AroundUs awards $1,000 for job profiles

10 Jan 2019

South Korean bilingual social recruiting start-up AroundUs.com has adopted a smart strategy to gather profiles of job-seekers in the arts and media industry. The first 100 applicants will be awarded up to $1,000 U.S. worth of cyber-currencies for in-app purchases, according to The Investor

Seoul-based Around Us Inc. launched its jobs site in May last year. The English version went live two months later.

Much like Japanese Wantedly, AroundUs connects freelancers, non-regular workers, and regular employees to employers by facilitating empathy-building on the interactive platform.

The campaign will run until April. Employers will also be incentivized at the end of online auditions, based on criteria like recruitment evaluation.

“We got the idea of online auditions as we were preparing for our English service targeting the United States,” AroundUs CEO Kim Sung-jin (LinkedIn profile) said. “Public auditions are more common in the U.S., and we are planning to adopt the same process for the English version of the website.”

Job Korea Corp.Incruit.comWanted.co.kr, and KreditJob.com are some other major job sites in Korea. Another recently-introduced one is ScoutChain.io. The site leverages blockchain technology to connect job-seekers and cut out middlemen.

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Tariq Ahmed Saeedi

Tariq Ahmed Saeedi writes stories on sharing economies in Asia – particularly Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iran. He joined the AIM Group in January 2016. Tariq is also a spotter, monitoring global marketplace industry’s updates. He carries more than 15 years of writing experience. Tariq frequently contributes economic/tech news and analysis to a daily The News International and a magazine. He has also written features and interview articles for various other publications and some of his write-ups have been cited for references in reports by the World Bank and archived in Florida Institute of Technology’s library. Tariq has also narrated corporate website content for Audi importer in Pakistan and others. He started his career from a television’s current affairs department in 2003 and later joined the country’s premier news agency Pakistan Press International.