TOKYO — Due to the current Covid-19 virus pandemic, businesses and employees in major cities are facing huge disruptions. Many are now turning to remote work options for their employees as a way to keep staff — and for their bottom line. As a result, job offerings with “remote work” as a search criteria — those that allow the option to work from home — have spiked in interest and activity from job seekers recently.
GaijinPot Jobs and CareerEngine have now added a new “Remote Work OK” keyword tag to employer’s postings to actively help job seekers find positions that offer this function. Companies that do provide these remote work possibilities will be situated to reach job seekers, not only in these trying times but also in the future.
“Remote work has always been an attractive work condition for job seekers. Now companies are seeing the benefits, too,” says Ryan Nagle, GPlusMedia’s recruitment services manager. “With the current Covid-19 situation, many businesses are rushing to adapt to these difficult circumstances by offering staff the ability to work remotely and help keep their business operating.”
Indeed, many staff are currently being furloughed or let go from their jobs altogether as businesses struggle to cope with the realities of the “new normal”: self-quarantine and economic downturn. As a result, the most recent numbers of those looking for employment opportunities have spiked dramatically and look to be going up.
“The application numbers from job seekers in Japan alone have increased by nearly 10% on our sites in just a few short weeks,” says Nagle. “We decided to add this function to job postings as fast as we could, hoping to better connect them with like-minded employers. It’s really a no-brainer — and one that will have a positive impact on both employers and prospective employees.”
Companies posting jobs on the site can simply check the “Remote Work OK” radio box in their job posting draft settings under “Job Details.” Once the option is clicked, it will append a “Remote Work” badge to the listing display. The job offer will also be grouped into a preselected category tab available to job seekers on the sites’ top page.
Users will be able to see the prominent solid blue or green “Remote Work” category badge directly under the job offer heading. They can also select the “Remote Work OK” button in their search settings on the main page.
“We hope this addition to the sites will help both employers and job seekers in Japan as we work together through these difficult times,” says Nagle.
If you would like more information on GaijinPot Jobs or CareerEngine services, please contact Ryan Nagle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03-5561-7755.