I've been asked for consult on several occasions about whether or not to use job matching systems. Obviously depending on the system my answers will vary although if I'm asked about job matching in general here's my opinion.

Stand alone job matching platforms do not have a chance against the more traditional models, no matter the economic climate.

Why?

In a job seeker rich market:
Employers have less budget and resources so unless the job matching platform can map the fielded data from an xml job feed into the system your rate of adoption will be extremely low. The process has to be automated and fluid, not hand entered and clumsy. That being said.. If the fielded data is cut down to merely what is available on the job directly from your career site then there's probably not enough data to make an accurate match. You may see match platforms try this method to increase adoption, only to find it's a double edged sword laden with bad matches.

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