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Bright is launching today with a tall promise: It wants to find you a job. Not just any job: the job. The right job for you, the perfect match for your abilities and interests.
Ideally, if you’re only looking at the jobs that are right for you, you’ll be able to find a better job much faster — meaning looking for a job might not end up being the full-time, back-breaking pain in the butt it is right now.
In addition to serving up the right job for you, Bright also says it can “remove all the barriers that have restricted you from getting interviews for the jobs you want.”
The company accomplishes this through computer wizardry developed by its team of nuclear physicists (not kidding — there is at least one nuclear physicist on Bright’s team), wizardry they like to call “the Bright Score.” This score is an algorithm that will reportedly generate the straightest, shortest path between Point A, an open position, and Point B, the perfect candidate.
To get the score, Bright tires to “find and use the nuances in how job seekers look and are evaluated for jobs.” That process ends with a number that represents how well you are qualified for a particular job, and the number is different for each candidate and each position.
“The Bright Score provides the only holistic way of capturing and interpreting a potential employee beyond just a resume and a social network profile,” a Bright representative told us. “The number takes into account hundreds of nuances from where you went to college to how long you were in a position to where your friends have job connections and more.”
For employers, Bright offers unlimited free job postings, and it promises to help hiring managers and HR folks connect directly to candidates via popular social networks like Facebook. Currently, the site claims nearly 1.5 million active job postings.
Here’s a sneak peak at the UI:
Bright’s biggest competition as we see it lies in habit, convention, and routine. Sure, there are quite a few up-and-coming job-search and HR startups out there, but their biggest competition is always going to be the way things are currently being done. You have entrenched digital oldsters like Monster and LinkedIn, and you have time-tested methods even stronger and more entrenched: the old-fashioned personal recommendation from within your social graph, the paper cover letter and resume. If Bright takes off at all, it will have to break through the overwhelming barrier these conventions present.
To date, Bright has raised $6 million. It has been working on the product for roughly a year and a half. Its team includes data scientists and supporting members from diverse backgrounds, a lineup of baby-faced geniuses from MIT and Berkeley, as well as mid-career folks in business and big data. Bright’s co-founders are Steve Goodman (a serial entrepreneur with some decent Silicon Valley connections) and Eduardo Vivas (the investor/entrepreneur with the vision for the product). The startup is based in San Francisco.
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