Monster India started its operations in 2001. Headquartered in Hyderabad, the company has presence in 11 other cities of India viz., Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Ahmadabad, Baroda, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Cochin.
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Summary: Monster is one of the oldest job boards around, since it was created in 1994. Depending on the country, the website has different particularities and exposure. In India, the generalist job board gets an impressive 8.52 million visits per month (making it the 71st most visited job site in the world), not to mention their social media followers: 20 400 on Twitter, 3 702 on Youtube and 802 932 on Facebook. The job board has an interesting blog and it makes a clear stand on women in the workforce with a blog section and job section just for them. Job offers are easy to access (but not always updated). MonsterIndia has made some interesting partners, including DishTV and the Indian Air Force Placement Cell.
Design: Being in the Asian region, the “Monster” logo is in small letters. At the top of the page, an employer button makes it simple for a recruiter to find useful information. To access the jobs, you can click on a recommended job or the “search” button next to the search engine in three parts (keywords, location and experience). Each job offer in the listing includes the title, company name, location, experience needed, a summary, key skills, the publication date and a small logo. They can be filtered by the location, the industry, the function, the type, the experience, the salary and the freshness of the offer (with the number of jobs in brackets). When you open an offer, you can see that same information plus a description and an “about company” section. Similar jobs appear on the side, similar searches appear at the bottom. You can even look up all the jobs from the same recruiter and following companies/recruiters. The company pages are customized to reflect the company.
The job board objective: Monster India really strives to appeal to everyone.
Recruiter observations: When creating an account, the team needs to validate it (which takes 2-3 days), so it is probably best not to create an account since it is not necessary to post an advert. If you do create an account, they ask for your experience in hiring and at which level. As for the adverts, you cannot use the same posting for different openings.
Jobseeker observations: When you create an account, some information needs to be filled out straight away and you need a CV. If you apply to a job offer, they compare your information and their requirements. Even if they do not match, you can still apply. Monster also suggests some recruiters to follow on your dashboard.
The job offers: There are 100 769 job offers, which is a drop of about 80 000 jobs in 2 years. ITES/BPO, Banking/Finance and the IT/Computing industry have the most job offers. However, some job offers are months old. More than half of the job offers are over two months old.
Reactivity: Automatic emails. There is a chat, but since a robot is answering, some information is lost in translation.
Special features: The monsters (with names and personalities); the blog (in many different parts and location specific); the monster employment index; following companies; the “rate this job” option; the “Right resume” (not free); the “resume highlighter” (not free); the surveys; professional networking features; the hundreds of Youtube videos; the courses; the salary checker; the reports; the tests; the career builder; walk-in jobs.
Verdict: The Indian Monster is surprisingly easy to use. The high visibility, the many special features and similarity to other Monster sites make it an obvious choice for foreign employers and jobseekers.
Additional job board information
In 2014, Monster mPower Search was voted Product of the Year under the ‘Online Job Portals category’ in a survey of over 18000 people.
Monster India and DishTV partnered in convergence of the Internet and TV medium to make job services accessible to TV viewers across all cities, bridging the unmet need of the audience for whom access to the internet is limited. This first ever job search initiative is called ‘Monsterjobs Active’.
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