Apr 252013
At least 400,000 local and overseas jobs will be up for grabs in 75 job fairs that the Department of Labor and Employment will set up nationwide on May 1, Labor Day.

According to DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, 16 of these 75 job fairs will be held in Metro Manila alone, offering up to 171,532 job vacancies.

“These 171,532 job vacancies [in Metro Manila] as of today are part of the more than 400,000 vacancies to be offered by employers to tens of thousands of jobseekers expected to troop to the DOLE’s 75 job fairs nationwide,” Baldoz said Thursday.

She said the job fairs in Metro Manila will have 726 prospective local employers and 37 licensed overseas recruitment agencies.

The job vacancies are in identified key employment generator (KEG) sectors, including:

– cyber services
– tourism
– banking and finance
– hotel and restaurant
– health and wellness
– wholesale and retail trade
– automotive
– construction

The Metro Manila job fairs will be held at SM malls in North EDSA, Fairview, Novaliches, Manila, Sta. Mesa, San Lazaro, Valenzuela, Megamall, Pasig, Marikina, South Mall, Las Piñas, Sucat, Bicutan, Muntinlupa, and Mall of Asia.

Baldoz said this year’s Labor Day will have the theme, “Manggagawang Pilipino: Handa sa Hamon ng Makabagong Panahon,” which reflects the government’s confidence on the readiness of the Filipino workforce to meet the challenges of the times.

What to bring

She advised prospective jobseekers to bring documents to the job fairs, such as:
– resume/biodata
– copy of diploma
– copy of transcript of records
– clearances
– employment certificates if any
– ID pictures
– other documents like TIN, SSS, and PhilHealth identification.

Available jobs

The DOLE said prospective occupations in the wholesale and retail trade top the number of job vacancies with 27,750. The vacancies in this sector include sales associates, sales marketing officers, cashiers, store supervisors, accounting assistants, office staff, production assistants, office management trainees, store management trainees, assistant brand managers, account executives, security guards, merchandisers, stockmen, inventory assistant, store clerks,  and auditors.

Cyber services have 20,000 job vacancies for facilities managers, technical support representatives, collection specialists, network processing associates, data analysts, sales support representatives, software testers, Java developers, graphic artists, web developers, web designers, systems administrators, systems programmers, call center engineers, software testers, logistics staff, encoders, web and graphics designers, and game testers.

In the construction sector, there are 15,868 vacancies for architects, electrical engineers, safety officers, safety engineers, field engineers, civil engineers, pipe welders, heavy equipment drivers, surveyors, formworks engineers, rebar engineers, estimators, senior electrical design engineers, senior mechanical engineers, masons, carpenters, material control engineers, and painters.

In the automotive industry, there are more than 15,000 jobs for motor pool staff, tinsmiths, auto painters, washers, machinists, transport associates, drivers, electroplaters, auto electricians, assembly line technicians, chassis fabricators, and welders.

For health and wellness, there are 2,857 vacancies for positions as as beauty consultants, branch sales consultants, clinic staff, dermatologists, front-desk staff, graphic artists, nutritionists/dieticians, pharmacists, sales representatives, spa therapists, trainers, pharmacy assistants, pharmacists, massage therapists, cashiers, receptionists, medical technologists, radiologic technologists, clinic managers, manicurists, salon managers, and salon stylists.

Some 2,800 jobs are available in the hotel and restaurant/tourism sector. These are for front desk officers, waiters/waitresses, room attendants, bellmen, kitchen helpers, concierge officers, laundry staff, dining personnel, dining supervisors, kitchen personnel, restaurant management trainees, cooks, store/area managers, HR administrative assistants, commissary operations managers, event specialists, uniform and linen supervisors, and room attendants.

On-site documentation

The DOLE in Metro Manila sought support from other agencies to provide on-site pre-employment documentation and advisory services.

These include the National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Professional Regulation Commission, Social Security System, Pag-IBIG, National Statistics Office, PhilHealth, and the Philippine Postal Corp. — BM, GMA News

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