VCs Are Working Hard on Job-Related Startups (slideshow)

From the Occupy protests to the GOP presidential debates, it’s hard to think of a U.S. public forum where the issue of jobs, and the lack of them, has failed to capture the spotlight.

So, it shouldn’t be surprising that in recent months some of the attention has spilled over to the venture-backed startup arena as well.

Since the start of the year, VCs have poured more than $115 million into at least 10 companies developing websites and tools to assist workers in findings jobs and employers in recruiting for hard-to-fill positions, according to data from Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB).

Part of the funding impetus may also stem from the success of LinkedIn’s public offering. With a market capitalization close to $8 billion, the career-focused social networking site offers proof that VCs be can be well rewarded for smart bets in the space.

In the following slideshow, take a look at which companies in the employment space have raised the largest rounds in recent months, and how they plan to deploy the cash.

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[slide title=”No. 10: AfterCollege”]
Location: San Francisco
Business: Professional network for college students, alums and employers.
Funding: A November securities filing indicates the company raised $400,000 toward a goal of $750,000.
Backers: Flywheel Ventures
URL: http://www.aftercollege.com

[slide title=”No. 9: BountyJobs”]
Location: New York
Business: Runs an online market place for employees and headhunters, with a feature that allows employees to set the fee they’ll pay a headhunter upon a hire.
Funding: Raised $5 million in September, bringing total venture funding to $18.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters.
Backers: Accel Partners, Greylock Partners, RPM Ventures and Tiger Global Management.
URL: http://bountyjobs.com

[slide title=”No. 8: Work Market”]
Location: New York
Business: Provides service for recruiting employees, contractors and third parties.
Funding: Raised $5 million in September, bringing total venture funding to $11 million, according to Thomson Reuters.
Backers: Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures
URL: http://www.workmarket.com

[slide title=”No. 7: JIBE”]
Location: New York
Business: Operates a job search portal that enables employers and applications to integrate Facebook Connect and LinkedIn connections into their searches.
Funding: Raised $6 million in May, according to Thomson Reuters.
Backers: Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Polaris Venture Partners and Zelkova Ventures.
URL: http://www.jibe.com

[slide title=”No. 6: PayScale”]
Location: Seattle
Business: Online provider of employee compensation data.
Funding: Raised $7 million in June, bringing total venture funding since 2004 to $31.4 million, according to Thomson Reuters.
Backers: Trinity Ventures, SAP Ventures, Montlake Capital, Fluke Venture Partners and Madrona Venture Group.
URL: http://www.payscale.com

[slide title=”No. 5: ConnectedU”]
Location: Boston
Business: Provides Web-based tools to navigate education and employment transitions.
Funding: Raised $10 million in October, bringing total funding since 2007 to $33.2 million, according to Thomson Reuters.
Backers: Allen & Co., Fenway Partners and others.
URL: http://www.connectedu.com

[slide title=”No. 4: Glassdoor”]
Location: Sausalito, Calif.
Business: Operates a social networking site where anyone can find and anonymously share reviews and salary details about specific jobs for specific employers.
Funding: Raised $12 million in February, bringing total venture funding to $21.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters.
Backers: Benchmark Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures and Battery Ventures.
URL: http://www.glassdoor.com

[slide title=”No. 3: Jobvite”]
Location: Burlingame, Calif.
Business: Provides a recruiting software platform.
Funding: Raised $15 million in May, bringing total funding since 2007 to $30.45 million, according to Thomson Reuters.
Backers: ATA Ventures, CMEA Capital and Trident Ventures.
URL: http://www.jobvite.com

[slide title=”No. 2: BranchOut”]
Location: San Francisco
Business: Provides professional networking services, including a Facebook application that lets users find out where friends or friends-of-friends are working or have worked in the past.
Funding: Raised $18 million in May, bringing total venture funding to $24 million, according to Thomson Reuters.
Backers: Accel Partners, Floodgate Fund, Norwest Venture Partners and Redpoint Ventures.
URL: http://www.branchout.com

[slide title=”No. 1: SnagAJob”]
Location: Glen Allen, Va.
Business:  Operates a search engine for part-time and full-time hourly employement.
Funding: Raised $27.35 million in March, bringing total funding to $41.8 million, according to Thomson Reuters.
Backers:  Adams Street Partners, August Capital Management, Baird Venture Partners and C&B Capital.
URL: http://www.snagajob.com

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