Jobseekers urged to visit 69 job fairs offering 150,000 jobs

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) on Wednesday urged jobseekers to visit any of the 69 venues of the Labor Day Job Fair across the country that will offer close to 150,000 local and overseas employment opportunities.

In a media forum, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said they are hoping that those looking for jobs or better jobs will take advantage of the opportunities provided by job fairs on Thursday, May 1, for them to find jobs.

"The resiliency of our workers, against all odds, is beyond compare. This Labor Day, we aim to give back the service they deserve by fast-tracking the matching of jobseekers and employers, particularly in identified areas where skills are highly in demand or available through the conduct of Job Fairs," Baldoz said.

And to help the jobseekers achieve their goals, Baldoz has urged employers participating in these job fairs to improve their hiring rates, as a way of helping jobseekers, especially the fresh graduates, land their first jobs.

"We will be gratified if employers participating in our job fairs on Labor Day can improve their hiring rates and increase the number of applicants hired-on-the-spot (HOTS)," Baldoz said.

She noted how the annual average HOTS is about 15 percent, marked by last year's 16 percent after 20,905 out of 127,880 total of registered jobseekers got hired immediately.

The labor chief urged employers to be a little flexible in considering "near hires" or applicants that are "nearly fit" for a job, but may be lacking in one or two qualifications that can be compensated by an applicants' other strong points.

Among the jobs to be offered in the Jobs Fair are in the industries of cyber services, information technology, call centers, hotel and restaurant, tourism, health and wellness, wholesale and retail trade, construction, automotive, real estate, banking, finance, insurance, and cargo.

Baldoz, in the meantime, advised participants to the job fairs to brush up on relevant labor market information by looking for occupations that fit their qualifications and inclinations.

"This is one of the best ways you can match yourselves with productive opportunities or even be hired on the spot during job fairs," Baldoz advised.

For first-time job seekers, she advised them to accept the first job that comes their way and fits their qualifications.

"This is the way to earn experience and pick up job-ready skills," said the official.

Baldoz said jobseekers must also be ready with their resumes and other documentary requirements in order to hasten their applications.

The Job Fair will also feature pre-employment documentation services provided by the National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Professional Regulation Commission, Social Security System, Pag-Ibig, PhilHealth, Philippine Postal Corporation, and National Statistics Office.

In a related development, labor coalition group, Nagkaisa, said that 30,000 workers are set to hold their traditional Labor Day protests in Manila also on Thursday.

They said this is because the Aquino administration has again failed to address important issues raised by their representatives during the pre-Labor Day dialogue in Malacanang on Wednesday.

Nagkaisa claimed that Aquino has not changed in his four years as President as he continues to dishonor workers and their concerns.

"President Aquino continues to ignore for four years the issues, which we believe would help impact the plight of the working people. Workers are feeling deprived of the benefits due them despite of their great contribution to improving economy," the Nagkaisa said in a statement.

"It is not straight. It is not right. It is unjust if growth is shared only by a few," it further said.

Members of the numerous labor groups are set to march from Welcome Rotonda to Mendiola around 9 a.m. and will hold a program in Mendiola around 11 a.m. (HDT/Sunnex)

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