Employers, job seekers see positive hiring scenario this year — Jobstreet

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 27) — Online recruitment portal Jobstreet.com says both employers and job seekers are more optimistic about employment scenarios this year.

In its Job Outlook Report for 2018, Jobstreet said 88% of candidates will either be monitoring or actively applying for jobs.

The report also found most employers plan to expand.

"The good news is 95% of our hirers for 2018 says they are expanding and hiring more, or maintaining their headcount," Jobstreet Country Marketing Manager Cielo Sonza told reporters in a press conference.

She added the best time for candidates to apply for jobs is now.

"They're going to be hiring within the first half of the year so for candidates looking for jobs this information will help them," Sonza said.

While candidates are generally optimistic that there are jobs available, they also know that competition is tight, and that new roles will be required of them.

"If we take a look at the candidate pool within Jobstreet, majority of them are in customer service, admin, clerical jobs but we know that the way moving forward is for more skilled, highly specialized roles," Sonza explained.

The business outsourcing processing or BPO industry is still expected to produce the most jobs this year.

Jobs in retail and manufacturing will also be in demand this year.

The findings are based on a survey covering 300 company representatives and almost 600 job candidates done last January.

With the first batch of K-12 students expected to graduate this year, the candidate pool is expected to grow even more making competition tougher.

So how can job seekers stand out? Jobstreet says its all about attitude as employers care more about willingness to learn, or ability to work with a team over a candidate's academic background.