The biggest UMak job fair yet: Virtual Career Fair ongoing until June 2, 2024!

Join the Virtual Career Fair by clicking this link: https://schools.jobs180.com/UMak

With over 1,000 job vacancies from 30 potential employers, and more than 300 job-seeking graduating students and alumni from across different colleges participating, the May 3 job fair opening held at the UMak grounds was the biggest since the pandemic.

As the hyflex career fair continues online until June 2, 2024, and already garnered almost 150 participants to date, this year’s Mega Job Fair may well be UMak’s biggest.

During the onsite opening, the UMak applicants showcased their skills and connected with discerning professionals, resulting in three hired on the spot, 64 nearly hired, and 814 qualified candidates for companies that included: Alexandrite 2 Summit Life Insurance, BDO Life Assurance, BDO Unibank, Cbre Global Workplace Solutions, CGI Philippines, China Bank, Citimotors, Elabram Systems, Everise, Factset, First Oceanic Property Management, Harem, Hebe Beauty Cosmetics, Institutional Shareholder Services Philippines, Kooapps, Makati Supermart, Maxicare, Medical Doctors, Megaworld, Motortrade, Orix Metro Leasing and Finance, Primepower Manpower Services, RLC Residences, Sannovex Pharmaceuticals, Shearwater Health, Store Specialist, Tricom Dynamics, Tricom Systems, U-Bix Corporation, and Value Care Health Systems.

Most of the above employers plus many other leading companies are participating in the Virtual Career Fair which is being conducted in collaboration with UMak’s longtime employment and student development partner, Jobs180 (https://www.jobs180.com/).

In her video message, Makati Mayor Abigail Binay emphasized that the UMak Mega Job Fair is not merely a job-seeking event. It also serves as a strategic initiative aimed at bridging the gap between academic excellence and future careers for graduates and student-interns. She further said that the event aligns with the City of Makati’s objective to provide UMak graduates with continuous learning opportunities and connections with professionals across various fields, thereby enabling them to explore diverse career paths.

Gracing the onsite event for the second year in a row, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Makati/Pasay Field Office OIC Director Gerald Peter Mariano urged job seekers to seize the opportunities and demonstrate their best skills when applying. Moreover, he encouraged them, highlighting the inevitable challenges they may face in their future careers, but emphasized that with perseverance, resilience, and persistence, they can overcome these obstacles.

The opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by UMak VP for Administration Jewel Bulos and Center for Internationalization, Linkages, and Placement Director Cynthia Jose, with the participation of Makati Public Employment Service Office Department Head Josephine Copada and DOLE OIC-Director Gerard Peter Mariano.

Sponsored by Dito Telecommunity, the UMak Mega Job Fair is held in line with this month’s Labor Day celebrations, with the theme “Aiming Beyond Better in the Borderless Employment Landscape.” This year’s job fair has proven to be a valuable platform for job seekers to showcase their skills and for companies to identify potential candidates, as the employment landscape continues to evolve.

The diverse range of outcomes, from “hired on the spot” to “qualified” to “near hires” and even “mismatches,” highlights the challenges of the hiring process and the importance of aligning the candidate’s qualifications with the employer’s needs. DOLE defines “qualified” as “jobseekers who meet the prerequisites of job vacancies posted by the employers”, while they define “near hires” as “jobseekers who were considered hired but need to submit additional or lacking requirements, or may need to attend further interviews or tests.”


(Written by Alaisa Jean Casiano and Diana Marie Bolo)