Oh, stop it, we mean job. Everyone knows that it’s easier to find a job if you have a job, but people who have jobs don’t always have time to look for the best opportunities. Or, maybe you’re just passively looking and just might be open to one – if the right opportunity just happened to come along.
Switch is a job discovery network for employed, talented media and technology professionals who discretely want to switch jobs. It’s the place where you can privately discover new jobs using your iPhone, with just one swipe: swipe left to like, swipe right to pass. Hiring managers view your anonymized profile; if they see a potential match, you’ll be placed in direct contact with them, and you can chat directly through the app.
Founder and CEO Yarden Tadmor tells us how his technology is getting the job done.
Tell us about the service.
Switch is a job discovery platform for people with jobs, solving the issue of anonymity that every employed job seeker goes through. As an anonymous mobile job marketplace, Switch connects passive job seekers quickly and directly with hiring managers and internal recruiters at companies. Switch is not just about the job seeker, but also becoming a major tool helping internal recruiters activate passive job seekers and saving on agency recruiting fees. Switch is currently helping fast growing teams of technology and digital media companies source candidates in New York. Some of the companies we work with: Crowdtap, Taboola, Dropbox, Wikipedia, MadisonLogic, Dstillery, SoundCloud, and more.
How is it different?
Switch is revolutionary for job seekers and employers alike.
For job seekers:
As a job seeker, you don’t need to send your resume or write a cover letter in order to connect with employers. You simply hit the ‘Like’ button or swipe right on a job you like.
Relevant – We only show you relevant positions in your sector and your job function.
Risk free – Switch is designed for people who have jobs. Your profile is anonymous until you express interest in specific companies. When the feeling is mutual and a company wants to connect with you, we put the control in your hands. We will also protect your profile from being seen by anyone at your current or past companies.
Direct – Switch is a direct candidate-to-company platform. Behind each job posting there is a hiring manager or internal recruiter. You won’t find third party recruiters on Switch.
Switch helps employers focus on relevant passive job seekers who have intent.
Most of the profiles on Switch are of people who have a job but have indicated that they are interested in new opportunities. Unlike job boards, where employers have to write and publish lengthy job descriptions and drive traffic to them in order to get active job seekers to apply, Switch provides a platform to reach the most desirable employees- those who are not actively applying for jobs.
What market are you attacking and how big is it?
Switch is focused on serving technology and media companies. We launched our beta in New York over the summer, and are planning to expand to other metro areas in the coming year. The New York tech and media job market is estimated to have hundreds of thousands of employees and thousands of companies. The national market is probably 10X.
What is the business model?
We are exploring a range of business models, but since Switch is currently in beta. We do not charge employers fees yet.
What are the milestones that you plan to achieve within six months?
Right now, we are focused on solidifying our value proposition with the New York tech community. We’ll scale nationally and beyond from there.
Why did you launch in New York?
I have spent my entire career launching tech startups, and building startups teams in New York. The New York tech scene is extremely vibrant and dynamic. It’s the perfect testbed for new business ideas. Also, this is where the team and I live.
What’s your favorite place to eat in NYC at 1am?
I’d say Arturos on West Houston or Joe’s Pizza. Although my 1am eating days are gone…