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It was an awful job experience after graduation that inspired two former business students from Cal State Fullerton to create Jobstapler.com.

About a year ago, Jobstapler.com was merely the vision of Joseph Raffiee-Shirazi, 23, the company’s CEO.

The idea began after he graduated when he applied for a financial consultant position. He was lured in by a company’s enticing sales pitches but he discovered it was no more than a telemarketing position.

Somewhat similar to RateMyProfessors.com, JobStapler.com allows the internet community to “share, review and rate” jobs instead of professors. The Web site allows job seekers to view comments by “real employees and real experiences.”

Today it is available for free online.

“Everyone tries to replicate a social networking Web site like Myspace but this is a niche that hasn’t been done yet,” Daniel Stanton, co-founder and chief technical officer, said.

Users can post reviews after submitting personal information and answering a questionnaire about their experiences from a certain job.

Jobstapler will hold a drawing for an iPod Nano for job reviewers each month.

“We started the contest in March, and every review is an entry in a drawing to win an iPod Nano,”
Raffiee-Shirazi said.

The questionnaire consists of 17 questions that are ranked from a scale of 1-7. The questions were critically designed to draw honest feedback. Users are also required to submit a descriptive comment about the position and company as a means to further illustrate its rating.

“It is a great tool designed to help job seekers assess if the job is worthy or a poor career move,” according to Jobstapler.com

Phoebe Pham, 28, a senior who is a finance management major, is currently unemployed and is continuing to contact and submit several resumes to prospective employers. She confessed however, that she gets frustrated from not having enough information about companies from job postings.

“I’ve taken jobs because I’ve gotten desperate for money,” Pham said.

Besides working for financial necessity, management, co-workers, products or services of a company can all affect her opinion on a company positively or negatively, Pham said.

Raffiee-Shirazi said that he does not want Jobstapler participants to use the Web site to become verbally abusive towards their former employers.

Job seekers like Pham can simply navigate the site and use the search engine to view job reviews based on key phrases, city, state and/or zip code.

The business plan for the Web site began in April 2007. The duo met though mutual friends and bonded between classes at CSUF.

“We would figure out ways to make money. We were business students so that was our goal,” Stanton said.

Every detail was meticulously thought out, from the domain name to the Web site design.

“Domain names are like real estate, everything that you can think of is taken,” Raffiee-Shirazi said.

In the end Jobstapler.com was finally registered, a name inspired by movie character, Milton, who is particularly protective of his red stapler in “Office Space,” a comedy film about office workers who hate their jobs and boss.

About four weeks ago, Jobstapler.com was finally launched.

Both business partners will continue to raise awareness by offering lucrative incentives such as iPod Nano giveaways, promoting on Myspace and Facebook and networking with the college community.

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