With so many companies calling for seasonal, hourly and part-time workers, snagging a job should be a snap, shouldn’t it? Not really. To land a short-term position, job applicants discover they must jump through hoops: visit the company, fill out an application, attach a resume and wait hours for a quick interview. Or scour the job boards, download a resume, write a brief cover letter and wait days for a reply.
Getting no response or job offer after all this work can be frustrating, especially as employers fill positions quickly for the Holiday Season.
Sifting through the avalanche of job applications and resumes is just as frustrating for employers, however. Many companies, particularly restaurants and retailers, are short-handed on human resources and wind up doing the job of screening applicants. “I can’t spend time looking for help while preparing and serving meals,” a restaurant owner remarked.
Snagajob, a leading job board for seasonal and part-time help, puts job hunting and hiring at the fingertips of job seekers and companies through a mobile app that connects job hunters and employers. A streamlined application and selection process helps everyone achieve a stronger job match within a shorter time frame.
Applying for a job in your area or the area where you plan to relocate was never easier. One or two clicks from your mobile phone or tablet gets you access to Snagajob. The app is available from any store that sells Androids and iPhones and works on new and earlier Android and iPhone versions.
Type in a zip code or a city and state and a list of employers comes up. Enter keywords for the job you want, such as “sales associate” or “food server” and filter through the companies looking for people such as you. No need to fiddle with resumes and cover letters for downloading. Simply complete a short online job application. Then do a brief video presentation that demonstrates your strengths and qualifications. You can refine your search and increase your chances of getting hired by entering the name of a company you want to work for and applying for as many positions as you like through one job form.
Employers report that Snagajob makes the job of choosing the right employee nearly a cinch. “Video presentations save us time and help us land the candidates we want,” said the head of a hospitality group.
Companies can post and edit job descriptions and instantly connect with millions of job seekers on Snagajob. Through the use of Prospects, a Snagajob recruiting tool, employers can browse talent and contact job applicants who seem the best fit for their company.
The need for seasonal help becomes acute on Black Friday, which follows Thanksgiving. “Stores, hotels and restaurants are jumping with activity,” said Snagajob’s Kim Costa, a job coach and human resources specialist. “October is the month to start looking for that perfect seasonal job.”
But even if your job search was delayed because of autumn leaf peeping, you might still land a good opportunity for Christmas if you make a firm New Year’s resolution to apply before the Holiday rush. If you prefer looking for a job at the end of the Holiday Season, you can sign up for job alerts from Snagajob.
Snagajob developed in response to a specific need for hourly, part-time and seasonal job listings in hospitality and retail. The idea began in 1999 when Shawn Boyer, an attorney and board chairman, was helping a friend look for hourly employment that would suit a busy schedule. “Shawn and his friend spent hours looking for part-time and hourly positions,” said Ms. Costa. “But few, if any, could be found on conventional job boards.” With help from tech-savvy friends and acquaintances, Attorney Boyer designed a website for hourly, part-time and seasonal workers. From a simple job site, Snagajob became a job network for thousands of workers and employers seeking hourly, part-time and seasonal help.
If professional employment is more appealing and you are willing to cope with the resume routine, you may enter the desired location and key words for a position. If texting in your resume and cover letter is too time consuming, the job title can be saved from your mobile phone or tablet. “Then you can resume your application from a desktop or laptop,” Ms. Costa added.
Job applicants who have the jitters about a video presentation or their resume can get job tips and a resume critique by e-mailing email@example.com.
Employers and job applicants interested in Snagajob and who want a better understanding of how this job site works can click on this demo.