Now, members of the Monster.com community can head on over to Monster’s Facebook Page where they can pose questions to the Obama Administration with regard to America’s employment climate. The questions that get people talking and rack up the “Likes” will be answered by the White House, who will video tape responses and post them online.
While I shared my first idea on the page but I found writing about my perspective as a blog post can reach more people on different media platforms. I love the teams-up because at least someone will listen to job seekers and it’s so great to utilize the new media to reach the job seekers. I’m thinking of ideas that can work on the long term.
1 – Job seekers are spending months searching for job opportunities and each month is a gap in the career history. I am thinking of a program that the government support to establish high-tech vocational training centers that provide advance training in technology, project management, financial literacy, new media integration, etc. The staff can be people who are also job seekers. It’s a win-win deal as the administration and trainers will get a credit as volunteers and the trainees will improve their skills. All job seekers hate to see gaps in their resumes and most of them don’t want to lose their current knowledge in something they learned so training and volunteering are a good way to invest time while looking for jobs. If the government can’t afford that fund, ask @GatesFoundation, maybe they can help!
2 – The US Department of Labor statistic reads that 75% to 85% of jobs are not advertised in the newspaper or posted on Web job boards. It means they are hidden jobs that could be filled by referrals or be unoccupied for unknown period.
Even all job seekers should network before they need something however the government can support big networking events. We can’t reach hidden jobs without big network. Companies can announce giant networking event announcing the vacancies that they have at the same time inviting interested job seekers with the experience required. Well, you may ask what the difference between this event and any job fair? And what’s the role of the government?
Simply if the government supports these companies by a privilege to get more contracts or may be lowering tax then companies will be more existed to make these matching events however it will be opportunity for the world to know about this brand and a new door open for more business opportunities. If the company smart enough, it can show the culture inside so potential candidates can see if they can fit within the company mission and willing to achieve its vision. BTW, It’s another win-win deal.
The main point here is to let you know that networking is key to employment search today.
3 – @BarackObama announced $10 billion in business deals with India which he said would generate 50,000 jobs in the US. OK, what’s the strategy to fill these jobs? Who will write the job description? Is there a Linkedin group for each industry? What about Twitter hashtag for each specialization? What can the government do to match these jobs and how can it leverage common interests audience via social media tools?
Till today, more job seekers are applying for jobs that they are not the exact match for because of the poor job description. Time wasted for the job seeker and more time wasted for the hiring manager who are trying to figure out the right candidate. I hope the new jobs are not written by “bad” writers.
These are just quick ideas that I wish it reach the people who are willing to listen and act.