LAOAG CITY, June 8 – To help fresh graduates find a decent employment, a jobs fair was held earlier this month by the Laoag City government through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) here.
Of hundred applicants, 50 applicants were hired on the spot while several others were subjected for further interviews.
Laoag City PESO Officer Abigail Awarayan said that four private firms participated in the jobs fair namely Save More, Vertext, GLEDCO and Ravandens.
She said the city government continued accepting application letters even after the jobs fair was concluded.
“Those looking for a job can go directly to the PESO and submit their barangay clearance and resume before they seek a recommendation letter from the Office of the Mayor,” Awarayan said.
She said the jobs fair is a continuing program of Mayor Chevylle Fariñas through the “Trabaho mo, Sagot ko” project of then Laoag Mayor now Vice Mayor Michael Fariñas to lessen the unemployment rate in the city.
Meanwhile, job fairs still considered as the most reliable source of job opportunities despite the presence of online job boards and social networks nowadays.
Job fairs offer efficiency as many employers and candidates are in one location at the same time. Anyone can check out multiple companies at once and this is especially helpful for someone in the early stages of their job search.
The job fair can help applicant discover companies or industries he/she may have otherwise overlooked and provide the job seeker with the opportunity to make personal connections.
The job seekers can find out which skill is in demand. By browsing open positions and speaking to company’s representatives, the job seekers will know where the current skills will be most appreciated.
“Job fairs have evolved and now often combine with other events. Take advantage of any speaker schedules or seminar series that may be offered on the day. If you’re looking for new ideas or advice, this is where you’ll get it,” Awarayan said. (FREDDIE G. LAZARO with reports from Marites Arellano)