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Company Developing Job Search App In Jacksonville

Ryan Benk
Florida Governor Rick Scott helps announce the development of a new app in Jacksonville.

Anyone looking for a job will soon have a new app to help them on their search — and it’s being developed in Jacksonville.

A tech startup has put down roots in the River City.  

Local and state officials welcomed entrepreneur Terry Terhark to the JAX Chamber Wednesday. Terhark is the CEO of Randrr — a soon-to-be developed job-search app.

“Take the 'R' from reinvent, and and then 'R' from revolutionize and 'R' for recruiting — that’s where you get Randrr,” he said.

Terhark said the app will map job opportunities nationally, using searchers’ skills, education and experience.

Hoping to launch within two years, Terhark plans to hire around 200 people, paying total compensation of $200,000, including salary and benefits.

“We are hiring software engineers, software architects, big data architects, (quality assurance) — those tend to be highly compensated individuals because they’re very much in demand,” he said.

At the same time, the state Department of Economic Opportunity just launched its own job-search app. But its director, Cissy Proctor, waved off worries over competition.

“More resources, the better. We want job seekers out there to find their job and if there’s multiple resources and multiple avenues to find that, that’s wonderful. We’d love to see it,” she said.

The state’s Employ Florida app combines job postings from nearly 20,000 websites. Details about how Randrr will differ weren't immediately available.

Ryan Benk is a former WJCT News reporter who joined the station in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.