New graduates everywhere are now flocking into business districts and offices in search of a job. That’s the thing: job hunting is not easy! It’s all nerve-wracking as millennials get out of their comfort zones and start being productive citizens. But hey, it doesn’t have to be so excruciating. We’re here to help you with this guide to job hunting.
Before the Battle: Things to Prepare
Job hunting is a battle. You come unprepared, you’ll most likely lose. That’s why it’s important to arm yourself with necessary tools so you won’t have to cram everything when employment comes in. Here are some of them:
#1 Your resume, curriculum vitae (CV), and application letter
Contrary to popular belief, resume and CV are actually two different things. CV includes detailed items on your work experience, volunteer work, training and seminars attended, and other achievements you received like publication. On the other hand, resumes simply summarizes everything on your CV. As much as possible, keep your resume 1-2 pages long.
Your resume and CV are the frontlines for you so you must keep them presentable, organized, and professional. Big NO to Comic Sans and Curlz MT type of fonts. You can also research resume templates online as a guide.
Application letters highlight your strengths gained from previous experiences or training and your potential contributions to the company. Like resumes, there are templates available online. Just make sure you don’t copy everything.
#2 Government-mandated Things
When you get a job, you’ll have limited time to run your errands. So while your time is still flexible and waiting for jobs, why not do them now? Register for your Social Security (SSS) number, PhilHealth membership, and Pag-IBIG Fund membership. While these can be arranged by your future HR, it’s better if you go ahead and start doing them to save time.
You can start requesting for clearances too like NBI, Police, and Barangay for these take time, unlike mere registration. The plus side of doing all these ahead is you get to use these as a substitute for IDs (school ID is just a secondary ID).
#3 ID Pictures
Keep a good supply of your ID pictures of different sizes. Most companies require ID pictures with corporate attire so make sure you ask the photo studio operator to do just that.
BONUS TIP: Keep your documents dry and safe in one place wherever you go with this expandable plastic long envelope!
One of the hardest parts of job hunting is landing interviews. You need an interview first before you can proceed to your application process. Luckily, getting interviews is made easier with technology!
Tech Tip #1: Job hunting sites
Sites like Jobstreet, Kalibrr, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor provide an almost instant way to interact with recruiters and companies. You just have to register your account for free, fill out some information, and voila! You can start searching for jobs and submitting an application.
Tech Tip #2: Email
Another way to land interviews is to apply directly to companies through emails. Simply go to a company’s website and look for their careers or jobs webpage. If there’s no such page, look for their email address and send a message of intent to apply. After that, all you have to do is wait for a reply.
BONUS TIP: While applying, make sure your lines are always open for messages from recruiters or HR officers. Make sure you have enough load credits so you can reply to texts and enough battery life to answer calls. Always check your email from time to time so you won’t miss out on any mail from companies.
In the Battlefield: Interviews & Tests
Congratulations! You’ve been invited to an interview by the company or do a test for the position. Now what? Well, there are tons of blogs and articles out there giving you tips. So what we’ll give you are a few reminders that come handy when you need a confidence boost!
Reminder 1: You are capable
If you’re not, the HR or recruiter won’t bother inviting you over for an interview. Try not to let others make you feel like you’re less capable than you really are!
Reminder 2: Research and read
Prior to the interview, read and understand what the company does and what the role you’re applying for is all about. You don’t want to be left dumbfounded in an interview, do you?
Reminder 3: It’s okay to wait
Job seekers get impatient when companies don’t call after an hour of their application. Don’t be! HRs have lots of duties to do and not just recruiting talents for the company. Take this time to really figure out what you want to do and where you want to go. Learn something new. Plus sneak in “Me Times” in between!
Reminder 4: Ask questions
When things are unclear, it’s perfectly fine to ask questions. Recruiters encourage asking questions because it shows your interest in doing things right and in understanding how things work. They’d understand that especially if you’re a fresh graduate and about to embark on your first job!
Reminder 5: Track the dates
As much as possible, put gaps between interview dates so you will get enough rest. Get yourself this daily planner to ease keeping track of these important meetings.
Post-War: Relax and Wait
You’ve done it! Pat yourself on the back and start relaxing. At the end of the day, rest in the fact that you did your best and get ready for another round of applying and waiting. Take heart! It takes time; and when your hiring time comes, you’ll know it’s worth it. Job hunting will never be easy – but it can be bearable. Good luck and congratulations in advance!
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