The Millennial 'Try Before You Buy' Job Hunt Boosts Work-Life Balance

The “on-demand” workforce has significantly increased over the last two years. Giving way to more and more freelancers, who now make up 35% of the U.S. workforce, and that number is expected to grow. Largely made popular by companies like Uber and Instacart, the “on-demand” workforce has continued to penetrate other markets, including on-demand placement of temporary workers through companies like BlueCrew.

BlueCrew began in a tech venture formation class at Stanford by Gino Rooney and Cooper Newby. Frustrated with their previous experience through temp agencies, they knew the system needed to change. They created a business plan in class and launched the company officially after graduation. BlueCrew is an on-demand staffing platform for temporary workers. “In the current gig economy, workers crave social engagement that the old system wasn’t providing,” says Newby.

Using their design, engineering, and data science backgrounds, they were able to tackle the automation problem and create a mobile-first experience. Through one interview with BlueCrew, the employee has access to hundreds of job opportunities like warehouse work, driving jobs, catering, moving, janitorial, and stadium concessions. Employees enjoy the benefits of an on-demand, flexible schedule and the protection of traditional W-2 employment, while have access to a variety of jobs to find a great fit. Newby explains, "Flexible work and a 'try before you buy' job hunt is a much more forgiving way to find the perfect job than interviewing with anyone who will call you back."

Newby shares that many of their workers are also seeking quick side income and gap-fillers jobs. Their mobile-first app allows workers to quickly sign up for extra work when they need it. Similar to Uber drivers, employers are rated by the temp workers so they can avoid negative work experiences. Newby continues, “Our temp jobs serve as auditions for permanent jobs, and many of the temps are asked to stay on by the employers.”

BlueCrew doesn’t just benefit the employee, but companies enjoy having a seamless and direct connection to a proven pool of workers. Companies post openings through the platform, which in turn get delivered to the most qualified and highly rated workers’ smartphones. Companies can choose to work with BlueCrew staff via a part-time or full-time trial period. Essentially allowing the company to lower risk by “trying before signing” with a new hire.