Recently, a new skills-focused career development platform, TalentGuru, has been launched by the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF). The move is supported by SPRING Singapore, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and e2i (employment and Employability Institute).
Leveraging JobKred's big data analytics technology, the platform, which seems to have 10,000 users, aims to enhance the pipeline of infocomm media talents and deepen the pool of local skills in Singapore.
TalentGuru promises to facilitate to place 3,000 information and communications media (ICM) professionals and 1,000 students over the next three years.
After establishing a profile on TalentGuru, users fill out their basic details and select their goal(s), which could be to find and/or explore careers in their current industry, land their dream job, or improve their skills. And finally, they are required to state their existing skills and preferred job positions, which will then unlock a list of job matches for the employment seeker.
A feature which is unique to TalentGuru is that, most of its job ads prominently display the actual skills required by a company looking to fill a position; this enables users to get a better idea of what exactly is required of them in order to be considered for the particular job.
"Many ICM students choose not to pursue a career in the industry after graduation because they feel unprepared. Through some early testing with institutes of higher learning, students said that TalentGuru helped to alleviate some of these concerns by providing a clear picture of the skills they needed to get the jobs they wanted. This is an outcome we hope to replicate with career switchers as well," said Lim Kang Song, co-chairman of SiTF Talent & Capabilities Committee.
Much like LinkedIn, TalentGuru's users can add or update a professional title, a short summary, skills and work experience to their profiles. Candidates are also encouraged to upload at least one resume, which helps speed up the process of applying for a job.
Benjamin Mah, co-chairman, SiTF talent & capabilities committee said that a platform such as TalentGuru dedicated to linking employers with fresh graduates and job seekers, will most likely also drive industry-wide cooperation by bridging technologists, entrepreneurs, multinationals and Singapore companies with IHLs and government agencies to uncover new science, business and technology talents.
SiTF is working with SPRING to train internship mentors from SMEs and startups, as well as facilitate the matching of ICM students with quality internships. The program is looking to train 300 internship mentors by 2020.
The above article was sourced in part from MIS Asia and can be read in its entirety here