How Skilltype is changing how we find and apply for job opportunities online.
The six ways to categorize online work/career tools are:
- Job Boards (e.g. Glassdoor, LinkedIn, ALA JobSite, etc.)
- Search Engines (e.g. Indeed.com, Simplyhired.com, Monster.com)
- Social Networks (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook)
- Productivity Tools (e.g. GSuite, Asana)
- HR Information Systems (HRIS) (e.g. Workday, SAP, PeopleAdmin, etc.)
- Marketplaces (e.g. UpWork)
Skilltype isn’t a job board. We don’t charge organizations to post jobs on our app, and we don’t ask job seekers to upload resumes or CVs. We are building tools to connect you to put your expertise on an organization’s radar before a job opens up, connecting you based on shared interests and values.
We also don’t consider your resume or CV. For example, executive search firms refer candidates based on their relationships with them, and their perceived “fit” of that person with the organization—not based on a document. Also consider internal opportunities that arise within your organization. Resume and CV doesn’t play a role. You are considered, recommended and selected based on factors outside of your resume. We’re seeking to recreate and democratize these experiences for the majority of the population who have been historically disenfranchised from these opportunities.
Skilltype isn’t a social network. You can’t friend anyone. There’s no share one thing/share everything ultimatum. There are no ads. We don’t sell your data to vendors to promote products and services. It’s not ADHD-inducing. We’re not interested in having you become addicted to our services and logging in everyday impulsively.
In fact, our business model doesn’t incentivize us to develop functionality to encourage that behavior. Now there will be social interactions within the app, but those will be very contextual, very specific. That’s the sole exception to the rule. Skilltype UX will always reflect and enhance your personal professional development experience, which is majority internal and private.
Skilltype is also not a HRIS. You own all of your data, not an organization you’re affiliated with. In fact, we encourage you to sign up with your personal email address to ensure access and control regardless of your tenure at a particular organization. HRIS systems don’t have much incentive to use outside of your role at an institution, to be in compliance with the institution’s HR policy, and state and federal labor law.
Skilltype is being designed to manage the various professional identities and contexts you have to manage—not limited to your employer, but also professional associations, alumni networks, and ad hoc affinity groups with colleagues and peers across the community.
Now that we’ve discussed what Skilltype isn’t, let’s discuss what it is. Of the options listed above, it’s 3 parts marketplace, 1 part productivity software, 1 part search engine.
Skilltype is 3 parts marketplace because our long term goal is to facilitate and broker transactions among various parties within our community. Social networks connect people with brands and organizations, but they don’t broker the transaction. The same is true for job boards: they show you a job opportunity, but you have to go to the institution’s website to apply. And even more, you aren’t able to get money from your employer through the job board or social network.
We are working hard to rethink how information professionals earn income, both primary income and supplemental, to unlock your economic potential. But in order for you to be set up for success, there are certain administrative tasks you have to manage along the path to earning more income. We are designing Skilltype to tackle this. There are also things you need to learn along the way as well, and we want to be the place you come to for acquiring the new skills and knowledge you need.