Maya Angelou
December 2, 2022

Why Refermarket Isn't Completely Free - A Comprehensive Explanation

At Refermarket, we understand the importance of providing job seekers and networkers with a reliable platform. However, making our platform completely free is not feasible due to the following reasons:

  1. Increase in Not-Serious/Spammy Requests: If the platform were to be free, the number of not-serious or spammy requests would grow significantly. This would harm the experience for our Referrers who take time out of their day to review candidates and determine which ones would be a good fit for referral.
  2. Maintenance Fees: The fees pay partially for Referrers to remain active on the platform. It is important to note that Referrers are not paid for referring candidates, but simply for reviewing candidate information and staying active week over week.
  3. Infrastructure Costs: The fees also help pay for various infrastructure costs, including ML training and servers. These costs are crucial to maintaining the quality of the platform and providing users with a seamless experience.

Despite these reasons, Refermarket is still dedicated to making the platform as affordable and fair as possible. To achieve this, we only charge candidates if their referral is accepted by a Referrer. This way, we ensure that candidates are only paying for successful referrals, and not just for using the platform.

Our ultimate goal is to move towards a model where the platform is completely free for job seekers. However, in order to do this, we need to find alternative sources of revenue so that we can continue providing value to our users. We are continuously exploring new ideas and strategies to achieve this goal, and we will keep our users updated on our progress.

In conclusion, the decision to not make Refermarket completely free is not taken lightly. Our aim is to provide a platform that is both affordable and of high quality, and the current fees play a crucial role in achieving this. We understand the importance of providing job seekers with a reliable platform, and we are constantly working to improve the experience for all of our users.