JobSerf.com Personalized Job Searching
As a result of these changes, new services are being developed to help people in their hunt for employment. One such company is JobSerf.com. JobSerf provides personalized online job searching for you by sending out your resume and a cover letter (that you write) to online listings in your area from a multitude of sources.
As a job searcher with a recent Bachelor's degree, I completed a two week trial period with JobSerf to see what the company is all about, the service they offer, and precisely how a Texas-based company that uses outsourcing could possibly find me a job in New York City.
The process works like this:
Upon registering for JobSerf's services, your assigned "Serf" (who will be someone from the Indian office - I had Shushma and she was great) will collect a slew of personal information from you by way of an Excel document (or online for paid users) that you fill out. Your Serf will then use this information as the basis for performing your job search.
Some of the questions asked pertain to what kind of jobs and job titles you would like them to seek out or avoid, what companies are desired or out of the question, target industries that you prefer to work in and specific job functions that your ideal job should include.
There will also be a section to fill out in which you list job searching websites that you would like them to use (or not to use) including a place for login and password info for job searching sites to which you already have subscribed. You'll send your resume and a stock cover letter (I believe you are allowed to submit up to five) along with the requested information and they take over the work from there.
After JobSerf has all of your information and you've instructed them as to what, precisely, you're looking for, the search begins. Your assigned Serf scours the internet in all of the likely places and in a few that you never knew existed for job opportunities that fit your profile.
Each searching session usually has about a 20-job turnaround, and you'll know this because you will not only find carbon copies of emails sent out on your behalf in your inbox, but you'll receive a status report detailing what jobs were applied to and where they were found.
Increasing Your Odds
After you start getting status reports, it's a good idea to look them over and make any suggestions to the JobSerf folks if some of the results aren't quite what you were looking for. If you notice that a particular job applied to is too far out of your commuting range, requires skills that you do not have, or is way out of your target salary range, for example, a quick note will help your Serf hone in on jobs that best suit you.
How JobSerf Worked
My experience with JobSerf went pretty well, I think. Some of the jobs that were applied to in the beginning were either not really what I was looking for or too far away, but once I sent some quick feedback about particular discrepancies, the searches started turning up much more accurate results. The JobSerf folks weren't doing anything differently in job searching on my behalf than I had already been doing in my own search per se, but they took over the hours spent searching online, and found some listings that I either hadn't yet come across or didn't know existed. They widened the scope of my search, and thus upped my chances.
JobSerf Pros and Cons
I'd say that's the major plus of using Jobserf - their ability to find jobs you may have overlooked or couldn't find - the extra eyes on the lookout. By the end of the two weeks, I did in fact receive a couple of responses from employers.
The only downside to using JobSerf is the same downside to just about everything else in life - it does cost money ($98 a week or for 20 hours). If you're in a really tight financial spot such that you're worried about food and daily expenses, this might not be the best route to go in your job hunt.
For everyone else, however, using a company like JobSerf is recommended. The service is ideal for someone looking to advance to a higher level in their career, or someone seeking a change in employment who is currently employed and doesn't have hours of time to spend hunting.