Afringa hopes to become the LinkedIn of the African job market

Katherine Fanning

September 26, 2018

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More and more often people are experiencing trouble in finding a job they truly care about and enjoy, and companies are meanwhile struggling to fill vacancies with acceptable candidates. There's an obvious line of missed opportunities in the air, and it's obvious in the African job scene.

But one platform, called Afringa is seeking to address this challenge. Afringa aims to leverage the huge African cross-border potential of African human resources and to slowly eliminate the employment challenges faced by African job candidates and African and multinational companies. Put simply, Afringa is a bridging online platform between companies and job candidates.

Where is Afringa coming from?

Knowledge, technology and the internet are becoming more accessible across Africa, allowing people to communicate more effectively and obtain information more easily. Afringa wants to take advantage of these developments and contribute to solving some of the employment challenges faced.

Afringa is bent on encouraging African professionals, students and start-up entrepreneurs to acquire the skills and experiences that empower them to find or create the jobs that they love. In the same breath, it wants to support the same bunch of people to further develop their careers and help them to have a clearer picture of the job market expectations.

By encouraging people to build their own African professional network, they share their knowledge with other African professionals and increase the visibility and exposure of their career profiles.

What is Afringa dealing with?

Its said that multinational companies receive on average 900 job applications from job candidates for every job advertisement. This inadvertently makes the process of recruiting quite long as companies struggle to quickly identify suitable candidates with matching qualifications. But Afringa solves this by matching potential employees qualifications and jobs so as to make it very convenient for organizations to spot their next employee.

Why would a job candidate want to use this?

Afringa’s platform says it wants African professionals to create a mindset of lifelong learning. Afringa will prepare job candidates for employment market requirements with personalized suggestions for further education, based on their existing qualifications and current location.

This means, if an Afringa member applies for a job where specific qualifications are required that the candidates do not yet possess, Afringa will provide suggestions on where and how to acquire those qualifications, based on the existing qualifications of the Afringa members and their current location.

Why would startups want to use this?

Afringa connects start-ups with entrepreneur hubs close to their location and provides them with more exposure to potential investors that it intends to bring to Afringa, in a separate start-up section.

Why would organizations want to use this?

African and multinational companies will highly benefit from Afringa, since it manages a huge amount of job applications for them. Hence it saves time for companies to sift through loads curriculum vitae to find the right candidate for a job.

Those interested in joining Afringa as a startup or enterprise can visit Afringa's website for more information.

SOURCE Afringa
Edited by K. Fanning

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Acerca de Lucas Vargas:

  • Empezó en Grupo ZAP como el VP de Sales y en 2016 cuando la empresa tenía 60 empleados. Fue nombrado COO de VivaReal tomando el mando de Brian Requarth el Co-Fundador. VivaReal lanzó en Colombia y se trasladó a Brasil. En 2017 se hizo CEO del Grupo ZAP.
  • Ha trabajado en Mexico en PWC y en el Banco Santander
  • Tiene un Master de Business Administration de Harvard
  • En noviembre este año después de la fusión de OLX Brasil y Grupo ZAP fue nombrado el CEO del OLX Business Unit. Lidera la empresa junto con Andries Oudshoorn y Marcos Leite
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Simon Baker is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Online Marketplaces and Property Portal Watch. Involved with property portals for 15 years, he’s a well-recognized expert and industry consultant.
As former CEO/MD of the REA Group for 8 years, Simon led the group to its current market-leading position. When he joined REA Group in 2001, it had $4m in revenues, $6m in losses and an $8m market cap.
By 2008, the company presided over $155m in revenues, $35m in EBITDA and enjoyed a peak market cap of $1b. Simon is currently Chairman of the Mitula Group and Real Estate Investar and a serial portal founder and, investor.