Can’t Find Work? Write an Algorithm & Help Everyone Else in Your Shoes

That’s what these two Ukrainian whiz kids did.

This kind of Tech Age success story has happened so often that it’s starting to seem commonplace. Young people see a problem, put their heads together, and create a solution. Ignoring all the barriers to making it work, they just do it. And what’s the result? Amazing stories. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon and many more.

A couple weeks back Anastasiia Skryzhadlovska contacted me to ask if I could put a link to Jooble on my Ennyman’s Territory blog. Before consenting I first wanted to learn a bit more about this young company in the job hunt space. I asked for an interview and indeed found the story is quite compelling.

EN: Before asking about the company, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Anastasiia Skryzhadlovska: In brief, I am from Ukraine, 19 years old. I finished a Ukrainian school with honors, participated in several international youth exchanges, which covered various topics, like sustainability, for example. In 2018 I was awarded a full scholarship to study International Baccalaureate in the Eastern Partnership European School in Georgia. This is where I got lots of international experience (by studying and living with people from more than 30 countries) and the essential skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership, and language skills needed for my work.

Jooble founders Roman Prokofyev and Eugene Sobakarev

EN: How long has Jooble been around? Where did it begin and how?

Anastasiia Skryzhadlovska: Jooble was created in 2006 by two Ukrainian students, Roman Prokofyev and Eugene Sobakarev. Moreover, without any external investment, and just thanks to founders’ desire to make the job search process fast, easy and effective.

Roman and Eugene met in Kherson (Ukraine), at the physical and technical lyceum, where they studied together for 3 years of high school. During that time, friends accomplished a lot: won several math, computer science and physics Olympiads. They continued their education at the same faculty of the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute — Computer Science and Computer Engineering. Working at different software development companies was also a part of their student years.

Once, when Roman was trying to find new employees for one of the companies where he was working, he came to understand that there was no good and effective service that could help him to do so. A programmer discussed this problem with Eugene, with the result that he and friends decided to create a resource which can make a job search fast and simple. This became the first version of such resource. Jooble was written in a dormitory. The students didn’t do any market analysis. They simply came up with the idea and started implementing it.

One of the main features of Jooble became its algorithm, which makes it possible to aggregate vacancies from other employment sites, recruiting agencies and other websites. That’s why it saves time and effort as much as possible: a job seeker should just enter one request and Jooble will quickly provide complete information about existing offers and choose the most suitable option.

Today, Jooble is ranked #2 among Top Employment Websites in the world! It works in 71 countries and continues to expand and improve.

Jooble proves the fact that an IT-company from Ukraine, developed by students, can achieve a great success on a global level!

EN: What is your roll with company? And how big is Jooble today?

Anastasiia Skryzhadlovska: I am a country manager for the United States. I have been working at Jooble for 1 year. In our team there are around 225 people working in the office and more than 200 working remotely. These are approximate numbers. We serve 71 countries and currently have 3 million visitors worldwide daily.

EN: Impressive. Thanks for your time and your story.

Are you currently looking for a career reboot? Or did the pandemic earthquake shake you loose from your job so that you’re wondering where to go next? Two recommendations: Richard Nelson Bolles excellent job hunt manual What Color Is Your Parachute? and Jooble.

All photos courtesy Anastasiia Skryzhadlovska & Jooble.

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