I feel the biggest 'turn off' for me is the lack of communication. In the training I was told I would be given the e-mail and phone # for the contact at the company and could stay in touch with them. On the positions I am working the phone number is sometimes not given, the e-mail is but they ask that you not contact them or they rarely respond. This has happened on most of the positions I looked at and rather than dis-engaging on those and trying others I thought I would just see what others have experienced. I currently am engaged on 5 positions, have not done much with 2 of them on and on the other 3;
1) submitted a candidate on August 13th, opened on August 15th and no update since then.
2) submitted a candidate on August 21st, opened on August 26th and no update since then.
3) submitted a candidate on August 12th, opened on August 14th and quickly moved to phone interview and nothing since then. After several e-mail follow ups I received a response that the hiring manager is not interested yet the status is still phone screen.
I guess in my limited exposure I have not seen much effort put forth by the companies which prompted my discussion. I am sure it works but I am not looking to invest the time to find a company that is serious about using Bouny Jobs to hire. With that said I will keep it as a search option for candidates I am working with and also keep an eye on the Engineering positions here in the west.
Bountyjobs in theory is a great idea. They pay out 75% which is generous and some of the fees are 25% and higher so if you made a placement it would be pretty close to if you had your own client and the fee were 20%. As far as the communication between client and recruiter that is going to vary per client and has nothing to do with the site itself. Recruiting, whether it is through a website, a vendor management system, contingent or retained basis is most effective when there is a strong relationship and desire to work with one another between client and recruiter. Therein lies the problem with bountyjobs - rather than use it to replace their vendor list, it is most likely used by corporate recruiters as a source of resumes to turn to in addition to or after their vendor list of 30 + vendors. Therefore if you ask to be engaged and the client accepts and then is non-responsive to emails or phone calls it's not a real relationship and it’s going to be more difficult than usual to make a placement. On the other hand - if they accept and send you a note thanking you or enable you to call them and take your call you may have a genuine opportunity to make some money without having to do the marketing piece. They made a good site. I'll be looking to improve upon the relationship aspect with my forthcoming website and hybrid business model. And you may be glad to know that we are planning a second office in AZ!