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Local job search engine Sacjobs.com is expanding despite the economy and job sites such as Craigslist and Monster, and it launched Sackjobs.com Jan. 2, with plans to expand nationally.

“We’ve got about 1,200 local listings right now, and then our next step is to focus on the Bay Area and Southern California, so we’re going to take our thrust from Sacramento and hopefully by next year take over the West Coast,” said Sackjobs.com owner Ian Coltoff, a 40-year-old Sacramentan.

The site launched in 1999 as Sacjobs.com as an homage to Sacramento, and Coulter said he added the K to appeal to a national audience, with the tagline “Your next career choice is in the bag.”

And to be clear – typing “Sacjobs.com” and “Sackjobs.com” will take job seekers to the same place.

Coltoff said he thinks the site fills a niche in job search engine options by providing as much information to job seekers as possible, not inundating them with advertisements and adding a function that will allow job seekers to comment on postings.

The startup saw initial success in 1999 by charging less than other job search websites to post advertisements, and it brought in more than $30,000 in the first month, Coltoff said.

When Craigslist became popular, it cut deeply into the business, and Coltoff said he had to innovate to stay relevant.

“We’re providing a service,” he said. “You have to keep innovating and coming up with new ideas, and I don’t think Craigslist is innovating. It looks pretty much the same, and sometimes it’s hard to tell what company is posting about a job, or even if it’s a scam.”

Before starting Sacjobs.com, Coltoff ran a roommate referral service that proved successful, and he attributed the same type of innovation to that success that he said he hopes will carry Sackjobs.com forward.

“We let people post on whether they did drugs, their sexual orientation, their cleanliness and those sorts of things,” he said. “That wasn’t something you’d see in The (Sacramento) Bee, or anywhere else.”

After that came Campus Cash, which started as a coupon book for colleges, but employment advertisements generated the most money, and he decided to make an online job search site focused locally.

At the time, he didn’t know what an email was, and he said he is still not exactly tech-savvy.

“I am an idea guy,” he said with a laugh. “I have ideas, and I don’t wait a lot of time to figure out all the details. I just get going. When I need help with something, I find someone who knows how to make it work.”

Coltoff said he is currently in talks with investors to generate funding that will allow him to move forward faster, and a redesigned website is scheduled to roll out next week.

Andrew “Drewski” Blaskovich, owner of Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and one of the people behind The Republic Featuring Drewski’s – a sports bar and restaurant set to open Friday at 908 15th St. – said he found Sacjobs.com to be the best resource for finding help at the new restaurant.

“Three of my guys I hired – chefs for my kitchen – I hired them off Sacjobs.com,” Blaskovich said Tuesday. “It seems like I got more attraction off of there because it’s local. Craigslist is good, but Sacjobs is more personable.”

Coltoff said he hopes that employers find that to be the case as the website expands.

“I like doing this,” he said. “It sounds cliché, but I like providing the service and helping people. It’s rewarding, and it really feels great.”

Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow him on Twitter @Brandon_Darnell.

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