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Being unemployed comes with a host of challenges. Without a steady source of income, people will find it difficult to buy food, keep up with living costs and get the right clothes for work.
The pandemic for the past two years that put the world at a standstill exacerbated the problem too.
Fortunately, some companies in Malaysia are doing what they can to help jobseekers to start their new jobs on the right foot and the public can help chip in too.
Equipping job seekers with the right work clothes
In a partnership with Uniqlo Malaysia, a total of 1,500 job seekers from vulnerable communities such as the B40 group, single mothers, persons with disabilities, seniors, the homeless and fresh graduates will get free Uniqlo clothes for work.
Starting from April to June this year, PERKESO will select 500 successful job seekers (who applied under PERKESO’s MYFutureJobs program) each month to benefit from Uniqlo’s donation.
Each person will receive a pack of 3 AIRism masks and a set of clothing of their choice from Uniqlo.
The new clothes really help me to save money on buying work wear to start at a new job. It also makes me more confident at my workplace. I am sure other beneficiaries will feel the same.
One of Uniqlo’s beneficiaries 24-year-old Qasdina Marsya Azhar, who graduated in 2021 and found her first job at a construction firm via MyFutureJobs.
How you can help new jobseekers?
Carousell Malaysia has partnered with Yellow House KL, a not-for-profit community grassroots organisation, to help equip job seekers with the items they need to look for jobs, present themselves well for work and continue doing a good job at work.
Yellow House KL has identified some of the items that are needed by jobseekers and they are:
- Gadgets such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, chargers, USB cables and printers
- Men’s work clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, belts, long pants, office shoes/ sneakers and bags/ backpacks.
- Women’s work clothing such as baju kurung, covered shoes, long pants, other types of work clothes and handbags.
From now until 20 May, interested donors are invited to donate items that are in good order and working condition by listing them on Carousell with the #SamaSamaSapot hashtag in the listing title.
The Yellow House KL team will then contact the donors of shortlisted items to make delivery arrangements.
Additionally, donors can also give monetary contributions via the app or chat with the Yellow House KL team to volunteer their time to support the cause.
CV writing workshop
If you’re struggling to write a winning CV, Yellow House KL is also organising a series of workshops with a professional trainer to help participants craft a good CV for job applications.
The workshops will also guide participants on how to dress appropriately for interviews and how to manage difficult situations in the workplace.