The Wonders of Online Job Service

It is a classic montage found in movies, television and books: unemployed people looking through job postings in the internet, circling ones that interest them (most likely in red ink), calling up the numbers, going to interview after interview, hoping for a chance at employment. In these scenes, the character is usually frazzled and stressed, experiencing disappointments and frustrations. And for the cherry on top, the scene usually ends with the jobseeker at the kitchen table, cradling his/her head in desperation and defeat.

That is what the older generation usually tells you: finding a job is difficult and exhausting. But with today’s technological innovations, communication has been improved greatly, and with it, finding and applying for a job as well. Nowadays, with just a point and a click, jobseekers can easily find, browse and apply for jobs. With online job services like iTrabaho.com, job-seeking is offered with less hassle and more fulfilment. Here’s why:

 

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1. Searching for jobs with just a point and a click

Unlike newspaper job postings, online job services give the jobseeker more control over his/her search. Plus, one can easily browse for jobs using keywords that suit the user’s taste.

2. You can find jobs that interest you

Not only can they now easily find job openings in philippines, but it is also more customizable, depending on the jobseekers’ region and preferences. 

3. Apply for jobs easily

Instead of going through the trouble of calling up the numbers placed in ads, online job services allows job seekers to conveniently apply for jobs through the internet.

4. Instant Job Alerts

Along with the job preferences are also the user’s option to subscribe to their preferred companies. This way, one can easily get job alerts about new jobs and responses to their applications.

5. Electronic Resume

Additionally, jobseekers don’t have to worry anymore about printing out their resumes and other related documents, they can just upload into a paperless, virtual database which employers can also easily check.

What’s so great about working from home?

In this technological era, communication has already crossed great barriers. Some employees are given the option at working from their very homes. With just a click and an email, employees can readily communicate with their supervisors via the internet. They can submit their work without having to take a step inside the office. For these remote employees, the physical office has been replaced with a virtual one. 

This virtual world can also be utilized in other aspects of employment, such as finding a job and applying for one. Jobseekers, for instance, do not have to go through the hassle of a cebu job fair or long interview lines. With social job websites like iTrabaho, jobseekers can literally find a job in minutes! 

The advent of communication should be taken to one’s advantage, and employees and employers alike should consider it. Here are some reasons why:

 

1. No more commuting

We are all familiar with the early morning rush: crowd after crowd of employees hurriedly commuting to their homes, an endless congestion of traffic and moods you can only get at this time of day. The worst case scenario is that employees get late, and that’s a few pesos off their pay check. If one is given the privilge of working at home, gone are these days.

2. No need to dress up

Where some offices constantly monitor their employees’ dress codes, working at home doesn’t require you to dress in a suit or slacks. You can do your tasks comfortably in your pajamas. 

 

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3. Flexible Hours

Instead of constantly being on the lookout for your supervisor, you can now finish your tasks at your own pace. While working, you can have more time to yourself, to your family, and even to your household chores. Just make sure you can finish the tasks on time, and to separate your work time from your personal time.

4. Productivity and Satisfaction

Numerous studies have shown that working at home can improve the quantity and quality of employees’ work. Plus, they are given the chance to be in control of their own work, and on a broader note, their career. This leads to greater overall employee satisfaction.

 

How to manage your time at work

In a fast-paced, modern world, it is not unusual for an employee to be given multiple tasks to achieve at the same time. Most people resort to just multitasking. In the best case scenario, the employee will get to achieve all of the tasks given to her. On the downside, he/she probably did it in a hurried manner- compromising the quality of the output.

In order to avoid these situations, one has to learn how to manage one’s time efficiently and effectively. After all, an employee with good time management skills is a desirable employee. So if you don’t want to go off looking for more job opportunities in philippines because you were given a pink slip, it’s about time you learn a little something about time management.

 

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1. Admit that multi-tasking is bad

You see this in (insert addiction here) Anonymous circles everywhere. Step one is to admit that what you’re doing is wrong. After this, you’ll be on your way to being a time management king.

 

2. Plan your day

Each day, before you start your daily tasks, take out a pen and paper (or if you’re more on the digital side, your laptop, tablet, cellphone, etc.) and write down the tasks you need to accomplish for the day. Arrange them according to the date of deadline and priority. This way, you won’t have to stop in the middle of one task because you were distracted by another. You’ll also know how to differentiate the essential from the non-essential tasks. Keep checking your to-do list and you’ll finish what you need to do in a breeze.

 

3. Limit Distraction

In a highly technological era, we are also slaves to different digital devices that can offer us more harm than good. One of the detrimental effects of these is the amount of distractions it offers. Many stories have been told about a student who can’t study for a test because of social networking sites, the worker who wasn’t able to meet a deadline because he was streaming movies all day, etc. etc. When you start working on your tasks, make sure to limit the amount of stimuli on your desk. Leave behind the essentials, and you’ll do fine.

 

4. Delegate

You’re not superman or batman or any other superhero. If you feel that there’s too much on your plate, ask your supervisor or your co-worker, and maybe they can help you with that.

 

5. 10-minute rule

There’s always those tasks on our two-list that we just dread doing. Be it a boring financial report or dealing with an irritable client, there are just some things that we think that we don’t want to do. But as the old adage say, “You never know until you try”, and the same applies to these dreaded tasks. Each day, allocate 10 minutes for these tasks. If you’re having a good day, you might even finish these taks you’ve started doing.

 

Most of all, take breaks in between tasks. You can’t be effective at managing your time if you’re exploiting your physical health and welfare.

Career Spotlight: Resort Water Slide Tester

With the grumbles of unemployment and job unsatisfaction, it is not surprising to discover people with jobs that bring up the curve. Office clerks have to stay around at the office all day, service crew workers have to attend to customers all the time, and real estate agents have to talk to potential clients and convince them of buying. Tommy Lynch though, 29 years old, has a different idea about the task alloted ofr a regular work shift: he tests out water slides in resorts.

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When Lynch was asked as a child what he wanted to be when he grew up, he probably didn’t specifically say that he wanted to test water slides for a living. But here he is, at the height of his career, battling water slides in various resorts all over the world. That’s right, he not only gets the privilege of working as a water slide tester- he also gets to travel country after country, resort after resort, slide after slide. 

Tommy Lynch workss for First Choice. His task is to identify the best pools that will be featured in First Choice’s new Splash Resort Collection. Aside from that, he also given the responsibility to ensure that new resorts are up to the company standards.

 

While living every jobseeker’s dream- dealing with water slides at day, enjoying the resort at night- Lynch carefully tests every slide’s quality by inspecting the height, the speed, the water quantity and landing of the flumes. So go on, don’t hesitate. You’ll probably find some cebu jobs that are just as awesome as Lynch’s.

Lynch has tested waterslides at various resorts in Lanzarote, Majorca, Egypt, Turkey, Costa Del Sol, Cyprus, Algarve, Dominican Republic, Mexico and many more.

Do you really want this job?

In this competitive and fast-paced environment, it is not unusual to find yourself in a boring and dreadful job, one you wish you’ve never signed up for. You wake up in the morning, counting down the hours until you get off work, and you finish task after task in the office, regretting every single thing you’ve done. That’s hard to bear for one week, imagine if you had to do that for the rest of your life.

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There are a number of reasons why employees find their jobs unsatisfying and hard to endure. Probably the two most common of these is if the job position doesn’t match the employee’s skill or if the job itself is not in line with his interests or passions.

For example, if you’re an extrovert and a person with a high threshold for excitement, you won’t be happy spending all day at the office typing away and staring at the computer screen. You’d be better off trotting off into the wild, doing some research or field work or working as a salesman, talking to client after client. If you had to stay in the office for eight hours a day, six days a week with that personality, you’ll most likely bore yourself to death.

Job-resignation

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Knowing full well that the job might not be right for them, jobseekers go ahead and take it anyway. This is because some of these people cannot find any other job opportunities in the Philippines that will satisfy them financially. Like almost any other thing in the world, the situation people find themselves in boils down to one basic, human need: Money.

Here in the Philippines, as the unemployment rate increases and economic problems become worse, being happy with your job is no longer an option for most people. It is not uncommon to see registered nurses working at a call center or a physics graduate working as a rank-and-file service crew at a fast food joint.

Therefore, before you apply for that easy and fast job, an intensive self-interrogation should be made. Ask yourself, “Will I be happy in this kind of workplace?”, “Shall this job give me a sense of fulfillment in the long run?”, “Is this what I really want?”

Take a leaf out of a philosopher’s book: ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’

 

If you’re a Filipino, you must love food very much

Filipinos, whether in their native homeland or not, have a deep, passionate and consistent love for food and anything to do with it. It is evident in the average number of meals Filipinos eat everyday, the numerous occassions wherein Filipinos bond over food, the foodtrips, the laughs and the rich and prolific native cuisine.

If you had to do a Food Search on Filipino food, you would come out with a wide range of exotic and unique dishes that would surely make your mouth water. In fact, this collection is so delicious that an average Filipino eats a total of four meals a day. Some would go to extreme measures just to satisfy their stomachs, if not their cravings.

Pinoys are known for their six meals of food

The usual worldwide ‘three meals per day’ is stretched to six meals for Filipinos. These are (1) Breakfast/Almusal/Agahan/Pamahaw, which is what Filipinos eat to break the fast; (2) Lunch/ Pananghali-an/Pani-udto, meals eaten at the middle of the day; (3) Supper/Dinner/Hapunan/Pani-hapon; and three sets of Snacks/Merienda eaten at different times of the day: Morning, Afternoon & Midnight (sometimes called, “Pulutan” when paired with alcoholic beverages).

Celebrations/ Excuses for Eating

The Filipinos’ love for food is also evident in the numerous events and celebration held year-round in most Filipino homes and cities. Probably the most popular among these is the famous, Fiesta, which is when Pinoys celebrate the feast of their patron saints. Families and friends alike gather to partake in the delicious meals prepared by different Filipino families. Times like these, you not only get to witness the countrymen’s preference for eating and food, but also their kind nature and hospitality to fellow Filipinos. 

Aside from the usual Christmas noche buena and the New Year Feast, the fllowing are some of the occassions wherein Filipinos dig in and celebrate:

1. Birthdays/ Baptisms/ Weddings

The celebration of a new life, a new year or a new couple would always entail a table full of splendid and delicious food, the Filipino thinks. Whether it’s the usual cakes-ice-cream-spaghetti menu or whether it’s something copied off a Caribbean cruise, Pinoys would never fail to just gather round and enjoy the blessings of food they received.

2. Housewarming

When Filipinos transfer to a new place or just had a new house built, it is customary for them to invite a priest over to drive evi spirits away. Sounds unusual? Just one of the many religious quirks of the Filipinos, but it considered a long-standing tradition. After this though, the merriment ensues and they invite families and friends over for another excuse to feast.

3. Business Openings

Another evident religious tradition that is characteristic of Filipinos is what they do when they have just newly opened a shop, a botique, a store or an office. In order to “bless” the establishment, the celebrations starts with a Holy Mass, which is almost always followed by a scrumptious feast.

Despite these strong evidences, Filipinos simply don’t need a reason sometimes to just eat. Even the simplest and the smallest reasons to celebrate or be happy can bring people around to a feast, big or small.

What your generation says about you

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It is not uncommon to hear about children-parent conflicts because of generation gaps. In fact, if you grew up in a different generation from the one you are talking to, you would most likely end up in a fight. Baby boomers, for example, won’t understand the functionality of a tablet compared to milleniums. There are a lot of differences in opinion, differences in perspectives, and differences in experience- driven views that are almost always different among people of varying generations.

The same situation is reflected in the workplace. Cebu jobs, like any other in the world, require employees and employers alike to interact with people of different generations. It is important for one to be considerate and understanding of them, so as to avoid conflict. The following are some of the thing you should know about being a Millenium, being a Gen Xer and being a Baby Boomer:

 

If you were born after 1980:

You are: a Millenium. You are optimistic, willing to work and to learn and you are also very much technologically-literate. You appreciate diversity in the workplace.

You learn most by: working alone and helping others, learning online or through the internet and engaging in hands-on practice.

 

If you were born from 1961-1980:

You are: a Gen Xer. You constantly need feedback and you dislike close supervision. You are very flexibile, and you also value the balance between work and non-work.

You learn most by: going by your own pace. You prefer learning when it’s done in a self-directed environment; you learn by doing and through experimentation.

 

If you were born from 1945- 1960

You are: a baby boomer. You are competitive, hard-working and you have concerns about the fair treatment of all employees.

You learn most by: being in interactive training activities and group activities and knowing full well that the things you learn wil benefit you personally. You often focus on translating knowledge to skills.

Office Dress Codes and You

Ok, hold up. No, no, don’t press that other tab. Office uniforms evoke the classic feeling of office monotony. Just think: Rows upon rows of gray cubicles staffed with equally gray little workers, scuttling about in the drudgery of an office space.

It can all get a little dreary.

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But office dress codes need not always tell the world how much of a boring clerk, or pencil-pusher you are. In fact, most people have sever misconceptions about what to do when given a particular dress code. Here are some common office dress codes, and what they say about you.

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1. Business Formal

Business formal attire is an upgrade from your everyday, office outfits. Award ceremonies, Formal Company dinners, these require Business Formal Attire.. Men wear a dark colored suit over a dress shirt with a silk tie. The shirt should be a French cut style and cufflinks can be worn. Silk or linen pocket squares are also a requirement for men. Round out the outfit with dark shoes and dark trousers. Formal business attire for women is a suit with a skirt while wearing pantyhose. Round out this outfit with closed toe pumps.

 

What it says about you: This tells the world that you are no office monkey! Dress to impress, for the night will be swimming with movers and shakers!

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2. Business Professional

Conservative, and efficient, Business Professional wear consists of your day-to-day office attire. Women can wear a pants suite combination or a dress with a skirt, rounded out with heels while men may wear a blazer or suit jacket, a button down shirt and tie, and some dress shoes.

 

What it says about you: This tells the world that you are playing with the big boys! Companies that require strict business professional attire usually deal in finance. The bigger, and more prestigious the company, the more likely they are to require strict dress codes.

 

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3. Business Casual

For many, business casual simply means you do not need to wear a suit. However, it does not call for casual attire such as jeans and T-shirts. Women and Men typically wear a collared shirt or a Polo shirt. Conservative dresses and skirts are also acceptable options for women, while the Men may also chose sweaters over a shirt. For men, round out the outfit with Khaki or dress pants along with dress shoes, while women can opt to round it out with suit pants, or a dress skirt.

 

What it says about you: While not in a company as prestigious as the big boys per se, Business Casual attire often tells people that you are ready and willing to help in a professional capacity, while still exuding an aura of approachability!

 

So there you have it! Three common dress code found in any office environment, and how to go about them! What do you wear to your job? Don’t have one? Why not find one of many jobs in the philippines?

 

What NOT to say in the workplace

Since we’ve already compiled the list of things on what NOT to do in the workplace (read about that here), let’s look at these restrictions from another, more verbal perspective. The workplace, like any other, has certain unsaid norms and published rules on what are the appropriate and inappropriate things to say within the vicinity. Employees and employers alike are aware of these. Let’s look at some of the most common verbal restrictions:

1. Disclaimers

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In a self-effacing country like the Philippines, it is not uncommon to hear comments like, “I’m not sure it’s a good idea but…” or “I don’t know what you guys think, but…” before presenting an idea at work. Since Filipinos are usually the type to shy away from admiration and self-enhancement, these kinds can usually be found in most workplaces, but maybe not so in those people with sales and marketing jobs.

Aside from making a bad impression, having this habit overall may prevent you from moving forward in your career. Avoid using disclaimers, and remember that you should always actively claim responsibility for your ideas, whether good or bad. If you are able to do this with confidence, you may gain more credibility in the workplace. If you do the opposite, the opposite will also happen to you.

2. Not enough time

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There is always that instance at work when you’re swamped with too many tasks. People in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, for instance, receive too much calls to handle at times. They would most likely get the feeling to just tell the person on the other line, “I don’t have time to talk to you”.

Similar situations like this happen often at the workplace: busy days at work, meeting deadlines, stressed-out situations. One would like nothing more than to just shut off people and ignore them completely. This is plain rude, even in other situations. A better thing to do would be to make them understand why you can’t attend to them in that particular instance.

3. Not my job

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Sometimes your supervisor may give you things to do that you are not found in your job description. This is pretty common in start-up companies and office-based jobs. When this happens, you may not notice the look on your face but your supervisor will. You may not say “That’s not my job” out loud, but your supervisor may glean that from your facial expressions and lack of motivation.

This does not give your supervisor the permission to exploit your employment, of course. But a healthier and more courteous approach would be to ask your superior if the task is a priority for your job. From here on, you could talk more about your responsibilities.

What to do with your holiday bonuses

The holidays are fast approaching and with it also come certain amounts of money. You have the obligatory 13th month pay for instance, and if you’re lucky enough, you get company bonuses. If you’re even luckier, you would get a wad of cash, but if you’re a bit on the low end of the lucky meter, maybe a fruitcake will suffice.

‘tis the season for generosity, but one has to remember to not do anything that they will regret. One can splurge all he/she wants but it has to be ensured that there will be no feelings of resentment right after. On the other hand, it is important to just enjoy the holiday seasons and to reward oneself for having a good year and working hard. The following are some of the things that you can reward yourself with:

1. Travel

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De-stress from all the hectic job activities and go somewhere new and fresh. This will not only drain all the negative energy from you, but will allow you the chance to meditate and will in turn, give you new perspectives. This will most likely improve your performance at work.

2. Food trip

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Holidays almost always equal to food. Splurge on restaurants and cafes that you’ve always wanted to go to. To have a more fun experience, bring along a friend or someone special.

3. Gadgets

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Got your eye on that new iPad mini? Drooling for the Samsung Galaxy S3? Don’t worry, you didn’t go on that tedious cebu job search to deprive yourself. Splurge on the gadgets you want this Christmas! Just make sure that you’re 100% positive that these are what you want. Otherwise, you’ll end up regretting your case.

4. Shopping Spree

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Whether you’re a male or female, into shoes or sports equipment, it would be a good idea to buy those things you’ve always wanted.

5. Throw a party

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If you’re the extrovert that you are, it would be nice to spend a day with family and friends during the holidays. And since you’re spending on other people and making them and yourself happy, there’s a minimal chance you’ll regret doing this and you will truly enjoy the holidays without feeling a hole being burnt into your pocket.