To "Job-fit": Read DOLE's Standard Manuals

Department of Labor and Employment (Philippines)
A May 3, 2011 press release by the Department of Labor and Employment
To enable students make good career decisions and thus ease problem of jobs & skills mismatch, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 6 recently conducted orientations for guidance counselors on the new Standard Manuals entitled, Career Guide for High School Students and Employment Guide for College Students and Jobseekers aimed at enhancing their capability on career and employment coaching.
DOLE Region 6 Regional Director Manuel Roldan had reported that 147 guidance counselors from tertiary and secondary schools and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers attended the orientations conducted in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Negros Occidental.
Roldan said job-skills mismatch was identified as one of the sources of unemployment in the region and in the country in the recent manpower summits and human resource conferences participated by various stakeholders from recent industry, government, non-government organizations, and the academe.
During the orientations, the guidance counselors were given a copy of the manual (in CD form) to help them in their mission to effectively provide career counseling to students who are about to leave high schools.
The Manuals are part of the DOLE’s labor market information services and are important tools on career planning.
“The manuals, as LMI tools, will aid students in understanding the world of work. It will “job-fit” or match their interests, skills, and abilities to careers in which their strengths can be best utilized,” Roldan said.
“On the other hand, the manual on employment guide focuses on job exploration, labor market information, and job search and aids graduating college students, who are about to enter the world of work, on how to create impressive resume or portfolio, start his job search and ace the interview,” he added.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz cited the importance of these orientation seminars as she had advised graduating high school students to “decide on career choices on the basis of what the labor market needs and not on what is popular, to enable you to land jobs after graduation.”
“Hundreds of thousands of Filipino students will enroll this year and my advice to them is to decide on a course or study that will land them jobs after graduation. They should go for careers that the labor market needs, and not because a career is in vogue or popular, “she said.
Career and employment counseling is widely accepted as a powerful and effective method of assisting young people make appropriate and sensible career choices to gain access to work opportunities that are compatible with their interests, values, and abilities.
Roldan said his office is intensifying its efforts to address the problem of job mismatch to improve the region’s employment situation.
DOLE Region 6 will also conduct an orientation for Guidance Counselors of Iloilo and Guimaras on the Manual this coming school year 2011-2012.
In a related development, the DOLE officially launched two weeks ago its newest online labor market information service for high school students and jobseekers, the Career Guide, following the instruction of President Benigno S. Aquino III to make the guide available and accessible in time for the college enrollment for SY 2011.
“Today, we present to our people the DOLE Career Guide in compliance with the instructions of the President to empower our young Filipinos in making wise and excellent career decisions,” Baldoz said in a press conference.
“The Career Guide is a major component of the job search assistance function of the DOLE to link careers to employment opportunities,” she said.