What do you do if you’re a web developer trying to help your town amid rising unemployment? Build a job tool.
What’s this Ali Jaffar did when the pandemic hit the Philadelphia area in the spring of 2020. The web company founder middle key said he was working with a local government service on a platform for job seekers when the project was forced to stop.
It sat for almost two years until early 2022 when Jaffar came back to the project and decided to start it. Last month, it launched the first phase of CO.CAREERS, a job search and education platform with a software aspect that can be customized according to customer needs. While the project was initially focused on tackling pandemic-induced unemployment, it could also work for people making career pivots (hi, Big Quit).
“It was the right time for it because not everyone was still able to complete the challenge,” Jaffar said. “I didn’t see a good address for this challenge. People are unhappy with their jobs, people are still quitting at record levels similar to pandemic levels. Thus, CO.CAREERS is aimed at “human-centric” employers.
CO.CAREERS has its own job site, but customers can also pay for the development of custom job sites to integrate into their own sites. Clients may include community organizations, businesses, or some of the hundreds of Workforce Development Councils across the country that need a streamlined place to house verified jobs.
In addition to pulling approved job listings via RSS feed or allowing clients to host their own, a client’s site will soon feature content from Key Medium’s library of career growth resources. and looking for a job. For example, if a user is viewing a listing for an in-person job, they may receive an article on how to dress for an interview or brush up on their resume.
His first client launched his site last month — North10 Philadelphiaa foundation associated with the Lenfest Center on North 10th Street in Hunting Park. The site is a digital hub for the organization’s workforce efforts, jobs, and learning opportunities.
For employers who want to host jobs on the Key Medium site, and for users looking for jobs, CO.CAREERS is free. For organizations or businesses looking to host a pilot program, services will cost between $369 per month and $979 per month, depending on hosting capacity and customizations. Jaffar built the platform with support from his team at Key Medium and contractors as needed. They are also working with a roster of writers to build his career educational library.
For the rest of the year, Jaffar hopes to move the project into phase two by starting another pilot project with clients, possibly in Pittsburgh, as he continues to expand his educational library and customize profiles. users – “and I expect this project to have helped a few people find jobs,” the founder said.