AI Now Reinventing How Filipino SMEs Recruit Talent
One pioneering Filipino entrepreneur is using AI to revolutionize the Philippine labor market – bridging the gap between SMEs and job-seekers.
SGBC’s aim is to enable small businesses to achieve their full potential and amplify their impact by showcasing them to a broader arena. One of the winning startups is Kalibrr, an online job-matching platform that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify the applicant screening process for employers. This is especially useful for small-and-medium-size enterprises (SMEs) with limited recruitment resources.
We caught up with Kalibrr CEO and Co-founder Paul Rivera, who shared insights on job matchmaking, AI technology in recruitment, purpose-driven companies, and dealing with pandemic-induced change and challenges.
“I think we earned the recognition because our business has always been anchored in our mission to help transform the way businesses find great talents, and talents find career opportunities. For the past nine years, our team has been a careers platform for over six million applicants - and has helped over 300,000 customers find jobs globally! For me, these figures represent 300,000 dreams and 300,000 lives we’ve helped change for the better.
Currently, we’re processing 10 million job applications annually and we’re working towards beating our own record in the coming years.”
What is Kalibrr’s main purpose? How do you make sure you get the job done efficiently?
“Helping people land their dream role is the top goal for Kalibrr. But unlike many other job search platforms, we use AI to solve a discovery and match problem. We let jobseekers discover opportunities rather than search for them. This means that our AI leverages the jobseeker’s profile histories and behaviors to quickly serve relevant job opportunities. Kalibrr produces more compatible company-jobseeker matches and reduces the time to hire by over 50% when compared to regular job boards. It has a 25-30% success rate, around 5-6 times higher than the industry average.”
How would you describe today’s job market? Can you tell us the skills or talents that companies are looking for these days?
“The pandemic has dramatically altered the job market globally – the labor market today is truly global. Opportunity is no longer defined by where you live. I believe that companies that have leveraged technology to adapt through this pandemic will come out strong and formidable. “ Employers, on the other hand, prefer candidates who possess at least basic knowledge and skills in Technology, Design, Digital Marketing, Crypto/Blockchain, Product Managers, Sales.”
What tips can you give to your fellow startups?
“First off, be patient. Be consistent in putting in the work and soon you’ll see that you’ve come so much farther than what expected.”
“Second, listen to your customers. It may be a no-brainer, but how you handle feedback, positive or otherwise, can really make or break your business,” he added. “And finally, your team defines how far and fast you can go. If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, be with like-minded people. At Kalibrr, we’re committed to going the extra mile for our users.”
Indeed, Paul is making sure that SMEs have the means to adapt to the ever-changing local job economy. With a US$13,000 (Php600,000) grant from the 2021 FedEx Small Business Grant Competition, Kalibrr is offering small businesses free premium subscriptions so they can utilize the company’s smart features and hire better-suited talent to transform and scale their businesses. Clearly, the tech-driven platform fits the job right.
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