DONG NAI (VNS) — Job seekers wanting to find jobs in southern Dong Nai Province have been told by the authorities to directly hand in their CVs to employers instead of going to private employment agencies.
The advice came after job seekers from other provinces came to Dong Nai to find jobs, not knowing that they could directly hand in their CVs to companies instead of paying VND50,000 – 100,000 (US$2.5-5) to private intermediary centres to hand in their CVs to companies.
For example, Nguyen Van Quang, of northern Ha Tinh Province, said he paid a local employment centre in Dong Nai's Tan Hiep Ward with the expectation of getting a stable job.
After Quang handed in his CV and paid VND100,000 ($2.50), the centre's representative told Quang he would get a job the next day, he said.
However, it was just a seasonal job without an official labour contract, so he quit and went in search again.
While some job seekers are paying fees and coming up empty-handed via such centres, many local companies have openly expressed their high demand for workers.
Statistics from the provincial Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Ministry show that as many as 48,000 workers are wanted in the province for the first quarter of this year.
A representative of a Dong Nai-based company specialising in building materials said that the company's recruitment notices have been posted on the company's gate and placed in crowded areas since February 26.
Only two people came to hand in their CVs so far, but the company wants to recruit 40, the representative said.
In addition, job seekers are also advised to come to local State-owned job introduction centres for receiving free employment counseling.
Lam Thanh Thu, deputy head of the State-owned East Mekong Delta Job Introduction Centre, said that the centre offers free counseling to job seekers everyday.
Thu's centre also holds a monthly job fair where employers can directly interview and recruit labourers, he said.
It is hoped that the advice to reach out to State employment centres or directly approach companies will change the tide and satisfy both supply and demand. — VNS