The founders of GoGoResume.com thought it shouldn’t take a year to find a job online.
So, they came up with web-based software that allows users to apply instantly to jobs posted on 10 online job search sites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com with three different resumes.
GoGoResume.com, a joint venture between founder and CEO Seth Cullens and New York City-based software developer Sine Software Technology, launched on Thursday, Jan. 21, from Cullen’s Observatory Hill home.
Cullens came up with the idea for the service after it took him nearly a year to find a job through online job searches two years ago. He tested his software, and said he received a call from an employer in the USX Building Downtown to schedule an interview two days after submitting his resume.
Cullens hopes that people of all demographics — from high-powered business executives to those who may be computer illiterate — will be able to use the software.
“We designed it to work fast, so in the time allotted you on the library computer, you can effectively job search,” Cullens said.
Of course, cutting out the middleman usually isn’t free, and GoGoResume.com is no exception. Users have the choice between a two-month subscription for $35 or a six-month subscription for $55.
“I know, 35 bucks is 35 bucks,” Cullens said. “If I get a job, I make that $35 back in the first day of work.”
The subscription packages were something Cullens put a lot of thought into. “We wanted to give [customers] time in case the first month doesn’t produce anything,” he said, since some employers take three to four weeks to respond.
In determining the price, Cullens looked into similar services, although currently none provide exactly the same service as GoGoResume.com. A similar service, ResumeRabbit.com, charges $59.95 and posts users’ resume to 87 job board sites, but not to individual positions.
“We wanted to undercut everybody,” Cullens said.
In order to give those with low incomes access to the software, Cullens is proposing that Pennsylvania’s CareerLink service replace its current job board with GoGoResume.com.
He has already spoken with State Reps. Jake Wheatley, D-19th, and Dick Hess, R-78th, about the software, and is awaiting meetings with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Arlen Specter, D-Pa., as well as U.S. Congressman John Murtha, D-Pa.
Wheatley was receptive to the idea, Cullens said, and he hopes that meeting will turn into a meeting with the Department of Industry and Labor, which runs CareerLink. Wheatley’s office confirmed that the meeting was positive and that a meeting with Industry and Labor was in the works.
“If we can do this, people will be working so much faster,” Cullens said.
According to the CareerLink website, 98,653 people actively have accounts on CareerLink, but there are only 34,637 current job openings statewide. Although Department of Labor and Industry Spokesperson Christopher Manlove confirmed the website-provided numbers were accurate and current, Cullens said he hand-counted job openings on the CareerLink database and found less than 10,000.
Between the nine U.S. job boards GoGoResume.com uses, Cullens hand counted 46,656 jobs in the Pittsburgh area, but only about 300 of those showed up on the CareerLink database.
“There’s not enough jobs, the numbers don’t match up,” Cullens said. “I think [GoGoResume.com] is something the government can and should pay for.”
Another source of inspiration for GoGoResume.com came from Cullens’s work as a career service representative for the Everest Institute, a technical school Downtown.
“Graduates coming out of school…they were just inept [at job searching], for lack of a better word,” Cullens said. “There’s a huge need out there for assistance.”
Although Cullens came up with the idea for his website, he isn’t a software developer. That’s where Sine Software Technology came in. Sine CEO Wenhai Fu liked the idea so much that he bought into the fledgling company and became Cullens’s business partner.
Cullens designed the look and feel of the website, but left major programming up to the Sine developers, who began working on the web-based software in June 2009.
The nine U.S.-based job boards GoGoResume.com uses are Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, Net-Temps.com, SnagAJob.com, Career-Journal.com, SimplyHired.com, Indeed.com, Yahoo! HotJobs, niche site LatPro.com, a board specifically for Hispanic Americans, and Canadian website Workopolis.com.