JobsA1.com is one of the leading job portals in
I browsed JobsA1.com and the thing I liked most was that the portal has versatile search facilities for the users. Just go and browse the site for 10 minutes and you will understand what I meant. On the other hand, I was also happy with another feature of the homepage of JobsA1.com- it has no advertisement of any company. Instead, it contains some useful links of some websites related to
Behind the success of JobsA1.com, its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Faisal Ahmed has played the most crucial role. He also tried for promoting the portal in the country. Thus, Faisal Ahmed literally built the job portal from scratch and turned it into one of the leading job portals in
Recently, I talked to Faisal Ahmed about JobsA1.com. Here is an excerpt of the interview:
SouthAsiaBiz: First of all, tell a bit about JobsA1.com for our readers. Why did you come up with the idea of building a job portal in the first place?
Faisal Ahmed: Well, to be honest with you, I was always interested to do something in Internet. Since you are an IT journalist you self, you know that in
At first, I had no intention to open a job portal. Then, I thought that this is something that our students need as unemployment is a huge problem in my country. So, I thought that if I started a job portal then it would be a viable venture as it would help many job seekers in the country.
SouthAsiaBiz: There are many portals in
Faisal Ahmed: Thanks for your excellent question. As we ensured good promotion of JobsA1.com, getting visitors was not a big problem for us at first. However, making the visitors coming back again and again was entirely a different ball game. I have tried my best to make sure that the users get the maximum facility from JobsA1.com. Then, you know that in
SouthAsiaBiz: How many Employers you have and how many CVs?
Faisal Ahmed: Currently, more than 220 employers (Organizations) use our portal. For every employer, we provide some special features. They can have a webpage inside JobsA1.com. On the other hand, there are over 160,000+ valid CVs of job seekers. In 2006, we posted information of over 22,000 jobs.
SouthAsiaBiz: What are the popular jobs that users search for?
Faisal Ahmed: Many users search for telecommunication jobs. A lot of users also search for computer and IT jobs. I have noticed that a huge number of users browse for showbiz jobs. In JobsA1.com, with every job description, you can find out how many times the job has been viewed by the users.
Faisal Ahmed: Well, I feel that many people do not try to understand the matter that becoming successful in Internet takes time and patience. You cannot expect that your site will get thousands of visitors overnight. It took 2 years for us to reach to the level of success that we have today. Of course, the scope of earning money through websites is very limited in
SouthAsiaBiz: What is your future plan?
Faisal Ahmed: I want to take JobsA1.com in all parts of the country. I am trying to open some information centers in remote parts of