Uvisor is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.
Today at the DEMO conference, Uvisor is launching its full-service career-advice website, offering services from free job search to automated job matchmaking.
While there are lots of job sites out there, Uvisor hopes its automated services will make it more useful than other sites to people looking for jobs. Uvisor has more than 630,000 positions and 949 professions currently listed in its database. Features include:
- automated career matching based on your personality and skills, with a patent-pending algorithm
- résumé-building with support for multiple resumes and various formats, fonts and colors
- one-click résumé submission
- a relocation tool
- background data on employers
The company uses its own data along with LinkedIn to identify people at potentially attractive companies who are already in your network or ought to be in your network.
Uvisor figures there’s lots of demand because of the ongoing recession in the country. About 14.6 million people are unemployed in the U.S., and more than half of all U.S. workers are unsatisfied with their jobs, according to a 2010 study by the Conference Board. ComScore estimates that more than 65 million Americans visited career sites in June.
Rivals in the job-search category include Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, Simplyhired.com, Indeed.com, Jobfox.com and Hound.com. Uvisor believes it is distinguishing itself by focusing on full-service career advice and bringing automated technology to bear on that topic. For instance, a user can fill out a job application with a single click as Uvisor automatically transfers data from someone’s résumé to the form. That makes sending out applications more efficient.
The company was founded by entrepreneurs Bryan Jakovcic and Jamie Sawicki in October 2008, just as the big recession was getting under way. Upon graduating from college, they received sound advice that identifying a career, not just a job, was a difficult task. They encountered few sophisticated tools to assist in that process, and so they started their own site. Uvisor has eight employees and is privately funded. It makes money on a variety of things including job listings and corporate partnerships.
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