ShinyNeedle: Making recruitment more relevant

Review posted Sat 14 Jul '12  ·  21 comments
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I wonder how many of you out there have applied for a new position and been absolutely amazed that you weren't even in consideration despite the fact you have delivered a brilliant resume and were well qualified for the job? It may not be any fault of your own because sometimes the recruitment process leaves a lot to be desired and, not only are you left out in the cold but your potential employers miss out on your services. ShinyNeedle is a new kind of employment application that turns the whole recruitment process on its head by asking its recruiters to post job descriptions with accompanying real challenges applicable to the position to ensure the applicant with the most creative answer to the problem seeing his resume rising to the top of the pile.  

Job descriptions that are too vague or too specific are thought to be partly to blame for recruiters passing on perfectly qualified candidates like yourself -especially in these rather difficult employment times. If you're an employer or recruiter you are probably sick and tired of look over vast amounts of useless resumes that don't tell the full story? And if you're a talented individual you also probably sick and tired of your resume being the only thing to get you in the door when you clearly have other skills.  If that's the case this could well be the right place for you. ShinyNeedle is an online job platform that flips the whole hiring process on its head by making passing on qualified candidates a thing of the past. For a small fee, recruiters are required to post job descriptions accompanied by real challenges their companies are likely to face. This calls for job seekers to develop creative solutions to put themselves in with a better chance of employment. Job seekers with free ShinyNeedle profiles apply for the jobs by answering company challenges and demonstrating their ability to truly impact business. ShinyNeedle’s innovative job application process eliminates time wasted interviewing, unqualified candidates and helps recruiters locate the best candidates faster.

One would like to think that ShinyNeedle's idea of upending the recruitment process by encouraging businesses to ask specific questions of applicants would be the way it would be in the future but somehow, I doubt it. However, some of us have far more to offer an employer then mere words on a resume that can be scanned for 'key' words and phrases. It's all so impersonal. For the job seeker, ShinyNeedle is completely free so it makes perfect sense it to be checked out. For employers, there is a fee involved but you may well have a much better chance to get exactly the right person for the job.



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