Website helps jobseekers prepare correct resumes

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Monday, April 21, 2014


TO ANSWER the need by jobseekers to come up with a great resume, a locally-developed website does the job for them.

KareerKo, a jobs website founded by Filipino-Canadian Michael Raymond Martinez, promises to help users create “proper” and “professional-looking” resumes.

Martinez told Sun.Star Cebu in a recent interview that the job hiring process is made more difficult by incorrect resumes filled with “cluttered and irrelevant” information.

“Here in the Philippines, and I am guessing other Southeast Asian countries, this important career development step is not taken as seriously as it is in North America and Europe. Some schools do teach students on how to make a resume but not to the extent on how to make a proper, professional resume,” Martinez said.

He said most of the applicants are not knowledgeable of how resumes should be written and formatted, which he described as a complete turnoff to employers. Most of them focus on education instead of their skills and work experiences, he said.

He said KareerKo was built to deal with this problem. The website was conceived as a smarter way of filtering job applicants at 3AG Business Solutions Inc., a software development company based in Vancouver in Canada.

Martinez said job applicants at 3AG Business Solutions in Cebu failed to submit the kind of resume that they were expecting.

He said that even applicants from the country’s top schools do not know how to prepare their resumes.

In Kareerko, users simply have to fill out their user profiles, unlike in other job websites where applicants have to upload self-made resumes.

Once it is already in the Resume Manager, KareerKousers can select a resume template that they think reflects their personality.

“Creating a resume is now made easy,” Martinez said.

In addition, KareerKo also highlights its “skills-to-job matching”

“We give job seekers all the possible career opportunities regardless of position that they are currently fit for. Through rankings, users can select and decide which one they would want to apply to. This gives them the highest possibilities of landing the job at the fastest amount of time,” said Martinez in a briefer.

At present, KareerKo offers job posting to companies for free. Most job postings come from Business Process Outsourcing companies.

Martinez said they are currently in talks with colleges and universities to have their graduates avail themselves of KareerKo’s services. This, he said, will make the graduates become more competitive by starting the first step in the job hiring process right.

Martinez is also eyeing to make KareerKo a data hub for the employment rate of graduates from all colleges and universities.

“As the data gets bigger, I hope KareerKo can provide schools with data on how their graduates have performed in the workplace in terms of how successful they are in obtaining a job and if the jobs they landed are fit to their degrees,” he said.

Martinez said this will provide parents better choices as to which school they will enrol their children in.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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