Online dating services have been around for quite a while now. The most popular, Match.com, launched 20 years ago (if you can believe it) and during those years, the public perception of this kind of resource has really shifted. These days, plenty of singles are grateful for the help, and many folks (one in 20 adults) report having met their current partner online.
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This success led Neil Clark Warren, eHarmony’s CEO, to think about other markets where his company could get involved in connecting people. He decided that they might be able to help the 70 percent of Americans who are reportedly unhappy with their jobs through a new site aimed at connecting job seekers with employers.
Elevated Careers is set to launch in December, but job seekers and employers can sign up now for updates. The site draws in clients with the tagline, “Your Job Can Be Your Happy Place,” promising to find “jobs matched uniquely for you, based on three vital levels of compatibility,” reportedly using more than 100 variables to match clients.
“Nobody has really matched personalities in terms of the applicant and the supervisor. That’s not something that LinkedIn or Monster do,” said Warren. “(The career market) is such a big market that we do expect it to grow faster than our core product.”
According to a 2012 survey by Harris Interactive, eHarmony is responsible for 600,000 marriages with a divorce rate of 3.8 percent. Warren said, “If we can do that for jobs, we will save companies enormous amounts of money, and save the person a lot of strain and stress, too.”
Warren is proud of the overlap between the two services. “If people come home and they’re unhappy with their job and boss, it puts a lot of tension on a marriage,” he said.
He also feels that the experience of matching singles also applies to matching job seekers with companies: “When you ask what’s the most important quality in a marriage, most people say kindness, but I would argue that it’s adaptability.”
Other traits are just as important in the job market, he adds, such as conscientiousness, honesty, and conflict resolution.
Time will tell if Elevated Careers will be as successful as eHarmony’s dating site, but with a $6 billion online career market to tap into, you can’t blame them for trying.
If you’re interested, you can sign up with Elevated Careers now to receive updates and information about the upcoming launch.
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