Job hunting easy as Facebook App targets skilled workers

from August 31, 2018 01:00 am to August 31, 2018 01:00 am

MANILA – Skilled workers can now find work using a mobile app that promises to make job-hunting as easy as connecting with friends on Facebook, its manager said.

FindWork is designed specifically for blue collar workers and is location-based allowing users to find nearby jobs, said its country manager, Rommel Torres.

It caters to undergraduates, single mothers, technical vocational and K-12 graduates, even retirees who have difficulty finding jobs in traditional platforms, Torres said.

"Right now if you look at the Philippines, there’s no one serving them. The need for Filipinos is always going to be there, you’ll need a masahista (masseuse), a driver and all," Torres said.

"For the first time there’s a way for them to hire people sa location nila. We make sure na masaya sila kasi malapit ang trabaho nila,” Torres said. 

(For the first time, there's a way for them to hire people based on location. We make sure that they are happy because their work is nearby.)

Signing up for FindWork is similar to Facebook. The platform uses an algorithm to find the best match for both employers and jobseekers, said its co-founder and CEO Kevin Williams.

Employers have 5 days to review an application, while applicants can track the progress, whether they’re hired or not, through the app. They can also communicate using the built-in and free chat box, Williams said.

FindWork will help an average of one million annual graduates from TESDA get hired fast, Cariza Dacuma, director III from the Office of the Deputy Director General for TESDA Operations said. 

The free app now has 500 partner companies and 40,000 job hunters, Torres said. It also tapped big construction firms that serve the government's P8-trillion "Build, Build, Build" program, he said.

Recruitment portal Jobstreet also announced in March the relaunch of its recruitment app for blue collar workers called JobEx.