Manifesto

Manifesto

We decided to write the long version so that you can feel and understand all the pains we are addressing at eikko, why and how we are tackling them and what drives us.

The main topics are:

  • Recruitment must be shaken (and stirred)
  • Job Seeker’s Experience Hasn't Been Fun
  • A Time-Saving Machine for Recruiters
  • Present, not Future: Skills-based Hiring is the Solution
  • AI, Diversity and Recruitment Bias
  • Backed Up by Real Science with Partnerships


Recruitment must be shaken (and stirred)

Must be better. Far better, for the sake of everyone's time, energy and heartbeats.

Searching for a job is one of the most frustrating experiences one can have online.

It can easily be daunting, demoralising, disheartening and it is invariably a time-waster experience. Why is it still so hard to have a good experience searching for a job online, when it’s fundamental in our modern society to work to make a living?

Man is almost landing on Mars. But we, down here, are still searching for jobs as if we were stuck in the 90s. By the way, did you know that only 20% of employees are engaged at work?*

two astronauts on the surface of Mars
Photo by Mike Kiev / Unsplash

At eikko, we decided to take a stand. We started to go on a journey and talk to job seekers, recruiters, HR professionals, organisational psychologists, engineers and data scientists, discovering what was broken in the recruitment, what are the bottlenecks and the pains people were experiencing, and to get a glimpse of what could be done to solve it.

The feedback was enlightening ✨

Chuckanut Mountain treed path
Photo by Patrick Fore / Unsplash

eikko was born.

We are on a mission to create a positive online candidate experience and, at the same time, ease the workload of thousands of HR professionals out there.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be presented with the right jobs at the right companies at the right time, throughout our lives.

At its core, eikko is a data-driven company with a social impact purpose, using a data and human-centric design throughout the entire product.

It blends data science, artificial intelligence, behavioural sciences and the latest web technologies to tackle the challenges recruitment faces today and will face tomorrow, and to deliver the best recruitment experience online ever, for everyone anywhere.

According to hundreds of research papers in the area, people thrive at work when they use their natural abilities, when their values are aligned with the work environment, and when their true selves can flourish.


Job Seeker’s Experience Hasn't Been Fun

Many questions arise when someone starts to look for a job: where to start? How to search for a job where I know I will be considered and valued? Where do I begin? What are the skills I should pick for my polished CV? This can be difficult and damn scary.

How much fun do you get from scrolling endlessly through outdated and impersonal job boards? Or receiving hundreds of messages on websites that lead nowhere? Or updating CVs for every application? And, end up getting no feedback and always feeling that it was all just a big waste of your precious time?

We hear you. It is not fun at all.

eikko is more than a candidate-first digital recruitment platform; it is where soft, hard, transferable skills, knowledge, personality, organisational culture, personal values and much more matter. Even career goals matter. There is no other way to do things in the right way in recruitment.

Job search, as we know it, doesn't work and will become obsolete.

(and without the ridiculous pseudo need for a PhD in CV crafting to be able to tweak it for every single job application!).

At the same time, new business models are constantly being disrupted, traditional jobs are disappearing and being replaced by new ones, new skill sets emerge rapidly, and upskilling and cross-skilling are becoming the norm. A career change will be an inevitability for many.

A paradigm shift in the way people find jobs is needed, urgently, to support ambitious people and innovative companies to navigate through the complexity of the 21st-century labour market.


A Time-Saving Machine for Recruiters

More time for being Human.

HR professionals run marathons almost continuously. This is unnecessary in midst of the industry 4.0 revolution.

Marathons of different kinds: writing the perfect job descriptions to find "The One", having endless interactions with the hiring managers, adjusting and optimising (and adjusting one more time) the job requirements, juggling with the recruitment budget, dealing with the turnover number that stubbornly remains high, and - the cherry on top - spending hours, days, nights dealing with CV flooding every time a new job is posted.

Eventually everything hits the bottom, and all you have to do is wait until someone comes along, and turns it back again. ⌛️
Photo by Aron Visuals / Unsplash

As if all this was not enough, being ‘ghosted’ all the time by potential candidates is, comprehensively, distressing.

We hear you.

No CV overload. No ghosting. No frustration. Efficiency first.

Just a zen place for ambitious people and forward-thinking companies.

Time flies and the enjoyment of working in recruitment quickly vanishes. The auto-pilot is switched on and the survival mode kicks in. Things shouldn’t be this way.

We are happily obsessed with efficient and effective processes.

eikko values people’s time as nobody else. Time is our most precious resource. Therefore, eikko wants to free recruiters from those tedious and bias-prone tasks in the sourcing and screening phases so they can focus more on the activities they love to work on. Companies just need to access the skills marketplace where candidates have already been sourced, screened and curated.

This looks like time is used wisely. Fewer barriers, time saved, lower costs.

eikko wants to turn upside down what have been moments of despair, by helping both the individual to navigate throughout their career and the company by providing effective science-based solutions to truly enhance their workforce happiness, motivation and engagement.


Present, not Future: Skills-based Hiring is the Solution

eikko operates as a skills marketplace, where innovative companies automatically access a careful selection of candidates, done by our proprietary algorithms.

There is no skills shortage, but a complex skills matching problem.

When well executed, skill-based hiring is far more efficient than qualifications-based in the digital realm. Efficiency and efficacy are great key drivers for this approach, with astonishing results.

Through our intelligent matching system, we leverage the power of a data-driven approach to finding better matches, thus leading to meaningful person-job connections.


AI, Diversity and Recruitment Bias

eikko strives for building a platform with a strong focus on privacy, equality, ethics and transparency, where everyone can be themselves, have access to great job opportunities and, at the same time, be stress-free.

AI is here to help. When this tool is used wisely, it can deliver amazing outcomes. Applied to recruitment, and specifically to the screening phase, it can leverage significant gains on talent pool diversity.

Colorful crayon pencils.
Photo by Sharon McCutcheon / Unsplash

eikko is committed to using artificial intelligence ethically and transparently, following all the European Union guidances and standards.

eikko is an associate member of APPDI

Backed Up by Real Science with Partnerships

It is our strongest commitment to building eikko based on real science and solid empirical evidence from all around the world. Our science has solid ground in more than 100+ scientific peer-reviewed articles, from which we were inspired to start eikko’s R&D activities.

Our goal with using all this science? Create the best and most backed-up recruitment processes and methods to provide companies with an engaged workforce.

eikko has a strategic partnership with

and is currently incubated at IPN

eikko wants to turn upside down what have been moments of despair,

by helping both the individual to navigate throughout their career and the company by providing effective science-based solutions to truly enhance their workforce happiness, motivation and engagement.

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*“State of the Global Workplace”, Gallup Report 2021

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