AS the biggest and the most awaited May 1 Labor Day Job Fair draws near, job vacancies for both local and overseas employers have now reached a total of 33, 927 as of Thursday, April 28, 2016.

7,963 of the total are local vacancies and 25,964 are overseas vacancies.

The Job Fair in line with the 114th Labor Day Celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) bearing the theme “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho,” has a total of 123 participating employers (93 – local, 28 overseas).

Top ten occupations with most number of vacancies for local employment include: call center agents, production workers, sales personnel, office staff/ admin clers, accountants, cashiers, customer service representatives, machine operator, waiters/waitresses, and technicians (electronic, computer, auto, production, ECG, HVAC).

Top ten occupation vacancies for overseas employment include: hotel restaurant service workers, household service workers, laborers, technicians (electronic, hull, telecom, auto, and physiotherapy), cleaners, delivery man, sales personnel, and machine operator.

The 2016 Labor Day Job Fair will be held in four malls in Davao Region namely SM City Davao, GMall Davao, GMall Tagum and GMall Digos. Job fair for GMall Davao will run until May 2.

Pre-registration started last Tuesday, April 26 until Saturday, April 30 for SM City Davao, GMall Davao and GMall Tagum. Interested participants in Davao del Sur may pre-register in the nearest municipal Public Employment Services Office (PESO).

Mini job fairs are also being simultaneously held in SM City Davao and GMall Davao.

As of Wednesday, April 27, a total of 227 applicants have pre-registered and 34 have been hired on the spot (HOTS) for the mini job fairs.

Pre-registered applicants will be prioritized and will fall in line on a different lane during the actual job fair.

Requirements for both the pre-registration and the actual Labor Day job fair are bio-data, resume, and supporting documents such as school credentials, training certificates and employment records.

DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao encourages all interested job seekers especially the fresh graduates.

“Grab the opportunity this coming Labor Day because this is the chance that you can acquire the skills and beef-up our resume for a better opportunity in the future,” Director Suyao said.

Moreover, a One-Stop Shop will also be available on May 1 in all malls wherein Government Agencies such as SSS, PAG-IBIG, Philhealth, BIR, NBI, PSA, Dep-Ed and DOLE XI’s Regional Coordinating Committee members will be present to offer services not only for the applicants but will also accommodate walk-in clients.

Kriztja Marae G. Labrador/LCO-DOLEXI