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Singapore -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/11/2016 -- The evolution of the Jobs Bank was announced on the tenth of October, 2016, by the government's minister for Manpower, Lim Swee Say.

According to Say, the Job Bank will be transformed and will become a one-stop, non-stop marketplace which is available via the Web. Users will be able to check out career options and look for listed positions via the site's internal search engine. This is easier than waiting for upcoming job fairs. Since it will be more convenient and loaded with appealing and practical features, this Jobs Bank opens up a whole new world of possibilities for Singaporeans.

You'll find that it will provide access to plum jobs, as well as rank-and-file jobs. It will be easy to register for and it will provide a range of services which help you to find a job or market and refine your skill set.

Singapore is definitely an island city-state which believes in progress. The government is always trying to improve quality of life for its citizens and this new initiative is just one example of how it is working to make things better. The Job Bank is designed to target those from an array of age groups. It's perfect for those who've just received University degrees, or for those who are older and want to stay active via employment, whether it's full or part-time.

 Workers will be able to hone their career skill sets by utilizing the Skills Framework found at the Jobs Bank. As well, employers who use the Jobs Bank will need to post jobs for Singaporeans before they allow foreigners to apply.

 

The Minister didn't set a firm date for the marketplace's launch. However, its primary iteration is already in place. During a recent career fair, five hundred job vacancies from fifty-one employers, who offer information technology and communications technology, populated the first iteration with their job positions. Companies from bio medical, professional and aerospace niches are also posting on the website.

The success of this initiative is virtually guaranteed. In fact, success is already measurable. Job placements which are successful have gone up by twenty percent and workers are making more money in Singapore, even in lower-tier positions.

How to Learn More

The Jobs Bank is a government initiative, so keeping tabs on official Singapore government websites and media releases will be a great way to stay in the loop. As the Jobs Bank is perfected and moves closer to launch, you'll likely be hearing a lot about it via Singapore-based websites and newspapers.

This Jobs Bank is for everyone. It will be loaded with positions and help features which make it possible for Singaporeans from all walks of life to access the career support and opportunities that they need. For this reason, this new initiative is something to get excited about.

Author:  Morris Edwards

Source:  http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3171600

 

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The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company on Monday announced the launch of “Facebook Marketplace,” a new, prominent feature that allows individual users to easily buy and sell a range of items, such as clothing electronics, household goods, furniture, jewelry, art and cars. To start, Marketplace is rolling out to users over the age of 18 in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand on iOS and Android over the next few days. Facebook plans to extend the service to its desktop site and additional countries over the coming months.

For now, Marketplace can be accessed by tapping a highly-visible shopping bag icon at the bottom of the app, alongside icons such as ”Messenger” and “Notifications.” Facebook’s massive 1.7-billion person user base and the new feature’s ease of use give it a good shot of competing with more established, peer-to-peer online marketplaces such as eBay and Craigslist. Facebook said the inspiration for Marketplace came from observing that a significant number of people were using Facebook to buy and sell products, especially within “Groups.” More than 450 million Facebook users visit Groups categorized as “buy-and-sell” each month to view items for sales from neighbors or collectors globally, the company said. For now, Marketplace is free for both buyers and sellers. 

“Marketplace is a single destination where people can discover, buy and sell things in their neighborhood and community,” said Facebook product manager Bowen Pan in an interview. “The feature will also surface the most relevant items when we don’t know what we’re looking for. It’s designed for people, not big businesses.”

A preview of an item for sale on Marketplace. (Courtesy of Facebook)

The feature has been in testing since late last year and was built to be mobile-first, Pan said. Marketplace items can also appear in the news feed or be posted within groups and pages. For now, Marketplace is only built for individual users, not a store front for companies — businesses can currently use pages for that purpose. In early tests of Marketplace, Facebook found that most users started browsing without having a specific item in mind. As a result, the company wanted to make browsing highly visual, Pan said. Testing also indicated that users who were most interested in buying items on Marketplace also wanted to sell items, which encouraged the company to make both buying and selling simple.

Marketplace currently prioritizes local purchases. When users open the app, they will first see for-sale items posted by people nearby. To look for specific items, users can use a search bar at the top of the app to filter by category, item or price. Users can adjust location to view items in a different region or city. Tapping on an item image will show users more information such as a product description, location and the profile of the seller. A “Your Items” tab can be used to keep track of a user’s saved items, items for sale and any buy-and-sell messages. Buyers can also view an estimate of how quickly a seller tends to respond.

To purchase an item, users can send an offer price with or without a more detailed message. Facebook said it currently does not facilitate the delivery or payment of items in Marketplace. The company said illegal goods will be monitored through a combination of user flagging and Facebook’s own automated systems.

A preview of a message screen from the point of view of the seller. (Courtesy of Facebook)
 

Facebook said it expects Marketplace to complement buy-and-sell activity that already happens in groups. For example, users posting an item for sale can choose to post the item in Marketplace as well as in a group at the same time.

Original Source of this article is forbes

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