Job Hunting with Recruitment Agencies; It’s time to upskill and reskill to face the actuality! The issue of unemployment among graduates has evolved from a matter of growing concerns to one that leaves furrows on graduating students as they’re facing frustratingly long waiting periods for openings amidst a sputtering economy. "According to a study conducted by the Malaysian Ministry of Education 's Graduate Tracer Study in 2018, nearly 60 percent stay unemployed one year after graduation and 55 percent are degree holders". The widening gap between what the academic institutions deliver and what business needs in terms of technical and soft skills had led to more unemployment hurdles. Graduates aren't well qualified to stay competitive in the job market with the right level of knowledge and skills. Being on the dean’s list isn’t enough to secure you a career. It certainly helps, but it’s outlying what an employer values in a candidate. Companies also want to spot whether you’re a team player, can multitask while being constructive, and be able to form solutions for internal matters and a risk taker.The 21st century workplace does not require freshers who are “walking encyclopedias” but ratherSelf-reliant and resilient persons who are achievement-oriented with high self-esteem;Persuasive and effective communicators;Emotionally intelligent;Good problem solvers and decision makers with analytical and creative minds;Fast and lifelong learners;Good team players;And ethical with a high standard of integrity (morally intelligent)Being on the dean’s list isn’t enough to secure you a career. It certainly helps, but it’s outlying what an employer values in a candidate. Companies also want to spot whether you’re a team player, can multitask while being constructive, and be able to form solutions for internal matters and a risk taker. Nevertheless, faulting the higher institutions for this predicament is not going to transform the circumstances. The government has in the past inaugurated countless programs to aid the jobless graduates; SLIM (Skim Latihan Satu Malaysia) Program was one of those that intended to enhance the employability skills of Malaysian graduates. So, what is your role as a candidate to upskill & reskill yourself up the ladder? Upskilling! Learning is the new currency that can aid you as a labor force to prosper. Local graduates should be planning to respond to the changes brought on by the latest pandemic. There will be plenty of new employment prospects in the digital and technological industries, as the existing economic environment has changed after Covid 19. How well the graduates are dealing with this transition is a matter of debate.Most of you would need to learn new skills by accessing the training opportunities in the market. This because circumstances may emerge that require graduates to perform responsibilities outside their field of expertise. Therefore, graduates need to become more marketable and equip themselves with different skill sets and not just restricted to their specific field.Be proactive. Make sure you are aware of companies that are hiring and what type of roles and expertise they would require. One way to do so is by job hunting with recruitment agencies in Malaysia to gain more exposure and knowledge about the hiring market. What do you think the role of the recruitment agencies here? Thanks to their widespread contacts, recruitment agencies offer graduates access to a number of employers and exclusive vacancies - signing up to one could be your ticket to a job offer. On that account, recruitment agencies provides the following benefits to graduates: 1. They’re free of charge! Occasionally a worried candidate asks how much we will be charging to find them a job. It is the companies who pay us a fee to put our time into finding the best candidates and managing the practicalities of graduate recruitment, not you. You never have to pay us anything at all. 2. They’re a cordial voice! Recruiters at Manpower tend to like talking to people! We will be very interested in what you want from a job, what your strongest skills are and what you think you can offer to a company. You can chat through ideas with us, ask us any questions about the market and use us for advice & feedback.3. They know the field We're experts at helping people find the perfect graduate job. As a result, we can navigate you through the process and be there to give your our advice and support. 4. They act as a mediator Very few students have any experience of receiving a formal job offer, knowing how it compares to other job offers in the industry and negotiating the finer details. Job application processes, interview formats and job offer differ from one company to another. It is likely that you will find each process to be unique and this can make you unsure of what to expect, and how to respond. We can negotiate with your future employer on starting dates, salaries and just about anything else, to make sure both parties are happy. In the end, it’s about helping employees develop the skills they need in order to help stay relevant as work changes. We, at ManpowerGroup Malaysia are leading the shift to become builders of talent, partnering with NGOs, governments and clients to help young people develop their employability before they enter the labor market, and providing opportunities for people to acquire new skills and adapt to a fast-changing world of work. We are also offering free Executive Development Programme for unemployed workers & fresh graduates to equip them with the relevant skills and knowledge that promises guaranteed employment in certain industries. Whether you're trying to advance your current career or pursue a new one, we have the tools, tips and advice you need. To find out more about the career opportunities available in the labor market today, head over to our job's portal.