Resume Tinder Promises Match Between Candidates and Job Vacancies

Young people are one of the groups most affected by unemployment in Brazil. According to data from the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), the number of unemployed between 18 and 24 years old is almost double the national average. But a smart tool promises to select ideal candidates for vacancies in the job market, using a system that matches the skills of job seekers with the requirements of recruiters.

Software gives a “match” between the profile of young candidates and available vacancies (Image: TAQE/Disclosure)

Looking for a job during the pandemic is not an easy task, and many end up giving up due to various factors, such as inexperience or incompatibility with the vacancies. Among young people, the situation is more alarming: 31% of Brazilians aged 18 to 24 are unemployed, according to data from the IBGE’s National Household Sample Survey (PNAD), released at the end of July. It is an unemployment rate well above the national average of 14.6%.

Technology generates a “match” between candidate and vacancy

A smart solution wants to facilitate and streamline the process of recruiting young people, including those with low incomes.

TAQE, a company that develops software that helps in recruiting and selecting candidates, created an intelligent database capable of relating candidate information with job requirements. The tool, which has the same name as the company (TAQE), is able to give a “match” between the young job seeker and the recruiters.

In an interview with Techblog, the founding partner of TAQE, Denise Asnis, says that the tool comes into action when the candidate fills in the data on a registration form, which goes beyond a simple professional profile:

“TAQE is much more than a simple curriculum. It is a platform where young people enter and take tests of competence, Portuguese or behavior. But the tool also has classes that teach candidates how to do well in interviews, how to create an ideal resume for the recruiter in certain areas”

Despite having been created to bring young people closer to the job market, Asnis explains that TAQE helps many candidates in their 40s, for example. And they are people from all over Brazil: the company has a strong concentration of clients in the capitals of the South and Southeast regions, but it has a presence in the Northeast. This year alone, she was responsible for employing 5,000 people.

Version of the TAQE app for mobile (Image: TAQE/Disclosure)

Tool approaches job applicants using games

As the candidate scores on tests and takes some of TAQE’s short courses, their results are stored in a database and are used to form a ranking.

When companies registered on the platform open a vacancy, they also fill out a technical sheet on the profile of the desired candidate. If the user fits the vacancy, he is then notified by the platform. If the person wants to continue in the selection process, he or she consents to sending their professional qualification information — such as the ranking score — to the company that opened the position.

Low-income youth score is multiplied

To combat any inequalities that arise within TAQE, the company maintains the same evaluation criteria for everyone, but increases the points multiplier for candidates who are at a disadvantage. “If the person comes from a neighborhood with a lower HDI, for example, to give more equity to the process, we multiply their points by two”, comments Asnis.

For now, TAQE has a base of over 1 million users. The tool has already helped to employ 11 thousand candidates in job openings.

One of the institutions that uses the system to bring recruiters and young people closer is the NGO Espro (Professional Social Education). She adopted technology to speed up the entry of vulnerable young people into the labor market.

Espro uses TAQE to help vulnerable young people to get closer to the labor market (Image: Espro/Disclosure)

“A process that used to take 30 days can now be done in a week or less”, comments Alexandre Saade, superintendent of Espro, to Techblog. “The system makes it possible to locate candidates based on their professional, personal and socioeconomic characteristics in a much more effective way. That’s why we chose to use open innovation for our digital transformation”.

Espro also helps young people who want to enter the job market throughout Brazil, with offices and branches in 16 states across the country. Every year, it trains 12,000 Brazilians in vulnerable situations.

TAQE’s app is available for iOS and Android. You can also access a desktop version of the HRTech platform.

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