How to improve your chance in getting a job

By Rose Carmelle Lacuata,

Posted at May 01 2014 12:00 AM | Updated as of May 01 2014 06:31 PM

MANILA - What should jobseekers do to improve their chances of getting hired?

On Wednesday's episode of "Sakto" on DZMM, Cheng Veniles, corporate communications and business development manager of the employment website JobsDB, gave several tips.

Companies usually require either a resume, also called a curriculum vitae (CV) or biodata, to know more about the applicant.

Veniles said there are three things that a jobseeker should highlight in their resumes, and these are their skills, their exposure, and their experience.

Exposure, she said, is knowledge-based, while experience deals with hands-on training and application of what a person has learned.

"Ang exposure, 'yun 'yung course mo nung college, the classes you took. Ang experience, ito 'yung hands-on training.

"Ang mga HR managers are busy people. Unang tingin pa lang sa resume, dapat ma-highlight na yung tatlong yun, lalo na kung wala pa talagang job experience o fresh grad," Veniles added.

A jobseeker's resume should get the interest of the human resource (HR) manager, and the resume should immediately show that the person fits the requirements of the company.

The interview is then usually conducted for the jobseeker to support what was written on the resume.

Veniles said that some kinds of jobs would require HR managers to ask some personal questions such as relationship status, but it is not a required interview question.

"Hindi required na itanong kung may boyfriend o girlfriend, pero may trabaho na tinatanong yun kasi baka makaapekto sa performance. Hindi rin required na itanong kung babae o lalake (ang applicant), o kung ano ang relihiyon niya."

Veniles gave out three important tips for applicants to increase their chance of getting the job.

"Make sure that you have an online profile. HR managers would go online to try to look for information (about the applicant) online."

She also advised applicants to make sure that their online profile is clean, and that they use formal email addresses and user names.

Brushing up on communication skills is also very important, said Veniles, explaining that a lot of people have problems in communicating as people tend to use social media to know more about another person instead of talking to them in person.

"Lalo na sa bagong graduates, make sure you have time to brush up on your communication skills and know how to present yourself, may konting yabang sa pagdedescribe ng sarili," she added.

JobsDB, in coordination with other private companies and government agencies, will soon launch a paperless job fair in Manila to help provide jobs while caring for the environment.