MyWorkster.com is an online social network of college students, alumni, faculty and employers that is designed to extend social networking into the professional world. Organized around Networks, which are based on the university the user attended or is affiliated with, the site allows users to create a professional network of Contacts and Advisors (alumni from the user’s university who have agreed to help them with their career). The user’s profile on the site consists of Basic Information, Education and Work Experience, and Resume and Portfolio. The site provides tools for presenting this information in a professional format, and video resumes can be uploaded to the Resume section.
The site also features social networking aspects such as messaging and contacts, in addition to job search tools. Employers can belong to networks, and can search for job candidates. Job seekers can search a database of 5,000,000 open jobs (provided by Indeed, the job search engine) and also have access to Inside Jobs which are posted by network members who are aware of openings within their company or organization. The site also features a unique People Search facility which allows searches to be progressively narrowed, for example to find a contact in a given company. The site can also be used with the new Facebook Connect feature offered by Facebook. In addition, the site has the ability to import the user’s existing profile from LinkedIn.Show more screenshots »
MyWorkster.com was launched in 2008 by partners Jeff Saliture, Doug Baruchin, and Yusef Qasim. Jeff Saliture is currently CEO and Doug Baruchin is Director of Operations. The site has undergone consistent growth since launch, particularly since introducing their People Search facility in February 2009.
MyWorkster fills a niche somewhere between the leading job boards such as Monster and CareerBuilder and social networking sites such as MySpace, FaceBook and LinkedIn. MyWorkster has a much more social networking aspect than Monster and CareerBuilder, and concentrates more on the professional side than LinkedIn, MySpace or FaceBook. LinkedIn is probably the closest competitor to MyWorkster, but LinkedIn includes personal as well as professional networking.
The overall look and feel of the MyWorkster site is fairly clean and uncluttered. Advertising is displayed on the site, and can sometimes be a bit obtrusive or seem out of place. The site is very responsive, with page loads happening quickly. The online tools for presenting profile information are quite responsive as well. Navigation is intuitive, with a top menu bar shown on all pages on the site. The People Search facility is very easy to use and responds quickly to search requests and when filters are applied.
The registration process asks for first and last name, email address, password, and zip code. The user is also asked for the Network they are registering in (university), and whether they are a student, alumni, or faculty member. Users can then proceed to complete their profile with the help of Facebook Connect or by importing their profile from LinkedIn. Users can optionally manually fill in their profile information.
Registration at MyWorkster is free and there is no premium membership available.
MyWorkster is recommended to college alumni, whether an employee or an employer, who wish to belong to a professional network of contacts for career development and advancement or to locate prospective employees. The site is a good place for users to establish an online professional presence, rather than the personal and social one that they may have on MySpace or FaceBook. The site is also recommended to job seekers, who can take advantage of the huge database of job openings available to them.