Windsor-made app to connect job seekers, employers

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Windsor Star/Taylor Campbell


A new Windsor-made mobile app created with international students in mind aims to match job seekers and employers in real time.

The app, AyeWork, lets employers create job postings and specify a litany of required and desired employee credentials. Individuals looking for jobs can upload a complete profile that includes a resume, skill set, specific availability, and even how far from home they’re willing to work.

The software does the rest.

“They don’t have to go looking for jobs — the jobs will find them,” said app creator Rakesh Naidu during a public launch event at the Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor.

“It is an online, on-demand, just-in-time recruitment tool,” Naidu said. Employers can “just push a few buttons” and “instantly connect” with job seekers who are ready to fulfill the needs of their business.

Naidu is the president and CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce, but he and the “AyeWork team” brought the app to life as “ordinary citizens.”

When he immigrated to Canada from India in 2001, Naidu had a difficult time finding a job while going to school, he said. He knows the job search for international students is still difficult today because the pleading parents of local students from India call him when their kids can’t find work.

“I was trying to help them in a very manual way,” Naidu said. He described calling companies himself to match students up with the right jobs. “As the number of students increased, it became very difficult. I thought, let’s do something with an app.”

The jobs can range from full-time permanent to only lasting for a few hours on a single day, Naidu said. Job seekers can even specify how physically intensive their ideal job would be, and if they have a driver’s licence or require transportation.

The app is also ideal for employers looking for freelancers and vice versa, Naidu said.

“We have jobs without people and people without jobs,” said June Muir, CEO of the Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor. “We’ll be able to list jobs for our employers on this app and we will get job seekers answering our call for people in real time.”

Muir said “a lot” of international students come to her organization for help finding employment. She called the app a “fabulous tool” to add to the other resources the centre already implements in helping individuals secure jobs.

Applicants can upload a photo of their government-issued identification that AyeWork’s software can use to verify the legitimacy of a job-seeker without showing the ID to the employer. Applicant and employer data is “highly encrypted” and protected by “multiple layers of security,” Naidu said.

Employers can use the app to send messages to individuals who matched well with their job posting, Naidu said, but only employers can initiate the conversation. That protects businesses from being inundated with messages if the app deems multiple people right for the job.

Naidu encouraged local businesses and people looking for jobs to give the app a try and offer feedback on possible improvements or expansions.