| Students at the job fair at Patna College on Sunday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
The employment fair organised at Patna College on Sunday turned out to be a damp squib for candidates as well as the recruiters.
Organised by the labour resources department, 23 companies and 10,000 applicants took part in the fair. They were quite disappointed as not even one-fifth of the vacancies were filled up during the day.
The employment-cum-guidance fair witnessed 4,777 vacancies put up by various companies.
Sarita Sinha, the employment officer, University Bureau, Patna, said: “Of 4,445 applicants, 802 were selected today (on Sunday). Few more would be informed later.”
Twenty-three stalls had been put up for the posts of computer operators, master trainers, sales officers, sales executives, accountants, agricultural officers, human resource managers, software programmers, instructors, telemarketing, highway motor vehicle drivers and others.
Companies like New Unicare Health Solutions, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh and Knight Watch Security, New Delhi, had turned up from outside the state.
Some firms had jobs and positions only for women, like human resource managers and others.
However, there were some recruiters who did not find the fair fruitful.
Farhan Alam, senior business manager from Bharti AXA Life Insurance, Patna, said: “Though we had a number of applicants for the post of unit life advisers having 150 vacancies, we did not get many candidates for the posts of recruitment officers, agency managers and unit managers which had 25, six and two vacancies, respectively.”
He added: “The main reason is that for the three fields, we are looking for those with at least graduation or postgraduation qualifications unlike that of unit life advisers (which requires an Intermediate degree). It is difficult to find such candidates. Even if we get such applicants, they are not fluent so far as communication is concerned. Many are rejected on the basis of their resumes.”
If the recruiters were crestfallen, so were the candidates.
Many could not find a job of their choice. Kumari Premlata, who did her postgraduation in 2012, was one among them.
A political science student, she said: “I was looking for an office job but could not find one. Even if there were few, they were already filled up.”
Kumari Chandrawati also could not find an administrative job. At present, she is working as a non-teaching employee at Lovely Professional University in Chandigarh. Her mother resides in Patna and she had been looking for a job in the city.
Chandrawati said: “There was no clarity in what the recruiters were saying. Some of them asked us to come back after a few days. I could not understand most of the things they said.”
Abhimanyu Kumar, who had come all the way from Chhapra, could not find a job of his choice. Abhimanyu who is from YN College, Digwada, Chhapra, said: “I could not find the right kind of job. I will have to wait for it.”