National Career Service Portal

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On 20 July 2015 , our PM , Shri Narendra Modi-ji launched a career portal ,

http://www.ncs.gov.in

NCS claims to bring together on a single platform , Career Centers ( re-named Employment Exchanges  ? ) /  Jobseekers  /  Employers  /  Career Counselors  /  Skill Providers  /  Local Service Providers  etc

Whereas this is a great initiative , it seems the web site has got launched despite any number of glitches , such as :

>   ” Site Map ” missing

>    Links not clicking

>    Pages not loading

>    Databases missing

>    Content confusing

>    Naming misleading… etc

As if this is not enough , most of the Registration Forms , carried unnecessary and irrelevant data-fields , such as :

>  Aadhaar Number for Employers / Placement Organizations  ?

>  Employer Company Executive to provide personal Aadhaar Number  ?

>  Employer Company Executive to provide Gender / DOB / Father’s Name ?

A Local Service Provider does not need to select ( from a drop-list ) , what kind of service does he provide. But he must mention his “Affiliation”  ?

A Jobseeker does not need to provide :

>  Edu. Qualifications / Institute attended / Exams passed – and when

>  Previous Employment History ( for experienced job-seekers )

>  Years worked / salary drawn / designation held , in each previous job

I suspect , there is some another form hidden somewhere , which , a job-seeker will be asked to fill in later , just when he is ready to click ” Apply ” against a job searched after several hours !

But , these are minor defects that can be rectified soon – and without much difficulty

But here is the worst part !

Apparently the web site does NOT want  job-seekers  and employers to get motivated enough to register  !

Here is how :

#  EXPERIENCING  THE  FEATURES

Job portals all over the World , enable any casual jobseeker to be able to search the online database of posted / live jobs , even if he is not registered

But he cannot ” Apply Online ” , unless he is registered and logged in

It is no different than a shop-keeper allowing you to roam free thru the entire shop , without asking to see your Credit Card !

He knows that a customer gets motivated to ” Buy ” , only if he gets to see the goods on sale !

Ditto with a casual Employer Visitor

Job portals allow anyone to search and look at resumes

But he can download only if he is registered / logged in

Usually , job portals ” hide ” contact details on the resumes , when viewed online but downloaded resumes carry full contact details

This is because , job-portals , make their money from Subscriptions from Employers ( usually 95 % of the incomes of Indian Job Portals )

They cannot afford any casual visitor to reach out to the job-seekers , bypassing them !  They make their money , by acting as ” Gate-keepers ” between the job-seekers and the employers

I am sure , this ( making money by acting as an intermediary ) , cannot be the intention of National Career Service – since , rightly , it is FREE for employers as well !

I believe NCS intention is to ensure that no vacancy remains un-fulfilled for more than a few hours  !

#   JOB /  RESUME  ALERTS  ON  MOBILE

On the web site , I could not find any provision ( downloadable Mobile App ) thru which ,

>   A jobseeker can ” pull ” job alerts ” matching his resume and can apply online , directly , from his mobile

>   An Employer can pull ” resume alerts ” matching his posted job and download those resumes with just one click on his mobile

We must remember that millions of jobseekers in remote corners of India have no access to a PC

But , soon , all of them will have internet-enabled smart phones  !

#    JOB   FAIRS

On the site , there is a provision to search for info on ground-based Job Fairs taking place in different parts of India

But , for a job-seeker located in Coimbatore , there is no use getting info about a job fair taking place in Kolkata  !

Same with an Employer

Why have portal designers shied away from a ” Virtual Job Fair ” , where both , the job-seekers and the employers can conduct Online Interviews , using Video ?

Not difficult , considering that all mobile phones / tablets carry a camera and Skype / Face Chat are free !

Technically , it is a simple task to create a million Interview Cabins online , which any registered Employer can ” book ” for a specific date / time / period and conduct  online interviews

A million online interviews can take place simultaneously , with no constraints of either time / space / distance !

That would encourage even employers located anywhere in the World to conduct interviews of Indian jobseekers

If , India wants to train 40/50 million youth who will constitute ” Export Surplus ” , as per Shri Modi-ji , then this feature is a must

#   COMMON   SHARED   DATABASE

Today , in India , there are hundreds of job-portals , each having its own database of Jobs and Resumes And , barring a few big ones , most of these offer FREE service to both , the jobseekers and the employers Many have only ” local clientele ” ( both job-seekers and employers ) But a jobseeker who is registered on portal A , can search only those jobs which are posted on that portal Same with employers searching for resumes

Neither resumes , nor jobs posted on portal B can be accessed by visitors of portal A  !

Like a MTNL subscriber not being able to dial anyone other than another MTNL subscriber  !

This severely limits their usefulness

NCS should enable ALL such job portals to ,

>  Deliver their jobs and resumes , into the CENTRAL DATABASE  of NCS

>  Deliver / display  all of these to any visitor of any participating partner portal

Within a short period , this feature would generate a database of millions of jobs and hundreds of millions of resumes , accessible from a thousand partner job portals Just imagine the exponential increase of usefulness thru ” Network Externality ”

#    MOBILE  APP – ” JOB-POST ”

Today , NCS web site boasts of only 1684 registered employers  !

India’s 3 major job portals show some 50,000 + registered employers

Then there are approx 50 million MSME , who have never advertised their vacancies on any job portals  !

May be because they don’t have PCs / broadband connections

Let NCS web site enable them to post their jobs , using a simple Mobile App , ” Job-Post ”

There is no reason why their 12 million vacancies every year , should remain ” Un-Announced ”  !

Then there are many other features that can bridge the DIGITAL DIVIDE between the jobseekers and the employers

If desired , I would be happy to share my thoughts / notes / codes etc with NCS or Ministry of Labour and Employment

hemen  parekh

22  July  2015

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