New social network ProSky aims to revolutionize job-hiring process

by Alek Sanchez, Staff Writer

In a sea of countless resumes and lookalike cover letters, students ask themselves, “How can I stand out?”

ProSky can ease the process. The new social network looks to change the way employees are hired by improving the process from both the applicant and employer side.

ProSky allows users to show off their technical skills right in front of potential employers’ eyes by letting their work do the talking. It was built as a technical training ground for potential workers by using projects and challenges developed straight from hiring companies.

Featuring a wide array of specialty training, from coding to search engine optimization, ProSky trains users with high-demand skills and connects them to employers all in one location.

Companies create projects on the network specific to their needs, allowing them to find the perfect hire. By doing projects on the app’s platform, students can boost their resume by learning real life-skills to enter the job market confidently.

ProSky’s interactive platform includes employer mentorship, as well as video chat, which allows potential employees to test drive companies.

Working directly with hiring managers and mentors allows students to get a glimpse inside company culture, helping them skip the wasted effort and growing pains of finding out that a company isn’t suited for them.

Companies using ProSky range nationwide from startups to corporations as big as LinkedIn, Zappos and Sunrider.

“What if you have all the necessary skills, but you’re having an off-day and bomb your interview?” ProSky co-founder and CEO Crystal Huang said. “(ProSky) hopes to level the playing field for both applicants and employers and break the (traditional) ‘scoring’ mold of evaluating resumes. … The most important aspect ProSky offers both applicants and employers is that candidates are capable of showing a recruiter their abilities, rather than just telling them about it.”

UC Davis international relations and economics sophomore Chelsey Chen said taking a ProSky training course and participating in a project made her realize that an experience like the one she had should be the norm for job applications.

“Not everything I learn in school can be applicable to the real world,” Chen said. “For instance, I can’t count how many times my economics professors have told me, ‘This is just a theory — but it only works in the ideal world.’ In the end, I’m just left with a bunch of theories that only sound pretty, but have no meaning in the actual job industry. ProSky covers that gap with their training courses.”

By offering students a means to not only learn the latest skills but also showcase them, ProSky is aiming to revolutionize the traditional job-hiring process.

“I felt like I was given a head start to the job search and a better understanding of the industry I’m interested in as a whole,” Chen said.

Editor’s note: “App” has been changed to “social network” from the original story to better fit the product.