College graduation usually marks the official end of a student's academic life and the start of a new challenging chapter where they're money-earning capabilities are put to a serious test.
Welcome to the workforce, rookies. Searching for a job is filled with both anxiety and excitement topped with a whirl of confusion.
Questions like "How much should my expected salary be?", "How do I apply for a job that I don't have a degree for?", and "Is it okay for fresh grads to haggle for salary?" often fill the minds of young aspiring professionals.
Yep, it can really be a very intimidating affair.
For fresh graduates asking these very same questions though, here's good news. A Facebook video taken by Anthony Q. Esguerra for Inquirer.net featuring JobStreet Philippines Country Manager Philip Gioca can be viewed online, and it tackles these concerns and gives valuable tips on how to expertly navigate through the ever-competitive job-hunting jungle with zero worries.
Here are some of the key points discussed in the clip:
On the skills you must have
According to Gioca, employers are looking for two kinds of skills: functional and behavioral. The former is all about being trainable and the ability to communicate well while the latter is more on things like willingness to learn, initiative, and honesty. Having these traits will surely be attractive for hiring managers.
On what to highlight
Fresh graduates have to highlight several key information on their résumé or cover letter: internship experience, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, academic standing, and their school. Relevant pre-employment achievements are a big plus.
On what to talk about during the interview
During the interview, applicants should be able to discuss and focus on the aforementioned functional and behavioral skills in relation to their college life, from their way of coping up with school tasks to how they were able to succeed in the OJT/thesis phase.
Flexibility is important
Flexibility in the workplace is a big deal as bosses want someone who can do more tasks when needed. Inflexibility is, according to Gioca, a big no-no.
Don't overprice yourself
...especially if you haven't achieved much in school. Gioca says employers dislike those who demand much but show little for it, as it gives the impression that they're in it for the money and not for what they can contribute to the company. It also pays to research a bit and know the average salaries in the particular job you're eyeing.
Got all that? That's just the proverbial tip of the iceberg, though. If you want to know more, check out the full video:
GIF via Co-op.bc.ca