Looking for a job when already employed is awkward. Companies prefer personal referrals to using recruiters and job boards, but asking one’s friends or professional network for help can be daunting and slow. And of course there’s the worry that your current employer will catch on.
London-based Makeshift, a startup that makes web tools for other startups, has created a simple and increasingly popular solution to the problem aimed at the tech community called Hire my Friend.
In their system, a job seeker makes an anonymous profile and asks friends to back and share it. Interested companies can request the person’s real identity and she can agree or decline.
The idea is that asking friends for a tweet and endorsement is much easier than asking them to directly refer you or ask around in their own networks. Companies get to headhunt candidates that have the stamp of legitimacy without calling a recruiter, and candidates get broad reach while staying anonymous.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at This London startup is bringing anonymity to online job hunting – Quartz.