Local job sites in developing countries such as the Philippines and India will all promise the world. However, you’ve got to be very careful if you decide to hire direct and use one of these job sites. That’s because many of these sites are nothing more than cloned versions of each other, with little to no traffic. Furthermore, don’t trust blogs that claim to rank the top job sites for a certain country. Those rankings are all typically paid for by the job sites being ranked.
All job sites will have some sort of paywall, meaning that you won’t actually be able to post a job, contact candidates or browse resumes without paying first. This leads to a bit of a conundrum, because how are you supposed to know which job sites actually have traffic and are real if you can’t use them without paying first?
Furthermore, many of these local job sites have hidden, onerous local business registration requirements in order to activate your account. For example, one site that claims to be the biggest job listings portal in the Philippines will only tell you after you’ve signed up for an account that you need to provide proof of local business registration in order to activate your account. This can be quite frustrating if you’ve already paid to sign up. Good luck getting your money back from the Philippines!
We’ve tested many of these job sites ourselves, and we can definitively tell you that the vast majority of them are absolute garbage. We’re convinced many of the sites that claim to be geared towards local virtual workers are nothing more than plagiarized versions of each other, with much of the traffic being duplicative, low quality or even fake. For example, we see far too many one sentence responses to job ads, often from the same email address. What’s more, this same applicant will never actually respond or follow up. That smells like a fake applicant, likely a virtual assistant hired by the job site to give a pretense of traffic on the site.