Online job search portal, JobStreet has introduced #WorkNow, an initiative focusing on helping jobseekers to stand out and connect with potential employers.
“It helps displaced jobseekers inform potential employers that they are ready to work immediately. Likewise, this allows companies to identify and access jobseekers that are available for urgent hiring,” the platform said.
“#WorkNow is part of JobStreet’s continuous initiative to help unemployed Malaysians get back to work faster during this unprecedented time, while enabling businesses through the right talent fit. JobStreet has a critical role during this time to help Malaysians secure available jobs in the shortest time possible, and to support them through this Covid-19 crisis,” said Ramesh Rajandran, Chief Marketing Officer, SEEK Asia, JobStreet’s parent company.
Their latest offering, comes after its initial initiative called #TogetherAhead which includes a Covid-19 Jobs and Resources Hub which connects employers and jobseekers with useful information and insights to fulfill their employment needs.
According to the Malaysian Employers Federation in April, the outbreak had led to a slowdown in the nation’s economy, which in return resulted in an all-time unemployment rate with more than 2 million people were expected to lose their jobs.
Additionally, in a survey conducted by JobStreet in May among 5,000 members of the workforce in the country, the platform found that one in five of those who were working prior to the Movement Control Order (MCO) have been retrenched.
The survey has also indicated that 35 percent of Malaysians have experienced a salary reduction of more than 30 percent during the MCO period.
These workers are also largely from the tourism/travel, hospitality/catering, mass transportation, education and retail industries. The pandemic has greatly impacted the livelihood of Malaysians, both employers and jobseekers.
According to JobStreet, the top five industries that are still hiring include the information technology, manufacturing, banking, retail and healthcare industry.
The unexpected pandemic that led to high unemployment rates has also resulted in there being more job searches in the country. The online platform stated that there have been an increase of 16 percent compared to last year with over 74 million job searches on Google in March.
“Now, more than ever, JobStreet is committed to its purpose of improving lives through better careers. Through the #TogetherAhead initiative, our goal was to help rebuild businesses, careers and people’s lives”, says Gan Bock Herm, Country Manager of JobStreet.