In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed most activities to go online including the way how new graduates and alumni connect with potential employers. Virtual interviews are now part of what is being called ‘the new normal’.
On September 23 to 25, the USTP Career Center and Industry Relations Office (CCIRO) launched the Career Engage: A Virtual Job Fair through a private group in Facebook.
This job-hunting scheme will take the place of face-to-face interactions and do away with mass gatherings while allowing students to meet up with recruiters and prospective employers virtually.
USTP CCIRO Director Ms. Lera Fay Cotiangco-De La Rama said students must also prepare copies of their curriculum vitae, application letter, and recent 2×2 pictures just like in face-to-face job fairs. This time, documents must be in digital form.
Virtual Career Center Services
After a successful launch last August 2020, the virtual services of the USTP Career Center continue through Career Engage. It offers a unique opportunity for students and alumni to connect with top-ranked employers and partner industries. It replicates an actual recruiting event, where candidates and organizations alike can easily interact and possibly find their perfect professional match.
Among the participating companies are Rebisco in Bukidnon; RSPOT Solutions, Inc.; Fligno Software Philippines, Inc.; Del Monte Philippines, Inc.; Nutrimax Fresh-Baked Inc.; Teleperformance; Maxim Integrated; Innovuze Solutions, Inc; and Wela School System.
The pool of industry partners rolls out a total of approximately 50 job openings, offering mostly web or online-based positions due to the current trend in the marketplace nowadays. About 200 students and alumni registered for the event. (Ms. Mary Grace Idulsa-Rojo, Consultant of USTP Career Center and Industry Relations Office)