Are you looking for a job?

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Friday, March 7, 2014


IT’S March and that means a lot of people are graduating and will soon be looking for a job. This year’s batch is lucky – the economy has been growing well and there are a lot of advertisements by many companies looking for applicants. I interview numerous people on a weekly basis and, in the last few years, have probably scanned and interviewed hundreds if not thousands of applicants.

What are the things you should do as an applicant?

First, send out lots of applications. I know it costs money but if your goal is to get a really good job, then you should send out more applications. When my brother was graduating from an American university, they were advised to send out 150 resumes and if they don’t get any response, send out another 150. This is in contrast to many people I interviewed who said they could not find jobs for several weeks and when queried how many applications they sent out, they said from three to eight. Three to eight applications are not enough to get you a good interview, much less a job. It is not many enough to conclude that the job market is not good.

Moreover, take care to present yourself in a good light. I saw in Facebook an advice that you don’t put a photo. Well, they do that in the United States, but normally a bio without a photo or some information that they say you don’t have to disclose in the United States may not get you to second base here in the Philippines.

Always put yourself in the position of the hiring manager. He does not know nor care about you. What he cares about is getting the right people to fill the position and therefore you should present yourself in that light by highlighting how or what skills you have that will help differentiate yourself from other candidates and help the company.

There are always two technical skills most companies (even the non-tech ones) look for – technical (mostly computer) and business skills (communications and selling). If you have both, your chances would be much higher.
If you are a software programmer who also understands business accounting or managing an inventory, you would normally be looked at in a different light. If you are a developer or someone in sales and you are good in documentation, you will create a good impression (most people don’t like to document properly).

If when you perform your job, you know how to be efficient and schedule yourself properly and estimate work time, those are normally also the skills that employers treasure. So take note of some of these tips and good luck in your job search!

(www.twitter.com/wilsonng)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 07, 2014.

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