Delray-Based Start-Up GoGig Disrupts Job Search Market

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By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor

Tired of clicking through job descriptions, uploading resumes and rewriting cover letters to find a new job?

There is a new way to look for your next career move thanks to a free platform, GoGig.

With offices in Delray Beach and Boca Raton, the local company has created a way to look for your dream job without your current employer knowing.

The anonymous job matching platform allows job seekers to create a profile in two minutes that they “set and forget,” according to co-founder and CEO Chris Hodges.

Potential employers will receive notifications about profiles that match an opening that the company is looking for.

“There is no job postings, no resumes and no applying,” Hodges said.

Hodges came up with the idea while he was completing an executive MBA program through the University of Florida between 2012-2014. He remembers career coaches coming in to explain job sites and job fairs that the university offered.

But most of the people in the program were already employed. They were looking to advance their careers without hassle. He did some research and realized there was no technology out there  designed for a “passive” job seeker, someone who has a career but would consider taking a new job if it was the right move.

So, he began creating an anonymous way for people to look for other opportunities. Go Gig launched in September 2016. It is available across the continental United States and has opportunities for white collar and high skilled blue labor jobs ranging in salaries from $25,000 to $180,000.

There are a quarter of a million people with profiles on the site, Hodges said.

The user profile has three components: career experience, your desires and a personality profile created from propriety artificial intelligence that is crafted from a provided writing sample.

The career experience allows candidates to plug in what they have done in previous jobs without divulging where exactly they worked.

For example, a candidate can input they spent 10 years in a marketing role at a multi-million dollar telecommunications company. Companies looking to hire that person will not be able to figure out if that company was Verizon or T-Mobile, Hodges explained.

They also will not know the candidate’s name, gender, age, race or any identifying information about them.

The desires section allows a candidate to say that they make $60,000 but would like to make $80,000 or that they live in South Florida, but would relocate to a job in Dallas or Boston.

“It is all the things you would leave your job for,” Hodges said.

And finally, the personality piece, which takes a writing sample and analyzes it to provide possible employers a 70 point snapshot of a candidate.

Its artificial intelligence is backed by research from the AI Lab at Florida Atlantic University.

Like a dating site that matches people based on compatibility points, the employer side of Go Gig provides companies with candidates that match their requirements for open positions.

The recruiters build a search query for the type of employee they are looking for and the system will send options over with a percentage of how close the match is to what they are seeking.

If an employer is interested in an anonymous profile they receive, they send a request through the site. The candidate can decline or accept an invitation to chat.

At this point, the candidate knows who the potential employer is, but the employer or recruiter doesn’t know who the candidate is. If the request is accepted, the candidate’s identity is then revealed.

GoGig is part of the Venture Class 7 at FAU Tech Runway. It placed in the top of its class at a recent launch competition.