BCCL group company Times Business Solutions (TBSL) has launched a jobs portal specific for technology jobs called Techgig.com. Readers may remember that TBSL acquired Cybermedia‘s Dice in July 2008 but the portal then shut down either due to the IT crunch or because it did not take off.
The jobs classifieds market has suffered a poor year due to the economic recession and Info Edge, the owners of Naukri.com, reported a 6% fall in net profits year on year in the September 2009 quarter. The launch of Techgig is a sign that TBSL believes that the sun is out and the jobs scene is back on track. But is it?
TechGig has taken a singularly different approach to the jobs portal business – the search which is generally the highlight of contemporary jobs portals, has been pushed into the top right corner and dissolves into just one part of the entire experience, rather than the whole and soul of it.
The site has a My Yahoo style ‘drag and drop’ page, which Google News also offers, that allows users to move content modules around between the three columns. Among the content modules offered are: recent jobs posted on the site, skills in demand over the last week and month, latest technology news powered by Google News, reference books, popular tweets on skills searched for, Wikipedia facts, company updates and a ‘Know your batchmates’ search that pops up 2 pie charts – one of the sectors in which your college mates are currently working and another of their average salaries. Other modules can also be extended to show more links and the site was user friendly. It also allows users to share the job on social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter etc.
Techgig has a good integration with services already offered by TBSL’s other portal TimesJobs.com – one example is the module called High Tea which brings the user chat transcripts from TimesJobs.com’s live chatroom where talent hunters and human resource managers answer questions posed by users online. Users who already have their resume uploaded on Timesjobs.com can use it to apply to jobs at Techgig.com. We also noted that one particular module – the tech blogs one – took a longer time to load but the rest of the page did load fast.