“A skilled worker, regardless of the job description, remains a treasure.” – Madeleine M. Kunin
The global economic slowdown in 2015 is said to have a delayed impact on labor markets in 2016, resulting in a rise in unemployment levels, particularly in emerging economies. According to the International Labour Organization’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2016 (WESO), the estimated worldwide unemployment rate in 2015 was 197.1 million and this year it was estimated to rise by 2.3 million, reaching to 199.4 million.
Result of Unemployment This report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) about the worldwide increase of unemployment is alarming because this will make a big impact in the countries’ economies. High unemployment in a country will result in economical problems such as the following:
Less spending of people, thus, hurting the country’s overall economy
Low GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
or even Recession
Source: ILO – World Social Employment Outlook Trends 2016
Unemployment might happen in many industry. Some of the businesses in these industries will cut employees to control their spending and maintain their businesses. But while this is the case, there are still industries that have high demand for jobs.
What You Can Do So to avoid unemployment, some of the things that you can do are: (1) Apply to the industries that are barely affected by the unemployment trend; and (2) Take freelance jobs.
The Most In Demand Jobs in 2016
Since it is the second half of 2016, let us review the most in demand jobs in the year 2016.
Other thing that you can do to avoid being unemployed is to adapt the freelancing trends. According to a blog post by Elaine Pofeldt in CNBC, employers are preferring to hire freelancers.
“Experts say work in itself isn’t disappearing. What is declining, they say, is how it is packaged. Rather than employ people in traditional jobs, more employers are choosing to hire contractors.”
The Most In Demand Freelance Jobs In a blog post by Rich Person, senior Vice-President of Upwork, he wrote that the most in-demand jobs and industries in Upwork this 2016 are the following:
Presentations Creation (Prezi and Keynote)
In addition, I also found out that these jobs and industries are in-demand:
Web development: Web Design, Search Engine Optimization, Online Marketing
Graphic Design: Logo Design
Key Takeaway In conclusion, the most in-demand jobs requiring a degree are under the Technical and Healthcare Industry. On the other hand, the most in-demand jobs that does not require a degree are Manual Jobs (Drivers and Mechanics) and jobs under the Healthcare Industry.
As regards the freelancing trends, you have no choice but to improve your technical skills — to maintain your “employability”.
If your job or industry is not in demand, do not lose hope. Remember that this is just a guide to help you make a better career decision. And who knows? Maybe the industry where you want to work for will boom next year.
In the 118th celebration of Independence Day in the Philippines (June 12), there will be a Kalayaan 2016 local and overseas employment job fairs to be held in different regions of the Philippines.
Kalayaan 2016 Job Fairs – Central Luzon The Kalayan 2016 Job Fairs offer 5,955 job vacancies for local employment and 5,388 job vacancies for overseas employment. In total, more than 11,300 jobs are waiting to be filled.
The event, with the theme Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong, are participated by 142 participating private companies and 30 government agencies for local employment and 28 recruitment agencies for overseas employment, as processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
It will also be joined by members of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) comprising DOLE attached agencies — Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), National Conciliation Mediation Board (NCMB), National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RWTPB), Employees Compensations Commission (ECC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and POEA.
The different city and municipal local government units, through their respective Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), and other allied-partner agencies will also be present.
The job fairs will be held on the following dates with their specific locations:
June 10, 2016 – Old Capitol Compound, Burgos St., Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
June 12, 2016
Malolos Sports and Convention Center, Malolos City, Bulacan;
Liwasang Bayan, San Felipe, Zambales; and the
Baler Municipal Hall, Baler, Aurora.
June 13, 2016 – Rizal, Triangle, Olongapo City
June 30, 2016 – Municipal Ground, Concepcion, Tarlac
Job seekers are requested to go with their proper attire, multiple copies of their resumes, certificates of employment, transcript of records, clearance, photos, and other pertinent pre-employment documents needed by employers.
Pre-Registration “To save time for jobseekers, they may now start filling-up their Skills Registration System Forms to pre-register to the PhilJobnet web. They may likewise visit their nearby PESOs in their areas to register,” DOLE-Technical Support and Services Division for Employment and Welfare Chief Alejandro Inza Cruz said.
Host: PESO – Iloilo, Radio Station RMN 774 Start Date: June 10, 2016 End Date: June 10, 2016 Region: Region VI (Western Visayas) Location: 3rd Floor, Cafeteria Area of City Hall
Host: DOLE – Western Visayas Start Date: June 12, 2016 End Date: June 12, 2016 Region: Region VI (Western Visayas) Location: Mary Mart Mall Job vacancies: 2700 (local), 5500 (overseas)
Available slots: Hotels & Restaurants, BPO, Carpentry, Fitters, Abroad Construction
Baguio Host: DOLE, PESO – Baguio City Start Date: June 12, 2016 End Date: June 12, 2016 Region: CAR Location: University of Baguio Gymnasium
Local & Overseas Job Fair / Kalayaan Job Fair Host: DMDP / PESO Cebu City Start Date: 2016-06-12 End Date: 2016-06-12 Region: Region VII (Central Visayas) Location: Cebu City Sports Complex
31st Sulong Zambales Jobs Fair Host: Provincial Gov’t of Zambales Start Date: 2016-06-12 End Date: 2016-06-12 Region: Region III (Central Luzon) Location: Liwasang Bayan, San Felipe, Zambales
Kalayaan 2016 Job Fair Host: PESO Tagum, DOLE DNFO Start Date: 2016-06-12 End Date: 2016-06-12 Region: Region XI (Davao Region) Location: New Tagum City Hall Atrium
Kalayaan Job Fair Host: DOLE Aurora Provincial FO Start Date: 2016-06-12 End Date: 2016-06-12 Region: Region III (Central Luzon) Location: Baler, Aurora
Independence Day Host: DOLE- Agusan Del Norte Start Date: 2016-06-12 End Date: 2016-06-12 Region: Region XIII (CARAGA) Location: Butuan City Hall (Butuan City)
Araw ng Kalayaan Job Fair 2016 Host: LGU-PESO Malolos Start Date: 2016-06-12 End Date: 2016-06-12 Region: Region III (Central Luzon) Location: Malolos Sports & Convention Center, Bulihan, Mc Arthur Highway, Malolos City
Independence Day Job Fair Host: DOLE- CAR Start Date: 2016-06-12 End Date: 2016-06-12 Region: CAR Location: Baguio City
Kalayaan 2016 Job Fair Host: PESO / DOLE Davao City Field Office Start Date: 2016-06-12 End Date: 2016-06-12 Region: Region XI Location: NCCC Mall Davao
Kalayaan Job Fair Sa Naliyagan Festival 2016 Host: Prov. Gov’t of Agusan Del Sur Start Date: 2016-06-12 End Date: 2016-06-13 Region: Region XIII (Caraga) Location: Naliyagan Cultural Center, D.O.P. Gov’t. Center, Prosperidad, ADS
Independence Day Jobs and Trade Fair Host: City Government of Olongapo Start Date: 2016-06-13 End Date: 2016-06-13 Region: Region III (Central Luzon) Location: Rizal Triangle, Olongapo City
June 14 Job Fair Host: LGU- Mabalacat City Start Date: 2016-06-14 End Date: 2016-06-14 Region: Region III (Central Luzon) Location: Brgy. Cacutud Covered Court, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Job Fair Host: LGU-PESO Daet Start Date: 2016-06-16 End Date: 2016-06-17 Region: Region V (Bicol Region) Location: Central Plaza Mall, Daet, Camarines, Norte
Yagi-Yagi Festival Job Fair 2016 Host: LGU – Rosario, Agusan Del Sur Start Date: 2016-06-20 End Date: 2016-06-20 Region: REGION XIII (CARAGA) Location: Municipal Gymnasium, Rosario, ADS
June 21 Job Fair Host: PESO – San Fernando City Start Date: 2016-06-21 End Date: 2016-06-21 Region: Region III (Central Luzon) Location: SM Downtown, San Fernando, Pampanga
Local & Overseas Job Fair Host: PESO – Palawan Start Date: 2016-06-22 End Date: 2016-06-22 Region: Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) Location: Victoriano J. Rodriguez Hall, RVM Bldg., Provincial Capitol, Puerto Princesa City
Charter Day Job Fair Host: Tandag City Start Date: 2016-06-22 End Date: 2016-06-22 Region: Region XIII (CARAGA) Location: Brgy. Dagocdoc Covered Court, Tandag City
Tabuk City Job Fair Host: LGU-Tabuk City Start Date: 2016-06-23 End Date: 2016-06-23 Region: CAR Location: Tabuk City
9th Charter Day Job Fair 2016 Host: LGU-Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur Start Date: 2016-06-23 End Date: 2016-06-24 Region: Region XIII (CARAGA) Location: Multi-Purpose Hall, Bayugan City, ADS
Career Expo For Local And Overseas Job Fair Host: LGU- Tagbilaran City Start Date: 2016-06-24 End Date: 2016-06-24 Region: Region VII (Central Visayas) Location: Galleria Luisa Mall Gallares St., Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Local Job Fair Host: DMDP Start Date: 2016-06-25 End Date: 2016-06-25 Region: Region VII (Central Visayas) Location: Punta Princesa Sports Complex
June 30 Job Fair Host: LGU – Mabalacat City Start Date: 2016-06-30 End Date: 2016-06-30 Region: Region III (Central Luzon) Location: Brgy. Sapang Balen Brgy. Hall Annex, Madapdap Rest. Mabalacat, Pampanga
Araw ng Manggagawa or Labor Day is a non-working holiday celebrated on the first day of May every year in the Philippines. It is a day celebrated in honor of working Filipino people.
Government Activities Every year on the first day of May, the government conducts activities — particularly headed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) — to give honor to the working Filipino people.
On Labor Day 2010, DOLE conferred the DOLE Kabuhayan Awards to outstanding individuals and workers’ groups that implemented DOLE-assisted livelihood projects. The DOLE-Kabuhayan Awards marked the Philippine’s 108th Labor Day celebration. The award was given to outstanding individuals and workers’ groups with the aim of recognizing and showcasing the best projects implemented within the last five years for priority groups of beneficiaries.
On Labor Day 2011, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted mega-job fairs in strategic locations nationwide.
On Labor Day 2014, DOLE conducted an event with theme: “Sa Sipag, Tiyaga, at Talino, Buong Mundo Saludo sa Manggagawang Pilipino.”
On Labor Day 2015, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III traveled to Cebu to attend Jobstart Philippines Forum, sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and its partners.
Rallies and Protests However, May 1 in the Philippines is also often marked by rallies as the labor sector airs its grievances.
For example on the 2009th Labor Day, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-National Capital Region (Bayan-NCR), Kilusang Mayo Uno-National Capital Region (KMU-NCR), Anakpawis Partylist and other militant organizations commemorated Labor Day by protesting against the Arroyo administration for its continued negligence in providing relief to the condition of the people.
On the 2012th Labor Day, a historic move, more than 40 labor federations formed a coalition called Nagkaisa to urge the government to increase the minimum wage, end labor contractualization, and regulate the prices of fuel, electricity, and water. Included in the coalition are the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, Partido ng Manggagawa, BMP, Alliance of Progressive Labor, Federation of Free Workers, Philippine Airlines Employees Association, and several other unions and federations nationwide.
On the 2013th Labor Day, thousands of workers across the country marked Labor Day with protests against what they called the failure of the Aquino administration to address their demands for higher wages and better working conditions. Workers converged and held rallies at different points in Metro Manila, including Mendiola, Liwasang Bonifacio and outside Quiapo Church where Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle officiated a Mass for workers.
On the 2015th Labor Day, protests followed Aquino even right outside the job fair on Cebu. Different labor groups joined forces in a protest rally denouncing what they call the President’s disregard of the workforce. In an interview, Dennis Derige of the Partido ng Manggagawa Cebu, said that they are calling for justice for all workers who experience job contractualization and those who are not given decent working conditions. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) were part of the rally.
This year’s Labor Day Events This year’s Labor Day celebration will have a theme “Kinabukasan Sigurado sa Disenteng Trabaho” and will be highlighted by modified job fairs in 44 sites across the Philippines.
Career guidance for the youth A modification was made by the Department through the conduct of a career fair, which aims to guide students and the youth in making career decisions. “The career fair will feature the on-going human resource development initiatives of the DOLE in partnership with labor groups, employers, key sectors, and other government agencies. It will build on the Human Resource Development Roadmap and the Labor and Employment Plan for 2016-2022 to prepare the youth for the future of work,” said Baldoz.
She added that the career fair will be participated in by 3,000 youths and students who want to explore career opportunities in the labor market. It will also feature career ambassadors who will assist the youth participants in making career decisions.
Several government agencies will showcase their respective programs on career guidance, including scholarships and related programs on the K to 12.
A labor market information (LMI) corner will also be set-up, featuring the enhanced Phil-JobNet, Job Search Kiosk, JobStart Philippines, Human Resource Development Roadmap 2016-2022, career information materials, and industry career guides.
Job and Career Fairs To ensure fast and smooth processing of job applications and other employment-related documentation, the DOLE and its Regional Offices enlisted the participation of the National Bureau of Investigation, Social Security System, Bureau of Internal Revenue, National Statistics Office, PAG-IBIG, and PhilHealth, which will have their own booths at the following job fair sites nationwide.
National Capital Region World Trade Center, Pasay City
Cordillera Administrative Region Baguio Convention Center, Baguio City
Region 1 SM City Rosales and Calasiao Sports Gymnasium, Pangasinan Robinsons Place in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
Region 2 SM City Cauayan and Robinson’s Mall, Santiago City
Region 3 Centro Baler People’s Center in Balanga, Bataan SM City Baliuag in DRT Highway, Pagala, Baliuag, Bulacan SM City Marilao, McArthur Highway, Pagala, Marilao, Bulacan SM City, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija SM City Downtown, San Fernando City, Pampanga SM City Clark, Clarkfield, Pampanga SM City Pampanga, San Fernando City, Pampanga SM City, Tarlac, Tarlac; Masinloc Gymnasium, Masinloc, Zambales SM City Olongapo, Olongapo City
A post-labor day job fair at the Freedom Park, Burgos Street, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija will be held on May 3.
Region 4-A SM Dasmariñas, Dasmariñas, Cavite SM Calamba, Calamba, Laguna Pacific Mall, Quezon and SM Taytay, Rizal.
A pre-labor day job fair was held on April 27 at the Batangas City Convention Center in Batangas.
Region 4-B Divine Word College of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro SM Robinson’s, Palawan
Region 5 SM City Naga, Naga City, Camarines Sur
Region 6 SM City Iloilo, Manduriao, Iloilo City The Shops at Amigo, Iloilo City
Region 7 Cebu Capitol Building, Cebu City Avellana Cebu National High School
Region 8 Tacloban Astrodome Sagkahan, Tacloban City
Region 9 Zamboanga Economic Freeport Authority, Talisayan, Zamboanga City
Region 10 SM City KCC Mall, General Santos
Region 11 Gaisano Mall, Davao City SM City Davao
Region 12 SM City General-SM Trade Halls 1 and 2 KCC Mall, General Santos Convention and Events Center
Caraga DOLE Surigao del Sur Field Office DOLE Agusan del Sur DOLE Agusan del Norte
Negros Island Region SM City Bacolod Robinsons Dumaguete
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the number of identity theft incidents has reached 9.9 million a year. Every minute, about 19 people fall victim to identity theft and it takes the average victim an estimated $500 and 30 hours to resolve each identity theft crime. Identity theft is a serious problem that is why job seekers should know how to secure themselves when looking for a job.
Job Seeker’s Guide to Preventing Identity Theft
1. Avoid giving too much information in your resume
Be careful of posting your personal information on the internet. Do you really want just anyone to have your home address, home phone, fax number and all your email address? When creating your resume, avoid giving too much information (TMI) about yourself. Birthday, age, weight, height, complete address, and civil status do not belong in your resume because apart from leading to discrimination it also give hackers the chance to sniff your personal information.
Note: Never include such information as driver license number, birthday or Social Security No. on an application that someone sent you through email.
2. Upload your resume to trusted Resume banks
Ever since the advent of internet, job hunting has gone digital and became easier for applicants to look for jobs and employers to look for suitable candidates. This became possible because of electronic resume banks. Electronic resume banks are the computer dating agencies of the job search. Resume banks offer a potentially easy way to match job and job seeker. However, there is also a risk in uploading your resume to a resume banks. In some instances, your resume may get to the hand of the bad people if you are not careful. That is why you should only upload your resume on trusted resume banks like Monster.com, Indeed, Glassdoor and JobStreet. Remember, identity thief can make themselves look like real employers.
3. Create a separate personal and professional email address
One way to avoid identity theft is to create a separate professional email address and personal email address. You can use your professional email address in your job search and networking. In this way, you can protect your normal email from spammers. Here’s a guide for creating a professional email address.
4. Beware of spyware and phishing scams
Spyware and phishing scams are ways of hackers to sniff your personal information. Spyware is a type of malware installed on computers that collects information about users without their knowledge while Phishing is an attempt to acquire information (and sometimes, indirectly, money) such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. (Read more about spyware and phishing).
Protect yourself from Spyware and Phishing
Protect your computer with a firewall, spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
When conducting online transactions, look for a sign that the site is secured such as a lock icon on the browser’s status bar or an “https:” URL whereby the “s” stands for “secure” rather than an “http:”
Beware of links in emails that ask for personal information, even if the email appears to come from an enterprise you do business with. (Read more about Preventing Phishing Scams and Spyware)
Are you an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who works abroad as a teacher? Do you want to go back to the Philippines? Good news because there are teaching jobs waiting for you.
According to Freya Palad, National Reintegration Center (NRCO) for OFW’s Region 3, “Returnees will be employed as Teacher I. Through an online refresher course for the position, returning teachers will be retrained. This will update the teacher of skills and knowledge of the present day educational practice.”
With the NRCO program “Sa ‘Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir,” teachers who passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) can stay here in the Philippines instead and work as public school teachers.
The Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Philippine Normal University organized the project.
“There are already 11 OFW teachers with permanent items while the application of 54 more are now forwarded to the DepEd,” Palad added.
Those who are interested may visit the NRCO desk located at DOLE Regional Office in the City of San Fernando or contact Ms. Palad at (045) 455-1613.