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Career Sushi hands-on: job site lets millennials showcase their personal brands

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | June 5, 2014
Career Sushi helps young creatives build a non-traditional, media-centric resume that presents more like an artist's portfolio or a social media page.

Hot jobs...if you want an internship
While the respective profiles offer a nice way for companies and job seekers to make a great first impression, Career Sushi's raison d'etre is to help under-30s find entry-level work via its job database. 

Career Sushi boasts that it has relationships with 12,000 "prestigious" companies across a variety of industries, and at first glance, the job board looks impressive. At the top of the list you'll see available positions from hot companies, such as Interscope Records and fashion house Vera Wang. Each listing has quick-links for bookmarking it, sharing it with your social networks, emailing the company directly, and applying for the job through Career Sushi's applications tab.

Unfortunately, Career Sushi's job board isn't nearly as rich a resource as it first looks. While you can search for jobs by keywords, there's no way to filter openings by category, company, or position type. This is especially an issue at launch, because Career Sushi appears to only have a handful of full-time positions listed—the rest are all internships. That's understandable given that Career Sushi grew out of Senderoff's first website, Intern Sushi, but the site doesn't seem like it will currently be much use for anyone who is looking for a paid position.

Career Sushi also offers a paid premium option for $10/month that, among other things, gives subscribers access to special jobs, including all the jobs listed under the "Hot" tab. You might recall LinkedIn stirred some controversy when it decided to charge job seekers for perk-filled premium plans, so this is an interesting tactic for a site that defines itself largely by all the ways it's not like LinkedIn. It also effectively devalues the free membership, which is undoubtedly going to be the draw for cash- and experience-strapped young job seekers.

The other premium features seem fairer. Paid members are allowed to message companies directly, share their profile without Career Sushi links and branding, and see when their applications have been opened.

The bottom line
The argument that LinkedIn doesn't offer much for those just starting their career is valid, but with the current dearth of full-time-job listings, it's tough to see how Career Sushi serves them any better. Its portfolio style profiles and social media feel will undoubtedly be attractive and useful to young creative professionals, but until the site beefs up its job bank, their time is probably better spend pounding the pavement.


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