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24,000 young aspirants queued up for the over 9,000 jobs offered by 128 recruiters at fair

Up for grabs:Candidates queuing up at the job fair in Srirangam on Sunday.— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM.
Up for grabs:Candidates queuing up at the job fair in Srirangam on Sunday.— PHOTO: R.M. RAJARATHINAM.

Armed with testimonials and nurturing hopes of a promising career, thousands of young aspirants turned up at the job fair in Srirangam here on Sunday.

All roads in the temple town led to the Boys Higher Secondary School – the venue of the job fair – that was teeming with fresh and experienced candidates from Tiruppur, Theni, Dindigul, Nagapattinam, Madurai, Perambalur, Thanjavur and Tiruchi. The 24,000 job seekers and the 128 recruiters made the event organised by the Departments of Labour Welfare and Industries with the assistance of district administration, mega in every respect.

The academic qualification of candidates registered for the job mela varied from basic literacy to engineering graduation. .

Equally varied were the jobs on offer across sectors – automobile, engineering, electronics, textiles, pharmaceuticals, logistics, and realty. Some big industrial houses took part in the fair.

The venue was abuzz even before the commencement of the mela with candidates making a beeline to register their names for the around 9,000 jobs that were up for grabs.

Separate stalls were put up on the school ground for the candidates to obtain registration forms based on their respective academic qualifications.

There were separate stalls for those with engineering degrees, graduation and post graduation, basic literacy to Plus Two, and diploma qualifications. Different colour forms based on qualifications were given.

Sufficient numbers of registration forms were printed anticipating a large turnout, a senior official of the Department of Employment and Training said.

A separate assistance desk guided candidates based on their qualification to approach the respective block where the recruiters were accommodated.

Announcements were made repeatedly through a public address system from a separate place regarding the registration formalities to be completed before approaching the recruiters.

“I came to the fair seeking better avenues,” said Tiruchi-based Khurshid Bhanu, a commerce graduate, who had also completed Desk Top Publishing.

A differently-abled candidate with seven years of experience, Ms.Bhanu was one among the many scouting for a good opening in the accounting field.

Another differently-abled candidate Ramuthai already employed as a temporary staff in a government department had come to the fair in search of a better job. A postgraduate in commerce, she was looking for opening in accountancy or human resource field.

Every recruiter put forth their requirements before the candidates while interviewing them.

They also ascertained the technical knowledge of the candidates. Nearly 60 per cent of the candidates met our requirements and specifications, said a HR Assistant Manager of a multinational automobile company based in Chennai.

At the end of the day, over 5,000 were provisionally offered jobs and another 1,500 applications were shortlisted for second round of interview for various organisations, said a top official of Employment and Training.

Minister for Labour Welfare K.T.Pachaimal, Industries Minister P.Thangamani, and Collector Jayashree Muralidharan were present.

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