There's currently a nationwide labor shortage in the U.S., but unfortunately no magic solution to remedying it. However, Merlin is a new app on the block that hopes to bridge the gap between employers and candidates.
Launched this week in New York, Merlin, a jobs platform exclusively for hourly workers, aims to help resolve frustrations on both sides of the job search by connecting hourly workers to employers in less than a day.
The program has been in beta testing for the past year in the Big Apple, and employers interested in hiring through the platform need only create a company profile and post a job opening along with any necessary requirements. Candidates are matched to opportunities that align with their qualifications and are located close to their home.
Job listings are available in a wide range of categories, including restaurants, hospitality, general labor and retail; both small and large businesses are using the platform. Starbucks, Shake Shack, FedEx and Hilton are among the employers using Merlin.
Companies can utilize filters to search through thousands of potential candidates by location preference and previous experience. Employers and candidates can access Merlin’s chat feature so they can further discuss job details, schedule interviews and even hire on the spot.
The platform allows job candidates to forgo traditional resumes or cover letters in exchange for a user profile that highlights their experience, personality and skills, says Borja Moreno de los Rios, co-founder and co-CEO of Merlin.
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