Lasting First Impressions in Your Job Search

21 Apr

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You just got out of college; you got a huge grin on your face and a degree on your hand. You made your parents proud and you feel so awesome for surviving college. You went home to your apartment, looked around and asked yourself, “What’s next?” The challenges of the real world are waiting for you and you are planning your next step. Want to start your career right? Follow these instructions and you might just find yourself landing that dream job.

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Update your resume. You just got your Bachelors degree and I’m sure you are excited to put that down on your resume. Aside from your educational attainment, make sure that you include your past part-time jobs (if any) and some extra curricular activities from your university. Your volunteer work every Sunday might give you an edge from the other applicants. Also, including membership from organizations will definitely give the interviewer something to talk about with you. You’ll never know, he or she might be an affiliate, too.

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Make some research about the company. Nothing is more embarrassing than being asked on a phone interview on what do you think about their company if you have no idea on what the company does. Yes, you just found their ad on a job site but you can always research the company before submitting your application. It will also be beneficial to both parties if you have the same values and interest as the company.

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Be brief and honest.Your phone interview is a good chance to get short-listed and be called for an actual interview. Make sure that you know what you are talking about and you are confident talking about yourself. The employer wants to know more about you in five minutes so be brief. There is such thing as sharing too much information and it is not a good thing during interviews. Also, being honest is very important because you are building trust with your possible employer. You do not want to tell them that you are not a parent during the interview only to ask them after few months that you need to miss work for your kid’s birthday.

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Dress to impress. Today is your interview day and you should look just right for the part. Do not under or over dress for the interview. Always remember that how you look and what you say can make or break your future. Dress properly for the job that you are applying. Most of the time, smart casual or semi-formal will do the trick. For women, light make-up application is enough just to not look so pale or too dramatic – unless you are applying as an actress or something that might require a bit more make-up for the part.

 

You do not know how long you will last on your first job but it is always safe to say that one should always make a good first impression especially at work. No matter what people say, first impressions always last. Make it count.

How to Move On and Pick new Career Path

15 Apr

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You missed your dinner with your siblings because your boss asked you to work over time. You covered once for your workmate’s shift as a favor for a once valid excuse and she seems to be doing it regularly. You either eat a lot because of stress or eat too little because of your busy schedule. You were so excited for this job but the time will come when you will just know that it is not working anymore for you and you just need to move on. Changing your current job is not easy but there are sacrifices you are willing to take just to move on the better side of the road.

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Write down the pros and cons. You should know if changing jobs would do you better or harm. Remember that you have bills to pay, things that you need and stuff that you want. Can your savings cover up for those expenses while waiting for your new job? Or quitting your current job and getting a new one will give you peace of mind and healthier relationship with your family? There are always two sides in a coin so make sure you check both.

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Get second opinion. Is your boss treating you like you are worthless or are your officemates gossiping about your every move? Maybe it is time for you to gather your friends and ask them if it is normal. If they think that it is not, changing your current job (or field of work) might be really the best solution for you.

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Know the direction you want to take. Do you still want to work in the same field or do you want to change careers? Make sure that, if you are stressed in your current job and it is one of the reasons why you want to quit, you won’t get the same amount of stress in your new job.

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Apply before you quit. I know that you have had enough but you need a back-up plan. Try submitting applications to other companies even before you quit your job. If the interview coincides with your work schedule, let the interviewer know about it and they will make the necessary arrangements. Maybe you can have your interview on your break or after office hours. Many people are applying for jobs even if they are currently employed because they all know that if all else fails, at least they haven’t submitted their notice yet.

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Don’t burn bridges. You may be so mad at your current boss right now but make sure that you properly quit your job. Making scenes or violating the employee’s manual might cause you more harm than personal satisfaction. Being civil (no matter how mad or bitter you are) will also save your final pay.

 

Being part of the working force is not an easy task. It can get boring, challenging and, even sometimes, hyperventilating. But no matter what happen or wherever your dreams may take you, always remember that being prepared and civil are the keys to moving on. Someday, you will laugh at these moments and cherish the once most annoying ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mythical Five: The Top Paying Sectors

12 Apr

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The ranking of the high paying sectors has been changing over the years. However, there are those consistent sectors that, whatever may happen to the economic balance of the world, are still there, thriving and drawing in more college applicants and graduates. Review the list and you might want to change your career path after reading the article.

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Engineering: Ever since the first machines were invented, engineering has always been a very in demand sector. Sure, it wasn’t called engineering that time, but whatever happens, the world will always need the experts who build and create. Other than that, other newer branches of engineering like petroleum and geodetic are also getting the attention from the market.

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Banking and Finance: The financial experts know the trends and can tell you where to go next. Companies need them, as well as private individuals. They will help you know where to put your money or where to spend them. They get good compensation from the employers because they can make your investments grow even without the money tree.

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Software Development: Since the conception of the Internet, website and systems developers are much coveted by almost everyone. From the websites of almost every established business and institution to the games downloaded by millions of smart phone users – there are never-ending possibilities for these techie geniuses. This category includes the web, game, application and system developers.

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Marketing: The job title might sound boring but what they do is actually interactive. They research about the market and help companies decide on what product will be most suitable for this age group in this particular area. They know the new products (and might have tested it) even before it goes out in the market. Aside from that, they also know how to get in touch with the consumer and clients because of their awesome PR skills.

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Medicine: Of course they are on the list. The heroes of the industry who can save lives and cure diseases are one of the most paid sectors ever since. I don’t know if there was ever a time when doctors, or nurses, were underpaid. Even the scientists who invent drugs are also getting paid really well by their companies. Let’s be honest, people are willing to give anything just to save their loved one’s lives. And it’s not an easy job to have that pressure on you.

 

No one is saying that these sectors are superior to others but the numbers also say something. These are given by figures on an average number of employees. Personally, I still believe that no amount of money can beat the fulfillment one can have when working for his or her dream job regardless of the figures. And hey, if it is figures we are talking about, I still think celebrities make more money – there are just less of them compared to the other sector. Always remember that you can always be one of the many, or the one who made the difference.

Career Planning Mistakes You Should Avoid

10 Apr

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I have been in the recruitment industry for more than 10 years now and in all the seminars that I’ve held, I have been asked by a lot of people this question – “What are the things that I should avoid doing when I am planning my career?” What shouldn’t you do when you’re planning your career? Take note that it’s not just college kids who ask the questions, but also people who are not satisfied with where they are right now.
If you’re going to plan your career, know that it’s never too late. I have met a lot of people well over their 40s just finding the job of their dreams.
Here are some of the things that you should never do:

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1.) Avoiding ladder climbs. We have to start from the bottom. When you’re planning your career, you should always consider the fact that you’re going to start somewhere and that somewhere is the BOTTOM. Before I became an HR specialist, I worked as an assistant for close to 3 years. If you’re aiming for a managerial position, plan the steps of the ladder. Know how you’re going to start and aim for that before you start your climb.

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2.) Avoiding career counselling. What better way to help you plan your future than to talk to a counsellor? Career counsellors will help create your career path or clarify your career goals. College students will have access to these specialists, and they come in the form of their counsellors. These specialists aren’t just there to help you with your problems, but they will find the time to help you plan for the future.

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3.) Avoiding continuing education. A couple of years ago, I talked to someone who wanted to be a headhunter. He has a background in business management, but he lacks the skills needed to be a headhunter. I advised him to take up I/O or industrial/organizational psychology classes to equip him with the skills he needs, but he declined. 2 years later, he came back to me and told me that he has had no luck. I told him to take up the classes and he did. He got his Master’s in Industrial Psychology in 2 years and is now working with me. Master’s degrees and PHDs should always be a part of your career planning because they will help you secure your dream job or career. Remember, an undergraduate degree can only take you so far.
Time and time again, I have reminded my clients of what they should do and shouldn’t do. The little things can still make or break your career plans, so pay attention to what you are doing and what you will be doing.

Career Planning Tips for Fresh Graduates

31 Mar

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The science of career planning and job hunting is not rocket science, but it is just as difficult. For fresh graduates, there is no better time to plan your career than the moment you first set foot in college. Personally, I have had to deal with career planning throughout the 6 years of stay in college. The first 2 years were spent like how adult individuals undergo midlife crisis. Everything is just riddled in confusion and bewilderment. Career planning is just that: confusing. Can you imagine planning something that you will end up doing for 30 or 40 years? As a headhunter, I understand the frustration that college students face when they do career planning.
So, I will make it simple for them. In my seminars and workshops, these are the philosophies that I share to everyone – be it a college freshman who just got out of high school or that confused senior who still think he took the wrong course.

1.) Find something you love doing. If it’s not something you love, at least something that won’t be miserable for you. People change jobs faster than they change clothes because they hate their jobs. They hate it because it makes them feel miserable. This is a common dilemma and numerous researches have shown that unhappy employees are very unproductive. I have known this particular banker with a degree in accounting who hates her job because she wants to be an accountant for the bank, but they hire her as a clerk. She worked as a clerk for 5 years before calling it quits. If the job offered to you is not something you want to do, don’t take it. It’s as simple as that.
2.) Consider internships or apprenticeships. I have advocated the practice of getting into internships simply because they are one way of getting the job you wanted. If you are considering a supervisorial position in a bank, you have to start from the bottom even if it means getting an unpaid internship. Always have internships as your options.

3.) Consider graduate programs. The job that you want doesn’t mean that they require undergraduate degrees. For example, if you want to secure a managerial position, you need more than just a Bachelor’s Degree in your given field. I believe that you shouldn’t stop expanding your knowledge simply because you have a degree. In order for you to get better at your job, you need to consider graduate programs that will allow you to land the job of your dreams.

4.) Pocket your pride. This is by far the most important aspect of career planning. Just because you graduated from a good college doesn’t mean that you’re above everyone else. Do not use your college name as a means to get to your job. This will not work in the real world. Some specialists may be intimidated by the fact that you graduated from Harvard, but if someone from a community college has more to bring to the table than you, you will be their second choice. Use your school as a stepping stone to acquire knowledge and skills, and not as another form of leverage.

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Career planning is easier if you have a philosophy. You can adapt mine and I will brag that it has worked for a lot of people. People who’ve had a hard time looking for a career were able to find the jobs that they want within months after they attended my seminars.


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