New Site Mixes Job Hunting, Social Networking

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You know there’s something wrong with the world when it seems like there are more job sites than jobs. This hasn’t stopped several promising new job search engines from popping up this year.

Fiverr.com launched in March and helps people promote themselves by marketing small tasks they can do for $5 a pop. Then there’s Betterfly.com, which launched in May, and allows mentors and instructors to offer private lessons on everything from weight loss to guitar. And, of course, there are the standard sites like Indeed, Monster, SimplyHired, LinkedIn and countless job search forums.

Now, another new site has launched for job hunters, but do we really need it?

Tischen.com, a site that launched this month, is trying to distinguish itself from the pack with an incredibly bold mission statement. The goal of the site is to help “rid the world of unemployment.” Will they accomplish it? We can’t say for sure, but the site definitely has the potential to be an excellent tool for freelancers.

Tischen (not to be confused with Taschen, the publishing company) allows job seekers to create a colorful profile page advertising their desired position, hourly salary and location. The page is very customizable so you can personalize it much as you would your own blog. Plus, Tischen lets you keep track of how many people are visiting your page, gives you a calendar to show your availability and even provides you with a free downloadable set of business cards.

According to Tischen, the site is mainly designed for freelancers, whether they are students looking for part-time jobs or contractors looking to do consulting work. So when people visit your Tischen page, they can look at where you have worked and what days you’re available and then make the decision to contact you through the site for a freelance gig.

Now, is this site so incredibly different from the other job sites we mentioned above? Not exactly, but it does combine some of the best elements from each. Tischen takes the social networking feel of LinkedIn and pairs it with more traditional blogs to allow you to really personalize your page. It also takes a page from Fiverr and Betterfly and really allows you to advertise a particular skill for a part-time assignment. But the most useful part of the site may be something that is still behind a paywall.

Starting at $9 a month, Tischen users can upgrade to a premium version that comes with several perks, most notably the ability to create a web domain for yourself or your company. So rather than just being Joe the Plumber with a Tischen page, you could point potential employers to JthePlumber.com. The site handles the registration process, so you have a quick and easy way to build a strong web presence for yourself, which could help you when applying for jobs. Unfortunately, the price point still seems relatively high, but if it goes down in the coming months, we could see this becoming a great tool for job hunters.

For the time being, it’s up to you to decide whether it helps your job search by being a member of many different job sites, or whether it just makes things more complicated. If you are eager to sign up for a new site, then the free version of Tischen would be a good one to try. After all, it doesn’t cost you anything to create the account and this one could be your lucky break.

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