“I cannot remember the exact reason for getting fired, but it did involve a lot of drama”, Kaarel Holm recalls.
He’d been in his job for some 18 months, and a difference of opinion as to the company’s future direction meant he’d started to look around.
His boss found out – and sacked him.
“For my employer, the fact that I was looking at other jobs was a major breach of trust. But for me, the idea of being locked in was a no-go.”
Kaarel felt he’d been treated unfairly: “In the end, I left the company feeling that my happiness is more important than any company and I was gutted about the reaction of my current employer.”
Kaarel then set about finding a way to solve the problem.
90-second signup and no CV
Together with his co-founder Anton Narusberg, Kaarel built MeetFrank – a recruitment app that makes it quick, easy and discreet to find out who wants to hire you and what they’re willing to pay. The app asks users 8-10 initial questions, which take some 90 seconds to answer.
Job offers from potential employers are then matched with candidates. If the candidates want to find out more, they’re able to ask the employer about the role, but do not have to reveal their identity.
The system aims to help passive job seekers assess their employment options in a transparent way without risking their current jobs.
“The traditional way of applying for jobs will soon be gone. The most talented are not looking for jobs, and companies who are recruiting need more efficient tools to approach the most qualified people”, Kaarel explains.
The startup has only launched this September, but already has over 20 000 users and 700 hiring companies on board, including TransferWise, Taxify, and Tele2, a major Swedish telco.
The eight-person team was also the official recruiting partner at Slush this year, where they got 4,500 new users – in other words, one in four of the event’s 20,000 attendees. Hundreds of companies also submitted over 800 jobs using the app during the event.
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