31 May 2011

SBMA, JobStreet.com tie-up now serving jobseekers worldwide

People looking for work in this free port can now easily land a job here without having to spend a single peso in the application process.

The cost-free convenience is made possible through a tie-up between the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and JobStreet.com , the Malaysia-based job portal which is now the biggest online employment company in Southeast Asia.

The SBMA-JobStreet tie-up unveiled early this year an online career portal and joint recruitment process, which provides a faster, easier and more cost-effective venue for both employers and jobseekers.

“With this program, we hope to provide our investors and business locators with qualified workers, while helping jobseekers with information on available jobs within the Subic Bay Freeport Zone,” said outgoing SBMA administrator Armand Arreza.

“And because this portal has a global reach, we can also extend our recruitment efforts worldwide,” Arreza added.

SBMA labor manager Severo Pastor, Jr. meanwhile cited the ease with which the system draws applicants even from outside the Central Luzon region.

He further said that while the SBMA’s recruitment policy prioritizes applicants from areas “in and around the zone,” workers from outside the zone can also be accommodated through for jobs that require specialized skills.

Glenn de Guzman, JobStreet.com territory manager, meanwhile explained that the SBMA-JobStreet project is a “shared advocacy program” intended to automate the recruitment services that the SBMA provides to Subic investors and business locators.

“This is absolutely free for jobseekers. They do not have to pay any company nor the SBMA to access this facility,” De Guzman stressed.

De Guzman said that jobseekers could easily access the career portal by opening the SBMA official website, which is www.sbma.com, then clicking on the “Job Opportunities” link at the upper left side of the home page to view the job postings.

He added that the portal also provides convenience to jobseekers, who won’t have to spend money for photocopying several sets of application papers even if they would apply for jobs in several companies.

“What they have to do is create an online resume and submit it to as many companies as they want for positions they are qualified for. It’s that simple. And that’s what makes it cost-efficient for jobseekers,” De Guzman said.

According to senior customer care supervisor Voltaire Jose, when a jobseeker submits his or her resume, the system will match job requirements with the applicant’s qualifications. Once the system finds a match, qualified applicants will be notified through e-mail.

He added that In the event that an applicant does not qualify for a position, the system sends the resume to the SBMA labor department’s database, so that when a locator posts a position that matches the applicant’s qualifications, the applicant will be notified as well.

De Guzman said that JobStreet.com provides the service at no cost to the SBMA, but employers availing of the service pay a one-time a year fee of P5,000. The membership fee allows them unlimited posting for the year.

“Without this SBMA-JobStreet partnership, companies wanting to post job vacancies would have to P5,000 per position,” he added.

JobStreet.com, which was founded in 1997 in Malaysia, is now the number one job portal in the country and the Asia-Pacific. It now operates in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Japan, HongKong, and the Philippines. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

Two fresh college graduates browse the JobStreet.com website for job opportunities at the Subic Bay Freeport.