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Online Recruitment on the Rise in Eastern Europe

Among the top ten most popular Czech Internet sites, three types of services prevail: portals, news servers and free mail services combined with virtual communities.

The only notable exception is Jobs.cz, a service designed to assist employers with their hiring needs and help applicants post their resumes and search for new jobs.

Jobs.cz, the first and largest online recruitment service operating in the Czech republic and Slovakia, collects and posts job notices from employers as well as offerings from the people interested in and qualified for a particular position. The system works both in Czech and English languages, though the English service is still slightly limited.

The resource is completely free for applicants. Potential employers, however, have to pay moderate fees for everything except the most basic services. The highest prices reach roughly $2,000 for fully automatic research--a fee that is substantially below the price level of comparable newspaper advertisements and headhunting agencies.

On the basic level, the service is designed to find matching offerings from employers and employees and establish direct contact between them.

Jobs.cz was also upgraded during the past few weeks to provide personalized services. The enhancements enable any user of the site to create and activate his or her own robot--a software agent that actively looks for appropriate jobs or appropriate employees. The agent is defined by a set of criteria that describes the job, type of industry, position, location, salary etc. Agents can be activated and de-activated, archived, or mutually combined. They report results of their search via e-mail periodically.

Jobs.cz is gaining in popularity in the Czech Internet community. According to independent research, it is visited by more than 4,000 unique hosts, most of them skilled professionals. Not surprisingly IT jobs prevail among the offerings on the site, but there is also a growing number of general management positions as well as positions in marketing, HR, logistics and other areas.

Besides Czech and Slovak locations, there is both supply and demand for work in Russia. Czech and Slovak residents, who often speak fluent Russian, may be a natural choice for Western companies hiring staff for their Russian subsidiaries.