14 Minutes of SaaS

14 Minutes of SaaS

E64: Polina Montano, Job Today Co-Founder – 3 of 3 – a Tech Star is Born

Polina Montano, Job Today Co-founder, in Conversation with Stephen Cummins on the 14 Minutes of SaaS podcast - 3 of 3 - episode 64

E64: Polina Montano, Job Today Co-Founder – 3 of 3 – a Tech Star is Born

Polina Montano, Job Today Co-Founder – 3 of 3 – a Tech Star is Born
A Tech Star is Born – Polina goes deeper into Job Today and discusses the changes that have occurred in the company and the reason why it can be a motor for economic growth by empowering companies to hire faster and better and to subsequently succeed better – as well as provide better opportunities for candidates.

TRANSCRIPT

We are the ones that are imposing these limits on ourselves. We have to believe in ourselves a bit more … like … just cut yourself some slack and give yourself some credit and say ‘why not?’ ‘why would I not be able to do that if I really… really want to? If I’m really really motivated. It’s our own fears of not being good enough … of not being qualified … of not being able to do that. This is something which prevent us from doing things.

Stephen Cummins

 

Welcome to 14 minutes of SaaS, the show where you can listen to the stories and opinions of founders of the world’s most remarkable SaaS ScaleUps.

This the final episode of our three part mini-series with Polina Montano – recorded in the Websummit in Lisbon. She goes into more depth on Job Today and the service they provide. She talks about it from the point of view of both the employer and the employee – and she’s also touches upon the future of work issues around inclusivity and gender equality.

Polina Montano

Work is a vital need for most of us. And so, the impact on the economy is tremendous if we make hiring easier – something that might take the hassle out of hiring. We would like the beauty of the platform to be also how it enables new job creation – because as a small business owner if you know, it’s going to be very difficult for you to bring someone onboard –  chances are you’re just gonna put more pressure on your existing team. And by giving you a solution which is easy and intuitive and fast and inefficient to use … chances are they actually help you maybe hire more people and give opportunities to more candidates out there.

Stephen Cummins

Okay, now a couple of things I love about the philosophy behind the company is that, it allows for example, graduates, who don’t have any references really in the workspace you know, to present themselves in a video format – so the employer gets an immediate impression about the individual. From the employer’s point of view if they’re not just putting bums on seats .. they actually can see the individual and think that my work actually ,…. that person could work in team … but I love the local! The fact that you focused on the local because that’s the great irony .. people are down the road from you… you can’t… you can’t connect with them. Is there any vision to go a little step further where by you make the connection, you’re the employee or the employer and whereby you somehow facilitate even the meeting place … is there any plan to build that out … where everything just gets seamless? Where Job Today even facilitates the meeting and everything. Is that too much?

Polina Montano

No it’s definitely not too much! The whole idea is to make hiring simple. That’s the core mission – just take the friction out of hiring. And absolutely – the scheduling of interviews and making sure it is a better fit and the best match between employer and candidate. It’s definitely the direction in which I’m working – it makes perfect sense. As you know, the biggest hiring pain in service industry is no shows – we track which people apply for jobs with which vendor. They don’t bother come for the interview. So clearly better communication and better processes can improve that.

Stephen Cummins

And if you were a candidate and you sign up for job today and you do two or three no shows, will that affect your ranking … because I know you’re ranking the employers. Are you ranking the job seekers?

Polina Montano

Yes, absolutely. In the future yes – we are working on our ranking system right now – its all about bringing transparency to hiring and transparency. is crucial for both sides of the equation for candidates. And employers. Employers obviously want to know about references and motivations and personality for candidates. Which is perfectly fine and understandable.
But also on the candidate side of it is important to know much more about the company. Not only the location and how much you’re gonna pay per hour – but hey is it actually a nice place to work for – what are other people who are working for these employers saying? This is a priority for the future.

Stephen Cummins

One of the challenges I have with 14 Minutes of SaaS is getting enough women co-founders for rocket ships in the SaaS space …

Polina Montano

We are the ones that are imposing these limits on ourselves. We have to believe in ourselves a bit more … like … just cut yourself some slack and give yourself some credit and say ‘why not?’ ‘why would I not be able to do that if I really… really want to? If I’m really really motivated. It’s our own fears of not being good enough … of not being qualified … of not being able to do that. This is something which prevent us from doing things.

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Stephen Cummins

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