Update2: Bayt.com to Launch The 1st Pan-Regional Virtual Job Fair in The Arab World and Announces The Winner of its Crowdsourced Video Contest.
Update 2: I made a typo it was 18 videos not 8, sorry Dan.
Updated for Contest section: According to Dan Stuart, 18 videos where submitted, plus about 2x with many drawings, storyboards or assorted portfolio samples. Contributors were generally global with the majority from MENA (the Arab world).
Pan-Arab Virtual Job Fair:
Bayt.com, the Middle East’s number one job site, will be hosting a pan-regional Virtual Job Fair (VJF), in a region-wide drive to address the Middle East’s growing levels of unemployment. The VJF, which will be operational on the Bayt.com website, will run for five days between March 22nd and 26th, 2009 and will offer both employers and job seekers from across the entire Middle East a convenient and hassle-free opportunity to interact.
The pan-regional VJF is the fifth online job fair organized and run by Bayt.com, and follows from successful versions over the past year including in the UAE, Jordan, Kuwait and KSA. A total of 99,000 job seekers have participated in the previous four Virtual Job Fair.
Candidates will have the easy and unique option to ‘attend’ the job fair from any Internet-accessible computer and submit their résumés to participating companies of interest at all times, while enabling local, regional and international employers to establish an active and highly effective talent-seeking presence, without physically being in a location. As in previous VJF events, animated 3D “virtual booths” will be set up for the participating employers on the website, and each booth will, as in a physical job fair, be branded with the exhibitors’ names and logos and will provide access to a range of information about the company, including its corporate culture, objectives and recruitment practices. Visitors to the Bayt.com Virtual Job Fair will also benefit from a CV drop option for job seekers to directly submit their résumé to the booths of their choice and directly apply for advertised jobs; and an option for employers and job seekers to interact in real time via online or video chat. A series of links will enable job seekers to connect to a directory of current vacancies in a particular company, avoiding the hassle of having to search through multitudes of job postings.
The Virtual Job Fair offers a variety of advantages to job seekers and employers alike. The VJF saves the time off work and travel and logistical costs associated with visiting physical job fairs, while providing professionals complete confidentiality and the convenience of participating in the job fair from the comfort of their home or office. Employers can save themselves travel and accommodation costs as well as the costs of stand building and maintenance involved at physical job fairs – allowing for savings of more than 50%. Moreover, following the event; employers have the option to immediately measure the success of the Bayt.com Virtual Job Fair for their organization, with advanced and accurate reporting tools. Click here for tips from Bayt’s Muhammad Younas in how participate in Bayt.com Virtual Job Fair:
I Can Draw Winner:
Back in January Bayt was one of the first Arab company to use crowd sourcing in its operations, with its I Can Draw Video Contest.
The contest was looking for Video content that would display in visual style for Bayt series of multimedia videos that can clearly explain what Bayt.com does and how its users can get the most out of Bayt’s website.
I do not know how many videos were submitted, I tweeted this question to Dan Stuart head of innovation at bayt.com- and I’ll update this post once I get the answer. However Bayt has received many submissions according to Bayt’s blog post by Dan. And Bayt has narrowed the entrants down to a 3: Mark from Canada, Sajeda from UAE and Wassim from Lebanon and asked the people to vote, who in turn chose Wassim with 469 votes, who was also chosen by Bayt and announced as a winner.
“The response was as diverse as this group and the geographic spread of contributors – and now commenters – has been a great validation that our reach and the interest in the MENA Region is truly global.” According to Dan’s blog post. Looking at the commenters location in the help us decide page of the competition I found commenters ranging from KSA, Egypt, Occupied Palestine, Germany, Finland, USA, Canada, Pakistan and India among other countries.
Congratulations Bayt for this pioneer initiative in the region, but I think you should have waited until you redesign your website, because frankly to me it is not very visually appealing, maybe you would crowd source that too.