Sidekicker: What is it?
The best way I have been explaining Sidekicker to my friends is that its like tinder for jobs. It’s an app where you can find casual jobs. You either apply or pass on jobs like how you swipe left or right on tinder.
If your looking for a side hustle this is amazing. You literally only need to apply for jobs you want to do. Personally, I have been really picky and am only applying for jobs that suit my schedule. If you’re currently at University, Sidekicker would be a great way to earn extra money. No matter how many different companies you work for in the week, you get all your earnings paid at once every Friday.
The type of jobs varies significantly. They have jobs for business support, hospitality, promotions, events and retail.
Sidekicker was started in 2012 in Melbourne by two University graduates. Today, Sidekicker has offices in 7 cities across Australia and New Zealand, completing over 10,000 jobs a month and working with some of the world’s leading brands including Uber, Airbnb and SEEK.
Sidekicker: The types of jobs
There are always different jobs to apply for. On any day there is a range of opportunities. I’ve found that more jobs seem to be posted closer to the weekend. Occasionally jobs are posted the night before or even a few hours before the job is meant to start.
There are a lot of shifts for bar and waitressing in all types of different venues. I have seen jobs at concerts, catering companies, stadiums, hotels and weddings.
The admin/business support jobs tend to be during normal business hours so I haven’t had a chance to apply for any. They tend to be for more than just one day which would be great if you’re on Uni holidays or in between jobs. Most seem to require your basic phone/computer skills.
Promotion jobs appear to be at all times of the day but tend to be for a shorter amount of time. I have seen a lot for 3 hours shifts handing out flyers for gyms in peak times. There have also been other shifts at activations for brands.
Event jobs aren’t as common but tend to hire more people and have all day shifts. I have seen some posts for a baby expo, a tattoo expo and the Good Friday appeal. The roles are for collecting tickets, standing at activations and stalls and setup and pack down.
I haven’t seen any retails jobs since I have been using Sidekicker so I can’t comment on them at this point.
Sidekicker: The interview process
Once you fill in all the details on Sidekickers website, you need to find a time to go to one of their onboarding shifts. Finding a time that was available and suited my schedule wasn’t easy. I found that there was only one onboarding session a week for the hospitality section and none for the admin section.
In the end, I had to take some time off work one afternoon and go as there never seemed to be onboarding after 5pm. I quickly got changed into the required uniform (black pants, white shirt and black shoes). The confirmation email said it would take 90 minutes but I was in and out of there in under 45 minutes. How? I was organised.
Make sure all of the below are done before you go:
There were so many people at the onboarding session that had none of the above organised. They had to sit there on a computer and sort it all out before they could have their one on one interview.
There were about 10 people in my onboarding session. Once everyone arrived the two Sidekicker employees did a small presentation. They explained what we should expect while working with Sidekicker and some health and safety things. After the presentation, it was time for the one on one interviews.
The sidekicker employee called my name first because I was the only person with all of my paperwork ready to go. It was a really chill interview and we just went through my experience and what I feel comfortable doing. I mentioned that I would like to do the admin work and events as well as hospitality and that was no issue with the interviewer. We then took my headshot for my Sidekicker profile.
The final part of the Sidekicker interview was a little test to see if I could carry 3 plates, clear plates one handed and carry a tray of drinks.
Sidekicker: The app
The Sidekicker app is really simple to use. A notification appears on your phone when a new job is posted. Once opening the app you see a list of all of the open jobs. To find out more about the job you can click on it and read the description.
Sidekicker: Applying for jobs
Once you receive a notification or email about a new job you log into Sidekicker and decide if you want to apply. If you are available for the shift than you click the apply button. You need to write a little statement about why they should hire you. Getting to the point is essential however you need to let your personality shine through at the same time.
There could be hundreds of people applying for the same job so its vital to say something to stand out. Sidekicker gives some great tips on how your profile and applications should look here.
Sidekicker: Completing jobs
Sidekickers are rated at the end of each shift. Therefore, it is very important you do a great job if you want to enhance your chances of getting further work.
Show up on time, wear the correct uniform, be polite and do what’s asked of you. Employers are going to be more likely to hire you again if you did a great job.
If this all sounds like something that would suit your lifestyle then head over to Sidekicker and check them out here.