We’ve already seen plenty of alternatives to recruitment agencies. In this post, freelance developer Rosario Rascuna explains why, frustrated by agencies slowing him down, he developed his very own jobs board.

Being a freelancer, searching for a job often feels remarkably similar to a treasure hunt. If I’m lucky enough to spot a good opportunity, it’s often obfuscated by a recruitment agency. Seeing an agency listing a vacancy usually starts me wondering: “What company could it be?”, “What do they do?” and more often than not, “Is it even a real vacancy, or just the recruiter fishing for CVs?”.

Agencies usually condense job adverts in a list of keywords and requirements. A job description would be: “We are looking for a [Ninja/Guru/Rockstar/Airbender] doing [X]“, but very little else about the company or the actual job. For a freelancer who values the quality of their coworkers and work environment, this can make applying tricky.

The next step, inevitably, is to use Google to reverse engineer the job description and discover the company behind the vacancy. Often I’d spend a considerable amount of time figuring out the name of the company hiring for that position, only to discover I am not particularly interested in working for them once I know who they are.

Fed up with this process, I decided to sit down and develop a nonsense-free alternative that cuts out the time-wasting middleman.

The idea is straightforward: To provide a job list that links directly to company’s career pages. As a developer I prefer to submit my application directly to a company, without intermediaries. After some development time I released the first version of Roundabout.io in July.

Another reason for rethinking the traditional job board was to improve on the oft-neglected search functionality. I wanted a solution that goes beyond simply tagging a job description with keywords. I wanted the search to be powerful enough to understand queries like “list all the JavaScript roles without any PHP”. Roundabout is currently the only tech jobs list offering this option!

What started as a simple job board for London startups is now gradually collecting most of the tech jobs in the area, with Brighton next on the list of locations to be added.

The site is still very much under development, and there’s still plenty of work to be done before I’m happy with the result. If you’d like to say a word or two, feedback and constructive criticism are very welcome, reach out at hello@roundabout.io.