A NEW website seeking to tap into the local market of online job seekers has seen its number of hits jump from about 6,000 to more than half a million in just three months.
Marketing manager and director of TrinidadJob.com, Andre Samuel tells the Business Express he was shocked by the astronomical increase.
For July they had 6,219 hits.
That jumped to 25,000 in August - when they officially went live - leaped to 188,000 in September and skyrocketed to 533,000 in October.
"The market is ripe for it. People are looking for jobs," he said.
He was speaking to the Business Express during a recent interview at Express House in Port of Spain. He said that globally, people were spending more time on the internet, and Trinidad was fast becoming like that.
He added that jobs was a product "that people are always looking for".
Samuel said in the "wider world" the traditional means of applying for jobs through the mail, or "snail mail", was becoming archaic and the trend of people applying online was becoming more predominant.
He said the directors saw that the idea was "primed" for this country, and acquired a UK programme to set up the website similar to Monster and Caribbeanjobs.com.
Samuel noted that while there were other local job sites set up they "didn't get off" the ground.
He noted they had a minor ad on Facebook but he attributes the most traffic to a "ferocious" ad on search engine Google.
He explained that the simple layout of the website uncluttered by too many advertisements was deliberate to make it straight forward for users.
General manager and director, Lloyd Andrews, said they also acted as consultants to job seekers informing them of the best opportunity for them to maximise their talent and potential.
On the employers side he said that most job sites have users submit CVs straight to the employers.
He said it's website is adapting to do short-listing of about ten to 15 people for the employers and a brief description of the potential employees' strengths and weaknesses. Samuel said this will save the employers the time of having to go through thousands of applications and their clients - they currently have about 60 employers on the site - have responded well to the idea.
He also noted that without the short-listing it was also unfair to the job-seeker who may be qualified for the job but was crowded out by too many other applications going before him. "We will do the sifting and send some of the best," he added.
Samuel said a lot of local employers had not yet caught on to the benefits of the electronic job application and were still using the traditional route of solely print advertisements. Andrews noted that its site is cheaper than a recruiting agency or newspapers, and there was much more exposure online that having it in the papers for a day or a period of time.
Andrews noted in the future it planned to solicit Trinidadian professionals living abroad and interested in returning home to work.
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