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When This Entrepreneur Lost His Job, He Created a Facebook Group to Ease the Pain. Now He Helps More Than 30,000 People With Their Careers.

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Ketan Anjaria is the a winner of the Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch room, hosted on Clubhouse. In the pitch room, entrepreneurs pitch their businesses and are evaluated on the strength of their pitches for the chance to win a feature on Entrepreneur.com.

Ketan Anjaria is all too familiar with the pain and stress that comes with unemployment. Six months before becoming the founder of career coaching company HireClub in 2011, Anjaria lost his job after working a startup. He didn't want anyone else going through the stress of the job search alone, so he decided to create HireClub as a Facebook group to help others during a vulnerable time. But within a week of creating HireClub, he found that his group provided more than words of encouragement. Thanks to the group, someone was able to land a job.

Through invites of friends and friends of friends, the group grew gradually until 2017, when entrepreneurial show Meet The Drapers featured HireClub. From that point the business's success skyrocketed, as Anjaria raised $50,000 in capital from the show's viewers and the HireClub community. He reinvested the money to build the business further and in 2018, he launched HireClub as a subscription-based product that charged a monthly fee for career coaching sessions. To date, the company has over 30,000 community members and has helped raise salaries for clients by a collective $3.6 million.

Undoubtedly, times have changed since the group's launch a decade ago. In an interview with Entrepreneur, Anjaria discusses how his company and its users are navigating a job market unlike any........

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