Jobs broker to end bosses’ cyber woes
A NEW employment service based at Townsville wants to end the frustration of the unemployed and employers in gaining and filling jobs.
The founder of employment broker U2E People, Rabieh Krayem, said the current Jobsearch system, as well as technology, were working against otherwise skilful people gaining work.
Mr Krayem said official job providers were often not giving people the services they needed to secure interviews, let alone jobs.
He said employers were frustrated because if they tried to manage the process themselves, the ease of technology allowing people to lodge applications at the click of a smartphone meant they were swamped with hundreds or thousands of applicants and no practical way to sort the chaff from the wheat.
“It’s a big problem,” Mr Krayem said.
“There’s less human element to the recruitment process than there was five or 10 years ago.”
Mayor Jenny Hill launched U2E yesterday, pledging to support the new employment broker when jobs became available in its 1700- strong workforce.
“This is the first employment service of its kind in Australia,” Cr Hill said.
“Sadly, it’s a much- needed service.”
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 12,300 people were registered as unemployed in the northern region based on Townsville in May, which is well up on previous years.
Mr Krayem said U2E was providing a customised assessment program for candidates as well as an online jobs board for employers looking to fill positions.
They would work with job providers and employers to provide suitably qualified candidates.
U2E would tap into existing government funding that was available through job providers.
“It is a daunting task,” Mr Krayem said.
“We know of really skilful candidates who struggle to even get to the interview stage, let alone get a job.
“With technology these days, unless you know how technology works, you struggle.”
Mr Krayem said they worked with candidates to assess their skills and interview performance to at least get suitable candidates in front of employers.
Interviews were recorded on video to provide feedback to applicants and, where necessary, help them make improvements.
“Governments spend a lot of money getting people back into work,” Mr Krayem said.
“It’s great but governments need to also make sure they give people a fair go.”