Employmeet revamps job market

Published 2:52pm 16 February 2021

Employmeet revamps job market
Words by Kylie Knight

A new platform creating more meaningful connections for job seekers and employers will be launched this month, coming at a crucial time for both parties.

Employmeet is the brainchild of Ryan Elson and is a concept he has been building for a couple of years. He will relaunch it with a fresh website and renewed vigour on February 18.

“Everyone is talking about the COVID cliff, after Job Keeper ends, and we need to do something different,” Ryan says.

He says the current recruitment process is based on resumes, not on an applicant’s personality and what they can genuinely bring to a role.

“I’m of the belief that life is who you know and if you don’t know anyone, you’re in trouble,” he says.

He describes Employmeet as an “old-school church car park”, where job seekers come along without a resume to meet potential employers over coffee and a sandwich.

Employmeet revamps job market

How it works

Ryan says it is an opportunity for jobseekers to speak to employers in an informal setting, present their personality and hopefully be asked to make further contact for employment.

“This takes the first communication from being a resume to being a person,” he says.

The other component of Employmeet is its website, which Ryan describes as a dating site for jobs.

“It’s essentially a virtual room for employers to meet future employees, instead of putting a job ad on Seek and getting 250 resumes emailed to them,” he explains.

They can search for registered job seekers who might fit their requirements, select them and request more information. They can also view short videos of job seekers introducing themselves.

“It’s the best virtual meeting we can provide,” he says.

“Job seekers are being selected based on their personality and who they are, rather than what’s on a piece of paper. Job seekers have to present themselves in their best light.”

It means employers are more likely to interview people suited to the roles they are trying to fill, saving time spent reading through hundreds of resumes and interviewing people based on those.

Employers can also post job advertisements and job seekers can express an interest. There’s a 90-day free trial for employers at present, and the service is free for job seekers.

More important than ever

The platform has the backing of Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism, which has helped Ryan refine the concept and launch the new website.

CEO Shane Newcombe says it is more important than ever, with COVID-19 causing a spike in unemployment and volatility in the job market.

“It’s a vital tool for job seekers and employers, which will ultimately save them both time and stress,” Mr Newcombe says.

“It is the right time to try a different approach to hiring, and it gives job seekers a greater opportunity to shine. We’re proud to be involved.”

Employmeet will be launched on February 18 at White Fusion Café, 89 Landsborough Ave, Scarborough, from 10am.

For more information, visit employmeet.com

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