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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Painful job this jobhunting is...

Uploading a jobsite is hopefully the easiest job in Bangladesh it seems! Every now and then jobsites are emerging, back of buses, auto-rickshaws, minibuses etc. are the most preferred place to let know mass that yet another jobsite has appeared in the WWW. Lets name a few in the flock of bdjobs, jobsbd, jobstreet, prothomalojobs, chakri, grameenjobs, aiminlife, jobsa1 etc. Although people get help from the site and some are earning plenty, still the sites are doing their part in giving a lot of pain to the already stressed job-hunters.

Confusing business
bdjobs have already become a training venue for all possible areas of business. The site even ceaselessly fire emails inviting to those trainings if someone once filled up their e-resume. Needless to illustrate again that Bangladesh is a harbor of guidebooks, notebooks, photocopy, coaching centers, private tutors both walk in and home service, plagiarism, nakal bazi at school to university life and eventually training centers, trainers, trainees, training of trainers during work life (or before starting work). Another site jobsa1 also became a coaching center for newscasting and airline jobs. Quite a bit of web pollution it seems.

Jungles of pop-up, flash, links, posts
Homepage of all the jobsite is almost like a jungle, far distant from clarity, naturally takes prolonged time to download. Earning from advertisement is not wrong but it may be in a much smarter way such as how HBO, BBC, CNN do online business. Leverage more customer to visit more by offering clear, cozy, neat, speedy, functional screen and charging higher from the advertisers perhaps.

Misleading classification
Industry, ownership & function are different words, have different meanings. Sales and marketing is a function, not an industry; Telecommunication is an industry not a function, MNC is type of ownership not type of job (!) and so on. Jobsites sort job with no logic, force visitors to search every possible category for a single type of job. They may sort the job functionally and industry specific or vice versa. Moreover, understanding the company specific terms in generic sense is also important. Otherwise, account manager may be posted in finance & accounting type instead of corporate sales! Personal financial consultant of HSBC may be put into research & consultancy job instead of direct sales (or door to door sales)! It is not a big deal for the sorter to get idea of all possible functions in Bangladesh as total formal job market is very small, confined to some industry like FMCG, telecom, banks, insurance, leasings, newspaper, TV, radio, garments, textile, airline, consumer durables, IT products, health, electrical & mechanical machineries & equipments, real estate, ad, research, ngo etc.

Job outside Bangladesh gives most pain in this regard. They unnecessarily mails/posts jobs in malyasia/Singapore although I have signed in .bd domain. In the name of overseas job other site also give substantial pain (basically link of other sites). Residing in Bangladesh (and having no residency, work permit, etc in the respective country) it is almost impossible to get a white collar job offer in Malaysia, Singapore, KSA as citizenship /residency permit is a prerequisite above all education & skill. May be, highly skill and demanded incumbent (specially in IT, Medicine, engineering) gets work permit from his/her employer from any part of the world.

So much so for the jobsites, linking job-hunters with job-givers have become a jolly good job, all at the cost of job-hungry netizens of Bangladesh.

--Abul Kalam Azad

1 comment:

Nazia Ahmed said...

There certainly seems to be a lot of pain for job hunters! Do you know of any up and coming sites that could be useful for jobhunters?