One of the most common refrains from business owners in Texoma’s tight labor market is that they can’t find employees, especially those with the skills they need for specialized jobs.


On Oct. 1, GateHouse Media, the parent of the Herald Democrat, is launching a partnership with Santa Monica, California-based ZipRecruiter for its 125 daily newspapers, more than 300 weeklies and 555 local market websites. The deal makes ZipRecruiter the exclusive advertising partner for GateHouse, reaching more than 21 million readers each week. The California company will power GateHouse recruitment pages, both online and in print.


“Local businesses in GateHouse Media markets will now be able to leverage the power of ZipRecruiter’s best-in-class candidate matching algorithm, which delivers quality candidates to 80 percent of job ads posted to ZipRecruiter within the first 24 hours, and industry-leading email job alert program, all while maintaining their relationship with their local GateHouse newspaper and account manager,” the companies said in a statement.


Nate Rodriguez, senior group publisher of Texoma Marketing Media Group, which publishes the Herald Democrat, Van Alstyne Leader, Anna-Melissa Tribune and Prosper Press, said the partnership will mean great things for all TMMG’s customers.


“We are very excited about this partnership and what it will mean for our customers — both employers and job seekers,” Rodriguez said. “This is a continuation of our effort to serve our customers — both in news and information and advertising and marketing solutions — in new, innovative and effective ways.”


Jobs posted through GateHouse Media will also be available to search and apply to in ZipRecruiter’s award-winning mobile job search apps. It is a unique, first-of-its-kind national partnership for GateHouse that will bring a consistent recruitment platform to all their digital and print properties, the companies said.


“We’re always looking for the best tools and most valuable services to offer our 225,000 local business partners,” GateHouse Media CEO Kirk Davis said. “Working with ZipRecruiter will allow us to provide the business community in all our markets with the easiest and most cost-effective way to manage their hiring needs. And we’ll provide a quicker, streamlined way for job seekers in all our markets to find the best job for them.”


The partnership is ZipRecruiter’s largest with a national media company and represents an expansion of their publishing partnership program, which spans 1,000 entities across North America and the United Kingdom.


ZipRecruiter is the fastest growing online employment marketplace. More than 1 million businesses and 100 million job seekers have found a match through partnerships with the best job boards on the web, curated email alerts, award-winning mobile apps, and one of the most sophisticated job search algorithms in the space.