Job fair marks International Day for the Poor

A job fair for the poor held for the first time in Ho Chi Minh City on the International Day for the Poor (October 17) attracted 60 enterprises, more than 5,000 applicants, and created jobs for over 1,500 people.

Career counselor helps attendees with their job search at the fair.

The Gigate Global investment joint stock Company offered a host of positions in the food and beverage industry including kitchen help, dishwashers and cleaners, which drew many elderly female applicants and young workers with little education.

The HCM City Employment Introduction Center of the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, one of the organizers of the fair, offered various jobs in the fields of technology, office work, accounting and sales. The center’s stall was overrun with applicants.

Student Nguyen Van Tam, a graduate from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Industry was offered a career by the center as an electrical technician.

Tam said that he had applied for jobs for ten times but companies had not replied.

Vocational Training High School No.7 of Military Zone No. 7 was "the most attrative destination" due to more than 2,000 job opportunities paying VND1.5-9 million per month.

Career counselors were also on hand to help attendees with their job search.

Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hiep, an official from the Department of Career Training and Orientation under the City Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, said the field of technical welding is especially hungry for laborers. While workers are always in demand, however, few people choose it because they feel it can be hard and exhausting work, said Mr. Hiep.

More agencies should offer training in this field to help laborers find good jobs and contribute to the development of the city’s industry, he added.

According to Mr. Nguyen Van Xe, deputy director of the City Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the department is planning to organize a public awareness campaign to provide more such jobs to the poor.

Thousands of HCM City workers in the textile, shoe, wood and household goods processing fields have lost their jobs over the last two years due to the global economic slowdown.

"A job fair focusing on the poor like this fair is necessary to help them seek appropriate jobs", Mr. Xe added.

By Quy Lam – Translated by Kim Khanh

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