crosses piv­otal 10,000-jobs-a-day mile­stone

Ca­reer por­tal cel­e­brates 15th an­niver­sary

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

DUBAI:, the Mid­dle East’s num­ber one job site, is cel­e­brat­ing 15 years of de­liv­er­ing ef­fec­tive, end-to-end em­ploy­ment so­lu­tions to job seek­ers and HR pro­fes­sion­als through­out the re­gion. Since its in­cep­tion, has grown at an in­cred­i­bly rapid pace - from a sim­ple on­line job por­tal to the sin­gle largest ca­reer site and re­cruit­ment so­lu­tions mar­ket­place for pro­fes­sion­als and com­pa­nies in the Mid­dle East and North Africa. has con­tin­ued to pro­vide un­par­al­leled value across the em­ploy­ment spec­trum by main­tain­ing its com­mit­ment, over the years, to de­liver unique and in­no­va­tive prod­ucts that specif­i­cally cater to the re­gion’s spe­cial em­ploy­ment needs.

“Us­ing, Gulf In­ter­na­tional Bank (GIB) has be­come much more cost-ef­fec­tive in the re­cruit­ment func­tion,” said Nawaf Kably, Head of Re­cruit­ment & Staff Ben­e­fits, at Gulf In­ter­na­tional Bank. “In just one year, has helped us trim the time it takes to close our hir­ing tar­gets to al­most half, and saved ap­prox­i­mately $150,000. so­lu­tions has es­pe­cially been a ter­rific tool that has mea­sur­ably im­proved our bot­tom line and qual­ity of hire.”

To­day, over 22,750,000 pro­fes­sion­als and over 40,000 lead­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions enjoy the job site’s fully-trilin­gual (Ara­bic, English, and French) re­cruit­ment plat­form. caters to all in­dus­try cat­e­gories, job roles and ca­reer lev­els. In 2015 alone, wel­comed over 3 mil­lion new mem­bers span­ning the re­gion’s hottest and most vi­brant sec­tors and ca­reer pro­files.

“From its very in­cep­tion, set out to serve as an en­gag­ing, pow­er­ful, and in­dis­pens­able on­line plat­form, de­signed to match the needs of qual­i­fied job seek­ers with those of em­ploy­ers across the ca­reer and in­dus­try spec­trum,” said Suhail Masri, VP of Sales, “In keep­ing with our com­mit­ment to re­defin­ing the re­cruit­ment land­scape, we have man­aged to help bridge em­ploy­ment gaps across the re­gion, con­trib­ute to the cre­ation of vi­brant ca­reer con­ver­sa­tions and solid ca­reer tra­jec­to­ries, and build a fully-fledged pro­fes­sional com­mu­nity and mar­ket­place that unites those at both ends of the em­ploy­ment spec­trum. As we mark the 15-year mile­stone, we would like to take a mo­ment to thank all of our stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing em­ploy­ers, ac­tive mem­bers and HR pro­fes­sion­als. They have played a piv­otal role in our growth story and we re­main com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing them with the most ef­fec­tive, en­rich­ing and en­gag­ing on­line ex­ten­sion of their ca­reers and lives.”

Al-Masri also added, “Mov­ing for­ward, our aim is to con­tinue on our stel­lar growth path, keep tap­ping deeply into the Mid­dle East’s rich tal­ent pool, and fur­ther help or­ga­ni­za­tions across the re­gion cul­ti­vate a dy­namic and highly com­pet­i­tive work­force.” About work­ing with, Khalid AlSoumali, Head of Tal­ent Ac­qui­si­tion, Banque Saudi Fransi, said: “Re­cruit­ing top tal­ent is a pri­or­ity for Banque Saudi Fransi, and part­ner­ing with has em­pow­ered our re­cruiters to hire more quickly and ef­fi­ciently, and has helped us cre­ate a huge tal­ent pool of job­seek­ers.” “Since In­ter­na­tional Bank of Qatar (IBQ) started us­ing’s ser­vices, we have been im­pressed with the mas­sive data­base of job­seek­ers and are ex­tremely pleased with the great cus­tomer ser­vice,” said Maya El Feghali, Re­cruit­ment Spe­cial­ist at In­ter­na­tional Bank of Qatar (IBQ).

An­drei Kar­povich, Di­rec­tor of Ca­reer Plan­ning at Rotana Ho­tel Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion PJSC, said: “Since we started our part­ner­ship with in 2012, we haven’t re­gret­ted a sin­gle time that we pre­ferred this lo­cal provider to other fa­mous branded ca­reer chan­nels. Rotana’s­ered ca­reers web­site has be­come our main source for re­cruit­ing can­di­dates. Hav­ing at our dis­posal our very own pool of more than 300,000 job­seek­ers of all ca­reer lev­els, de­part­ments and ge­o­graph­i­cal re­gions, has helped us con­sid­er­ably re­duce the ra­tio of uti­liz­ing re­cruit­ment agen­cies and other hir­ing sources, and hence, re­mark­ably saving on our re­cruit­ment ex­penses.”

“From an ad­min­is­tra­tive point of view,” Kar­povich con­tin­ues. “The plat­form is a very handy re­cruit­ment tool - the en­tire process is man­aged eas­ily, al­low­ing us to post va­can­cies, re­ceive CVs, fil­ter, screen, con­tact can­di­dates and track all ac­tiv­i­ties from the con­fines of a highly func­tional Em­ployer Workspace. To crown it all, tech­ni­cal sup­port team is very much re­spon­sive and ef­fi­cient in han­dling not only spo­radic sys­tem gl­itches but also in work­ing to­gether on in­tro­duc­ing new fea­tures and de­vel­op­ing the func­tion­al­ity of the web­site. We reg­u­larly re­ceive com­mend­able feed­back from job­seek­ers us­ing the web­site from their side.”

Look­ing back,’s 15-year jour­ney has been punc­tu­ated by a slew of mile­stones and in­dus­try ‘firsts’.

In 2001, be­came the first bilin­gual re­cruit­ment por­tal in the re­gion; two years later, it launched an ap­pli­ca­tion ser­vice provider en­abling in­stant con­nec­tions be­tween rel­e­vant jobs and po­ten­tial employees. In 2004, launched a CV writ­ing ser­vice, fol­lowed by pro­fes­sional ca­reer coach­ing in 2006. This led to the first ever Vir­tual Job Fair in the Mid­dle East, a plat­form now very pop­u­lar with con­glom­er­ates and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes seek­ing to en­gage real-time on a large scale with job­seek­ers and stu­dents across the re­gion.

In 2010, launched its Salaries plat­form, a salary bench­mark repos­i­tory and cal­cu­la­tor which has since evolved into a com­pre­hen­sive salary re­search tool for both pro­fes­sion­als and com­pa­nies. In 2012, a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion was launched, making the site more ac­ces­si­ble to pro­fes­sion­als who wished to ex­plore ca­reer op­tions while on the move. In line with its mis­sion to max­i­mize com­mu­nity value, Spe­cial­ties, the first pan­re­gional Mid­dle East so­cial ca­reer tool was in­tro­duced in 2013. It en­ables pro­fes­sion­als to show­case their in­ter­ests and ex­per­tise while net­work­ing with in­dus­try peers. In Septem­ber 2015, Spe­cial­ties hit the 1-mil­lion­ques­tions

Suhail Masri, VP of Sales,

mile­stone and 10-mil­lion-users mark in a re­sound­ing tes­ti­mony to the dy­namism of the ca­reer con­ver­sa­tions on the site. As part of its ef­forts to en­cour­age en­trepreneur­ship and small busi­ness cre­ation in the Mid­dle East and North Africa, also launched its Startup Kit ear­lier this year.’s cur­rent ros­ter of high value pi­o­neer­ing func­tions in­cludes a ‘Learn­ing’ sec­tion - that con­sists of tests and cour­ses - es­pe­cially cre­ated to em­power mem­bers to en­hance and de­velop their ca­reers. In ad­di­tion, it en­ables em­ploy­ers to gauge knowl­edge of new hires in a fast and sim­ple way with pre-ex­ist­ing tests. There is also a new and highly dif­fer­en­ti­ated mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion, in an ex­ten­sively aug­mented line-up of em­ployer tools.

“We have in­creased the qual­ity-of-hire dras­ti­cally in the past few years,” said Bashar Alqudah, Re­cruit­ment and Train­ing Se­nior Man­ager at Royal Jor­da­nian. “Our hir­ing bud­gets have been closed con­sis­tently by us­ing, with its port­fo­lio of in­no­va­tive re­cruit­ment so­lu­tions, op­ti­mized for hir­ing quickly and cost-ef­fi­ciently in the Mid­dle East in par­tic­u­lar.”

Masri con­cludes: “We are de­lighted with how far has come and we con­tinue to ex­pand as­sign­ments from loyal ex­ist­ing clients and at­tract strate­gic new busi­ness from mar­ket lead­ers in ev­ery in­dus­try. We are very proud of how our work in both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor ad­vi­sory and core direct re­cruit­ment are­nas has gone a long way in truly paving the re­gion’s em­ploy­ment land­scape and im­pact­ing the lives of mil­lions of pro­fes­sion­als and their fam­i­lies, in line with our mis­sion to em­power peo­ple with the tools and tech­nolo­gies to build a bet­ter life. re­mains the re­gion’s lead­ing plat­form for top tal­ent and em­ploy­ers to meet, in­ter­act and ef­fect highly in­formed em­ploy­ment de­ci­sions in the fastest, eas­i­est and most ef­fi­cient man­ner pos­si­ble.”

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