Employers are now more open to hire fresh graduates as they prefer to rate job applicants according to “interpersonal and problem-solving skills, alongside a proper attitude” over years of experience, a report by JobStreet.com revealed.
In a press release detailing findings of its Annual Fresh Graduate Report, JobStreet.com Philippines said, “For some employers, the shift comes with a readiness to hire the new batch of K-12 graduates this year.”
“Employers willing to hire K-12 graduates noted that they’d be using similar metrics and factors as what they use with college graduates, to gauge the viability of K-12 candidates. They would primarily focus on attitude and work ethic, interpersonal and communication skills, knowledge on the field and industry, and academic performance as well as OJT and internship experience,” JobStreet added.
They reported that 24% of surveyed employers said “they’re ready to hire the new graduates.” These employers have confidence that K-12 graduates will be qualified for administrative (47%), customer service (44%), and sales and marketing (40%) positions.
The employers surveyed come from BPO (21%), manufacturing, (16%), professional services (12%) and retail (12%) sectors. — Gillian M. Cortez