HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Find a job through this Tinder-style app

With Shift, you can easily swipe right on a job that you’re interested in.

Shift is Singapore’s newest job matching app that lets you search for a job the same way you’d swipe for a date on Tinder. Shift CEO Mark Pickard says that job-seekers can quickly browse through available jobs in their domain, swipe right on a job you’re interested in and swipe left if a job-seeker wants to pass. “These in essence makeShift fast, on-the- go and direct,” he shares.

The same process applies for hiring managers, when there is a match, a professional relationship is granted with the ability for the hiring manager to directly chat and set up an interview with the seeker.

Developed by Mobello, a Singapore-based mobile and web application development company headquartered in Singapore, Shift’s job-matching app targets millennials and GenZ job seekers (roughly ages 18 to 38) as well employers and recruiters.

“We recognized that everyone -- that is, job seekers, employers or recruiters -- are on mobile devices” says Pickard. “We felt that we could tackle such a huge and complicated industry, human resources, and build it with the intuitive use of Tinder but with the serious nature of getting a job that pays you money to live.”

Pickard co-founded Mobello in 2014 with Sethu Prabakaran. The company started building custom mobile apps for companies like SPH, AmTrust, and Wine Talk Malaysia, and they used this revenue to fund the design and development of Shift.

They initially did not connect, shares Pickard, but found that their two opposing but synergistic styles could help them.

One way they are doing this is working on integrating a new feature for job seekers: to be an active seeker or a passive seeker.

Active seekers will be on the top of the list of candidates and featured to employers, says Pickard. The active user is “all out” looking for a new job. The passive user will stay hidden from employers and is in a stealthy position to just check in and see what is happening in his/her markets but if he/she finds a position they are keen to look into more they can still swipe right.

Pickard says they are currently self-funded and are working hard to prove that Shift works for both the job seeker and employer here in Singapore.

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