I had joined a PHP group on Linkedin and from then on have been receiving calls from hiring consultants for LAMP developer positions. The reason I joined was to post about openings at my startup. This was still a little better but I hear about a lot of CTOs/Managers who receive such spam calls/mail because their profile has that keyword from a position 10 yrs ago. This and there are many other issues that Job portals have.

ThePlatinumCircle is a startup exclusively for Rs.12 Lakhs+ jobs. The portal is a by-invitation-only network and also does not allow any mass mails by recruiters. They claim to maintain quality of candidates and jobs by pre-screening all profiles and postings. Job posting on the site is free and allows 48hrs access to database and 10 resume downloads. The portal, launched in Sep’10, claims to have 35K+ candidate profiles and 500+ recruiters.

The startup is directly competing with services like Naukri Premium and HeadHonchos from ABC Consultants. IIMJobs is another portal catering to the same needs and actually works.

What the startup is attempting does solve a problem for candidates but how many of such high level recruitments are actually done by companies themselves vis-a-vis through consultants who browse through Linkedin profiles? Also, is manually screening each profile a scalable model?

Do give ThePlatinumCircle a try and let us know if you found a hire for your startup?

[Naman is a startup enthusiast and has worked with couple of Indian startups as Product Manager. He is the founder of FindYogi]

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