Recruitment is often cited as one of the most taxing and time-consuming aspects of running a hospitality business. A company called Workible has struck upon the concept of leveraging the power of social media and smartphones to simplify the process for employers, and jobseekers.
Workible is a relatively new player in the employment market, but already counts amongst its client list the likes of boutique Max Brenner chocolate bars and Dymocks.
Recognising the obvious fit of its offering with hospitality, Workible has begun branching out into hotels and is currently in discussion with one of the country’s leading pub groups.
The employment market is moving more and more toward greater technology solutions to the age-old problem of bringing together people with complementary needs – seeker and employer. Workible’s concept is to use an App to log, profile and notify jobseekers of opportunities for which they fit the profile.
Employers have a choice of plans possible with Workible, from one free ad per month, to the professional Talent Community package that will keep a database of applicants across a network of places jobseekers can register – including the venue.
Walk-in resumes can simply download the App and register their interest, as can anyone that visits the pub’s Facebook page or website. Workible even provides ‘NFC’ (Near Field Communication) stickers that when tapped with a smartphone take the user to registration. The link between patron and part-time workers in pubs makes for a natural association: give patrons somewhere to quickly and simply register for employment while on the premises.
Rather than post an ad through conventional channels, employers simply post one to their own Talent Community or Workible’s industry-specific talent pools, which takes about one minute to do. Workible instantly matches suitable candidates and ranks them in order of best fit. Employers can even request a short video interview to see the candidate before going further.
There is also a ‘Shift Management’ feature that communicates last-minute shift needs, reducing the occurrence of short-staffing and giving eager staff the opportunity to pick up extra hours.
The service is priced to compete with placing one-off ads on the current market-leading job boards, but for that price allows virtually unlimited job postings, potentially filled far quicker and more easily and to computer-matched candidates.
Workible even takes on the burden of letting down applicants who don’t make the grade, offering advice on how to improve their suitability and local training options, which could turn a willing but underqualified candidate into a good one later.
Special offer for PubTIC Readers
Celebrating its launch into the pub industry, Workible would like to offer PubTIC readers 50 per cent off its Talent Community package – a saving of $300 per month.
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