If you’re sick and tired of having endless job applications ignored or are fed up with mind numbing forms and 30 minutes of pointless job questionnaires, there is new hope.
Meet Found Careers – Australia’s fastest growing mobile jobs platform. The new, two-sided job app is shaking up the way businesses hire, and the way jobseekers find jobs. Best of all, it’s free for both Job Seekers and Small Businesses.
Dubbed the “Tinder for Jobs”, Found Careers is a mobile, one stop shop solution that allows users to swipe right and find a job on their phones. Resumes and cover letters are a thing of the past with Found – which streamlines the job process for candidates and businesses.
Since its launch in February this year, the app has had over 30,000 downloads, processed more than 3 million ‘swipes’ and 100,000 job applications. Found Careers is being used by a range of businesses from owner operator small businesses through to large corporates who are looking to hire staff fast. Australian retail giant Cotton On is one of Found’s launch clients.
Co-founders Andrew Joyce and Peter Marchiori have raised $1.5 million in seed funding to develop the mobile jobs platform, which has already seen more than 2,500 jobs posted in just a few months.
Major investors include Roland Dane, owner of the Red Bull Racing V8 Supercars Team, and serial investor and entrepreneur Simon Henderson.
Co-founder Andrew Joyce said most businesses were still recruiting the same way they did 15 years ago, and recruiting was one of the last things still firmly chained to a desktop computer.
“We believe that Found can revolutionise the way employers connect with job seekers– from the sole trader running a café, through to some of Australia’s largest companies,” he said.
“The shift from desktop to mobile platforms is just as big as the shift from offline to online advertising 15 years ago – and in that case, none of the major market players from the ‘90s successfully made the shift.
“Australian businesses spend billions of dollars every year on recruiting staff – and it’s incredibly inefficient – as anyone who’s ever had to wade through a pile of hundreds of CVs, or fill out endless forms with all of the data that’s already in your CV – will tell you,” Mr Joyce said.
Co-founder Peter Marchiori said Found was the first platform to totally rethink how candidates discovered and applied for jobs.
“No one has ever built a platform that focuses on giving jobseekers – especially young jobseekers – a great experience. We’re the first mobile site where every single job we have listed can be applied to without ever leaving your smartphone, or needing to upload a CV.
“To hire the next generation of employees, companies need to go to where they are – and that’s on a mobile device. We respect our jobseekers, and will never ask them to fill out the same piece of information more than once – that’s something that no other jobs platform in the country does”.
“Every candidate we’ve spoken to would like to be able find and apply for jobs on their phone, but none of the current options cater to this.
“I was 23 when we started Found and realised that none of the job platforms in the market were anywhere near as good as the apps I used on a daily basis. “When we built Found, we ignored what every other jobs platform was doing, and focused on the best apps that young people use on a daily basis,” he said.
Investor Roland Dane said that he believes the Found platform can really shake up the market. “Every business in Australia needs great staff. The way Found works is totally different to anything I’ve seen before, and I think Australian businesses are going to find it incredibly useful.”
One of the first businesses to use Found was MadeComfy, a startup that disrupts the short term renting space in Sydney by taking the hassle out of hosting.
Co-founder Quirin Schwaighofer commented “We used Found to hire two staff for our business, an Admin Assistant and a Sales Executive. They’ve been with us for several months now, and are working out great. It was very easy using the Found for Business app, and the candidates we got through were much better than the ones of other places we posted the ads”.