Give job seekers a chance and look beyond qualifications

Office workers along Robinson Road on June 4, 2019.
Office workers along Robinson Road on June 4, 2019.PHOTO: ST FILE

I have been unemployed for almost three months now.

I appeal to employers to give applicants like myself, who may not meet all of the job requirements, including educational qualifications and requisite experience, a chance to be employed as we move away from looking solely at academic qualifications as an indicator of a person's ability to do the job (60,000 jobs waiting to be filled, says Manpower Minister, July 23).

There are administrative jobs that are doable by those with only an O-level certificate, but employers rather unnecessarily require the applicant to have a university degree.

Give job seekers of varying abilities a chance to meet their prospective employers in person as face-to-face interaction can prove useful in evaluating a prospective employee.

Be willing to provide applicants with on-the-job training if they prove that they want to do the job to the best of their abilities.

Kevin Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2019, with the headline 'Give job seekers a chance and look beyond qualifications'. Print Edition | Subscribe