Work this way with the new Shiftgig

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You already know Shiftgig connects job seekers with businesses that are hiring for service and hospitality positions. We’re now taking things a step further to empower you work on your terms.

Starting now, Shiftgig offers shift positions in Chicago, New York, and Dallas. We are launching Atlanta and Houston next (with more cities coming soon).

For those who want to work, you simply apply and if hired, you’ll have access to hourly shifts at top employers that match your skills. You can set your own schedule, choose where and how to work. It’s the perfect way to add 6 to 12 additional hours of pay each week!

For businesses, you’ll have access to qualified and vetted Specialists that match the positions and specific skillsets that you need for temporary, short-term, or seasonal shifts. Simply let us know what positions you need, and for how long. Then, we’ll fill those open shifts with no hassle to you.

You can still apply apply to (or if you’re a business, post) full-time and part-time service and hospitality jobs in your area with your profile at Shiftgig Jobs: Shiftgig.com/Jobs.

We look forward to working with you!

Shiftgig Banquet Training in New York

Article by Tim McJunkin

During the spring of May 2015, Shiftgig – New York introduced their first banquet server training, an initiative targeted to improve the skill level of our worker-pool. The two hour training was held at Club 101, an elegant corporate venue located on Park Ave. in midtown Manhattan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialists arrived early, dressed in black bistro serving attire and eager to meet trainer Alex Hary, Maitre D’. The in-depth training provided attendees with a hands-on learning experience, motivation and a desire to work.

The training focused on ten key banquet service practices:

1. Setup & Breakdown of Banquet Event

2. Plate Handling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Glass Handling

4. Serving & Bussing

5. Polishing Silverware

6. Napkin Fold Techniques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Synchronize Service

8. Dos & Don’ts

9. Handling Chafing Dishes

10. Setting Tables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before the close of the session, specialists completed a training evaluation on their knowledge of each practice. Revved with enthusiasm, the specialists became ready to implement their new found skills in upcoming shifts. Since the initial training, specialists who have worked banquet events have said that “the training was a great help.”

The banquet server training provides a financial incentive to those who successfully attend. As skill level increases, specialists are granted visibility to other shifts and the opportunity to claim higher paying gigs. Reviews from clients have been stellar, noting professionalism and reliability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the past months, Shiftgig – New York has continuously experienced significant growth within its client base. In order to meet supply and demand, it becomes necessary to recruit aggressively to effectively support clients and to fill their orders. New York’s team is dedicated to finding innovative ways to remain a leading contender in New York City’s competitive hospitality staffing industry.

Shiftgig Opens Dallas Office

Fast-Growing Startup Enables People to Work When They Want, Make Extra Money and Learn New Skills

Chicago, IL – March 27, 2015Shiftgig, the premier online community for the service industry that enables hourly workers to connect with businesses, announced today it has opened a new office in Dallas to provide on-demand shift opportunities for local workers. The company currently has two rapidly growing on-demand service centers in Chicago and New York.

While Shiftgig has had a significant presence in Dallas since its launch in 2012, the new office will hire and train 300 people in the metropolitan area within its first 30 days for on-demand opportunities at cool venues, trade shows, catered events and even a major country music event on April 19.

Shiftgig will host open calls for interested applicants on Monday, March 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Shiftgig, 400 South Record Street, Suite 1200. For more information on the open call and applications, visit http://www.shiftgig.com/ondemand.

The Dallas office is led by Shiftgig City Manager Vivian Adams. Adams brings more than two decades of experience in team building, staffing, training, business development, and entrepreneurship, most recently with Legacy Custom Apparel.

“We are thrilled to offer the Dallas community an opportunity to join Shiftgig’s on-demand team,” said Adams. “We’ll bring jobs to you through your phone. Whenever you have extra time or want to make some money, just claim a shift and start working!”

Shiftgig not only offers great gigs, but makes it easy to build an entire schedule with them. Through a mobile app, workers can find open shifts, access the details with one click, and then claim the ones that fit their calendar. And most importantly, they can work as often or as infrequently as they want. Shiftgig was recognized for this innovative solution by being named an Up-and-Comer winner at the 2014 Chicago Innovation Awards.

About Shiftgig

Shiftgig is an online marketplace that connects workers with jobs.  Shiftgig collects client requirements, worker skills, and real-time shift data to provide smarter and timely matches.  With over 1,300,000 registered members and 27,000 businesses, Shiftgig has built the largest online community where members connect with business to access jobs and content in the restaurant, nightlife, hotel, and retail verticals.

Shiftgig Announces Record Growth in 2014

Revenue Growth Following a Year of Innovation, Key Hires and Industry Recognition

Chicago, IL – March 16, 2015 – Shiftgig, the premier online community for the service industry that enables hourly workers to connect with businesses, announced record growth in 2014.  The company’s revenue grew over 10X year-over-year signifying that more and more businesses are turning to Shiftgig to augment its labor force.

2014 was a banner year for Shiftgig on numerous fronts. In addition to record revenue growth, the company grew its member base to over 1.1 million users, grew its client base by 5X, increased shifts worked 13X, and added 45 employees in product, engineering, marketing, sales and operations.  Among the hires, Shiftgig brought on three key members to the executive team: Jill Erickson joined as Chief Revenue Officer; Dan Miller, as VP of Talent; and Michael Yoch, as VP of Product.

Additionally in 2014, Shiftgig secured $10 million in its first round of institutional financing, opened an office in New York City and released an on demand service that connects businesses with qualified, vetted workers.

Shiftgig’s on demand service enables service industry workers who have been accepted to the program to find and learn the details about open shifts on a mobile app, access shift details with one click, and claim shifts that fit their schedule. Businesses have access to the profiles of each and every staff member working an event, one-click text and communication options, and the ability to log hours and rate workers from their mobile devices or online. Shiftgig was recognized for this innovative solution by being named an Up-and-Comer winner at the 2014 Chicago Innovation Awards.

“We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish the past year, both for our company and for the industry,” said Eddie Lou, co-founder and CEO of Shiftgig. “The hard work of our team has been instrumental delivering a superior product to our clients. We look forward to continuing this momentum through 2015 and beyond.”

For more information on Shiftgig, visit www.shiftgig.com.

About Shiftgig

Shiftgig is an online marketplace that connects workers with jobs.  Shiftgig collects client requirements, worker skills, and real-time shift data to provide smarter and timely matches.  With over 1,100,000 registered members and 25,000 businesses, Shiftgig has built the largest online community where members connect with businesses to access jobs and content in the restaurant, nightlife, hotel, and retail verticals.

At Shiftgig's All Staff Meeting, CEO of Cars.com Alex Vetter Speaks to the Growth of Company

On Tuesday during the monthly All Staff Meeting, Shiftgig hosted its second Barside Chat, featuring Cars.com CEO Alex Vetter.

Alex gave a great perspective on the growth of a company. He had started out as one of the first three employees at Cars.com in 1998. Over the course of 17 years, he helped take the company from their first $1000 dollar to a valuation of $2.5 billion.

Alex Vetter, CEO of Cars.com, and Shiftgig CEO Eddie Lou

“I remember being here, talking about month to month plans. Now we are making 5 year plans,” he said. “Keep focused and the momentum will kick in.”

Speaking on the challenges of building offices in other cities, Alex emphasized the need to keep satellite offices connected and in the loop. “Keeping everyone connected to the mothership should be something everyone should make a priority,” he advised.

He had a few key rules for succeeding in scaling a business. First, Alex said to make sure your company is solving a real problem. There has to be a core issue that you are improving if your business is to survive. This is definitely a strength he sees in Shiftgig, which is finding solutions to staffing problems in the service industry.

Second, he advised that companies should “be quick, be nimble, and build a moat.” It is important to move and adapt quickly so you can get out ahead and own the category before potential competitors.

Finally, Alex suggested that you should spend less time trying to win over detractors. Instead, build up your supporters and make them successful; they will become evangelists for your brand and help develop the change needed for your company to gain new ground.

On a personal level, Alex said he found success in always being curious. He held many roles in Cars.com, starting in product, then moving to sales before taking an executive role. “I never wanted the easy jobs – I chased the biggest problems. I knew if I could fix that, I’d get the next job.” He advised the group to listen more than talk; in the end, you’ll have learned a lot.

He was excited to have seen the growth Shiftgig has made. With offices now in New York and Dallas as well as Chicago, Alex encouraged the team to keep up the momentum and keep doing exciting things for the service industry.

Good advice from a great businessman. Thanks, Alex Vetter!

Shiftgig Opens New York Office to Provide an On-Demand Service to New York Businesses

New Mobile App Enables Workers to Easily Find Extra Work at Events 

Chicago, IL – December 9, 2014Shiftgig, the premier online community for the service industry that enables bartenders, servers and other industry shift workers to connect, find jobs and be entertained, announced today it has opened a new office location in New York to provide New York businesses with an on-demand flexible workforce powered by Shiftgig’s network of service industry members and mobile technology platform.

Shiftgig, which launched its on-demand service in Chicago in mid-2013, selected New York as its next location due to the city’s vibrant restaurant scene and the thousands of businesses who already use Shiftgig to post jobs. Early New York clients have included Javits Center, Bank of America, Sullivan & Cromwell, Biz Bash Events, Sonnier & Castle Catering and Colgate Palmolive.

Early response has been extremely positive. Sara Gonzalez, general manager of corporate dining and conferences services at Bank of America, said: “I recently transitioned two accounts to Shiftgig and what a difference it has made!  Shiftgig made it a point to understand the needs of my business in order to send the most suitable staff that not only performed expected tasks but added value to the operation.  I’m very pleased I made the switch!”

Shiftgig’s on-demand platform provides a win-win for both businesses and workers. Businesses get quick access to vetted, tech-savvy workers for events and seasonal spikes in activity.  Workers can pick from a variety of paying gigs and manage their own schedules.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people in New York who would like to supplement their income with additional shifts,” said Eddie Lou, co-founder and CEO at Shiftgig. “As the largest service industry community in the United States, we saw a great opportunity to help the many local hospitality, food service, and event businesses easily find and hire great staff.”

Workers who successfully enroll into Shiftgig’s on-demand service can access shifts on their mobile devices, where they will find many opportunities to make more money with the flexibility to choose when and where they work.

“Candidates love that they have the ability to pick and choose assignments through our mobile app that work best for their schedules,” said Michael Goldberg, Shiftgig NYC City Manager. “As a result, it has given us the ability to methodically tailor each team of workers to meet the demands of our clients and let them know with real transparency exactly who is confirmed for their assignments.”

“With better data, an enormous worker pool and superior mobile technology, Shiftgig has many advantages over traditional staffing agencies,” said Christian Rudder, a Shiftgig investor and president and co-founder of OKCupid. “Enabling businesses to staff more efficiently ultimately helps New Yorkers get more work opportunities and find greater independence.

For more information on Shiftgig, visit http://www.shiftgig.com.

About Shiftgig

Shiftgig is an online marketplace that connects workers with jobs.  Shiftgig collects client requirements, worker skills, and real-time shift data to provide smarter and timely matches.  With over 1,050,000 registered members and 25,000 businesses, Shiftgig has built the largest online community where members connect with business to access jobs and content in the restaurant, nightlife, hotel, and retail verticals.

Shiftgig Increases Its Momentum with $10M in Institutional Financing and Expansion of Leadership Team

Chicago, IL – November 14, 2014 – Shiftgig, the premier online community for the service industry that enables bartenders, servers and other industry shift workers to connect, find jobs and be entertained, announced today it has secured $10 million in its first institutional financing.  The round was led by The Garland Funds with participation from KGC Capital, Chicago Ventures, DRW Ventures, Firestarter Fund, and Corazon Capital.  The latest financing will be used to execute on an accelerated growth strategy that includes the expansion of the company’s technology, product and team.

“We are committed to our mission of connecting millions of workers to millions of jobs,” said Eddie Lou, co-founder and CEO at Shiftgig. “Shiftgig’s mobile platform makes it easy for employers to find, assess and hire full-time, part-time and temporary staff.”

“Shiftgig has proven that the right platform can enable businesses to hire more intelligently and more efficiently,” said Gary Holdren, Managing Partner of The Garland Funds. “Recognizing this massive market opportunity, we are excited to help Shiftgig expand and believe in the team’s ability to execute.”

“Mobile penetration, social hiring, and local services are three trends that are coming together to change the way people find jobs,” said Sam Yagan, CEO of The Match Group. “Shiftgig is a disruptive business solution that enables businesses and workers to connect in real-time.”

Shiftgig has also announced the expansion of its leadership team to support its rapid growth. Jill Erickson joined as Chief Revenue Officer; Travis Haight, as VP of Service Delivery; Dan Miller, as VP of Talent; and Michael Yoch, as VP of Product. They join CEO Eddie Lou, President Jeff Pieta and CTO Sean Casey, who together co-founded the company in 2011.

As Chief Revenue Officer, Erickson is charged with driving 100% client satisfaction for Shiftgig. She oversees sales, marketing, and account management. Previously, Erickson has held senior executive positions at TMP Worldwide, Monster Worldwide (IPO) and Gild and is an industry expert in the digital marketing and talent acquisition space.

As VP of Service Delivery, Haight supports client success by managing Shiftgig’s community operations and recruitment teams. He has over 17 years of experience recruiting and building successful teams, most recently with MarketSource, a sales and marketing staffing firm.

Miller comes to Shiftgig with 20 years of training and human resources experience. As VP of Talent, he is responsible for acquiring and retaining top talent and ensuring Shiftgig continues to be a great place to work. Prior to Shiftgig, Miller was with Echo Global Logistics (IPO), where he scaled the technology company from 20 employees to over 1,500 in five years.

Joining the team as VP of Product, Yoch plans and manages the product roadmap for Shiftgig’s client and worker facing technology. He comes to Shiftgig with over 14 years of experience creating award-winning technology products in media, publishing, and personal finance, most recently with HelloWallet and NPR.

“With Shiftgig’s rapid growth this year, we have taken the opportunity to strengthen our senior management team by adding four exceptionally talented individuals,” said Lou. “Each of them has significant business and technology experience and we look forward to their contributions.”

For more information on Shiftgig and its leadership team, visit www.shiftgig.com.

About Shiftgig

Shiftgig is an online marketplace that connects workers with jobs.  Shiftgig collects client requirements, worker skills, and real-time shift data to provide smarter and timely matches.  With over 1,050,000 registered members and 25,000 businesses, Shiftgig has built the largest online community where members connect with business to access jobs and content in the restaurant, nightlife, hotel, and retail verticals.