The job recruitment process is about to get a lot easier with Switch, the new employment app that allows employers to review candidates a lot faster and simply swipe right if they’d like to connect with them. The prospective job candidates need to swipe right as well if they’re interested in the job, so the process really works both ways, just like Tinder does for the dating scene. This iOS mobile app also guarantees the user’s anonymity until they decide to connect with the user on the other end of the line. All in all, this just might succeed in changing the employment application process considerably. Let’s take a look at how Switch works and how it could impact employers and prospective employees.
How Does Switch the Employment App Work?
The mission statement (and tagline) of Switch is that it aims to make you ‘love your job search’, as well as facilitate a connection with your employer within minutes. The first step is creating a profile which will only disclose minimal information to people who review it afterwards. The whole point is to make the digital job hiring anonymous and thus fairer in its initial stages, when people simply decide whether to establish an interview or not. This way, both the employees and the employers get a certain guarantee that the other party is interested in them based on their skills and perks alone, without taking any personal factors into consideration (such as reputation in the niche circles or anything else along those lines).
After setting up the profile, the prospective employee simply searches through jobs and swipes right if he’d like to get in touch with one of the hiring managers. If those managers or recruitment officers swipe right as well, the next step is getting in touch via the app’s chat. The disclosure is also progressive via the app’s settings: you can choose who you want to share your profile with on Switch or you can also go completely incognito if it suits your purposes better.
How will Switch Affect Employees and Employers?
Most likely this new job search app will only make employment and work opportunities function better for almost everyone. If the app will catch on in many niches so to be able to claim a large infiltration of the job market, then the only people who will be directly disadvantaged by it will be the ones with no access to the internet or no online skills. However, nowadays digitally illiterate people are a disappearing breed, especially in the workforce, so this will probably not be a significant problem.
The advantages of Switch, on the other hand, look pretty promising. For employees, it will allow them to try their luck with a better job without their current workplace finding out about it, and it will also allow them to save face in case of rejection. This is particularly useful in case the niche is tightly-knit and there’s a good chance to get recognized as the rejected applicant precisely at the wrong moment). For employers on the other hand, Switch can be a solution to save up on the time and effort of recruiters and basically revolutionize the digital job hiring process. If they switch to using this employment app (pun not necessarily intended), they won’t get flooded with as much CVs and even unrequired attention and insistence. Also, they will be able to decide whether they’d like to call someone in for an interview much faster, being able to read only the key facts they are interested in for their decision.
Overall, we’re pretty excited about the launch of Switch and we’re hopeful that the app will indeed have a positive impact on the job market. If you have any thoughts about this new ‘Tinder for jobs’ let us know in the comment form below.
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