FastJobs to Launch New Features for Blue Collar Roles

August 30, 201711:19 am1088 views

FastJobs, a job search app initiated by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is setting to roll out two new features to accommodate better match between employers and jobseekers for blue-collar roles, Straits Times reports.

Head of SPH Digital Mr Julian Tan introduced the first feature, a chat system that enables employers to contact job seekers directly. The feature is designed to field a number of automated questioned for potential candidates, which will make a more seamless, convenient, and efficient screening process.

The second feature enables the app to tap on big data stored in the system, then analysing the job seeker’s browsing beahviour to recommend suitable posts for them via email and app notifications.

Both features are expected to be launched by the end of September, said Mr Tan. He added that SPH Digital’s focus is on increasingly on getting hires for employers, not just responses from the users.

Not only improving its app functions, FastJobs is planning to bring the service into wider new markets beyond Singapore. The app had been rolled out in Malaysia in February and the Philippines in May. Besides these countries, there are plans to further expand the grab across Southeast Asia in the longer term.

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Mr Tan stated, “The space (for such apps) is not yet crowded, and there are very few that focus on the jobs that FastJobs looks at. And there’s a huge labour force in the region, with the majority of the people in non-executive jobs.”

“The population is sizeable and growing, and the mobile penetration rate is high. All of this means the opportunity is there,” he added.

Mr Tan noted that FastJobs app has been gaining traction and recognition from its users. Revenue gained from the app has tripled over last year, although he did not reveal specific numbers.

Additionally, app market data and insights company AppAnnie has placed FastJobs No.1 in the business category in Singapore. The measurement was made according to the number of downloads on iOS and Google Play in the first half of this year.

Launched in April 2015, FastJobs app has bring in more than 800,000 downloads globally. On average, it receives 52 applications for each job advertisement, while 90 percent of the ads receive a response within a day.

It has received a total of 3.3 million job applications to date, while the number of job listings more than doubled in the past year to reach 442,000.

FastJobs features numerous customers brands such as NTUC, 7-Eleven, Giant, Cold Storage, Don Quijote, Watsons, Miniso, Uniqlo, Japan Food Holdings, Pizza Hut, KFC, Yoshinoya, Deliveroo, Foodpanda, Uber, Grab, Marine Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa.

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