The Resumator, one of 2009's first class of startups at Pittsburgh-based Alphalab, offers companies a first-of-a-kind tool to organize the details in resumes that job-seekers submit by email.
launched its first product online during the first month of the January-June session of the Alphalab incubation program.
Now the fledgling company has customers paying for a product that, in the words of founder Don Charlton, "eliminates the pain and paper in managing online resumes." It also has positive buzz after favorable online reviews by Cheezhead, CNET, Mashable, and ReadWriteWeb. And, with four months of the Alphalab program still ahead, it also has free operating space, access to a support team of qualified tech-enterprise advisors, and seed capital to perfect a business plan built around a $59-a-month fee clients will pay for the service.
In return, human resource managers obtain Charlton's proprietary widget, which links a company's recruitment site to the The Resumator site, where individually-crafted resumes are gleaned for data relevant to open positions.
Where to go from there? Charlton believes that the remaining months at Alphalab, which is a project of Innovation Works, the Ben Franklin Partnership organization for southwestern Pennsylvania, belong to his ambition to create a "ubiquitous brand for The Resumator by building a business story around resume collection." One feature to develop further is the service's capacity to direct clients to job boards where they are most likely to be to find the resumes of candidates looking for particular categories of jobs.
This young brand also hopes to expand toward hosted solutions for clients, such as universities, that would use the The Resumator to aggregate the resumes of a class of graduating students and then invite companies interested in hiring from the school to access the data base for prospective employees. In any case, after the Alphalab session, it would seem more likely that Charlton will be collecting resumes rather than sending out his own.Source: The Resumator, Don CharltonWriter: Joseph Plummer
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