JobStreet, the leading online job portal in the Philippines, recently launched their first-ever interactive Virtual Career Fair for 2021.

In a zoom media conference held the other day, JobStreet Country Manager Philip Gioca said the fair which is slated to happen on February 17 to 21 will have more than 55,000 jobs available from different industries across the country.

Among the hiring companies that will participate in the event include BDO, Mercedez Benz Group, LBC Express, Yamaha Philippines, Universal Robina Corporation, Aboitiz Construction, Converge, 51 Talk, Accenture, TaskUs, Nestle, and many others.

Philip Gioca (JobStreet Stock Photo)

“Millions of Filipinos have lost their jobs last year since the pandemic, and JobStreet embarks on a mission to help Filipinos rebuild the economy by amplifying our commitment to being a career and talent partner this 2021,”

JobStreet Country Manager Philip Gioca

Some of the job roles that most probably be on the demand table are IT Software Specialist, Digital Marketer, Sales Executive, System Analyst, Customer Service Representative, Financial Consultant, ESL Teacher, Accountant, Engineer, IT Developer, HR Staff, and HR Manager.

There are also lots of opportunities for Office Administrators, Dispatchers, Merchandisers, Warehouse Staff, Quality Assurance Staff, and more.

Hiring companies will have their respective virtual booths where they can showcase multimedia content for jobseekers to explore and navigate. 

Aside from thousands of career opportunities, the Virtual Career Fair also features live chats and on-the-spot interviews with HR representatives from participating employers. A chatbot will pre-screen questions and answers to filter potential candidates, and a Live Chat Control Platform will allow hirers to have direct conversations with multiple candidates.

In addition, candidates will have access to JobStreet Facebook Live events wherein financial and mental health experts will be discussing relevant labor matters to the audience. This is in line with JobStreet’s dedication to providing valuable support to job seekers amid the situation.  

Many professionals have lost their jobs last year when the pandemic struck the country and they are also probably looking for jobs right now, I asked about the chances of inexperienced new graduates of getting selected by the hiring companies.

Gioca said that experienced professionals will have the edge of course but the question is if they will be willing to work at the company’s current hiring rate and offers. There will always be room for those who seek job opportunities and are not too critical of pay.

Aside from the 10.9M Filipinos who lost their jobs, a growth of 20-22% youth unemployment is projected this year, mainly coming from the K-12 and new grads. I asked if JobStreet has jobs available specifically for the inexperienced youth segment.

Yes, there are a lot of job vacancies for fresh graduates or without experience. There are entry-level roles such as office admin, accountant, ESL teacher and customer service representative.

JobStreet Country Manager Philip Gioca

JobStreet also partnered with government agencies to help candidates with their service-related queries. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth, and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will have their own virtual booths in the Virtual Career Fair to accommodate concerns and questions from candidates via chat.

“During the lockdown, we’ve faced a lot of challenging times, and this year is everyone’s chance to look for opportunities and rebuild themselves. We encourage jobseekers to join and submit their applications to as many companies as they want during the Virtual Career Fair on February 17 to 21,” added Gioca. 

The Virtual Career Fair is now open for pre-registration through the JobStreet microsite. Visit http://bit.ly/JobStreetVCF to register.

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