Bringing Job Seekers and Recruiters CloserPMI South Asia has launched Career Connect, a job portal for project practitioners in the region. The portal will help employers connect with available talent in the project, program, and portfolio management from the PMI community.This new initiative aims to bridge the existing gap between prospective employers and job seekers. PMI’s Talent Gap Report stated that there is a persistent gap between the demand for project management-oriented skills and the availability of talent globally. This talent gap is likely to impact every region, resulting in a potential loss of up to US$345.5 billion in global GDP by 2030. In South Asia, there is a potential risk of losing US$ 28.1 billion.The pandemic has presented new challenges to different industries and upended normal business operations. It has driven organizations to look at new ways of working for effective change management. Project practitioners with new capabilities are in urgent need to help organizations navigate change and meet their business priorities amid the crisis. This has led to high demand for niche skills in project professionals.As per the report, the demand for project management professionals will reach 25 million by 2030. To keep up with the demand, 2.3 million professionals will be required in new project management positions every year.Considering the current scenario, Career Connect is a significant contribution that can effectively address the growing disparity between the demand and availability of talent.While announcing the launch during the Project Management South Asia Virtual Conference 2021, Dr. Srini Srinivasan, regional managing director, PMI South Asia, said, “This free platform connects potential employers with project, program, and portfolio professionals in South Asia. This is just a humble way for us to give back to the profession during these difficult times.”The platform is a free connecting link for both employers and job seekers. It will cater exclusively to project management talent requirements in South Asia, including Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka. The portal will help to quickly narrow down the search process and results, and accurately assess jobseekers’ competencies.Besides, it will benefit many organizations in saving their time, effort, and money by sourcing competent project professionals from within the PMI community.Register here to hire project managers or look for new job opportunities.