Finding part-time work during a semester, or even full-time work for the summer, is a struggle for most - especially when they're still handing out paper resumes to storefronts.
To facilitate the job searching process for students and to help employers find good candidates for different roles, one Canadian startup has created a solution that it calls the “Tinder for jobs.”
Launched by brother-sister duo Alexander and Stephanie Florio in November 2017, Toronto-based Swob has developed an app that allows students to search for part-time, seasonal, and full-time jobs in the retail, food services, and hospitality industries. The app allows users to create a profile, answer a questionnaire, upload a resume, and identify their location to view a series of jobs that might be a good fit. Once a profile is created, users can swipe left if they don’t want to apply to a job or swipe right, and have their profile and resume be sent to the employer.
“I had started looking for other opportunities in the industry and through my own frustration is what kind of inspired the idea.”
Speaking with BetaKit, co-founder Alexander said Swob’s goal is to help students find jobs with the simple use of their phone. He said the team came up with the idea to launch Swob after spending several years working in marketing and public relations, and realizing that finding new opportunities within certain sectors can be frustrating.
“I was working at an agency in the city and I loved it. Fast forward a few months, things had changed and I just wasn’t enjoying the role anymore,” said Alexander. “I had started looking for other opportunities in the industry and my own frustration is what kind of inspired the idea. I remember still vividly coming home that night, talking to my sister about it and we thought okay, we might actually have something here and we never really looked back.”
Alexander added that he felt a greater need to create an app like Swob when he spoke with students and learned that they don’t always seek digital job boards to apply for positions.
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