Friction Sparks Between Politico and WaPo

There’s a new tension in the already heavily competitive air between Politico and WaPo these days. Powerjobs, the new website for Washington’s talent and employers, launched today, featuring more than 1,400 jobs from some of the region’s influential organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AARP.

The new site, created by Politico and run out of their offices,  is also powered by ABC7/WJLA-TV, News Channel 8, Federal News Radio and WTOP Radio. It’s led by Managing Director Beth Dwyer, whose team is comprised of recruitment veterans with more than 25 years of combined experience in the field — including at WaPo, onTargetjobs, Yahoo’s HotJobs, Science magazine, Roll Call and The Baltimore Sun.

“This is a clear attempt to steal the jobs market away from the Washington Post, just like they (Politico) did with the politics and policy franchises,” said a source familiar with the effort who wished to speak anonymously. “I don’t think its an accident that they hired away the top people from the Washington Post to run this.”

According to a release…“POWERJobs offers employers the opportunity to get their jobs in front of qualified candidates. With additional access to various job networks, like diversity, veterans and disability — each consisting of hundreds of thousands users — POWERJobs is the one-stop choice for employers looking to reach the region’s top talent.”