It was the year 2016. Messaging apps like WhatsApp, WeChat and Viber had already established their foothold in the mobile app market. In India, services like Hike and OO VOce were gaining prominence as well. Yet, there was something amiss. There was an inherent flaw in the way we communicated through messages on our smartphones. So many Indians are on the lookout for jobs that there is even a dedicated app for jobseekers called Recruitment Apps that helps you find roles based on parameters such as location or your interests. But what if there was a platform where you could get all this information in one place? Where you could browse open positions and leave your resume directly with the recruiter, rather than sending it manually via email or another messaging app?
Why was there a need for apps like ShareChat?
There are currently over 200 million job-seekers in India. That is the highest number of people looking for opportunities in the job market of any country in the world. With so many people hunting for jobs, it is quite understandable that recruiters are bombarded with resumes every day. There are more than 80,000 job openings in IT alone. With so many people applying for the same positions, recruiters have a tough time sifting through a lot of irrelevant resumes. Additionally, a lot of times, candidates are applying for roles outside of their skill set. A lot of this has to do with the fact that job opportunities are not being advertised correctly by companies. The demand for tech skills is at an all-time high, but there is a shortage of those skills in the country. And while the government has been trying to bridge that gap by increasing the number of IT institutes, it will take time to see the benefits.
What is ShareChat?
ShareChat is an Indian social networking app. It is primarily used for communication and connecting with like-minded people. ShareChat also allows you to discover content, including videos and images. This platform allows interaction between users and brands in the form of polls and quizzes. The ShareChat app lets you create a profile and engage with other members of the community. Here, you can post stories, photos, and videos. The app also has a “Explore” section that lets you discover interesting content from other users. A “Poll” section lets you connect with brands and ask questions.
How was ShareChat born?
The idea of creating an app like ShareChat was borne out of the frustration that Amit Singh, the founder of ShareChat, felt when he was looking for a job. “When I was going through my graduation and post-graduation, I was finding it extremely difficult to get my first job. It was a very frustrating experience.” he said. “I used to go for interviews but after a certain point, I used to just stop going. The reason being that I was getting bored of the same thing over and over again. First of all, you have to go to the location and then you have to stand in a queue and then you have to go through the same kind of process again and again.” he added. Because of that experience, the company re-designed the app to be intuitive. It designed it to be more interactive so that people wouldn’t get bored of the same process over and over again.
Why did ShareChat become such a big deal for job-seekers in India?
The app was launched in February 2018 and it became an instant hit among jobseekers in India. The app currently has more than 5 million registered users and is the number one app for finding jobs in India. The app lets you not only apply for jobs, but also find information about companies or industries that interest you. This way, you can filter out the jobs that are not in your field of interest and save time. What’s more, you can also use ShareChat to network with other jobseekers and stay motivated.
The current status of job-seeking apps in India
As of now, there are more than 20 apps that are trying to tackle the job-seeking market in India. That being said, not all of them are successful. In fact, most of them are trying to solve the same problem that ShareChat is trying to solve. These job-seeking apps are trying to solve the problem of the sheer volume of resumes. On one hand, you have candidates who are applying for every single job they come across and making it difficult for recruiters to sift through all the irrelevant resumes. Then, you have recruiters who are not organizing their open positions in a manner that makes it easier for jobseekers to find the right roles.
As we mentioned in the article, the world has moved on from the days of plain old texting. There are numerous apps available that help you communicate with others. From communication apps to social networking apps, the digital world is jam-packed with apps that help you with everything. There are apps for ordering food, apps for booking flights, apps for finding a job, apps for managing finances, and more. There is an app for almost everything nowadays. As technology advances, more and more people around the world are adopting the latest technology. This is why more and more apps are being created every day. These apps are making our lives easier, less tedious and more interesting.