Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Monday, 13 February 2017

Job Melas are NOT an answer !

Business Line ( 13 Feb 2017 ) carries a news report titled :

“ 5 Crore jobs by 2020 : Dattatreya “

It goes on to read :
“The Centre will ensure jobs for 5 crore unemployed people in the country by 2020, according to Bandaru Dattatreya, Union Minister for Labour and Employment.

He was speaking at a press conference after his ministry entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Posts (DoP) to make post offices as employment registration centres for unemployed rural youth, here on Sunday.

The target of providing 5 crore jobs will be achieved by a combination of measures such as digital solutions and regular job melas, the Minister said adding that job melas will be conducted across the country from next month on a large scale.

As per the MoU, a national career service portal will help the unemployed to register themselves. It will provide them access to a repository of career content on over 3,000 occupations across 52 sectors.

That answer is a Online Jobs Fair , as described in my following blog ( 05 Aug 2016 ) :

Job Fairs : Offline or Online ?

Recently , NICS ( National Institute of Career Services - Noida ), conducted a ground-based job fair

NICS plans to conduct one such job fair , every month , with the next one planned in Hyderabad

Recruiters from three dozen companies sat in small cubicles , handing out forms and registration numbers and asking some candidates to go to a nearby hostel building for a written or oral test

For 5,000 vacancies , some 11,000 jobseekers turned up but only 640 got shortlisted ( just 6 % )- utter chaos !


#  Recruiting companies did not disclose the profiles on offer or the salary structure

#  Had to spend nearly entire day at the venue, after travelling hundreds of kilometers

#  Had to return without knowing the result of the interview

#  There was a lot of confusion as some Company recruiters never turned up for the interview

#  There was ambiguity in the entire selection process since the Company Display Boards and the Profile
    Requirements mentioned during the registration process did not match

#  Overcrowding required hundreds of job aspirants to stand in the sun, for hours !



#   Candidates were not job-ready . Even after interviewing 15 candidates , could not zero in on one !

#   English language proficiency of the candidates was very poor


#  In 25 years ( between 1991 - 2012 ) , employment in Organized Sector grew by 2.85 million jobs

   ( just above 1 lakh per year as against addition of some 120 lakh jobseekers entering job market per year ! )

#  In 2014, eight key manufacturing sectors created 4.2 lakh jobs and in 2015 , just 2 lakh jobs

MY   TAKE  :

#  Whereas ground based Job Fairs have been around for many years , there is no way these can provide a
    solution to matching available jobs to available jobseekers ( 120 lakhs per year )

#  India has close to 50 million MSME . Assuming that only 10 % of these need to hire just ONE person each year,
    ( either by way of replacement or for growth of business ) , that amounts to some 5 million jobs per year

    These MSME do not advertise their vacancies, either in newspapers or on online job portals . These vacancies
    get filled by word-of-mouth


#  Sure ! The answer lies in " Online Jobs Fair " - a job portal with a difference !

#  An " Online Jobs Fair " , does NOT suffer from the following limitations of an " Offline ( ground-based ) job fair :

   *  No physical space limitations . Unlimited number of VIRTUAL INTERVIEW CABINS can be created on the fly

   *  Unlimited numbers of jobseekers and recruiters can come ONLINE , at any given instance(millions, if you will )

   *  Since this platform also enables FOREIGN COMPANIES to interview INDIAN CANDIDATES , such interviews
      can take place round-the-clock ! This platform will vastly improve overseas recruitment of Indian jobseekers

   *  Thousands of INTERVIEWS can be going on SIMULTANEOUSLY , in total privacy ( from anywhere in World )

   *  4 interviewers ( belonging to same company ) , located in 4 different cities , can interview the same candidate
      jointly by logging in at the same time in the same INTERVIEW CABIN ( password protected entry )

   *  Neither the candidates nor the interviewers need to travel , saving millions of wasted man-hours

   *  Interviews can be pre-scheduled and candidates will be emailed in advance , when to log into which cabin.

       The SCHEDULER SOFTWARE will do this automatically

   *  Candidate Assessment Forms will get filled in ONLINE and made available to concerned candidate by email

   *  Offer letters ( or Offer Intention Letters ) or Rejection Letters will get emailed as soon as CANDIDATE
      ASSESSMENT form gets mandatorily filled in online  !

  *  Company Display Boards will be visible to ALL visiting jobseekers to decide which jobs to apply for

  *  Resume Rating software will automatically " rate and rank " resumes of all candidates applying
     against a particular vacancy and arrange applicant-resumes in descending order of " Raw Score " and send out
     Interview Schedule to shortlisted candidates , without human intervention

  *  All online interviews will take place using Audio-Video chat thru Skype / FaceTime ( from Smart phones )

  *  All interview " Conversations " ( questions and answers ) will get recorded and made available to candidate
     being interviewed for his study and improving his " Interviewing Skills "

There are many other advantages , not listed above  but which you can read at :

www.hemenparekh.in > Reports > OnLineJobsFair

Should Ministry of Labour desire , I would be happy to design / develop and hand-over such a online platform without any charge / fees , provided ,

#   Labour Ministry hosts and maintains it  

#   Makes it available for use ( by Recruiters and Jobseekers ) , FREE  OF  COST

Neither the governments ( Central + States ) , nor the Organized Sector , is in a position to " CREATE " 12 million  
jobs per year . 

By creating OnLineJobsFair ( a kind of Virtual Employment Exchange ) , we can help our youth to
enter Job Market of entire World

A beginning  of  " 

Last ( but not the least ) :

OnLineJobsFair will enable millions of young Indians to offer their " Remote Services " to Foreign Companies !
Services such as " Coding " / " Caring " / " Consulting " / " Curating " / " Controlling " etc

It may even become a " Business Meeting " platform !

13  Feb  2017