Career Moves. We connect potentials.

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Career Moves. We connect potentials.: Wir vernetzen Potenziale

Wien, AustriaWien
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Career Moves is the first inclusive job platform in Europe which offers equal opportunities for people with disabilities to apply. We have developed an online recruiting tool which enables the perfect matching, bringing people with disabilities into jobs where their disability does not play a role.
We have also developed the first consulting rationale for companies focussing on economic advantages of the employment of disabled people.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

In Austria, around 15% of the population have a disability. Only 30% of them are active on the labour market. These numbers apply for people with disabilities of different qualification levels. This is a huge socioeconomic problem: it means that the social welfare state has to cover millions of Euros to support disabled people, and at the same time people with disabilities are excluded by the society. When working with companies, we very often hear that they want to employ more people with disabilities, but they are not sure, how they would fit into their companies. We consult hundreds of companies each year, to ensure they open up for applications from people with disabilities. This way, we often change the companies' philosophy.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Career Moves has been working with a radical new approach of bringing people with disabilities into jobs since 2009. The 1st part of the solution is a completely new online tool (plug-in, created together with careesma.com). This tool enables a perfect matching: bringing disabled jobseekers together with jobs where their disability does not play a role. We focus on abilities, not on disabilities. The 2nd part is a completely new consulting rationale for companies: we focus on concrete business advantages through the employment of people with disabilities (not on mercy and charity). We convince companies of their performance ability. Thus, we have been able to offer more than 10.000 jobs for people with disabilities in the past 3 years.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

To reach as many companies as possible, Career Moves starts with cold calling companies explaining them what it is about. Then the sales team meets HR or CSR representatives to consult them about the strengths of people with disabilities and how they could be part of their organization. After the company is convinced of the added value of people with disabilities they post their open jobs online with specific icons on the Career Moves website. For job seekers with disabilities it is of greatest importance to see which employers are open minded and can imagine them as job performers. Many people who found a job through Career Moves told us they had become desperate, as employers normally had not even answered their applications.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

As Career Moves has been very successful in Austria, we decided to bring our award winning system into other countries by creating a social franchising system. This will help us to ensure quality of new job platforms in other countries and makes it easier for us to replicate. We have lots of interest from Germany, the UK, Slovakia and Spain already and the objective is to operate all over Europe in the future to reach a wide cultural change for people with disabilities in the workplace and the society. In addition, we are just starting the pilot phase of our new idea, the business forum Disability Performance Austria, in Austria. With this forum, we want to promote cultural change within companies even further and help companies to adjust to the needs of people with disabilities. This best practice sharing forum can be connected to the social franchising of the job platform.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There is no other inclusive job platform for people with and without disabilities in Austria. Lots of NGOs are working on placing people with disabilities on the job market, but they usually focus on charity and mercy, lack a business focused rationale and often do not talk the same 'language' as companies do. This is where Career Moves has its place as a social business in bridging the gap between the public and the private sector. We are also the only platform giving disability related information on concrete job offers to applicants. And we developed the first online matching tool, bringing together people with disabilities with jobs where their disability does not play a role. To use this first mover advantage, we are planning to quickly expand Career Moves to other countries as well.
Team

Team

The most important thing in ensuring closeness to both, business and public sector is that Career Moves is co-founded by both: the CEO of a mainstream job platform with a business background and a disability expert. They are responsible for the strategic direction of Career Moves in order to be competitive on the market. Together they develop new technical online solutions (homepage, mobile App). The main part of the operational team consists of a sales team which consults companies about which jobs would be appropriate to be opened for which disability. Another team member is responsible for the close alignment with NGOs working with people with disabilities to give them access to new jobs and companies. Both profit from the cooperation: Career Moves consultants get access to Careesma's company clients, and Careesma sales force gets contacts to new companies through Career Moves.