Bellhops, 'Uber for moving,' looking to hire 150 college students ahead of moving season


    In anticipation of peak moving season, Bellhops, a tech-enabled moving company connecting college students to moving and lifting jobs, is hoping to field 150 applications from Birmingham area college students. (Photo courtesy of Bellhops)

    Bellhops, a tech-enabled, on-demand moving company, is looking for hire 150 college students to meet its growing demand in Birmingham, the company announced last week.

    "Thanks to mushrooming demand, we must drastically increase the number of bellhops we have in the field. It's that simple," said Bellhops COO Matt Patterson, a Birmingham native and gradate of the University of Alabama. "Last year Bellhops business grew by 260% in Birmingham. We're planning to do more of the same in 2016, and we'll need to add a slew of bellhops to support that growth."

    Bellhops, whocontracts college students to work small- to medium-sized moves, currently employs students from several Birmingham-area schools including Birmingham-Southern College, Samford University, UAB and Jefferson State Community College. The Chattanooga-based company hopes to fill 150 positions ahead of the peak moving season, which typically begins in June and lasts through August.

    "We are very selective about who is allowed on our job-claiming platform, so that means we need to sort through a large collection of applications to reach our desired market headcount," said Patterson. "Historically our applicant acceptance rate has been roughly 50%. This allows us to ensure customers that we're supplying high quality movers to their jobs."

    Those interested in joining Birmingham Bellhops, presently ranked No. 1 on Yelp, can submit an application at https://getbellhops.com/being-a-bellhop/.

    The company was founded in 2013 by two Auburn University graduates, CEO Stephen Vlahos and President Cameron Doody.


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