This post is a creative piece offering some ideas for the Starfinder roleplaying game. Any resemblance to real life entities are purely coincidental. Please feel free to use this content in your own campaign or discuss or expand on these ideas in the comments.
Adventurers in the Pact Worlds setting have more options open to them than wandering into a bar or always calling their Starfinder Venture Captain for the next job. Technology and the Infosphere have an impact on this aspect of life just as they do on so many others.
Endorsed and funded by the Pact Worlds administration via the headquarters on Absalom Station, Pact-Works! is a a sprawling Infosphere site and service that offers flexible and varied means for citizens on any world in the system to advertise work to others. Companies also use the site for their recruitment needs. Most jobs are in the form of a video presentation, research has shown that your average potential applicant responds better if they can see and hear their future employer. Company video adverts are often interactive presentations with a slick introduction and AI-guided short clips of a human resources representative offering to guide them through the application requirements and frequently asked questions.
Adverts are organised and search for via keywords that specify the role in general terms, the location and planet of work, salary and other particulars. These are colour coded to groupings like ‘benefits offered’ and ‘required skills’, this also allows a video-to-text and video-to-audio converter services to arrange and introduce details accordingly for those who are unwilling or unable to access the video version. The system is strict about minimum details required, and is watched over by an advanced and rather meticulous AI called AG3NT. This very helpful, if rather strict, virtual manager watches all adverts for signs of incomplete data, poor expressed information or less-than-serious material. It is empowered by the system administrators to take adverts offline if they do not meet minimum standards.
Job seekers can connect in VR to the Infosphere site for a meeting with AG3NT in a virtual office setting. This AI will help with identifying suitable work, composing an application response and even broader career advice. All of this, of course, only applies to citizens who take using the service seriously and honestly. Others prefer the less intense alternative of searching or browsing the various job advert videos on the site. It is also possible to run text-only searches, or have automated searches run periodically, to send lists of potential work to a DriftNet address or for digest-mode mailings with video links for later perusal.
At the opposite end of the scale almost from Pact-Works! is the common system of many bars in the seedier or more remote settlements across the Pact Worlds, the job-board. In such settlements where Infosphere bandwidth is limited and expensive to tap into, a very local solution to finding workers is preferred. Technology still has a role to play, but a much simpler one. In places where workers congregate, e.g. the local bar in a mining settlement on Verces, there will be a corner interactive screen that displays any wanted ads for the community – including a ‘job-board’ section where vacant positions can be advertised.
Such ads are usually plain text descriptions with a salary offer and a comm-unit number to contact the employer. The patrons of the bar can browse through them on screen or, if they have the tech, can link to the system from their device to browse and even apply from the comfort of their nearby seat Such interactive displays are mostly very standard in features regardless of make or model. It is not unheard of for an inebriated tech-head patron to hack such a board to place joke adverts or to mess with the details of those already there…
News Corp Jobs
The sprawling news service run by AbadarCorp has a large and well used job service based on an Infosphere site. It’s a slick service with plenty of options for advertisers and job-seekers. It is particularly liked by larger companies as it lacks the strict format rules of the Pact-Works! service. This service charges for jobs to be advertised, but these job listings will then feature in multimedia adverts across the News Corp network on any selected platforms (costs vary according to the number and prominence of platform). Applicants can use the service for free once they have registered or if they access the service via their existing HoloSphere account.
Spikecast “At Work”
An optional feed for this DriftNet only news service is the Spikecast “At Work” job listing service. Users have to opt-in to receive these listings and they have to specify a set of keywords for jobs to include. The service is limited in functionality because of the medium used: text only with character limits. It is used a lot by folks in the Diaspora where travels distances and Infosphere bandwidth limit the chances for job-seekers and employers to meet. The service finds some users even on Absalom Station – it is the only major job service that has no filters or oversight. So, for criminal elements it is the only far-reaching means to find new talent.
This post is based on entries in the Starfinder Core and the Pact Worlds rulebooks, please see these source for more details on specific locations or aspects of the Starfinder setting.