By Martin A. Sadongdong
Twenty-year-old Alyssa Moratin was filled with optimism and hope when she saw the list of job vacancies at the Manila Bulletin (MB) booth at yesterday’s Labor Day job fair at the Parañaque Sports Complex.
She pulled out her resume and presented it to a job fair staff member and got ready for an interview.
A fresh graduate, Moratin was among the hundreds of job seekers who visited the MB booth, and among the thousands who tried to land a job during the job fair supported by 90 other companies.
Praying for a job
“Kinabahan po ako kaya panay ang dasal ko. Nang makita ko na kailangan ng office staff, nilakasan ko na lang ang loob ko dahil kailangan ko talaga makahanap ng trabaho (I was nervous and I prayed a lot. When I saw the office staff opening, I just went for it, because I really nedd a job),” Moratin said.
Unlike many fresh graduates who took a week, or month off before seeking gainful employment, Moratin had to immediately find one because she is now tasked to finance the education of her younger sister.
“Sabi ko sa mama ko, ako na lang magpapaaral sa kapatid ko dahil graduate na ako. Kaya talagang todo pray ako kay God na sana swertehin (I told my mother that I will send my sister to school because I have graduated. That is why I kept praying and hoping that I get lucky),” Moratin said.
Moratin, of Barangay Better Living, graduated from the City University of Pasay last month with a degree in Business Administration Major in Operations Management.
Her application is now under evaluation, according to Niño dela Paz, MB online marketing head.
Dela Paz noted that Moratin and the other applicants have better chances of landing a job since one of the steps they needed to complete was the online registration at MBClassifiedJOBS.com, an online portal for MB.
Previously, MBClassifiedJOBS.com was opened for MB advertisers only but it has since welcomed other companies for the benefit of more job seekers.
An applicant only needs to visit MBClassifiedJOBS.com, input personal information and create an account.
“It’s a two-way process kasi when you have an account, the system will automatically find a company which matches your skills,” Dela Paz said.
Service for residents
The said job fair, which coincided in the celebration of Labor Day, was the second for this year and the tenth since Parañaque-Public Service Employment Office (PESO) was established in 2014.
“Ang assurance natin dito based sa ordinansa, dapat may matching of skills sa pagitan ng employers natin at ng employees. So ang trabaho ng city government is to match them and facilitate,” Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez told the Manila Bulletin.
Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez said all residents of Parañaque City who joined the job fair were accommodated, even those with special needs.
Deaf-and-mute Marla Cecilia de Leon, 37, waited just like the other applicants as early as 8 a.m. and was among the first to line up at the city’s Persons-With-Disability (PWD) Affairs Office PWDAO), one of the 92 exhibitors during the job fair.