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Thursday April 19, 2007
Free online job portal

By JANICE KOU

The Electronic Labour Exchange (ELX) developed by the Ministry of Human Resources has been operational as a free online job portal since 2004.

The ELX registers both employers and employees who are then matched online respectively.

Suitable employees will be aptly matched with potential employers according to their employability status.

The moment the match is done, the candidate will be contacted for an interview.

The ELX is in line with the e-Government initiatives and aimed at improving the mobilisation of the nation's human resources.

The Job Clearing System (JCS), a primary application in the ELX, will ensure manpower utilisation is optimised through its systematic matching of job seekers to job vacancies.

The Government will hold the Karnival Pekerjaan 2007, an annual job fair end of this month.

Districts at state level do organise job carnivals on a monthly basis, but on a smaller scale. Every state is required to stage at least one job carnival.

Last year, six universities were involved in the annual job carnival. This year, two universities are already involved and the numbers are climbing.

Benefits of using ELX

To date, an estimated 17,000 placements have been made available on the ELX.

Available jobs are updated "live" every second in the ELX website so the statistics stay up to date.

The Government wants to encourage all like-minded to get involved, become pro-active and entrepreneurs.

The exposure gained at the job fairs relates to soft skills, one undeniable expertise proven to be very essential to succeed in corporations today. This will help candidates to get good jobs and also convince potential employers to take in graduates.

Current employers in the market have been quoted saying that most new graduates lack people skills.

The ELX design caters exclusively to Malaysians only; whereby residents have to fill up their particulars such their MyKad details and other required information.

One can utilise the advanced search functions to look for specific industries in specified locations. For example, those interested in the field of engineering but prefer to work in Malacca can search accordingly.

The best of total results will be shown, and candidates can apply if interested. Should there be a physical interview, the employer will update the system status after quizzing the candidate.

Options a plenty

Jobseekers have many alternatives of job searches to undertake. Jobs are available throughout newspapers, walk-in job centres, job fairs and/or job matches online! On the ELX system, active period for employers upon posting date is only 50 days.

But, jobseekers have up to six months of active statuses in their job search. This ensures that the system only keeps actively looking candidates, and maintain more current and accurate number of registrants.

Effectiveness of the JCS

Register online anywhere, at any time, at your convenience. The system assists the employers to find the right candidates for their jobs!

With such instantaneity, mobilisation of manpower is enabled between states and regions. JCS is also able to provide current labour market information and analysis. As such, the only glaring difference between private employment agencies and the JCS is the free element.

Free for both potential employers and employees, the JCS Portal can be accessed through Electronic Labour Exchange or Welcome to MoHR Website.

The Government sees the ELX as a social contribution to the people.

The ELX's objectives are simple: to enhance the mobilisation of national human resources between regions; optimise the deployment of national human resources through a systematic matching of job vacancies and candidates; and to be a one-stop reference centre for the national labour market information.

Thinking of others' needs

The Government has also catered to the disabled with the Sistem Penempatan Orang Kurang Upaya (SPOku). A system similar to ELX, it focuses more on the requirements of the disabled.

Those with less significant disabilities have a choice of either job searching via the JCS or other private recruitment agencies.

In addition to that, the ELX stations at the job carnivals this year are also user friendly to the handicapped, with audio speakers for narration, too.

On the Electronic Labour Exchange website, look out for the ELX poll where you are able to vote on the services provided. The number of visitors to the website are also noted and stated at the top right of the website. So far, the total hits collected at the website is at or above 8.8 million!

Even the Ministry of Human Resources utilises the ELX and the JCS application to post up vacancies. It is only natural that the Ministry supports one of its projects to enhance the efficiency of the system!

The ministry's main objectives remain in helping and encouraging job seekers and employers to find local placements and to reduce the number of foreign workers. ELX is not just for graduates or the inexperienced; employees currently working also can keep their options open.

At the ELX, potential candidates are matched to employers for varied reasons. Factors like salary, physical and mental capabilities, among others, contribute quite significantly to an employer's decision whom to employ for the job.

This is where the Career & Counsel unit comes in handy. The Career & Counsel unit at the Ministry lends an extra hand in finding suitable positions for acceptable candidates.

The unit visits schools, colleges and universities to provide career counselling.

Since there are so many institutions throughout the nation, the talks are planned in stages.

Students need to know what academic majors will allow them to work in certain fields they are interested in.

Last year, the annual job carnival was such a success that many private colleges tied up with the organisers to bring in the targeted audience.

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman was involved in 2006 and will also be making its appearance in the job carnival this year. Like the ELX system online, potential hiring companies are highlighted to the job seekers.

Other job ads do not state the employers who are hiring, sometimes leaving the candidates rather clueless.

More developments in the near future

Planning is already in the works to set up more ELX stations in shopping malls. In the near future, when most people have familiarised with using the station and the search processes, the services will also incorporate the use of text messages.

The Ministry of Human Resources is also in discussion to have mobile job stations in the form of ICT buses with Internet facilities. These plans, when coupled with newspaper advertising for job fairs, will become the utmost multimedia vehicle that will reach potential employers and employees everywhere.

Account systems will grow in leaps and bounds, and Special Tasks Officers will be appointed to personally oversee the assigned number of corporations.

This will be done so as to keep in touch with corporations that are highly active in seeking job seekers, with added focus and attention.

The ELX registration and job searching process can all be accomplished online, but in the Ministry of Human Resources, the labour department also manually assists on by providing career counsel.

The office environment is used for employers to conduct interviews and there are 38 such offices nationwide.

Apart from one-on-one career counsel, there are plenty of other manual resources to exhaust for improving the people's employability rates.

Workshops are convenient and will be conducted especially for people not well versed in ICT.

Upon further advertising about the job carnivals in the newspapers, more high-level corporations will come forth to input their available vacancies, meaning the quality and numbers of candidates never ceases to grow.