Japanese social recruiting startup Wantedly to launch English version of app, expand into Singapore markets

Mon Mar 6, 2017 - 11:05am UTC
Japanese social recruiting startup Wantedly to launch English version of app, expand into Singapore markets
The Japanese social recruiting startup has launched an English version for the company’s app – Wantedly Visit for iOS.

Wantedly, a Japanese social recruiting startup has revealed last Thursday that it has begun providing an English version of its services, in addition to expanding into Singapore as its first overseas business.

Specifically, the firm has launched an English version of the company’s app – Wantedly Visit for iOS whereby the application offered in each country will allow users to search for recruitment opportunities nationwide. Although plans about one for Android has not been mentioned at this point.

Consequentially, the startup will also commence its full-scale sales and promotion activities in the Singapore market, having hired four local staffs. One of which has been appointed as the Country Manager of the local subsidiary, is Weiting Tan who formerly served the last-minute hotel reservation app HotelQuickly.

Its office will be established at the co-working space Spacemob near Orchard Road, whereby it will be used as a hub to accelerate business development in Asian countries. In commemoration of its full-scale launch, the firm has also held a party at Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore last Thursday.

Officially released in February 2012, Wantedly is a business social networking site (SNS) that allows the engagement with human resources through business contacts, corporate visits, and other activities involving social recruitment.

The startup, since its inception, claims to have more than 20,000 companies in Japan registered as users on their Wantedly app with the number of monthly visiting users recently reaching 1 million.

In March 2015, without establishing local offices, Wantedly has prior to this expanded into Indonesia with only a foreign language version of its service.

Commenting on the expansion, Nakako Akira, the representative director of Wantedly said, “Geographically, ethnically and culturally, Singapore is a country very similar to Japan, especially in terms of the maturity seen in the society. This is in the sense where people tend to choose companies based on potential growth and corporate missions instead of salary or welfare benefits, which is why I think Singapore will be a fit with Wantedly services.”

By Vivian Foo, VCNewsNetwork

This news is published on Reuters.

Vivian Foo is a reporter who writes about Southeast Asia’s technology and startup space. The entry point which led her to write about the startup ecosystem was her fascination of the dot-com boom. She is taking a deep dive into how the entrepreneurial mindset works and hopes to share the insights, innovation, and stories of the startups with her readers.