A Palestinian Startup Success Story
Palestine is perhaps not a place you’d immediately associate with cool new Web startups. But here's a success story that shows how the territory's tech industry is starting to blossom.
Souktel, a start-up based in Ramallah on the West Bank, offers a Web-based employment application called JobMatch that blends high and low-tech job-matching services in a way that could be particularly suited to the developing world.
JobMatch is a mobile and web-based platform that helps potential employers find suitable job seekers by filtering out unsuitable applicants, thereby saving time and cost in the recruitment process. The service now operates in 20 countries in five languages, with more planned. Its creators say it is a big hit in both Rwanda and Somalia.
Job seekers register via SMS, voice, or the Web and create a mini-CV listing their basic qualifications. A search command with a custom-matching weighted algorithm in the back-end filters applicants, matching them with jobs. Employers can look for applicants, browse CVs, or have a vacancy matched to specific CVs, according to a report in technology review. >>More here