First employment website to cover the center areas of France, Centremploi allows you to publish your ads in the following Regions : Auvergne, Bourgogne, Centre, Limousin, Poitou and Rhône-Alpes. Its high notoriety on these regions comes from local daily newspapers (2 millions daily readers) and from their editorial websites (2 millions unique user per month) : La Montagne, L’Éveil de la Haute Loire, La Ruche, Le Journal du Centre, L’Yonne, Le Berry Républicain, L’Écho Républicain, La Nouvelle République, La République du Centre, L’Éclaireur du Gâtinais, Le Populaire du Centre, Centre Presse and Le Pays Roannais. This notoriety (41% of our visitors directly come on our website and 45% via our partners websites)allow recruiters to target candidates living close to the job vacancies, or willing to move into our regions (20% visitors are from Paris, or from its region Ile-de-France).
Jobboard Finder’s opinion
Summary: This nationalist job board tries to focus on Central France, so you won’t find job offers on the coast. The headquarters are in Clermont-Ferrand and it belongs to the Group Centre France (a media group). According to Group Centre France, they belong to La Montagne (a local newspaper), but other sources say it’s the other way around. Regardless, they both manage Centremploi. In fact, in March 2011, when the job site was created, it was launched by La Montagne and Adenclassifieds (Figaro Classifieds basically). Social media has not been a big part of their marketing campaign recently, with only 310 followers on Twitter and no updates since 2013 and 763 on Faceook and no new updates since March. The website still attracts 74 220 views a month and offers a range of positions. There are some questionable aspects of Centremploi, including the lack of security (no https://) and the reduced staff handling the offers.
Design: The dominant colour is yellow. There are no particular images and the page is usually framed by adverts, which can be a bit distracting. The search engine (keywords, sector, and location) is in the middle of the page with articles underneath. However, to access the job listing, you are expected to add at least one filter (location, job role, sector, contract type and experience). The offers can then be sorted by date, location (alphabetically), job title and company. When you run your mouse over the job offers, the description appears. If you open a job offer, the publication date, the contract type, the location, the company and the sector appear above the description. There is a company listing, with only 25 listed recruiters (and 13 of them are hiring at the moment).
The job board objective: Centremploi aims to make it easier for recruiters and jobseekers in the middle of France to find candidates or work.
Recruiter observations: For contact information, you have to go through the recruiter page. In fact, you cannot find any information on creating an account without going through the team (unless you opt for an express advert). Companies can show up as “anonymous” if they wish to do so.
Jobseeker observations: the website can generate a password for you. You cannot make your CV visible until you have completed your online profile, which includes information about your marital status, your nationality and the number of children you have. You can also look up courses (for workers, students, etc.) in a number of sectors and you have to define your current employment situation (interested, actively looking or unemployed).
The job offers: Due to the website design, it isn’t possible to know exactly how many job offers are on the website. There is a range of offers, mostly in sales or manual jobs.
Reactivity: When we contacted the team, they were on vacation.
Special features: Job alerts; express adverts; the courses; news and advice; thematic folders (nothing new since 2014).
Verdict: The website is not https:// secure, which is always a worry. It can be slightly confusing having to filter job offers, but not seeing all the job offers (if there are more than 500 posts) and the lack of availability from the Centremploi staff directly makes one wonder about their involvement. That said, it is relatively easy to use and there are a lot of job offers for those in the heart of France (depending on what you are looking for).
Written by Ali Neill
As the job board tester and blog editor for the Jobboard Finder, Ali works on job boards from all around the world and keeps a close eye on the recruitment trends thanks to a number of sources, including the website's social media pages.
Additional job board information
In order to increase the visibility of our ads, we have developed a partnership with Groupe Figaro CMS. Thus, all of our job ads are referenced during 28 days on Keljob.com, and we also propose to release them on Cadremploi.fr, Grandsud-emploi.fr, or in the local press. Centremploi is also present on Facebook and Twitter.
We are working on a mobile version of our website and on the improvement of the training section.
Our media partners are of course all the local newspapers and websites covering our 20 departments, but also Figaro CMS in regards of its employment activity. We are partners with Groupe Grand Sud, which represent the medias Sud Ouest, La Dépêche du Midi, and Midi Libre.
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