Baldoz calls on employers to increase hiring rates this Labor Day
With thousands of job seekers expected to troop to the DOLE’s 65 nationwide job fairs on Labor Day, Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged employers participating in these job fairs to improve their hiring rates, as a way of helping jobseekers, especially the fresh graduates, land their first jobs.
“We will be gratified if employers participating in our job fairs on Labor Day, can improve their hiring rates and increase the number of applicants hired-on-the-spot, or HOTS,” Baldoz said, who has also issued an order to all DOLE regional directors to communicate this challenge to all local employers participating in their respective job fairs.
She urged employers to be a little flexible in considering “near hires” or applicants who is “nearly fit” for a job, but may be lacking in one or two qualifications that can be compensated by an applicants’ other strong points.
“A “near-hire” applicant, if given the chance, might quickly learn or acquire a “missing qualification” if he/she is already on the job or may be through a short training,” she said.
Baldoz said improving hiring rates is possible because the DOLE and its regional offices have announced early and extensively their job fair schedules using all available media and she had directed them to conduct advance registration and screening of applicants.
“In the 2013 Labor Day Jobs Fair, a total of 20,905 applicants were HOTS and 96,838 have qualified. This, out of 127, 880 total number of registered jobseekers,” Baldoz said, emphasizing that the DOLE has remained consistent with its annual target of 15 percent HOTS out of the total number of qualified applicants.
The labor and employment chief, on this note, reiterated Department Order No. 113, issued on 28 April 2011 regarding the conduct of DOLE Job Fairs, which makes it imperative for the Bureau of Local Employment and all DOLE Regional Offices to supervise the conduct and report the outcome of the job fairs, as well as to closely monitor the application status of those jobseekers who qualified at the job fairs.
“The DOLE has been regularly announcing job fair schedules very early 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,” she added.
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 finally said.
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