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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Help job seekers by holding expos

A good number of measures have been taken by the government and other stakeholders to see that people, particularly the youth get jobs.
The government has been drawing up policy measures to lure investors in a bid to create more jobs.
It has also sought institutional integration with other countries with the aim of creating a broader market through which more jobs can be availed.
The private sector has also been in the forefront in creating jobs through setting up new businesses and improving the existing ones to open up more job opportunities.
Thanks to the collective efforts, there are many more jobs today than there were in the past.
What is more encouraging is that as industry grows and spreads, more and more jobs are becoming formal, standardised and professionalised.
However it is not all good tidings. For despite these efforts, the labour industry in Tanzania still faces serious challenges.
With more than 2.6 million jobless people since 2006 and close to a million youths pouring into the labour market every year from schools, the situation is not easy.
It is something akin to what President Kikwete described the other day as a time bomb. It needs to be urgently defused to prevent the crisis from deepening.
More efforts are needed not only in terms of creating more jobs internally, but also opening up more job avenues for Tanzanians abroad.
Actions being taken elsewhere in the world, especially in the countries at similar stages of development to ours, in tackling this perennial global menace offer us valuable lessons and job opportunities too.
But such opportunities to link recruiters and job seekers, are rare in our situation, because that information does not flow easily through to the seekers.
That is where job fairs come in as the latest innovative method of recruitment which the labour market has taken to, especially in the developed countries.
Also referred to commonly as career fairs or career expos they offer opportunities for employers, recruiters and schools to meet with prospective job seekers for purposes of recruitment.
They usually include company or organisation tables or booths where information can be collected and addresses exchanged.
In the college setting, job fairs are commonly used for entry level job recruitment. Often sponsored by career centres, job fairs provide a convenient location for students to meet employers and perform first interviews. Online job fairs offer the same convenience online.
In China, the US and Europe where many people go without jobs, this system has become the most dominant todate.
In Africa, though this method of recruitment is not common, save for some countries such as South Africa, which have of late introduced it in a bid to cope with the rising trend of unemployment.
Though new, it is an innovative avenue that Tanzania could use to ensure recruiters meet job seekers, especially those across the border.
It would make a lot of difference for the many young job seekers walking from office to office or one factory premise to another, if arrangements could be made that they meet at an expo from time to time.


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