Staffing Industry Trends: New Take on an Old System
A new start-up out of Los Angeles, CA, is looking to improve the old fashioned pavement-pounding job hunt for workers seeking hourly positions. Workpop, as the project is called, hopes to update the traditional way businesses advertise and fill open hourly-wage positions. Workpop is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for employers and jobs seekers who are currently underserved by the staffing industry.
The need for a targeted hourly-wage employment service stems from the idea that hourly wage workers require very different staffing services than their salaried and contract worker counterparts. While social networks, such as LinkedIn and Monster, and staffing agencies are aimed at helping professionals advance their career, the founders of Workpop suggest that this models is not as effective for hourly workers seeking a job at the local coffee shop or mom-and-pop retailers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 76 million Americans worked hourly wage positions. Workpop hopes to help this growing pool of applicants by providing anonymous feedback from employers who reject applications, a response letting applicant know that a position has been filled, and constructive feedback about the skills and traits successful job candidates had that the rejected job seekers lacked. This feedback can be instrumental in helping hourly wage workers better navigate the job market.
They also hope to make the hiring and staffing process easier for these small businesses by creating an streamlined digital application review process. Unlike most job listing services, posing a job listing a job on Workpop is free for employers, as is submitting a resume or application for job hopefuls. The start-up hopes to make money down the line by providing human resource services to the employers, such as helping with the hiring process and handling scheduling through an online service.
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