After much anticipation and many late nights spent testing, we are delighted to announce that Zinc is officially open for business and has launched to the public today.
Create an account: https://zinc.work/
Following beta tests with GoCardless and Booking.com, we have had great pre-launch feedback with Kieran Dodd at Booking.com describing Zinc as a ‘user friendly piece of software’ and Alexandra Kelly, a veteran in the world of referencing, claiming Zinc to be ‘a great innovation in the industry.’
With these positive endorsements, and the new website live, we look forward to welcoming both recruiters and candidates onto the platform as we start to populate the Zinc ecosystem.
The time is now
Just a few months on from our crowdsale, we are thrilled to have met this major milestone in the project. Thanks to the support of our contributors, our community and our advisors we truly believe that we are now in a place to begin realising our mission of putting trust back at the heart of hiring.
With a technical role in the UK taking on average 12 weeks to fill, Zinc aims to simplify, accelerate and reduce the cost of hiring by open sourcing the entire interview process. The Zinc ecosystem verifies a candidate’s information on the blockchain and allows workers to securely store it in a distributed network. From there, recruiters can request access to a candidate’s full and verified work history, aptitude and attitude reports on day one of the hiring journey, removing the need for tests and references to be retaken and collected time and time again.
With an estimated 2 million technology roles available at any time, and an increasing shift towards the gig economy, there is a dire need to speed things up. Referencing used to be the gold standard for recruiters but due to significant inefficiencies in the process, it has rapidly fallen out of favour. We see significant opportunity to bring credibility and ease back to this important work proof by using new technologies to remove existing pain points and create a seamless and more effective hiring process.
Zinc for workers
A Zinc survey found that 79 percent of respondents believed they would secure more interviews if references were shared earlier in the recruitment process. With Zinc, for the first time, workers in the technology sector will have absolute ownership and control of their work reputation and identity, and how they choose to share that information with recruiters and companies. Using their blockchain verified ‘digital work passport’, workers can provide recruiters with access to their credentials and references, before an interview has even taken place.
References hold immense value and should belong to the worker, but over the years, have often been collected and then held by recruiters and companies. Zinc is changing the ownership model for work data, allowing workers to own information that is collected during the hiring process and use it throughout their career.
A final word of thanks to our fantastic team here at Zinc, who have worked tirelessly to make today happen in building a platform which has the power to make a revolutionary difference to the hiring process. Please do help us share the news that Zinc is now live and it won’t be long until we have more news to share as we start welcoming recruiters and candidates on board.