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Students launch Prospective Plus to take the work out of finding work

Prospective Plus makes it easier for recruiters to hire entry-level candidates, and it’s launched its subscription service to the public today.

“Hiring processes today are outdated, expensive, and time consuming,” said Phoebe Farber, the founder and CEO of the Boston-based company. The idea originated in January at Northeastern University, where Farber is a senior.

Like many of her classmates, Farber has applied for over 300 jobs this year and has experienced the frustration firsthand.

Above: Phoebe Farber, CEO of Prospective Plus.

“I had to fill out the same information for each job I considered and big job board sites like didn’t let me offer more than a resume,” Farber told me. Since then, she has recruited a small team of designers and engineers and has set them to work on introducing a new job application that goes beyond the resume.

The app “gives employers meaningful applicant information to make faster, better hires,” she explained.

The major benefit for job applicants, Farber says, is that they don’t have to create a new application every time they apply for a job. They also can use the service to track their application, receive job suggestions, and ask for feedback from recruiters.

Meanwhile, recruiters will receive a more complete profile of each candidate so they can more easily weed out prospects based on experience, references, and culture fit.

During the job-starved economic recovery, digital natives have increasingly gone to extreme measures to stand out from the pack, so this startup is right on trend.

It has not raised any funding, and it currently competes with a number of startups that have launched this year to match graduating college students with a dream job.

Seelio is a Michigan-based startup that provides potential employers with a more detailed view of an applicant. Prospective Plus also competes with AfterCollege, which recently re-launched its product to helps students stand out in the fiercely competitive job market.

To learn more about Prospective Plus, check out the explanatory video.

Prospective Plus is one of 75 companies and 6 student “alpha” startups chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2012 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After we make our selections, the chosen companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

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