It's Open Season for Job Hunting

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After long, exhausting years of hard work in school, you have finally graduated and are very eager to take on the real world and enter the workforce.But before you embark on job hunting, make sure that you know what to look for, and where to find not just any job but one that matches your skills and competencies.Loree Cruz-Mante, human resources and organization development practitioner, and career consultant at a transitions management firm called DBM, says job hunting follows a structured process and has its own set of rules.“The interesting thing about job search is that it has the elements of both science and art. It includes scientific processes, such as research and rational decision-making. Its artistic elements include creativity, innovation, and marketing sense. Add to that the elements of luck, fate, destiny, purpose and mission,” Mante explains.Moreover, new graduates should first learn the basics of job search before they take the plunge, to make them better prepared, according to Vicente Kilayko, DBM managing director and chairman of the Academic Industry Committee of the Personnel Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP).“The wrong way is the shotgun approach which is typically sending your resume to as many companies as possible. What we teach is a more focused approach. Graduates should know their career assets, their skills and competencies, and focus exactly on what they want to achieve, then prepare for it,” Kilayko explains.Below, our career experts listed down some tried and tested tips to help graduates find the job of their dreams.1. IDENTIFY THE CAREER YOU REALLY WANT TO PURSUE.Ideally, self-assessment should be done while the applicant is still in school, preferably before he or she enters college.Kilayko says they should personally choose the course they want to take up instead of their parents and peers. The career should be relevant to the time when the student graduates. They should be able to look ahead and think ahead. Know what new industries will boom at the time they start looking for a job.2. MAKE YOUR RESUME A RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND NOT AN EXTENSION OF YOUR REPORT CARD.While an impressive academic record helps in job hunting, what will actually make you land that job are the accomplishments you’ve achieved in your extra-curricular activities.Kilayko says some applicants often think that being a working student, the leader of a church choir, or the team captain of a barangay basketball team are insignificant facts that are not worth mentioning in a resume or job interview. …