One of my new things is to ask clients what I can do for them. It's a good way to let them know that they can ask for help without me getting anything in return.
So I asked the other day, and one of my clients mentioned that it would have been nice if I had asked last week, as he needed a electrician.
I wasn't able to help him - but he already had the answer. Angie's List .
Angie's list is a referral service for home contractors. It works in the same way as Amazon's rating service does - but for home contractors. They do work for you - you rate them - and the next person gets to see how honest they are.
What a great idea. I wonder if we'll reach a point where blogs are universal rating systems. Think about it - if you need to use a recruiter, what rating system would you have? Do you trust corporations to use their own rating systems or send it to all of their clients?
Most recruiters are considered good if they get you a job, and bad if they fail. What if they were rated on interview prep, frequency of contact, fairness in salary, truthfulness, and quality of client.
What if corporate job sites were rated the same way - and corporate recruiters were rated by helpfulness, knowledge, contact, management of the process, and negotiating skills?
There's a market out there for this - just as sure as there is one for Angie's list. The question is how would you rate?