#ZimStartup: Messenger Bot Eases Job Search

It is inarguable that newspapers are still in the game with the main driver being job classifieds and advertisements. But in this digital age, platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook groups and pages , Instagram prove to be more popular among Zimbabweans. 

With the advent of Facebook bundles sold by mobile network operators in Zimbabwe, most Zimbabweans spend most of their time on the platform making it a huge market for bot developer Nyasha Sean Majoto.

Realising this opportunity, Majoto developed a messenger bot called Umbrella Jobs, a bot version of job classifieds which went live today

‘Umbrella Jobs, is a Zimbabwean job search service Bot for career people seeking to grow and add value to organisations they fit best. It crawls through publicly available jobs for you and indexes them so that you don’t have to crawl around different sites, articles, feeds and other sources looking for your opportunity,” he said.

Majoto working at the Messenger Bot Hackathon held last week

“We at umbrella Jobs understand that search is a part of the internet’s DNA so we try to making searching easy and in less time. With the amount of content posted by people online every day, it can be hard to keep up with what is relevant to you sometimes if not all the time you are forced to find the needle in a haystack. Umbrella changes that, it helps you search for the needle with a magnet,” he said.

Headhunters, and jobseekers are most active on the internet as the latter seek employment while the former looks for applicants to fill up the vacancies.

“With the amount of content posted by people online every day, it can be hard to keep up with what is relevant to you sometimes if not all the time you are forced to find the needle in a haystack. Umbrella changes that. Umbrella helps you search for the needle with a magnet,” said Majoto.

The bot development was a tedious task for him but he is happy it is now live.

‘I’ve been at it for about 12 weeks now, putting in 60 to 80 hour work weeks. I simply made it a practice to get my head down and ignore all the reasons why it couldn’t be. Being here now seeing my baby come to life, yeah I’m a little euphoric!,” said Majoto.

Majoto further explained, “Another reason we developed Umbrella Jobs is it’s not every day you get time to go through all the sources that may contain jobs. That may very well mean a company or organization does not get the best person for the job because they couldn’t reach you.

“We intend to reduce the possibility of this as much as possible. It is imperative that companies and organizations find, keep and grow the right people in order to remain innovative and highly productive. We understand that too.”

The bot gets the information through crowdsourcing as developers are given information by companies who post vacancies. Majoto was one of the participants at the Messenger Bot Challenge Zimbabwe hackathon held last week.

Check the bot here

 

 

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