Using ‘trabahoto’ app, terminated domestic worker finds dream job in 3 days
This article was contributed by trabahoto.
Adelina R. Mata could not believe her luck.
Terminated from her domestic work duties effective June 25 this year because her employer is relocating to the United Kingdom, the 37-year old teacher-turned-domestic worker easily—and very quickly—found a new job last May 15, a mere three days after she downloaded in her mobile phone Hong Kong latest mobile app craze, the trabahoto app.
“Hindi talaga ako makapaniwala [I really could not believe it],” Mata said during a virtual interview describing her experience with trabahoto.
“Ito ang platform na napaka-bilis, madaling gamitin, at epektibo [This is a platform which is fast, easy to use, and very effective],” she added.
Mata said she downloaded trabahoto on May 12 after a friend shared it with her. She reportedly chose at least three employers and settled on what she believed was ideal to her liking.
“After I uploaded my CV, I received a call from the domestic work agency that posted the employer’s requirements. I got accepted in three days and I signed the contract on the 5th day,” she said.
Having been in Hong Kong as a domestic worker for almost eight years, Adelina, who hails from Cabugao, Ilocos Sur in Northern Luzon, said she found the trabahoto mobile app complete with all the information and features that an applicant looking for a domestic worker position needs.
“There’s a wide array of employers you can choose in trabahoto. The vacancies tell you the years of experience you need, the main tasks required from, the size of the employer’s house, the domestic worker’s dwellings, even the age of the child you will care for, if such is required,” she explained.
“What is amazing is that the Trabahoto’ app is downloadable free of any charge,” she added.
Mata, who admitted to being a homebody, has a 12-year old daughter left under the care of her husband, Leo, back in the Philippines. Her husband, she said, is a farmer-businessman.
She worked in Hong Kong as a domestic worker after she completed her teacher’s degree at the University of Northern Philippines in Vigan.
Asked if she has improved her lot by working as a domestic worker instead of pursuing a teaching career, she enthusiastically said yes, saying she has built her own home and had saved enough to buy two cars.
She said she is saving more for the future education of her daughter.
“I have taken the licensure examination for teachers (LET) in Hong Kong, but unfortunately, I failed for lack of material and time to review for the examination. I will see if I will take it again,” she explained.
“I need to work hard for the future of my daughter, “she further said, “so I will stay in Hong Kong as long as I am needed and as long as I am able to work.”
The app, trabahoto is a job search platform that revolutionizes online job search by bridging the information gap between the employers and domestic workers in Hong Kong.
While available only at the moment in the Special Administrative Region, Employ Easy Group, the app developer, is readying plans to roll out a similar platform in the Philippines, Japan, Cambodia and Indonesia.