Startup develops job-hunting app


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A startup is trying to make the job-search process easier.

Start Garden, the $15-million seed fund in Grand Rapids, said last week that it will invest $5,000 in Jobsyful.

Mobile job hunting

Jobsyful is an Apple iOS application in development that’s designed to help people search and apply for jobs, while reducing the amount of advertisements and sponsored jobs in their searches.

Jobsyful users could search for geographic-specific employment by entering a zip code after uploading a resume with their account.

Using Facebook or LinkedIn to create a profile, the user could browse through posted jobs within their area.

Users could swipe up on a posting to apply for the position or swipe down to delete the post if they’re uninterested.

Nick Ruimveld, founder and developer of Jobsyful, said the investment by Start Garden is exciting, and the idea for Jobsyful came after recognizing paper applications for employment are becoming obsolete.

“I thought, 'Why not send resumes directly to employers with a swipe of the button?'" Ruimveld said. “This is a dream of mine come true. I have never been funded by anything.”

Ruimveld said the mobile app would eliminate postings unrelated to a user’s interest and feature added steps that are usually incorporated in an online application process.

“It won’t be flooded with sponsored jobs, because a lot of sponsored jobs are listed first, and people don’t care to look at those — when they have nothing to do with what they are looking for,” Ruimveld said. “A lot of job boards make you jump through different web pages just to submit your application or resume to them. With Jobsyful, it is with one swipe, and your resume is sent.”

Next steps

Jobsyful will use the Start Garden funds to help develop the app and its website, as well as for advertising, marketing and listing Jobsyful in mobile app stores.

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