More job seekers in the region may expect to be recruited based on their abilities rather than conventional yardsticks such as previous job titles and educational credentials, according to a new initiative intended to encourage businesses to promote skills-based employment.
This Skills Path project offers a different path for applicants to be recruited, according to professional social network LinkedIn, which announced the trial on Friday (Aug 13).
“Today, it’s much more important to recruit people based on their current talents and then invest in their growth via on-the-job training or learning courses,” LinkedIn said.
This comes as more businesses abandon traditional recruiting procedures in order to find prospective workers and fill skill shortages in the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Some growing industries, such as e-commerce, struggled to recruit employees to fill newly created jobs last year.
The new initiative, which is sponsored by the National Jobs Council, expands on LinkedIn’s efforts to assist job seekers in demonstrating their skills as well as businesses in broadening their pool of talent with varied backgrounds.
CapitaLand, foodpanda, Carousell, Lazada, OCBC Bank, NTUC Enterprise, Zalora, and Zuellig Pharma are among the companies that have agreed to participate in the program. These companies are looking for recruiters, data analysts, and supply chain coordinators.
LinkedIn Asia-Pacific managing director Feon Ang urged more organizations to join the program in order to satisfy the growing need for skills, adding that the firm intends to extend its Skills Path initiative worldwide.
“This also marks the beginning of our rallying call to everyone who can assist. The shift to a skills-based economy is not something that can be accomplished by a single organization “She said.
Starting next month, relevant jobs will be recommended to job searchers on the LinkedIn network as part of the Skills Path initiative. This will be based on their shown abilities.
Job seekers seeking vacant positions via the initiative may acquire the necessary skills through free learning courses on LinkedIn and then verify their abilities. They may strengthen their applications by including a video or written introduction that highlights their soft talents.
Candidates who have been shortlisted can expect to speak with a recruiter within two weeks.
Under Skills Path, six kinds of jobs are now available: data analysts, customer service representatives, project managers, supply chain coordinators, recruiters, and sales development specialists.
LinkedIn will also provide additional assistance via virtual seminars to help employees enhance their employability. Workers will learn how to create a profile on the site and get insight into how businesses recruit, among other things. The sessions will take place from now through November.
Job applicants are encouraged to concentrate on their talents rather than their previous experience.
Participating companies think that the initiative will pave the path for the future of employment.
According to Louise Pender of Zalora, talents will be the new currency in a post-pandemic society. “In today’s workforce, one of a candidate’s future potential and abilities will be more significant than their previous job experience,” she said.
Foodpanda Singapore’s chief of people, Judit Hordai, believes that investing in inclusive recruiting processes that accept a broader variety of traits and views offers the city-state a competitive edge.
“Not only will it help level the playing field for all candidates, but it will also give us with access to a more varied talent pool of Singaporeans,” she said.