Gild, a TechCrunch Disrupt startup that combines social gaming with career advancement, has hit a milestone after three months open to the public. Since its launch at TechCrunch Disrupt in September, more than 100,000 professionals have registered with GILD to compete in competitions, interact with peers and employers and advance their careers through certifications and job opportunities.
Gild allows job hunters to submit their resume to professional opportunities like any other job posting site but adds a different twist. The companies posting jobs set up competitions, like ‘Brain Buster’ programming puzzles and job-seekers complete these challenges on the site, receive their scores, and are ranked accordingly.
You can engage in multiple competitions to help boost your chances and Gild will let you improve your profile by completing certification tests and other challenges. As you perform on Gild and win competitions, you can also earn badges to show your skills and proficiency. The site also tells you how many other people have applied for the same job, and even takes a step at telling you how you compare, based on your stats.
Employers including Oracle, Sapient, Harrah’s, Salesforce.com, eBay, VistaPrint and others are all participating in Gild’s model. Competition winners receive the opportunity to interview for jobs as well as certifications to validate specific skill sets. Previous winners have received prizes such as iPads and trips to Las Vegas, says the startup.