Jobseekers flock to CSWDO Job Fair PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 May 2013 11:11

Gretchen Santander, an HRM graduate, seeks employment abroad. Recent grad Ardric Impe wants to work with a top restaurant in Manila. Meanwhile, Norin Cataylo, a 40-year-old former overseas Filipino worker (OFW), hopes to secure a job that is closer to home.

They were among those who flocked to the Centro Latino at the Paseo del Mar yesterday, May 29, for the Summer Job Fair spearheaded by the City Government, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

A total of 1,079 applicants were interviewed for the 3,321 vacancies offered by 18 local and overseas employment agencies.

Of this number, 72 applicants were successfully hired on the spot.

The feedback from jobseekers like Gretchen, Ardric and Norin was largely positive. The number of open vacancies was an advantage, prompting many jobseekers to apply for as many jobs as possible

“Manada open vacancies. Mas manada choices,” said Gretchen.

“Aquina job fair, todo applicante, tan entertain and consider el maga employers,” added Norin.

For Ardric, the job fair was relevant and timely. “Bueno gat el opportunity, especially na maga no hay pa trabaho.”

The job fair also assisted employers in their search for a competitive workforce.Job Fit Operations Manager Nina Jose    Noble said the Job Fair was convenient to both employer and jobseeker, while Micro Entrepreneurs Multi-Purpose Cooperative’s (MEMPCO) Candy Jolifeña found it to be an excellent venue for prospects.

“We also commend Mayor Celso Lobregat for giving us a great venue,”said Jolifeña, following the transfer of the job fair from the PNRC to Centro Latino to accommodate the large turnout of employers and jobseekers.

“The place is comfortable for employers, and jobseekers also tend to stay longer,” added Noble.

The one-day job fair was conducted in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and ABS-CBN. – Jasmine Mohammadsali