Lynxsy, a mobile recuiting app and website, is now partnering with the Wasserman Center for Career Development to promote awareness of startup recruiting resources. Their first event will be a “Day in the Life” Twitter event on Oct. 28.
Co-founders Connie Wong and NYU alumna Susan Zheng created the web and mobile platform that aims to connect students with employers. Lynxsy’s Campus Ambassador program has announced partnerships with various universities.
Launched in 2013, the program curates a network of over 200 high-growth companies and various organizations that startups look to for hiring.
“There’s a black hole of resources when it comes to startups,” Zheng said. “Unlike larger companies, startups have little to no support for recruiting, and many jobs are given through a referral basis.”
This problem prompted Zheng and Wong to found Lynxsy through New York’s Techstar accelerator program in the fall of 2013.
Lynxsy focuses on placing recent college graduates into positions at startup companies, such as 99dresses, Tough Mudder and Kinnek.
The program provides connections exclusively for non-technical positions, including business development, sales and marketing jobs. Candidates must apply to Lynxsy’s program and, if they are approved, receive specific job alerts and matching services.
Lynxsy’s recruitment process also incorporates a unique trial period, during which candidates and employers can become familiar with one another before mutually committing to a full-time position.
With larger companies, students often hear about work expectations and office culture through word of mouth or recruiting events.
Zheng notes that this is not the case with startups, however. Lynxsy’s two- to three-month trial period allows candidates to test the waters at a startup before committing to a position.
Stern alumna Jenny Liang found a job as a marketing assistant at the startup Mobile Commons through Lynxsy.
“It was very frustrating at times because a lot of startups don’t recruit college graduates or don’t have the HR resources to respond to job applications,” Liang said.
Liang said Zheng and Wong provided her with help on her résumé and interviews.
“[They] were both really nice and genuinely interested in helping me find a position that would match my skills and interests,” Liang said. “They met with me several times to fix my résumé, help prepare me for interviews and figure out how to best tell my personal story.”
Stern freshman Kyle Wright also sees value in using Lynxsy.
“As someone who might want to work at a startup one day, I can see how [Lynxsy] would be a great resource to help me navigate the startup world,” Wright said.
A previous version of this article incorrectly listed the “Day in the Life” Twitter event as on Oct. 10. WSN regrets the error.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 7 print edition. Email Sharika Dhar at [email protected]