On The Lookout For New Jobs?

With 2021 coming to a close and locals streaming back from their holiday vacation, the hiring season begins again. [1] However, will the methods of application remain the same? Already, we have seen a shift in preferences of workstyle during the pandemic, where local opinion is split between effectiveness of working from office and flexibility of working from home. Let’s take a look and find out how our respondents conduct job searching in 2021.

Out of all the consumers, of which 43% currently have a full-time job, the top three methods of finding job vacancies are through job vacancy websites, friends and relatives, as well as chat and social media. Interestingly, 26% of respondents still prefer to go directly to the workplace to apply for a job.

Question: Considering the various avenues we now have to find jobs, is job seeking now easy for applicants?

(O’Neill, 2021)

It appears not. According to Statista 2021, despite the sharp decrease in the local unemployment rate from 2007 to 2014, the unemployment rate has been fluctuating between 3.5% to 4.5% in recent years. [2] Coupled with the 6.4 million jobs lost by Indonesians due to the pandemic as of mid-June 2020 (Reuters, 2020) [3], it is unsurprising that a vast majority of respondents (89%) find it hard to search for jobs in Indonesia.

In fact, many Indonesians have actually taken to starting their own business during the pandemic.

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[1] The 2 Best Times of Year to Apply for Jobs (And When to Avoid)

[2] Indonesia: Unemployment rate from 1999 to 2020

[3] Indonesia business chamber says 6.4 mln jobs lost so far in pandemic

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