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Courtesy for Jobseekers

Hey. Jobseekers’ life is tough. As I was minding my own business, I was approached by a lady. She inquired about applying for a job at my current company. I suggested she check for any available positions on this one online platform, as that’s how I landed my job. However, she expressed frustration, mentioning she had applied to numerous roles without receiving any responses. I empathised with her, recalling my own struggles before securing my current position. I still believe it’s merely out of luck as the company was looking someone staying near to the mall.

Not Just in Malaysia

Later, while scrolling through social media, I stumbled upon a comment echoing similar sentiments. However, this time from individuals in the US. They found solace in realising they weren’t alone in facing job application challenges. It’s disheartening to witness the demotivating effect such experiences can have on jobseekers.

Have The Courtesy to Provide Feedback

Globally, businesses are grappling with labor shortages, yet many jobseekers find themselves in a perplexing situation. Indeed, some candidates may be particular about salary and job responsibilities. However, countless others submit applications only to be met with silence. Today’s employers, big and small ones, rely heavily on jobs websites and no longer accept direct applications in filling vacancies. Unless you’re looking for jobs in F&B and other retails, then you can walk in when possible.

Why Employers Couldn’t Get Employees

It’s indeed a concerning situation when approximately half a million Malaysian citizens are actively seeking employment, yet employers seem to be lamenting about a perceived reluctance among people to work. It appears that there may be several factors at play here.

One possibility is that some employers have unrealistic expectations or overly stringent requirements for candidates, making it challenging for jobseekers to meet their criteria. This can create a mismatch between the skills and qualifications of available candidates and the demands of the job market.

Additionally, there’s a chance that some employers may be posting job vacancies without putting in the necessary effort to review and consider all the applications they receive. This could result in qualified candidates being overlooked or applications being disregarded without proper consideration.

*You may read my previous article too: Job-Seeking Experience: The (Worst) Employers’ Logic

Overall, it’s crucial for employers to reassess their hiring practices and ensure that they are realistic and inclusive. By offering fair opportunities and considering a diverse pool of candidates, employers can contribute to addressing the unemployment issue and fostering a more equitable job market for all Malaysians.

A Letter to The Star

Anyway, I’ve sent a letter to The Star and it was published this morning. Thank you, The Star! I know, I know. It’s just an opinion article but boy I’m so happy it was published. I aspire for it to raise awareness. Please, have the courtesy for the jobseekers. Searching for employment is already exhausting, don’t add the burden by ghosting the applications.

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