March 25, 2009

Search by Location New Feature addition

We are pleased to announce that now you can filter Companies by proximity to your location on your Find Jobs page.  The default zipcode is taken from your profile.

We have also added the ability to filter by Industry and Investment status on both the MyGraph and Browsing lists. That is the good news.

The bad news is that not all companies have address information in their records. We are working hard to populate that information. Please lend a helping hand and add company address info for your company as well as when you are browsing around the database.

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March 10, 2009

A Few Problems after Switch to New ISP

Our move to a better service provider has gone smoothly. There may be a lingering issue with the redirect, but that will be cleared up soon.

Unfortunately, some of our new features have regressed, with some build mishaps.

One of the new features is the ability to filter your FindJobs list based upon location. We hope to restore the  location filter later on this week.

Thanks for your patience. If you find any other problems, please let us know.

December 11, 2008

Web Innovators 20 was a great event

We had a good time and met some great people at the premier networking event in Boston for web startups.

Web Innovators Group has grown from a small gathering in 2005, of a few entrepreneurs in a bar to the large event it is today. Around 700 people attended last tuesdays WebInno 20 event.

The line up of companies was stellar, and we were fortunate to be a part of the group.

Thanks to David Beisel of Venrock for including Genotrope as a sidedish presenter.

November 20, 2008

New Linkedin view of Companies

We have a couple of things to tell you about this month.

Now registered users can view their Linkedin connections to a company by clicking the icon_company_insider_in_12x12 icon next to the companies name on the Companies Page. This powerful feature will help you discover if you know anyone at your target companies so when you submitress2 you will have an internal contact to find out the scoop on the work environment.

You may also have noticed the Feedback icon  en-orange-corner-low-right in the bottom right corner. We always welcome input and with this addition, we hope to make it very easy to send us your comments, suggestions or problems.

October 7, 2008

New Features for October 2008

We heard from our users that hadn’t yet worked at a funded or connected startup that the Find Jobs page was less than fulfilling. Thanks to you guys for the feedback.

Check out the Find Jobs page and you will see that in addition to the companies in your greeniconbuttonmygraphMyGraph listing showing companies connected to your work history, we have added a greeniconbuttonbrowsebrowsing feature. When browsing, users can filter companies by Industry as well as Funding Status. This feature lets you go beyond your professional network to slice and dice the market and view only the sectors and stages you want to see. As you view the list, the MyGraph icon lets you know when that company is in your graph.

Another cool feature we have added is the detail window to the right where a short company summary will appear, as you mouse over a company of interest.

Now it is much easier to compile a list of interesting companies and apply to each directly.

Let us know what you think.

September 25, 2008

Sorry, were having problems with IE rendering the company graph

We are working on the problem and will resolve it as quickly as we can. The problem we are seeing is when an unregistered user views the Companies page in IE, the graph does not complete. It happens randomly and often. A refresh sometimes works, but unfortunately not always.

You can still see the parent and child relationships, just not the cool little graph. For now you can either use Firefox or become a registered user. The second option will provide you some cool stuff, like being able to contribute to the database, feeds about your connected companies as well as powerful search ability for finding your next career move.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

September 23, 2008

MassTLC 2008 Innovation unConference!

Genotrope is proud to be selected as one of the sponsored startups attending the MassTLC Innovation unConference on October the 2nd held at Sun Microsystems in Burlington.

This is a great opportunity for early stage founders to get feedback and advice from some of the prominent VC’s and expert entrepreneurs in the Boston area.

We are really excited about the event since as a sponsored startup, we get the opportunity to have a couple of small table meetings with a select group of experts chosen for our specific areas of interest.

If you have a chance to come out to the unConference, I highly recommend it and please stop over and say hello.

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September 4, 2008

Do we really need better Job Descriptions?

I have recently read a couple of blog posts at some new job board companies concerning the need for better job descriptions. I am wondering if that is really the case?

Do we need job descriptions at all? We’ll leave that topic for another day.

Does a detailed job description effectively target the exact talent being sought or screen them out?

My experience has shown that a significant percentage of the time, the hire that is made does not match the job description. Why is this?

I. The requirement changes over time.

II. The job description was the “kitchen sink” variety that actually described three positions

III. The company hired the best talent not the best “fit” to the description

IV. The great software engineer didn’t apply when they read the term “rockstar or ninja” in the description.

We think about recruiting using the concepts of Attractors and Promoters.

Attractors are what draw people towards your opportunity. The magnets pulling in candidates such as the background of the company including the stories about the founders, the “cool” product, the interesting or difficult problem being solved, the exceptional work environment, the high quality team and the investors. Anything that makes the company attractive to potential employees.

Promoters are the ways you get the word out about your company. Blogs, articles and media exposure, Events, and advertising. Job postings are one of your promoters.

So how do you make your job postings most effective as a promoter of your company?

First of all consider how they will be viewed. Job postings usually come in large groups as a list of results from a search. Therefore, to be effective, bringing the viewer to your site is the primary goal. This way you will have their attention and a much higher chance of generating interest.

So is a long and detailed job description going to the most effective means to get the viewer interested? Maybe not. A job posting may be better used as a description of your company, using your attractors, and a succinct overview describing the position. Candidates already know what the general requirements are for their current job. Too much detail regarding duties and may send a candidate packing because they do not fit that description, even though they could do the job.

Potential employees make the decision to work at your company based on the quality of the people they will be working with (the Company), the vision and problem the company is solving and if what you want them to accomplish is something they will love to do.

Maybe it is a semantics issue, but this information is not going to be contained in a job description. Better to write copy that makes your company interesting and attractive to potential employees. People go to work at Companies, not jobs, so spend your posting real estate mostly on promoting the attractive qualities of your company and less on detailed job descriptions.

August 17, 2008

Site Outage

We are very sorry that Genotrope has been down for several days. What started as routine maintenance ended up as a confluence of several problems that kept us down so long.

We apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you. Changes have been made so this situations will not happen again.

July 15, 2008

Genotrope is sponsoring TechCocktail Boston2

For all of you who attended the previous TechCocktail Boston at Tequila Rain, you know it is a fun event attended by founders, VCs, developers and representatives from the entire start up eco-system.

Well, the next one is coming up next week, Thursday July 24th and Genotrope is a sponsor. It will be another great time and a chance to meet a lot of people. The event is filling up fast so RSVP and come out and mingle.

I would love to get the chance to meet more of our users face to face. We’ll buy you a drink.   😉