Looking for a new employer while still working somewhere else can be an awkward game. Without the ability to broadly publicize the job search unbeknownst to their bosses, those on the look-out are left sending covert emails and hiding in bathrooms to make calls. But a new service called Hire My Friend, which launched last Wednesday, promises to keep the secret and expand job-hunters prospect.
The trick? Social media.
Hire My Friend, created by start-up company Makeshift, works by letting users create anonymous profiles, where they post their skills and what they’re seeking. If a potential employer is interested, he or she can send a message to the candidate, who then has the choice of dropping the screen of anonymity. With that system, job-hunters can choose who sees their true identity. The profiles can be linked on social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook, allowing friends to publicize each other. And since the profiles are anonymous, users can publicize themselves by pretending the profiles aren’t their own.
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