Goofy name, right?  Who would even imagine that this website relates to the job market?

This up-and-coming new site means business, however, and is one almost all of today’s job seekers should keep their eyes on.  What the makers of Hound now purport to offer is a web search tool that actually sucks and stores thousands of job leads directly off employer sites, themselves, versus simply cannibalizing them from other published employment sites on the Internet like Monster.com, Hotjobs, and the like.  I know this seems trivial, but it’s an extremely important distinction, since almost all employers tend to list all of their open job leads on their own websites — but publish only a small fraction of this total job pool on paid employment sites, due to the price tag involved.  And while other sites like Indeed.com also pick up occasional job listings directly from corporate sites, this percentage is still a relatively small piece of their overall database — unlike Hound, where it’s the entire focus.

At the same time, Hound isn’t free, unlike most employment lead sites.  Subscriptions start at around $29 per month, so the question becomes whether this site is actually worth the money.  I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first, since almost no employment sites come anywhere close to living up to their own hype or to producing any real value not already available via free sources.  After running a few quick comparison tests between Hound and Indeed.com, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that at least 50% of Hound’s listed opportunities were not available via Indeed, suggesting that this site actually does offer a new technology that can help job seekers tap into a pool of fresh leads.  This is a rather impressive feat, since so many sites nowadays simply recycle the same content from one another, and users end up tripping over the same old tired listings time and time again, including those annoying “perma-listings” dangled out there on a year-round basis from many staffing agencies.

Is Hound perfect in every respect?  I wouldn’t go that far.  The site still has some bugs to work out and I’ve pointed out to them that several of their advanced search functions don’t work as advertised.  Also, since the listed opportunities on Hound reflect only those types of roles companies traditionally post, you won’t find many executive-level job leads via this resource, for those of you searching for work at that level.  Still, you could always sign up for a seven-day free trial to see what you think of the site, and then cancel your subscription if the results don’t seem worth the money.  All I know is that I’m going to be keeping an eye on the resource, and seeing if they resolve some of these minor issues, since overall their premise is a great one — and the jobs they’re collecting are ones rarely found anywhere else!