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Toronto startup makes it easier to find a new job

If you've been on the hunt for a job anytime in the past few years, you've probably had to navigate some convoluted, impersonal online screening systems, clicking through dozens of pages that reduce your entire work history and personal skill set to a few drop-down dialog boxes. What if you could just pull up local employers near you on a map, check out available positions, and apply in the blink of an eye?

That's the idea behind Wirkn, a made-in-Toronto app that lets you find and apply to multiple jobs in just minutes, using a central resume. You can even send them a short video profile created on your phone within the app - something that sets Wirkn apart from competitors like Staffup, Shiftgig, and Proven.

Wirkn CEO Derek Szeto says the difference between them and other digital job application tools is twofold: As opposed to being controlled by the employer, the application process is "more end-user friendly and focused on the candidate".

And unlike other job search apps, Wirkn remains useful after you've found a job, with networking capabilities and tools that let you connect with your job (through viewing work schedules and other info) and your fellow employees.

"The whole premise is that we're mobile first," he says - a major bonus for on-the-go workers looking to keep their networks, their job applications and their job info all in one place.

To check it out yourself, download Wirkn for iOS from the App Store; a Google Play version is forthcoming.

Wirkn will be presenting at the Feb 9th Toronto Tech MeetUp. Toronto Tech Meetup is the heart of Toronto tech where you can connect with smart, fun, creative people from across Toronto's tech community. Other presenters this month include: The Blue Print, BuzzBuzzHome, Canopy Labs and 5Crowd. Find out more or book your ticket here.


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