As a working woman, how would you like to have a secure space for yourself and other fellow women to discuss your careers? What if you could bypass the rampant sexism, discrimination and good ol’ “Old Boys Club” that still very much exists in our businesses and organizations? What if you could call the shots when it comes to your network, and by extension, your career?
This is the simple, yet powerfully effective premise of Bumble’s latest app, Bumble Bizz. The Bumble app started as a dating platform geared at women, with a social networking side called Bumble BFF focused on female friendships. The product has now evolved into Bumble Bizz, a modernized take on professional networking for women. The concept is the same as the original dating app, whereby women are the ones to make the first move and initiate a professional connection. With over 20 million users, the app makes it easy and empowering for women to establish connections.
The Bumble Bizz app includes a safe photo verification device to confirm people’s identity. When you register on it, you will be able to set up your digital resume, as well as fill out your skills section and even provide work samples. It’s free and has been available in the US, Canada, France and the UK since the beginning of October 2017. It will be available on Google Play on October 18, 2017.
I personally love the concept, as it may very well help bring down many of the barriers and obstacles women face when it comes to networking. Society has unfortunately excluded many women from traditional networking avenues, which has definitely impacted our ability to grow and progress in our careers. With such apps as Bumble Bizz, working women can get re-acquainted and grow more comfortable with networking.
While I salute this innovative app, I also recognize that we mustn’t limit ourselves to networking solely among women. It’s important to also grow and extend our network as much as possible, while still reserving our right to nurture our own “Old Girls Club”.
What is your take on this? Do you agree that this is a great initiative?
To Your Success,
The Corporate Sis.
Author: Solange Lopes
Solange is the founder of The Corporate Sister, as well as an author, entrepreneur and CPA. She’s passionate about helping women do work they love, build fulfilling careers and living life on their own terms.