Despite the financial crisis (or maybe thanks to it?) the German online job platform scene is as busy as ever, with a row of new portals launching just in the last 8 weeks. The flavor of the month seems to be job search engines.

At the end of last year, an established job search engine Kimeta.de (with over 900,000 listed jobs) came to market with a new idea, namely job search engines focused on a segment, or sector. It launched Jobsuma.de, a job search engine specialized on students, in December. The portal is still in beta. 

In January Kimeta took another bite at the idea, when it teamed up with a leading German trade fair organizer Deutsche Messe (which also organises the successful annual CeBit trade fair) to launch a job search engine focused on the IT and telecommunications sector called Cebitjcm.de (stands for jobs career market). It already boasts over 44,000 jobs for employees in the IT and telecommunications sector, which is more than many established “general interest” job portals have.

Like Jobsuma.de, this search engine trawls company sites and job portals for jobs. 

Most recently, a Munich-based firm called Jenomics, took the bold decision to launch a job search engine called Stellenanzeigen.net and to trawl job portal Stellenanzeigen.de (and others), together with company Web sites for jobs. To date no-one has complained about possible confusion. Stellenanzeigen.de is operated by Markt Gruppe (Marktgruppe.de), a company jointly owned by publishers Georg von Holtzbrinck, Dr. Ippen and the WAZ Media Group. 

Other new developments include:

– A new student job portal called Studidoo.de. It was launched in November last year by the two-brothers-and-a-sister team of Gavin, Marc and Sarah Steinwachs. All three are MBA students based in Dortmund;

– The regional job portal 1000rheinlandjobs.de is an initiative of eight companies in the Rhein region and supported by the regional job portal Kalaydo.de;

– The portal Finest-jobs.com was launched recently by job portal vendor Rexx Systems of Hamburg. Jobs may be listed at no cost. The operator puts all his hope on advertising. 

Finally, the German-speaking region of Europe got another employer evaluation portal recently, when Stuttgart-based Evaluba.com launched to challenge the current forerunner in this niche called Kununu.com.

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