October 15, 2012

Bright – Using Data to Find the Right Gig

Just because a position is available at a company you’d love to work for doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the right position for you. Job seekers spend way too much time browsing through ads for positions they aren’t qualified to take on, and employers spend way too much time scanning through resumes sent in by unqualified candidates. Bright is a tool that uses data to help job seekers and employers target their searches and find the perfect fit.

To start a more targeted job search, sign up for Bright and upload your resume. The more personal and professional information you add to your profile on the site — including past employers and education history — the better job Bright can do at finding jobs in your target industries. To determine which positions you’re qualified for, Bright uses a special algorithm and determines your “Bright Score.” This score is used when determining which jobs will show up when you login to your Bright account. Click on any job Bright recommends, and you’ll be able to learn more about the position, including the salary range, a brief description, and the job location. Since Bright already has access to your profile information and resume, you can apply for most jobs you see on the site in just two clicks.

Although Bright is primarily thought of as a tool for job seekers, the web-application can also be used by employers. Bright uses data science to score candidates and create shortlists of qualified job seekers who would be perfect for the jobs that managers are looking to fill. Bright even gives employers access to information about any candidates who started their job applications without finishing them, which can be an effective way to increase the size of the candidate pool without re-running help wanted ads.

Practical Uses:

  • Get access to targeted job leads
  • Find job openings that you’re actually qualified for
  • Spend less time looking for candidates to fill a position at your firm
  • Rest assured that all the applicants on your shortlist meet your job requirements

Insider Tips:

  • Businesses can incorporate the Bright Score into their applicant tracking systems
  • Bright is powered by Bayesian statistics
  • Bright supports resumes in Word, PDF, TXT, or RTF formats

What we liked:

  • Applicants only see jobs they are qualified for
  • People can apply for open positions in just a few quick clicks
  • Employers can see which applicants started their applications without finishing them
  • Bright can expedite the job placement process for busy hiring managers

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: February 2011
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Steve Goodman
  • Web site:


  • Free

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