JobNet benefits both employers and Job seekers, Minister Rwanyindo
As usual, this year’s Job Net was organized by the City of Kigali through its employment Centre (KESC) and took place on December 6, 2018 at Kigali Conference and Exhibition Village in Nyarugenge District. Jobseekers from different disciplines met employers during this sixth edition of the annual job fair dubbed “Job Net.” This is an initiative designed to tackle unemployment, especially among the young generation. During the event, corporate companies and public institutions interacted with jobseekers and shared job related information.
The event was officially opened by the Minister of Public Service and Labour, Ms Rwanyindo Kayirangwa Fanfan. For companies, she said, it saves them money and time that would be spent on search for talent through advertisement and recruitment processes. She also added: “this is a chance for Job seekers to have access to labour market information: they interact with employers and get to know existing job vacancies and the requirements”
During this event, Jobseekers had the opportunity to ask questions related to their professions and seek clarity on how to join some of the best employers in the country. Unlike other job fairs that focus on securing employment for jobseekers on the day of the event, Job Net emphasizes on networking and providing information to the youths related to the job market.
Launched in 2014, Job Net has since grown into strong platform, creating 2022 employment opportunities for the youth. In 2015, the initiative created employment opportunities for 128 job seekers, 130 in 2016 while in 2017 and May 2018 a total of 297 and 510 jobseekers benefited respectively.
It has also raised the profile of participating companies in the eyes of potential employees and other people. According to Ms Muhongerwa Patricia, the Vice Mayor in charge of Social Affairs in the City of Kigali, participating in Job Net is also an opportunity for the companies/institutions to satisfy their Corporate Social Responsibility and contribute towards the country’s development agenda. Before the event, Job seekers were trained on how to get ready for interviews as well as how to write Curriculum Vitae among other documents required in job applications. Jobseekers had the opportunity to undergo free preparation sessions where they are oriented in various disciplines including strategic self -marketing and communication.
During the JobNet event, Employers were given free stands where they can showcase their job opportunities or other initiatives that lead to employment promotion. Several institutions contributed to the success of this event namely Digital Opportunity Trust Rwanda, Inyange Industries, Akilah institute for Women, Tecno Company Ltd, JIBU Rwanda and others.