Jobseekers told to develop ‘soft skills’-A A +A
Sunday, September 15, 2013
A LABOR official in Davao Region has urged jobseekers to develop their soft skills most employers are looking for in an applicant.
"You will be surprised that the industry is mainly looking for soft skills from the people that they will be hiring," Department of Labor and Employment (Dole)-Davao Director Joffrey Suyao said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao on Friday.
Soft skills include work attitude, commitment, work ethics, communication skills, time management abilities, and problem solving skills, to name a few.
"Even if they have the hard skills, what will the employers do if the ones they are hiring are not willing to be trained or has no loyalty," Suyao said.
He added that jobseekers, particularly for specific jobs like engineering, already possessed the so-called hard skills when they apply for the job. However, when it comes to generic positions, employers tend to look for the jobseeker's soft skills, which are seen during the initial interview.
As part of their efforts to bridge skill gaps, Suyao said they have partnered with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) in order to enhance the skills of the job force. One of their projects is the training vouchers they provide to ICT-BPO applicants.
They have also conducted talks with schools on curriculum development to keep up with the new developments in the different industries.
"Dole does not generate jobs, that is generated by the business sector. Our task is to try to create a climate for investors to come to the region. More investors means more jobs. We have to ready our supply (work force) in order to fill the demands," said Suyao.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 16, 2013.