HerCareer.pk is an online career community specifically for women. Founded in 2013, it specializes in connecting Pakistani women to work opportunities. The project was conceptualized by Abdul Moiz Khatri, who saw talented women around him struggling to find work due to the limitations posed by their gender.
With 29,000 registered women and over 245,000 visits per month, HerCareer is one of the largest communities of its type in Pakistan. They are associated with the US-Pakistan Women’s Council and boast an impressive list of companies and partners that include Nestle, Telenor, British Council, Eton and others.
To ensure a high quality experience for candidates and employers alike, HerCareer uses an invite-only model. All profiles are screened by hand and a fair amount of work is done to provide a place where women can feel comfortable in sharing their details and information. In fact, the career portal is managed entirely by women. That includes staff, content and program managers and other posts.
HerCareer also has a robust mentor-ship program through which women can work with proven leaders in their field to develop their corporate self. Women from conservative backgrounds can also choose only to work with women mentors, so care has been taken to address region specific issues.
One of the great things about the venture is its focus on women from less privileged areas and backgrounds. One of the most popular skills listed on the site is handmade crochet and embroidery and HerCareer plans to open an online shopping portal to sell products made by its members.
We have to applaud HerCareer for their initiative. Women in Pakistan traditionally face a lot of issues when it comes to the transition between academia and professional life. By providing onsite and work from home opportunities from the top companies in Pakistan and features like a dedicated career advice section, they are helping women from all social spheres launch their careers.