FlexJobs acquires talent-matching platform Localwise to expand its focus on local job searching and hiring
The remote job market has continued to boom in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The search for remote jobs has led to exponential growth for FlexJobs, the leading job site for professionals seeking remote and flexible work. Since its inception in 2007, FlexJobs has become the number one job site destination to find vetted remote, work from home, and flexible job opportunities.
To further expand its focus on local job searching and hiring, FlexJobs announced today it is acquiring the online job marketplace and talent-matching platform, Localwise. The total amount of the deal was not disclosed. FlexJobs said the strategic addition will enable the combined company to bring career opportunities at the local level for job seekers and employers.
Founded in 2014 by Benjamin Hamlin, the Denver, Colorado-based Localwise is an online job board that connects students and community members with jobs at local businesses.
In a statement, FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton said, “Localwise’s mission of building local companies, careers, and communities is an inspiring and natural extension of the FlexJobs brand.” Sutton also added, “For more than 15 years, our resources have helped people find success in their career search. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Localwise under our umbrella and to continue supporting job seekers in their various work needs and location preferences”
With a goal to build the most trusted platform for local jobs, Oakland, CA-based Localwise was founded in 2014 and has grown to serve a community of more than 519,000 members. Its users can create profiles, enable fast application submissions, view the status of their applications in real-time, be matched with employers, and build a network of people they know and trust.
Offering a full suite of local hiring solutions, the site has also helped over 50,000 local employers match with nearby talent. It empowers local businesses to thrive by transforming local hiring through trusted relationships, including access to a team of Hiring and Talent Specialists.
“Localwise is thrilled to join the FlexJobs family,” said Ben Hamlin, Founder of Localwise. “Under Sara’s leadership, FlexJobs has been the pioneer in the flexible jobs space since 2007. In the last two years, flexible work has become the norm, a phenomena that Sara and her team had the foresight to predict nearly 15 years ago. At Localwise, we couldn’t be more excited to support the mission of FlexJobs and to amplify the company’s impact,” Hamlin added.
The companies will operate singularly under the FlexJobs brand. Complementing one another in both purpose and mission, each will equip job seekers with the right resources, tools, and insights needed to build a successful career.
Founded in 2007 by CEO Sara Sutton, FlexJobs is the leading career service specializing in remote and flexible jobs, with over 100 million people having used its resources since 2007. FlexJobs provides the largest database of vetted remote and flexible job listings, from entry-level to executive, startups to public companies, part-time to full-time, and freelance.