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MiJobz | Connecting Employers & Job Seekers
MiJobz revolutionizes how people find jobs and how employers discover the best people to work with them. We believe that in a short time from now, the most discerning employers and recruiters from around the world will recognise that this resource is the most intelligent and logical method of finding the best assets to join their firms - whether physically, or virtually; whether as employees or freelance self-employed sub-contractors; and whether on dedicated or contract basis.
As business owners and employers ourselves, we know how frustrating it is being approached on a daily basis by prospective employees who are very forward in presenting their text-based CVs, but who lack entirely an awareness of the principle criteria that employers are looking for and as a consequence, make no effort to present the kind of information that an employer prioritises wanting to know. Similarly, as ex-employees ourselves, we know how frustrating and disappointing it is for employees to work through a long list of prospective employers and send out job applications and CVs, only to have none of them respond, or perhaps a few standard, courteous but dismissive replies.
For those who are not already aware of this fact, in at least nine out of ten employment scenarios (except where someone highly specialized and with highly specific experience is needed to solve an otherwise unsolvable problem - in which case you can probably get away with being very difficult to work with and still get the job!) the principle criterion of interest and concern to employers is the applicant's character, attitude and communications skills, not his or her academic or vocational qualifications. These qualities of character, attitude and communication are virtually impossible to express through the medium of a standard job application format.
The Future of Recruitment
Why the Old Recruitment System Doesn't Work
Anyone with experience of running a business knows that the best jobs are seldom advertised and that a decisive, open minded, far sighted business owner respects a politely confident, pro-active candidate who applies to join a company even when no apparent openings exist. Traditionally, however, such appointments have usually only been granted where the applicant has been resourceful enough to engineer a face to face meeting directly with the employer. This is because the people to whom the role of selecting suitable candidates is usually delegated, are themselves not generally capable of identifying rare potential and flare on the basis of a standard approach, and the only way that the prospective employee will therefore obtain a foothold is if they can convince their future boss to meet with them, get to know them, and see them in action.
Sadly for many high-calibre employees, long-gone are the days when employers could take appointments or be accosted unawares - without the help of a surveillance team and the risk of a restraining order. This is because the Internet has made everything so 'efficient' that there are usually many web-based hurdles that one has to surmount before being awarded the opportunity to impress in person. And for those who are highly talented and potentially excellent at the role that they aspire to execute, it is often the case - in our experience - that the most interesting, committed and inspired individuals were not necessarily the best students at school, and indeed often did not gel at all well within the synthetic confines of an academic environment, and will therefore not likely by-pass these initial obstacles. Consequently, the best candidates often end up under-employed and under-exploited in a dead-end job with another employer, and the recruiting company instead gets someone who looked good on paper, but who ends up contributing very little to the performance of the operation.
You've Got 7 Seconds to Impress!
One of the principal motivations for this service is our response to the fact that on average an employer will spend only seven seconds looking at your CV. Imagine that. Parents will have scrimped and saved to send their child to the best schools they could afford; the son or daughter subsequently squanders the best part of their youth getting into debt while attaining a university education, and the person with the power to establish them in the career that all these costs and efforts are to culminate in, is only going to spend 7 seconds looking at the document that essentially defines their worth as a potential business asset. It sounds terribly callous, but this is the reality.
Traditional CVs Are Not Compelling
Why Only 7 Seconds?
As employers, we receive a handful of job applications and CVs each week and therefore know very well why the average CV is only 'worth' 7 seconds of attention. The fact is that such is the state of modern technology and the extent of our being immersed in an almost non-stop stream of audio and video stimulation, that unless we are already convinced of the benefits of engaging with black and white text - either on entertainment grounds or because we see the prospect of profit or progress (in which case we can focus to the exclusion of pretty much everything else for hours at a time), it's very hard to keep a busy employer's attention for very long.
Believe it or not, however careful and studious an employer may have been when starting his or her business all those years ago, by the time they reach a position from which to allocate jobs regularly, they have had to process so much information, and spend so much of their time switching their attention between people and decisions, that they have essentially lost the ability to concentrate long enough to read more than a few lines of text. Typically then, a highly intelligent employer at the peak of his commercial performance struggles to read a whole email - unless he is either in the process of seizing a rare opportunity, or else is being threatened - and will usually need to rely on the skills of his secretary to read an email, if it appears that they are going to be required to engage for more than a few seconds at a time.
Don't be a Hypocrite
Anyone struggling to find a job who think this sounds unfair or wrong should climb over the fence, put themselves in our seat, and test the concept for themselves. Think of a business or service that you want to use and try to find a website that describes these services in black and white, with no video, no audio, and no photographs, and answer honestly whether you yourself with probably much more time on your hands than an employer, are motivated to spend more than seven seconds looking at this website. Indeed, if the answer is yes, ask yourself why then, do most websites - which are owned by business owners and designed to be compelling, and to attract your attention and your investment, incorporate photographs, video and audio?
There's really no difference. If you want to attract attention, in the same way that a company makes the effort to be 'attractive' to buyers, you too need to make this effort. Now that the opportunity exists, those who don't make the effort and are only willing to go through the motions in the hope that they'll just 'get lucky' have probably already de-selected themselves, by proving that they are apathetic and unmotivated, and probably a liability to a future employer.
How To Get Noticed
So, What's the Solution?
In a word: this website. This website is conceived simultaneously to offer a platform to motivated job seekers to present themselves in a unique, compelling and non-clichéd way that - significantly - will allow an employer to consider your merits for substantially longer than 7 seconds, if you choose to take our advice; and at the same time, to afford employers the opportunity to canvas for the very best talent worldwide, since the fact that a candidate is using this site and has succeeded in creating an interactive and engaging multi-media CV already sets him or her apart from the crowd, and thereafter, it's pretty quick and easy to determine whether the character who has created the page that responds to your job ad, has any chance of impressing you at interview, if that measure is even deemed necessary.
Commercially speaking (and we assume you want to be paid for your work?), you need to market yourself; that is to say, you need to see yourself as a product or service. You need to interview yourself (or get a friend to interview you), you need to provide photographic evidence of your interests (as so many people lie to make themselves sound interesting on CVs, and employers are not naive), and where your past work is not of a confidential nature, you need to upload sample files proving what you're capable of. And if you've never worked before, then use your time to create something. Pursue your interests and harness these into some visible output and upload that.
Finding the Best Jobs & Workers
Accessing the World's Best Talent
Most of the rest of the recruitment industry continues to follow a business model that seems inextricably rooted in the twentieth century. Conventional recruitment methods are primitive and rely on outdated practices. Traditionally, companies hire all their staff locally and so are limited to a catchment of expertise that is based on employment availability and geographical proximity.
Industry leaders throughout the world are however, moving away from this model towards a much more efficient system that allows say a business in London, simultaneously to access the expertise of a competitively remunerated iPad App designer in India, a cutting edge semi-conductor designer in Los Angeles, and a worldwide network-marketing team with leaders located in several of the G20 capitals. Granted, there will always be the need for a proportion of the workforce physically to attend a central premises, (and that's why we provide a map below of where the jobs are and where workers are based), but as Internet speeds increase worldwide in leaps and bounds and remote device control and file-sharing technologies abound, this proportion is shrinking; employment costs are becoming more and more favourable, and innovating operations are being afforded ever greater access to the best expertise that the world has to offer.
We look forward to facilitating your or your company's transition into this exciting and revolutionary global working environment.