In a bid to better help full-time national servicemen (NSFs) who are finishing their duty period and entering the workforce, a career fair has made new efforts by offering job openings and other services online for the first time.
Named as Enhanced Career and Education Fair, the quarterly job fair was run for the eighth time and featuring 30 employers from nine industries, including aviation and hospitality, putting out about 2,000 job positions overall. Among the companies are Singapore Airlines, Citibank, and Certis Cisco, who had vacancies for cabin crew, banking-sales personnel and security officers.
Held at Paya Lebar on Tuesday (Aug 15), the job fair was aimed for NSFs in the last three to six months of service. About 4,000 NSFs were expected to take part in the event, Today Online reports.
Virtual Career Fair website complements the fair this round, where registered users could find out more than 6,000 job listings online. The job offers were curated directly from the national Jobs Bank, a job-matching self-help portal for all Singapore-registered companies and nationalities. The service will be available until Aug 29. The NSF users can also browse the website for further career tips and resources that offer industry insights.
See: Singapore is the World’s Best City for Startup Workers: Study Findings
Registration for servicemen has started about a month ago. The users could fill up their details such as educational background, job interest and salary expectations on their online account.
The information compiled from each other was then consolidated into a personalised QR (quick-response) code. With the code, the NSF could use it to submit job applications at the fair, and thus save time completing forms and papers.
National Service probationary inspector Noor Hafeez Abdul Rashid, 24, who serves in the police’s protective security command, stated that, “It’s so easy that you don’t have to (carry copies of) your own resume (with the biodata available).”
Technology company CSE Global, participating for the second time at the fair, had nearly 30 vacancies at two of its subsidiaries. Its group human resources and administration head Pauline Loo, 41, said data from the QR codes had cut the time needed to record jobseekers’ details.
“We spend more time talking to them, understanding what are their career aspirations and whether they’re suitable,” she added.
Read also: Over Half Willing to Accept Pay Cut to Stay Employed: Survey Findings