Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, ShinyNeedle LLC believes that a job seekers value cannot be reduced and determined by an algorithmic approach that automatically assigns value to their resume, work experience and social network postings, with little to no human interaction up front. They believe that the human element is essential. Using their process, employers and employees can determine whether or not to pursue opportunities and candidates before hours of people time and money are spent on the research, interview, onboarding, and training process.
At a time when our nations unemployment rate hovers between 8-10% depending on the source, and when 1/3 of all major US and Multinational Corporations admit to struggling to fill the positions they have available, there is obviously a huge disconnect on the process of finding, selecting, and hiring the right people into the right jobs at the right company. And with the overwhelming amount of resumes flooding the job search market, finding those stars, those key players who can help your organization succeed and grow, becomes like...well like finding a needle in a haystack. Hence the name, ShinyNeedle.com.
Right now the race is on to create the "killer app" to help employers connect and hire the perfect candidate for the positions they need to fill. And this problem is being approached for the most part on a new, more efficient, mathematical iteration of the same process that is obviously not getting the job done now. An algorithm cannot define a persons value. It cannot define how well they will mesh with a companies culture. It cannot determine if the pace, style, or actual quality of someones work or skill will win the day for that particular job. Only a human can do that. With actual interaction and observation of how people work, how they think, and how they interact with people and challenges.
The ShinyNeedle platform does just that. It allows employers to post information about available jobs, their company, it's culture, environment and more, as well as an example of the type of real world challenge that their company faces. Job Seekers register for the site, create a profile, upload a resume, and then can respond to any challenge to court potential employers. These challenges are micro-examples of the type of work that will be required and the issues that a given company faces. Candidates can submit word documents, pdfs, picture, videos, audio, basically whatever format lends itself to conveying their solution and skill the best way possible. It bypasses the assessment tests which are basically "open book" and ask them to craft an intelligent, succinct, and well thought out response. From there, the employer will know straight away whether to pursue that candidate. They then know with a much higher degree of certainty that the job seeker can do the work and will likely be a good fit for the job and company. Knowing that the employer can go through the process of vetting their resume, checking references, and interviewing the applicant. Ultimately this will save time and money, put people to work in jobs they are qualified for, at companies whose culture is a good fit for them. The theory is that this will reduce acquisition cost, reduce turnover and lead to more productive and happy employees. And HR People. Not to mention putting people back to work, which is good for everyone.
ShinyNeedle.com is in the final stages of public beta testing and is moving into aggressive alpha testing and development in preparation for a full scale nationwide deployment by mid Q3 of 2012. Check out http://www.shinyneedle.com and see what you think.
MEDIA CONTACT INFO - Forward all inquiries to Justin Angelson, contact info below.
Director, Business Development
108 Buttles Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215