Apr 022013

Keep updated on job fair schedules, have your job application documents ready, and be on guard against illegal recruiters.

These in a nutshell were the tips the Department of Labor and Employment gave this year’s graduates, many of whom will be hunting for their first jobs.

“Being prepared will give our jobseekers higher chances of finding a job suited to their qualifications as employers can already prescreen their documents and interview those qualified,” DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said.

She advised jobseekers to know the schedule of DOLE job fairs, training, and career counseling. She said DOLE job fairs can help match skills with job opportunities.

The DOLE’s year-round job fair schedules and venues are posted online at www.phil-job.net, she said.

However, she also said they should have their application documents ready. The documents include:

– resume or curriculum vitae

– 2 x 2 ID pictures (bring extra copies for multiple job applications)

– certificate of employment, for those who had previous jobs

– diploma and/or transcript of records

– NBI/police clearance

– authenticated birth certificate

– other pertinent documents such as TIN and SSS.

“This will increase the chances of applicants to be hired on the spot (HOTS),” Baldoz said.

Warning vs scammers

But Baldoz also warned jobseekers against illegal recruiters and placement agencies that may offer bogus job offers even in job fair venues.

“At this time of the year when recruitment scams proliferate, jobseekers, particularly new graduates, should be watchful and should guard themselves against too-good-to-be-true offers that might merely lead them to the path of those who have been victimized by scammers,” she said.

She advised jobseekers to visit or contact the DOLE’s regional and field offices in their area to check the list of licensed private recruitment and placement agencies.

“Our DOLE front liners, in partnership with our PESO officers, will assist jobseekers in verifying the authenticity and legitimacy of local recruitment agencies so they will not be duped,” she said. —KG, GMA News

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