Apparatus and methods for providing career and employment services

  • US 7,424,438 B2
  • Filed: 03/19/2002
  • Issued: 09/09/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/19/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method executed by a computer processor for authorizing information exchange between at least one of a plurality of candidates and at least one of a plurality of employers prior to any direct contact between said candidate and said employer, said candidate having one or more candidate attributes including candidate minimum requirements, said employer having one or more employer attributes including employer minimum requirements, said one or more candidate attributes and minimum requirements including a searchable profile being stored in a candidate database, and said one or more employer attributes and minimum requirements including a searchable profile being stored in an employer database, said method comprising:

  • receiving a search request from either said candidate or said employer to search the searchable profile of one of the candidate and employer databases for a possible employment opportunity based upon certain search parameters;

    processing the search request and providing the results to the requesting one of said candidate and said employer;

    receiving a at least one request for release of contact information from the requesting one of said candidate and said employer based upon the search results;

    determining that the attributes of the requesting one of said candidate and said employer satisfy the minimum requirements of a non-requesting candidate or employer stored in the candidate and employer databases;

    receiving a response from said non-requesting candidate or employer consenting to the release of the contact information of said candidate or said employer to said requesting party;

    obligating a payment due in real time based on the response to said request for release of contact information wherein said payment due is a fee to a career site operator; and

    providing exchange of contact information in real time prior to any direct contact between said candidate and said employer.

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