According to Jobstreet’s survey in May, among 5,000 Malaysians, 44 percent of candidates have claimed unhappiness towards their quality of life. Prior to the outbreak, 77 percent of the workforce surveyed said they were happy with their quality of life. The number then decreased to only 35 percent after MCO, particularly among those who were permanently retrenched and those temporarily not working.
“With many Malaysians reversely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, our goal is to jumpstart their stalled careers with tools that may assist them in landing more and better opportunities,” says Gan Bock Herm, country manager of JobStreet Malaysia.
Putrajaya has also recently introduced a RM 2 billion PENJANA initiative for skills development programmes for youths and the unemployed. JobStreet on the other end has also introduced the #TogetherAhead campaign which aims to provide support to candidates and hirers that are impacted by the Covid-19.
JobStreet also introduced the #WorkNow feature, which helps employers zero in on candidates who are immediately ready for hiring. In order to activate this feature, jobseekers simply need to update their Jobstreet profiles, and add the hashtag #WorkNow.
Hirers will be able to access up-to-date information and insights from Jobstreet’s extensive collection of surveys across the Southeast Asian region, as well as new ways to improve hiring strategies amid Covid-19. As for candidates, , they will be able to search for jobs that require little experience but still provide additional income as well as to do industry-specific, in-demand job searches and target companies that are still hiring despite the pandemic.
According to the Malaysian Employers Federation in April, the economic slowdown that resulted was expected to cause over 2 million Malaysians to lose their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.