WikiJob celebrates first birthday in November

WikiJob, the candidate focussed careers wiki website, celebrates its first birthday in November.

The site, which was started 12 months ago by university friends Chris Muktar and Edward Mellett has grown considerably since its inception.

“When we started we were quite literally the only users”, says Ed. “In October we received 80,000 unique users (119,000 user visits) and almost three quarters of a million page views. It’s very rewarding to see our efforts paying off!”

Apart from some impressive (and fast accelerating) statistics, recent months have also seen WikiJob receiving some industry recognition for their work.

In October, the website was invited to talk about graduate careers in the credit crunch by both the BBC Today programme and BBC News, as well as being nominated for most “innovative use of technology” in 2008, as part of the London South East Recruitment awards.

“It was great to be on TV” says Ed, but what was even better was being recognised as a spokesperson for graduates and graduate recruitment. It was great to talk alongside Anne-Marie Martin (Director of the Careers Group) and appear on the same programme as Carl Gilliard (chief executive of the AGR).

It’s been a great 12 months for WikiJob – the web 2.0 wiki concept certainly seems to be working. So where next for the website?

“It’s all systems go right now”, says Ed. “We’ve proved the website works, the next step is to make a business. We’ve had a lot of interest from employers who want to develop a presence on the site and we’ll be introducing some new features in coming weeks and months to deliver this possibility.

“In terms of users, we’re projecting 100,000 unique users for January 2009, and then who knows where we’ll be by November 2009! “

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