Searching for a new job is a hassle no matter at what point in your career you are. Today we’re In Conversation with Ladan Davia, CEO and founder of Beeya, “a meta- search engine for jobs that uses artificial intelligence to match job seekers with over 11 million job listings daily.”
If any, job search is the field that could most use help from artificial intelligence.
Read on to see what Ladan Davia has to say about her company.
Your Name: Ladan Davia
Give us a bit of personal background:
I’m half Iranian, half Italian. I grew up in Laguna Niguel and went to Chapman University for college.
Tell us what your company does:
Beeya is a meta- search engine for jobs that uses artificial intelligence to match job seekers with over 11 million job listings daily. Some of these partners include Indeed, Zip Recruiter, Adzuna, and 43 other affiliate partners. A job seeker can go to Beeya and search by industry and location and get all job listings, in one place. If a user makes a free account and puts their resume, Beeya’s algorithm will read the resume and match the user to all of those jobs. For example, “Ladan you are a 93% match with this job on Zip Recruiter.”
Beeya saves a user time by bringing all jobs to one place, filtering out repeat and old listings, and telling a user exactly what jobs to apply for.
What problem in the market are you trying to solve with your product?
We are trying to take the bias out of job searching. Looking for a job has become a chore for everyone, but is especially hard for women, people of color, and recent graduates. Employers are overwhelmed with resumes and it’s impossible to sort through the thousands of applicants they get. Because of this, they are more likely to speak to a referral which sparks the problem for people without a huge network. If you look at the population of recent student graduates, the gap between those who have parents with connections versus those without is becoming larger every year. Finding a job should be based on merit alone, and that’s the problem we are trying to solve.
How is your product different from those of the established players in your market?
Although there are many online job platforms, we are the only ones bringing innovation into it. There are 3 main ways Beeya is different:
We have job listings from all websites, on one platform. This allows job seekers to save hours of time by going to one place instead of a bunch of different platforms.
We don’t repeat listings or show expired jobs. A huge problem for job seekers is that different websites show the same jobs, and display job posts from over 10 years ago. Beeya filters through all of that to show the job listing one time, and will not display a job older than 20 days.
Our algorithm uses artificial intelligence to read a person’s resume, and match them to the best jobs out of those 11 million. This allows a user to know exactly which jobs are best for them, instead of guessing which is how it’s done now.
Do you think you can overtake your competition?
I don’t know if we can necessarily take out other job platforms, and I don’t think that’s our goal. But I do think we can make heavy impact in the space and take a reasonable size of the market. It depends on how much money we can raise, and how our marketing efforts are executed but I think we will see a significant growth within the next year.
How does your product make you money? Or have you obtained funding?
We raised a friends and family round 3 years ago and plan to raise a series A in the new year. We make money by driving traffic to our affiliate partner’s websites, and then get paid per click.
Where do you see yourself and your product in the next 5 years?
I see Beeya as a leading platform in the online job space. We are a company truly driven by ethics and authenticity and I think when you try and do the right thing, people can feel that and believe in you and your product.
For myself, I see myself with Beeya. I really believe in the work we are doing and I am committed to this company.
Do you have any advice for new entrepreneurs?
Keep going. I think the biggest thing that separates successful companies from failures are the founders who didn’t give up. Starting your own business is hard and there are more downs than ups, especially in the first year. But if you keep going and give it all you efforts, in the end I really think it pays off. Staying on the roller coaster and not getting off is the first and most important step.
Anything else you want to say?
I want anyone reading this or using Beeya to know that we really are here to help. We are here to bring ethics back into job searching and provide a voice for those who have been forgotten. This isn’t just another job website, this is a platform that is going to highlight the struggles people face daily when looking for a job and address those issues. Beeya is here to take out the bias in job searching and we don’t plan on stopping until we do.
We wish Ladan and her team at Beeya all the best.