The first of a nationwide chain of internet-based employment kiosks was unveiled at the Computerworld Expo in Auckland this week.
JobCafe is a recruitment tool developed by Wellington-based PeopleNet, which produces recruitment software, websites and consultancy.
Over the next six weeks, PeopleNet will roll out five more “JobCafe Kiosks” across Wellington, with the first in the CBD’s Legato café.
The kiosks feature a monitor and web browser loaded with JobCafe. Use is free for jobseekers, but users must pay for general netsurfing and email checking.
PeopleNet supplies the kiosks to cafes, which are built by Kiosk and Display Systems of Petone, who also supply kiosks to the TAB.
Managing director Tony Cutting says his year-old firm, which employs six people, has 32 clients, four-fifths of whom are in IT, including Microsoft and Computerland New Zealand, plus recruitmnent agencies, who fund the portal.
Cutting says his JobCafe portal, featured in the kiosks, or available as part of a company website, is better than other job boards in helping firms recruit staff.
Some job boards, he says, are word based, so for “manager” you may get details for a job as PA to the manager.
JobCafe, he says, is database driven and asks detailed questions about experience, ability, characteristics, etc. This allows employers to access a more specific batch of resumes suitable to a particular vacancy.
They can search for people with particular profiles as well as jobseekers search for particular jobs with the 32 clients.
“It allows SMEs and large businesses to use a proactive recruitment solution. It gives them recruitment advertising. It’s a recruitment portal,” he says.
In a videoconference presentation at the expo, Melissa Jordan, general manager of human resources at Computerland, says her firm has used PeopleNet for a year.
“PeopleNet isn’t just a job board. Candidates have to enter their details to create a database. It enables us to be proactive. We can contact them. We really like the concept. We thought we would try that concept on our website,” she says.
“People who enter their details on our website are really interested in Computerland. We get good quality candidates. If you post a job on a job board, you might get 50 CVs, and only two might be good,” she says.