Creating that perfect path in one’s career has never been an easy feat. Often times, we start by figuring out what industry we want to work in sometime between college graduation and the two-kids-and-a-dog thing. It is a rarity to find exactly what it is we want to do early on, and it’s even more rare when a person knows exactly what it is they have to do to ensure their career continues to be amazing and fruitful. Things like company culture, poor management, and top-heavy hierarchy all cause companies to move at a glacial pace and turn off potential candidates to the idea of working in such environments. But that’s not the case in the future. No, in the future, budding careerists are able to figure out what companies are conducive to their individual needs, vice versa, and so much more. You see, in the future there are tools for this.
Luckily for you, the future is now.
There are several forms of Career Matchmaking. Some are more in-tune with the founder’s needs in that they provide solutions for things like meeting your next co-founder or developer, some are determined to help individuals looking to uncover their career path propitious to factors already existing in their lives and personalities, and others match employers with professionals based on previous work experiences.
Companies like Founder Labs and Co-foundersLab (not to be confused with one another) are interesting because they help form startups by bringing together small groups of innovative strangers, all sharing the same motivation. The understanding is that brilliance is basically transferable and great startups can be born of great minds, not best friends. Tools like this also spread the reach of their business by opening doors to limitless amounts of ingenuity and disruptiveness.
Then there are companies like Center for Credentialing and Education that foster features like personality assessments in order to determine qualities of an individual and what career paths would make sense based on the information aggregated from those tests. Some traits that are tested include: assertiveness versus submissiveness, overall well-being and sociality, as well as cognitive functions as it relates to approaching life obstacles. From there, this data is used to determine if things like continuing education is an option in becoming more competitive in the workplace.
Finally, companies like Upmo and UNCUBED give access to employers to a pool of professionals that are consistently polishing their qualifications in hopes of achieving smoother career mobility. In Upomo, workers share data voluntarily and/or via their Linkedin page in order to create a realistic account of previous work experiences including milestones and weaknesses alike. Next, human resources associates are given access to this data and can incorporate this data into their systems to better match employees and candidates to open positions. This method uses already existing data in platforms like social media to help build the best team for their company. In UNCUBED, tech leaders bring groups of people together looking to break into the industry. These meetups introduce tech pioneers to the space as well as expose them to other minds chasing similar entrepreneurial ventures reinforcing the power of social capital and networking.
All these resources are changing the way individuals uncover their professional dreams while simultaneously assisting businesses in their search for the perfect candidate. Companies can no longer neglect the social aspects of choosing the perfect person to join your team and these social business tools, now labeled Career Matchmakers, are just the reminder entrepreneurs need that the workplace is changing — all aspects of it — and growing with these changes will improve bottom lines as well as company culture.
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