest, Romania, the team remains small with fewer than five individuals. Labels.io is currently in private beta. The full featured release is expected to appear in February of 2011.
The way Labels.io approaches job hunting and hiring is what makes it so unique. The traditional online job hunt usually involves building a detailed profile, spending hours searching for job openings (or job candidates, depending on what side of the spectrum the user is on), and filling out numerous applications. Overall, this can take a great deal of time. Labels.io automates the process by automatically bringing together professionals and the jobs they have the experience to fill.
The Labels.io website uses a fun purple color scheme with a colorful suitcase logo featuring many labels plastered across the front. The design is very neat and clean, but full of original personality. The search tool and content is placed inside subtly striped boxes with neatly rounded corners. Three purple buttons are positioned in the upper, right hand corner to give the visitor access to the job search, log in area or further information.
A new user can click one of the two green buttons found on the Labels.io website. The one on the left is intended for companies who would like to post a job while the one on the left is for professionals who would like to search for a job opening. At this time, Labels.io is not accepting new members. The user must wait for open beta or the official release of the application to join the community. Those who already have an account can click the corresponding green button or the “Login” button in the upper, right hand corner to access their account.
Labels.io is available to both job seekers and companies for free during beta. The site notes that companies can post positions for free only during this time, indicating that a fee will be added before or after the application is officially released. No further information is provided regarding how much that fee will be or whether a subscription fee will be required for job seekers.
Labels.io has a lot of potential to help many people and companies connect to build meaningful employee – employer relationships. The application adds a new, simple spin on the hiring process that many companies and professionals individuals will likely find appealing. That being said, it would probably work best for professionals who have already established themselves to ensure that they are matched up based on skills. Entry level applicants might have a more difficult time.