Thank you for your interest in First Candidate. We’re a new, inspiring social cause and we really appreciate all the support and enthusiasm we receive from the media.

You can find out more about our work and motivation through our About Us , Who we are and News Page . Or, if you’d like to become a part of our story, you can sign up as a contributor with First Ink.

The concept began as First Ink, a space that partnered out-of-work people with journalists and writers who could tell their stories. The goal was to challenge perceptions and demonstrate that unemployment can happen to anyone through no fault of their own.

But that approach only addresses one side of the issue, and we wanted to be more than a simple ‘band-aid.’Unemployment is a global problem, and it needs an intelligent, multi-faceted solution. The people best placed to deliver that solution are industry leaders and academic experts, so the concept of First Ink grew to include a petition platform where specialists could suggest solutions and the public could back them.

That still wasn’t enough. To beat unemployment, you need jobs. Another poorly designed job portal advertising uninspiring vacancies might provide a few people with employment, but we knew it wouldn’t solve any long-term problems. Businesses only thrive when they are supported by committed, motivated employees. Thriving businesses, in turn, create more work and opportunities. The answer was simple; we needed a disruptive job site with advanced profiling, social elements, and next-generation features that matched candidates to employers based on the passions and long-term needs of both. We needed First Work.

Still just a concept, First Candidate was beginning to take shape. The platform was missing only one thing; a job creation element. Enter First Crowdfund, the work creating machine that turns promising startups into stable businesses and employers. Together, these three elements make up First Candidate, the social revolution that’s changing how we view unemployment.

But the journey isn’t over yet. In fact, it is only just beginning.

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