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to sell yourself and attain your career goals? Dos and Donts in a Job Interview. Work Etiquette.


There are 1 Billion young people aged 15 to 24 in the world today 85% live in developing countries Today there are about 80 million unemployed young men and women in the world Estimated that 100 million young people will be entering the global workforce every year for the next ten years

Philippine Economic Figures

The Philippine economic growth rates are declining from 7.3% in 2007 to an estimated 3% in 2010 Philippine exports falling sharply : Electronics by 24.3%, Garments by 6.5%, other manufactured products by 32.9%. Even agricultural products declined in volume by 2% That 8 of the top 10 export destinations including the U.S., are in recession That only 534,000 jobs were generated from the governments forecast of 1.6 million jobs, half of which 262,000 are in fishing,

YOUTH Employment in the Philippines





What happens to the rest???

Illegal drugs Crimes


Establishing a Career Needs Attention

The trouble is, very few have a clear path on how to get there.

Worse, they might not feel like society expects them to succeed.

Career Dilemma
Should I stay or should I go?
Comfort Zone Stay Put Ambitions and Dreams Job Search





Efficient Career Management Requires Constant Attention

How to Sell Yourself?

Job searching is an excellent opportunity to learn more about yourself.

Knowing what you really want. Knowing how to get it. Differentiating yourself from 1000s of similar candidates Having realistic expectations

Managing your Career: A Four Step Process

Define your Product (YOU)

What value can I add to my future employer? What value can my employment bring me?

Determine your Market

Take a long, HARD look at yourself and be realistic

The first job is rarely the ideal job Your qualifications might not be a perfect fit but dont let that stop you

Managing your Career: A Four Step Process

Create your own marketing plan

Define your goals Efficiently communicate the value of your product (e.g.: The Elevator Pitch) Become visible to your audience (Networking)


Industry organizations and contacts Business acquaintances Recruiters Volunteering

Top 5 most frustrating responses

You dont have any experience You dont have any knowledge on that subject No replies to messages and emails Canned responses (e.g.: Were not hiring, do

an MBA, etc.)

Who are you ? Dont let the frustrating situations slow you down.

How to address these responses?

Volunteer, be passionate, find transferable skills Display that learning is not only easy, but very enjoyable Be politely persistent, 3 follow-ups and then let go Get to that person via one of your network Do your homework properly, this one is your fault!

Factors Inhibiting Success

12 -- Lack of Belief in Self 8 -- Fear of Risk 5 -- Poor

5 -- Procrastination 4 -- Greed and Ego 4 -- Lack of Passion 3 -- Taking Focus

What do Employers want in Employees? Soft Skills versus Hard Skills

Soft Skills
Ability to interact and communicate positively and productively with others Sometimes called character skills Relates attitudes and outlooks on life Often not directly taught in schools

Hard Skills
Specific skills, task or job oriented Technical skills & academic skills Observable Measurable by performance, tests or quizzes Directly taught in schools

We need both Soft & Hard

Skills that are important for a job

Positive Attitude Cheerful Upbeat Can Do attitude Sense of humor It Makes All The Difference! Communication Skills Written Verbal Write clear, concise sentences Organize thoughts and presentations

Skills that are important for a job

Computer skills Keyboarding Office applications Multi-Media Internet Strong Work Ethic Honest days work Efficient On-time Commitment Complete tasks

Skills that are important for a job

Honesty & Integrity Do not lie, cheat, or steal Give a days work for a day wages Dont make personal phone calls

Punctuality Be on time Dont take long breaks Return from breaks, lunch on time

Skills that are important for a job


and adaptable

Ready to make changes Adapt quickly, easily Cooperative

Problem Solving Skills

Creative Open minded Practical Helpful

Skills that are important for a job

Interpersonal Skills Kind Friendly Relate to others Treat others as you want to be treated Team


Respectful Collaborate Cooperate Accomplish Goals

Skills that are important for a job


Self-starter Self-directed Self-motivated Look for things to do


Loyalty Speak well of others Positive about organization Positive about job Keep confidential information confidential

DOs and DONTs of Job Interview Etiquette

There are things that need to be done and not to be done to make both the interviewer and interviewee comfortable.


Dress appropriately and be clean Arrive 10 - 15 min. Early Turn off your cell phone Shake hand firmly, say your full name and smile Maintain eye contact Speak Confidently Impress the interviewer by doing research Be honest and be your professional self Keep a positive attitude ALWAYS ask questions when requested Say Thank You after the interview.


Do fancy handshakes Give out hugs Take jacket off unless invited Mention salary and benefits Use slang Use profanity Say negative comments about anything Dont chew gum or smell like smoke Don't take your parents, spouse, fianc, or friends to an interview.


Things not to share with your coworkers.

Salary Information
What you earn is between you and Human Resources.
Disclosure indicates you aren't capable of keeping a confidence.

Medical History

Nobody really cares about your aches and pains, your latest operation, your infertility woes or the contents of your medicine cabinet. To your employer, your constant medical issues make you seem like an expensive, high-risk employee.

Whomever you're gossiping with will undoubtedly tell others what you said. If a co-worker is gossiping with you, most likely he or she will gossip about you.

Work Complaints
Constant complaints about your workload, stress levels or the company will quickly make you the kind of person who never gets invited to lunch. If you don't agree with company policies and procedures, address it through official means or move on.

Cost of Purchases
The spirit of keeping up is alive and well in the workplace, but you don't want others speculating on the lifestyle you're living -- or if you're living beyond your salary bracket.

Intimate Details
Don't share intimate details about your personal life. Co-workers can and will use the information against you.

Politics or Religion
People have strong, passionate views on both topics.
You may alienate a coworker or be viewed negatively in a way that could impact your career.

Lifestyle Changes
Breakups, divorces and baby-making plans should be shared only if there is a need to know. Otherwise, others will speak for your capabilities, desires and limitations on availability, whether there is any truth to their assumptions or not.

Blogs/Social Networking Profile

What you say in a social networking community or in your personal blog may be even more damaging than what you say in person. Comments online can be seen by multiple eyes. An outburst of anger when you are having a bad day can blow up in your face.

Negative Views of Colleagues

If you don't agree with a co-worker's lifestyle, wardrobe or professional abilities, confront that person privately or keep it to yourself. The workplace is not the venue for controversy. If you are a supervisor very important to confront in private!

Hangovers and Wild Weekends

It's perfectly fine to have fun during the weekend, but don't talk about your wild adventures on Monday. That information can make you look unprofessional and unreliable.

Personal Problems and Relationships

Failed marriages and volatile romances spell instability to an employer. Office romances lead to gossip and broken hearts, so it's best to steer clear. "The safest way to play is to follow the rule, Never get your honey where you get your money.'

Do not steal office stationary. If there is a conflict between two parties, do not take sides and remain neutral. Keep company secrets to yourself. Keep your table and desk as neat as possible.