If you’ve spent any time on the job market for career-level jobs, you know what a nightmare it can be. (By “career-level,” I mean a full-time job that you will do for a long time to support yourself and your loved ones and whatever bad habits you’ve cultivated. My vice is Diet Coke, but that’s another story. I don’t mean the part-time job you’ll do until you can pay off Christmas debt.)
Wouldn’t it be great if employers came to you and asked you to listen to them instead of you crawling to them, begging for an interview? And you know what would be even better? If those employers paid you to interview. If NotchUp.com can pull it off, that vision is possible.
NotchUp aims to be an interview brokerage service. In theory, employers looking for specific skills will go to NotchUp, look through its member profiles, then pay a set fee to interview members that meet their needs. It’s supposed to work because this route is much less expensive for employers than using a recruiter, which charges a percentage of the candidate’s salary, if hired. I’ve registered as a technical and marketing writer, and if you want to interview me, it will cost you $250! I haven’t had any interviews yet, but my membership is only two days old. I’ll keep you posted.
Sounds ripe for gaming and fraud, you say? NotchUp has thought of that and has built preventive measures into the system. So you can’t go on posing as an ex-CEO with an MBA: you’ll be found out and drawn and quartered.
So if you have a decent resume, a college degree, and are working in a high-demand industry, it couldn’t hurt to check it out. (And if you really have a good resume and some awesome experience, e-mail me and I’ll send you one of my NotchUp invitations. That way you won’t have to apply to be accepted.)