With advancements in technology, day to day activities have become even simpler. Take an example of career opportunities. You had to pretty much raid all the newspaper stands in your neighborhood, arm yourself with a marker pen and begin the ritual of marking out potential employment opportunities that fit your requirement.
Now, with the proliferation of internet usage, one can simply perform this tedious task online, perhaps whilst listening to some music or watching the latest season of Game of Thrones. Online Job boards are fast becoming popular due to fast results and easy to use navigation.
Enter OWL.lk. An online job vacancy advertising site with maybe a bit more than that to it. Founded in 2015 by a group of young individuals, OWL provides job listings from both government and non-government (private) sector institutes. Navigating to the homepage, you are greeted with a simple form consisting of two text boxes. Results are grouped and displayed according to the job keyword (for example Civil Engineer) and the location of the job posting (For example, Colombo 01,02 and so on and so forth).
It basically pulls all job listings from sources such as topjobs, everjobs, lakbima, unjobfinder (https://unjobfinder.org) and curates them into one place for your perusal. The results can further be filtered by Industry (IT, Accounting, HR, Sales, and marketing etc.), Job type (Full time, part time, temporary, contract etc.), and Location. From there, once the results are displayed, you can click the most suitable posting and from there get contact details of the employer etc. and apply by signing up for any of the job finding services.
You can even upload your CV to OWL’s own databases and search for employment opportunities from organizations the likes of Dialog, MAS, HSBC, Virtusa, WNS, WSO2 and Millenium IT. Note that you will need to create an OWL account in order to do so. It’s not too hassling, just your basic information such as email address and a name.
OWL is not only for those seeking employment opportunities, but also caters to those who are on the lookout for potential employees for their business. In that context, OWL allows corporate members to create accounts and post job listings in order to attract and seek out potential targets for their business. Once again an OWL account is required for this action with the sign-up form requesting details such as Company name, Business registration number, email and password.
That’s not all, though. When OWL says they cater to everyone, they mean everyone. There’s even a section for Educational Institutes where institutions can sign up and have access to a growing community of talented youth, post CVs and even upload coursework material so that you can compare it against coursework of similar categories. It also has an in-mail feature enabling you to filter between admission emails and personal and work mail, quite a nifty feature indeed.
On the top of the site you will also find a link to educational postings where students and those interested can enroll in numerous diploma and graduate programmes. You have the choice of Applying, viewing additional information about selected course or adding it to a wish list to process later.
Next up is the freelance section where similar to the educational postings, you are presented with a lineup of organizations looking for freelance employees. Again, you have the choice of applying, viewing additional information about selected course or adding it to a wish list to process later.
The next tab that caught our attention was the Jungle. As the name suggests, there seems to be a lot going on here. The Jungle offers advice, guidance and also a news section showcasing the latest trends in technology and marketing and brand management. It also offers guidance to those seeking employment with a number of self-help articles that you can read up to strengthen your skills and land the job of your dreams. You can also post your own thoughts via signing up and logging into OWL.
Overall, for a job posting site, OWL certainly has a lot going on for it. In terms of the UI, it could be a bit more polished. It looks a tad on the sparse side but gets the job done. Search results too could use a bit more work. For example, when I ran a simple search for Civil Engineers, I had to refrain from entering a location as it declined to show results. It looks to be a work in progress but with a few tweaks here and there, OWL has the earmarks of becoming a powerful platform for employment opportunities. You can click here to visit OWL and have a look for yourselves. Happy hunting.
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Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries.
Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries. Last year, we saw Seedstars come to Sri Lanka for the first time. LayUp was selected as the winner of the first Seedstars Colombo, which was held last year. LayUp then went onto represent Sri Lanka as a finalist at Seedstars Global. Eight startups will be competing at SeedStars Colombo 2017.
The winning startup will receive an all-expenses paid trip to both the Seedstars Asia Regional Summit in Bangkok. They’ll also win a trip to Switzerland to compete at the Seedstars Global Summit for equity investments of up to USD 1 million, and to meet with international mentors and investors.
(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
MAS Innovation Center
#50 Foster Lane, Colombo
Mobile Application Security Beyond Compliance Speaker Christopher Stewart is an IT Infrastructure and Security Practitioner with over 11 years of experience including cyber defense and Governance & Audit areas. Here's your chance to
Mobile Application Security
Christopher Stewart is an IT Infrastructure and Security Practitioner with over 11 years of experience including cyber defense and Governance & Audit areas. Here’s your chance to catch Christopher’s session on Mobile Application Security: Beyond Compliance.
Sign up via Email [email protected] | Call us on 011 4713290
*Priced at Rs. 500 (free for CSSl members)
(Monday) 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Prof Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 00700
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach
Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco
What’s Startup Weekend, Anyway?
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.
What You Can Do?
In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it’s an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.
WHO GOES TO STARTUP WEEKENDS?
Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills – Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A STARTUP WEEKEND?
Starting from 6.30 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation – contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea – and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand. (link to timetable)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER
Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.
What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.
2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost $40 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink.
8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Facilities for the Attendees?
Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
Free WIFI: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea.
october 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday)
Trinco Beach Hotel
326,Dyke Street, Trincomalee