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Ensure a Positive Candidate Experience When Hiring Contingent Talent Remotely

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March 10, 2021

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These New Networking Apps May Change the Way We Work

If there’s an emerging theme for the talent acquisition industry in 2018, it’s likely to include the terms “ecosystem” and “network.” HR tech, whether VMS or ATS or some other iteration of hiring platform, struggles to transcend existing functionality and bridge the divide. In many cases, that ends with a mobile-friendly interface or cosmetic overhaul. Likewise, the past few years have seen recruiting professionals preoccupied with the power of social networks. And that’s a topic I think has gotten lost in the shuffle. If we’re really attempting to develop a sincere talent marketplace -- bolstered by networks -- how effective are the digital networks we’re relying on to find jobs or skilled people to fill them?

The answer, as it currently stands, is “not very.” We all know networking apps aren’t immune to problems. When LinkedIn first emerged in 2002, it promised an entirely new landscape for professional networking. It was groundbreaking. Even today, it’s still one of the primary ways people find and connect with job opportunities. But, over time, extraneous features and multiple acquisitions have shifted the app more toward the social media end of the spectrum. Do we really need to know that someone, somewhere in our network, is celebrating a work anniversary?

That said, LinkedIn is still a powerful tool for making professional connections. And it’s for this reason that a bevy of new networking apps has entered the space. These apps at once refine and expand on the concept, facilitating face-to-face connections while creating tangible job opportunities. Let’s take a look.

Find Work in a Flash with Shiftgig for Contingent Workers

The gig economy is thriving. People are rethinking their priorities when it comes to how they work, and businesses are following suit. Employment projections indicate that by 2020, half of the workforce will be involved in the gig economy at some level. Currently, 94% of employees say they would consider “non-traditional” work arrangements. This momentum has forced businesses to alter their workplace strategies. Enter Shiftgig, a mobile platform that connects gig workers to opportunities. The company is helmed by CEO Wade Burgess:

“Shiftgig employs a group of "specialists" that can pick up jobs from partnered employers through a mobile app. With over 40,000 users on its app, and 2,600 business partners, the tech company is well positioned to fill shifts in "real time." If an employer needs a worker at the last minute, they can post on Shiftgig, and any Shiftgig specialist can pick it up.
"The relationship between workers and the places they work are changing," Burgess said. "It’s opening up an arrangement between people that have talent and organizations that need talent."

Burgess’ solution speaks to the fallacy of the “talent ecosystems” and “networked approach” we hear about so often from traditional industry organizations. The reality is that this marketplace remains siloed. Talent mobility exists only between client roles and the agency that represents the candidate. Like Burgess, we at Crowdstaffing understand that creating a genuine digital talent ecosystem is possible -- and at hand.

CityHour Lets You Meet with Real People in Real Time

CityHour saw LinkedIn’s bet and raised it. The app harnesses LinkedIn’s network to connect users with like-minded professionals within a 50-mile radius. Trying to forge a new career path? Filter your search by industry, meeting goals, or location to find professionals who want to meet up and talk about your career. In a world where time constraints often limit our ability to make meaningful connections, CityHour allows users to turn even a quick lunch break into a networking opportunity. TrueBear Corporation CEO, Alex Lubinsky, says:

“As a frequent business traveler, I often found it difficult and unwieldy to proactively engage and expand my network of contacts while on the go. CityHour lets me do just that, and its suite of in-app features allows me to sync it with my iPhone calendar, find recommended venues to meet, and quickly communicate last minute updates via its messaging system.”

It’s equally as powerful for recruiters as it is for job seekers. If you’re hoping to woo a candidate, you no longer have to rely solely on communicating in the vacuum of the internet. CityHour capitalizes on technology in the digital realm to make business happen in the real one. It’s a refreshing change of scenery; a peek at what the digital talent ecosystem could look like one day.

Reshaping the Social Network with Shapr

Millennials love to swipe. Heck, everyone loves to swipe. Shapr’s swiping-based networking app lets users have fun while they’re searching for their business soulmate. It’s similar to CityHour in that it fosters in-person meetings, though Shapr taps into a much broader professional pool. Its algorithm combs through relevant profiles to match peopel with the most inspiring picks, whether based on common interests, experience, or location. It suggests up to 15 new contacts each day, essentially doing all the legwork for you. All you have to do is swipe to approve. If it’s a mutual match, you can start chatting right away and schedule a time to meet up.

YFS Magazine calls Shapr a “game-changer for entrepreneurs.” It takes what would otherwise be a somewhat tedious experience and makes it engaging, inspiring, and downright fun. But perhaps the most impressive part is that thanks to the algorithm, the matches are curated and contextual; no more random, creepy messages (I’m looking at you, Tinder). Shapr lets you make authentic professional connections without having to do any of the hard work -- you can grow your network as you sip your morning coffee.

What Does the Future of Networking Have in Store for Us?

We’re just now starting to realize the full potential that social media-like apps hold for professional networking. Platforms that drive true mobility and prioritize quality over quantity will rise to the top of this new digital talent ecosystem. In the future, we may very well see a world where there are no gatekeepers in the talent acquisition industry; a place where technology allows for the decoupling of talent providers and talent consumers to make hiring faster and easier for everyone involved. And that’s a place I want to be.








Sunil Bagai
Sunil Bagai
Sunil is a Silicon Valley thought leader, speaker, motivator, and the visionary behind the groundbreaking Crowdstaffing ecosystem. Blending vision, technology, and business skills, he is transforming the talent acquisition landscape and the very nature of work. Prior to launching Crowdstaffing, Sunil honed his skills and experience as a business leader for companies such as IBM, EMC, and Symantec. "We need to think exponentially to mindfully architect the future of humanity, civilization, and work. When we collaborate and work together, everyone prospers."
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