If you have tried the hottest recruitment venues, such as social websites like FaceBook, for hiring IT wunderkinder, you may be ready for the latest twist--hiring via a video gaming website.
Simply Hired, a job search engine and recruitment advertising network, has partnered with IGN.com, a leading video game destination site, to allow "millions of users to be able to find a job that suits their skills and interests without leaving the comforts of IGN.com," according to the company's general manager.
Simply Hired said the goal of the partnership was "to deepen the engagement" of loyal video gamers in their pursuit of employment "from a professional perspective." So now video-game junkies ca n job hunt without leaving their favorite screens. And HR pros ca n shoot down UFOs and place employment ads in the same place!
A self-proclaimed "niche" community that "helps people find the jobs they love," Simply Hired has over 5 million job listings in its database, many targeting jobseekers in the Silicon Valley. A look at the jobs page on IGN.com showed most listings were for companies in Northern California (although one was from the Federated States of Micronesia) with job titles ranging from video game designers, developers, and artists to database administrators and software engineers.
Simply Hired, named one of the "50 Coolest Websites" by Time magazine, has not turned its back on the social websites, creating the "Workin' It!" job search feature for FaceBook, MySpace Jobs, and other social sites that targets college and graduate school students and rewards them with "gold stars" for positive responses from employers. It also has the Akroydian-named "Job-a-Matic" paid job-listing publisher for commercial sites.
Sources: Simply Hired and IGN.com