So you’ve graduated. Congratulations!
This next part – the job hunt – is going to be challenging, but definitely rewarding – especially because the reward will be your first taste of financial freedom in the form of a paycheck!
Of course, in the internet age, the opportunities are quite literally endless for a fresh grad looking to start their career. Gone are the days where one has to go to a job fair or check the papers armed with a highlighter to find a job that works for them (though that can still be a great way to get the job hunt going).
Then again, with SO MANY opportunities, where does one even start? We’ve rounded up a few job-hunting portals to help you out.
JobStreet has been around for a while, and you can bet a good chunk of professionals working today at some point used this site to land them a job. Even if you have yet to sit down and write your resume, you’ll have one once you’ve completed your JobStreet profile – which, once all filled out, reads pretty much like your standard resume.
On this site, you may notice that you’ll have to sift through a lot of spam-like posts that promise too-good-to-be-true sign up bonuses, but the site – like other portals – allows you to filter opportunities by industry, employment type, and job level. The site also does salary matching (where you can put in your desired salary, and it filters out job opportunities based on that), and it also posts articles that may help you in your job search – for instance, articles on how to answer common interview questions.
Like JobStreet, the profile you build on Kalibrr essentially reads like your resume – and this is the first thing that employers look at when you send in an application.
Applying for work on this portal is pretty easy – with just a click of a button, your profile will be sent to the employer – no need for cover letters, or steps that require you to say something about yourself in 1000 characters.
If you’ve got your sights set on that expat life, head to Workabroad.ph. At the moment the site says they have over 26,000 overseas jobs available, and searches can be categorized depending on your specialization, qualifications, and salary demands.
You can also sort by country, and find jobs with low application rates. You can also find jobs from agencies under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Many of the opportunities here are for those in the healthcare, service, and food sectors, though opportunities from other industries may also be there.
Does a freelance career seem more appealing to you than a full-time office job? As the name suggests, Freelancer should be your go-to. It’s got a lot of job opportunities from employers all over the world, across various sectors – from remote web development, video editing, writing, admin work.
There are also a number of job openings here that are on a per-project basis – so if you’re not quite sure what direction you want to take your career in, dipping your toes in several different projects might help you decide.
Many employers from big, multinational companies or promising start-up keep their eyes on LinkedIn, so even if you aren’t actively seeking out opportunities, having a LinkedIn profile is a great way to get your name out there, and essentially build a network.
There are also a lot of helpful articles available on the site, and it’s chat-like messaging feature makes communicating with potential employers more accessible.
Craigslist may have a sketchy reputation, but don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. If you’re smart enough to weed out the questionable opportunities from the legit ones, you may zero in on a good job opportunity that other applicants have not found yet.
The site is also region-specific – with pages for Bacolod, Bicol Region, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Manila, Pampanga, and Zamboanga – though many of the postings are usually for remote work or online jobs.
Yes, this social networking site is not just for stalking your crush or sharing your post-graduation kuda. It can also be a great job-hunting portal.
Depending on your industry, there are many groups you can join where employers – usually start-ups – post job openings and requirements for application. And because it’s on Facebook, the job hunt tends to feel more personal and less intimidating. Just remember to clean your profile of anything you wouldn’t want your potential future employers to see. – Rappler.com