With new college graduates in the past two months, the competition in the jobs market just got a notch tougher. To ease the path of individuals into the employed sector, agencies like the Provincial Employment Services Office (PESO) are regularly organizing job fairs.
One such job fair happened on May 1 at the Capitol Social Hall where 4,500 job openings from 38 companies were offered.
“It’s so hard to find a job and there’s a great competition in the real world,” said Renato Sarin Jr. 20, from Bulacao, Talisay City.
He was one of the lucky applicants of the job fair who was hired on the spot by Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. as store clerk.
He graduated Bachelor of Science in Information Technology last March 2016 from Talisay City College where he was a scholar.
“As of now dili ko mamili ug trabaho kay fresh
graduate pa man ko then happy ko maka start na ug work aron makatabang sa among kalisod (Right now, I don’t want to be picky with jobs because I’m still a fresh graduate. I’m just happy to be able to start working already so I can help address my family’s struggles),” Sarin said.
It was his fifth time to apply for a job after his graduation and he never expected to work in this kind of company, which is not related to his degree.
Employers will always hire the most qualified person based on the applicants’ resume or experience.
Julie Marie Malazarte, 20, from Banilad, Mandaue City and a fresh graduate of Financial Management from the University of Cebu-Banilad confidently said that she is qualified for the job because it is related to her degree.
“I’m so happy I was hired on the spot for SM Seaside as Customer Service Assistant and it’s my passion to entertain customers since it’s related to my course,” she said.
She’s also grateful to PESO for having a systematic and organized job fair and she hopes that there will be more applicants that will be hired.
According to the data from PESO, around 1,291 applicants participated in the event and 165 were hired on the spot.
The Labor Day Job Fair is an annual program of the Cebu Provincial Government through PESO and with the help of Department of Labor and Employment and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.