How many errands do you run for your boss/mom/girlfriend’s uncle/dog? Wouldn’t it be great if every time you did, you not only got paid for it but it also added points to your CV? Provided you do them properly (don’t forget to pick up that milk), running errands could land you a long-term job. At least, according to TaskRabbit.com.
Being a rabid rabbit
TaskRabbit works like this: People looking for help with a task, whether it’s picking up groceries or assembling furniture, fill out a form on the TaskRabbitwebsite. They specify what the job is, how long it will take and how much they’re willing to pay. The person (called a TaskRabbit) who applies to do the work bids for their pay – the lowest bidder wins and gets the task. The employer pays the TaskRabbit online.
A rabbit’s reputation
As you complete tasks, employers give recommendations. The more recommendations someone has, the better their reputation as a rabbit. And the better their reputation, the more they can ask for when bidding for work.
The consensus carrot
The most important thing about this service is that it’s taken something recruiters are increasingly aware of – social consensus – and formalised it into a service. While you may not be able to use TaskRabbit.com in South Africa (yet!), there is an important lesson to be learned here: Social consensus is a new weapon in a recruiter’s arsenal.
And, as social network-based employment becomes more prevalent, they’ll use it to screen candidates even more often.