Recruiterkeyboard_arrow_downWhy should I conduct reference checks?It is irresponsible for a company not to collect references as it is generally considered the minimum standard for background checking new employees. References are critical in verifying an applicants work history, confirm right to work and helping to decide on their suitability for your team.I can already get a reference manually - why should I use Zinc?Zinc’s automated referencing tool allows you to collect screening information with a single click, for free. Zinc introduces a new incentive system to sharing work based information to encourage individuals to share honest and detailed work information. In the process of collecting a reference you gift referee’s (information providers) with Zinc token’s. Zinc accelerates and simplifies the process.How long will the reference be visible?References will be viewable for 30 days from the point of requesting. Only the entity who requested the reference can view it.How much does a reference cost?Anyone requesting a reference will be charged 10 ZINC tokens. The first 10,000 users will be funded 30 ZINC tokens to try the platform. 5 ZINC tokens from each reference will be gifted to the referee for each reference they provide.How many references should I collect?Zinc recommends you collect at least 3 professional references per applicant, from previous managers and co-workers. This isn’t always possible with teams of different shapes and sizes but we do recommend more than one referee per role in order to verify work information.Can I share a candidate’s references?A reference is classed as personal data that is owned by the candidate and the referee. Even if you have paid to collect reference information, you cannot store this information longer than 30 days. You have an obligation to delete any reference data after this period. You also have an obligation to ensure that anybody else deletes this data that you’ve shared with. Zinc’s solution eliminates any of these concerns by not exposing recruiters to hold any work information.What are interview proofs?They are a process by which you can deliver feedback to applicants, allowing them to own and prove anything they have achieved throughout your interview process. If an applicant achieves something throughout your interview process such as passing a test or reaching the latter stages of your process - this valuable screening information is traditionally lost.I can already give feedback - why should I use Zinc’s Interview Proofs?You can create unforgettable interview experiences by gifting applicants with proofs that can be used throughout their career. You’ll have an opportunity to reinvent your employer branding as applicants proudly wear badges of the stages they reached during your process.What shall I do when I run out of ZINC?Contact the Zinc team via firstname.lastname@example.org
Workerkeyboard_arrow_downWhy are work references important?References shared early on in the recruitment process will speed up the hiring journey, particularly when you have mutual connections or references from a credible figure. Pro-activley sharing references will give you the advantage over other candidates. Most importantly with Zinc when information is collected, you can use it over and over throughout the rest of your career. Since you can prove the conditions it was collected under and who it was provided by.What should I do when someone requests a reference from me?Consider referees that will carry both professional weight and detailed insight into your work. The more senior and recent the referee, the better. It’s recommended that you contact the referee to request a reference and alert them to the email they will receive from Zinc.Who can see my references?The reference requester that pays for the reference can see the information for 30 days. The data will show up on your profile, you have control over whether this information is public, private or remains on your profile. Enabling you to own and prove the validity of this information throughout the rest of your career.Can I delete a reference?Once a reference has been collected, it will be displayed on your profile. You can set your profile to private so that nobody can see it. We will be adding functionality to remove individual references in the future. If you wish for your data to be deleted permanently please email; email@example.com.I can already get a reference - why should I use Zinc?For the first time, you will have absolute ownership and control of your work reputation and identity. Choose how, when or if this information is with recruiters and companies. Once you have an verified profile with Zinc, save time collecting and proving this information throughout your career.How many references should I have on my profile?Zinc recommends that you collect at least three professional references from at least two roles. This will give your profile some weight and potential employers will be able to evaluate your experience over multiple jobs.Where is my data stored?Your data is stored in a secure distributed database called IPFS. As a Zinc account holder, you have two sets of keys; blockchain keys and encryption keys. Only the account holder can access these keys and therefore only they can unlock the associated data. Using a distributed database allows Zinc to provide a platform for users to store their work data that isn’t controlled by a single entity. The data can only be accessed by a single entity - the account holder.
Referenceskeyboard_arrow_downWhat is a reference?A reference is a review from a person who has worked with you in the past or has an insight into your work.What kind of references exist?There are three popular types of references, personal, professional and backchannel references. Personal references are informal references that can be provided by anyone that knows you. They are typically not accepted as confirmation of your work history or your work ability. Professional references are typically provided by; ex-managers, colleagues or HR professionals and they are accepted by large organisations for confirmation of your previous work. Backchannel references are a process of a company trying to reach former colleagues without consent.What is the traditional reference process?Traditionally the process involves an applicant sharing contact details of their referees (ex-colleagues) with a recruiter or with a prospective employer who’s assessing them for a job. The company will contact the referee to find out more about their previous work. This information is typically not shared with the worker and is lost or recorded internally at the company. Often if 3rd party recruiters or consultants collect this information, then use for their own business gain.Who owns a reference?UK employment law state that workers have a right to own their references. A referee and the applicant hold joint ownership over the information. Sadly in most cases the company or recruiter requesting the information holds on to this information, which is illegal.What is the Zinc reference process?A company/recruiter initiates a reference request by submitting an applicants name and email into the Zinc platform. The applicant receives an email and submits their chosen referees details into the platform which sends emails off to the referees provided. The referee will receive an email and be asked to complete a form online and authenticate with Linkedin. The references will appear on the recruiters dashboard and the worker is able to keep and securely store the references afterwards.Who owns a reference?UK employment law state that workers have a right to own their references. A referee and the applicant hold joint ownership over the information. Sadly in most cases the company or recruiter requesting the information holds on to this information, which is illegal.How long does it take to collect a reference?We aim to turn a reference around in 48 hours from the candidates submission of referees. However sadly, we do rely on humans so we can provide no guarantee on time frames and the process could take up to 28 days.Does Zinc offer refunds?Whilst we are funding accounts with ZINC tokens, we are unable to provide a refund if we’re unable to get a reference.
Manage my profilekeyboard_arrow_downHow can I make my profile private?You can easily make your profile private by switching the privacy button in your profile.Who can see my public/private account?When your account is switched to private, only you can view your profile. When it’s switched to public the referee and recruiter can view your profile.What information is shown from my account?Only the information you toggle to public will be visible to anyone looking at your profile.What is the green hexagon icon on reference and work proof boxes?Clicking this icon allows you to view the Linkedin profile that’s authentication with this profile that supplied this proof.What is the square green icon on the reference and work proof boxes?This is a link to the transaction, showing which accounts exchanged data and when on the Ethereuem blockchain. This is trusted, open platform which cannot be altered. It handles the exchange of data on Zinc to prove it's authenticity.
Manage my accountkeyboard_arrow_downHow can I manage my account?Click on the ZINC tokens total in the bottom left of the screen to visit your account page. Here you can view and edit your account credentials.Where is my identity contract?If you're a decentralised user you'll find a link to your identity contract under the identity contract heading.Where is my ENS Subdomain?If you're a decentralised user you'll find a section that displays your chosen username which doubles as your ENS subdomain. You can manage this subdomain with the ENS manager: https://manager.ens.domains/Who can find my account?There is no discoverability functionality on the platform so only those you share your profile link with can discover your account.
ZINC Tokenkeyboard_arrow_downWhat is a Zinc token?ZINC token is an ERC20 token, compatible will all ERC20 wallets.How are ZINC tokens used within the platform?ZINC tokens are the payment, reward and governance mechanism for data exchange on the platform. Zinc tokens are required to pay for references. They are used to compensate anyone for providing references or proofs, they are a reward mechanism sharing their time and data.Outside of the platform, where can I buy ZINC tokens?You can buy and trade ZINC tokens on four exchanges. KuCoin, IDEX, Bancor and Radar Relay. Include links / link to the token page?How can I take my ZINC tokens into or off the platform?For now, ZINC tokens can only be used within the network.How do I earn Tokens?Anyone providing time or data can earn tokens. If you provide someone with a reference or a work proof, you will earn 5 Zinc tokens. Invite your friends to join Zinc and earn tokens for proofing eachother's work identity.
About Zinckeyboard_arrow_downWhen and why was the company established?Zinc was conceived in 2015, by a team of progressive technologists that were frustrated by the time consuming, inefficient and costly processes used to collect references. We saw an opportunity to use blockchain technology to bring credibility and value back to referencing. Zinc was created, a cost-cutting and time-saving hiring platform.Who are the people behind Zinc?You can read more about the team on our about page; zinc.work/aboutHow is Zinc funded?We held a Crowdsale in February 2018 and raised $2.89million. To find out more about the Crowdsale, click here: zinc.work/tokenDoes Zinc have a mobile app?We recommend using Zinc on a Desktop device for best performance. Zinc doesn't offer a mobile application.