Finding a part time job that fits around your hectic life of classes, study, internships, and a social life can be difficult. Door knocking to hand out countless resumes is tiring and often ends up with the CVs being thrown in the bin. Cold emails go unopened and sent straight to an employers trash folder, with no formal way to categorise or store job-seekers CVs for when a hiring round is needed.
For many stores, the process is online: want a job at McDonalds, Coles, Woolies, Target, Big W, or any other chain store? To get a sniff of a chance, you have to go through each brand’s time consuming online application process, full of dozens of mind-numbing questions – frequently answering the same questions for every application. It’s an incredibly inefficient process that wastes everyones time.
Having faced these problems herself and deciding she would try her hand to make it easier Rebecca Gidall from Wellington launched PartTimer. The idea was developed through the Venture Up program at CreativeHQ, an entrepreneurship program for 16 to 24 year olds.
Gidall and her team wanted to create a platform where high school students could easily detail and showcase their positive attributes and why employers should employ them, a platform which didn’t have a strong focus on experience – many of us have surely been through the frustrating ‘I need experience for this job but can’t get experience without a job’ loop.
“I think that, with a lot of traditional recruitment methods like just giving in a CV, people are held back because they can’t show the other reasons why they’re great and why they should be employed,” Gidall explains.
PartTimer, works by having an applicant create a profile by writing a bio and inputting information about what industries they want to work in, and what hours they will be able to work.
Employers can view applicants via location, and add them to a shortlist – the idea is that job seekers will be more punctual if they live closer to work and will be less tired from travel. The candidate then receives a notification saying that this employer is interested in them, and if they are also interested in return, can allow for the employer to view their full profile, after which a meetings and interviews can be arranged.
“What we’re doing now is giving employers a reason to give them an interview because the applicant is close by or they’re available at the times that they need them. What that does is it actually gives them a reason beyond just experience to give them a shot,” Gidall explained.
They’re not the only Wellington based team working in the space, Stories Coffee (set up by Zeal) are taking a different approach to solving the chicken and egg job experience problem. By giving young people an opportunity to become Baristas, Stories have found a group of highly motivated employees who want to prove themselves, and learn as much as they can while on the job.