You’re Hired! Thai Startup Fills Gap In Tech Talent Recruiting | 11/22/2018 | Staff
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BANGKOK (Reuters) – When app developer Sattha Puangput was looking to move from a startup to a new role, he updated his profile on GetLinks, a website that pairs technology professionals with companies looking to beef up their tech teams.

Within days, he says, he was called to several interviews and eventually accepted an offer with hypermarket chain Tesco Lotus to develop Android software using Kotlin, a language based on Java that uses fewer lines of code and makes for more efficient app development.

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Knowledge of new languages and programming tools helps build software faster and allows developers to easily work together.

Customers say what sets GetLinks apart is its focus on matching specific tech skills such as app development and programming languages like Flutter and Docker – not just general programming – to meet the needs of Asia’s fast-expanding tech companies and also more traditional companies seeking tech talent that in-house recruiters are not able to find.

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Chinese tech giant Alibaba, Thai conglomerate Siam Cement Group and Australian employment marketplace SEEK Group, participated in a funding round for GetLinks, headquartered in Bangkok, last year which raised “eight figures” in U.S. dollars, said the startup’s co-founder, 26-year-old French-born Djoann Fal.

The funding will help GetLinks set up local offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Shenzhen and Taiwan, Fal said.

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Sattha, 30, says he looked at other job sites, but couldn’t find companies that were looking for his specific skills.

“Usually, the (job) search is long, so I was impressed with GetLinks,” Sattha said. “The offer was fast. There are good opportunities.”

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So far, three-year-old GetLinks has placed over 1,000 candidates across companies such as Tencent, Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank and Indonesia’s travel startup, Traveloka, Fal said.

GetLinks is a “good model” for matching companies with candidates, but could face challenges if trying to recruit more seasoned executives, said Punyanuch Sirisawadwattana, a...
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