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Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Attend the OJT Careers Seminar

Monday, October 4th, 2010

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Everyone goes through the job hunting process like an awful initiation rite—scared, no idea of what’s going to happen despite warnings, but ready for whatever will happen. But contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to step out into the real world blindly. There are a lot of help these days that you could incorporate in your job hunting so that you won’t come out of it with only more questions than answers.

While fresh graduates today are becoming bolder when it comes to job hunting, there are still people who don’t know what to do during a gruesome written test, or don’t know how to answer an uncomfortable question. For everyone—because you can never get too much help when it comes to job hunting in the Philippines—here are 4 reasons why you should definitely attend the OJT Careers seminar, aside of course from the fact that the speakers are awesome.

# 4 New Perspective

Yes, there have been career seminars before, and as a fresh grad you have most likely been subjected to a day of mandatory attendance to one of the workshops organized by the school. But let’s face it, you didn’t really pay attention to that seminar after you signed your name on the attendance sheet, did you?

Forget boring seminars where you keep hearing the old stuff. There’s a reason that they’re called old in this new age. Trends keep changing, employers’ standards change. That’s why you should keep up with the demands of today’s industries. And that’s exactly what you’re going to get from attending the OJT Careers seminar. Fresh perspective from people who have insider information from both employers and applicants—first-hand!

# 3 In depth Discussion

It’s time that you get the exact help that you need from the people who know what they’re talking about. It’s about time you get to participate in the discussion—ask questions that’s on your mind and get the answers from the employers themselves.

Also, learn about job interview secrets that have baffled other applicants before; discover what makes job interviews scary and nerve-racking and how you could overcome both.

# 2 Lots of Interaction

A seminar should not be one-way. The success of any seminar/class/workshop does not depend solely on the ones conducting it but on the audience as well. The OJT Careers seminar greatly promotes interaction among everyone to keep the discussion always interesting.

Forget the usual mindset that you usually have when attending seminars where all you do is sit there for hours and listen to people talking. Get ready for a fun, interactive, and awesome talks and forums given by speakers who are considered to be the best in their fields.

# 1 Free

Did we mention that this seminar is for free? All you have to do is send us an email to [email protected] to state your interest with the seminar, mention us on Twitter using our id @ojtcareers telling is you’re in, or post on our wall at http://www.facebook.com/ojtcareers.

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Related articles you might find helpful:

1. 4 Steps to Planning Your Career Successfully

2. Work Ethics for OJTs – Which of These Mistakes Are You Committing?

3. Top 3 Tips to Getting Your First Job

OJT Careers Conducts an Awesome Seminar in Manila Central University

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Last Saturday, July 3, the OJT Careers Team found themselves driving along Roxas Blvd., on the way to Caloocan to pay a visit to the Computer Studies Department in Manila Central University (MCU) and share a few things about job hunting that could help the students for when they graduate.

Geared with their presentations and some fun activities, the whole team made way for the seminar entitled, “Fire Up Your Potential with OJTCareers.com” in partnership with TrabahoPhilippines.com. The team discussed about the most important things to remember during the job application process, especially for graduating student. These included resume and cover letter writing, job hunting strategies, job interview tips, and a bonus discussion on personality development.

The team had fun in the interactive discussions mostly because the students themselves were very participative and attentive. It was very rewarding that these students were taking down pointers during the discussion and that they were asking questions that would help them when they finally join the real world and look for their first full-time job.

The discussion about personality development was especially fun because of the interaction among students. They were able to find out a lot of interesting things about themselves and their friends, all of which could help improve their perception of themselves and of others, which in turn would build their self confidence and gear them up for the competitive world of job hunting.

Overall, it’s an understatement to say that the OJT Careers seminar was a success. In truth, it was nothing short of awesome. Mr. Avonn Nova, Dean of the Computer Studies Department, Ms. Malou and Ms. Marlyn were all very accommodating. The OJT Careers Team definitely enjoyed interacting with a great crowd. And the best part about all this is that the seminar was FREE.

If you are also interested for the team to visit your school and have a free seminar just like what happened in MCU, all you have to do is send an email to [email protected]. In the meantime, here are some of the pics from the seminar. Enjoy!

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Top 3 Tips to Getting Your First Job

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Who Else is Looking Forward to Getting His First Job?

Congrats to the March 2010 Graduates! You might already feel giddy about not having to report to school next Monday, and not wearing your uniform again. But there is more that you’re going to have to do before you can consider yourself an official part of the working force, and that’s hunting for your first real job. But you don’t have to be scared about it. Here are some tips that will boost your chance of getting your first job easier.

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Apply directly to the manager. While a lot of people are lucky enough to be referred by someone they know, it’s a great experience if you apply for the job directly. But to avoid wasting your effort, double check the email address that you’re going to send your application to.

Take tests for civil service positions in government. If you’re still all over the place when it comes to choosing a career path, a career test will be able to steer you in the right direction. These are really helpful in figuring out your strong and weak points.

Attend job fairs. This is one of the most effective technique in maximizing the results you want. There are a number of advantages to attending job fairs. First one, there’s a big chance that you’ll get an interview on the spot. Second, if you come prepared, dressed properly and all, you have an edge among other applicants who aren’t. So make sure you stand out physically first. Third, you get access to a lot of companies in a day, which will save you not only your time but also your effort.

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With these ways, not only are you going to have a great experience looking for your first job, but you’re also going to learn a lot. Fresh graduates are usually very eager and that’s a very big advantage when it comes to job hunting. If you want a head start for your job hunting experience, here’s a list of different job fairs this March that you can attend.

Here are some more useful articles that can help you with the job hunt:

1. Job Hunting Guide for First Time Job Seekers
2. Resume Cover Letter Samples
3. Interview Tips for the First Time Job Seekers

Interview Tips for the First Time Job Seekers

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The first time job seekers are usually very nervous about attending an interview because of the lack of experience. Some students may already be practicing in between their classes or during the orientation before they graduate, but somehow no matter how much you practice you still feel as nervous, if not more than when you practiced. So while these dos and don’ts aren’t a reassurance for you to get the job, these will definitely calm you and make you feel more confident about going to that job interview.

Knowing that you are prepared and you know what you are expecting helps a lot, and with these interview tips for the first time job seekers, you’ll at least be able to face the interviewer prepared.

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Dos

1.Be precise when you are explaining the nature of the job you want to have, and the projects at school that may be related to the position you’re applying for.
2.Be honest with your personal history and profile because honesty goes a long way, especially if you want to make your mark as early as in your first real job.

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Donts

1.Don’t say anything bad about your previous employer, if you’ve worked part time before.
2.Don’t be fooled into applying for a job merely because of the salary. Research more about the position you applied for and the company so you won’t just sit there during the interview when asked if you know anything about the background of the company. Researching implies that you care about the position and you’re serious about the job. Also it tells that you are prepared.
3.If ever you pass the job interview, weigh your pros and cons first before deciding on taking the job. If you don’t think that the job wasn’t right for you after all, don’t hesitate to voice your concern. It would be much worse later on if you’re finally employed and have signed the contract then you realize that you really can’t survive the job.

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With these considerations at hand and all your previous preparations for an interview, there is no reason for you to panic as much as before. Also, with these added interview tips to help you out, you’ll have a better chance to land on the job that you want.

Call Center Interview Questions: Be Physically and Mentally Prepared for the Job Interview

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Top 4 Call Center Interview Questions

The call center industry is still booming today more than ever, with the attractive pay and a great training experience. Some call center companies are even offering part-time slots for those who are still in school, for the students to have an extra source of income. If you are one of those people who would like to try your luck working as a call center agent, you should know that it’s not that easy to get hired.

While there are some companies who make it easy for the applicants, many companies will practically give you hell during your first job interview to make sure that you are serious about your job application. And for this, here are the top call center interview questions you are most likely to encounter and tips on how to answer them so you don’t make a fool of yourself.

What does a call center mean to you?

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The question sounds simple yet a lot of applicants are taken aback when asked this particular one. If you have no previous call center experience, you might want to research a little bit about the ins and outs of this industry so you’ll have an idea what they are actually for. If you just went looking for a call center job for the sole reason of getting a big pay, you might be in trouble during your job interview. If you want the perks, you have to work for it, and work doesn’t start on your first day on the job but the minute you submit your application.

Tell me about you past experience working for a call center. Describe how you helped the customers and dealt with the irate ones.

If you have worked previously as a call center agent, this will most likely come up. When the interviewer sees in your resume that you have worked in a different call center before, he will want to know about your experience and why you decided to quit your job, and what you learned from your it. Be prepared to share your experience and remember that talking badly about your previous employer, co-workers and overall experience is an absolute no-no, even if it’s true.

Are you adept with different kinds of software? What kind of computer experience do you have?

Don’t have a culture shock when you are asked this question. The employer simply wants to know if you can handle working with a computer effortlessly or if you’re one of those people who are still scared of technology and wouldn’t have a time to learn a few things about the internet and the common computer softwares. While there is still training if you get hired, it’s still better if you have an edge when it comes to computer and internet literacy.

What do you consider to be the importance of teamwork?

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One of the most cliche questions, but one of the most important as well. It’s true that these kinds of questions are like something out of a beauty pageant, but you have to still be prepared to answer questions like this. For one thing, your answer will give your interviewer an idea about how you work with other people. For another thing, it will also give him an idea about how you deal with office politics.

These call center interview questions sound easy enough, don’t they? However, they is always more to it than you can gauge, so you have to be prepared, not just physically, but more importantly mentally for a job interview.

What To Say When Applying for an OJT

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Top 4 Tips for a Successful Job Interview

Being a college student on the way to your first job interview, you have researched long and hard for spiels about what to say when applying for an OJT. You have probably memorized some of the expected answers to typical questions, maybe word for word. But somehow you still feel nervous and as if you are going to have a mental block when the actual interview starts. Don’t panic. That’s normal. And you’re on the right track researching on how to answer interview questions. However, you have deviated to a wrong turn when you memorized the expected answers.

The secret to a successful interview doesn’t lie in how fast it takes you to answer a particular question, or how many highfalutin words a sentence of yours include. At any case, the interviewer is going to see through you and will easily figure out if you have memorized your answer beforehand or have thought about it yourself. That’s why it’s important to really prepare for a job interview and not just find out the possible answers you can say. So here are the top 4 tips for a successful job interview, even if you are just applying for an OJT for now. These are a big help when you finally go out there in the real world in a few years’ or months’ time.

Make Up Your Mind: this means that you have to be clear about what you have and what you want to achieve. What you have may refer to your knowledge, skills, and strengths, and how you can utilize these into honing yourself become better at what you do. Once you’ve figured out exactly who you are as a professional, it’s easy enough during the interview to think of an answer questions about your “strengths and weaknesses.

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Describe Your Strengths and Weaknesses: speaking of strengths and weaknesses, interviewers often ask this not because they really want to find out what you’re good at. They ask this to find out whether you are arrogant or not—and if you’re aware of this. Some applicants think that stating weaknesses make them unreliable and irresponsible, but there are ways to make this to your advantage. Rather than saying you have no weakness at all and you do everything you can all the time to do the job, be honest. No one is perfect, and we all know that. Showing you are human can actually add to you points. An important trick is to point out what you’ve learned from your weakness.

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Be Clear About Your Future Goals: one of the most common questions, especially to OJTs when applying for a job is, “Where do you see yourself five years from now?”. This question sometimes sends interns to Fantasy Land and gets them to imagine a blissful life where they are already a boss in their own company. While this is a good dream, it may not be as realistic as you think. So the best thing to do is set out a tangible goal that you can actually see yourself achieving. Having a clear goal makes you look more responsible and driven.

Set Your Own Personal Standards: if you haven’t noticed it already, the key to a successful interview is being clear about everything and not relying on ready-made responses. By having your own standards professionally, you are showing that you are serious about being hired and starting a job.

By following these tips on how to prepare for an interview when applying for an OJT, you will not only get a better chance in landing the job, but you’ll also be one step ahead compared to other applicants in the future.

Job Interview Advice for Applying OJTs

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Interview Advice For OJTs: The Need-To-Know Stuff

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Whether you’re applying as an OJT for a graphic designer or an assistant of some sort, what’s important is the way you present yourself and act during your interview. Yes, looking for an OJT isn’t as easy as it seems. Just like regular employment, there are a few guidelines you should follow. The reason is because, in spite of the fact that this is only a practicum job, your performance can affect your life; how people perceive you and of course, the way you look at yourself. So, before jumping into the whole interview experience, here are some tips you can use before and during your interview.

The Interview Preparations: An Essential Point for Applying OJTs

First of all, your relationship with your future employer has begun the minute you send your resume. So, as soon as you receive a message saying that you’re eligible for interview, you’re already being monitored. In order to get head start on the whole process, you should do some research on your future company. Being in the know is always the safest thing to do during the preparation stages. At times, there are some companies who ask you what you know about their company.

Next, appearance matters. As they say, first impressions last. Dress appropriately! This may seem cliche-sounding but having a pleasing appearance will make your employers feel that you’re interested in working for them. For girls: it’s sometimes a good idea to wear make-up; not too much but just enough to add some color to your face. In addition, before leaving the home, always have something in your stomach. There are actually some people who mistakenly leave their homes without doing so. In turn, they have difficulty focusing on their interview because they’re distracted.

No matter what schedule you’re given whether it’s early in the morning or late in the afternoon always be minutes early. Not many applicants know but some employers take note of tardiness during interviews. This automatically gives the applicant a bad impression. Always be on time or earlier to show your employers that you’re serious and dedicated to getting the job that you applied for. Upon arriving there, greet them with a smile and never forget to say “thank you” or “excuse me.”

The Interview Itself: Market Yourself

Remember, interviews are ways of marketing yourself but talking too much might also affect your chances of working in that company. Confidence is always the key but it’s unavoidable to get mental block or occasional stutters. With that, don’t panic. If you forget what you intend to say, just breathe to regain your composure. You can even tell your interviewer, “I’m sorry, ma’am/sir, but can you repeat the question” or “Let me think about that” with politeness.

With that, here are some tricky questions that students tend to do badly on:

  1. What are your strengths?  Easy! You don’t have to recite your whole resume though. If you have researched on the company and its goals, then you should give the skills that you think can contribute to the objectives of the company.
  2. What are your weaknesses? Although employers ask about this, they don’t want to hear something that will make them lose interest in you. Always answer something that can be easily remedied or something which can be perceived as a positive thing. For example, being too bossy is considered by some as something negative but to employers, it’s a plus because it means that you get the job done.
  3. What is the most challenging experience you faced?  This doesn’t mean family problems or love tragedies. Employers usually drop this bomb in order to see how you face an ordeal. At times, the best way to answer this is to relate an experience you had difficulty in with regards to school work or extra-curricular activities. Then, tell them how you handled it.
  4. Why should we hire you? This is the trickiest one of them all. It can come in different forms and can break applicants’ zone. Well, no worries. There’s a way to counteract this terror. When you are asked this, you should give them a reason to hire you. Market yourself and your skills. Tell them that you’re eager to learn.

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As an additional reminder: Always remember that aside from confidence, you should always be sincere. Don’t lie about your skills just to get hired. Be honest about your skills and capabilities because if they see that you’re willing to learn, then that’s an added plus right there!

So, good luck and may these tips help you get your dream OJT job!

Job Interview Tips for Different Fields

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Tips for a successful interview

Many students consider job interviews as torture and something that lasts longer than it does. While there are students who are naturally positive and think that they can successfully take on a job interview through sheer willpower and confidence, there are essential points that should always be kept in mind to really prepare yourself. I’ve categorized and isolated the tips to fit different fields I’ve noticed are the most sought after nowadays.

Call center interview tips

Job Interview Tips for Different Fields Call Center

The first and very important requirement in a call center job is the ability to communicate with people properly. If you don’t think you can handle being in constant, and often unpleasant conversation with other people you don’t know, you should reconsider your attempt.

Prepare yourself with the interview by practicing a speech or an English text in front of a mirror. Not only does it help you concentrate, it also shows you how you look when you speak. Sometimes, you may feel you’re confident, but all the interviewer sees in you is the twitch if your eye that shows how nervous you really are.

Another thing to remember when applying for a call center job is wit. Interviewers in call center agencies have a lot on their plate, and have a lot of applicants coming in for interview. If you don’t make a good impression, or you don’t answer a question properly, you won’t be remembered and your application will get buried by people whose charisma and wit outshone you.

Flight attendant interview tips

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Being a flight attendant seems to becoming more and more popular these days. It’s true that being a flight attendant has a lot of long-term perks and benefits, that’s why it’s not easy getting accepted in airlines or even passing an interview.

In a flight attendant interview, questions will be situational. You have to think quickly and answer the questions sincerely. Answering questions like you’re I a beauty pageant is not going to help, and as safe and sincere as it sounds, “world peac” is not a valid answer if you’re to be asked what you want to attain in a matter of five years.

Appearance also plays a big role in a flight attendant interview. If you’re scheduled for an interview, make sure that you look good, had a good night’s sleep, and you are clean all over. Wear presentable clothes. Avoid being overdressed or under-dressed. Usually a crisp and clean office shirt and some black slacks are perfect for any kind of interview. Wear light makeup. Don’t try to be impressive by wearing heavy makeup because it will not get you the job.

Teacher interview tips

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In a teacher interview, a teaching demo usually precedes or follows it. So before you head out for an interview, make sure you are ready with your lesson plan and all your visual aids. You should also be ready to answer things like how much salary are you willing to accept (especially if it’s going to be your first year teaching) and of course the classic strengths and weaknesses.

The most common issue new teachers have faced is when they are offered a level they are not comfortable teaching. Like a high school teacher being offered a job in grade one. Or an elementary teacher being offered to teach kindergarten. Usually, there rises a question of credibility and competence, and some fresh grads are confused about what to do.

If this happens to you, remember this. If you are asked to teach in a lower level compared to your expertise, it’s acceptable. But having the other way around where you will be asked a more advanced subject than what you have been trained to teach is an absolute no-no, even if you think you can handle it. It’s a very risky move, and not only are you going to jeopardize your reputation as a teacher, you’re also going to risk your students’ education.

Of course the course of a job interview varies depending on the field you’e applying for, but the common ground in all of these and the most important job interview tip I can give you, whether you’re applying for a call center job, a flight attendant, job, teaching job, or whatever, is to prepare for it. Know everything and do everything you should, because it’s the only way you’re going to have a better shot at acing a job interview.