There’s a new OFW website in town and it’s absolutely amazing.
OFWguru.com is, as the website’s description tells us, is a “one stop site for overseas job listing, guidance and tips on going abroad, as well as blogs with real life OFWs sharing their life experiences.
Founded by Ritche Weekun and Georg Steiger, a Filipino and an Austrian, the website hopes to cater to both job and those looking forward to hire new employees.
Users of the website may simply click the “Jobs” tab to see the available listings posted by recruitment agencies. Among the recent postings include event coordinator in Saudi Arabia, air brush technician in Bahrain, nurse in Singapore, and sandwich maker in Qatar, among many others.
Steiger remarked that OFWguru is the country’s first free job-listing site and they aim to keep it that way. They hope to make it easier for OFWs to find listings that are accredited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
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While recruitment agencies can share their job listings on the website without any charges, Steiger emphasized “The only requirement is that they should be POEA approved and in good standing… We have to make sure they don’t fall prey to illegal recruiters.” Weekun, on the other hand, pointed out that they will “hide their job listings” if the post comes from a suspended agency.
Launched just last August 2015, OFWguru.com now attracts around 5,000 visitors a day and both the job seekers and agencies are already benefiting from it.
As Steiger enthusiastically shared, “We heard from one agency that they had a recent posting and out of 40 applicants that came to the interview, 35 were referred by the website. They were very happy and very surprised.”
Steiger credits the website’s early success to simplicity. According to him, “What you have in the marketplace is really messy in terms of presentation. It is just difficult. We actually have agencies that looked at our site for the first time and found it so much easier, cleaner. That’s one thing. Another is ease of use, ease of interaction from the job recruitment side and job seeker side.”
Kudos to this duo for coming up with a very helpful site!