PHOENIX — The Valley's "bragging rights" weather is here and that means hotels and restaurants are starting their busy season. Now, there's a novel way for businesses to recruit help and for hospitality workers to find a job.
Qwick is an app that's meant to make the hiring process easier and faster. Co-founded by a restaurateur, an app developer and a former Uber employee, it's basically like a rideshare or dating app for finding a job.
The general idea is if you have experience in the hospitality industry, rather than searching several job sites, you sign up on the app, choose the jobs you're trained to do and shifts you're available, and you get an alert when there's a match.
The Qwick company vets everyone first with an interview process and then adds them to the database.
For an employer, if you have a big event to cater or few open spots, you head to the app and there are workers ready to jump in.
"If you're having a big event and need 30 people or you're a smaller establishment and you need a dishwasher, they’re sick or they call out, what do you do? With Qwick, you go on to the website, post a shift and within minutes,we can get it filled. In fact, to date, our fastest shift is 26 minutes door to door," said Blaine Light, COO & co-founder of Qwick.
Everson Turner used to work in tourism and says after signing up with the app, the jobs come so often he was able to quit his day-job and cancel daycare for his kids.
"I'm able to stay at home with both my girls. Me and mom switch times, she works during the day...when mom gets off, I’m free to pick up as many shifts as possible," Turner said.
There's no cost to sign up.
Chase Field and State Farm Stadium both hire within the app for events, although they have few more steps to their own approval process.
Qwick is available for download in the Apple and Android app stores.