Navigating the employment landscape on a regular day, whether as a jobseeker or employer, is no easy task. Add to the mix an ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the ‘Great Resignation’ phenomenon, and the challenges become even more complicated.
The pandemic resulted in widespread job losses as major industries such as tourism shut down. Other businesses, small, medium and even large ones, struggled to keep their doors open as the world shut down and life as we knew it quickly vanished. Between borders closing and extensive lockdowns, many business operations could not be sustained.
According to the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), during the first quarter of 2021, the Jamaican economy declined by approximately 5.7 per cent due to the continued effects of the pandemic. The services industry continued to see a decline of 8.1 per cent for the same period.
As of July 2021, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, the unemployment rate was at 8.5 per cent. This is a representation of persons described as ‘looking for work’, ‘wanting to work’, as well as ‘available to work’. On the other hand, the job-seeking rate stood at 5.2 per cent and indicated persons actively seeking employment.
While not at the highest rates since 2020, the local job market remains in recovery.
The pandemic has influenced many shifts globally for jobseekers and employers alike. In the United States, the ‘Great Resignation’ resulted in more than 4 million workers quitting jobs in August 2021. This trend has been linked directly to the pandemic and is a key indicator of how the labour market will continue to change in the coming months.
As both employers and job seekers adjust to this new employment landscape, utilising an innovative online job platform as a recruitment partner can help to relieve some of the expected, and unexpected stresses that come with the territory. While not a new discovery, not all job boards are made the same.
Enter: Hire Me Jamaica
Hire Me Jamaica seeks to revolutionise the employment situation across the island.
Hire Me Jamaica is an intelligent online platform that saves companies time and money by reducing their workload and costs while maximising their efficiency.
With a simple and user-friendly platform, in just a couple of clicks, a business can get started with customised searches for the best candidate to meet their needs.
Businesses have a choice of four corporate package plans, each package determines the total access time an employer will have on the site to search potential candidates. Businesses can maximise their time while minimising their costs.
These packages afford employers the ability to fine-tune their timeline to search for candidates that will effectively meet their hiring requirements.
This flexibility also provides them with the opportunity to better streamline their processes from the recruitment stage through to hiring.
Candidates can put their best self forward beyond words on paper
We all know the struggle, hoping and praying for that interview invitation call so you can really showcase your suitability to a potential employer.
Hire Me Jamaica is very aware that personalities do not always shine through on paper. Therefore, job seekers and employers are left at a disadvantage when selecting who they hope to be an ideal candidate for an available role.
This innovative platform allows job seekers to personalise their profiles with a portfolio showcasing their work and expertise, as well as with a unique personal video. This creative element allows candidates to prepare a professional video that can be used to highlight their soft skills and other distinctive talents that may not necessarily stand out on a standard resume.
Hire Me Jamaica helps its customers to put their best selves forward so the best connections are made. No longer will candidates feel as if they are not truly represented on a platform. Companies will also find it easier to identify who they believe will be the best fit for their company culture, and fast-track their hiring processes.