Job seekers now have a new alternative to the traditional job search websites. It is called Hourly.com and was launched in 2010 by co-founders Brooke and Lynn Dixon. This new employment network is focused on helping match people with flexible job positions and it is free to join. The company tag line is "A community of people ready to work" and the mission is "to make the entire process of finding jobs and hiring new people, simple and straightforward."
I had an opportunity to pose a few questions to Brooke Dixon, co-founder and CEO.
1. When did you launch this new online job search site? And what distinguishes it from other job search platforms?
"We launched Hourly.com in 2010 because we were frustrated with the status quo. We experienced this frustration first-hand while working as freelancers and had to hustle at the end of each job to find a new one...
Despite the growth of the flexible job market, traditional job sites haven’t adapted well, which leaves flexible workers to fall to the abyss of Craigslist, community bulletin boards, old fashioned “Help Wanted” signs, or endless job-specific sites.
Hourly.com is different. We tailor the job search process to those who are seeking flexible positions, but do not necessarily have the time or the resources to go through a traditional job hunt. For example, members are matched on an ongoing basis to new opportunities that are posted into Hourly.com, where they are alerted, as is the employer who posted the job."
2. What do you want employers and recruiters to know about your services? (such as cost of posting)
"From waiters to software developers, our customers represent a cross section of industries, backgrounds, skills, and level of education. While our goal is to support all job functions and industries, the initial focus of Hourly.com has been on reaching job seekers and businesses within the top-five segments for flexible work. These include food service and hospitality, retail, healthcare, technology, and media.
As opposed to more traditional job sites, Hourly.com is focused on the needs of the 95 million non-salaried workers -- hourly, temporary, flexible, seasonal, part-time, project, independent, volunteer, and intern -- as well as the six million small to mid-sized businesses that hire them most readily.
Hourly.com is free to join and build a profile. For employers, it’s just $40 to post a job."
3. The name "Hourly" conveys non-permanent jobs, what type of positions are usually posted? And what suggestions would you have for potential job seekers using your site?
"Hourly.com is for anyone interested in non-traditional employment. This includes seasonal, temporary, freelance, contingent, project, gig, part-time, volunteer, intern, or hourly jobs. Hourly.com provides a platform that continually searches out new opportunities and alerts our members when there’s a match.
For anyone using Hourly.com, I suggest keeping your profile updated at all times. This includes keeping your availability up-to-date, as well your latest skills and interests, so the right employers can find you."
Thank you for the interview, Brooke Dixon, and for launching this new helpful service.
If you are a job seeker or an employer wanting to post a position, check out this new site and good luck on your search.
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