Swiping on Bumble won’t just land you with a date. You can also find a new BFF, and now—with the launch of a new feature—a new job.
Bumble has just launched Bumble Bizz, a new business networking mode which lets users professionally network, connect, and mentor as they swipe through the app’s 20 million-strong community.
The company says this is the first time a swiping, geo-targeted approach has been used to facilitate professional networking. Bumble says the move adds to the company’s vision of “becoming the ultimate social network for people you don’t yet know,” be it a lover, friend, or business connection.
Bizz users can build a LinkedIn-esque digital resume for themselves on the app, detailing their experience, education, location, bio and what kind of opportunities they seek. There’s a skills section, in which users can showcase their talents and awards. And, users wishing to include examples of their work can add additional profile cards.
But, unlike LinkedIn, Bumble Bizz will share the app’s “women first” approach which requires female users to make the first move in an effort to “eliminate abuse and inappropriate behaviour.”
“By empowering women to make the first move in Bizz, Bumble expects to see the same significant uptick in positive behaviour and dramatically reduced abuse rates that it has seen in its dating and friendship platforms,” reads an official Bumble statement.
Much like Bumble’s BFF feature, users can access Bumble Bizz by updating to the most recent version of the app, and switching modes using the drop-down at the top of the screen. Brands looking to recruit will also be able to use Bizz to attract candidates for certain roles.
Bizz will feature a photo verification tool which aims to ensure “people are who they say they are.”
Using the recently-launched mode switching tool, you’ll be able to hop out of Bizz and head back to Bumble’s dating function, or Bumble BFF mode.
“Love, friendship, networking – these are all critical connections and the foundation of a healthy, happy life. We want to bring you closer to all of these connections, in an empowered way,” says Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder and CEO of Bumble.
Better get swiping for that dream job, then!