Boy to say job boards are a dime a dozen would be an over-statement.
I got to find out about TWO new job boards today, both with decent advertisers (but no indication of traffic / job seekers just yet).
RiteMoves is a standard job site with job packages similar to Rozee’s – free job listings, hot jobs and "featured employer" which make it to the front page. They are slightly (about 15-20%) cheaper than Rozee. In their free package, although they offer a couple of more tools, they also have some dumb restrictions, such as not being able to download more then 3 times per posting.
Their logo suggests that they also plan to be active in immigration, training and education but I see no indication of it on their site yet – maybe its just an excuse to grab whatever project they can get to keep their civics humming.
The surprising part of their story is that despite being relatively unknown, a number of employers still seemed to have bought their "featured sponsor" package, although if you ask me I could throw a wild guess and say that those employers got the package for free as part of a promotional plan. They are also putting up billboards in Lahore to promote their product
SparkingJobs I found out about via spam, which seems to be the mode of choice for "internet marketing" today – they’re offering a free job board and charging for premier services like headhunting. They are apparently headquartered in Sharjah with branch offices in Isb, Lahore and elsewhere.
They have a fairly standard "shrink-wrap an open-source job board" approach to setting something up, and seem to have a number of employers up already. Their spam messages could catch some attention though because the email is designed much like a regular "job alert" from any other site… to the unfortunate unemployed any lead on jobs is a good lead even if its from spam (isnt it "fun" that in Pakistan people can just ignore the principle or ethics of things on such simple logic?)
To be honest, both sites were exceedingly disappointing. Competing by making their services 5-10k cheaper just to reap part of the bandwagon shows an incredible lack of vision from the leadership.
There are a tonne of problems with the HR / job seeking industry of Pakistan which can easily be solved by proactive leadership – but all of our job boards are content at sitting in 1997 in terms of the breadth of their services.
I’m actually getting kind of sick of job company guys pitching themselve by saying that what sets them apart is the "domain knowledge they have of the HR industry" – heh, yea right if that were true executive searches or freelancer searches wouldnt be so much of a black art, and most of the industry wouldnt be desperate for quality coding staff.
[P.s. thanks Tayyab for the tip]