TimesJobs has also launched a new Profile Endorsements feature on its portal, allowing candidates to seek endorsements for any specific education, work related and skill detail in their resume.
When we checked, we noticed that the site allows one to connect their Facebook and LinkedIn accounts to their TimesJobs profile. Following this, one can head over to their profile and select any specific section to get it endorsed. We noticed that that one can seek endorsements for any specific details in the profile and send requests to their Facebook contacts or send requests directly via email.
The site also offers a dashboard which provides one with information on endorsement requests sent, pending requests and requests endorsed. After receiving the endorsement, it is publicly listed on one’s profile and recruiters can click on it to view the endorsements. (Video Demo)
Earlier (Jan 11): Times Business Solutions operated job portal TimesJobs.com has launched a new mobile service called Career Play, which allows professionals to create live resumes or convert their existing resumes to live resumes in timeline format from their mobile phones.
Note that while the service is based on HTML5, it is limited to mobile phones and doesn’t work on desktops. While the company states that the site is compatible with iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, we noticed on the Career Play website that it currently works well on Android and iOS devices with support for Windows Phone and BlackBerry expected in the future.
How Does It Work? We tried it on Galaxy Nexus running on Android 4.2 and noticed that the site allows users to login through their Times Jobs credentials or login through their Facebook or LinkedIn credentials.
Following this, we were redirected to a timeline-like interface which listed our (a users) latest achievements and skills from an existing resume on the portal. We noticed that the portal had automatically imported all the achievements and skills mentioned in the resume and rearranged in an interactive timeline format.
In addition, the site also states that it allows users to import career-oriented information from Facebook or LinkedIn, although when we tried, it didn’t import any information from our Facebook account or our LinkedIn account.
Interactive Timeline: One can swipe through an interactive timeline at the bottom of the site to go to any specific time period to edit any career event or add a new career event across various attributes like education, company, salary, skills, projects, and achievements, through the addition icon on the top right corner of the site.
On tapping the icon and selecting the preferred attribute, one can enter further details like name, description, time period and other information relevant to the selected attribute. For instance, if one selects the project attribute, they can add project and company name, client name, project description and time period of the project. We also noticed that the site allows one to zoom in or zoom out into any specific time period in the timeline.
Mobile Only Profiles? One can then share a direct link to their profile or share a PDF link to their profile via email. However, we were quite disappointed to observe that the profile link works only on mobile phones and doesn’t work on desktops. While we see the value in updating resumes on mobile phones, we don’t understand why Times Jobs doesn’t allow these profiles to be viewed on the desktop.
Ideally, we believe that Times Jobs should have offered atleast a basic web presence for these profiles so that users who don’t have an Android or iOS based device, could view the basic information on these profiles. This will also incentivize users to share links to their Career Play profile pages without worrying if the other party will be able to access the profile or not. This will also lead to the discovery of the service across the user’s connections in various social networking portals and might lead to more registrations on the portal.
Connections and Notifications: Besides this, the site also allows one to follow friends on Career Play or invite Facebook/LinkedIn connections to the portal. Career Play says that users can keep track of their friends’ achievements as well, although it is not clear how this works since we weren’t able to find any existing connection on the portal or any relevant information on how this feature works.
Although, it’s worth noting that there is a notification functionality within the site, which will probably alert users of their friend’s achievements. This notification functionality will also probably be used to push recommended jobs to the user, as indicated by one of the screenshots sent by the company.
Why CareerPlay Is A Good Idea (Nikhil adds)
A big challenge for job sites is that users only update their profiles when they’re looking for jobs – the freshness is important, and this is where LinkedIn scores over regular job sites – LinkedIn is about showcasing your career, not just look for a job.
Networks like LinkedIn disrupt job sites with an open database, as opposed to a closed database like a Naukri or a TimesJobs, allowing recruiters to search profiles more easily, and find profiles that are mostly kept updated. The challenge for LinkedIn is that they cannot be used for mass recruitment. TimesJobs, with CareerPlay, can marry the two – ensure that users connect with each other, and the database is opened up, and carrer profiles kept updated, and give recruiters the ability to search and contact a large user base.
This is what Naukri could have done by merging Naukri.com with Brijj (Brijj? What Brijj?), but that would mean risking its existing business, which accounts for over 85% of its revenues. TimesJobs, not the biggest player in the jobs space, can still do this. But first, they need to go online too.