Opportunities provided by such portals have seen a significant increase in applications by job-seekers and postings by recruitersVarsha Bansal
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Thirty-year-old Ruby Gupta was in search of a work-from-home opportunity when she chanced upon a Facebook post which said recruitment startup Sheroes is the go-to platform for women exploring work options. She decided to give it a try.

Within days of applying, she landed a work-from-home project with UrbanClap.

Lumis Partners-backed Sheroes is among a slew of women-focused recruitment startups that have come up over the past few years to help women who have taken a career break find work, including jobs that offer flexibility in terms of hours and place. JobsForHer, Her Second Innings, V-Pact are among the other popular organisations.

“We work with women at different stages of their career. While we have hiring opportunities, our approach is to build a system to support, advice and provide skilling around the job,” said Sairee Chahal, CEO of Sheroes. “We also have a career helpline through which candidates can talk to a coach or mentor.”

Bengaluru-based JobsForHer is a similar online portal with primary focus on women who have taken a break and want to restart. It not only helps job seekers connect with potential employers, but also helps bridge the gap with skills upgradation.

“Usually, women are told to hide the gap in their resume,” said Neha Bagaria, CEO of JobsForHer. “But when they apply through our portal, they know that they will be evaluated on the basis of their qualifications and experience, rather than get dismissed because of the gap.”

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Opportunities provided by such portals have seen a significant increase in applications by job-seekers and postings by recruiters. Sheroes, which has built a base of 1 million users since its inception two years ago, has witnessed a seven fold growth in job opportunities on the portal in the last one year, said Chahal.

With over 1,600 companies as potential recruiters on JobsForHer, including the likes of The Future Group, Genpact and Unilever, the portal is receiving over 50,000 applications on average every month, which is nearly 300% increase from last year, according to the company.

“MakeMyTrip has hired 40-50 holiday experts from us for sales of their travel packages and all these women candidates work from home,” said Bagaria.