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Swipe for Professional Connections With Bumble’s New Networking App

October 2, 2017, 1:13 PM UTC
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Now the Bumble app can get you more than just a date.

The female-first dating app is breaking into career networking with the launch of Bumble Bizz. Similar to its dating counterpart, the app seeks to make networking easier and more efficient.

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To use Bumble Bizz, users create a LinkedIn-style digital resume. You can upload education and professional experience details, write a professional bio, and note what kind of opportunities you’re looking for. There’s also a skills section to list talents and awards, and the option to include examples from your portfolio. The app can be used for general networking, job seeking, or even mentoring.

While Bumble Bizz can be accessed within the Bumble app, it functions separately. Nevertheless, it will use the same swiping approach as the dating app, allowing users to swipe right on those they’re interested in speaking with further. Women will also still be the ones who have to make the first move by sending a message, maintaining Bumble’s focus on empowering women.

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Bumble has more than 21 million users around the world and has facilitated more than 350 million women-led first moves. With the launch of Bumble Bizz, the company says it wants to “empower women to have the confidence to make the first move within a professional environment.” For the time being, Bumble Bizz is only available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, France, and Germany.

Oh, and Bumble will be using the new feature itself to look for potential new employees. So if you’re hoping to get a job at the female-first company, it might be a good idea to get on Bumble Bizz and start swiping.