CareerCloud’s Hidden Jobs
Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.
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CareerCloud’s Hidden Jobs app tracks what it calls ‘hidden jobs leads’, which are primarily news stories, press releases, blog posts and other sources of information that describe a firm’s expansion plans, relocations, a new product line or other news indicating plans to hire. It’s information that can be useful in finding a job, since a company may announce an expansion, relocation or some other action well before it begins advertising jobs. Chris Russell, founder of CareerCloud, said the company’s $0.99 iOS app and website aim to give job seekers insight into companies that will soon be hiring. If a job seeker identifies such a firm, he recommends researching the company and trying to locate an employee you can reach out to with a resumé. CareerCloud’s methodology is similar to what’s called ‘open source intelligence’, a term of art by intelligence agencies to describe data collection from publicly available sources. But the data assembled by CareerCloud and released on Monday about which states have the most the job leads – largely in manufacturing, retail and tech – show something interesting as well. In the US, most of these job leads found with its methodology are in the south. Not surprisingly, California topped the list with just over 14,000 job leads in the last 90 days, with Ohio in second place at just over 8000, followed by Tennessee, at 7500. The other states include Florida, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. This interest in southern states is reflected in tech announcements. North Carolina, for instance, has emerged as a major data centre hub for companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook. Lenovo is building a manufacturing plant in that state as well. Apple, however, went west, picking Arizona for its plant.
by Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld