DOLE expects thousands of job seekers this May 1 Labor Day job fairs

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With thousands of job seekers expected to troop to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) job fairs this coming second quarter, especially the May 1 Labor Day job fairs, Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday challenged employers participating in these job fairs to improve their hiring rates.
“We will be gratified if employers participating in our job fairs, particularly on Labor Day, can improve their hiring rates and increase the number of HOTS [hired on the spot] applicants,” Baldoz said, who has also issued an order to all DOLE regional directors to communicate this challenge to local employers.
Baldoz said improving hiring rates is possible because she has already instructed all DOLE regional directors to announce extensively their second quarter job fair schedules using all media channels and to conduct advance registration and screening of applicants.
The DOLE has announced its second quarter job fair schedules as early as the second week of March this year to enable applicants—the “educated unemployed,” new college graduates, holders of certificates of technical–vocational courses, jobless out-of-school youth, and even those who are planning to switch jobs—to prepare for the job fairs.
Two of the biggest job fairs this year will happen on May 1, Labor Day, at the World Trade Convention Center along Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue in Pasay City and on June 12, Independence Day, at a place yet to be announced.
Simultaneous job fairs will also be conducted in 16 regions on these dates.
“We have more than 200 job fairs to be conducted in the second quarter by our Public Employment Service Offices [PESOs] in cooperation with private sector employers, local government units, and civic organizations,” Baldoz announced.
The DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment and its regional offices will supervise these job fairs, as provided under Department Order No. 113, which Baldoz issued on April 28, 2011.
The DOLE’s job fairs are held in convenient and accessible places, and designed to ensure that job applicants are protected from illegal recruiters. Employers that will participate in the job fairs are also thoroughly screened and validated.
Private sector-organized job fairs are conducted with DOLE’s permission, and no charges or fees are collected from job seekers or applicants before, during, or after the job fair. For the DOLE job fairs, no participation fees are collected from participating agencies or employers.
Baldoz advised visitors to these job fairs to brush up on relevant labor market information being continuously disseminated by the DOLE to help them map out their careers wisely, such as looking for occupations that fit their qualifications and inclinations, and to be ready with their resumes and other documentary requirements.
“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 the first-time job seekers, another piece of advice I can give is to accept the first job that comes your way and which fit your qualifications. This is the way to earn experience and pick up job-ready skills,” she added.
The DOLE’s job fair schedules can be viewed at Interested applicants may also call or visit the nearest PESO or DOLE regional and field offices.
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