Adapting to new realities

Asnawi Yusof says jobseekers should use platforms like LinkedIn to connect with others.

Jobseekers face challenges in staying relevant to meet the needs of the labour market. LS Training Solutions training provider Asnawi Yusof, in saying this, advised them to adapt by using technology and improving their skill sets.

He said they should accept the realities of the job market, including remote working and the digitalisation process.

“Qualifications are not the only thing. Skill sets make one more valuable, ” he said in his virtual presentation entitled “Job Challenges and Opportunities in the New Norm”, during the webinar hosted by Social Security Organisation (Socso), “The New Normal: Thriving in the Current Labour Market”.

The webinar was moderated by Socso’ Centre for Future Labour Market Studies chief economist Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Yusof Saari.

The speakers shared their insights on four themes, namely:

> Preparing candidates to face new challenges in the Covid-19 era.

> Landing a job: tips, tricks and inspirational examples.

> Promoting awareness of career development services.

> Using labour market information for self-employability assessments.

Asnawi said jobseekers have to practise upskilling and reskilling to secure employment and stay competitive.

Citing the LinkedIn platform that focused on professional networking and career development, he listed the top five soft skills needed by jobseekers – creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability and emotional intelligence, as well as the top 10 hard skills – analytical reasoning, cloud computing, scientific computing, artificial intelligence, affiliate marketing, business analysis and video production.

He said jobseekers also need to have an action plan, conduct self-evaluation to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and use various platforms to connect and find suitable jobs.

“Learn from top guns in their field as well as other individuals to improve yourself and also find jobs, ” he said.

“You need to connect with at least 200 people, especially those who are relevant to your business or industry.

“Do not give up, you must continue to learn. You must remember that there is a new journey today and tomorrow and explore various opportunities to be successful in your career, ” added Asnawi.

On the predicament of fresh graduates who lacked experience, he said they must utilise their indirect experience to attract the attention of employers.

He also said that there were multiple opportunities available for jobseekers to improve their skill sets through training, such as through Socso, Human Resources Development Fund’s e-LATiH, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Yayasan Peneraju, TalentCorp, Upskill Malaysia, and LinkedIn Learning.

Socso case manager Mohammad Zarrul Hakimi Kamaruzaman shared his experience on the organisation’s Return to Work (RTW) programme that was introduced for insured persons.

“The RTW programme helps insured persons with injuries or diseases take on safe and productive work as soon as it is medically possible.

“It is also for individuals for whom maximum medical improvement has been achieved with a primary focus on minimising the impact of injuries or disabilities, ” he said. Mohammad Zarrul said suitable training would be given to those who lost their jobs, among others, and they would be monitored and assisted for work placement.

He shared how the RTW programme successfully assisted lorry driver Davan Davaraju, 33, who suffered severe head injuries following a road accident while travelling home from work in 2017.

After undergoing an intensive rehabilitation programme, Davan got help to obtain a job as a lorry assistant and is currently getting paid RM1,800 per month.

In a recorded video, Davan said the RTW programme motivated him to be more focused in his job and to undergo vocational training for wiring.

“Socso officers continued to call and monitor my progress, ” he added.

Psychiatrist Dr Siti Hazrah Selamat Din’s shared insights on the psychosocial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, while SG Akademi business development manager Muhammad Syafiq Salleh spoke about the career pathway in his presentation titled “Drones and Tomorrow’s Airspace.”

Meanwhile, Sosco project, research and strategy department head Mohd Arif Aziz shared information on job loss and job placement in his presentation entitled “Employment Tools Exploration: Employment Insurance System.”

Participants of the webinar received e-certificates and also stood a chance to win attractive lucky draw prizes, such as the Apple Watch Series 6.

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