To help jobseekers make informed and wise career decisions, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday reminded applicants, especially new graduates entering the labor market for the first time to arm themselves with the right and relevant labor market information for them to shorten their job search.

“Don’t worry about the jobs. There are plenty available. Worry about how you can qualify as a new entrant to the labor market,” Baldoz advised.

As the DOLE addresses employment issues, such as the jobs-skills mismatch, the first step that graduates must do, according to Baldoz, is to accumulate the latest information on current labor market trends and be guided on what jobs and industries are in-demand today.

“One way of getting updated labor market information is by checking the official job portal of the Philippine government, the enhanced PhilJobNet (e-PJN). Through this online platform, our young applicants can get fast information on the latest job vacancies across various industries,” Baldoz said.

“You can begin with jobs that don’t require relevant experience, appropriate for those who are just beginning,” she added.

She cited a report from Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay, saying that the business process outsourcing sector is one of those sectors leading in terms of the number of jobs generated.

Based on the vacancy postings at the e-PJN, as of 7 March, one of the many vacancies in the BPO sector is that for call center agent positions, pegged at 26,646.

“Applicants interested to join the BPO sector as call center workers must possess the following qualifications: good communication skills; problem solving skills; listening and responding skills; proficient attention to detail; strong customer service orientation; can adapt to changes quickly; able to multi-task, able to work in a fast paced environment; team player; target-oriented; and can work under pressure with less supervision,” Secretary Baldoz said, citing some of the skills requirements posted at the job portal.

Customer service assistant position, another employment opportunity with plenty of vacancies, ranks second with 9,348 vacancies; followed by production workers/factory workers with 7,199 vacancies; and service crews with 6,007 vacancies.

Other occupational categories which posted the most number of vacancies at the said job portal are sugarcane farmer, with 5,000 vacant positions; sewer, with 4,700 vacant positions; credit and collection specialist, with 4,000 vacant positions; electronic equipment assembler, with 2,500 vacant positions; staff nurse, with 2,395 vacant positions; and cashier, with 2,166 vacant positions.

“From January to March 2016, a total of 155,280 vacancies was posted at the e-PhilJobNet,” the labor and employment chief said.

Citing further the BLE report, Baldoz said that the number of vacancies across industries is as follows: agriculture, hunting and forestry–76; construction–1,393; education–1,165; electricity, gas and water–153; extra-territorial organizations and bodies–205; financial intermediation–8,836; health and social work–730; hotels and restaurants–829; manufacturing–21,668; mining and quarrying–380; other community, social and personal service  activities–6,445; public administration and defense, compulsory social security–2,764; real estate, renting and business activities–93,521; transport, storage and communications–7,704; wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods–9,411.

Aside from going on-line and checking the e-PhilJobNet portal, the labor and employment chief, likewise, encouraged applicants to personally attend job fairs because these are convenient venues to find jobs and to be sized up by employers. In job fairs, numerous companies gather in one venue to facilitate easier search for qualified workers.

Finally, Baldoz advised the beginner not to be choosy when an employment opportunity knocks. “Remember, the only way to gain experience is to do the actual work. Just be patient,” she said.



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