From the NST today. Yes, there are many jobs out there you just have to know where to look for them.
KUALA LUMPUR: There are jobs a-plenty for those who are willing to work. And the Labour Department is working hard to bring together job-seekers and employers.
Last year alone, close to 840,000 vacancies were registered with the department â€” more than 36,000 for graduates and the rest for non-graduates. And in the first two months of this year, about 62,000 were added.
But Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn says that relatively few people take advantage of this cornucopia of job opportunities. About 84,000 job-seekers registered with the department last year.
The department has been on the road to bring together people who are looking for jobs with those who are offering them.
Last year, 11 road shows were organised in Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor, Kedah, Perlis, Penang, Pahang, Perak, Selangor, Terengganu, Labuan, Kelantan and here.
Some 300 companies took part, offering close to 30,000 jobs. More than 120,000 job-seekers turned up, and nearly 23,000 applied for jobs online and in person.
At the first road show this year in Malacca last month, 3,447 people applied for the 3,397 jobs offered by 32 companies.
“We are planning more road shows this year, with the co-operation of various industries,” said Fong.
And the much talked about Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) booths in shopping malls will kick-start next month. The first two will be set up at Berjaya Times Square here and in Penang.
“By extending the outreach of ELE, job seekers will be able to shop for jobs at the major shopping complexes,” said Fong.
He said job-seekers, especially the 30,000 graduates who came out of university every year, could browse through the ELE for jobs online and apply immediately.
“In one hour, they can browse through hundreds of jobs and apply for the ones they are interested in on the spot.
“They wonâ€™t have the hassle of having to go back home and write out an application.”
He said the ELE not only speeded up the process of applying for a job but also gave employers more choices, allowing them to consider more potential employees.
The ministry, he added, was also toying with the idea of putting ELE in LRT stations like in Britain, so commuters could browse for job vacancies.
“Our aim is to bring jobs to people,” he said, adding that there were now plenty of jobs in the construction, plantation and manufacturing industries, the service and hospitality industry, finance, real estate, insurance and education sectors.