Jobs are now just a phone away! A placement agency in Japan is using phone handsets’ global positioning system to quickly match workers to temporary jobs,doing away with interviews and other formalities.
The service provided by Tokyo-based firm LocationValue was launched in 2006. Job applicants are to send the company their resumes and make requests about the times of the day and workplaces where they want to work,the Kyodo news agency reported.
The firm locates the applicants,using the global positioning systems built into their cellphones and promptly contacts prospective employers.
Employers can view applicants’ track records of work performances on LocationValue’s phone site and dispense with face-to-face job interviews before landing capable workers.
At present,an estimated 320,000 workers are registered with the company’s service. While there are no registration fees,the company charges an employer 3,150 yen per hire.
A 40-year-old housewife and mother of a grade school child from Saitama Prefecture,who has been placed in work through the phone-based placement service,said it enables her to be gainfully employed even though she has very limited spare time.
She signed up a year ago for the service. As soon as she accesses a phone website called “Otetsudai (help) Networks” of the company,she gets an e-mail offering a job at a restaurant she can reach in less than an hour.
Employers are also benefiting from the nimble placement service.
“It helps us reduce the risk of employing (surplus) permanent staff,” said Nobuhiko Uchida,manager of Zawameki,a pub in Ginza,Tokyo.
The service enables restaurants and convenience stores,for example,to hire workers on short notice while giving work opportunities to housewives and students who want to work short hours near their homes or places of study.
The company now serves some 5,000 firms and other commercial establishments,many of which are convenience stores,department stores and moving companies.