Comparably has bet on anonymity as a key driver for its services, and today it’s announcing an expansion into career matching that uses this approach. Now the company is not just focused on providing transparent compensation and culture insights around the workplace, it also wants to help you land your dream job.
There is certainly no shortage of services eager to help us find our next job, from LinkedIn to Craigslist, Indeed, Monster, Hired, and others. But Comparably is coming at it with a different thesis. First, it’s leveraging anonymity to protect employees who are looking from being discovered by their current employer (LinkedIn added this feature recently), although you don’t have to be actively looking to use the service. Secondly, it’s deploying a Priceline-meets-Tinder process so those looking for a job can submit themselves to companies they’re interested in and will receive a response only if there’s mutual interest.
You won’t find job listings on Comparably — instead, the service wants to help you get hired somewhere that you’ve always wanted to work. To start, input a few data points, such as your target job title, salary, location, and industry. Comparably will then display tech companies that have traditionally hired people in your field. You can sort them by specific industries, company size, how much money they’ve raised, the company’s age and location, and more.
You select the ones that catch your eye, and you’ll periodically receive email notifications about companies interested in meeting you.
While maintaining your anonymity, Comparably will prompt you to complete a profile that is sent to the companies in question. Prospective employers will receive your work history, education, and skills, minus your name and contact information. If the interest is reciprocated, they’ll respond, and only if you reply to their inquiry will the employer find out who you are.
In some ways, Comparably’s matchmaking capabilities are similar to those of eHarmony — which makes sense, as looking for a job is kind of like dating. Interestingly, the launch of the product comes after Comparably actually hired eHarmony’s former president to be its chief marketing officer. The career matching offering quietly launched more than two weeks ago, and so far, more than 3,000 companies have been contacted by candidates.
What Comparably is tapping into is employees who are passionate about a particular brand. It’s also recreating that feeling some of us have when receiving pitches from companies trying to poach us away from our current jobs.
Launched in March by Docstoc founder Jason Nazar, Yammer cofounder George Ishii, DebtMarket cofounder and former Docstoc chief operating officer Mike Sheridan, and InvestedIn cofounder Yadid Ramot, Comparably is working to provide more industry transparency — originally around wages, but the company has since moved into culture and equity. Then it expanded into reviews, similar to those you receive with Glassdoor and Blind.
After you’ve figured out your worth and researched companies, the next logical step is to pursue your dream.
“Our goal is to be the brand to monitor the job market for employees,” Nazar told VentureBeat.