Below is the interview we conducted with Jobberman CEO Ayodeji Adewunmi, he took us through the mission of Jobberman and what should expect.
Jobberman.com is a newly launched job search and career development website. Powering its site with web 2.0 with a solid team to take it to the next level.
In your on word, What is Jobberman about?
We launched our Beta on August 16, 2009. Throughout we found that the traditional methods available to us were slow, difficult, and ineffective. Meanwhile we were well aware that highly qualified candidates throughout the world interested in finding jobs in Nigeria had significant difficulty finding information on opportunities in the country. You will agree with me there are a lot of Nigerians in the Diaspora, 17 million according to a recent report in The Guardian. Jobberman would bridge the gap between opportunity and talent creating an information marketplace where job seeker and employer could find each other quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.
Jobberman is a job search and career development web site, providing next-generation recruitment solutions in Nigeria. Jobberman is the most intuitive job search engine in Nigeria and integrates the best of web 2.0 and social networking in finding the right talents, and jobs at the most competitive rates.
Can we meet the people behind jobberman.com?
At Jobberman, Ayodeji Adewunmi guides the overall strategic orientation and business processes, a company he co-founded. Ayodeji is an Internet strategist for 4 years, and one of the producers of the hugely successful BarCamp Nigeria.
At Jobberman, Olalekan Olude oversees and provides directions for the company’s marketing initiatives and guides its financial management system. His role involves sales, advertising, promotions and monetization of the company. Lekan has over 3 years of program management experience. He is currently on contract with the Operations Division of Goldman Sachs & Co London Offices where he works with a diverse team of world-class technologist.
At Jobberman, Faisal Chohan is responsible for Jobberman’s business and product development, as well as corporate strategy. Faisal is an Internet veteran. Prior to Jobberman, in 2002, he successfully launched an Internet startup, Cogilent Solutions (www.cogilent.com), which currently runs and manages the largest job hunt portal in Pakistan (an enterprise 2.0 application) called, BrightSpyre (www.BrightSpyre.com).
At Jobberman, Opeyemi Awoyemi oversees design and development of the company’s Web and software applications, a company he co-founded. At 16, Opeyemi was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and has not looked back since then.
Who are your target audience, obviously people searching for employment or what more?
The audience are job seekers (users) and employers or recruiters (clients). We cover a wide spectrum of people looking out for opportunities from full time employment, Internships to Freelance.
There are so many job search websites in Nigeria, don’t you think this is a challenging sector to venture into?
The competition makes it interesting, makes it fun, keeps the juices flowing, and it helps us to raise the bar. Keeping up with the joneses is quite tricky, so we had rather stay ahead. One of my corollaries in business is that it’s good to have a lot of competitors because educating a market is a very expansive proposition
Looking at your recent launch, and a really to become top 100 sites in Nigeria what has been your secret so far?
I think the secret is that there is no secret. We have concentrated on listening to the pulse of the market, getting a real sense of what people are looking out there for and keeping our feet-on-the-street kind of approach. We have been very bullish capitalizing on social networks and promoting the hell out of ourselves.
How do you intend satisfying your visitors/customers as you match to the top?
Our core differentiation is providing a “Wow” customer experience – this is our greatest obsession at Jobberman. We get every single email answered in 48 hours or less and go above and beyond to make sure we are creating value. In 4 weeks, we got our first testimonial from a user that got an Investment Analyst position at Verod Capital
In summary what should we expect from jobberman.com?
One word: Value – we are busy focusing on the real problems users and clients encounter in the recruitment process
On a personal note, what is your view of our current web industry and the future?
Nigeria is a sleeping giant, no doubt, with lots of potentials in the web space. I think the most important thing to get going is to engage a vibrant community of developers, web enthusiasts and technopreneurs. In the future, almost everything will go on the web as bandwidth increase and there are more local content – it’s only a matter of time, time here, I mean 3-5 years down the horizon.