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  1. ADVICE FOR JOB-SEEKERS

    Sun 15 January 2017

    Last week, I was able to help someone get a job.

    My friend is a young graphic artist who recently resigned from his employer for personal reasons. I introduced him to another friend who owns a design consulting firm. I guess my timing was just perfect. They're both happy to have found each other.

    As easy as it may sound, this doesn't happen everyday. Often times, new graduates or job-seekers tend to wait for a long time before they are able to get a job.

    Now, if you're someone wondering...
    "Bakit kaya wala pa ring tumatawag? 'Fleasing fersonality' naman ako! Namumuti na buhok ko kakahintay for a job interview!"
    Here are some things that you may need to consider:

    (1) How many résumés did you send?
    Job seekers tend to send résumés to one or two companies and expect something to happen immediately. That's a common mistake. 

    First, most companies put out hiring announcements months before they need to hire. While you're desperate, waiting for a call, there's a chance that the company (you sent your résumé to) is just taking it easy. They're not in a rush to hire.

    Second, if you need a job soon, why not apply to at least 15 companies? Imagine, if only two companies decide to hire you after the interview, you still get the privilege of choosing one. (Ikaw pa ngayon ang mayabang! You can say, "I turned down their offer." Mas ok di ba?)

    By not sending more of your résumé, you've imposed a limit on yourself. But if you'll submit more, you'll have more options.

    (2) Apply for a job that fits you. (Type of work that you're good at)
    Putting in your résumé "any job available" is not a wise idea. The company you want to work for knows what kind of talent they're looking for.  So should you.

    (3) The résumé shouldn't be all about you. 
    It's also about the job you're applying for. Show the employer how you fit into the job position. If given the chance to work for the company, how can you contribute to their need?

    (4) Is your résumé presentable?
    People will always judge a book by its cover. So will employers judge you by the kind of résumé you submit. After a quick look, they'll decide if you're worth giving the 'air time' for an interview.

    Check for correct grammar and spelling your attention to detail is important. 
    Use quality paper To stand-out from a stack of résumé, print it on premium paper. Don't pinch a penny in exchange for not getting a monthly income.
    Attach a photo that's taken by a professional photographer. Don't crop your head shot from one of your barkada's photo.
    Keep your design clean and elegant. Avoid adding unnecessary elements that will add clutter. (No floral design or glitters please)
    Instead of just listing your previous job-title, emphasize the contribution you made from your last employment.
    Remember, the purpose of a résumé is not to get you a job, but to make yourself interesting so that you can get an interview.

    (5) Consider working for a small business owner.
    Unlike a big corporation, small business owners conduct the interview themselves. They are more inclined to chat longer and they tend to decide based on gut feel. If you're trustworthy enough, they might even promote you as 'kanang kamay'.

    (6) Get more experience.
    Work for free. Did I just hear someone say, "What!!!... Free?" 

    Yes, free.

    The best way to convince an employer to hire you is to show them what you can do. Sometimes just referring to the 'paper' won't do you justice. But if they can witness how well you work with others, they'll be willing to hire you as soon as a job position is available.

    Now, even if they don't, you can still add the real-life work experience into your credentials.

    (7) Find a mentor.
    Do you know of someone successful that you want to emulate? Maybe an uncle who've put up a business? Or a family friend who is also an executive in a reputable company?

    Ask him to be your mentor. Let him bring you around and teach you. Ask him how he started in his business or career. Listen to his advice. If he sees you eager enough, chances are, he will help you get started. 

    (8) Get rid of the 'entitlement' attitude.
    I've met job-seekers who thinks that the government or private companies owes them a job. (I'm sure you don't think this way!) They don't owe us anything.

    It's our duty to look for a job.  We are responsible for our own future.

    Now, the pointers above are just some tips on how to get a job-interview.  The interview itself is another matter.

    Apply what you've learned in here. Remain to be teachable and keep an enthusiastic attitude.

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  2. BE AN EXTRAORDINARY PINOY

    Mon 02 January 2017

    Pinoys are masters when it comes to blending in or pakikibagay.

    We can easily conform and go with the flow. We are careful not to make a scene. To be called as 'one of the guys' will always be counted as a compliment. If needed, we will even exert an extra effort not to be seen as 'different'. 

    We try not to stand out, because we are afraid to be misunderstood. 

    You will notice this in simple conversations. When someone compliments a person, ang galing mo naman, the initial response would be, hindi naman... nahirapan nga ako eh." Instead of just saying Thank you, we try to be modest.

    Or maybe you've had this conversation with your friend... 

    Friend: "Huy, ang ganda naman ng shirt mo." 

    You: "Divi lang yan."

    Friend: "Ows?"

    You: "Oo no, inutang ko lang nga yan eh!"

    She didn't even ask where you bought it! But somehow, you answered this way because you don't want her to think it's expensive or that you've spent for yourself. 

    It's the same with our work, we don't want the people around us to think that we are too good or too competitive. We'd rather wait for a go signal than take initiative because we don't want to be labeled as 'bibo'. So, we stick to the predictable. We avoid to stand out. We conform and do only what's expected or required.

    There's nothing wrong with being extraordinary. 

    The difference between the ordinary and extraordinary is the word 'extra'. It's through these 'extras' that you're able to contribute uniquely. It's how you make an impact in the lives of others. It's what you bring to the table. It's what others can't offer, but only you can. It's how you differentiate yourself, in a good way. 

    Let your unique style add color to the big picture.

    It's OK to be an extraordinary Pinoy. It's OK to stand out.

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