NEW YORK, Aug. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Merlin, a jobs platform exclusively for hourly workers, launched today in the New York City metro area, bringing the same focus traditionally applied to salaried jobs to this market. Merlin uses a matching algorithm to connect qualified candidates with hiring employers in less than a day. The app is available for job seekers and recruiters on Android and iOS devices, and accessible online at merlinjobs.com.
Candidates on Merlin forgo traditional resumes or cover letters for a user profile that highlights their experience, personality and skills. From there, candidates are matched to opportunities aligned with their qualifications and closest to their home. Job listings are available in a wide range of categories including restaurants, hospitality, general labor, and retail, from small businesses to household names such as Starbucks, Lyft, Levi's, Shake Shack, FedEx, Hilton and Target.
Merlin is dedicated to resolving the issues that often surface on sites that cater to the hourly job market including fake jobs, lack of transparency, never-ending job boards and the absence of location or category filters. The Merlin Trust and Safety Team review each employer manually to ensure candidates are applying to real companies with viable opportunities. The result is a streamlined interface that gives employers and candidates an easy to use and efficient matching process.
"At Merlin, we recognize the impact of hourly workers in every community and are committed to providing better access to jobs that give each individual a greater sense of personal growth and financial security," said Güimar Vaca Sittic, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Merlin. "We believe that the time, energy and resources candidates put into their searches should be applied to the actual work, not to filling out a complicated application that may not even reach the intended recipient."
"Merlin makes the hiring and recruitment process quicker, easier and more seamless," added Borja Moreno de los Rios, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Merlin. "We're excited to officially launch Merlin and help hourly talent find permanent positions closer to their homes, which in turn gives businesses the stability that comes with finding the right candidate."
Employers interested in hiring through the platform begin by creating a company profile. Posting a job takes less than two minutes and businesses can expect to receive applications from qualified candidates immediately, without any additional advertising. Companies can also utilize filters to search through thousands of candidates by location preference and previous experience. Both employers and candidates can access Merlin's safe chat feature, which allows both parties to discuss job details, schedule interviews and hire in real time.
"Merlin allows me to connect directly with the best candidates New York has to offer in a few simple steps," said Victor Mouka, Owner of Amir's in NYC. "I rely heavily on it to uncover the prospects most relevant to me."
Merlin has secured $24 million in funding from leading partners including General Catalyst, Firstmark, FJ Labs and Uncork, among others. The company plans to expand its offering to other major U.S. cities in the coming months.
Merlin is a jobs platform that matches hourly talent with employers looking to hire. As New York City's leading mobile app for hourly employment and the fastest-growing mobile job board for blue-collar talent, more than half a million candidates and thousands of companies have found each other on Merlin. Merlin is committed to providing better guidance and access to jobs that give hourly workers a greater sense of personal growth and financial security. Launched in beta in May 2017, Merlin was founded by Co-CEOs Güimar Vaca Sittic, Borja Moreno de los Rios and CMO William Guillouard. Merlin has raised $24M in funding to date.