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Mar 12, 2013
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As summer arrives, the job hunting season comes to a boiling point as droves of fresh diploma-holders barrel out of schools and hunt for the job that’s right for them. The rat race could prove to be a hellhole; the competition is stiff, and the marriage between employee and company isn’t always a match made in heaven.

So to help all you young, intrepid job-hunters out there, the country’s leading job classifieds hub, Jobstreet.com, and Summit Books have teamed up to publish Jumpstart Your Career: The Handbook to Finding Your Dream Job—a book to help you identify the best opportunities in the job market, and how to take advantage of it.


With career-boosting tips and insight into what companies are really looking for, this is the self-help book for anyone wanting to start their professional life on the right foot and on the right track.

To get you started, here are some of the areas that the book will attempt to enlighten you on:

1) Market Forces
In the first chapter, “The Job Market Today,” the book lays out an overall picture of the most in-demand jobs in the country today with data from the Department of Labor and Industry. The industries are enumerated as well as the nature and the number of different specific jobs and openings that each industry demands. Also discussed are the crucial skills that companies nowadays value the most when choosing a candidate.

2) Industry Secrets
From the bigger picture, the book’s next chapter, “Career Overview,” puts the microscope over the many different sectors making up the country’s overall job market. These include accountancy, BPO, food services, mass media, real estate, and retail, to name a few. Along with an overview, each industry is dissected with regards to the specific positions available, the degrees required or considered, and the necessary job skills. Panels of advice can also be found.

3) Your Move
Given an entire plate of valuable knowledge to determine where your skill set and degree might just fit, the third chapter now puts that knowledge in motion. Chapter III deals with how you’re actually going to get that job. It has a quick quiz that you can fill up to learn more about just where your personality fits well, a thorough section on becoming the effective job seeker, and a part answering all your questions about making a good-looking resume.

Then, when you finally score an appointment, the book also teaches you a thing or two about how to dress right, and provides a score of interview tips and tricks. And then when you (hopefully) land that dream job, the book finishes off with a guide on what to do and what not to do during your first 90 days at work.

Ready, brothers? You’re going to need all the help you can get to actually put that diploma to work, so consider Jumpstart Your Career as one of the smarter moves (well, it definitely beats just lying around) you can make in your early career.

Jumpstart Your Career is available now at bookstores nationwide for P195.

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