If you are (or have ever been) in the process of applying for work, chances are you’re familiar with “the resume black hole” – that feeling of uncertainty that descends when you hit the submit button.
- Will the right person see your resume?
- How long will it be before you hear back from someone?
- Will you hear back from anyone at all?
We hear you.
That’s why in 2013 when we first came across the statistic that 75% of workers applying to jobs didn’t ever hear back from the employer, we decided it was time to do things a little differently. Our goal wasn’t just to establish a better sense of connection with the 120,000 applicants who apply for positions with Ian Martin each year. We wanted to do it in a way that would give applicants who express an interest in working with us a real sense of who we are as a company, and an opportunity to join our mission.
At Ian Martin, we believe in and are working toward a world where everyone can pursue meaningful work. Obviously, that includes the candidates that we personally support, but our vision is much broader than that. We feel passionately that everyone on the planet should have access to work that is meaningful to them.
Kiva Lending Teams
Since 2014, we’ve been asking every Ian Martin applicant to play an important role in helping us achieve that vision. Each time someone applies for a position to one of our jobs, they receive a $25 credit that they can use to direct a loan to the global entrepreneur of their choice through the non-profit organization Kiva. From helping a Kenyan farmer purchase a biodigester to transform farm waste into fuel, to supporting a seamstress in Tajikistan with the purchase of an embroidery machine, our applicants are literally changing lives.
Redeeming the “resume black hole”
Too often, resumes disappear into a black hole, never to be seen again. But what if every single job application helped someone else in the world find meaningful work? It’s really a small way of making a big impact—not only between Ian Martin and our applicants, but between Ian Martin, our applicants, and the entire world. Together, we can make meaningful work accessible for more people, everywhere.
The business case for our Kiva program is a winner for our triple bottom line of People, Planet, Profit. In a nutshell, our original $50,000 investment has multiplied over time to provide over $106,000 in loans. It’s hard to argue with a return like that! More importantly, these $25 loan credits allow more people every day to discover the vital role that giving back to the world can play in the pursuit of meaningful work. To us, that is priceless.
To see an up-to-the-hour summary of the global impact Ian Martin applicants are making through their Kiva donations, click here.