Singapore

New portal to help jobseekers launched

It caters to fresh graduates and mid-career workers, who may or may not have experience in a particular sector

A new jobs portal has been launched to link jobseekers to both employment and training opportunities, especially in Singapore's growing sectors.

Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said in a Facebook post yesterday the information on the jobsgohere.gov.sg portal is tailored to different types of jobseekers, and it is meant to make the job hunting process as convenient as possible.

It caters to fresh graduates entering the job market and mid-career workers, who may or may not have experience in a particular sector.

Mr Tharman noted that jobs will be the central challenge of the future everywhere in the world, with a real prospect of prolonged high unemployment in many countries.

The pandemic is far from being tamed, and vaccines cannot be expected to be a quick fix, he said, warning of a slow and bumpy economic recovery internationally and possible repeated lockdowns.

"The good news: If there is one thing we've learnt from how Singapore has brought down local transmission of the virus to close to zero, it is that we will succeed if we all play our part. We have to apply this same orientation towards jobs, and more forcefully than ever before," he said.

The Government and its tripartite partners are sparing no effort on this front, he added.

While the goal is to avoid poor-fitting job matches as much as possible, no job match will be perfect, he noted. Therefore, employers must take responsibility and be willing to give opportunities to jobseekers without the required background or qualifications.

BRIGHT SPOTS

On their part, jobseekers must be willing to step into new territory and develop further on the job, he said, adding that many have done so and found satisfaction in their new careers.

Mr Tharman highlighted bright spots in many parts of the economy, including finance, healthcare, the infocomm technology sector, manufacturing, logistics, pockets of the retail sector and the emerging green economy.

"We must be a place where everyone can adapt to new realities, get support to keep learning, see things improve over time, and make the most of life. I'm convinced we will succeed."

Employment