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HotJobs Gets Tighter With Yahoo

Online job board adds features via improved integration with its new parent.

InformationWeek Staff

November 21, 2002

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HotJobs, the online job board acquired by Yahoo Inc. in February, has added new features to its site by integrating more tightly with Yahoo's technology. For instance, job seekers who already have a Yahoo ID and password will be able to use those same authorizing credentials to enter a personalized section of HotJobs where they can create and store up to 10 resumés. Also, job seekers can search company job postings can find out who's checking them out. "If you make your resumé searchable, we can show you how many recruiters looked at your resumé," says Rob Harpel, HotJobs' senior VP of technology.

HotJobs is also engaged in back-office integration with Yahoo to take advantage of cost savings by leveraging Yahoo's technology infrastructure. Before the acquisition, HotJobs used servers from EMC Corp. and Sun Microsystems to manage its resumé database. Since then, it has migrated to Yahoo's platform, which uses Free BSD, an open-source operating system that's a derivative of Unix, Harpel says. HotJobs also has begun using Hewlett-Packard servers for its core database, rather than Sun servers. "Now I have $30,000 worth of equipment, rather than a half-million dollars worth of Sun," Harpel says, which "makes it affordable to buy a redundant system in Santa Clara, Calif., that mirrors what we have in New York."

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