Fashion retailer wants to hire 550 Pinoys for stores in Saudi
MANILA, Philippines – An international fashion retail business is in need of male Filipino workers to work in Saudi Arabia.
“We are fashion retailer. We require salesmen, visual merchandisers, store managers to work in brands like Zara, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Burberry--large international fashion brands in the Middle East,” said David Saunders, talent director of Fawaz Alhokair Fashion Retail.
Saunders told radio dzMM in an interview on Wednesday afternoon that their company operates in many countries but the hired workers will predominantly be deployed to Saudi Arabia.
“If they perform well, we can promote them to other countries. So we'll put them through a training program for Saudi Arabia and then we can look for international opportunities thereafter,” he said.
Rose Lim, managing director of International Resource Development Services, said a successful applicant will receive around P24,000 to P25,000 in monthly salary.
“Screening po kami ngayon until (June) 9. Ang kailangang talaga natin ay mga salesman po na may experience sila sa mga damit sa men’s wear, children’s, bags and shoes,” Lim said.
Saunders added that the company provides a “bonus scheme which could be two or three times your basic salary”.
“We are looking for men. Male employees, 21 (years old) and over, candidates primarily worked in fashion retail, have good customer service, communication skills—that’s the core skills were looking for,” Saunders said.
Applicants need only to bring their resume and two 2X2 ID pictures when they go to Lim’s office at the 2nd Floor of Merchant Building in Padre Faura, Ermita, Manila. Interested individuals may also call their office at 5213662 or check out their website at www.irdservices.com for additional information.
“It's more the experience in retail, a smile, a strong customer service,” added Saunders on what qualities the company is looking for in an applicant.
Final interviews are set on June 11 to 14 at 9 a.m. until the last applicant has been accommodated.
“Successful employees will then fly out to Saudi Arabia. We will then look after their accommodation for 2 weeks until they get settled. We’ll give them advance payment so they can look after themselves when they get there,” said Saunders.
He said the company has decided to hire more workers from the Philippines because “Filipinos are hard working and have a very great smile and have very, very strong customer service and sales ability”.
“But in general, very, very nice people,” he added.
Lim said applicants coming from Central Luzon need not travel to Manila for the interview. They can proceed to the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in Angeles City.
A similar event will also be held at the PESO in Quezon City Hall on June 14th and another one at the PESO Iloilo City Hall on Monday, June 11th.
“We hope to have lots of employees coming over to Saudi Arabia,” said Saunders. by Maria Aleta Nieva-Nishimori, ABS-CBNnews.com