Quest for vacancies
Experience@Work offers the platform to match up experienced employees with vacant positions for a prolonged or indefinite period with social profit organisations. At present, organisations using the platform include the Flemish nature and landscape association Natuurpunt, sickness insurance fund De Voorzorg, the contact point for business advice for artists and creatives Kunstenloket, NGO Caritas and many others. “But there are never enough”, laughs Inge Janssens. “We are always on the lookout for organisations that have vacancies and want to offer them via our free, non-commercial and alternative recruitment channel”.
In practice, it works as follows: when a position comes in that meets the conditions of Experience@Work, it is posted via the IT-platform of CVWarehouse on the intranet of member firms. Each company has its own platform on which its employees can see the jobs and apply online. After screening by their own employer, Experience@Work collects all the CVs and presents the candidates to the organisations that are offering the job. The candidates enter the same selection process as applicants via other channels. The only difference being that if they are chosen, a service contract is entered into and they remain under contract with their original employer.
The positions currently being offered by Experience@Work are mainly for lower and middle management levels. That is how a former bank manager became the Financial and Administrative Coordinator at sheltered workshop De Sleutel. And an Applications Manager is now using her experience with projects at Leuven Climate Neutral 2030. Operations Managers and Administrative Staff also seem to be much sought-after profiles.
Inge Janssens is very enthusiastic about the collaboration with CVWarehouse. “Right from the beginning, I found it a simple, user-friendly tool. Even before the training, I was able to start working with it. This tool saves me a lot of time and hassle. I only have to put an assignment in once. After that, I can just click which firms I want to post it to, and which profiles can apply. Because every firm can decide for itself which jobs are displayed, and who can apply, depending on the profiles they have available and the payment that is being offered.” Inge is enthusiastic about the support too. “If I come up against a problem or want to add another feature, the CVWarehouse team searches constructively for solutions”.
Experience@Work has been in existence since April 1st, 2015. During the first few months, it was mainly consulting with companies and politicians about the possibilities and opportunities for collaboration. Since mid-October, the platform has been in active use. “In the first six weeks, we offered 30 assignments. So far, we have supplied CVs of suitable candidates for a dozen jobs. But of course, that is only the start! We are seeing a lot of interest from firms and organisations, so we will be able to match more and more vacancies and applicants”.