SkillCow is an innovative website offering a fresh approach to the traditional online jobs board. Based in New York, the SkillCow infrastructure measures jobseekers’ traits, skills and attitudes to find them the most suitable career path. Existing as a portal to put jobseekers in touch with the relevant training bodies to achieve their goals, SkillCow also has a partnership with the internationally successful Indeed.com to connect jobseekers with potential roles and vacancies. Browsing jobs by trait or by industry, the website currently offers more than 30 different sectors of profession.
SkillCow is a very user friendly tool, with a clean interface and an exciting website format. The homepage makes it immediately clear that this is a job search kit with a difference, with the SkillCow Career Assessment Test taking precedence with a huge green virtual button. The website lists and details many personal traits that are suitable for different roles and take the jobseeker through the process helpfully, to assist them in making the decision of which jobs to chase.
SkillCow is an entirely free service for jobseekers to use. Whether you choose to go through the steps of discovering your best traits and abilities or you make direct searches for the training course, filling in your details will allow a SkillCow representative to contact you and discuss your options free of charge.
Browsing & Searching
The mode of finding training courses and jobs is certainly a simplified process in comparison to the competition. Searching by keyword and ZIP code is an option, as is clicking on the Keyword Cloud on the homepage to follow the most commonly searched terms. You can also Browse Careers by their industry and Browse Careers by personal or professional traits.
Recruiters will have to post their jobs to the Indeed.com website to have them show up in the SkillCow tool. Indeed.com is a free service which benefits from more than 100 million visitors across 50 countries worldwide. SkillCow is more geared towards training and learning, to assist in eventual employment. Educational institutions who want to advertise their training programs on SkillCow can do so free of charge, by contacting the administrative team behind the website. Their courses and programs can be categorized and listed by State, Industry, Traits and Type (Campus or Online.)
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SkillCow is a unique website which can count most of its features as ‘special.’ The most significant of these features is the prominent Skill Test, a survey made up of 21 multiple-choice questions which provides users with a detailed (500 word+) analysis of their professional personality. Along with the analysis, SkillCow will also provide a number of careers that the user is “a natural” for. These results are able to be further refined by additional information such as selecting interests and qualities.
SkillCow’s support system is fairly minimal in comparison to some of the harder-hitting job boards. However, to their appraisal, they do have a toll free telephone number featured around their website which will help with a number of things. Primarily, the SkillCow operatives man the phone lines to assist in career choice, job seeking and training programs; but the telephone support is also available for technical and website difficulties. SkillCow representatives are also reachable via e-mail.
SkillCow is certainly a bright light amongst the online job boards, offering a new approach to helping people find employment in addressing their training needs or their indecision on career paths. A partnership with Indeed.com goes some way to addressing the need for employment opportunities, but jobseekers who are looking for immediate placements may be better off visiting a dedicated jobs board.