SOURCE: PAC Labs

GILD

September 28, 2010 19:00 ET

PAC Labs Unveils GILD: Where Social Gaming Meets Career Advancement

Debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt; GILD Enables Technology Professionals to Compete, Connect and Advance Their Careers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2010) -  TECHCRUNCH DISRUPT -- PAC Labs today announced the global launch of GILD, where social gaming meets career advancement. GILD provides technology professionals an engaging environment where they can compete in competitions, connect with peers and employers, and advance their career through certifications and job opportunities. Through GILD, technology professionals can earn industry-recognized certifications and credentials, and showcase their status to leading employers, such as Sapient®, Oracle® and eBay®.

PAC Labs was selected as one of only 25 companies out of 500 applicants from around the world to unveil GILD onstage as part of TechCrunch Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, September 27-29, 2010.

Built for technologists by technologists, GILD is the future of professional advancement and personal promotion, and enables members to access career opportunities and engage with top employers. For companies, GILD provides access to the world's best talent.

"GILD empowers technology professionals to stand out from the pack. It's a way for professionals to take control of their career and finally answer the question: 'What am I really worth, and how can I advance my career?'" stated PAC Labs CEO Sheeroy Desai. "Currently, employers are overwhelmed with hundreds of applications for a single job opening, and no way to quickly identify the best talent. We are launching GILD to help employers bridge that gap more quickly and cost effectively than ever before."

GILD enables technology professionals to:

  • Compete in competitions sponsored by top companies such as Harrah's® and PayPal™
  • Connect with peers and employers through an engaging, online social community
  • Advance their career through industry-recognized certifications and global job opportunities

GILD helps employers to:

  • Find and engage with top technology professionals through competitions
  • Save time and money by ranking job applicants based on the skills required for the job
  • Target job promotions to the right professionals

"GILD enables us to identify and engage with the best technology professionals around the world," stated Sapient CEO Alan Herrick. "With Sapient's rapid growth, we must have the top talent at our fingertips. GILD provides a solution where traditional hiring methods fall short."

With GILD's proprietary ranking system, professionals no longer have to wonder about their qualifications, or feel lost in the shuffle. GILD members can constantly monitor their status and ranking among other job candidates and peers. GILD's scoring and ranking system is based on the PAC Examinations, developed by PAC Labs, and trusted by leading employers worldwide. The PAC Examinations cover a broad spectrum of capabilities, including a professional's personality, aptitude, technical and communications skills.

Since its beta launch in May 2010, GILD has drawn more than 60,000 registered professionals and top employers. GILD is launching globally today at TechCrunch Disrupt, held September 27-29, 2010 at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse in San Francisco. For additional information about TechCrunch Disrupt, please visit http://disrupt.techcrunch.com. To learn more about GILD, or to sign up to begin advancing your career, visit: www.gild.com.

About TechCrunch Disrupt
TechCrunch Disrupt (http://disrupt.techcrunch.com), Sept 27-29 2010, at San Francisco Design Center Concourse, 635 8th Street (at Brannan), is TechCrunch's inaugural conference in San Francisco attracting over 1,500 leading technology innovators and investors and over 150 new startups. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate the most timely disruptions in media, advertising and technology. Afternoons host the Startup Battlefield where 25 new companies will launch for the first time on stage, selected to present from more than 500 applications received from around the world. Another 100 early-stage startups will exhibit in Startup Alley. TechCrunch will award a $50,000 grand prize along with other award recognitions at the conclusion of the conference.

TechCrunch (www.techcrunch.com) is a leading technology media network, dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. Founded in 2005, TechCrunch and its network of websites reach over 8 million unique visitors and more than 25 million page views per month. TechCrunch operates a global network of websites including dedicated properties in Europe and Japan as well as specialized industry websites including MobileCrunch, CrunchGear, and TechCrunchIT. TechCrunch's CrunchBase is the leading, open database about start-up companies, people and investors. In addition to Disrupt, TechCrunch hosts other conferences and events, including The Crunchies Awards and various meet-ups worldwide serving as community platforms for industry conversation and collaboration.

About GILD (http://www.gild.com)
GILD is where social gaming meets career advancement. GILD provides technology professionals an engaging environment where they can compete in competitions, connect with peers and employers, and advance their career through certifications and job opportunities.

About PAC Labs (http://www.PACLabs.com)
Guided by the belief that any person -- irrespective of economic condition, personal background, or nationality -- should have equal access to opportunity based solely on merit, PAC Labs exists to create solutions for professionals, organizations and governments to promote global workforce meritocracy and excellence.

PAC Labs is headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in Beijing, and Bangalore, India.

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