Mobile boom spurs online job hunt

Writer: 
KHINE KYAW
A job seeker visits www.work.com.mm to find a suitable job for her (Photo- KhineKyaw, Myanmar Eleven)

 

ONLINE recruitment portals are among the beneficiaries of the increased mobile data use following reforms in Myanmar’s telecommunications sector, said Derek Beeftink, managing director of the business that operates work.com.mm.

“Currently, half of job seekers usually find their jobs through online platforms. In the past, employers and job seekers here had some doubts over the efficiency of online job searches. Now, we have gained their trust,” Beeftink said.

The website was established by Everjobs, a subsidiary of Rocket Internet, in June 2012. With the yearly growth it enjoys, the website has attracted almost three million people. More than 6,000 people visit the website each day, generating 71,000 searches; this has resulted in 1,000 job applications daily. 

 “We have over 1,500 job vacancies on our website. Around 250 people post their resumes on our site every day. Now employers have the chance to easily find the best talent among 345,000+CVs (curricula vitae) we have gathered,” he said.

“We always aim to ensure that we provide the best platform for both employers and job seekers. By visiting our website, job seekers can easily find the jobs that will suit them whenever, wherever. And employers have more options, so they can easily hire the best talent.”

According to statistics collected by the firm, nearly half of all job seekers in Myanmar are aged between 25 and 34. Beeftink saw a substantial increase in the use of job search websites among people in this age bracket over the past 12 months. 

He has also witnessed the rise in online job searches among those in two other age groups – those from 18 to 24 and those from 35 to 44. Among them, 51 per cent are women.

Given the rise in the number of smartphone users across Myanmar, the firm has been upgrading its website to make it easier for them to use it on their mobiles. 

“We are targeting user-friendliness over the next few years. We will try to make people more familiar with online job search when they use mobile data. We want to help job seekers to easily apply for new jobs at their favourite companies by using their mobiles,” Beeftink said.

Last year, more than 60 per cent of online job seekers in Myanmar used the website, which was much higher than that seen in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, where its parent company, Everjobs, operates.

According to Beeftink, the rate of finding jobs online though mobile phones is 10 per cent higher in Myanmar than that of the other three countries.

He considers the information technology industry as the one with the highest demand for employees, as it accounted for nearly 20 per cent of the job vacancies last year, followed by commerce and telecommunications. He foresees more job openings in distribution and logistics industry in the next few months.

In terms of job types, accounting, finance, sales and marketing, engineering, IT and software, administrative and human resources usually offer a good number of jobs. Most of the jobs are based in the Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan regions as well as in the Nay Pyi Paw union territory. 

The firm also holds offline events to directly link its partner companies with talented job seekers. The firm will hold its fifth job fair, Recruitment Day 2018, in Yangon on February 24. 

Public relations manager Joseph KyawSeinHtun said more than 30 companies in Myanmar would join the event, at the Rose Garden Hotel. Job seekers will be invited a competency test. “Our ultimate goal is to help big companies easily find the best talent in a short time,” he said. “We believe our competency test will be the best platform for job seekers to show off their talents.”