Don Charlton, Founder and CEO, The Resumator

Don Charlton, Founder and CEO, The Resumator


In 2009, software designer Don Charlton became involved with AlphaLab, a Pittsburgh-based business start-up accelerator program. At AlphaLab, Charlton had an idea for an HR software program, and with a $25,000 investment from the program, The Resumator was born.

Shortly thereafter, Charlton was approached by a potential customer who then became The Resumator’s first client, and the company was off and running.

Since The Resumator is only about three years old, Charlton remains focused primarily on investing in human capital and office equipment to enable the company to keep expanding. The company’s customer base, which has been growing exponentially, currently numbers more than 700. The Resumator’s sales increased 550 percent from 2010 to 2011.

Last year was the company’s breakout year. It attracted high-profile customers such as President Barack Obama’s official re-election campaign, Obama for America, as well as a handful of Silicon Valley customers including Evernote, Pinterest, Atari and Tumblr.

Charlton focuses The Resumator’s product on companies with fewer than 50 employees. U.S. businesses of that size have a total of about 60 million employees, so the company’s pool of potential customers is very large.

The Resumator’s product is a useful tool for recruiting, and the company also acts as a consultant to guide small businesses in making hiring decisions. Unlike its competitors, which lead employers to job seekers but end their assistance at that point, The Resumator takes input data, processes it and arrives at suggested decisions after comparing job seekers. Criteria about both the job seeker and the employer are analyzed and compared, and job seekers are ranked against one another so that the clientemployer can make an informed decision.

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