The philosopher Confucius once said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." In order to help IT professionals achieve this level of happiness, Path.To launched an online job service that includes a compatibility score to connect the right talent with the right jobs. Currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, the site was developed for the interactive design, software engineering and IT professions.
Path.To features jobs at more than 100 companies, including Eventbrite, Evernote, Lytro and Uber. Path.To is free for consumers, and will roll out in other markets, including Chicago and New York, this year, the company said. Additionally, Path.To announced a $1.5 million strategic investment from Adecco, a provider of HR solutions.
Path.To caters to Silicon Valley companies, from emerging startups to established businesses, that are in need of designers and other tech talent to support their growth. In an effort to set itself apart from the numerous other IT jobs sites, Path.To features the "Path.To Score," a ranking system that analyzes the unique characteristics of each applicant, business and position to determine compatibility.
The score evolves by tracking user and company preference and takes them into account. By tapping into a user's interests on Twitter and Facebook, and their contributions and reputation on other online professional communities, including Behance, Dribbble, Forrst and Github, Path.To develops an understanding of an applicant's passion for professionally related topics.
The site also identifies and incorporates information about what is important to the user in their next position, such as dress code, benefits and culture to better pair applicants with companies that closely match their ideal place to work. In addition to highlighting work experience and education, Path.To focuses on the specific skills needed to succeed at each position and helps users showcase their experience through skills-based endorsements.
"We are doing for hiring what eHarmony did for online dating," said Darren Bounds, founder of Path.To. "We get a much deeper understanding of an applicant's personality and professional background, and combine it with our knowledge of a company's culture and needs to match the right person for the right job."
Armed with insight into potential candidates, Path.To is aiming at improving a company's recruiting process by avoiding some of the challenges that arise when searching for the right employee. "Companies succeed based on the strength of their designers and software engineers, but it is difficult for employers to get a visual understanding of a candidate's work and skills from traditional recruiting processes," Bounds said. "Path.to acts as an intelligent filter that matches companies to the top talent that is so essential for their growth."