Some really cool things have been happening in Web 2.0 land with traditional 1.0 concepts. Iminlikewithyou.com, for example, is a hyped invite-only ‘dating’ concept that’s been gaining a lot of traction which takes off the traditional dating concept. Likewise, newly-launched TalentSpring is service that wants to bring a whole new twist to traditional job seeking.
How It Works
As with the traditional concept, employers sign up and post their position application. The twist comes in for the job seekers and how that process works. Now, when a job seeker signs up, uploads his or her resume and applies for a job using the service, their application is put into a public voting process. People in the same category as them who are browsing through that specific position application are randomly given an option to select a better candidate that job, the choice being between A and B.
Depending on the voting, the candidates’ merit scores are ranked and altered, and in the end the employer ends up getting the strongest candidates whom they can then choose to take to the next process in the stage, etc. The result? The perfect candidate gets the job, the others have a harder time finding another one.
The way that TalentSpring works, it’s clear that the end goal is geared toward satisfying employers and bringing out the ‘most fit,’ at least according to their peers, for a particular position. In a way, this adds an emotional or openly competitive layer to the traditional way of job hunting, and there’s no doubt an employer will choose to go with such a service — with people already doing the ‘job sorting’ for them (which, of course, they still have the final say on) — over traditional hunting.