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Job-hunting gets a search boost

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CareerJunction is to release Google-like search functionality that will make searching for a job quicker and easier than ever. 

CareerJunction provides an online career service to career seekers and has been at the forefront of technological developments in the online recruitment space in South Africa for more than 10 years.
“With more than 17 000 jobs advertised concurrently on CareerJunction, we have had to revolutionise our searching capabilities to make the art of matching candidates to jobs much more streamlined," explains Kris Jarzebowski, CEO of CareerJunction. "This has been a two-year project and we are proud of what we will be delivering to market, which will change the way that users interact with the Web site – both career seekers and recruiters alik."
When conducting a job search, career seekers will only need to type in the relevant keyword search to bring up accurate and relevant results. The new search is driven by powerful artificial intelligence which automatically ranks and weights keywords to ensure that the most relevant search results appear highest up on the search list.
Jarzebowski expects the new search enhancements to have an impact on the traffic that CareerJunction receives. According to Nielsen//Netratings statistics, CareerJunction is consistently one of the highest traffic Web sites in South Africa and generates more than 15-million page impressions on a monthly basis.
With the new searching capabilities, Jarzebowski expects that career seekers will find the most suitable positions quicker than before, and so the page impressions that are generated on CareerJunction will drop.
“This is a deliberate strategy and we expect a decline in our page impressions and our Average Session Duration statistics. However, we are also expecting an increase in career seekers responding to jobs that are more suitable to their search criteria,” he explains.
CareerJunction’s new search will be launched in mid December before the peak job hunting season in January.