By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Thousands of work opportunities from various industries were offered to job seekers as an early Christmas treat during the first day of the last leg of Manila Bulletin’s Classifieds Job Fair this year.
At least 21 exhibitors from different work industries opened their doors to hundreds of applicants on the first day of the two-day fair held at the SM North EDSA Sky Dome in Quezon City on Tuesday.
Arman Cabrera, Manila Bulletin Vice President for Advertising, said these industries include hotel, BPO, shipping, government, machineries, IT services, insurance, real estate, retail, insurance, food and beverage, manpower, and automotive.
“The aim of this job fair is to promote and create jobs with the help of our valued exhibitors/partners but the greater aim is to make Filipinos self-sufficient because when you have a job, you become self-sufficient. You are able to create a sense of well-being, not only self well-being but also well-being for your community and your family and your loved ones, and also contribute to nation-building,” Cabrera explained.
Cabrera also urged job seekers to take advantage of the fair and get a chance to be hired on-the-spot.
“We have on-the-spot hiring. If you are a HOTS (hired on-the-spot), it becomes a sense of achievement not only for the job seeker but also for the exhibitor as well,” he added.
Job seekers lined up early even before the event started including 30-year-old Eden Albios who came all the way from Bohol to look for a new work here in Manila to support her daughter’s schooling.
Albios, who has been in Manila for at least a week now, said she saw a poster of the Manila Bulletin’s Classifieds Job Fair near the workplace of her husband who is a construction worker at the Skyway.
“Naghahanap ako talaga ng trabaho kasi galing pa ako sa Bohol. One week pa lang ako dito. Kailangan kong mag-trabaho kasi may sinusuportahan ako sa amin, yung pamilya ko at ‘yung anak ko na nasa probinsya,” Albios said. (I’m really looking for a job since I am from Bohol. I’ve been here for a week now. I have to work because I have to support my family and my daughter who are in the province.)
According to Albios, she previously worked as a sales clerk in a mall in Bohol but it is still difficult for her family to make ends meet. She is trying her luck Manila through MB’s Classifieds Job Fair.
Among the early birds during the fair were 20-year-old Danica Evite, a fresh accountancy graduate from Pangasinan, and Helena Carolina, 24, who just passed the mechanical engineering licensure examination last August.
The two young women, who are both first-time applicants, visited the fair to look for their first job related to the courses they finished. They are also optimistic that they will get hired before Christmas day.
Since 2011, the Manila Bulletin, the nation’s leading newspaper, has been hosting job fairs every year to give opportunities to fresh graduates and other job seekers.
According to Cabrera, they are expecting many job seekers to visit the two-day fair as it is the last leg of the four job fairs for 2019.
“We expect really a lot [of job seekers]. We would want to make sure that we will be able to get a lot of job seekers, not just to promote the job fair but to let them know that we want to help provide opportunities for those looking for a job,” he emphasized.
The Manila Bulletin’s Classifieds Job Fair will run until Wednesday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the SM North EDSA Sky Dome.
Apart from the fair, thousands of active job positions are also available at the Manila Bulletin’s job portal website at www.mbclassifiedjobs.com.