Recruitment apps help employers cut out the middleman and chat directly with interested candidates, leading to big time and cost savings. For job seekers, it means a simplified job hunting process and the tools to search on the go. According to Indeed, 78% of candidates would apply for jobs from their mobile devices. Yet, only 10% of Fortune 500 companies offer a mobile-friendly application process.
Entrepreneurs and recruitment startups are rising to the challenge in this emerging market. Some apps are targeting “passive” job seekers, people who are employed but open to new opportunities. These mobile tools let job seekers search for roles anonymously and make it easier for recruiters to find candidates. Others are challenging traditional recruitment methods with peer-to-peer referrals and performance-related hiring. So who are the latest players? From simple ‘swipe-to-apply’ interfaces to candidate testing platforms, these are the app startups reinventing the recruitment industry.
ProSky is an app that aims to improve the hiring process for both applicants and employers. The performance-based hiring platform uses projects and challenges to evaluate candidates’ skill sets and features employer mentorship as well as IM and video chat.
Founded by Matthew Ang and CEO Crystal Huang, San Francisco startup ProSky is challenging the traditional ‘CV and interview’ recruitment with a hiring process in which companies can train, test and then hire new talent. In December 2015, ProSky raised a $2.3 million seed round led by Lightbank, to develop their hiring technology and ramp up their marketing. This also included investment from Kapor Capital, 500 Startups and University Ventures.
- Founded: 2015
- Total funding raised: $2.7 million
- USP: performance-based hiring
Switch is a job hunting app with a simple ‘swipe-to-apply- functionality but driven by machine-learning algorithms. Job seekers can import their professional profile, get daily job recommendations, swipe right to apply and connect with employers via in-app chat.
The New York-based startup was founded by CEO Yarden Tadmor, whose ambition is to revolutionise the job search experience. Big names including Facebook, eBay and Amazon have already signed up as recruiters and the app has over half a million downloads to date. In June, Switch closed a $4 million Series A round, including investment from recruitment giant SEEK, Rhodium, and Marker.
- Founded: 2014
- Total funding raised: $6.4 million
- USP: ‘swipe-to-apply’ job matching app
Syft is an online recruitment app for London’s hospitality and events industry. Employers can find fully vetted and rated temporary staff via the app while job seekers can choose where and when they want to work.
Created by co-founders Novo Abakare and Jack Beaman, Syft describes itself as the ‘Uber of hospitality staffing’ and claims to be up to 65% cheaper than traditional recruitment agencies. This year, Syft raised a £2.65 million seed including funding from Profounders Capital and angel investors Lord Young and heavyweight boxer David Haye. They will use the funds to further develop the platform and expand across London.
- Founded: 2015
- Total funding raised: $7 million
- USP: recruitment for the hospitality sector in London
Job Today is a mobile recruitment platform which helps people find service and retail jobs, apply and get a response within 24 hours. Candidates can also ask employers questions via chat.
The Luxembourg-based startup, first launched Job Today in Spain, last year, before expanding into London and Paris. Polina Mantano, cofounder and COO of Job Today says their sights are set on going global – they plan to launch in the US soon. This year, Job Today raised $10 million in a Series A round led by Accel with contributions from Felix Capital and Mangrove Capital Partners. The funds will help further the startup’s international growth.
- Founded: 2015
- Total funding raised: $10 million
- USP: helps people find jobs in 24 hours
Nudj is a talent referral app that helps people find jobs through peer-to-peer referrals. Employers post jobs, share it with their network and set referral bonuses; while candidates can apply or refer the job to a friend.
Founded by CEO Robyn McGirl, Nudj app is currently in beta and targets tech startup communities, such as London’s ‘tech city’, where finding the right talent can be tricky. In 2015, Nudj received investment from Tom Fleming co-founder of Venrex to help with its growth.
- Founded: 2014
- Total funding raised: undisclosed
- USP: peer recommended talent for startups
YapJobs is a recruitment app that matches job seekers and employers in the hospitality and retail industry, in real-time. Founded by Shahzad Ali, Xen Lategan, and Ziad Tassabehji, the London-based startup helps people find work quickly, in places they really want to work, by making sure they match the company culture as well as the role.
Since launching in November 2015, YapJobs has processed more than 500,000 applications and secured big employers such as Costa Coffee and The Ivy for their service. This year, YapJobs announced a $1.4 million investment from Ziad Tassabehji to boost its growth.
- Founded: 2015
- Total funding raised: $3 million
- USP: the fastest way to find jobs in restaurants and hotels
TalentPool is a London-based tech startup promising ‘a new breed of recruitment’. The TalentPool platform enables businesses to find and hire young professionals directly on the app. It has already attracted hundreds of companies looking for value for money including Deliveroo, GoCardless and iwoca.
In 2016, co-founders Tom Davenport and Andrew Lavelle announced a £300,000 funding round, including investment from QVentures, Stephen Warrington and Hostelbookers founder Kingsley Duffy. TalentPool will use the money to further develop the app and expand its client base.
- Founded: 2013
- Total funding raised: $655,000
- USP: jobs for young professionals
The future of mobile recruitment
Our relationship with technology has changed rapidly over the years and now smartphone users spend 90% of their time on mobile in apps, as opposed to browsers. Recruitment apps are making great strides – the convenience of job searching on the go as well as smart notifications are helping to make the recruitment process quicker and simpler. The future of mobile recruiting lies in the development of apps with seamless integration, good user experience, and data analytics that help recruiters discover passive candidates who are likely to be open to new opportunities.
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