A million jobs to match demand by year-end

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK

Malaysia Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) has forged a partnership with SlingApp to introduce eRezeki, a programme that is expected to match over a million jobs across 10 industries for young jobseekers.

SlingApp co-founder Teh Tian Ji said the application will also be launching various campaigns to reach out to the bottom 40% group nationwide to encourage them to sign up and get job matches.

“We aim that by the end of 2019, there will be over a million successful job matches through this initiative, ultimately creating more digital income opportunities, while filling up the existing void in various industries,” he said.

The eRezeki programme is a government initiative under MDEC to help the lower-income households to improve their livelihood by enabling their participation in income opportunities offered via digital means.

SlingApp co-founder Lucas Wong said another unique feature of SlingApp is its location-based job searching set within a 30km radius for travelling convenience.

“This location-based feature is very useful for not only jobseekers, but also students, as our app also posts on internship placements available at various organisations.

“Imagine skipping the long-winded process of sending letters and waiting for a response that may take weeks, to something as simple as applying and getting a match located near your home or universities under one minute,” he said.

In the coming months, the “Tinder for jobs” aims to include job opportunities outside the Klang Valley, which includes Penang and Johor.

The Malaysian-based start- up is also hoping to expand to Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Since its launch in 2017, SlingApp has successfully matched 40,000 jobseekers to more than 2,000 companies including major global brands such as DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, AEON Co (M) Bhd, Mary Kay Inc, Sushi King, Tony Roma’s and Public Mutual Bhd.

These subscribing employers have posted more than 5,000 jobs. Interestingly, youngsters between the age of 21 and 26 contribute 58% of the growing database on SlingApp.

The jobseeking application has introduced its Auto-Interviu feature, which allows employers to receive more information by sending five specially tailored questions to the applicants during matching.

Over 72% of applicants went through the process, which reduced the typical interview time by over 70% versus the traditional recruitment approach.