A new online recruitment and hiring platform called HelloHive (formerly Hive Diversity) has joined the ever-growing list of virtual recruitment companies and is causing quite a stir.
The company, founded in 2020 by Byron Slosar, a graduate of Tulane University, where he also served as Director of Fundraisers and Career Development, is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) for its undergraduate and graduate community as well employer partners specialized .
Hive is enjoying strong growth in the crowded online recruitment and employment space, which includes LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Ziprecrutiter, Handshake, and Knac. In less than two years it is:
- increased from 600 students and recent graduates to more than 22,000;
- grew its four-year college base from 100 institutions to about 1,400;
- signed approximately 80 corporate partners, including brand names such as Accenture, Disney, Saks Fifth Avenue, American Express, Wells Fargo, Franklin Templeton, Goldman Sachs and Capri Holdings.
Having previously spent 15 years in career development and student recruitment, Slosar felt that relying solely on a traditional campus and core school job search approach could be unfair and ineffective. The majority of college students have not regularly contacted campus career centers, and less than a third believed they would graduate with the skills to succeed in the job market. They often waited until they were about to graduate before preparing to look for a job.
And for many students, especially from traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education, it has been far too difficult to inform and prepare for the world of work. They often had no access to internships and alumni networks, which can be decisive for the first job after graduation.
Slosar’s intent was “to build a platform designed for students and graduates rather than businesses.” As a result, the platform has several unique features. For starters, students are encouraged to enroll if they are freshmen or sophomores so they have the opportunity to learn what it takes to succeed in the job market and “build their imagination” and gain career-relevant experiences make. Hive treats early engagement the way internships and jobs have traditionally been treated for college students.
It’s not just about helping students get a job, Slosar explains. “It’s really about understanding who you are, where you fit in, and choosing a company based on that understanding.” The site offers a wealth of programs and experiences to help students engage in career development and engage better inform about their DEI opportunities in the workforce.
Students using HelloHive must first go through a series of exercises or games – called the Hive5 process – which trains them in creating resumes, exposes them to various job opportunities, helps them fill in their profile and other personal information organizing, giving them tips on interviews and communication strategies, and directing their attention to their self-identified DEI interests.
Included with the tools is a patented resume builder that allows students to easily create a one-page, professionally formatted resume that they can update over time and based on the experiences and skills they want to highlight for a potential employer can customize.
After completing the Hive5 training, students can enter the “FlyHire Portal” where they can see and access early intervention programs, internships and full-time positions.
Students stay in control of this process – they have to make the first move for a company to know about them. Slosar emphasizes that the technology is designed to protect the privacy of every applicant – no employer has access to a student’s CV or profile without the student making the first move.
HelloHive embraces a comprehensive definition of diversity, emphasizing that it encompasses not just racial or ethnic identity, but the full range of lived experiences, such as Athlete.
Using himself as an example, Slosar says, “I identify as a member of the LGBTQ community. My value to the workforce is my lived experience as a gay Southern Jew from Baton Rouge, Louisiana who attended a Catholic school for most of my life and has 5 siblings. Much of that experience, not just my identity, gives me relevant skills for the workforce.”
This range of diversity is typical of HelloHive’s student base: 35% identify as first-generation college goers, 63% as racial or ethnic minorities, 23% as a diversity experience, and 14% as a socioeconomic or social status Religion as a lived form of diversity.
The company, which now employs approximately 20 full-time employees, derives its revenue from annual dues from its partner employers, who report an average 75% placement rate for HelloHive candidates. The most popular industries include finance, consulting and technology, entertainment and media, communications and healthcare.
Slosar believes that HelloHive “has its finger on the pulse of tomorrow’s talent” and that it is bridging the gap in accessing good careers that many students face, while also opening the doors for employers to a more diverse workforce.
While HelloHive is currently limited to students enrolled in four-year institutions, it plans to be open to students attending two-year colleges by Spring 2023.