We've all heard the saying, “Every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.” Maybe in some variation, but the essence remains, having the right person at the right place is key for success in all businesses. At the beginning of 2019, SvD reported that the shortage of experienced personnel costs Swedish companies around 34 billion per year (1). Companies have vacant positions to fill; they just can’t find the right person.
However, the lack of qualified personnel isn’t the only issue. Results from a survey that TRR ("Trygghetsrådet") conducted 2016 shows that around 1.8 million want to switch jobs, but only 1.1 million did (2). Other surveys also show that 71% of the age of 40 - 55 want to change careers, but only 13% are actively searching (3). Why is that? The most common reason is comfort and job security in the current workplace. It is also a lot of work applying for new jobs, writing a CV, using job-ads and go to interviews. But if the right job offer came along, they would be happy to switch.
Seven out of ten jobs in Sweden are not advertised by the recruiting companies (4). The main reason for this is to avoid the administration of applicants and fruitless interviews. Instead, companies use connections and networking to fill their positions. But this means that the right person is out there to fill your vacant positions, but they’re not at the right time and place to get the job offer they want. This is the main issue that Wappare resolves, by matching passive candidates with companies that have their dream job.
App Shack joined the Wappare project in 2018 and reinforced the existing development team. During the project, App Shack got more responsibility, taking over both backend and frontend development. The service consists of a web application using React, talking to a backend made in Django. During 2019, App Shack’s UX team did usability studies on both candidates and companies, leading to the beautiful and usable site we see today.
"As a startup in a new business area, the challenges have been many, but App Shack has always been a great partner developing, analyzing, problem-solving, and strategically shaping the technique in a great way. Along the way, the process has been redefined. Both backend and frontend talents, as well as UX, have always been flexible and understanding. Even if our ways of specifying our needs, demands, and requests have varied and sometimes time have been very limited."
One of the main problems for passive candidates is the tedious application process. Writing CVs, contacting companies, and applying for jobs are time-consuming tasks, and the whole process feels dated. Wappare looks at the recruitment process from another angle. In their portal, companies contact candidates. As a candidate, you register to the site and provide information about your previous working experience, passions, and dream job, to create a digital CV. The CV is not bound to Wappare, and you can download and share it as a PDF or a link. This means that you create your CV once and can use it everywhere. When you register, you’re also added to Wappare's candidate database, where companies can search for candidates that match their job description and company values. You get paid during the whole application process since Wappare feels that applying for a job is work in itself and should be rewarded. Your CV is anonymous until the company pays for it. This means that age, gender, and race discrimination is erased, and you can be judged on your skills instead. It’s never been more beneficial and easy to get out on the job market!
When companies look for candidates, most do it the traditional way. They create a job ad and wait for candidates to send in their CV. But the market for recruiting has changed, qualified candidates aren’t standing outside the companies waiting for a job ad to turn up. They are headhunted and get several job offers a week. Recruiters spend hours contacting candidates that might not even be interested in a new job or have values not aligned with the companies. This is the problem that the candidate database resolves for your company. All candidates in the database are open for new job offers, and you can easily search for the skills and experiences you’re looking for. No registration is needed. This means that if the time and the person is right, you just need to give the right place (hopefully your company)! When you find interesting candidates, you can purchase their CV to get their contact information. You book an interview, which hopefully leads to employment. When you register to the portal (which is free), you get access to a recruitment tool that will help you during the employment process. Recruitment should be easy and fun, not tedious work!