ONLINE  JOB  HUNTING:  A  GROWING  TREND

MANILA, JUNE 10, 2008
(STAR) By Mayen Jaymalin - Imagine a jobseeker applying for a job without a resumé. It may seem improbable and absurd, yet at this time of modern technology such a scenario is not a figment of one’s fertile imagination, but a common reality for most Filipino jobseekers.

JobsDB.com, a leading top employment and recruitment network across Asia, introduced a few weeks ago to Filipinos a so-called “career card” that enables a jobseeker to register for employment.

With the use of the career card, which was provided for free by JobsDB.com during its Career and Entrepreneurship Fair 2008 held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City recently, jobseekers were able to register their resumés and apply to participating companies.

According to JobsDB.com, 30,000 job applicants were able to avail themselves of the free career cards during the two-day jobs fair. Using their career cards, 100 jobseekers were hired on the spot by participating companies.

Job applicants from other parts of the country can also avail themselves of the career card in subsequent JobsDB.com-initiated job fairs.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported that online job applications are now the latest trend for the nearly three million job hunters in the country.

“More and more Filipino jobseekers are opting to search and apply for employment online because it’s much easier and cost-saving since they do not have to travel far just to apply for a job,” DOLE’s Employment Promotion and Policy Development chief Zenaida Angara said.

Although the number of jobseekers who have used the DOLE’s online employment services is not immediately available, Angara noted that they have increased since 1998.

“Through our online employment services, we provide information where the jobs are and what are the needed manpower and thus facilitate employment,” Angara said.

Angara added that DOLE is collaborating with JobsDB.com and other similar private entities in an effort to facilitate both local and overseas employment opportunities for Filipinos at the most comfortable way.

As this developed, DOLE is offering 15,000 jobs at the Mega Jobs and Livelihood Fair to be held in line with the national celebration of the country’s 110th Independence Day on June 12.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said the jobs and livelihood fair is one of the major highlights of the 110th Independence Day celebration with the theme, “Republic Service, Tungo sa Ganap na Kalayaan at Kaunlaran.”

The DOLE said more than 15,000 local and overseas job opportunities will be offered by some 100 employers and recruitment agencies during the fair.

Pineda said the one-day jobs fair under the supervision of the DOLE’s National Capital Region office will also provide online employment facilitation services through some 10 Phil-Jobnet workstations on-site under the aegis of the department’s Bureau of Local Employment.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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