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Anyone who has ever signed up for job alerts from an online job site can attest to the fact that most of the alerts bear little to no resemblance to relevant job types. A marketing professional may be bombarded daily with email alerts containing opening positions for truck drivers, chefs, and an assortment of other career choices that are totally unrelated to marketing. And this begs the question: Why is it so hard to find good matches?
That question has been asked – and answered – by JANZZ.technology, a consulting and technology company specializing in semantic skills and job matching solutions and applications. The company’s first product, JANZZ.jobs matches skills, qualifications, education, and several other pertinent factors to form a more complete job match.
According to Stefan Winzenried, the Founder, CEO, and CMO of JANZZ.technology, “The word ‘job’ was so common, overused and washed out that we wanted a new term that was distinct and would differentiate us.” And, he says the name needed to work across languages and cultures on a worldwide level. As a result, the word “JANZZ” was derived from two English words, “jobs” and “chance.”
JANZZ.technology was originally founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 2008. Winzenried says JANZZ.jobs, which was launched in 2010, is unique in that it uses semantic matching solutions for complex occupation and skills data. In other words, it not only matches single terms (keywords) such as “gardener,” “IT specialist,” or “housekeeper,” but also synonyms, tags, excluded terms and other languages.
For example, a search for “English teacher,” would also include “English language tutor,” “English instructor,” “English coach,” “Foreign language teacher specializing in English,” and would also include these terms in other languages, such as “Professeur d’Anglaisa” and “Englishlehrer.” And JANZZ also lists the available information on education/qualifications, specializations, experience, responsibilities/tasks/duties, language knowledge, and much more.
“Say a user is looking for a position as a construction foreman,” explains Winzenried, “he or she enters the languages they know, writes about any and all of their specializations, emphasizes their leadership qualities, and elaborates on major projects which they have been involved in.” Winzenried adds that any extra information further helps them find that dream job or project that really suits their talents.
JANZZ.jobs also provides access to millions of current job offers across multiple languages, in all sectors, and almost all over the world. JANZZ users can perform external searches or use the JANZZ finder function to look through all current and available job offers in real time, benchmark their own job offers, compare competencies and skills, and also directly apply for such job offers, according to Winzenried.
But JANZZ.jobs also helps employers. “For example, if someone manages a hospital and has an urgent need for a new dermatologist, JANZZ gives him almost limitless possibilities for setting the degree of specialization and required details so that his/her new employee fits their requirements perfectly,” says Winzenried. And, even after candidates are hired, JANZZ provides effective tools to measure, compare, and manage the collective knowledge and skills of all their employees at all sites throughout the world.
Another unique aspect is that all personal or company profiles remain anonymous. That anonymity is removed only when mutual interest is sufficiently strong and the user has expressly accepted a contact. Even then, Winzenried says it is only relaxed incrementally at the discretion of the user, and over the period of time he/she defines. And these capabilities have helped JANZZ redefine “the perfect match.”