Skift Take

The hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing for jobs growth as the U.S. economy continues to post bold job gains. Hotels, meeting planners and every other hospitality player needs to internalize this and realize the caliber of talent they can attract if they're using the right platforms and sending the right message.

seedlingsLate last week the U.S. government released its latest jobs report for July 2016, and once again celebrated positive jobs growth that points to some important aspects of the U.S. economy being on the up-and-up.

The report found some 45,000 new U.S. jobs were created in the hospitality industry in July. Skift reported that June’s U.S. jobs report was also good news particularly for the hospitality industry, which the government identified as one of the fastest growing industries for jobs growth across the country.

But as more and more people in the U.S. and other countries choose a hospitality career, is the industry doing everything it can to ensure it’s recruiting talent in the smartest and most efficient way possible? This week we look at five early-stage startups trying to show the hospitality industry how it should be recruiting new talent, posting jobs, creating online professional communities and helping professionals prepare for their new roles and careers.

Movinhand helps hospitality professionals build profiles and find jobs. Once they’ve been hired, the site helps them with relocating if that’s necessary by helping book transportation, accommodations and find permanent housing.

>>SkiftTake: Getting the job is one thing. Figuring out logistics, moving and reorganizing your life is another and job sites need more practical features like helping new hires relocate.

Xprit is a social network for hospitality employees, helping old colleagues reconnect and professionals find the next step in their career paths.

>>SkiftTake: We already have LinkedIn that offers most of the features that Xprit is trying to lure hospitality professionals with. But could LinkedIn be doing a better job at personalizing offerings for various industries? We’ll let its users be the judges of that.

Hospitality Leaders is an online jobs site for hospitality professionals and has more than 19,000 professional job listings on the site.

>>SkiftTake: There is still a lot of work to be done to build a recruitment platform that works for the hospitality industry and Hospitality Leaders looks like a great start on that road.

Temper is a platform for finding on-demand hospitality employees and for freelancers to also discover employers.

>>SkiftTake: This could help employers in a last-minute bind in desperate need of help, but more often than not hospitality employers are looking for permanent employees to make sure they cultivate a culture that understands their guests and their brands.

Hocaboo is a mobile app connecting hospitality employers to local talent. An individual property can create an account on the app and so far Hocaboo has more than 50 hotels using its platform including Sofitel and Radisson Blu properties.

>>SkiftTake: As with any kind of app that involves connecting two strangers, it’s easy to fabricate certain details. Job candidates using an app like Hocaboo will require just as much screening as those that don’t.

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