JobStreet PHL, Trade dep’t organize virtual career fair

ONLINE job portal JobStreet Philippines has tied up with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to offer a virtual career fair on June 13-17.

In a news conference on Wednesday, JobStreet Philippines Country Manager Philip A. Gioca said that the platform has collaborated with the DTI to prepare jobseekers to design new career tracks for themselves in light of the changed work environment.

“In this career fair, we want to highlight different employment types available for our candidates as they are rethinking their approach to the concept of work. We thank DTI for trusting us to be their partner in this initiative, to provide jobs that are aligned with the applicants’ values and preferences,” Mr. Gioca said.

“It aims to empower the Filipino workforce to find the freedom and flexibility to choose the career path that fits their new life priorities,” he added.

According to Mr. Gioca, the Philippines is experiencing “The Great Reshuffle” where employees leave their jobs for more flexible employment opportunities in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Many workers took the time to reassess not only their careers, but their personal lives. The ongoing pandemic shifted many employee priorities. Overall, employees have emerged with a stronger sense of what they want from work and what they are willing to accept. As a result, many are on the move,” Mr. Gioca said.

Mr. Gioca added that “The Great Reshuffle” presents opportunities for jobseekers to upgrade their current skills and also for employers to re-evaluate the role of teams within the company.

“Additionally, 53% of employees would prefer keeping a remote work set-up even if it entails additional 10 hours of extra work per week, and 41% would accept a lower salary as long as they can move to a more affordable location,” Mr. Gioca said.

JobStreet Philippines Marketing Head Kim Viray said candidates can use the virtual career fair to explore over 75,000 jobs offered by more than a hundred companies including ePLDT, JPMorgan Chase Bank, BDO Unibank, SM Retail, BMI, ABS-CBN, Accenture, and Wilcon Depot.

According to JobStreet Philippines the top work-from-home jobs are encoder, engineer, office staff, virtual assistant, architect, and information technology roles. Fresh graduates can also look at other entry-level roles available such as customer service representative, administrative assistant, sales, and office staff.  

“In Luzon, the top available opportunities for candidates are customer service representative, sales, teacher, engineer, administrative assistant, and system developer. Meanwhile, in the Visayas and Mindanao, jobseekers may apply for roles such as teacher, administrative assistant, administrative officer, medical staff, and more,” JobStreet Philippines said.  

“The virtual career fair (is configured to be) mobile-first, so candidates can also apply for jobs via the JobStreet mobile app. Furthermore, applicants can view their saved jobs, check out their scheduled interviews, bookmark the webinars, and send live chats directly to the hirers,” it added. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave