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MrEmploy, a South African job app has just been launched to match job seekers to employers. The app which uses an automated process to link applicants to their aspiring employers is aimed at making employment processes faster and easier for both parties.

The managing director of MrEmploy, Mr Ryan Oettle said “MrEmploy is an advanced smart matching system that speeds up recruiting. For employers, saves time and reduces the risk of hiring the wrong person. While for employees, it links them to the kinds of jobs they are best suited for.”

Apart from the basic upload of a picture and a standardised Micro CV, the app also allows for fifteen-second video uploads. This video helps the applicant create a better first impression and also saves the employer the time they would have spent checking CVs, doing phone interviews as well as reducing face-to-face meetings. It helps the employer decide whether they want to meet a candidate.

Unlike other job apps, MrEmploy which has been nicknamed “Tinder for jobs,” allows job seekers to see only jobs they are qualified for and can give a thumbs-up if they are interested in. The employers also confirm the applicants they think fit the position by similarly giving a thumbs-up.

South Africa’s youth unemployment rate of 27.6 percent is one of the largest in the world. MrEmploy could go a long way in complementing government efforts to tackle this. So far the government already provides public employment programmes for those who cannot get a job.

The app is also positioned to bridge the gap between applicants and employers, thus easing the application and selection processes.

Mr Oettle added that the app is ideal for any businesses type and as such, would provide a wide range of jobs across different sectors in the country. Additionally, the app is free for job seekers but employers have to pay a fee of R100 per job upload. Over 70 employers and 1200 prospective employees currently use the app.

By Tobiloba Ishola

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