A New Zealand-developed Internet database, ProConsul, which enables professionals and consultants to register their skills details online, is proving highly popular, according to its executives.
ProConsul International director Peter Senior admits he does not know exact visitor figures to the company’s Web site, but claims they are “huge”, saying that a quarter of the professionals on the database are overseas-based. He describes the service as a virtual consultancy. “We have used leading-edge technology to satisfy a growing worldwide demand for competent professionals.
Organisations using the ProConsul database can choose the right person in the right place with the qualifications and experience to provide the service they need.
“Professionals, on the other hand, obtain immediate and ongoing worldwide exposure by registering their experience and CVs with us.”
The database is being marketed to users of reputable professional services on a national and international basis. More than half of the annual fees professionals pay for registration (a $US99 first-term membership is on offer) are being used to fund the marketing.
A registered professional can access his or her own activity log on the site that tells them how many times their data has been matched with prospective clients’ and other people’s search criteria, and by whom. The “secure” version of the site, which claims Verisign authentication, transfers data using encry-ption.
Early adopters include the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand and ANZDEC, a New Zealand consultancy prominent in the international arena, which is registering its consultants. Senior says ANZDEC sees the database as an appropriate way of defining and offering professional services on the Web to international users such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, as well as government ministries, private corporations and other consultancies.
Prospective clients can browse at any time at no cost; select criteria to search for matching professionals; access and view abstracts at no cost; access, view and download CVs at low cost or no cost; and contact selected professionals directly without further involvement of Pro-Consul.
Listings are registered at one of three professional levels, reflecting degree of experience, status and typical appointments, indicative annual earnings, qualifications and peer recognition. The site is at www.proconsul.com.