A personal story inspired the creation of our company.
My father spent his entire career as an engineer on the space program. After the last space shuttle blasted off, he was out of a job after nearly 40 years. He knew it was out of the question to relocate to a higher-cost-of-living location for another aerospace job. This meant he had to apply to many local jobs at businesses that were still using surprisingly antiquated recruiting technology.
Watching my dad apply to jobs, I realized that the ecosystem of job boards, application processes, and tracking systems was hurting most job seekers and managers, not helping them. From redundant, exhausting applications to non-intuitive software, everything he encountered seemed to prevent people from actually hiring or getting hired.
Worst of all, resumes and hours of application time would often vanish into a black hole of despair - with no response. Or, if there was a response, it was from a third party that had purchased candidate data from a job board. Imagine that...desperate people out looking for jobs, only to have their data resold. To hell with that!
While at the time I didn't know the HR and recruiting space as well as we do now, my co-founders and I did know that we could build a better way for everyday people to find jobs. We became mission-driven to offer candidates something unique in the market: a great experience. That meant transparency, useful tools and data to help them improve their chances of getting hired. We also knew we could deliver tools to managers and recruiters desperate to hire great talent, making it easier for them to deliver great experiences to candidates and achieve better results.
Our vision when we started Workpop remains our vision today: "Every person in a job they love". Thank you for helping us strive toward achieving this vision.
Who is Workpop for?
First and foremost, Workpop was built to be used not only by recruiters, but by every manager that needs to hire in an organization. Workpop specializes in service industry verticals that employ many hourly workers, in which much of the recruiting is done at the store or location, rather than from corporate headquarters. We are building a solution for industries that have typically been plagued by high turnover. Many of our job seekers hold multiple jobs at once.
Some of the industries that use Workpop include:
If you happen to be a recruiter at a technology company (or other mostly "white collar" company), we love you too. Heck, you should work for us! But our software (while it does work better) wasn't built for you. We're the only tech company that gets to use Workpop to hire. There is a lot of amazing software out there for recruiters tackling hard-to-fill tech positions like software engineers - but that's not us right now.
What is Workpop?
Workpop's software is the product of our fundamental philosophy about hiring: we believe that the divide between job boards and the software for hiring managers (the traditional ATS) is a bad thing. It creates a poor user experience both for candidates and employers, leading to suboptimal data and redundant tasks.
Candidates are forced to re-enter information and are given little feedback and must start from square one if they are declined. Employers are forced to continually re-purchase candidates via job boards, and have minimal control over the sourcing experience - relying on job posts, fighting for attention in a sea of opportunities or attempting to build employment brands with antiquated technology.
The ATS, the most important software purchase for recruiting, doesn't even help with the largest problem - finding great employees. Not so with Workpop.