Jobs fair for new graduates to be held

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Friday, April 9, 2010

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) will hold a nationwide jobs and livelihood fair on May 1, Labor Day, targeted to benefit the estimated 600,000 to 800,000 fresh graduates.

“This is targeted towards the youth, to fresh graduates - young applicants who will be seeking for job opportunities and also those who would like to go entrepreneurship and business,” said Labor and Employment Undersecretary Lourdes Transmonte.

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Job openings not requiring work experience will be made available, according to Transmonte.

Dubbed as “Jobs Live!” the fair encourages new graduates and other jobseekers to pre-register online in the official job portal of the Philippines before May 1. Those who will register online can avail of the express lane but manual registration will also be available in the venues.

It is also tagged as "live" because applicants will be hired on the spot, on the day of the fair itself, explained Federation of Free Workers head Julius Cainglet.

Those who will pre-register online must proceed to SMX and SM Megamall where the express lanes are located. Those who will choose to go to all other venues must register manually.

“The reason why we are doing the pre-registration is because we want to already pre-match applications with available job vacancies of participating employers,” said Criselda Sy, director of bureau of local employment.

Email prompts will be sent to applicants if they match the initial requirements of the job they are applying for, added Sy.

Each region all over the country will have their own venues for all job hunters all on the same day. In cooperation with SM Management Inc., job fairs will be conducted in respective SM Malls all over the country.

In the National Capital Region, 500 companies are targeted to participate in the fairs in the two major venues SMX - Mall of Asia and SM Megamall, and other venues SM North, SM Fairview, SM San Lazaro, and SM Southmall.

Apart from job vacancies, livelihood opportunities such as options for grants and loans, as well as consultations on possible micro, small and medium enterprises will also be in SMX and Mega Mall.

Livelihood showcases such as success stories on grants for Internet cafes and indigenous products business can be viewed in the two malls.

In the two major venues, 215 will be local companies while 65 overseas companies are targeted to participate, according to Labor and Employment Assistant Secretary Avito Sto. Tomas.

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Jennifer Manalili said that 70,000 tp 80,000 overseas jobs are targeted to be offered in SMX while 30,000 job offers are foresighted in SM Megamall. Total number of local job opportunities is still being determined.

The other four venues will have 50 local companies each, according to Sto. Tomas.

In the regions, 50 employers per venue are targeted to participate, said Sy.

Manalili said most overseas jobs are located in the Middle East and there will be openings for construction-related jobs, which include engineers and construction workers, sea-based jobs and health-related jobs.

The biggest number of local jobs will be on the service industry with the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) companies getting a big chunk of the vacancies.

Last year, 22,000 applicants trooped to sole venue SMX. This year, 30,000 applicants are targeted in Metro Manila alone.

Sy said they are targeting 10 to 15 percent of the applicants will be accepted to their jobs.

Government agencies such as the Social Security System, PhilHealth, and Pag-Ibig Fund will be available in the venues for processing of documents.

Other job-hunting activities before and after Labor Day are also being organized by the labor department.

There will also be performances and entertainment in the morning in SMX for the Labor Day celebration. (Angela Casauay/Sunnex)

Jobs fair new graduates be held

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