September 6, 2016

GrabJobs: Singapore-based jobs marketplace lands in the Philippines


With a developing country such as the Philippines, there is an ever-growing demand for reliable and dedicated workers to fill the needs of businesses, especially in the service industry. Which is why the arrival of GrabJobs in the Philippines couldn’t have come at a better time.

A Singapore-based jobs marketplace, GrabJobs aims to become a platform for employers and job seekers to connect in a matter of minutes. Although many might perceive that GrabJobs is giving LinkedIn a run for its money, it’s actually the opposite.

GrabJobs aims to complement LinkedIn by focusing on the workforce that the latter underserves. While LinkedIn focuses more on white collar workers and is mostly web-based, GrabJobs is a light, portable app that provides opportunities in retail, service and blue collar industries.

GrabJobs has definitely shown some promise since its launch in Singapore earlier this year. With more than 25,000 downloads and big names under their client list in Singapore alone – like Foodpanda, Brotzeit, H&M, Club21, and Holiday Inn – it’s not surprising that GrabJobs has already been rated as the #1 job app in Singapore and the Philippines.

“Having worked with several establishments in the food and beverage (F&B) industry in Singapore, we’ve noticed one challenge that we constantly faced – the unreliability and inconsistency around staffing,” shared GrabJobs CEO and co-founder Emmanuel Crouy. “GrabJobs was created in response to staffing issues faced by employers in F&B, retail, hospitality, events, logisitics, warehousing, and BPOs, among others.”

After receiving seed funding from private investors in June to expand regionally, the company decided to first tap into the Philippines. To adapt better and faster in the market, GrabJobs has partnered with a startup accelerator and collaborative ecosystem, WeCube Inc.

“We wanted to get GrabJobs to the Philipines first and foremost, primarily because we know there’s an ever-growing demand here,” explained Mark Melo, GrabJobs CCO and co-founder. “We understand how difficult it is for employers to find workers that could perfectly suit their needs, and that goes the same for job seekers who need to find a stable job, may it be part-time or full-time.”

What sets GrabJobs apart from any other job platform available is its features. Employers can broadcast job posts much easier with push notifications, search and filter candidates directly, and even contact potential workers through chat right on the app.

On the other hand, job seekers can easily apply to job posts with a tap of a button. Push notifications are also on hand, so that workers can easily be notified when a new job ad has been posted or if an employer has selected their profile.

Within the first week of its soft launch in the Philippines, GrabJobs had already garnered over 1,000 registered job seekers on its app. That’s in addition to the large number of employers the company had already gotten on board, such as SM Retail, Metro Retail, The Peninsula Manila, and Jollibee, to name a few.

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