The WMSU-Public Employment Services Office (PESO), in partnership with the Career and Placement Office, and the Department of Labor and Employment, has successfully concluded the Jobs Fair 2017, held March 17at the Dr. Juanito Bruno Gymnasium.
The said job fair aimed to provide the graduating students and alumni of WMSU with the opportunity to meet employers for campus interview, recruitment and access to students’ employment job links.
Mr. Ian A. Lahi, Chief Labor Employment Officer of DOLE Region IX- Zamboanga City Field Office, served as the keynote speaker of the event. He highlighted the labor trends especially in the city. He also thanked the University and the facilitators for initiating this job hiring event. “It gives DOLE the opportunity to reach out and deliver relevant and current information on employment,” said Mr. Lahi. “We are also developing human resource plans to complement the requirements of the industry roadmap,” he added.
According to the report of the Philippine Statistics Authority, as mentioned by Mr. Lahi, more than 42.2% of the vacancies are entry-level jobs or starting positions in establishments which requires little or no experience at all and are open for fresh graduates and young applicants. In Zamboanga City, specifically that construction firms are booming in the city, more than 1,400 job vacancies are to still targeted to be filled the second semester of 2017 . The vacancies include the administrative support such as liaison officers, accountants and clerks, bookkeepers, human resource officers, engineers, autocad operators, architects among others.
Although a job skill mismatch is an issue in integrating the youth in the labor market, Mr. Lahi also emphasized that one must instill perseverance especially when looking for job. He also reminded the participating companies that putting an age limit and requiring a “pleasing personality” is discouraged and they should focus on the skills of the applicants.
Among the participating companies were from the government, academe, canning industry, international manpower agencies, and private establishments.
The event was anchored on the theme, “Competitiveness of WMSU Graduates for Globalization” and was participated by more than 500 graduating students and alumni of WMSU. (Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)