Finding a job can be hard all over the world - now, a leading advertising company in the UAE has created an online platform that can make life a lot easier for job applicants in that nation.
With dubizzle’s new applicant dashboard, those who are applying for jobs can monitor their efforts and stay more knowledgeable about how their resumes and cover letters have been received.
Part of the appeal of this platform is in the intelligence that applicants receive about employers. When posting a job ad, employers put in a few core skills that they're looking for. Job applicants see this, and they can match the requested skills in their communications to the prospective employer. These value-added options are available for a fee on the platform.
A "highlight your application" feature helps recruiters to shuffle applications. Like an applicant tracking system, dubizzle helps hiring people save time and make the process more efficient and transparent.
There's also a video cover letter feature where applicants can submit short videos.
In a recent interview, dubizzle Senior Product Manager Mireia Mujika said the site is getting over 5 million monthly active users and reaches an estimated 60 percent of internet-connected people in the Emirates.
"In July, we were ranked as the ninth most visited website in the UAE according to SimilarWeb, the international website traffic company.” Mujika told the Gulf News Journal. “This month, the dubizzle app is ranked as the No. 1 lifestyle app in the Google Play store, and in the top three shopping apps in the iTunes app store in the UAE.”
Mujika said dubizzle helps support job seekers in a high-pressure market.
“The job market in the UAE is incredibly competitive.” Mujika said, citing over 285,000 job listings on the platform with an average of 240 applicants per position.
“We receive an average of 3.4 million visits to our jobs section each month, which is indicative of the volume of people posting and searching for vacancies in the UAE.” Mujika said. “As the UAE’s leading classifieds platform, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our offering and services to facilitate and streamline the recruitment process.”
Mujika said the company is still looking to continue to innovate the platform to fit the needs of employers and job seekers in the region.
“This year we have implemented several features to enhance the job application process for both employers and job seekers.” Mujika said. “We are constantly looking for ways to enhance our offering and provide the dubizzle community with an unparalleled service. The team works tirelessly behind the scenes to conceptualize and develop new features and services which will be launched in due course. … In addition to this, we always listen to the feedback from our users and work to implement updates and service upgrades to suit our user’s needs. This allows us to continuously strengthen dubizzle’s position as a leading classifieds platform by adding value to the job seeking process.”
Mujika said that the platform sees a lot of activity in accounting, secretarial and sales fields, with over 10 million accounting professionals jockeying for roles in 2015. Applicant volumes for secretarial and sales roles, she said, were 5 million and 4 million respectively.