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About 10,000 gov’t jobs now available on JobStreet virtual Career Fair

MANILA, Philippines – About 10,000 government job positions from different 700 participating agencies in all the regions are now ready to be filled from September 14 to 18 as JobStreet Philippines partnered with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to offer opportunities to jobless Filipinos who were displaced this time of the pandemic.

The online Career Fair is the first virtual job hunt of the said career portal. JobStreet has been in partnership with CSC for two years and made physical opportunity fairs but this time, hirers and seekers will meet online.

“We are bringing good news. Tamang-tama magpapasko na. To everyone especially to Filipinos who have lost their jobs in the last six months… and so this is one good opportunity for them to learn and hopefully take action on,” Philip Gioca, Jobstreet Philippines country manager said during the press briefing.

“To our Filipino jobseekers, especially those who have been displaced due to the pandemic, we encourage you to join the Online Career Fair and find livelihood opportunities in the public sector,” CSC Commissioner Atty. Aileen Lourdes Lizada said.

Trying times

This pandemic has caused many companies to displace their employees. Based on the recent survey conducted by the said career portal, over half of all job candidates were impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

17 percent were permanently retrenched and 43 percent found themselves temporarily not working. This means that more than one-half of the candidates surveyed have had their livelihood interrupted.

This independent survey proved the recent report of the Social Weather Station (SWS) there are 45 percent or 27 million jobless Filipinos this time of crisis.

The hardest hit among those permanently retrenched or temporarily not working has those who were not working full time, and who had been working in organizations with 50-500 employees. This includes working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and business operations.

They were also more likely to have been working less than six months when they lost their employment permanently or temporarily, according to the report.

The industries, which were greatly affected by the crisis in terms of employment permanence, include tourism/travel, food & beverage, hospitality/catering, architecture/building/construction, and the education sectors.

Report also shows that organizations that have been in operation for ten years or more were most likely to be negatively affected by COVID-19 in terms of employee headcount. Smaller organizations were more likely to have an impact on staff remuneration.

“Many workplaces have made several adjustments to be able to comply with these new COVID-19 guidelines, both on the side of the workers, and the employers,” JobStreet country manager discussed.

“Majority of the employees across the country are now looking at and are employed in a work-from-home program. We have now a new way of living, and working will never be the same again, so that’s why we called it the new normal,” Gioca added.  

About 98% of hirers have implemented HR changes in response to COVID-19, in which 74% required their employees to work from home, and 55% had a negative impact on the workforce by freezing the number of new hires and temporarily or permanently laying off staff.

Government positions available

“We tied up with jobstreet.com as we’re thinking of the health and safety of the jobseekers,” Atty. Lizada said.

“No more long lines, no more queuing, no more worries whether you are going to or be exposed,” she explained.

DepEd, Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Transportations, Manila International Airport Authority, Commission on Audit, PDIC, among others, are some of the government agencies with available positions.

The top available government job roles in the Online Career Fair are 1) deputy register of Deeds, 2) Administrative officer, 3) attorney, 4) accountant, and 5) procurement Officer, among others.

Among the available posts, 28 percent are from CALABARZON and MIMAROPA with 2706 job ads, 1770 available government positions or 18 percent are from Central Visayas, and 1586 jobs or 15 percent are from the Western Visayas.

1401 in Northern Mindanao, 1056 in Bicol Region, 1052 in CARAGA region and 1008 positions are available in the National Capital Region.

“This is the time for you to serve the government, to serve your countrymen, to serve the public,” Atty. Lizada said.

“It takes more than a job description, it takes a commitment and it takes a heart to be in the public service,” she said.

Since an online career fair is a first for everyone, the registration and application process is quite different from once people used to. Applicants need to create and download personal datasheet at the online career fair microsite. After that, upload your personal data sheet, and fill JobStreet profile as resume, and then apply for different positions from September 14-18.

Majority of the jobs offered in the government would require Civil Service eligibility but there are also jobs that are not looking for eligibility.

The government is also expected to give feedback within the week, according to Gioca, a fast track way of getting feedback on the application.

“It’s always been JobStreet’s advocacy to provide every Filipino jobs that matter to them, and it’s an honor that the Civil Service Commission trusted us to be a part of this initiative to help employees rebuild their career during this difficult time” said JobStreet Country Manager Philip Gioca.

To learn more about the Online Career Fair, visit onlinejobfair.jobstreet.com.ph.

Other available jobs in the portal

 Call center/BPO remains as the top employer in the country, with 13,202 job ads, followed by government and defense with 10, 245 job positions available.

Human Resources, education, retail/merchandise, and computer/IT are also on the list. The work demand for manufacturing/production, and healthcare/medical also increased in the second and third quarters of 2020.

More than 10 million job seekers have an account on the said portal, with an average of 600 thousand visits per day.  (By: Vic Galinato)

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