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Jobboard Finder’s opinion
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 the Philippines, the generalist job board gets 186 470 visits per month, keeps its 84 191 Facebook followers updated. Twitter has not been their strong point. That said, this particular Monster is quite user-friendly and has quite a bit to offers its recruiters and jobseekers alike. 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). Since Asian countries have a high level of vulnerable employment, it’s no surprise to see a number of clearly marked “contract jobs”.
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 two parts (keywords and experience). Oh, and the advertised companies are really hiring. Each job offer in the listing includes the title, company name, location, experience needed, a summary, keyskills, 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 the nationality (sometimes), 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 follow companies/recruiters.
The job board objective: Monster Philippines really strives to appeal to everyone.
Recruiter observations: When creating an account, you never know where the “tab” button will take you (website malfunctions) and they need 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 and there is very little branding.
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: Customer service and the IT/Computing industry have the most job offers. However, some job offers are months old. We noticed a drop of about 3 000 job offers over the last 6 months.
Reactivity: Automatic emails. It took over a week to get an actual response.
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); questionnaire about your company (which literally no one has answered); the pink “jobs for women” page; professional networking features.
Verdict: The Filipino Monster is surprisingly easy to use. It has a low visibility and the adverts need to be updated more, but if you are interested in the labour market, check out their Monster employment index.
Additional job board information
Monster Phillipines organises virtual fairs to help companies finding the right candidates
The latest: (21st to 25th of April 2014; 14th to 18th of July 2014; 13th to 17th October 2014)
Part of the global network Monster Worldwide
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