World in Work is a free-to-use service for everyone who works, wants to work, or has work to offer. Whether you are unemployed and looking for a job, employed but looking for a new/better career, or simply curious to find out about new opportunities, World in Work is the place ‘where your next job finds you’.
Employers can also make use of the free service to search for the people they want to employ before they have even advertised the job!
How does it work for employees?
To register you simply add your name, email, area and desired salary. Then add as much or as little about yourself as you want, your experience, your desired job title, and your skills.
Employers are then able to search for you using these key fields: Area – Salary – Role or Keyword.
The aim is to give everyone that wants to work a shop window for self-advertisement (privacy of certain information will be managed through your own preferences). The site will display the last profile update or check-in date to show employers that you are ‘live for work’. You can also add your salary in several formats, meaning that if you are freelance or considering temporary work, you can request that short-term contracts pay a little more than long-term contracts.
How does it work for employers?
Employers need simply to add their name, email and company name to register. Once registered, you can search for the employee you need using a simple Area – Salary – Role or Keyword – part time, full time, temp search.
You will then receive a list of potential new employees matching your basic criteria. From here you can look at each candidate’s ‘shop window’ and if you like the look of him or her, just hit the ‘request CV’ button or send him or her a direct message through the site.
It’s that simple…
No more huge CV piles from recruitment agencies and job advertisements, no more wasted interviews where you can’t agree on the salary for the role, no more sending out countless CVs and cover letters and never hearing anything back…Your World in Work profile is your cover letter and brief CV in one, and the rest is up to you to make your ‘shop window’ as appealing as you like.
After watching countless TV shows about high unemployment whilst thousands of advertised jobs remain unfilled, World in Work founder Martin Shaw could not understand how the simple process of placing ‘someone who needs a job with someone who wants an employee’ could be so difficult.
Why, he thought, when there are recruitment agencies, job centres, newspaper advertisements, magazines and the Internet, were almost 3 million people in the UK alone unemployed?
In his own work, Martin had himself spent many fruitless hours trawling through recruitment agency CVs and sitting through numerous subsequent interviews, only to find that the applicant couldn't take the salary offered, didn't want the position after all, lived too far away or even couldn't do the job. After being put through this process again whilst recruiting for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Martin came up with an idea to change things.
The idea was to turn the whole thing on its head - advertise the people looking for work and then let the work find them, keeping it simple and focused on putting people in employment.
Martin felt that there should be a place where you can search by salary, location, and role (general, detailed or any) then see who's available without any agency ‘fees’. By doing this as an employer, not only could you find a list of people for the role you have, but you may stumble across someone who fits your bill but would never have applied for your job.
As the building of the sites for the London 2012 games neared completion, it became clear to Martin that there would be huge number of people in construction looking for work. From his conversations with these construction workers, he found that many were already searching and carrying out the ‘send out lots of CVs and cover letters and wait’ process without much success. The founder listened to the tales of others whose contracts would be coming to an end shortly after the games finished in September 2012, and how they hoped they could use their experience to find new work.
It seemed too obvious an opportunity to miss, and the more Martin thought about it, the more he realised what potential it could have.
Martin wrote a plan and met with a former colleague, Lisa, in a coffee shop in Tottenham Court Road. Here they discussed the plan, divided up the tasks and with her help and encouragement the two enrolled as partners in a project with a huge goal…putting the ‘World in Work’.
Examples of how this could work for you:
A company is looking to fill a customer service role in a large city. The salary is £25k and the role involves taking calls and logging the information. Traditionally, they would be bombarded with countless CVs, followed by interviews.
But, if the company searched World in Work and entered the location, the salary and the general search for "IT", they may find an out-of-work computer programmer who is looking for work - someone likely to be able to do more than answer the calls, someone who could streamline some of the processes in that organisation, format the data so that it becomes more usable, someone who could improve the efficiency in that company. The company in turn would invest in improving the customer service skills of their new recruit and who knows? This could turn out to be a new career for that new recruit.
An employer is seeking two people for a role at £25k each. Using the site they check out salaries of £25k and less and as they troll through the candidates from their search they realise they can have three people requesting £17k. They may be of slightly less experience but have similar qualifications for the role, or the company may just choose to take the saving and recruit two cheaper people and train them up. So three people find work instead of two, or the company makes a saving allowing it to be more competitive in its business area, and improving the skills of the two new recruits.
A parent of two is looking for work while the children are in school from 9am – 3pm every day.
A local shop has a staff shortage from 10am – 2pm on certain days, when its main body of employees who are at university/college are in class.
The parent’s page on World in Work shows where they live, what they did before becoming a parent, the hours they are available and their desired minimum salary/hourly rate.
The shop searches for people in the local area, with an hourly rate request matching the job they have to offer and the part time field ticked. They then receive the details of all candidates matching those criteria. One message later, and we have parent in work and a shop with no staffing issues.