Job fairs not pooling but hiring-on-the spot: Labor department

ILOILO City––As the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) prepares for the biggest job fair in the country on May 1, Labor Day, the Dole in Region 6 is reminding jobseekers that job fairs are meant to be “hired-on-the-spot” events, not job pooling.

Dole-6 head for Iloilo and Guimaras, engineer Filomeno Sonza said that they have observed that many jobseekers that go to job fairs are not prepared with their documents and skills presentation to hiring companies.

“That is why many failed to get jobs because they think going to job fairs is a matter of exploring what jobs are available. On the contrary, job fairs are ‘hired-on-the-spot’ for those whose qualifications right away match the specific needs of the companies,” Sonza said.

Sonza added that proper self-documentation and packaging of skills and specific competencies would be an advantage.

Dole has gathered together the country’s biggest labor unions to lead in the conduct of the biggest and simultaneous job fairs in the regions nationwide on May 1, as a mutual nd collective action in mitigating the effects of global crisis on workers.

In Western Visayas, Sonza said, the focus of job fairs will be in Negros Occidental where there are more recorded displaced and disadvantaged workers, while each province will also have its own job fairs.

The event on May 1 is dubbed “Labor Day Tayo Na! Trabaho Nan! Jobapalooza ‘09” in collaboration with sponsoring firms, employers, recruitment agencies, local government units, Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) and other government agencies.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said job fairs are necessary efforts to facilitate employment to diminish the impact of the economic crisis on people, even as the Philippine economy continues to exhibit resiliency.

President Gloria Arroyo will lead in the launching of the job fair on May 1 at the SM Mall of Asia.

It can be recalled that Arroyo said the celebration of the Philippine Independence on June 12 will focus on job massive job creation. A report from the Philippine Information Agency


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