The Vanuatu Graduate Recruitment Agency, launched in June of last year to assist university graduates in finding employment, has identified application letter writing and CV building as significant hurdles for many job seekers.
Co-founder Ernest Malesu stated that the agency coaches graduates to assist them in establishing their careers by teaching them how to create effective application letters and CVs. A CV should provide an applicant’s background and serve as an introduction to the employer who may not be familiar with the applicant.
As a result, Malesu emphasises the importance of getting these documents right and creating a good first impression.
Malesu believes that CV building and application letter writing should be taught in high schools, just as it is at the National University of Vanuatu.
Additionally, he notes that many job vacancies require applicants to have five years of experience, which can be impossible for recent graduates who lack professional experience. Malesu suggests that employers consider placing these graduates on probation for 3-6 months, allowing them to demonstrate their skills and, if successful, become permanently employed.
The agency has successfully placed 21 graduates on probation with various companies, resulting in one permanent placement at South Pacific Sandalwood Ltd. Graduates from a variety of fields of study, including economics, social science, administration, engineering, cookery (chefs), and accommodation graduates from the Australian Pacific Training Coalition (APTC), have joined the agency.
The agency works with private sector companies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and does not collaborate with the Public Service Commission due to nepotism concerns. Aurelien Leye, co-founder and general manager of the agency, does not approve of nepotism and prioritizes matching graduates with employers based on qualifications rather than family connections, church or political affiliations, or language background.
The agency has successfully placed graduates at various organisations, including BSP Bank, Pikinini Playtime School, South Pacific Sandalwood, Esqal Hardware, and Nasama Resort.
Leye hopes that the Vanuatu Foreign Investment Promotion Authority will utilise their services in the future to find potential employees with specific qualification requirements.
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