by Epi Ma. Kassandra A. Dajao
Nearly 5,000 job hunters rushed to SM Bacolod today for the annual Labor Day job fair sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in collaboration with SM Supermalls and other Media Partners.
May Castro, public relations manager of SM Bacolod shared that annually SM Supermall hosts job fairs in line with the Labor Day celebration, adding that for the first time, there was a job fair partnership between SM Supermall Bacolod and DOLE.
She also added that there were 7,000 job vacancies up for grabs in the job fair.
As for her tips to job applicants, Castro shared that applicants should secure good resume, highlight special skills and capabilities. Also, skills and attitude are two important factors. Since skills are acquired, attitude plays a great deal. “It [attitude] will get you to places,” she said.
When asked about the relevance of the job fair, she said, “if people have jobs it will contribute to economic growth.”
A total of 63 local companies were able to participate in job fair most of them are Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies, manufacturing companies, service sector, recruitment and employment and other SM affiliates.
Meanwhile, Hospitality Management graduate of University of St. La Salle Cherrie Boston who was one of the applicants waiting for interview and has been looking for a job for about a month said she’s hoping for a job in hotel, restaurant or even call center. She shared she expects minimum income since she’s starting but she’s looking forward to a friendly working environment if ever she’s to be given a job.