In June 2018 Moonlight.io raised 2.1M (via initial coin offering) to create a decentralized workforce platform on the Neo blockchain. Moonlight’s goal was to create a network of trust-less resumes and reviews on the blockchain and provide an efficient job marketplace. Now, nearly two years after the ICO, the Moonlight platform has been released to the public.
There are plenty of business opportunities in the recruitment industry, especially in the post-pandemic world. Many companies are planning a new combination of remote and on-site work. It’s a great time for reimagining technical solutions for the post-pandemic workforce. This is one of the reasons I’ve picked Moonlight as the first blockchain product to review. The second reason is that I am a part of Moonlight’s target audience: I use workforce social networks such as LinkedIn, I use resume builders, and I am contacted by recruitment agents every day. I also care about privacy and owning my data. I was hoping that Moonlight would help me to improve my resume and open up new networking possibilities.
The sign-up process to the Moonlight platform is smooth and I was promptly greeted by an intuitive resume builder page. Once I’d provided my name, social links, work experience, education details, and uploaded my profile picture, my Moonlight resume was launched online.
You can create multiple resumes and monitor how many views each of them has. And that’s pretty much all you can do on Moonlight.io. The platform does not include any networking or messaging features and no one can discover your resume unless you provide them with its URL (for example via email). There is no decentralized workforce marketplace on Moonlight.io. So, essentially, the platform is a simple online resume builder and I will have to review it as such.
Moonlight’s standout feature is its blockchain integration and information verifiability. It uses the Neo blockchain to deploy a network of super-charged resumes. But what are these exactly? Moonlight independently verifies that the information in its resumes is true, but as of now, that option is only available for email addresses and some social links (Reddit, Stack Overflow). Workforce social networks are facing problems with fake profiles and data harvesting, but all of them are already verifying email addresses. The super-charged resumes would need to verify jobs and qualifications to become truly trustless. So far though it’s not a standard embraced by the industry and it’s unlikely that it will become one in the near future (unless Moonlight grows its market share or one of the established platforms adopts it).
Only 2% of resumes make it past the first round. To be in the top 2%, you need not only exceptional qualifications but also an attention-grabbing resume that follows the exact ‘resume rules’ employers look for. Moonlight’s resume page looks quite simple and uninspiring. That might be a preference for some, but there is no alternative for those that look for designs reflecting their profession and personality. In comparison, other online resume platforms offer multiple design options for free (for example there are more than twenty design templates on resume.io) and take a small fee for exporting them to Word or PDF. These options are nowhere to be found on Moonlight.io.
“Supercharge your resume with verification and show your audience that you mean business!” reads Moonlight’s marketing line, but the platform itself lacks the commercial focus. Currently, there is no incentive for anyone to sign-up for it. The credentials verification feature (only available on email and social links) is not a standard embraced by the industry (although LinkedIn’s “recommendation” feature meets that need). The online resume page looks bland and uninspiring (no other designs to choose from). The decentralized workforce marketplace is nowhere to be found. What is there, is a blockchain proof of concept and not a consumer-focused product. For now, you’d be better off using other online resume platforms (resume.com, resume.io) or simply sticking with LinkedIn.
- verifiable social links
- data ownership/management options
- friendly support team
- resume design
- only one resume template
- no Word / PDF resume export option
- no networking or messaging features