From the start of the coronavirus pandemic, throughout the last three years, the job market has seen a record high of employees quitting and employer layoffs, creating major staff shortages. Luckily, one innovative app is offering a solution: a new approach to connecting employers with candidates.
Recruit Me is a recently-launched app that takes inspiration from the highly-successful concept of dating apps, where users fill out profiles and answer questions that allow the algorithm to suggest romantic matches. The Recruit Me difference? It’s employers and employees filling out their profiles. Through this innovative approach, Recruit Me saves time, money, and effort in finding the best pairings.
“Recruit Me simplifies the hiring process and makes it much more personable, creating a better experience for employees and employers alike,” says Catarina Matias, the app’s founder and CEO. “Staff retention has been a significant and ongoing problem post-covid, no matter the industry, and using the old ways of hiring isn’t fixing that issue.”
The new way of hiring, Recruit Me doesn’t connect employees to just any job – ideally, it connects them to their perfect match, even if they’re not sure what that is. It’s the perfect service for recent and soon-to-be college graduates or employees looking to transform their careers. For employers, it significantly reduces the time and resources wasted on unsuccessful candidate searches.
The app is great for anyone. For companies looking to urgently fill positions and wanting to ensure that the people taking those jobs will stay and grow with the company, Recruit Me eliminates hours of searching through hundreds of automatically-unsuitable candidates. Instead, the algorithm quickly searches all profiles on the app and suggests the best matches. For companies who are not currently hiring, but foresee and understand that it is best to always be “looking,” keeping this app year-round will significantly cut back on their ad budget and ensure the best candidates are circulated to them.
This streamlined but technology-forward approach to filling vacancies also benefits would-be employees. They have much more control over the process and can craft their profiles to ensure pairings with their ideal companies and roles, a concept that may lead to heightened job loyalty. Recruit Me has an indicator that lists if you are actively looking, open to new opportunities, or not available – making the process of starting or restarting a job search much easier. With the click of a button, a new job seeker is back on the right companies’ radars.
Before launching Recruit Me, Matias started her own business, giving her insider insight into the workings of small businesses. She also developed an extensive career in the hospitality industry, meaning she’s witnessed first-hand the impact that mass resignation can have on a sector.
“Until now, jobseekers have primarily applied for roles with a do-it-yourself approach. Otherwise, they’ve relied on recruiters, who can have hit-or-miss track records,” says Matias. “Recruit Me mimics the best features of a dating app – putting the resources for finding your ideal match in the palm of your hand. In our case, it’s helping you make the right connection for gainful and sustainable work at a company that you’ll stay committed to.”
Just like aspiring employees, companies also have to take a chance on Recruit Me’s cutting-edge approach. “The app lets employers have the right candidates attracted to them,” says Matias. “Job ads can no longer be the main way to hire or get hired. They are outdated and, in today’s world, more focus is placed on skill sets versus specific experience. That’s the focus of this app.”