Corona-virus situation has affected India’s economy a lot. Lots of people had lost their job due to the lock down imposed by the government. And especially companies working in the retail and food businesses, along with those associated with event management firms such as those employed in the Indian wedding industry, have faced a huge loss. But some companies still hiring especially in the domains of commerce, pharma, food companies, online education, and gaming.
So for sorting out the situation, some people have come forward to help the unemployed through WhatsApp groups, Facebook, and Telegram groups to create awareness about vacancies in these tough times.It was at that moment that it struck Suyash Jain that “great challenges also bring great opportunities.” Suyash, along Rajat Agarwal, started the social initiative COVID-19 Free Jobs Forum to help job seekers who lost thier jobs because of pendemic.
According to social story, Suyash, who calls himself a ‘hustler’ says “On April 27, I read a news article titled ‘A B2B Company lays off 3,000 Contract Workers’ according to which delivery executives and field sales team were laid off,” says Suyash. “This hit home as I had faced challenges while hiring a field sales team as these are not available easily over various job portals like Naukri.com, Shine.com, Monster India, LinkedIn, etc,”
So they both understand the major gap between the candidate and the employer, and the difficulties in finding jobs. Many a time, the leads were quite random, and the employer would find it hard to find a suitable candidate after skimming through a number of CVs. Suyash says “On the very same day, I created a Google form titled ‘Register yourself for Job Opportunities’ which consisted of necessary information like name, number, mail Id, the field of job, city, last company name, last salary, and designation, and posted it on a Facebook group.”
“My major objective, which I thought at that time, was to use this database while planning to expand the feet-on-street sales team in Bijnis,”
Google get excellent responses with less than 24 hours more than 100+ job seekers. Then the duo collects all the forms and shares them with companies who are looking for employees which ultimately leads to bridging the gap between the two divides.
Then they started a social initiative to help people who are looking for a job and launched the forum from the point of view of HRs, while also sharing it on their LinkedIn profile in a post. Also, they start commenting on various LinkedIn posts when people got laid off, fired or were looking for a new job opportunity.
Suyash says “The main value proposition we are giving to HR teams is that they can filter out candidates according to the requirement without checking the CVs one by one,”
They get registration form more than 8,000+ job seekers with about 400+ active HRs from companies actively using the database. Recently they also have 10,000+ job seekers and 500+ employers who are registered on their platform. Sayush says “We recently created a live online jobs and internship sheet as well to help job seekers so that they can view the most recent job openings (350+ recent job listings), and can apply directly. Within four days of its launch,we had traffic of 1,500 unique users using it,”
The team is now collecting free useful resources and sharing them with job seekers so that they can learn skills and beneficial courses until they get a job. On various social media platforms, they are receiving positive responses. Corona Tracker, which also helps people to find out job opportunities and which the team collaborated with. Now they are also trying to get mentors and trainers who can help the job seekers out at no fees or at a minimal cost.