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Jobseekers looking to the web

A man looks at a new job recruitment website on his computer in Phnom Penh yesterday afternoon
A man looks at a new job recruitment website on his computer in Phnom Penh yesterday afternoon. Hong Menea

Jobseekers looking to the web

Online job search portal Everjobs Cambodia officially launched its website yesterday, as recruitment and HR firms begin to add web portals to their portfolios to tap into Cambodia’s growing internet users and widen the reach of their listings.

Anne Rose Dingemans, co-founder and managing director of Everjobs Cambodia, said the Kingdom’s growing economy and high internet usage were key to the firm entering the market.

“More and more companies come here and look for employees, and there is also a rise of a skilled workforce that wants jobs,” said Dingemans.

She said Everjobs would not be competing with other personalised recruitment services, but would only provide a platform for young, tech-savvy jobseekers.

Everjobs is currently in eight developing markets, including Myanmar, Bangladesh and Senegal.

The site, which has been live since March 2015, sees 16,000 visitors a month who are connected to 800 registered employers with more than 2,500 job listings.

Mona Magno, senior sales and marketing executive at CAM HR, whose company provides recruitment services and also has an online recruitment portal, said that while entry and mid-level openings are largely filled by people searching for jobs online, managerial and executive positions still required more detailed killed matching services that required a more personalised approach.

She added that CAM HR, which has 500,000 visitors a month and an average of 2,000 to 3,000 job announcements on its site, also gives students training on writing their resumes and interview dos and don’ts.

“They need the help. Sometimes we see words mistakenly used [and] copied material in the CVs,” Magno said.

Regardless of the kind of job – executive or entry level – it was important to have an online portal as it helps connect jobseekers and employers directly, said Ourng Borinn, who is the head of HR Services at Aplus Consulting.

“Everyone enjoys the internet in Cambodia. And it is easy as they can use job alerts and preferences to get updates every few days,” he said.

He said finding applicants for jobs with technical and engineering skills was more difficult, regardless of the platform, as there is an oversupply of business and management graduates in Cambodia.

Yet this was changing, he added, but it would take time.

“I have found that many students are now registering for different [academic] programs. But I think it will take two or three years [to show results],” Borinn said.

Susanna Coghlan, managing director of HR services firm AAA, welcomed the development but said using online postings to fill vacant positions can be challenging in Cambodia, given that the talent pool is still very “young” on experience.

“The challenge is that you get hundreds of applications for job postings but many of them do not qualify and it takes to time to fill vacancies,” Coghlan said.

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