Nowadays, there are many websites and online job board platforms. Job seekers can create a user profile with their Resume. In this way, they are registered in a database of applicants who can access job offers from national and transnational companies of different business lines. If you are looking for a job, give a chance to the one that best suits your needs. Meet some of the most popular online job boards in Latin America.
What Are Job Banks?
Job banks are the registry of offers and requests for employment in a particular sector like companies, educational centers, or other institutions. The work you will find can be in very diverse areas, from simple jobs to sophisticated technical and scientific positions.
With the advent of the Internet, job banks have changed to the online format. First, they were like a copy of the physical design transfer online. Companies offered a link to access the job bank of a particular company or institution. Later, they adopted the form of internet forums and social networks, which implied their evolution to online job banks.
Benefits of the Job Banks
In contrast to pre-internet job banks, the advantages now are those inherent to communication technologies. On the one hand, you will have fast communication between interested parties and unlimited geographical reach (if you are looking for a job in another city or country). It is also more convenient to access job banks from home or any place with an Internet connection.
Most job bank websites implement search and filtering systems to find specific job offers. The parameters used include the name of the company you want to work for, geographic area, and salary range.
Creating a profile implies being part of a job bank on most of these platforms. In this way, they function as databases of applicants too which companies can fill their vacancies.
Labor Social Network: LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a very dynamic platform that has become a benchmark in the labor market in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. The company was purchased in 2016 by Microsoft for 26.2 billion dollars.
It is close to a traditional job bank, i.e., a database with job offers and applicant profiles. However, it works more like a social network like Facebook or Twitter. Users create their profiles focusing on their work and academic information. In this way, they interact with other users on topics of the exact nature, which encourages networking.
Most Popular Job Banks in Latam
One of the characteristics of online job banks is that they are not limited to a specific geographic region. In addition, most of them work in practically all of Latin America. You can segment job offers by region for greater convenience, but you can broaden your search if you are looking for work in other countries. Here are the most popular ones in Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia.
In this country, there are several options, and they have grown in recent years. OCC Mundial is one of the most internationally recognized Mexican stock exchanges. It offers the standard job search and job application functions.
Also, its web version gives the option to highlight the most popular searches on its site—for example, cities, job titles, or job characteristics, such as home-office or part-time.
Computrabajo, on the other hand, is another company with a broad national presence. It has job offers from Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, and more). Currently based in Scotland, this job bank has become a benchmark for job search.
It has several strengths, such as the number of job offers it presents and its connection with transnational companies. Also, its app allows you to create personalized alerts on your phone to receive job offers of your interest before anyone else.
OpcionEmpleo is one of the most popular options in Ecuador to find a job. Standard search modes allow you to segment by job title and geographic location. You can also create a profile with an integrated Resume to be part of its applicant pool.
Computrabajo also has a presence in Ecuador. It has a special section for this country that focuses on jobs within the national region.
Finally, acciontrabajo is a professional network to find different job offers online. Its platform promotes and organizes professional networks by proximity and sector, according to a geographic region of interest or a specific professional area.
One of the most popular options in Colombia is talentbox. Its application management process makes efficient and optimal connections between the job seeker and their ideal job.
Another alternative is elempleo, dedicated to Colombia, which offers attractive jobs in Bogota, Medellin, Barranquilla, etc. It has a paid option (V.I.P.) with access to different services. For example, professional advice to prepare an attractive resume appears in recruiting companies’ first search options, salary consultations for the position of interest, and more.
Remote Job Banks
It is estimated that the worst moment of the pandemic crisis and its quarantine was the second quarter of 2020. According to data from the International Labor Organization, during this period, approximately 23 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, between 20% and 30% of salaried workers, entered into telework or home office mode. Before this period, remote work represented less than 3% of the salaried workforce.
Although it is not common to find job banks specifically focused on remote jobs, several consider this category a criterion in their search engines. In addition, the companies that offer jobs are usually explicit about it. It is the main attraction and even the determining factor for applying for a position in many cases.
The «Big Quit», a Labor Phenomenon During the Pandemic
In mid-2021, in the United States began the phenomenon known as the «Great Resignation» that has echoed internationally. As its name suggests, it consisted of a massive resignation of professionals in different areas in the United States.
This year there were 68.9 million layoffs, of which 47.4 million were voluntary resignations. The reason? After almost a year of remote work, employees were pressured to return to face-to-face work. Many employees decided to leave their jobs at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic amid hospitalizations and deaths.
In a way, these actions were a protest due to reflection. People weighed the importance of their personal lives concerning office-based work. Many found more opportunity for growth by working at home or in private spaces without the economic, mental, and emotional costs of moving and staying in offices.
This phenomenon has given rise to dismissal and rethinking of the importance of work in personal life and its cost for employees. Many companies are seeing this new trend and, fearing a massive talent drain, have opted to start adapting their protocols and dynamics to make them work remotely. Remote work will undoubtedly continue even after the expected end of the pandemic, although, by the way, it does not look close.
Home Office, the Future of Work?
If there is a dynamic and ever-changing market, it is the labor market. With the advent of globalization, the Internet has grown with impetus in the last two decades. In addition, in the previous two years, the pandemic has revolutionized the workspaces, and therefore, the job offers have diversified.
The Internet took a crucial role in searching for new jobs and personnel for employers and companies. Just as the pandemic and its quarantine had an unexpected impact on the labor market, it isn’t easy to know the exact future of the home office and its long-term permanence.
However, in particular, one issue is interesting to analyze. The «Big Quit» phenomenon highlighted the conflict that companies will face in the coming months or years: are they ready to adapt to remote work by their employees permanently? And are those that flatly refuse to abandon face-to-face work prepared to face the risk of a massive drain of personnel and talent?
The future remains uncertain due to COVID-19. Considering the advances in technology, perhaps it is time to accept that the office is not as indispensable as once thought. It is most likely for an employee to find productivity, creativity, and happiness working at the home office.
Translated by Shebatt Quinones on February 14th, 2022.