Revl: Helping Students and College Grads
While unemployment figures have finally begun to dip in recent months, the job prospects of most college graduates continue to be dismal at best, as 53.6% of all people under 25 with higher education degrees are unemployed or underemployed. The simple truth is that most employers favor hiring more experienced, older workers, leaving graduates with little chance of finding gainful employment in their intended field. As a result, twenty-somethings are instead left to work in unpaid internships, customer service positions, or simply face unemployment.
That’s why Dennis Albinus decided to launch Revl, a job site freshly out of the beta stage of development that was designed to give recent college graduates a leg-up in finding employment within their intended career. Much like LinkedIn, users upload a personal profile intended to highlight their professional qualifications to potential employers. But what lead Albinus to launch Revl was the observation of how LinkedIn and similar sites tend to skew towards an older audience, with 79% of its users reportedly aged 35 or older, leaving the younger members of LinkedIn often on the sidelines when competing with seasoned professionals. The answer to this problem, as Albinus saw it, was to provide a new platform for younger, inexperienced college grads to get recognized.
In order to set Revl apart and provide a new way of allowing young professionals to gain exposure with future employers, Albinus decided that a more holistic approach was necessary. Rather than simply allow users to post their resume or a CV, Revl lets job seekers build a profile that in many ways resembles a Facebook or MySpace page rather than a resume, including photos of themselves, a list of interests, a brief personal biography and personal achievements as well as the lists of skills and work experience. This different approach to job seeking was designed to completely show potential employers who they are, rather than just what they’ve done.
“It’s different from other job sites out there because it gives people a way to display every aspect of who they are, rather than just uploading their resume,” writes Albinus on his personal Revl profile. “It’s for anyone who’s wanted a better way to say, ‘This is who I am. This is what I’ve done. And this is what I want to do.’ Show the world who you are and get hired for it.”
Revl currently aggregates its job listings from partner sites like Indeed and SimplyHired, with over 5 million listings currently available at the site’s launch, and will then inform users of potential jobs from these sites based on their skillset and interests. Additionally, and much unlike the notably closed-off LinkedIn, Revl allows its users to make their profiles completely public and accessible to job recruiters using Google and other search engines. Albinus plans to make Revl become integrated with other job hiring sites and become a routine part of how employers seek out new workers, and also plans to create a utility to recommend classes, services, and apps designed to help job seekers build their skillset.
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