Each week, Female CoFounder features a female founder in the community. Follow along each week and learn from different founders and their journeys.
Meet Bahar Mojab, Co-Founder and UX/UI Designer at RecruitHer
FcF: Tell us about yourself.
Bahar: I graduated from a psychology background and have worked in Human Resources, solving everyday human problems in a corporate setting. Now I've transitioned into UX/UI design to tackle human issues on a greater digital scale. With the support of a great team, I have co-founded RecruitHer, a digital platform to connect women to internships in STEM with companies passionate about increasing diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.
FcF: What isRecruitHer?
Bahar: RecruitHer is a platform for women to discover their unrealized potential in typically homogenous work environments. Every day, we're bridging the gender gap and fostering inclusivity by matching qualified female graduates and those early in their careers with internships to aid in their development, both professionally and personally.
Established in 2018, we work with employers who are passionate about fostering safe, inclusive, and supportive spaces for women in underrepresented fields in order to achieve a brighter tomorrow.
FcF: How did you come up with RecruitHer?
Bahar: Women only apply to jobs when they meet 100% of the job's criteria of qualifications, whereas men apply when they meet only 60% and yet men end up getting the job. Reason: Women simply don't apply. They screen themselves out of roles that they are qualified for. That is why I have helped in co-founding RecruitHer to tackle this issue head-on to help build women's confidence and increase their chances in pursuing a career in STEM.
FcF: How did you meet your Co-Founder? What do you look for in finding your CoFounders?
Bahar: I actually met a member of the team a while back ago at a DesignX conference. We connected on LinkedIn and from there, I saw he was working on RecruitHer with a small team. I instantly knew that working for RecruitHer would make the most of all my skill sets and education (Psychology, HR/Recruitment and UX/UI Design). As of now, we have currently 5 co-founders that each bring a unique skillset and value to the team. When considering to bring on another co-founder, we look for the value that the member can bring. We ask ourselves: Is their presence as a co-founder an integral part of our business operations or would they be better suited as a supporting team member.
FcF: What were the first few steps you took after you knew you wanted to pursue this idea?
Bahar: When I had initially joined the team, we were working on releasing the MVP and as a UX/UI designer, I immediately jumped on the user experience aspect of the product, improving the functionality, navigation, and the UI design.
FcF: What advice do you have for other women who have a start-up idea or side project idea?
Bahar: We spent very little money to get our MVP started in order to prove our concept and to validate that there is a need for our product in the market. We had spent a good portion of our time researching, speaking with recruiters at large organizations to understand their needs when hiring for interns. Our product was molded around our research interviews and information we gathered which lead to the success of our product. So my advice would be RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!! And please don't feel the need to spend lots of money to get your idea off the ground - that's what MVPs are great for!
FcF: Is there anything you would like the Female CoFounder community to help you with?
Bahar: Women in leadership positions often have very little support especially in the tech industry. I hope we can leverage this community to uplift one another, provide mentoring or advice to those growing their start up. On a side note, we are also looking for any volunteer devs if anyone is interested!
FcF: How can people connect with you?
Bahar: My company's website: https://www.recruither.ca
My company's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/recruit_her/
My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bahar-mojab-1b1a4873/