Thursday, February 12, 2015

What should I do as a job applicant?

1. Know what you want to do. Ask yourself, "What am I good at?" "What do I enjoy doing?" "What can I do and get paid for it?" Work that meets all three questions is something that you should find. If you can't find something that meets all three, find work that you are good at and pays the bills while you do the things that you enjoy in your free time.

2. Know what you have to offer. Document your education, experience, and skills related to the line of work that you want. Get your transcript of records from your school and letters of recommendation from your previous supervisors or employers. Get your skills certified at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

3. Know what you are worth. Find the minimum wage in your area at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Research the salaries of similar positions in your industry and field. Websites like PayScale, GlassDoor, and Monster can help. Call friends in the same position, and ask about their salaries if they are comfortable talking about it.

4. Know where you want to work. Ask yourself if you want to work in a big company or a small organization, for profit or not for profit, for the government or in the private sector. Research the conpany culture by looking at its website, visiting the office, and talking the friends who work there. Read the news about your field and industry. Find jobs near your home to shorten your commute.

5. Apply for the job. If an organization has a job opening, tailor your cover letter and resume to fit the requirements for the position. Regardless if there's an actual opening, talk to people there and give a resume. There may be a vacancy soon, so apply for the job.

6. Interview and be hired. Prepare answers to common interview questions. Focus on your skills for the job, your fit in the organization, and your attitude towards work. Tell stories about how you solved  problems and relate it to the job you want. Ask questions about the work, and show that you are interested in doing the job.

7. Negotiate your salary. When you have a job offer in a private company, ask for the biggest salary that is proportionate to your education, experience, and skills. Always ask for more because if you don't ask, you won't get more. If they can't increase your salary, maybe they can improve your perks and benefits. Have all these terms and conditions written down in a contract, and read it before you sign.

8. Be grateful. Thank everyone who interviewed you and helped you in your job search. Help others who are searching for jobs, especially in these difficult times. You are blessed to have work. Now be a blessing to others.

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