This week we looked close to home when finding our Start Up to feature in Tech Spotlight. Meet ECAL the organisation who has revolutionised the way businesses, create, manage and market their events.
ECAL are a home-grown Start Up supporting the marketing efforts of global powerhouses such as the New England Patriots, Major League Soccer, Boston Celtics and The FA. They are the worlds leading calendar marketing platform, allowing event-based organisations like the ones above to create deeper, more meaningful relationships with their customers.
It is every marketers dream to be able to send messaging at the ‘right time’ in the ‘right place’. ECAL are turning this into a reality through their platform that integrates with your customer’s personal calendar, and sends events, alerts and offers with direct access to tickets, video and more.
The platform also provides organisations access to a rich analytics dashboard, so you can gain a better understanding of your customers and compare ‘opt in’ rates of delivered messages.
We are proud supporters of Start Up journeys and initiatives – If you’ve come across an amazing company with their sights set on making a difference, please drop a comment below.
Employment Gaps are more common than you may think and occur because of numerous reasons. Here are just a few of them:
It’s important for job seekers to stop dreading the employment gaps in their resumes. Having a lengthy employment gap doesn’t relinquish all hope in finding your dream job; it’s just an obstacle that can be overcome if you know how to tackle it.
If there were one thing I could pass on to our readers about employment gaps, it would be this. The gap itself isn’t crucial to prospective employers; it is your ability or inability to address your employment gap that will decide your fait.
So here’s how to address an employment gap.
1. Address your employment gap prior to the interview. Think about it, why wait to explain the reason behind the gap on your resume? You might not get the opportunity to meet an employer, so address the elephant in the room at the first opportunity.
A good way of doing this is by dedicating a few sentences in your cover letter to addressing your employment gap. By doing this you reveal your entire hand on the table, so if you get contacted for an interview you know you are in with a real shot.
2. Honesty, it is integral in this whole process. A detailed explanation into why you have been out of work isn’t necessary. However it is vital you prepare an elevator speech that clearly informs the hiring manager of the reason behind the gap. You don’t want to drag a lie into a new job and then have to carry it throughout your entire tenure.
3. Soft-sell your gap. Illustrate how you have retained your skills and industry prowess. It is important you visibly show you’re ready to work and make an impact. In certain situations employment gaps may have actually taught a person life lessons, skills and experiences that are valued in the workplace. If you have been able to increase job relevant skills, or volunteered be sure to make note of this during your application.
We hope these tips help our readers tackle a sticky conversation that many of us will face at some point. For your daily dose of First Avenue news, follow us across social media.
Meet Electroloom, The Tech Startup Behind The World’s First 3D Fabric Printer
The guys from Electroloom set out to build a 3D printer that enabled people to design and manufacturer clothes from scratch. After a year and a half of development, they’re ready for their first set of alpha testers.
So how does it all work?
There are three main elements to the Electroloom Developer Kit.
Electroloom has taken sight at opening fashion design and manufacturing to the whole world. Backed with over $80,000 in funding from their KickStarter campaign last week, the boy’s are set to invest big in research and development.
Although it is to late to fund their campaign on KickStarter, we encourage everyone to follow their progress via their website and social media. If you know of a Startup on the verge of something great, drop a comment below and they could feature in next weeks tech spotlight.