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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Software testing firm only hires workers with autism
While most companies will only accept the talent that’s the best fit for their business, this policy can occasionally be exclusive of workers with the right skills but personalities or histories that can leave a negative impression on employers. We recently wrote about the Tihar Food Court, which recruits local prisoners to prepare them for reintegration into society. Now ULTRA Testing, a debugging company out of MIT, has introduced a policy that gives those on the autism spectrum a chance to apply their talent. READ MORE…
Site lets users gift freelancers’ time
We recently wrote about GroupTalent, the platform that lets freelancers ‘date’ companies to show off their talents before landing a more permanent role. Now the Netherlands’ JO Cadeau is enabling them to offer their time for others to gift to their friends. READ MORE…
Platform enables designers to publish and share interactive 3D models online
Dreambox vending machines have already allowed anyone to get their 3D designs printed on demand, but what if they want to share their creations? Sketchfab is aiming to do for 3D fabrication what Youtube did for video, enabling designers to publish, share and embed their files in a visual and interactive way on any website. READ MORE…
Bank helps unemployed customers avoid foreclosure via job search assistance
There are many ways a company can help its customers survive life’s daily challenges, but offering job search assistance to those who are unemployed surely goes above and beyond what’s normally available. However, Ohio-based Fifth Third Bank has taken this step, having teamed up with employment firm NextJob to offer unemployed mortgage borrowers free job search assistance, including one-on-one dedicated coaching, weekly webinars and online job search software. READ MORE…
Digital badges denote education and skills gained
We’ve already seen Gild Source determine coders’ abilities by analyzing their work and providing a score to make it easier for recruiters to find the right person for their team. Broadening this concept to include all workers, Mozilla’s Open Badges project aims to create a library of symbols that indicate skills and learning achieved by potential employees outside of mainstream education. READ MORE…
LinkedIn-style network for military personnel aims to boost employment opportunities
We recently saw New York-based Incline offer free technical and computer training to veterans, and now RallyPoint – a LinkedIn-style social network – wants to help connect servicemen and women with jobs. READ MORE…
In the UK, creative agencies swap staff for a week
For those who work in creative fields, it can be difficult to remain fresh and inspired over time. Aiming to help facilitate a little cross-pollination and rejuvenation, Creative Swap is a week-long event planned for later this month in which UK creative agencies will swap one of their own talented staff with a creative professional from another studio. READ MORE…
Platform tracks employees’ individual achievements in team projects
When it comes to team projects, managers have to juggle the tasks of monitoring and rewarding individual’s good work while keeping the entire group happy. We recently saw a social network-like model gamify the rewards procedure in the form of My Corner Office, and now PropsToYou is a similar platform aiming to make it easier for management to incentivize hard work, but this time with an emphasis on monitoring individual employee progress. READ MORE…
New employees encouraged to engage with workplace via social platform
We’ve seen a few ideas placing employee engagement firmly at their core, such as My Corner Office, gamifying the workplace by offering rewards to productive employees. Now we’ve come across a new addition to the workplace motivational toolkit that is aimed at companies inducting new employees – created by Teamalaya, the platform enables companies to offer a general introduction to new starters and aims to prepare the employee for their role before their first day. READ MORE…
In Israel, ad agency uses Diablo III game to find its next programmer
It was just about a year ago that we featured Marriott’s Facebook game being used as part of its international recruitment process, and recently we came across another company taking a similar approach to hiring. The setting this time is Israel, where ad agency BBR Saatchi & Saatchi has turned to multiplayer game Diablo III to find its next programmer through their Hell of a Job campaign. READ MORE…
Gamified social network will help companies motivate and reward their employees
Engaging and motivating employees to work hard is a challenge for companies large and small, and we’ve seen solutions ranging from a site that tracks morale to a company that uses upgradable lodgings as a way toreward its interns. Recently, however, New Hampshire employee recognition specialist A&R Sawyer came up with something new: My Corner Office, a soon-to-be-launched social network platform that companies can use to engage, motivate and reward their employees.  READ MORE…
Online platform enables outsourcing of digital work and creates jobs in developing countries
We’ve seen a platform designed to outsource tasks specifically to students before and now we’ve come across something similar, but targeting a very different social group. CloudFactory aims to create an assembly line of digital workers in developing countries that can help get jobs completed more quickly while boosting employment and providing training opportunities. READ MORE…
Online portal for parents focuses on work opportunities during school hours


We’ve seen several efforts over the years aimed at helping parents connect — or reconnect — with the working world, including numerous child-friendly work spaces. Similar in many ways to AustralianCareerMums, which we covered back in 2008, UK-based Beyond the School Run is a brand-new portal for parents seeking new career or volunteer opportunities during school hours. READ MORE…
In Dubai, new jobs site takes an interactive approach


Whereas most employment websites tend to focus on resumes and page after page of job listings, Dubai-based Laimoon takes a very different approach. Instead of putting the onus on job hunters to browse through endless openings, the site asks them a few key questions and then offers a short, customized, and dynamically refined list of targeted results. READ MORE…
 
In Germany, peer-to-peer recruiting site pays ‘bounties’ for referrals

It was close to a year ago that we covered JobPrize’s peer-to-peer recruiting service, and recently we came across a like-minded effort in Germany. Now in beta, AdviseMeJobs is a site that helps companies fill open positions by offering rewards for referrals. READ MORE…