Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Bits & bytes
Recruit-on-mobile service launched

One of India’s leading job portals, Clickjobs.com, has announced the launch of its mobile integration service for employers — Recruit on Mobile. With this new service, the portal aims to open new avenues in the recruitment process by connecting the employer with the job seekers through SMS.

This unique facility offers two-pronged communication solutions for the recruiters.

  • It allows recruiters to send details of job vacancies from their own mobile number to relevant job seekers from ClickJob’s database and receive responses instantly.

  • Alternatively, if the employer does not wish to use this mobile number, he can also route the messages through the mobile platform 5050. ClickJobs would provide the mobile platform and send reports to the employer.

Commenting on the new SMS feature, Michael M. Bala, Business Head, ClickJobs, says “In today’s world of convergence of medium, mobile integration plays an important role. People are on the move and prefer to get services on their hand phones. Understanding this trend, we have launched “Recruit on Mobile” that is extremely user-friendly and cost effective for our clients. This service will benefit employers by offering a simple and speedy recruitment process”

With Recruit on Mobile, employers can also choose to send SMS using their corporate name and thus personalize the messages. This also serves as a branding option for the clients. The service is priced at Re.1 per SMS.

Recently, the company also launched the service, “Jobs on Mobile” for job seekers that allows one to get SMS alerts on vacancies and also apply through a short code. Thus making the entire process of recruitment SMS enabled.

ISB signs MoU with Singapore varsity

The Centre for IT and the Networked Economy (CITNE) at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, and the School of Information Systems (SIS) at the Singapore Management University (SMU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote collaborative research in Information Systems (IS). The MOU was signed by Professor Ravi Bapna, Executive Director for the Centre for IT and the Networked Economy (CITNE) at the ISB and Prof Steven Miller, Dean, School of Information Systems, SMU.

Upon signing the agreement, Professor Ravi Bapna, Executive Director, CITNE at the ISB, said, “CITNE’s mission is to pursue rigorous and relevant knowledge creation (research) and dissemination (teaching) targeted at taking the global IT and IT-enabled services revolution to the next level. By joining forces, CITNE and SIS-SMU will create a virtual pool of world-class IS management faculty that will tackle issues of importance to the burgeoning South Asian IT/ITeS industry”.

Professor Miller, Dean of the School of Information Systems, SMU commented: “India and Asia are increasingly the leading edge sources of experimentation and innovation in the global IT service industry as well as in the way in which IT is used in end user business organisations.”

Says M. Rammohan Rao, Dean, ISB, “The ISB is committed to generating leading- edge research that addresses the specific challenges in high potential emerging markets such as South Asia.” — TNS