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The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises which had launchedwebsite for job seekers and employers in the micro, small and medium enterprises sector (MSMEs) to provide job listings in the manufacturing sector for both, in June, has re-launched the same job portal, without publicly listing job openings. Instead it requires registration as an employee or employer before the listings are viewable.

We’d pointed out at that time the registration for the site didn’t work. However, now the website prominently prompts the user to create an account or login on the home screen. Registering as an employee requires the user to input their MSME training center name, year of passing, and mandatorily the instructor name, in addition to basic requirements like the applicant name, login ID, date of birth email ID and mobile number. Once done, users are sent an email ID for verification, post which another form including details of the user’s parents, permanent address, home town etc., need to be provided.

Using these details, the website automatically generates a resume for the user. Details provided can be further updated, with the website offering forms for education details, work experience, training details etc. Other than this the website lets users check their automatically generated resume. Interestingly, the core functionality of the website, is currently completely unavailable. Users are provided with an option to view jobs, however, not a single job is listed under this menu. We are not sure if the website requires us to tediously complete our full profile before displaying any job listings, or there simply aren’t any jobs posted on the website yet.

As for the employer side of things, we couldn’t check listings, if any, as the website requires industries to register with details including company PAN number, identity documents, issuing authority proof and an organization profile. Other than this, the website displays links to ‘Help’ and ‘About Us’, but both these pages are blank. Overall the website really feels like it was rushed out, and the lack of employer listings on the website only reinforces this idea.

NIESBUD Naukri: Note that in July last year, the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), a training institute under the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise, launched a dedicated jobs portal targeted at unemployed skilled persons. The initiative was however, poorly executed, not unlike the current one and has now been subsequently shut down. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like the MSME has learnt its lesson, and has once again released a website with an early 90’s interface, no listings to speak of and with many missing elements.

Medianama’s take: As we had said last year, it’s not clear why the organization won’t tie up with any of the existing players like Naukri, HT Media’s Shine.com, or Times Jobs to launch this portal. At the very least, the interface wouldn’t be as ugly and the portal might have decent amount of listings on it.