StartWire: Online Application Organizer, Game Changer.
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Quick Pitch: StartWire is an Internet job search organizer.
Genius Idea: Closes the “résumé black hole” by providing jobseekers with automatic application status updates from thousands of employers in the U.S.
Searching for a job is not easy, especially in today’s economy. What’s even more frustrating is never hearing back about the status of applications after spending countless hours applying for jobs.
Fortunately, job seekers can now find the answers they need on StartWire – an Internet job search organizer that closes the “résumé black hole” by providing automatic application status updates from more than 5,500 employers.
“Most job sites are based around job discovery,” Chris Forman, CEO of StartWire, told Mashable. “StartWire is different because it is based around job search organization and is the only site that provides automatic updates on the status of job applications.”
Users can sign into StartWire using their LinkedIn or Facebook accounts. To find out the status of a job application, click “Track a New Application” and forward the confirmation email you received after applying to a company to firstname.lastname@example.org. StartWire will then organize your applications in one spot and label each one as “active application,” “stalled application” or “no longer in the running.”
StartWire also sends you daily updates via email or text regarding the status of your job applications.
To accelerate your job search, StartWire also emails you daily action items and recommends jobs based on your connections, work experience and profile information. Its social network system shows users’ connections for specific jobs, the companies where they have the most contacts and the people in their network who have the most connections to employers.
When you find a job that interests you, StartWire helps you obtain referrals from your best connections.
Founded in early 2011, the company recently conducted a survey of more than 2,000 job seekers and found that 77% of respondents think less of companies that do not respond to job applications, and 58% would hesitate buying a product from a company that did not respond to their job application.
As a solution to the “black hole” between applicants and employers, StartWire now provides a free, online tool that manages job applications of its 50,000 users and helps them get started on the next steps of their job searches.
StartWire’s business model is based on advertising career websites such as CareerBuilder.com, to its users. The company has raised $3.25 million in funding and plans to expand its services to Canada in the future.