By Jelliffe Louise S. Dava
Two undergraduates were hired on the spot at the third leg of the Manila Bulletin Classifieds Job Fair held May 15-16 at the SM North Edsa-Skydome where exactly 1,073 people visited the fair on it first day looking for first jobs, better jobs, or new careers.
High school best friends Bryan Reljay Crisostomo and Chester Jay Rea were the first two jobseekers who were hired in the first hour after the Manila Bulletin Classified Job Fair officially opened.
Both were hired as bakers by French Baker, a popular restaurant known for its freshly baked breads and pastries.
According to them, they did not expect the quick processing of their applications. After the short interview, they were told that they had qualified for the job position and to wait for a text message on the schedule of their orientation.
Crisostomo, 24, in an interview with Manila Bulletin, said that he had quit college when his father died and as the eldest, he had to be the breadwinner.
Rea, 23, an undergraduate in B.S Marine Engineering said he decided to leave school to earn money to help his parents.
Grateful for the job, he said his focus will be to save enough money to continue his studies, this time on a course he really wanted to pursue — Culinary Arts. The job that he had landed is in line with his interest in baking, he said.
The two men represent the thousands of people who have found jobs and new careers at the Manila Bulletin Classified Job Fair which is now on its 9th year.
In his speech opening the fair, Arman Cabrera, Manila Bulletin VP for advertising, said:“Here you will meet prospective employers, interact with other job seekers and hopefully become part of the country’s workforce. Empower yourselves with patience and determination by going after your dreams and turn them into reality.”
Thirty-five companies participated in the two-day job fair which is supported by the Philippine Red Cross, PAGIBIG, Social Security System (SSS), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and PhilHealth.
Some of the MB Job Fair exhibitors were from business process outsourcing (BPO), media, manufacturing, foods and beverages, insurances, real estate, education, fashion retail, local manpower services and many more that offered top- to middle-entry positions.