The app connects trades to the new social platform
A new app aims to connect trades while streamlining the hiring process.
TradesLink is a mobile app that combines job search and hiring functionality with a social platform designed exclusively for trades. The Edmonton-based startup was founded by entrepreneurs Rob Bartko and Sam Beaudoin.
Bartko said he started out in the framing industry in residential construction before earning a degree in accounting. Back in school, he became interested in using engineered technology to improve the construction industry.
“We were looking for better ways to connect different people with trades people and TradesLink was born out of that,” Bartko said. “We’ve been described as ‘LinkedIn for trades.’
“TradesLink is a traditional social networking app for trades,” he added. “It’s a place to connect with different trades, find and hire different trades, earn props on your work, and most importantly, improve your trade.”
The app is designed to turn a TradesLink profile into a digital resume to make it easier to hire and find jobs, Bartko said.
“We realized that a lot of trades people struggled to keep their CVs up to date because they were moving from job site to job site or project to project and it took time to do it. so we wanted to create a simple tool that they could use and that employers would find useful,” he said.
The TradesLink profile acts like that resume, he added, showcasing work availability, references, experience and skills and can be sent directly to employers from within the app or you can apply for jobs posted in the app, Bartko added.
The TradesLink team is currently focused on the Edmonton trades market, but Bartko said the app can be used anywhere.
“We’re currently all over North America and the app is available in Canada and the US, and we’re seeing tons of people signing up in Western Canada and Alberta. We get registrations all the time from the south of the country, so it’s really cool to see the community building up that way and forming its own personality,” he said.
The app can also be used to showcase past projects or current accomplishments, as well as the lighter side of crafts.
“We have different types of posts that allow users to interact with the app. We have photos or videos of work you are proud of. You can ask questions and get answers from experts in your field,” he said, “There’s also the humor of construction and construction doesn’t make people laugh, and then the job postings as well.
“A lot of people use the app to show off the work they do, connecting with people across the country. The best part is obviously finding work there, because everyone in commercial, industrial and residential is always looking for work and employers find it useful to find skilled trades there,” he added.
The shift of work and social culture online at the onset of the pandemic in early 2020 gave the platform a boost, Bartko noted.
“COVID-19 has given us a boost on the online side because a lot more people are used to going online now and that has helped us, but I think the community as a whole is something that has come from build with TradesLink and that’s why people see so much value in it,” he said.
The TradesLink app is available on the iOS and Android app store and more information is available on the TradesLink website.
For more on this interview, listen to the TCR Express podcast here. https://canada.constructconnect.com/joc/podcasts/tcr-express-jan-19-2022
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