Times Business Solutions Ltd operated job portal TimesJobs.com has launched a paid career services destination StepAhead which will offer personalized services to entry, middle and senior level professionals and job seekers to offer assistance in various stages of job searching, job application process and self-improvement.

Services: The portal currently focuses on consumer services and among the services currently offered include Professional Resume Writing and Resume Improvement services, Resume Distribution, and Job Search management services. While the Resume writing service helps users to build their resumes with the help of resume experts, the resume improvement services allows users to seek advice on improving their existing resume. The company claimed that these resumes will be customized as per the user’s experience and industry and also claims to develop these resumes in 24-48 hours in express mode or in 7 days in regular mode.

StepAhead also offers resume distribution and job search management services along with profile verification services which allows users to get their work and education background pre-verified before applying for jobs and a career advice section which offers various articles and guides related to career building, career options, job interviews among others.

Besides this, StepAhead also offers Career Astrology services which allows users to receive analysis and predictions in various areas like work place compatibility, career growth, personal finance and personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis. The company claims that these reports are personalized for each user based on their birth date and their Vedic horoscope.

Pricing: When we checked, we observed that TimesJobs.com is offering these services through various paid products and these products are priced based on the user’s professional experience. For instance, a resume writing service will cost Rs 1,400 for an entry -level professional but the same service will cost Rs 3,250 for a senior level professional. While there is no free trial period, the portal does offer free samples of each product to the users on their respective product page.

We also observed that the company is upselling various combo packages, related products and various add-ons like express delivery and premium benefits for an additional cost on these product pages.

Payment Options: Among the payment options offered by the site include credit card, debit card, netbanking and offline payment modes like cheque/cash pickup or sending the cheque to the TimesJobs office.

Other Players: Info Edge Ltd, which owns the job portal Naukri.com also offers a similar career-oriented consumer services like Resume Writing, Certifications, Email and SMS Job Alerts and Resume Distribution services among others. However, we noticed that TimesJobs is offering these services at significantly lower prices and faster delivery as compared to Naukri.com.

For instance, resume writing service for an entry-level professional (1-3 years) costs Rs 2,275 at Naukri and the company claims to deliver the resume in 10 working days with faster delivery options of 2 days and 6 days at an additional cost of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 respectively while the same service is available for Rs 1,950 at TimesJobs.com and the company claims to deliver the resume in 7 days with faster delivery options of 24 hrs and 48 hrs at an additional cost of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 respectively.

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