Ever wish you could let a hiring manager know you’d be interested in a job without going through the hassle of drafting the perfect cover letter? Or, perhaps more importantly, without the chance of your current employer finding out that you’re looking?
Well, your wishes have pretty much been granted, thanks to new app Switch.
Much like Tinder, Switch allows you to quickly and easily browse through job postings—swipe right to like, swipe left to pass. Hiring managers do the same thing, browsing through candidates’ anonymized profiles and culling information about their professional backgrounds and credentials. Notifications are sent right to your phone whenever an interested employer likes your professional profile. And when there’s a match? You and the recruiter are placed in direct contact.
True to its tagline “Job discovery for people with jobs,” Switch’s anonymous platform allows you to be “on the market” without the nerve-wracking worry of current employers or clients finding out. Plus, it eliminates the need for an updated resume and that carefully worded, time-consuming cover letter, as it only pulls in details from your LinkedIn profile.
“I really liked the overall simplicity,” says Switch user Erick McCloe, who started in his new position as sales director at Madison Logic within three weeks of “liking” the post. “I was able to quickly and discreetly review several jobs in just a matter of minutes, which really gave me a good idea of what the local job market looked like. Madison Logic was my first ‘like,’ and here I am!”
McCloe’s colleague, Sal Gallo, agrees. “The best part of using Switch was knowing each company was interested based on your information, which drove conversations to ensure there was a good fit as opposed to trying to generate interest.”
The app makes things easy for hiring managers, too (read: they’re more likely to keep using it—and keep posting more awesome jobs). “I could recruit on my commute to work or during a few extra free minutes here and there,” explained Elle Achil, a hiring manager at Madison Logic. “It helped fill the pipeline of people who could work for the position now and for future openings. I was able to match with people while watching TV and connect with them the next day at work.”
Launched in June, Switch is currently working with New York-based technology and digital media companies, such as Crowdtap, Taboola, Dropbox, Wikipedia, MadisonLogic, Dstillery, and SoundCloud, and plans to expand to Washington, DC and San Francisco next.
More good news: The app is totally free. If you’re in the market for a new opportunity (or team member), give it a try.
When Elizabeth Alterman isn't searching for a full-time job, she's writing about it. You can read more about her adventures in unemployment at ballsofourasses.blogspot.com. The writer, editor, and mom of three also recently completed a memoir chronicling the period she and her husband lost their jobs simultaneously.More from this Author