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Online Training Platform Gives Job Seekers a Boost

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This story appears in the December 2012 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

What It Is
LearnUp.me, an online job placement and platform, enables job seekers to bone up on specific required by prospective employers. Companies post their open positions, ranging from bakery clerk to technology associate, then add links to training videos on or other approved material. For example, candidates might be asked to watch the YouTube video "How to Make a Card." Once users complete the training, their LearnUp résumés are automatically updated to reflect their efforts, and they can be considered for the open slot.

How It Started
After her startup Valence Energy was acquired in 2010, Alexis Ringwald became interested in the unemployment problem. She spent six months interviewing people in the unemployment lines in the Bay Area, trying to determine what was keeping them from landing work.

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