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Buea-based African job search engine Njorku rolled out a major update to its platform this week, with an eye toward improving relevance of search results, performance and scalability. Additionally, they have expanded their offerings to include job search in Uganda and Egypt.
The Njorku search engine crawls websites with job and classified listings serving African countries and indexes results based on keyword searches. The search results are available to job seekers in Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Egypt. As increasing numbers of Africans consume content via mobile devices, users have the option of accessing Njorku via a mobile interface and receive updates via SMS or email. In addition to keyword searches, visitors may also browse popular and recent searches.
Below is a sample query demonstrating Njorku’s enhanced search results. In this case, a search for ‘developer’ in Egypt returns job listings from such diverse sources as LinkedIn, Craigslist and job search portals serving North Africa and the Middle East:
Since Njorku’s public beta in March 2011, founder Mambe Nanje Churchill has done a “total rewrite” of the platform including a new algoritm that determines the critical ranking of search results based on keywords. Moreover, Njorku’s core (crawling and indexing) has now been distributed into separate processes running on different servers. This gives Njorku a noticeable performance boost and enables it to scale up to expand its offerings in more countries. According to Churchill, “we can now crawl close to 300 sites in a very short space of time,” which was not possible in the past.
Last October, Njorku received seed funding to help improve its search technology and marketing efforts.
Website: Njorku | Njorku mobile
Facebook page: Facebook
Founder: Mambe Nanje Churchill (@mambenanje)
Founded: March, 2011
Location: Buea, Cameroon
Njorku is a startup based in Buea, Cameroon. Our mission is to provide jobs search in Africa and more on your mobile phone and computer. We offer job search solutions for Africans worldwide via email alerts, sms alerts and more. Watch our video pitch for more info.
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