This week marks the beginning of Tech Spotlight, an iniative brought about to appreciate some of the fantastic Start-Up's. This week the Tech Spotlight is shining on start-up Clipp - The Bar Tab App, what better way to start than supporting local talent.
Clipp is a perfect example of how technology can both increase security and revolutionise a practice.
Have you ever stood in line waiting to order at the bar?
Or wondered how much has been spent on your bar tab whilst out at after work drinks?
Or stood in line waiting for what felt like ages to close off your tab on a busy night out with the mates?
The old Tab-Payment system at bars across Australia was outdated and needed a push in the right direction.
Clipp has done exactly this by liasing with venues across Australia in order to implement a new tab management system.
How does it all work?
We the patrons at venues, download the Clipp App, from this app we are then able to set a Tab at a venue, each Tab created, displays a number on your phone, which is then used when ordering drinks. The app also allows for the amount spent to be tracked live, as well as adjusting if need be. Once the Tab holder has left the bar they are able to securely pay from the app. BRILLIANT!
Try Clipp out this Friday at after work drinks and let us know your thoughts on this cool app, click here to Download the App
We are proud supporters of Start-Up journeys and initiatives - If you've come across an amazing start-up who are revolutionising their space please comment below and let us know who has caught your eye recently on the start-up scene.
Imagine you’re the recruiter or the hiring manager for the position you last applied for. Your inbox is piling up with hundreds of emails containing potential applicants resumes. How do you stand out amongst the competition in order to get the job you want?
Why don’t you ditch the regular old resume and try something new? Something bound to make you stand out in the eyes of recruiters and hiring managers.
Let me Guess. Now you are intrigued but puzzled by what you could possibly do different. Let me provide you with the inspiration you need, here are three brilliant job applications that landed a dream job.
Matthew Epstein made a video application to become a member of the Google product market team, sporting a vintage 80’s moustache. If you haven’t seen the video, it’s sure to inspire your inner creativity. As Matthew says, “Let the moustache be with you”.
SO WHAT HAPPENED?
Matthew followed up his initial video outlining the results of his campaign that has a whopping 1.3 million views to date. Matthew got his interview at Google and caught the attention of many start-ups. He may not have got himself a role at Google but he scored himself a great job at SigFig.
Alex Brownstein spent a measly $6 on his campaign to attract the attention of five directors who ran his favourite advertising agencies. His message was simple, but the way he delivered it was truly unique.
Alex implemented an adwords campaign, bidding on the names of directors at his favourite companies, banking on them to Google search their own names. Ultimately when they Google searched their own name; his ad was sponsored and appeared first directly linking them to his CV.
SO WHAT HAPPENED?
Alex immediately was contacted by four of five directors he included in the campaign. He quickly received two job offers and landed a job. How? By standing out and doing something that even a director had never seen before.
Still lacking inspiration?
3. Snapchat Story Resume
Just last month, Elski Felson created a Snapchat story to replicate his resume for social media giant Snapchat. He covered their job criteria, his background, education and skills all in an encapsulating way.
SO WHAT HAPPENED?
Time will tell, but one thing is for sure a creative application can show how you match a company’s culture and just how bad you want the job.
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The days of candidates mailing their resumes to recruiters are long gone, so are the use of Rolodexes on recruiters desks. Almost every recruiter now utilises LinkedIn as a tool when cross checking experience and skills of candidates, as well as headhunting talent for open positions.
It is for this reason job seekers need to take advantage of technology also.
I have been a job seeker before; I know the frustrations of applying for countless jobs and sitting around waiting for replies. Because of this I am going to share 5 quick changes I made to my LinkedIn profile to help improve my job search.
1. Customised URL
LinkedIn allows individuals to customise a unique URL for their page. This may sound minor, but this will alter the results recruiters get when they punch your name into a search engine. Your LinkedIn profile showcasing all your skills and experiences will drive straight to the top of search engine results, confirming just how great of an applicant you are.
2. Do I need a profile Picture?
The answer is “YES”. If you have ever searched for some one else on LinkedIn I’m sure you know just how bad it looks when a user has no profile picture. It is proven that your profile is 7x more likely to be viewed if you have a profile picture. Sadly I’m not talking about the beloved peace and pout selfie, just a professional photo.
3. Network, network and network some more
It’s that simple! The more connections you have the greater opportunities that exist on LinkedIn. This places you a second connection away from potential hiring managers. Hey at the end of the day what better way of introducing yourself than utilising a mutual connection.
4. Keywords and Skills
Has the potential to drive you to the very top of recruiters search pages, especially if you are smart and only include skills of relevance to the positions you hope to obtain.
5. Job Search Function
LinkedIn offers a simple to use job search engine for its users and is definitely a great place to stop in and check for the newest job posts.
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