At the 2014 Labor Day Job Fairs
DOLE-NCR registers highest number of job applicants at 24,000 and HOTS at 3,129

Department of Labor and Employment-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) Director Alex V. Avila yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that 24,923 job seekers have registered for the recently concluded 1 May Job Fairs held at various SM branches in Metro Manila, including the main job fair at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

“This is 22 percent of the total 111,767 applicants who registered for the 69 nationwide Labor Day job fairs,” Avila said, adding that the 17 job fairs all over the national capital also produced the biggest number of hired-on-the-job, or HOTS, at 3,129.

Of those who were hired-on-the-spot, 2,953 were for local positions, while 171 were for overseas jobs.

Baldoz, who expressed elation at the success of the DOLE job fairs during Labor Day, instructed the Bureau of Local Employment to work with the DOLE-NCR in monitoring the progress of the applicants who have qualified and are for further interview because these applicants are deemed “near-hires”.

According to Regional Director Avila, the number of job seekers who were asked by the employers to come for further interviews have reached 35,244.

“We must remember that there are still 35,244 job seekers who will undergo further interviews or undertake examinations as the next stage in the process of their job applications. You must monitor their progress in the next three months as we fervently hope that they may be hired as well,” Baldoz said.

Last 1 May, the DOLE simultaneously mounted 17 job fairs in the Metro Manila participated in by 1,041 employers looking for the right applicants to fill 182,098 vacancies.

Avila said that the conduct of job fairs is an economical and efficient way of bringing in together jobseekers and employers under one convenient venue.

“The DOLE works to make it easy and fast for jobseekers to find jobs that fit their qualifications, interests and career inclinations; while helping employers find the right applicants for their manpower needs.

“Job fairs are part of the agency’s continuing efforts to shorten jobseekers’ search for employment by bringing in one venue companies which are in need of workers,” he added.

“In these one-day job fairs in the NCR, there were 65,052 job interviews conducted by the prospective employers even when there were only 24,923 who registered for the job fairs. This means that one jobseeker was able to meet with more than one employer and some of them were even hired-on-the-spot. This is not possible without a job fair,” Avila further explained.

Aside from the jobseekers and the employers, other government agencies such as the Technical Education and Skills Training Authority, National Bureau of Investigation, National Statistics Office, Social Security System, PhilHealth, PagIbig, and the Professional Regulations Commission were also at the SMX Convention Center, the venue of the biggest jobs fair in NCR, to issue documentary requirements that a job applicant may need to be able to facilitate his job applications.

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