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Ask HN: Why are there so many new job boards
4 points by KabuseCha 6 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments
Hi there!

Today I was just doing some research and noticed that right now there is a huge number of new "niche" job boards.

Especially within the "remote work niche" I found a couple of sites like:

- https://remoteok.io/

- https://weworkremotely.com/

- https://remote.co/remote-jobs/

They are basically all of the same scrappy type and design and are nothing special, but they seem to be thriving.

My questions:

Why is there suddenly a huge number of these boards? I mean nothing has changed technology wise, but somehow these businesses must make sense now.

What is the business model of these sites? The traffic potential for these sites is not that great and the job board niche itself is a tough nut to crack - is there still enough money in it to make it work?

And additionally, if you are an employer: What would you make use some of these sites instead of the entrenched brands?

It's seen as a relatively easy way to make money (if you make it work, hard to get good traffic without a community, etc).

It's a web page with a form and they charge from $99 to $399 per submission.

Sometimes I wonder if recruiting and head-hunting companies encourage all of these niche job boards in order to make their "simpler" business model more attractive.

Copycat Innovation Strategy > http://www.innovationmanagement.se/imtool-articles/copycat-i...

Combined with the trends of high demand/low supply of talent. Plus, hiring execs growing comfort level working with distributed contractors.

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