Update: Zubed isn’t scary – it rocks

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Aug 08

Back in July, I came across an article by Jim Stroud in The Recruiters Lounge about a recruiting tool called Zubed. I wrote about Zubed and how the technology was great – but scary.

A quick review of Zubed

Essentially, the tool allows a recruiter to have a position in Seattle to be filled, then ask recruiting services to provide you resumes with the right job skills overlayed on a map:

The results come back as points on a map! (Oh, I just love that.) Clicking on the individual points returns a tag cloud of keywords based on the corresponding resume (in the right column).


Or, look at it a different way.

Want to know where England’s Software Engineers skilled in C++ are located?

I imagine that you can see (as I do) how this type of information is invaluable when planning a workforce, job fairs and the best places to build a development center.


That was the part that was scary. You upload a resume and you show up on a map.

After some e-mail correspondence with the developers of Zubed, it turns out that there are some significant privacy protections built into the system as well. I was offered a WebEx on the features of the system which I took. I came away impressed.

Zubed features

Here are the significant take-away’s from the session:

  • From a privacy perspective, the employee only becomes visible to the employer when the candidate releases the information to the company.
  • The system, which is free, is currently available in England
  • Currently, the system focuses on IT professionals, although adding other types of career people would be relatively straightforward.
  • The system removes the Recruiting Agency from the middle of the resume to the employer.
  • The system parses BOTH the resume (CV) AND the employer’s job description and assigns a percentage of compatibility between the two. This ranking gives you the top candidates with skills and the job description to look at first.
  • And while employers can see the potential candidates with skills matching needs, employees can also see the skills being used by companies in a geographic area. If you have skills in C++, would your skills be needed in Manchester? Ask and you’ll get a map of employers who have requested the skills in their job descriptions.

One of my questions was this: if all of this is free, how do you make your money at Zubed since you are part of a larger corporation with resources?

And here’s where I thought these guys really get it: They sell this system to companies for their internal talent management needs.

Zubed benefits to companies and Cubicle Warriors

Think about a company like Microsoft, for instance (that does not use the system). They have thousands and thousands of resumes flowing inside the company from internal and external candidates. They have recruiters outside the company, posts on job boards, and internal candidates for needs across the planet.

And there isn’t a system to manage it. Instead, if a recruiter needs a candidate for programming C++ in Prague, the recruiter needs to filter through many different systems, both internal and external, to get to reasonable candidates.

With Zubed, both sides of the job requirements are parsed with the job descriptions compared to the resumes. Plus a geography component is added so that you can see both internal and external resources available to you in a specific geographical area.

Or, consider you are part of a project team and need a Business Analyst well versed in your application in Malaysia because that is where your developers are located. Well, using this system, you can get the job description to match up with your internal resumes to find the right resource for your project.

How would you find developers in Malaysia, operations people in India, and financial resources for your project in Denver? Right now, it’s tough. The paid portion of Zubed is right on the mark.

As globalization continues, finding the right resources for your work project will become more difficult as time zones and geography work against knowing a person by walking down the hall. Zubed is a tool that can meet that need.


  • Scot. I’m pleased to be able to tell you that ZubedJobs is now accepting USA based employers and job seekers. Over the coming months we plan to populate the site with American companies and historical requirements. In the meantime we are encouraging parties to register; there is still no charge.

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