Headhunting startup YapJobs secures £1m in seed funding for expansion across London

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YapJobs said it has processed 50,000 applications since its launch in November last year (Source: YapJobs)

A headhunting startup has raised £1m in seed funding as it prepares to rollout its technology across London.

YapJobs, which launched in November last year, focuses on connecting people with jobs in the hospitality and service sectors.

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The firm said it has so far processed 50,000 applications and worked with more than 600 employers, including Le Meridian Hotels, Gaucho, Carluccio’s, Bang & Olufsen, Costa Coffee, The Ivy and Hard Rock Cafe.

YapJobs uses technology to pre-screen and verify candidates before sending out curated lists of 20 candidates “virtually headhunted” for roles.

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Chief executive Shahzad Ali said: “I grew up in the heat of a restaurant and know that the people employed are the lifeblood of the service industry. But I also know how the wrong environment can make it a very difficult place to work which has an impact on staff retention.

“That’s why I launched YapJobs, to help the best people find work quickly in the places that they really want to work. We want to use technology to help drive a real change in the industry, ensuring that people are also matched to company culture which will help promote a better working environment across the board.”

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