CONGRATULATIONS graduates! After graduation, job hunting begins. It is a competition for survival. Only the best survive (and those who have the proper connection). Opportunity may smile at you and grab it the moment you have it. Others say that opportunity knocks only once.
I call opportunity as a stroke of good fortune which could be grasped or lost. How do you know that you are ready for job hunting? Your Alma Mater is a big factor. Your college or university could have trained you to face the challenges after graduation. You should have gained knowledge and obtained skills. You should have passed the required training and acquired knowledge from your teachers.
What is expected of you? You are expected to speak well in English or Filipino (Tagalog). You have to discuss any topic related to your course in front of other professionals. Expect that you will engage in a lively conversation on current events with a group of businessmen. Present your valuable ideas with unity, coherence, and emphasis. Convince people with your courtesy, modesty, fairness, good humor, intellectual enthusiasm, self-control, earnestness, and sincerity.
Be sure that you can express very well yourself in writing (English or Filipino). Submit an excellent application letter to your target company. Impress your future boss with your curriculum vitae. Prepare a powerful autobiography (just in case only). Make your penmanship presentable. Fill up information forms correctly and neatly.
Put dignity in your personality. Always appear beautiful (or handsome). Be very particular with how you look from head to foot. Look respectable with your suit. Pay particular attention to hygiene. (You don’t want to smell like a dead rat). If you have health problems, see your doctor. You don’t want to collapse during your interview. You don’t want to cough while having your power point presentation.
Mastery of work ethics and office protocol play an important role. After all the efforts, you have been accepted to work in the company that you want. (You will be observed for six months or even years). Love your work as you value yourself. Consider any job as a challenge by giving your best. Love your boss (first boss, second boss, etc.). Love your officemates as you love yourself. Always ask what is next if you really do not know what is next.
Take time to read machine manuals to familiarize how it functions. Computer machines are easy to learn if you know the technology. Come before the time. Time is honor and commitment. If you want to be absent, see your boss first and explain very well. Do not disappear from your office as if you have been taken by an angel.
Have in mind always the value of partnership. Business (whatever it is) is always a partnership. You have to work with others. Be respectful always. Just like you, others have rights also. Be morally upright especially to women (regardless of face and size), senior citizens, and persons with disability. Always keep your workplace neat and clean. Always keep your cool under fine.
Where do you want to work? Send application letter (follow my suggestions) to a hotel, restaurant, museum, cultural center, television company, department store, resort, printing press, information company, government office, bank, beauty product company, airline company, shipping company, subdivision developer, car company, hospital, airport or to any workplace that comes to your mind.
The world of work is yours. You can be an entrepreneur or later you can be a partner or a sole owner of a business “empire” that you want to establish. You can be a media planner, digital partner manager, interior designer, financial consultant, sales operation head, strategy manager, project manager, desktop publisher, supply chain executive, wellness program operator, business analyst, customer relations assistant, fashion designer, graphic designer, etc.
Do not sleep on your dreams. Strike the iron while it is still hot. After graduation, the world is yours. There is fun in job hunting. You will meet funny and not-so-funny people. Good luck!