The recruitment rant thread (https://talk.birmingham.io/t/mini-rant-about-recruiters/1883) set my idea wheel rolling when I read it last week and I'm really keen on developing a product around the idea of connecting employers and potential candidates directly and cutting out recruiters (although there would be room for them on the platform - they'd be forced to behave by the limitations of the system).
I'm going to try to succinctly describe how I image the platform working - this may end up rambling so wish me luck!
The platform initially would just be a system where techies (developers/designers) can build out a CV. They can list all previous roles, add tags for different skills etc. At this point it wouldn't be much more than a LinkedIn profile although it would be much more fine-grained in terms of the details you can add to it. There'd be a functionality to export as CV which would compile your experience and skills down into a CV format (hopefully a few templates) along with links to your personal websites, github, StackOverflow etc. Also part of the system would be a job requirements area where you can specify locations where you'd be willing to work, salary expectations for any future role and define your job availability. "Actively searching", "Change considered", "Content and unchanging".
The information will always belong to the candidate and will be completely private. So you can always know you have an up-to-date CV whenever you need it and can send it out straight from the system and there would be no charge for candidates.
The other side would be a job listing service where employers can list their jobs on the site. They have to fill out a detailed job specification including releasing the job location and potential working hours. They then have the facility to assign interview criteria to the role. E.g. X years experience in Y, Salary: £XYZ, Knowledge of PHP etc. They can also add additional custom steps to an candidate application like getting them to perform a technical test.
From this information the site would pre-screen candidates and display the cost of listing the ad. The ad increasing in cost with the more criteria added (Sort of like Google/Facebook Ads do with in demand keywords). Once paid the ad is listed and publically searchable (although again anonymous to the point where people won't know the hiring manager etc) and can be applied for by anyone registered on the platform. The employer can also then view anonymised CV's of potential candidates that have been pre-screened and can request access to their full profile. In order to be allowed access to a candidates full profile the candidate has to release the information from their end.
I'm looking to start building the CV side of the platform soon and will happily work with others on the product if anyone is interesting in building out this idea with me. Any feedback would be awesome too.