July 23, 2024

■  Hanna C. Lacsamana

In line with the importance given to them by the government to empower the country’s labor force, the public particularly new graduates seeking for jobs for the first time are advised to do their part in making themselves qualified and worthy to be hired for the job.

On the June 12 commemoration of the country’s Independence Day, the Department of Labor-Cordillera and all the agencies involved in the issuance of employment requirements and private sector partners are hosting the Kalayaan Jobs Fair with the theme, “Kalayaan, Kinabukasan, Kasaysayan” at SM City Baguio mall atrium and in other provinces in the region.

As thousands of individuals looking for jobs are expected to participate in the day-long activity and the pre-registration from June 6 to 11, the Public Employment Services Office Baguio offers some advice and reminders to jobseekers that will be useful in raising their chances of landing their aspired job positions successfully.

PESO Baguio Manager Romelda M. Escaño has advised jobseekers to come on time and properly attired, bring multiple copies of their résumé, and be ready for on-the-spot examinations and interviews.

During previous job fairs, Escaño said they have observed most jobseekers come either in the middle of the afternoon or when the activity is about to close.

She said as much as possible, come early in the morning.

Escaño emphasized the importance of coming in proper attire.

For PESO, there were instances when they had to send jobseekers home for wearing shorts, a hanging blouse, or slippers and ask them to make an effort to come properly attired.

“In one case, everything was in order for a lady applying for a job, but she was wearing a blouse that showed her belly button. So I said, our company representatives really come from far places and they are here to hire. First impressions last, come in proper attire,” Escaño said.

Another thing new jobseekers must remember is how to handle a job interview.

Escaño said to make sure that prior to the interview, the jobseeker is ready for it psychologically.

During interview, she advised avoiding unnecessary physical movements like fidgeting and jiggling of legs, as these are dead giveaways for nervousness.

She also advised the jobseeker to speak clearly and distinctly, and one could do this by having good speech models.

“A lot of the nervousness is anchored on the fear that they will not be understood the way they want to be understood. It’s because many of our young people today with the prevalence of technology, they don’t read. Reading is the core of comprehension and having good vocabulary. So brush up on good speech models. Watch programs that are good speech models because our regional accents will serve as filters through which we will learn and speak English,” Escaño said, adding most of the interviews will be conducted in the English language.

However, depending on the job, one can speak in Filipino, but if the job for example is a BPO-anchored job, she said the jobseeker has to show that he or she is proficient in English.

She advised against speaking in the vernacular because human resource persons may not be familiar with the dialect.

“Make the effort to brush up on good speech rules. Watch your grammar, read good books. It’s never too late to start building and espousing good speech habits,” she said.

The Kalayaan jobs fair is being conducted pursuant to the First-time Jobseekers Assistance Act, which recognizes the role of the government in giving employment opportunities to all by giving exemption to payment of fees and charges to applications, among other benefits, provided a barangay certification stating the jobseeker is a first time job applicant is presented.

It also facilitates acquiring of employment documents from issuing government agencies like the Social Security System, PhilHealth, PagIbig, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Statistics Authority, and Bureau of Internal Revenue whose services are available through a one-stop shop during the job fair.