We have come a long way from the days when the only viable way of looking for jobs was turning over newspapers. Internet advancements have showered us with hassle-free ways of seeking jobs online quickly and effectively. With apps and job portals online, relevant notifications pop up reminding us of the availability of jobs instantly. Thus, we just don’t seek jobs anymore, the jobs also seek us, Therefore, despite the high number of job portals in Nepal, Kathmandu Jobs Nepal has managed to position itself as a reliably fertile avenue for domain-specific job seekers in a very short duration of two years. Focussed solely on the IT domain, it has so far managed to serve more than 319 companies and around 33000 applicants from all over the country.
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It was not long ago, in 2019, when the directors, Mr Dibyesh Giri and Mr Ananta Saurabh allied together to commence the job portal, yet it has quickly managed to carve out a sizable share in the market. “It was just about building a brand name while we were grooming it to become a complete HR solution package.”, says CEO Mahesh Pathak. It’s a free platform that allows companies to post job vacancies, operates as a recruitment agency and also provides IT-related training.
Mr Pathak discusses how employers sometimes do not get proper candidates due to lack of required skills for the vacancy. Realising this, the company extended itself as a recruitment agency to provide premium training services. The curriculum vitae posted along with job application in the job portal is analysed and interviewed thoroughly on behalf of the employer.
“Companies can decide the appropriate candidates themselves amid the selected ones and are charged only after the hiring of an applicant. We also send them replacement candidates in case a hired person leaves or is laid off from the company within 2 months of joining,” he elaborates.
Why is training so important?
“The rapid enhancement in the IT sector has undoubtedly generated abundant job opportunities, however lack of sufficient skills has hindered an individual’s ability to grab them,” confesses Mr Pathak.
Kathmandu Jobs came into being after the experience of thousands of recruitments and detailed research on the market demand with the skills available. Despite brilliant theoretical education offered by the colleges, there is a gap between the theoretical education and the employable skill sets required for the real-world job market. “This encouraged us to start training classes focusing more on the demands of the market” he revealed, “The classes operate about three hours a day where theoretical and practical education is equally focused upon. We have professionals and veterans in the IT field to assist interested people.” In addition to that, they provide internship opportunities and forward CVs of dedicated trainees to various companies.
Compilation of complications
“With the experienced team and a similar background in IT, there is less difficulty in daily operations. However, following up the applicants has proved to be a challenge”, Pathak outlines the challenges. As the company dedicates a lot of time in screening the job applications, the applicants tend to shift to other options which often hampers the profile and the revenue generation of the job portal. In addition, the majority of applicants are freshers without any previous work experience, and hence it is challenging to convince them to join a training program while they are focussed on getting a job instantly.
He revealed how some companies are not registered and the lack of professionalism creates an imbalance in the process of sending and receiving job seekers. Considering his business operation as a pendulum that forever swings between problem and solution, he is optimistic enough to identify efficient solutions to problems that come along the way.
Looking at the future
Kathmandu Jobs is focused on adding more training programs very soon. “We intend to entice students into taking jobs as soon as they graduate because they should convert their theoretical knowledge into practical skills. So we reach out to IT colleges as our first move,” he adds.
The company believes that a person should be adept at a wide variety of technologies to flourish in the job market.
Taking advantage of a burgeoning field
Pointing at the advancement of IT, he shares, “We have witnessed a plethora of developments and it still has a long way to go. The expanded requirements of technology in every field gives an inkling of what the future holds. We have lots of platforms in this field waiting to be taken advantage of.” Kathmandu Jobs is proof how IT as an employment sector has rapidly grown lately and with the right kind of approach may be the best way to deal with domain-specific niche issues rather than having a general-purpose service provider.