27 December 2012

Rwanda: Job Day to Link Companies With Job Seekers

More than 1000 job candidates from Rwanda and beyond are expected to be part of the second edition of Rwanda Job Day scheduled for January 4 at the Kigali Public Library. The annual event provides networking between jobseekers and companies.

The event will be organized by Job in Rwanda (JiR) and @Wakening Abilities for the Future (WAF) in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board and Com&C Ltd under the theme "Meet your Future."

According to the organizers, the occasion serves as a recruitment opportunity and aims to showcase job opportunities for candidates to link up with companies that want to recruit both skilled people staying in Rwanda and in Diaspora.

Chance Tubane, co-founder of tohoza.com and one of the organizers, explained that the event will feature companies' presentations, job dating and jobseeker advice sessions.

The initiative is focusing on jobseekers while the government strategy has been to encourage job creators rather than job seekers since job demand is still huge. On average, 125,000 young people newly join the labor market every while only 104,000 jobs are created. But the organizers say their intention to focus on jobseekers is because the demand from jobseekers is really huge, adding that the two sides complement each other.

"The idea is to help jobseekers get experience and be able to become entrepreneurs in the future. So there is no contradiction with the government strategies, they complement each other," explained Grace Nyinawumuntu, the public relations manager at JiR.

Jean-Baptiste Niyonsenga, the ICT manager at JiR, noted thattheir survey revealed that some people still face challenges of getting information on available job opportunities both for Rwandans who live in the Diaspora and those living in the country. The traffic on their website for instance far exceeded their expectations, he said, with more than 4000 daily visitor looking for information on jobs in different domains such as administration, ICT, finance & accounting and marketing.

Apart from jobseekers, the event will also bring together human resource managers, government's officials, policy makers, private-sector leaders and other stakeholders dealing with employment issues.

On the other side, the organizers noted, there will be jobseeker advice sessions and interaction with people from abroad so that those looking for jobs can learn how to successfully deal with job providers. "That's something that we also need to be aware of," noted Oria Kije Vande Weghe, from WAF.

The first edition of Rwanda Job Day last December attracted 22 employers from public and private sectors and about 400 job candidates, the majority of them being members of the Rwandan communities living in Europe and North America.

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