11,500 job applications made during Tawteen exhibition

11,500 job applications made during Tawteen exhibition
Updated 04 July 2012

11,500 job applications made during Tawteen exhibition

11,500 job applications made during Tawteen exhibition

More than 11,500 applications for jobs were made by unemployed Saudi men and women during the Tawteen (Saudization) Job Exhibition 2012, which concluded in Jeddah on Monday night. An industry source said most of the jobs sought for were in the areas of sales, management, engineering and computers. “There were none or very little applications for vocational jobs, such as carpentry, smithery and welding,” he said.
The last day of the three-day exhibition, which opened on Saturday, witnessed an overcrowding that paralyzed traffic on the roads nearby. Many Saudi youth were keen to submit their job applications before the exhibition came to a halt at 11 p.m.
The exhibition sources said many of the young Saudi men and women who came to the event were not quite prepared for the job interviews and the skillful tests conducted by Al-Aswaq (Markets) Company. More than 100 Saudi private companies participated in the exhibition, which offered over 10,000 jobs to qualified Saudis.
“The tests were aimed at knowing the points of strength and weakness of the applicants so as to choose the right person for the right job,” said Muhammad Baashan, an employee of the Markets Company. He explained that the tests were made in mathematics, language, pronunciation, personal behavior and others.
“Many of the applicants were not ready for the examinations that had been put by a number of specialized American companies. They did not recognize the real value of the tests,” he added.
Baashan said during a time of 15 minutes the examiner had to answer 40 multiple-choice questions.
During a lecture at the exhibition, Saad Al-Sayyari, director of recruitment at Mobily, asked the Saudi youth to be patient and persevere while looking for employment. He asked them to market their bio-data through the Internet and never give up when they do not receive an immediate response.
Held under the sponsorship of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the exhibition was jointly organized by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and Prolinks, an HR service provider for the business sector.
Al-Anood Abu Al-Naja, chairperson of Prolinks, said the exhibition had achieved all its objectives and added that her company would make a complete assessment to know the pros and cons of the event.
She said the Saudi youth displayed seriousness and responsibility in their quest for employment and added that the jobs offered by the participating companies were real.
The exhibition will be held in Dammam early next year.