6,000 jobs open in Mandaue fair-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
BENJORE Sales wants to work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where his brother and aunt work.
Last Saturday, the 23-year-old hotel receptionist went to a mall to try his luck at a job fair organized by the City Government of Mandaue.
Sales, who lives in Consolacion, Cebu, passed copies of his resume to two agencies that offer hotel jobs in UAE.
“I want to work abroad for my career growth and also to get a higher salary,” he said.
Agencies attract more job applicants at this time of the year when more job opportunities are available abroad.
Roy Ligad, of the legal division of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA)-Cebu, cautioned those seeking overseas jobs against illegal recruiters.
Job fairs are a good venue to apply for jobs abroad, he said.
Six agencies registered by the POEA offered almost 6,000 overseas jobs during the job fair at the Insular Square last Saturday.
There were job openings for nurses, engineers and skilled workers like drivers, welders and mechanics, mostly in the Middle East.
Ligad said there are around 150 agencies registered by the POEA-Cebu.
He advised those applying for a job abroad to check whether the agency is registered,
especially before paying placement fees.
He said agencies are not allowed to charge placement fees for those applying as domestic helpers abroad.
“When in doubt, go to POEA,” he said.
Sales, who graduated in 2011 with a degree in hotel and restaurant management, said he checks the background of the agencies where he applies.
Aside from the six agencies offering overseas jobs, 30 local companies joined the job fair.
These include call centers, malls and manufacturing firms.
More than 400 job-seekers tried their luck, with 126 applicants hired on the spot.
It was the third City-initiated job fair in Mandaue.
Musoline Suliva, manager of the City’s Public Employment Services Office (Peso), said the job fair was open not only to residents of Mandaue.
The Mandaue Peso was recently named the most outstanding Peso in Central Visayas.
Suliva encouraged jobseekers to visit Peso, located at the back of the City Sports and Cultural Complex, and avail themselves of free services like employment coaching.
The next job fair is scheduled on Nov. 9.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 30, 2013.