Mobile app aims to boost blue-collar job market

posted September 08, 2018 at 07:30 pm
by  Ram Christian Agustin and Rhosedel Grace Gabac
After creating three successful start-ups that were acquired by Daimler Benz, Kevin Williams kick-started FindWork, an online job search platform that teamed up with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and TrueMoney in the Philippines to cater to the blue-collar job market.

“This platform is new to the market but it’s going to be a very big game-changer,” said Williams, the co-founder and chief executive of FindWork. “It’s not about just the technology. It’s about the people that we are reaching out to.”

Under the partnership with Tesda, FindWork aims to register the current two million blue-collar workers and an upcoming two million graduates in its system.  The company focuses on helping the underserved “traba-hunters” or highly-trained blue-collar workers who are always seeking job opportunities.

From left to right:  TrueMoney managing director Xavier Marzan, FindWork co-founder and chief operating officer Allen Tan Chee Hoe, FindWork co-founder and chief executive Kevin Williams, DMCI HRD supervisor Rolly Pabustan, Tesda director Cariza Dacuma and FindWork Philippines country head Rommel Torres.
“We, in Tesda, are happy indeed that we finally have the partnership with FindWork. We found solution with them,” said Tesda director Cariza Dacuma.

The company’s interface aims to streamline the usual tedious process of job applications to be more efficient with features such as advanced matching and job offer social advertising algorithms, fingerprint plus and an in-platform messenger.

An application tracking system categorizes all applications sent by matching scores and prioritizing the most qualified, while an algorithm features jobs from social media paid campaigns.

The in-app chat platform directly connects hiring companies to their selected applicants which avoids spam and fraud that is common on external messaging apps.  As an added form of security, FindWork will check the credibility and legitimacy of the hiring companies on the platform.

“Every time that a company registers, that company will not have access to post a live job until that company is 100-percent verified by our local team. We’ll call them, and many times our team will visit them to ensure that they are a real life company,” said Williams.

“Our mission is not just to create a fantastic job search platform, not just to create a fantastic human resources 2.0.  It’s to bridge the gap, to connect job seekers, hiring companies, opportunity, and financial inclusivity for a very, very long time,” he said.

Topics: Technical Education and Skills Development Authority , Tesda , blue-collar job market , TrueMoney , FindWork
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