Twenty-five job seekers were hired on the spot (HOTS) while 574 qualified during the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan Job Fair of the Department of Labor and Employment at the 888 Premier Mall in Bacolod City yesterday.
DOLE records showed there were 927 individuals who applied yesterday for about 4,600 job opportunities available during the activity held in time with the 120th celebration of Philippine Independence.
Compared to the records last year, the number of HOTS decreased by about 84 percent from 160 to 25 this year, while the total applicants also went down by 28 percent, from 1,302 in 2017 to 937 yesterday.
DOLE regional director Johnson Cañete told the DAILY STAR yesterday that these decreases could be attributed to the kind of job vacancies available in the job fair and the kind of applicants and their skills.
During his talks with some employers, they said there were some positions that no one in the job fair applied for, and some applicants did not have the skills fit for the jobs they wanted to have.
Some of the positions where none of the jobseekers applied for were for accountants and engineers, Cañete said.
The decrease could also be due to personal decisions of the individuals, like having other plans, taking some rest after graduation, plans to apply in other areas outside Bacolod, among others, he added.
He also urged the jobseekers to level up with their skills, especially those who were set “for further interview” status by the employers, for them to get the job that they want.
Cañete also projected that more of the qualified and “for further interview” applicants will be hired weeks after the job fair. However, he said he considers the turnout already good as no major problems came up during the activity.
The Public Employment Service Offices in every town and city in the region could also hold job fairs in their areas to give more job opportunities, and boost the employment rate, he added.*MLG
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