THE ONE WORD Employers Want In A Fresh Grad

THE ONE WORD Employers Want In A Fresh Grad

For the longest time since I got a job offer within a month of graduating and got employed in a job I wanted within 2 months, I was always intrigued on what employers look for in a candidate.

Like you, I have read many articles that popped up on my Facebook feed outlining what employers look for: Proactivity, attitude, communication skills, leadership, etc.

These things are cool and all, but as a graduate, how can I work on these things?

Some posts show you the step by step methods like go to networking events and join Toastmasters.

But how many people actually take action on this?

If I have heard it a thousand times, the one thousandth and oneth time usually wouldn’t make a difference.

With that all out of the way, what is the ONE WORD that employers want?

It is the word – Intrapreneur.

What on earth is that?

According to Investopedia, an intrapreneur is “an inside entrepreneur, or an entrepreneur within a large firm, who uses entrepreneurial skills without incurring the risks associated with those activities.”

To make this simpler, picture yourself being an entrepreneur.

You run your own company. You are the decision maker. Your attitude and outlook towards life say that you are 100% responsible for everything that happens to you. You take risks, but calculated ones. If it backfires, you find a way to bounce back otherwise you have to bite the bullet.

There is a huge reason why you see 23-year-olds who go out and build successful companies get the Vice President seat at a start-up when they are only 27.

If they were to take the traditional route, it would take a lot longer.

Most people would think that the amount of time you spend with a company determines your value to the company.

But the few think that the value you bring to the company determines the amount of time needed to get to the C-Suite.

Being an intrapreneur simply means being an entrepreneurial employee.

Employers run businesses and businesses are founded and ran under the vision of people with entrepreneurial tendencies.

Once you start thinking like an entrepreneur, all the skills that are commonly listed by employers will fall into place like clockwork. It’s only a matter of time.

Taking initiative, being self-taught and having an abundance mindset play a part in being a superstar intrapreneur.

So what are you waiting for?

Go forth and unleash your entrepreneurial vision in your life and reap the rewards the next time you go for that dream job.


How to Get Your Dream Job (Even if You Are Not Qualified or Well Connected)

How to Get Your Dream Job (Even if You Are Not Qualified or Well Connected)

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and in action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” – Michelangelo

These wise words from the legendary artist of the Italian Renaissance are the perfect analogy on the path you are taking to land your dream job. The masterpieces of Michelangelo weren’t created overnight; it took him months or even years. His most breathtaking masterpiece to date, David, took over two years to complete, similarly to getting your dream job – it takes time.

Landing a job is already difficult for many fresh graduates, more so if you are underqualified or lack networking. However, do keep this in mind that your qualifications would be the least of your worries. Take the late Steve Jobs as an example. The Apple Empire was built by a man without a university degree.

Embarking on this journey is no easy task and it is not for those who embrace “Laziness with a capital L”. The expression ‘blood, sweat and tears’ is not compulsory, but with your hard work and willingness, you will eventually get there. Here’s a step by step guide on how to get your dream job (even if you are not qualified or well connected).

Step 1: Identify your dream job
To actually get your dream job, you have to prioritize what you want from your dream job. That’s a no-brainer there for you. The core to identifying your dream job is to establish a dream job mindset. It is a simple method of extracting what you WANT the most from your dream job while subtracting what you DO NOT WANT the most from your dream job. To put it another way, it is similar to taking notes of your likes and dislikes.

Be creative with it as possible and be open to new ideas as there are no fixed methods to success. A method we would suggest is to create a list of likes and dislikes pertaining to your dream job. Go ahead and paste the list in your bedroom. Make sure to glance at it every day while making amendments along the way, until you are absolutely content with the list.

Step 2: Overcome barriers
Now that you have passed the easy peasy portion of figuring what you prioritize most from your dream job, it is time to put your foot down to overcome and put them into perspective. This is because action speaks louder than words and you wouldn’t want to be classified as part of the NATO (No action, talk only) force.

At times you will be washed over by uncertainties and doubts which can be overwhelming but refrain yourself from falling too deeply into these thoughts. Tell yourself that this is part and parcel of the process which makes everything more worthwhile. A common barrier of what many of us face is the fear of change. We are constantly preoccupied with the notions of success, but success will never suddenly come knocking at your door if you choose to stay in your comfort zone. So be a mental warrior to gain clarity about what you want from life and through this you are able to learn to adapt from a place of SHOULDS and acting on your WANTS.

Step 3: Uncover and hone your skills
Learn as much as you can about your dream job to identify the related skills. Know your key strengths and work from there. The Internet will always have your back, so be on the lookout for seminars, or online courses that can fast track your learning and the best part of it is that most of these are FREE! A good place to start is Eventbrite where you can discover tons of seminars around your area.

Still feeling ‘meh’ about your skills? Try utilizing websites or apps to find out about hidden strengths that you never knew of. A useful site we would recommend is Good & Co. where they refer to themselves as a “self-discovery engine”. The company aims to help users obtain insights that can improve their career outlook and path through the use of quizzes. These quizzes are fun, science-backed quizzes that highlight an individual’s skills and strengths. Who knew discovering your hidden strengths can be so much fun!

If all else fails, find a mentor who has seen success in your dream role. Your mentor could be a close friend, a lecturer that you got along well during your college days or someone you met through work. Don’t be anxious to create relationships with people who have your best interests and knowledge in mind, because if you never try, you’ll never know.

Step 4: Fake it till you make it
Learn to act as if you are already guaranteed to land that dream job of yours. Take every opportunity you have to live, think and feel that you own the job. Make yourself believe that if you act like you already have the life you are looking to develop; it might attract your goals more quickly. Such a method of living can be an indirect way of increasing your positivity on a daily basis.

These reactions might seem unnatural in the beginning, but with a little bit of practice, this “learning to act” will be habitual and work well not only through achieving your dream job but other aspects of your life as well.

To wrap things up, chasing your dream job can be a daunting process, especially when you don’t see yourself as the strongest candidate. Your dream job is not likely to happen overnight; it is indeed tedious and can test one’s patience. However, make sure to be positive throughout this whole ordeal as a little bit of positivity can take you places. Above all, continue to work hard until you see the light at the end of the tunnel because hard work will always prevail. There are so many who give up on their dreams before actually giving it a go. So, the single biggest favor you can do for yourself is to simply go for it and never give up! From the wise words of Shia Labeouf “Don’t Let Your Dreams be Dreams, Just Do It”!

This post was written by Jillian Cheong from iPrice Group.

Here’s How the Big Guys Hire Talent

Here’s How the Big Guys Hire Talent

Nowadays, start-up companies are all the rage as it is comparatively easier to venture into the business world with just a plan in hand. However, it is still prevalent that many new business owners lack the experience in terms of hiring the right employees.

Ever wondered what goes on in the hiring process of big names such as Google, Amazon or Apple? Let us take a look at some of the hiring practices of these renowned companies.

Tips to Pinpoint When Hiring

With the ever competitive market, it is not uncommon for someone to be a graduate with a degree.  However, we are often reminded that big companies put the importance of quality over quantity. The following are some of the positive attributes that big names look for when they hire.

  1. Integrity

You most likely have come across the phrase “Success Will Come and Go, but Integrity is Forever”. Integrity begins with knowing your worth. This means that a person is completely honest with themselves and their relationships with other people. People of integrity are not afraid of admitting where they stand, in terms of their strengths and weaknesses as well as admitting to their past mistakes. One strategy that Google uses to test the integrity of a potential candidate is to carry out structured behavioral interviews that help them to assess the quality of responses. The interviews are usually behavioral or situational.

  1. Leadership

Leadership is a very desirable quality because it shows how a person takes charge when faced with a challenge. Not only that, leadership is also the willingness to take on the responsibilities of other tasks while being committed to achieving the goals of an organization.

For example, Google gives a chance for their candidates to discuss situations where they are able to take the lead and know when to step back when someone else steps in. As for Amazon, they have a list of leadership principles that they follow by which includes, customer obsession, insist on the highest standards, learn and be curious, think big, frugality, etc.

  1. Likeability

At times, the likeability of a candidate overweighs their skills and knowledge. The fact is that skills can always be learned, but a person’s personality is hard to change which also tells a lot about a person. Most employers are on the lookout for people who are warm, pleasant, easy-going and most importantly cooperative with others. The key to a successful business is teamwork. Typically, people with good personalities are more popular and more effective at whatever they do.

People who hire at Apple’s retail stores put their focus on people with positive attitudes that can be gauged by their personality and enthusiasm and not how much they know about the products.

Make Your Hiring Process Stand Out

  1. Google uses: Gamification

The rules are simple with Gamification. The main concept is to utilize game mechanics and design in a non-gaming type of context. At the same time, it implements important values and goals of Gamification which raises the bar in an organization’s recruiting process with a more inventive approach. It is also a method for the company to showcase the fun side of an organization while achieving recruitment targets and hiring potential candidates. Essentially, this process may be utilized in many sectors which involve engagement. Not only does it benefit the organization but the candidates as well as it gives them a view into the tasks and skills of the job itself.  It’s a win-win situation.

An example of how Google utilizes Gamification is through their software writing competition, Google Code Jam. Since the start of the competition, Google has been running it for 14 years and has attracted diverse applicants from all over the world. Named as one of the most challenging programming competitions in the world, Google uses the competition as a platform to hire new talent with the right set of skills.

  1. Amazon uses: Bar Raisers

Getting the most out of your employees is a simple way of putting the term “bar raisers”. The methodology to this hiring process of online shopping giant Amazon is to allocate people who are already part of the company to act as bar raisers. Vice President of Web Services Amazon, Anurag Gupta emphasizes that the key element to getting the right candidate is to hire “bar raisers” who have high standards and have an eye for talent. As soon as the role of a “bar raiser” is given to an employee, they will be included in every hiring conversation and interview loop.

The difference between the hiring team and a “bar raiser” is that they are not pressured be on par with the hiring manager. However, “bar raisers” being the benchmark for the company, still need to work hand in hand and believe that the candidate has enough skill set to do the job which exceeds 50% of what the other individuals are doing. As long as they understand their role, all that is left is for the “bar raiser” is to go with the flow of the whole hiring process.

  1. Smobble and Mindvalley uses: Video Cover Letters

Video cover letters are a great tool as it is a chance for hiring managers to get to know the different sides of a candidate. Through the use of video cover letter, it becomes a unique way of communication between hiring managers and the potential candidates.  Moreover, it also showcases how a candidate is able to think outside of the box. Smobble and Mindvalley are companies –- both nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are attracting the younger crowd. They receive thousands of applications and it can be very competitive. Thus, the ones that really stand out are the ones that sent in a video application.

After getting to know the insights of the various hiring practices of these big names, it is always advisable to choose the method that fits well with your organization’s values and goals. Learn to be flexible with your hiring practices. It is also beneficial to switch up your company’s hiring methods time after time. This is so that, you are able to have a better understanding of which of these methods work the best for your company.

This post was written by Jillian Cheong from iPrice Group.

The Most In Demand Jobs in 2016

The Most In Demand Jobs in 2016

“A skilled worker, regardless of the job description, remains a treasure.” - Madeleine M. Kunin

The global economic slowdown in 2015 is said to have a delayed impact on labor markets in 2016, resulting in a rise in unemployment levels, particularly in emerging economies. According to the International Labour Organization’s World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2016 (WESO), the estimated worldwide unemployment rate in 2015 was 197.1 million and this year it was estimated to rise by 2.3 million, reaching to 199.4 million.

Result of Unemployment
This report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) about the worldwide increase of unemployment is alarming because this will make a big impact in the countries’ economies. High unemployment in a country will result in economical problems such as the following:

  1. Less spending of people, thus, hurting the country’s overall economy
  2. Low GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
  3. or even Recession
global unemployment rate 2015-2017

Source: ILO - World Social Employment Outlook Trends 2016

Unemployment might happen in many industry. Some of the businesses in these industries will cut employees to control their spending and maintain their businesses. But while this is the case, there are still industries that have high demand for jobs.

What You Can Do
So to avoid unemployment, some of the things that you can do are: (1) Apply to the industries that are barely affected by the unemployment trend; and (2) Take freelance jobs.

The Most In Demand Jobs in 2016

Since it is the second half of 2016, let us review the most in demand jobs in the year 2016.

Top Ten In-Demand Jobs that Require a Degree

OccupationAve. Monthly Unique Job PostingsAve. Monthly HiresGap Between Postings and HiresJob Growth 2010-2015Total Employment in 2015Median Hourly Earnings
Registered Nurses296,63197,549199,082171,0972,776,836$32.04
Software Developers, Applications114,92131,27283,649126,277727,753$45.92
Marketing Managers91,6308,44783,18323,692193,619$61.12
Sales Managers70,55817,75052,80835,399370,648$53.20
Medical and Health Services Managers63,68311,85051,83326,080321,961$44.62
Network and Computer Systems Administrators69,63618,56851,06836,640381,001$36.44
Industrial Engineers55,2647,98547,27925,426244,225$39.18
Computer Systems Analysts71,55524,70346,85287,023556,922$39.76
Web Developers52,4316,64145,79022,282130,161$30.52
Financial Managers63,15723,25139,90637,458542,618$55.44
Source: CareerBuilder

Top Ten In-Demand Jobs that Do Not Require a Degree

OccupationAve. Monthly Unique Job PostingsAve. Monthly HiresGap Between Postings and HiresJob Growth 2010-2015Total Employment in 2015Median Hourly Earnings
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers1,091,024106,355984,669208,9321,695,977$19.00
Food Service Managers52,13218,72433,40824,690203,311$23.34
Computer User Support Specialists63,53332,59630,93785,324645,478$22.89
Insurance Sales Agents40,90922,07518,83469,125635,431$23.01
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians21,5057,60913,89615,456194,723$17.26
Surgical Technologists10,8643,1507,71411,186103,054$20.84
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists19,07413,4275,64725,434252,286$20.98
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers10,1185,0485,07010,454111,859$41.06
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products16,64711,9734,67419,003300,486$29.32
Medical Secretaries23,89320,7863,10774,124550,716$15.50
Source: CareerBuilder


The Most In Demand Freelancing Jobs in 2016

Other thing that you can do to avoid being unemployed is to adapt the freelancing trends. According to a blog post by Elaine Pofeldt in CNBC, employers are preferring to hire freelancers.

“Experts say work in itself isn’t disappearing. What is declining, they say, is how it is packaged. Rather than employ people in traditional jobs, more employers are choosing to hire contractors.”

The Most In Demand Freelance Jobs
In a blog post by Rich Person, senior Vice-President of Upwork, he wrote that the most in-demand jobs and industries in Upwork this 2016 are the following:

  1. Virtual Teams
  2. IT Consulting
  3. Presentations Creation (Prezi and Keynote)
  4. Video Production
  5. Content Marketing

In addition, I also found out that these jobs and industries are in-demand:

  • Web development: Web Design, Search Engine Optimization, Online Marketing
  • Graphic Design: Logo Design
  • Content Writing

Key Takeaway
In conclusion, the most in-demand jobs requiring a degree are under the Technical and Healthcare Industry. On the other hand, the most in-demand jobs that does not require a degree are Manual Jobs (Drivers and Mechanics) and jobs under the Healthcare Industry.

As regards the freelancing trends, you have no choice but to improve your technical skills — to maintain your “employability”.

If your job or industry is not in demand, do not lose hope. Remember that this is just a guide to help you make a better career decision. And who knows? Maybe the industry where you want to work for will boom next year.

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Independence Day 2016 Job Fairs

Independence Day 2016 Job Fairs

In the 118th celebration of Independence Day in the Philippines (June 12), there will be a Kalayaan 2016 local and overseas employment job fairs to be held in different regions of the Philippines.

Kalayaan 2016 Job Fairs - Central Luzon
The Kalayan 2016 Job Fairs offer 5,955 job vacancies for local employment and 5,388 job vacancies for overseas employment. In total, more than 11,300 jobs are waiting to be filled.

The event, with the theme Pagkakaisa, Pag-aambagan, Pagsulong, are participated by 142 participating private companies and 30 government agencies for local employment and 28 recruitment agencies for overseas employment, as processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

It will also be joined by members of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) comprising DOLE attached agencies — Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), National Conciliation Mediation Board (NCMB), National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RWTPB), Employees Compensations Commission (ECC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and POEA.

The different city and municipal local government units, through their respective Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), and other allied-partner agencies will also be present.

The job fairs will be held on the following dates with their specific locations:

  • June 10, 2016 - Old Capitol Compound, Burgos St., Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
  • June 12, 2016
    • Malolos Sports and Convention Center, Malolos City, Bulacan;
    • Liwasang Bayan, San Felipe, Zambales; and the
    • Baler Municipal Hall, Baler, Aurora.
  • June 13, 2016 - Rizal, Triangle, Olongapo City
  • June 30, 2016 - Municipal Ground, Concepcion, Tarlac

Job seekers are requested to go with their proper attire, multiple copies of their resumes, certificates of employment, transcript of records, clearance, photos, and other pertinent pre-employment documents needed by employers.

“To save time for jobseekers, they may now start filling-up their Skills Registration System Forms to pre-register to the PhilJobnet web. They may likewise visit their nearby PESOs in their areas to register,” DOLE-Technical Support and Services Division for Employment and Welfare Chief Alejandro Inza Cruz said.


Host: PESO - Iloilo, Radio Station RMN 774
Start Date: June 10, 2016
End Date: June 10, 2016
Region: Region VI (Western Visayas)
Location: 3rd Floor, Cafeteria Area of City Hall

Host: DOLE - Western Visayas
Start Date: June 12, 2016
End Date: June 12, 2016
Region: Region VI (Western Visayas)
Location: Mary Mart Mall
Job vacancies: 2700 (local), 5500 (overseas)

Available slots: Hotels & Restaurants, BPO, Carpentry, Fitters, Abroad Construction

Host: DOLE, PESO - Baguio City
Start Date: June 12, 2016
End Date: June 12, 2016
Region: CAR
Location: University of Baguio Gymnasium


Local & Overseas Job Fair / Kalayaan Job Fair
Host: DMDP / PESO Cebu City
Start Date: 2016-06-12
End Date: 2016-06-12
Region: Region VII (Central Visayas)
Location: Cebu City Sports Complex

31st Sulong Zambales Jobs Fair
Host: Provincial Gov’t of Zambales
Start Date: 2016-06-12
End Date: 2016-06-12
Region: Region III (Central Luzon)
Location: Liwasang Bayan, San Felipe, Zambales

Kalayaan 2016 Job Fair
Start Date: 2016-06-12
End Date: 2016-06-12
Region: Region XI (Davao Region)
Location: New Tagum City Hall Atrium

Kalayaan Job Fair
Host: DOLE Aurora Provincial FO
Start Date: 2016-06-12
End Date: 2016-06-12
Region: Region III (Central Luzon)
Location: Baler, Aurora

Independence Day
Host: DOLE- Agusan Del Norte
Start Date: 2016-06-12
End Date: 2016-06-12
Region: Region XIII (CARAGA)
Location: Butuan City Hall (Butuan City)

Araw ng Kalayaan Job Fair 2016
Host: LGU-PESO Malolos
Start Date: 2016-06-12
End Date: 2016-06-12
Region: Region III (Central Luzon)
Location: Malolos Sports & Convention Center, Bulihan, Mc Arthur Highway, Malolos City

Independence Day Job Fair
Start Date: 2016-06-12
End Date: 2016-06-12
Region: CAR
Location: Baguio City

Kalayaan 2016 Job Fair
Host: PESO / DOLE Davao City Field Office
Start Date: 2016-06-12
End Date: 2016-06-12
Region: Region XI
Location: NCCC Mall Davao

Kalayaan Job Fair Sa Naliyagan Festival 2016
Host: Prov. Gov’t  of Agusan Del Sur
Start Date: 2016-06-12
End Date: 2016-06-13
Region: Region XIII (Caraga)
Location: Naliyagan Cultural Center, D.O.P. Gov’t. Center, Prosperidad, ADS

Independence Day Jobs and Trade Fair
Host: City Government of Olongapo
Start Date: 2016-06-13
End Date: 2016-06-13
Region: Region III (Central Luzon)
Location: Rizal Triangle, Olongapo City

June 14 Job Fair
Host: LGU- Mabalacat City
Start Date: 2016-06-14
End Date: 2016-06-14
Region: Region III (Central Luzon)
Location: Brgy. Cacutud Covered Court, Mabalacat, Pampanga

Job Fair
Host: LGU-PESO Daet
Start Date: 2016-06-16
End Date: 2016-06-17
Region: Region V (Bicol Region)
Location: Central Plaza Mall, Daet, Camarines, Norte

Yagi-Yagi Festival Job Fair 2016
Host: LGU - Rosario, Agusan Del Sur
Start Date: 2016-06-20
End Date: 2016-06-20
Location: Municipal Gymnasium, Rosario, ADS

June 21 Job Fair
Host: PESO - San Fernando City
Start Date: 2016-06-21
End Date: 2016-06-21
Region: Region III (Central Luzon)
Location: SM Downtown, San Fernando, Pampanga

Local & Overseas Job Fair
Host: PESO - Palawan
Start Date: 2016-06-22
End Date: 2016-06-22
Region: Region IV-B (MIMAROPA)
Location: Victoriano J. Rodriguez Hall, RVM Bldg., Provincial Capitol, Puerto Princesa City

Charter Day Job Fair
Host: Tandag City
Start Date: 2016-06-22
End Date: 2016-06-22
Region: Region XIII (CARAGA)
Location: Brgy. Dagocdoc Covered Court, Tandag City

Tabuk City Job Fair
Host: LGU-Tabuk City
Start Date: 2016-06-23
End Date: 2016-06-23
Region: CAR
Location: Tabuk City

9th Charter Day Job Fair 2016
Host: LGU-Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur
Start Date: 2016-06-23
End Date: 2016-06-24
Region: Region XIII (CARAGA)
Location: Multi-Purpose Hall, Bayugan City, ADS

Career Expo For Local And Overseas Job Fair
Host: LGU- Tagbilaran City
Start Date: 2016-06-24
End Date: 2016-06-24
Region: Region VII (Central Visayas)
Location: Galleria Luisa Mall Gallares St., Tagbilaran City, Bohol

Local Job Fair
Host: DMDP
Start Date: 2016-06-25
End Date: 2016-06-25
Region: Region VII (Central Visayas)
Location: Punta Princesa Sports Complex

June 30 Job Fair
Host: LGU - Mabalacat City
Start Date: 2016-06-30
End Date: 2016-06-30
Region: Region III (Central Luzon)
Location: Brgy. Sapang Balen Brgy. Hall Annex, Madapdap Rest. Mabalacat, Pampanga

June 2016 Job Fairs Summary

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