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THE SIMPLE SECRET TO GETTING HIRED
ALL SET . Labor Day Business and Job Fair Participants waiting on their seats while OIC ARD Gonzalo and OIC-PD Recio shared the stage with Provincial PESO Manager Mary Jane Corcuera and the representative from the Provincial Government of Laguna.
DOLE LAGUNA AND PROVINCIAL PESO SAY THANK YOU. ARD Gonzalo OIC-PD Recio along with Provincial PESO Manager Mary Jane Corcuera and the representative from the Provincial Government of Laguna awarded the Certificate of Appreciation to participating companies)

“80% of success is showing up” this quote attributed to Woody Allen can best describe the simple secret of getting hired to the position you always wanted. It is just a logically simple formula that one should take into consideration in job hunting.

Take the case of job applicants who got hired during the Labor Day Job Fair on May 1, 2017. The secret to getting hired is not just a killer resume. It also requires lining up for that job you wanted.

Maria Demafelis, HR Assistant for Ace Hardware, was among the busy employer representatives single-handedly putting up a job fair booth. She got a lot in her hands with 46 vacancies anticipating for her fair share of applicants Hired-on-the-Spot (HOTS). It appears that her efforts paid off with the endless queue of applicants who showed up in front of her as soon as the recruitment commenced. In particular, two qualified applicants got her interest with their impressive resumes to merit the status good as hired.

Ms. Demafelis was not the only one elated with the results of the job fair with HR representatives claiming their fair share of 120 applicants declared as HOTS. There were 421 registered applicants who patiently waited for their chance to go through the initial interview. It is noteworthy that over 200 of them were tagged as qualified for the 168 overseas and 5,158 local vacancies.

DOLE Laguna has been enthusiastic on the turnout of the Labor Day Job Fair. Thanks to the momentum set by PESO Magdalena having declared 100% HOTS on its pre-labor day recruitment activity. All twenty-three registered applicants were hired on the spot by EPSON Precision Phils., Inc., Lucena Lines, Inc. and SPI Corporation.


BUSINESS STARTUP TIPS. Mr. Arnel Magpily of DTI Provincial Office conducting an orientation as part of the Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan Caravan to Job Fair participants referred for business development capacity building activity.

There was more than the spirit of optimism radiating around Capitol grounds as DOLE Laguna introduced a more inclusive Labor Day Job Fair. It was made possible by the Trabaho, Negosyo and Kabuhayan (TNK) Caravan mandated by Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to be incorporated in DOLE’s year-round employment activities. Apparently, the Department has been reaching out to the informal sector of the society by way of building awareness and providing access to the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program.

The Labor Day Business and Job Fair features the TNK Caravan implemented in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry. As explained by Sec. Bello, it is through this endeavor that jobseekers will be given the opportunity to learn ideas on “how they can enhance their skills to be more competitive in the job market.” It is his vision to extend inspiration to Filipinos to delve into business development ventures in form of small and medium enterprises alongside livelihood assistance being offered by DOLE.

In the hopes of inspiring the crowd during the job fair activity with the guidance of DOLE Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita, there was an awarding of livelihood grant to the Brgy. Government of Pinagbayanan in Pila, Laguna worth Php505,600.00 to cover raw materials for their project “Organic Fertilizer Production.” There’s a good chance that this has brought hope to the forty-two (42) participants of the business and livelihood orientations conducted by DTI and DOLE Laguna Provincial Offices. There were seven organizations represented in the activity such as the Institute for National Advancement of Women and Climate Change, Peaceful Ladies On The Go, and Scavengers Marketing Cooperative.


LEGAL AID. LLCO Ryan Flores entertaining a query from a job fair participant in need of assistance during the Labor Day Job Fair on 1 May 2017.)

Not only did the Labor Day Job Fair welcomed another program under its wing, it has also provided an avenue to introduce new executives in DOLE IV-A. The Lagunenses were pleased to meet OIC-ARD Francisco A. Gonzalo, Jr. as the newest next-in-rank at the regional office and OIC-PD Guido R. Recio as the head of the Laguna Provincial Office. The two officials are both public service veterans having rose from the ranks with OIC-ARD Gonzalo tracing his humble beginnings at DOLE CAR and OIC-PD Recio at DOLE IV. Indeed, their individual career ladders are equally inspirational to budding employees.

Stretching out the services extended to the public during the Laguna Labor Day Job fair is the accommodation of queries whether in employment, livelihood or General Labor Standards. Employment Focal Ms. Lirio Malabanan and Livelihood Focal Ms. Lorena Gacosta entertained questions from clients. K-to-12 DOLE Adjustment Measures Program Focal Anton Parin had a special desk for displaced teachers. There were consultations entertained by Labor Laws Compliance Officer Ryan Flores sharing options and remedies to workers’ dilemma.

Having made the ends meet, all stakeholders had a huge sigh of relief with hopeful jobseekers, satisfied employers and grateful government employees. Amid the promising statistics is the continuous commitment of DOLE Laguna alongside the Provincial Government of Laguna through its Provincial PESO in bridging the industry and the workforce toward provision of sustainable employment and livelihood opportunities to the community. And, no one can do all this alone as the labor market is based in a communal setting.

As another successful Labor Day Job fair has been concluded by DOLE Laguna, always remember the simple secret to getting hired. Simply show up in the next job fair!

By:

RUDYBOY R. SINAY

Senior LEO/LCO DOLE LPO

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