Jeff Bond got tired of paying job listing boards to help him staff up his AC Works 365 business—and finding mostly unqualified candidates. One month he paid more than $3,000 to a job board and got so frustrated, he took his career in a whole new direction.
He became a tech guy.
That $3,000 was “a fortune to get mostly unqualified candidates,” Bond said in a statement. “I decided this was taking up too much of my time and money, and there had to be a better way. But I couldn’t find a better way, so I took a huge step outside of my comfort zone and started a tech company.”
The result is Trade Jobs, a platform that connects employers with skilled workers in the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing trades.
Trade Jobs—a TechFW client—helps employers find people with specific credentials for the desired trade. When companies post open job positions, they’re matched with profiles that meet their required level of experience and qualifications.
Bond’s big sell: Trade Jobs does this at a fraction of competitors’ prices.
For job seekers, the platform is cost-free. They can fill out a profile and search job opportunities at will, streamlining the recruiting process and saving time and money.
Job postings start as low as $250 a month
A job posting at Trade Jobs can cost as little as $250 for one month, Bond says. The site offers packages to post a job or jobs for one month or a full quarter, as well as an annual membership to post unlimited jobs throughout the year.
Trade Jobs also plans to offer advertising opportunities. Bond says he’s looking for partnerships with tool and education companies who could offer discounts to Trade Jobs members.
Building out to other trades
Bond isn’t stopping at HVAC workers, electricians, and plumbers. His longer-term plan is to build out Trade Jobs for multiple industries—potentially including handymen, architects, construction, and janitorial workers.
“A good team member can help you grow your business to new heights,” Bond said. “Trade Jobs can make that happen quicker.”
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