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A website which links Kenyan job-seekers to local opportunities has been launched. The site,, will list job opportunities in organisations which sign up as well as deposit the curriculum vitae of job-seekers, that employers may access and sample for consideration.

Labour minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere, who launched the website in Nairobi last week, called it a major breakthrough in reducing the cost of looking for a job. Employers may advertise job vacancies, receive applications and view other CVs in the database, and then instantly filter all to the most appropriate candidate.

An employer seeking a sales and marketing agent, for example, might start the search under "sales" and, depending on the number of applicants, further filter the results by adding "marketing". The search could be refined even further by adding "graduate" in the search criteria.

To access the website as a job-seeker, a credit card of Sh300 is required, which gives access to the service for 30 consecutive days. Employers will also be required to pay a "small fee" to have CVs verified.

The Chief Executive Officer, Mr Moyez Alibhai ,said the card would be available at many telephone card outlets, leading supermarkets and cyber cafes. Mr Alibhai said the website was designed to be user-friendly even for non-internet users.

The Kenya Commercial Bank chairperson, Ms Susan Mudhune, addressed the launch. He added: " also allows job seekers to remain anonymous if they wish by displaying data in their CVs that does not identify them but provides enough information to prospective employers. They can also decide to block certain employers from viewing their CVs".

The site would hold on-line the entire Kenya Gazette and all the employment Acts of Kenya, Mr Alibhai said.

To get started, one job seekers would get free time to sample and see for themselves the operations of the product before they purchase a scratch card. The results of the search for job, after depositing one’s CV is instant. The management of the site have invested more than Sh70 million in the project, the minister said.

The Nation