In a bid to encourage community participation, leading South Korea-based job-site operator Saramin (formerly SaraminHR) has rolled out a Career Chat feature that enables candidates to exchange information related to job interests, career concerns and employment preparation.

Available via the Saramin app, more than 7,000 users have signed up to the chat room to date, with 27 channels opened so far, according to a news release.

There is also a corporate channel within the chat room, where candidates applying to the same company can communicate with each other, while employers can also use it for live briefing sessions.

“As the role of people gathering based on common interests becomes more important, platforms tend to strengthen their community function,” said Yong-Hwan Kim, president and CEO of Saramin.

Saramin’s move was inspired by its main rival, Seek Asia-backed JobKorea.co.kr, which introduced a chat room feature last year.

Saramin says it plans to build expertise in job training, mentoring and job conference-hosting services alongside its core job posting and matching functionalities.

Established in 2004, the company runs recruitment marketplace Saramin.co.kr and freelance job site Gig.Saramin.co.kr. In 2022, its revenue amounted to $115 million U.S. By traffic, Saramin.co.kr is among the world’s top-50 recruitment marketplaces, according to the AIMGroup’s ranking.

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