Manjunath Talwar, an IIM graduate and Abhijit Khasnis, an engineer from BITS, were holding leadership positions at Yahoo; the biggest challenge they faced was to hire someone at short notice.
This resulted in www.mynoticeperiod.com, a job search website exclusively for those serving their notice period. The site has proved popular, has got selected as a promising startup by Nasscom and is in talks with investors.
"It takes three months to find someone and another three months of notice period for them to finally join. This time lag in hiring we faced led to the creation of this website," said Talwar.
The promoters claim the website has signed up more than 6,000 job seekers and 400 recruiters. But can it hold its own in an already busy market? Market leader Naukri.com has 3.7 million job seekers and 22,000 recruiters. Then there are niche job sites for blue collar jobs (Babajob) and BPO/KPO jobs (Mera Jobs) with a few hundred thousand.
Talwar said www.mynoticeperiod.com is different. "We retain only active profiles. The day the notice period ends the profile gets inactive. The qualification of the candidate on our website is self-evident," he said.
Job seekers must declare the best offer title and salary so that prospective recruiters know upfront if they can make a better offer.
"It is for the first time a website consolidates all candidates serving notice period. We are finding relevant people and expect to place some of them very soon," said Vijay Kumar, MD of Bangalore-based recruitment firm Peepal Consulting.