Job Fair Attracts Few Job Seekers

The city’s Employment Services Center and the Binh Tan District People’s Committee organized a two-day job fair at the District office to help residents seek jobs. Unfortunately, most of the visitors who came to the fair were not actually trying to find a job, but just wanted to see how the fair worked. This is the fifth time the Employment Services Center organized such an event.

Job seekers look for necessary information related to offered jobs on the internet at the fair

At 9:35 a.m. on Sunday, only a few job seekers were at the desk of Ms. Le Thi Minh, a job consultant for Pouyuen Vietnam. Ms. Minh revealed that by the closing time Sunday, only 90 job seekers had registered.

It was much the same at the desk of the city’s Export Processing and Industrial Zones Authority (Hepza), which is looking for over 3,000 unskilled workers.

By 2:00 p.m., the representatives of many companies began to leave as they were unable to find more job seekers. The others tried to stay until the closing time, but none of them could get many more registrations from prospective candidates.

The failure of the event was not due to a shortage of jobs. Taking part in the event were 37 enterprises operating in such fields as leather and shoes, garments and textile, which offered nearly 13,000 job positions for assistants to directors, managers, technicians, telephone operators, mechanics, security guards, and unskilled workers.

Many companies have a high demand for unskilled workers. For example, Pouyuen needs for nearly 6,000, Nhat Tan Garments for 400 and Lac Ty Co. for 300.

Binh Tan now has more than 360,000 residents of working age, according to the district. Of these, 15,700 are unemployed. The event is designed to create favorable conditions for the unemployed to get suitable jobs.

Before the event taking place, the organizers expected that around 1,500 employable people would pass employment enterprises’ interviews and got jobs. Unfortunately, only 152 out of 1,440 visitors registered for jobs at employment companies’ desks or via their Websites.

One of the reasons for the failure was that not many jobs for skilled workers were offered at the event. Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Thom, a job seeker said, “Most of the companies are recruiting unskilled workers. It’s really hard for me to look for a job suitable for my specialty.”

Another reason was many employment companies did not think highly of the efficiency of the job fair.

“We got about registrations from 25 job seekers in the last job fair, but only a few of them came to the company for interviews,” said Ms. Tran Thi Na, an employee of Dintsun & Dinsen Embroidery and Garments. ”So we took part in the job fair this time just to provide necessary information about our company’s labor demand and employment criteria and process to the public. We don’t think we can recruit many prospective workers in the fair.”  

By Staff writers – Translated by Phuong Lan

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