INDIANAPOLIS—WorkHere, which allows job seekers to find and apply for nearby positions through its mobile app, will expand operations in central Indiana, creating up to 161 new, high-wage jobs over the next five years.
WorkHere, which launched in early 2016, is a work-life social network that utilizes GPS to connect workers and employers, allowing job seekers to view nearby companies and positions while helping employers build and market to a talent pipeline. The company has raised more than $2 million in private investment capital, currently serves more than 36,000 users in Indiana and adds between 200-500 new Hoosier workers to its user base each day.
"Across the state, Indiana companies like WorkHere are developing new technologies to solve 21st century challenges," said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. "In the central region, tech firms are adding new jobs at more than twice the speed of the US average thanks to the great minds and dedication of Hoosier inventors. Over the next 10 years, Indiana will invest $1 billion in innovation and entrepreneurship to help start-up and scale-up firms like WorkHere to help take the Hoosier economy to the next level."
With its rapid success in Indiana, WorkHere plans to expand its service to an additional 15 metro areas, including Chicago and Cincinnati, within the next 12 months. To accommodate its growth, the company will invest $677,500 to equip and house its growing team. The company is currently located at 615 W. Carmel Drive and plans to begin looking at new real estate options in central Indiana later this year as its team expands.
In order to keep up with demand and expand its workforce-focused services, WorkHere is hiring for software development, user experience, marketing, business development and sales positions. The company, which currently employs 10 full-time associates, plans to more than double its staff by the end of 2017. New positions are expected to offer average salaries nearly double the state’s average wage of $21.21/hour.
“Online job boards were first developed in Indiana, and we are proud to continue this trend by expanding WorkHere’s operations here while sharing the state's innovations across the country," said Mike Seidle, co-founder and chief operating officer of WorkHere. "Our app provides a wonderful platform to assist with the matching of employers' current and future workforce skills needs as well as the curriculum priorities of educational organizations throughout the state and beyond. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with the state and local communities to help reshape Indiana's workforce."