August 19, 2016

Employment fair focuses on personality-based job matching

Job seekers fill out applications at a job fair in Yangon. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Job seekers fill out applications at a job fair in Yangon. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 24 July — For young people in Myanmar, uncertainty about the right career path can be a bigger barrier to finding work than a lack of employment opportunities, the organizer of a Yangon job fair said Friday.
U Than Soe, joint secretary of the Myanmar Young Entrepreneurs Association, said young people often find themselves in jobs that are not suited to their personality or interests.  “All job hunters have a burning desire to get a job, but they themselves do not know which sector they are interested in and have little idea before landing jobs,” he said.
To help remove some of the uncertainty, the Myanmar Society for Human Resource Management has introduced a “career interest test” for job seekers at the fair which runs until 26 July at Tatmadaw Exhibition Hall on U Wisara Road in Yangon.
“We conduct this test for those people free of charge with the aim of helping youths to find a job suited to them,” said U Tin Maung Thein, chairman of MSHRM.  Currently there are many job opportunities in banking, sales and marketing, travel and tours, and information technology, a businessman at the fair said.
Despite high demand for staff, local companies are facing scarcity of skilled workers as well as salary negotiation problems with experienced workers, he added.
U Than Soe said he expected more than 20,000 visitors at the three-day event, which was first staged in 2009.
Past events have received around 25,000 visitors and 20 percent of all applicants got jobs, he added.
The fair covers 100 booths from 61 companies including a few international businesses and will continue till 26 July.—GNLM


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