Job seekers must upgrade digital skills to be hired in the ‘new normal’ – job portal

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) – Those who are looking for a job in this time of 'new normal' must enhance their digital skills to have more chances of being hired, a job recruitment portal official advised on Thursday.

Philip Gioca, country manager of JobStreet Philippines, emphasized the need for a 'digital transformation' among aspiring workers as more companies rely on technology in line with safety protocols brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"You need to upgrade your skills by learning on online platforms. You have to be digitally present by updating your resume," Gioca told CNN Philippines' Rico Hizon.

Gioca stressed that employment seekers should also invest in devices needed in a work-from-home setup since there is an increasing number of companies which migrate in this work setting.

Among the sectors mentioned by Gioca which offer jobs now are business process outsourcing or call centers, education, human resources, retail, manufacturing, computer information technology, healthcare, banking, and construction.

The JobStreet Philippines country manager also said that more freelance opportunities are available, which work hopefuls may prefer in this time of 'new normal.'

"This is good because you can take two jobs at the same time," Gioca said. "The principals are not just in the Philippines, but also offering jobs on a freelance basis coming from abroad."

For those who want to work abroad, Gioca said that countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, and Australia are now accepting overseas workers. These nations are currently looking for healthcare workers, caregivers, engineers, construction workers, and factory workers.

Around 45,000 jobs are now listed in their site, according to Gioca, which is a slight increase from the 35,000 jobs available during the imposition of stricter quarantine measures.

He said he expects more jobs will be available in their portal in the next six months as the country's economy gradually reopens from the pandemic lockdowns. Around 100,000 jobs are offered in their website before the global health crisis, Gioca said.

The Philippine Statistics Authority said on Thursday that more Filipinos found jobs in October upon the economy's reopening.

The agency reported an 8.7% unemployment rate among residents aged 15 and up, easing from 10% in July but still worse than October 2019's 4.6% level. This translated to about 3.8 million people still out of work although better than the 4.6 million tallied three months ago, representing a gain of about 760,000 jobs.

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