Recently we have observed a sharp increase in unemployment rate in Mauritius. According to Statistics Mauritius, the unemployment rate is estimated at 8.7% for the first quarter of 2015 compared to 7.5% at the fourth quarter of 2014 and 8.0% at the first quarter of 2014. This is even worse knowing the actual anxiety of the job market due to problems related to big company group and economy instability.
This article will therefore give some tips about how job seekers can use the web to find jobs. But we’ll also explain how recruiters need to use digital platforms to find talent.
Tips for Jobseekers
For Job seekers, if you are not able to find jobs, or status quo at your current position level, might be a good opportunity to learn some new skills in line with today’s trends. In fact we’ve observed an increase in jobs advertising recently related to digital skills. This shows that a shift is currently taking place in relation with skills required in today’s job market. And this is in the name of Digital Skills, which concern almost all sectors of activities. This has given rise to new jobs titles such SEO Specialist, E-Commerce Manager, Content Manager, Social Media Executive, Adwords Specialist, etc. Digital has gained momentum and is the new trend for the coming years.
Social Networking and jobs website will become more important and the activities online is growing continuously. As an active job seeker you want to make sure that your information online is properly displayed so that employers can find you easily. Therefore make sure that you have updated properly your profile on platforms such as LinkedIn and CareerHub.mu.
Search for employers’ companies on their social media pages and make sure to like some of their posts, leave a comment or two. In Mauritius it is also a trend for big companies to have a Careers Facebook Page. Many recruiters opt for searching talent via social networks like Facebook and professional networks like LinkedIn and CareerHub.mu.
Even if we are not searching actively for jobs, we’re always open for opportunities right? And it is even better when it comes to you. Therefore think to create your profile on local job sites like CareerHub.mu as well as in LinkedIn as it allows employers to get in touch and propose jobs if they think your profile match their requirements.
Tips For Recruiters
As technology continues to evolve, it will play an increasingly important role in the way companies approach the talent search and hiring process.
Leverage webcam and video interviews to streamline the hiring process.
Cloud-based hiring tools will allow recruiters and hiring managers to easily and affordably find, evaluate and organize top job candidates, while innovative assessment and filtering techniques will help provide a 360-degree holistic view of top applicants.
While digital tools will never fully replace the human instinct necessary for identifying the right candidates, staying on top of technological trends could be a recruiter’s biggest advantage going forward.
Make no mistake, according to Statistics Mauritius, the unemployment rate is forecasted to increase. Therefore the only way will be to stand out of the crowd, and differentiate you. This starts right from your C.V presentation to skills that give you an edge. It also requires that both jobseekers and recruiters to reinvent themselves, or at least have a knowledge of digital. Did you know that 23,300 or about 46% of the unemployed were aged below 25 years? Young adults have better opportunities to learn new skills and adapt to market exigencies, so DO NOT WAIT ANYMORE. But recruiters also need to learn to ENGAGE with them better.