BENGALURU: Babajob, a site that helps you find handymen, already has four million registered job seekers.
The job site for unskilled and semi-skilled workers hopes to grow to about 50 million job seekers in two years. Started as Babalife.com eight years ago, it used the business networking model to drive job seekers to its site.
It changed three years ago to a value-added service, this time focusing on the employer.
Vir Kashyap, Chief Operations Officer, Babajob, told City Express, “Helping employers find someone for a job, and helping job seekers to get a job, is the objective at Babajob.”
While others provide database services, Babajob promises to get employers relevant candidates.
It now powers an SMS service for informal working with Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, Reliance and Tata. The value proposition for job seekers who subscribe to the alerts package is simple — they receive jobs close to where they live.
Sean Blagsvedt, co-founder and CEO, Babajob, said, “The vision of Babajob hasn’t changed. The way and approach has changed.” Now, with its product Rapidhire, it offers screening to save employers time.
About the company
Babajob was launched in 2007 with five people, and has over 400 employees on its rolls today. It works from Kasturba Road.
It has raised $12 million from four institutional investors, including Seek Investment from Australia (with an investment of $10 million).
Another major investor is Grey Ghost, which gave it $7 lakh. The company has secured $1.1 million din grants from the United States government.
Babajob helps you find salespeople, data entry operators, cashiers, receptionists, beauticians, helpers, delivery boys, stewards, drivers, security staff, maids, cooks, nurses and other categories of workers.