Boston-based startup JobGet, a leading mobile hiring app, raised US$ 2.1M seed funding on 8 October 2020. The total company funding stands at more than US$ 2.6M.
The seed funding was led by Pillar VC. Other participants in the funding round include Data Point Capital Partners, Crocker Mountain Capital, EO Ventures, Greg Donoghue (Clover Food Lab), and Anna Marie Wagner (Gingko Bioworks).
The funds raised will be utilized for national expansion after a successful regional launch in Massachusetts.
Founded in 2018 by Tony Liu, Peter Lee and Billy Lan, JobGet is a platform for anyone looking for a job in the retail and hospitality industry. Reducing the timeline from weeks to minutes. JobGet leverages AI matching technology and brings together qualified hourly job seekers and businesses that are recruiting. Its in-app messaging and video chat features allow recruiters to schedule interviews in real-time. This helps to reduce the time-to-hire from weeks to less than 24 hours. Other requirements such as cover letters, resumes, and online questionnaires are also omitted.
“We are beyond excited to be partnering with our investors to help grow JobGet to a national platform. We created JobGet because we personally saw how the system for hiring hourly workers is broken and antiquated. During the pandemic, it has been humbling to help so many hospitality and retail workers who were abruptly out of work quickly get rehired as essential workers. We were happy to assist local businesses affected by the pandemic with open access to the platform to list job openings,” said Tony Liu, Co-founder & CEO of JobGet.
JobGet was initially launched with eight employer partners. But within the first year itself it has grown to more than 5,000 employer partners. The company also claims that more than 1 million applications have been submitted and 350,000 interviews have been conducted through their platform over the past year.
Some of the partnering businesses with JobGet range from big national employers such as Home Depot, McDonald’s, Block by Block, National Guard, Domino’s, and Shake Shack to popular local businesses such as Dig Inn and Expressions.
JobGet is also playing a significant role in the COVID-19 pandemic by connecting laid-off workers with new job opportunities. JobGet claims that they have helped more than 30,000 job seekers to get new jobs.
The virtual video chat function of the JobGet app is convenient for businesses due to the social distancing protocols. During the pandemic, the Massachusetts state employment service agency, MassHire Central, officially partnered with JobGet and fully integrated with the JobGet platform.
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