Very Good Wantedly
In a nutshell, Wantedly can be summarised with two simple points:
- Japan's LinkedIn, but much better
- It harnesses the power of people's recommendation through social media
- Social Recruiting Platform
- This platform showcases jobs from clients that you, as users, would be interested in
IT IS WHO YOU WORK WITH AND YOUR PASSION "
They have beliefs from two different perspective:
- Company's Perspective: Good Hires happens through Mutual Friend's Recommendations
- These friend recommendations somewhat guarantees the quality of candidates to an extent
- User's Perspective: Good Chance of meeting a Good Team through Mutual Friends
- By joining a company that your mutual friend is in, it increases the likelihood that you would have great chemistry in the team
We have not had a chance to entire team personally, yet. However, we would like to give special mentions to these people that you NEED to know during the trip
- Akiko Naka - CEO of Wantedly
- Nozomi Umenai - PR of Wantedly (She's the one that had been (very patiently) tolerating all of our crazy request. Amazing lady.
- Sayo Otsuka - SALES of Wantedly
This section describes Akiko Naka on three pointers
- Akiko's Career History
- What Got Akiko Started with Wantedly?
- Amazing facts about Akiko You Probably Don't Know
There are various reasons but here are the top 3 core ones that triggered us to approach Wantedly:
- Numerous Mentions on Famous Startup Blogs
- They now have over 73,000 Users with over 2,200 Clients
- Competitive Industry
- It's amazing how they have the ability to grow their user base despite huge competition within the social recruiting industry (e.g. LinekdIn)
- Female Entrepreneur
- She form the minority in the IT Industry. I'm sure we can learn a lot from her! Unfortunately, she would not be present during our visit. Nonetheless, we'll try our very best to get as much information from Nozomi & Sayo.
We could not find much information on their business model, other than the pricing model on their website. We are pretty sure that Wantedly has more than just this that we could learn more - of which we would be asking during our trip.
One of the biggest question that stroked our brains while doing our research is... what's the main difference between LinkedIn and Wantedly?
It's interesting after conducting thorough research.
- LinkedIn: They are more focused towards the users, creating an online resume, and then approaching companies (found through LinkedIn) to apply for the position.
- Wantedly: On the other hand, Wantedly is more geared towards users, creating an online resume, and then Wantedly would showcase you jobs that you would be highly be interested in (based on your online resume). In addition, it is also important to note that Wantedly believes in friend's recommendation, which is a huge emphasis on the site (i.e. the 'Support This Company' function)
As a whole, Wantedly did an amazing job on the entire concept of a Social Recruiting Platform. It's really hard to pinpoint any flaws in the system, much less offer recommendations. However, here are some that we felt they could consider in their pipeline.
They are broken down into two segments:
- Increasing Exposure & User Base
- Some New Features!
All in all, we're really looking forward to visiting Wantedly depsite Akiko Naka's absence. Learning how the entire organisation operates with as little as a 10-men team amazes us.
If there are any questions you would like us to raise to Wantedly's team, do let us know. Nozomi would be glad to entertain our questions! Oh well, provided we do not tick her off prior to our trip :)