With thousands of job seekers expected to troop to the Department of Labor and Employment’s 54 nationwide job and career fairs on Labor Day, Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged employers participating in these job fairs to improve their hiring rates to 25 percent, as a way of helping jobseekers, especially the fresh graduates, land their first jobs.
“I call on all the employers participating in our job fairs on Labor Day to improve their hiring rates and increase the number of applicants hired-on-the-spot, or H.O.T.S. by 25 percent,” Baldoz said, who instructed all DOLE Regional Directors to communicate this challenge to all local employers participating in their respective job fairs.
She also urged participating employers to consider “near-hires” or applicants who are “nearly-fit” for a job, but may be lacking in one or two qualifications that can be compensated by an applicant’s 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.
During the 2015 Labor Day nationwide job fairs, the Department was able to register a 22.8 percent hired-on-the-spot record. This is equivalent to 12,559 workers getting hired immediately in the job fairs.
“Like in the previous five Labor Day Job Fairs, the Job and Career Fair in the National Capital Region is easily the biggest, with the DOLE-NCR, Bureau of Local Employment, and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration leading in the preparation. This year’s Labor Day event shall be held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, where a total of 100 employers are expected to join,” said Baldoz.
She added that the number of job fair employer-participants is expected to increase because the DOLE-NCR has opened participation even to employers whose Certificates of Compliance (CoC) under the Labor Laws Compliance System are still pending for processing, provided they execute an Affidavit of Undertaking stating that they are willing to undergo any joint assessment procedures within 30 days after 1 May.
Meanwhile, Baldoz also reiterated Department Order No. 113, issued on 28 April 2011 regarding the conduct of DOLE Job Fairs, which mandates 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 monitors job fair applicants for one month.
Baldoz also advised jobseekers 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.