March 31, 2014

Recroup – Find Entry-Level Job Opportunities

Recroup is a web-based application that job seekers can use to find entry-level career opportunities. Designed for students and recent graduates who have plenty of skills but minimal real world work experience, Recroup gives its users a way to show top businesses exactly what they’re capable of achieving.

The problem with traditional job boards is that they put too much emphasis on an applicant’s work experience, and not enough emphasis on skills. Recroup doesn’t believe in this method, and it doesn’t consider itself a job board, either. Instead, Recroup calls its platform a “Career Launchpad.” Registered users enter their background information just like they would on a typical career website, with a focus on telling potential employers about themselves and offering links to their social presence online. Recroup encourages users to take “challenges” to “show their capabilities.” A challenge can be anything from writing a press release to coding a small website, depending on which needs an employer has indicated that it’s looking for. Job seekers can also verify their skills by completing tests that Recroup has designed. As a job seeker uses Recroup, he or she will accumulate “badges” for completing challenges, acing skill tests, and being socially involved on the site.

Rather than focusing on salaries, companies that post job opportunities on Recroup focus on the “perks.” Businesses that offer lucrative employee perks—like club memberships or paid paternity leave, for example—are more likely to attract high-quality applicants, especially among the under-30 set. Although job seekers can utilize Recroup for free, businesses will have to pay to create perk pages, post available jobs, and create challenges for potential hires.

Practical Uses:

  • Show off your coding skills to potential employers
  • Create a profile that focuses more on your skills than your real world experience
  • Use your company perks as a way to attract the best applicants
  • Ask recent grads to compete relevant challenges before applying at your company

Insider Tips:

  • Companies can create challenges associated with specific job opportunities
  • Scoring algorithms ensure the most talented applicants rise to the top
  • Resumes are replaced with profiles, where job seekers can provide a more accurate picture of who they really are
  • Users can earn badges for being socially active on Recroup

What we liked:

  • Recroup gives recent graduates the chance to stand out from the crowd
  • Recruiters can test a job seeker’s skills before ever looking at his or her resume
  • Recroup saves hiring managers time and money
  • Users can integrate their web presence to serve their ultimate goals

What we didn’t like:

  • Recroup doesn’t list as many job availabilities as some larger jobs boards


Company Info:

  • Launched: 2013
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Founded by: Amit Chauhan, Shiv Bharthur, and Kaushik Vinay
  • Web site:


  • Free for job seekers
  • Individual recruiters pay $49 per month
  • Corporate accounts cost $99 per month

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