Bossjob, the chat-first career platform for professional hiring in Southeast Asia (SEA), introduced Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the career fair scene when it co-organized the 2nd Filipino-Chinese Job Fair 2023 on October 15, 2023, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
The job fair, in collaboration with the Philippine Dragon Media Network, boasted over 70 top Philippine and local Chinese companies offering more than 1,000 job openings. The event witnessed more than 1,300 attendees navigating potential career opportunities from sectors like e-commerce, construction, financial services, mining and energy, and business process outsourcing (BPO).
One of the event’s highlights was Bossjob’s introduction of its cutting-edge AI-enabled function designed for job seekers to instantly craft their resumes on the platform. Users can effortlessly create text-driven content, including career summaries and job experience details, tailored to their unique backgrounds by inputting their basic information and selecting keywords.
The new feature aims to address the challenges many job seekers, like Mary Grace Barlita, a graduating student taking up BS Entrepreneurship, face during their job-hunting journey.
Barlita attended the job fair seeking internship opportunities to bolster her credentials for her future career endeavors. She recounted a past experience that many can relate to, highlighting the often frustrating journey of job searching.
“I had already submitted my application and other requirements to a recruiting company, and they told me to just wait. I waited for 6-7 months, but after that, I couldn’t contact them anymore. I felt frustrated because I had high expectations of getting the job.”
Such narratives emphasize the need for transparent, effective job-matching platforms. Bossjob, equipped with its AI capabilities, strives to empower candidates like Barlita to present their credentials effectively and link with genuinely committed employers.
Bossjob originated in the Philippines in 2018 and introduced the innovative mobile + direct chat + AI-matching model, integrating direct chat into the recruitment scene. With the help of AI and big data, the platform efficiently connects suitable candidates to employers and vice versa.
Kimberly Chen, Bossjob’s Country Manager, spoke about the new feature, “Integrating AI into the job search process is a testament to Bossjob’s commitment to revolutionizing the professional hiring landscape in Southeast Asia. We hope that through our latest initiative, we can further empower job seekers to chase after their career endeavors and provide a better job-hunting experience for all.”
The event also presented attendees with invaluable insights from industry leaders. Esteemed speakers, including Shell Resourcing Advisor Rhea Chong; Asticom Group of Companies Head of Recruitment Maurice Bevra; Square and Circle Properties Corp. Human Resource Officer Fredmar Daep; Manulife Financial Plans Unit Head Louie Palad; SEO Hacker Founder and CEO Sean Si; and Lazada Category Operator and Key Accounts Manager for Lazmall Electronics Morris Tan, shared advice and tips to guide attendees on their career-hunting journeys.
Peterson Ang, event organizer and editor-in-chief of the Philippine Dragon Media Network, noted the job fair’s intent to connect multilingual talents with Filipino-Chinese companies.
“In a rapidly evolving job landscape, creating spaces where businesses and potential employees can interact directly is important. We are deeply proud to have been that bridge during the job fair, connecting our participating companies and eager job seekers and attendees who joined us today. Beyond just immediate placements, we envision that our efforts will seed enduring professional partnerships and collaborations,” Ang shared.
Major participants in the job fair included established names such as SM Supermalls, 2GO Group, Inc., Ortigas Land, Metrobank, BDO Life, Bank of China, and VXI Global Holdings. Meanwhile, esteemed media outlets BusinessMirror, Pilipino Mirror, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, WhenInManila.com, and The Manila Times served as the event’s official media partners.
Bossjob reached a milestone when it garnered over 2.9 million registered users in the Philippines. After expanding to Singapore and Indonesia in May and launching in the Japanese market in July, the Philippine-born recruitment platform plans to venture to Hong Kong later this year and aims to reach over 30 million users in Southeast Asia by 2026. As part of its efforts to expand its global market, it has started offering free services this year.
Users may explore Bossjob’s new AI feature at https://bossjob.ph/.