Bright.com claims to be the new job database which “takes the search out of job search” by using their unique Bright Score to find the perfect job for you in seconds.
Established in February of 2011, the goal of Bright.com was to use artificial intelligence to establish a “one-to-one signal” between candidates and successful hiring outcomes. Their website says this was not just to make job searching faster, but also to get the labor market as a whole to move faster.
To create that “one-to-one signal,” Bright.com wanted to conduct a legit 18 month study that included over 2.8 million resumes, 8.6 million job seekers, hundreds of recruiters and HR professionals, and a team of data scientists and engineers.
The data from this research was used to build the Bright Score, which looks at the job description of the open job and can match it with the resume that has the qualifications best fit for that particular description.
When searching for jobs on Bright.com, you can search Job Title or Company, and location. Then you will receive your Bright Score, which will instantly match you to jobs that will best fit your skills and experience.
Bright.com also provides a resume builder tool that will help you create the most competitive resume, as well as give you access to their “Bright’s Friends with Opportunities” tool to find jobs at companies where your friends are already employed.
Finally, you can save a variety of resumes and cover letters on your Bright.com account, so that applying for jobs can be accomplished with just a few clicks.
31 ‘Bright.com’ Reviews
50 applications = Zero
I just reviewed my applications file with bright.com...50 apps and ZERO Calls from any potential employer. Whats wrong with this picture..... I've lost any hope with this company of finding a job..
Beats Monster and Career Builder
This is the best of the consumer sites to help people find jobs. Compared to Monster, Career Builder, and others, it's user experience and the wayt they place me into jobs that I am qualified for is much more real. They give me a high score for jobs that I am most qualified, and the score really worked (I am an accountant)
Applying for a Job
An job posting email sends you to a page with a button that says "Apply Now". Click on it and it pops up a form to fill out for joining their network with verbiage stating that it does not mean you are applying for that job.
There is another button to click that offers you to sign up for their network. It goes to the same page. Such genius in marketing.
I HATE this constantly having to fill out forms as a gateway to getting where I want to be 10 minutes later especially when I already HAD an account. The operative word here is HAD.
Two applicants in the pipe
I use the product as a recruiter. It works well because it sort ranks the prospects by a score. I also found job seekers on the site that I haven't seen in Monster's resume database. It's a really nice product. We have two prospects in the pipe right now.
You may want to think twice
I decided to give the premium service a try, and was a bit disappointed that it did not allow for targeted resumes or cover letters. Almost all career websites recommend approaching the job hunt this way. However, since the website matches potential jobs to the key words in your resume, I thought perhaps they found a loop hold. One month and 36 job applications later, I realized that they had not. The only responses that I received was the standard "we are pursuing candidates that better match our criteria."
Another thing that I notice is that if that my best matches were for positions similar to or lower than what I already had. Which is great if you are trying to make a lateral move, but not so great if you are trying to move up the career ladder.
The other thing I was not crazy about is the fact that all correspondence is sent to the bright.com email which I have very little control over. It does not support html, so most of the responses from the job applications were hard to read.
I am a head hunter. They have a novel way of sorting through the best prospects for a job.
Do not, do not give these people your info
As others have stated this rancid company will start spamming your phone once you sign up.
Good for Recruiters
Many of the reviews on this site are from the job seeker side, so I thought I would provide a perspective from the talent recruiter side. Most job seekers don't realize that the way Bright and most recruiting sites make money is by selling subscriptions to talent recruiters - basically access to their resume database. LinkedIn is the king of this. They are the leaders in the recruiting field.
When on Bright as a talent recruiter I find the user experience strong, and the ability to reach out to candidates directly sorted by their Bright Score very compelling. It's very difficult to know precisely how strong candidates are when I search other recruiting sites because Boolean string searches don't bring back the best people - it just brings back job seekers that hit based on the keyword I type in (i.e., "Director of Finance").
Bright does a remarkable job of sourcing talent. For more senior positions I prefer LinkedIn even though it has inferior ability to identify great candidates. LinkedIn also has a far larger database of profiles (resumes). For mid level people, Bright is the winner.
As for job seekers, I would think Bright's goal is to get resumes, so anything they do to scare away job seekers is bad. So, if they are calling job seekers for education opportunities, that may scare people away and make the site feel scammy. But I would think Bright would work to overcome that as their resume database and Bright Score seems like great opportunities to win over people like myself.