More than 2900 job seekers joined yesterday’s Go Global Job Fair 2013 at SM City Manila. A joint effort of JobsDB and SM Global Pinoy Center, the event offered opportunities for job hunters to work abroad.
Country Manager for JobsDB Philippines Sheryll Tiburcio said Filipinos are globally in-demand, and that 41 percent of the job openings are for overseas work.
“SM Global Pinoy Center actually came up with this project, so we can showcase the world-class talents and skills of Filipinos. We think we needed to have something like this to also assure Filipinos that thousands of jobs are waiting for them,” she added.
While most of the companies in the event offered technical job opportunities abroad, locally based companies also participated in the job fair, like BonChon Chicken Philippines and computer retailer Silicon Valley. According to Dong de Guzman, head of sales at JobsDB Philippines, this would provide opportunities for applicants who fall short of the requirements needed to work abroad.
“The activity was actually designed to cater to prospective seafarers overseas. But there were also concerns for walk-in applicants, usually students and passers-by, and those who are not qualified [for overseas work]so we allowed these local companies to join the job fair,” said De Guzman.
Josephine, a registered nurse, and RJ, a fresh Nursing graduate, knew that the job fair offered mostly technical jobs, but still took their chances.
“It’s really hard,” said RJ. “There are many hospitals in Metro Manila but it seems there’s just not enough opportunities for Nursing graduates.”
Josephine, who has been working as a volunteer for almost a year now, feels the same way. “It’s difficult getting positions at local private hospitals,” she added.
Tiburcio, however, stressed that some companies are very open to providing training programs to fresh graduates. “They have a chance at landing a job. They just really have to look,” she said.
“If you check the website of JobsDB, there are over 90,000 job openings, so if they don’t land a position in one company, they can always try other companies,” Tiburcio added.
Jan Erick C. Tutaan