Poor job-hunting skills to blame for over 70,000 unemployed graduates, says deputy minister
KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — An estimated 76,200 graduates are currently unemployed because the majority do not possess adequate job-hunting skills and are too dependent on others for information on available jobs.
Bernama Online reported Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan as saying 77.14 per cent of respondents in a study by the Labour Department said they needed a mentor or coach to guide them on ways to find a job.
The study was conducted through the JobStreet Malaysia website and had 1,994 respondents.
The minister was quoted by the news portal as saying, “According to the survey, only 42.59 per cent respondents agreed that graduates should not have problems in finding jobs, compared to 57.41 percent who admitted having problems to find jobs.
“This clearly shows that a lack of information and job hunting skills contribute to their failure in getting jobs.”
Maznah had divulged the information in response to a question by Senator Khoo Soo Seang in Dewan Negara today.