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DOLE chief to graduates: Don't be too picky during job hunt

() - April 4, 2011 - 10:35am

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz urged 2011 college graduates not be too picky in hunting for their first job.

"Ang iba mataas na suweldo agad ang gusto. Kapag first timer ka, huwag kang maging masyadong mapili," Baldoz said in a radio interview.

The labor secretary advised the new graduates to grab the "first opportunity" that will come their way, where they can acquire a job experience that could lead them to better paying jobs in the future.

Baldoz said there are several available jobs that can be filled up by the new graduates, but they just need to be more patient in seeking for it.

She said the Department of Labor and Employment, through the Bureau of Local Employment, has provided jobseekers a "career guide" in its website www.ble.dole.gov.ph/.

Data released by the National Statistics Office (NSO) this year showed that the country's unemployment rate in 2010 fell to 7.3 percent from the previous year's 7.5 percent. The figure translates to 2.86 million jobless Filipinos in 2010.

The highest unemployment rate was recorded in Metro Manila at 11.6 percent, followed by Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) at 9.5 percent and Central Luzon at 8.7 percent.

The NSO said that the country's labor force last year was 38.9 million.

BALDOZ BATANGAS BUREAU OF LOCAL EMPLOYMENT CALABARZON CAVITE CENTRAL LUZON DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LABOR SECRETARY ROSALINDA BALDOZ METRO MANILA NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE
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