Help for Filipino job-hunters in UAE

Human resources professionals are in the capital to help Filipino expatriates with job searches.

ABU DHABI // A group of Filipino human resources professionals will be in the capital today to teach job-seekers and laid-off workers interview etiquette, salary negotiation and CV writing.The Filipino Human Resources Practitioners' Associationwill also familiarise them with UAE labour law.

The hour-long mentoring session, called Employment 101, will be at 4pm at du Forum on Yas Island. The event is a precursor to the group's job fair next week.

It will also focus on effective job-search methods, interviewing tips and how to sell oneself.

"Many Filipino applicants, especially those who are on tourist visas, are making decisions out of desperation," said Florendo Padilla, 30, a senior recruitment consultant in Dubai.

"When their visas expire, they'll take anything and later complain about the job and the low salary."

Help is on hand for those wishing to make their CVs attractive to employers and for some career advice. This initiative is part of The Filipino Channel's Kabayan Serbisyo Fair 2012, including the Middle East launch of its citizen journalism campaign.

On November 16, the association hopes to attract more than 3,000 job-seekers of various nationalities at the Al Safa Sports Stadium on Al Wasl Road in Dubai.

More than 20 companies and three recruitment firms are expected to offer jobs in the hospitality, retail, logistics, manufacturing, oil and gas sectors, among others. The group has been receiving enquiries from the Philippines, Hong Kong, UK, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

"We want to help them find a better job and stay on top," said Sheryll Bacay, the association's community involvement services director."It's not just about finding a job. Our advocacy is to help them build their future."

Published: November 9, 2012 04:00 AM