Today is a huge day for our team - we just released a long-awaited feature.
For a bit of context on how Switchidea works: students create a profile, businesses post internship to a specific criterion of students, and students who are "qualified" for specific positions can apply for them. Historically, employers were always able to use certain filters to draw students to their listing, but now approved employers can search through student profiles across over 3,400 colleges, by simply clicking on 'Show Matching Candidates" and filter students by domains, computer skills, availability, and more. For example, employers can search “Bangalore-based VTU student, who knows HTML and has a 50+ NTAT score, who is available between 1st of March and 31st of May,” and immediately see candidates who fit the bill. Trust us, you won't find another platform that can do that!
This Auto Recommend Candidates function allows companies to purposefully and effectively dive into Switchidea’s student base, comprised of over thousands of verified college students, 72% of which account for undergraduates from technical courses. Once a business sees a student’s profile that they are interested in, they can invite them to apply (specifically, those students who have eye-catching ‘profile titles’, which is currently over 80% of users).
On the other hand, we have Auto Suggest Internships for college students, which is a one-click option to get all the internships matching your preferences.
In short- this new function addresses employers’ prior inability to efficiently search and target diverse student applicants, making Switchidea the most effective tool for both sides of the search equation.
On the student side- Switchidea has always allowed students to create a robust and searchable version of themselves using our single-page profile. Through these profiles, hundreds of thousands of NTAT-certified profiles often show up at the top of search results. In the past, students have updated their profiles in case an employer were to find them on Google. Now, students are incentivised to update their profiles and add NTAT certificate to Linkedin so that they can be found and approached by a curated list of thousands of employers who want to discuss internship opportunities.
Why are we most excited about this feature? Because it will help further our vision to democratize hiring for all students and employers. One of the most special things about Switchidea's user-base is that we have students from all types of universities. On one hand, we have substantial portions of the tier-1 college students (30% of JNTU students are on Switchidea, 35% of Mumbai and Pune University, etc). But we also have students from incredible colleges, state universities, and everything in between.
To quote the engineer who built this feature, André Machado: “We’ve reimagined the way businesses may want to look for students. Career fairs are a hard place for a business to pick out all-stars, But with this new tool, employers are able to add incredible color to their applicant pool by searching for colleges, availability, key skills and more. Meanwhile, students are notified when these employers see their profile.”
This is crucial because this new search function not only increases efficiency for employers, but also adds a sense of each applicant’s personality, coupled with objective and essential data for hiring.
Other key functions of the search include:
With realtime notifications, Students can see how many & which companies saw their profile and alternatively, search for internships posted by them.
Employers now have the ability to search across 3,400 campuses at once.
Strong performance: speed and depth (student profiles are instantaneously updated and employers can review up to 20 in-depth profiles in under 2 minutes).
Improved messaging (one way: Employer-to-Student)
Student contact information is kept private until they have applied.
So, now that we’ve told you why we're excited about this new feature, the question is, what new features do you want in our next version? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.