This is the VOA Special English Development Report.
In two thousand seven, five young people
in the American state of Massachusetts developed an idea. The team knew that
the world is filled with mobile phones. About eighty percent of all people are
said to live within reach of a wireless telephone signal.
idea was to use mobile phones and the Internet to connect job seekers with
employers. The young people wrote a business plan and formed a company called
Labor won a development competition at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Three of the founders were graduate students there.
Assured Labor is an electronic marketplace. It has two parts.
One is for the United States. That operation was launched in January in Boston.
It links people with employers offering temporary jobs.
The other arm of the business is for developing
markets. That operation is meant to help people get more permanent jobs. A
representative is currently building partnerships with universities and international
companies in Central America.
Labor's president, David Reich, says the companies now place
job advertisements on radio or in newspapers. Some even drive around in cars
with loudspeakers announcing that jobs are available. He says the companies are
interested in having more modern hiring practices.
Assured Labor, companies will list open positions on the Internet. People who
think they could do the job could reply by text message or on their cell
how the system works in Boston:
jobs available include house cleaning, dog walking and home repair. People who
want their house cleaned, for example, can look online at a list of twenty
housekeepers. The list tells what services they offer and how much they want to
be paid. People need two letters praising their work to get on the list of
employer chooses workers they would like to hire. The company then sends the
workers a text or e-mail message so they can respond quickly to an offer.
a job is completed, the employer and employee rate each other. The rating is
kept for future use. Assured Labor is not charging anyone right now, but the
plan is to have employers pay for the service.
And that's the VOA Special
English Development Report, written by Jerilyn Watson. I'm Steve Ember.