Meet Attache, iBeacon-enabled app that looks to disrupt job-hunting system in Japan



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Attache is a mobile app that aims to disrupt the conventional job-hunting method for fresh graduates in Japan. It was launched by Tokyo-based startup Givery earlier this month, and is available for iOS on iTunes AppStore and for Android on Google Play.

Based on the concept of helping users eliminate trivial tasks around their job-hunts, the Attache app allows users to download slides to eliminate the need to receive bulky printed pieces of company profiles at job fairs. With the app, users can upload their resume to their potential employers, find other job fairs, sign up to attend such events, and arrange interviews.

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What’s remarkable about the Attache app is the feature using the iBeacon technology. By receiving a device-unique signal for one’s smartphone transmitted from an iBeacon device, one can find invitation-only events on the app. So if job-hunting students receive a signal when launching the app, all these users are automatically invited to designated job fairs or other events.

Along with the launch of the Attache app, Gively held a big job fair for 500 soon-to-graduate university students at the Hikarie Building in Shibuya. Unlike conventional job-hunts, attendees were prohibited from wearing the typical navy blue formal suit when joining the event. Participating companies in the event on the employer side included notable Japanese companies such as Crowdworks (TSE:3900), DeNA (TSE:2432), (TSE:2371), Recruit (TSE:6098), Vasily, and BizReach.

Givery’s post on Japanese social job search site Wantedly gave us a glimpse into what kind of people are working at their office. The average age of the development team is 26 years old, hailing from around the world such as Japan, Canada, Vietnam, mainland China, and Albania. Such diversity in the team might allow them to find inconvenience or waste that we have not been aware of, followed by development of technology-based solutions to these issues.

Going forward, Givery plans to develop the platform further, aiming to acquire 100,000 job-hunting students and serving 240 companies by the end of this year.

Translated by Masaru Ikeda
Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy