DURBAN – The Covid-19 lockdown measures have forced many South African companies to make major cutbacks and initiate retrenchment procedures. Local company 21st Century has partnered with I Got Hired, to make the job-hunting process seamless for job seekers.
According to 21st Century’s Craig Raath the platform is a cost effective but powerful way to offer support to outgoing staff, as it shows a tangible commitment to the welfare of both previous and current employees.
“If your staff are facing retrenchment, helping them make sense of it all during this difficult time potentially offers them a glimmer of hope, by assisting them with a subscription to the platform, and by equipping them to make themselves more employable and boosting their confidence as they begin their job-hunting journey once more,” said Raath.
In her explanation on how the platform operates, Belinda O’Regan a consultant on the development of I Got Hired, said the platform creates a framework for affected employees, built on a proven job search process and focused on a platform for preparation and planning.
“The platform consolidates all the practical tools needed to support the person which include job “campaign” planning processes, a document library, professional document templates, social media management and even budgeting tools,” she said.
According to Stats SA’s Wave 2 survey on the impact of Covid-19 on employment and income in South Africa, 8,1% of respondents reported that they lost their jobs or had to close their businesses and 1,4% became unemployed during lockdown
“The platform is a value-added tool that supports 21st Century’s strategy to offer a full, end-to-end human capital solution. As Covid-19 takes its toll on the country’s economy, companies must accept responsibility for supporting their staff members beyond retrenchment,” added Raath.
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