Making Commute and Being Stuck in the Middle of Traffic More Productive

It’s easy to think of commuting and being stuck in the middle of traffic as a total waste of time. Whether you’re standing inside the MRT/LRT platform waiting for the next available train, sitting inside your car or in a cab waiting for the traffic light to turn green, or standing up drenched in sweat inside a bus, every minute that ticks by is a minute lost from an already jam-packed day at work. Good news, though, because there are still things you can do to spend that time more productively. Continue reading “Making Commute and Being Stuck in the Middle of Traffic More Productive”

Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Add Your Boss on Facebook

Hello mga bes! You probably debated about whether or not to send your boss a Facebook friend request, or perhaps accept his/her friend request.  Our advice – don’t! Here’s why. Continue reading “Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Add Your Boss on Facebook”

Five Ways to Make Your Professional Life Better

The corporate workplace can be both unfair and cruel but at the same time exciting and bursting with so much life. Contrary to what you believe, there’s more to professional careers than just endless survival and brutal competition. The more you learn to sit back, relax, and just let excellence autograph your work, the less you’ll hate how mundane and trivial it becomes. Take these small steps to changing how you perceive your professional life and you’ll be surprised at how light and less stressful it becomes.   Continue reading “Five Ways to Make Your Professional Life Better”

Five Tips to Set You Apart from Other Candidates in a Job Interview

You know bes, interviewing for a job is just like courtship.  You need to put your best foot forward and convince the interviewer that you’re the perfect candidate for the job.  With that being said, it’s important that you not only size up the competition but also stand out. How do you do that? Check out these tips: Continue reading “Five Tips to Set You Apart from Other Candidates in a Job Interview”

FIVE TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED DURING MULTIPLE REJECTIONS

Rejection in any setting is an unpleasant feeling. It has a tremendous impact in your life – starting with your self-confidence.  Rejections can either make or break your character and of course, we always want it to be the former rather than the latter.

In this blog, we are going to offer you several tips to help you deal with rejection. In the end, we want you to transform the negative experience into something positive. Are you ready na mga bes? Here you go: Continue reading “FIVE TIPS TO STAY MOTIVATED DURING MULTIPLE REJECTIONS”

7 Benefits of Working Remotely

Working remotely is perfect for people who doesn’t want to spend hours working in an office. It’s not for everyone but those who do find remote work swear by its benefits.  Here are a few of them:

  1. You Can Design Your Own Office

Being able to work remotely means working from home so you can decorate and design your office based on your own preference. There’s no pressure in ensuring you only put up work-approved décor so you get to go crazy with however way you want your space to look like.

  1. You Can Work Anywhere

You’re not limited to work in a certain place; you can still do your job even if when you’re travelling! The world is basically your workplace and who doesn’t want that?!

  1. You Can Decide On Your Own Schedule

You can fix your schedule as long as you meet your work deadlines. Most of the time, working remotely comes with the benefit of flexible work hours so as long as you get the work done, you’re good to go.

  1. You Can Minimize Distractions

The office can be a venue for endless chitchats and other distractions. Working remotely allows you to choose a place and time that’s conducive for disruption-free work place. Oh, you can even play mood music to help you focus more on your task.

  1. You Become Independent

Since you’re on your own, there is no one you can depend on but yourself. That’ll teach you to work well under minimal supervision, help develop your self-confidence, and slowly build trust on your own capabilities.

  1. You Can Avoid Office Politics

There’s no need to get involve into office drama so there’s less stress. The office can be a breeding ground for nasty gossips and back stabbing. Working remotely will save you from all the negativity they bring.

  1. You’ll Save More Money

Yes! No more worrying about being late, or getting caught in the traffic. You save money not just from the travel expenses but also from food and clothing. There’s no need to buy new clothes each week and no more need to go on expensive lunch outs and after work dinner.

So, how about you bes? Have you ever considered doing remote work? Would you jump at the chance at working from home? Share us your thoughts in the comment section below.

What not to answer to the question: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

 

How to Answer Common Interview Questions:

In this series of posts, we will talk about how to reply to common interview questions.  We will feature one (or two) questions per post and offer valuable tips to help you get that job.  Feel free to send us questions you want answers in the comment section below.

 

Today, we will answer the question: “Where do you see yourself five years from now?”

 

Hiring managers will always throw this question in an interview, and sometimes jobseekers find it difficult to answer because no one can envision what will happen 1,825 days from now. What the hiring manager really wants to find out with this question is:

Could I expect this person to stay with the company for a long time?

Here are a few tips from Mr. Paul Sandoval, a recruitment professional for more than ten years, on how to accurately answer this tricky question and get the job.

 

TIPS:

  1. Tell the interviewer about your long term career goal- it has to be clear and realistic. Interviewers hear the responses to this question every day, so they will definitely know if your answer is good, well-rehearsed or not true.
  2. Explain how the job you’re applying for is in line with your career goals. The interviewer wants to know how interested are you in getting the job, and that you are willing to learn and grow in their organization.
  3. If you want to step up to a management role, explain your plans and how will intend to get there. Talk about how this job will help and prepare you in getting that promotion. You can discuss about the daily tasks, seminars and trainings offered by the company, which can be very helpful to your advancement.
  4. Tell the interviewer that career advancement is very important to you, that you are excited to be an expert in the position you are applying for, and that you are looking forward to sharing what you know by, coaching other employees, and taking on more responsibilities after five years.

 

RIGHT ANSWERS:

“My career goal is to work in an organization where I’ll have daily challenges and opportunities to develop my skills as a software developer. I want the responsibility of taking on interesting IT projects and collaborating with people that can truly help me learn.”

“Although my real focus is to be the best sales executive of a reputable company, I would very much like to be promoted into a sales supervisory or management position in five years. I enjoy supporting my team members, train sales executives to become achievers, and to bring more clients to the company.”

WRONG ANSWERS:

  • I don’t have a plan/ I don’t know.
  • If you are applying for a sales job, don’t answer that you want to be a full time highschool teacher someday.
  • I see myself working in this company.
  • I want to be successful someday.
  • I want your job some day.
  • I want to be the CEO of this company, with a salary of 1M pesos and a company car.
  • As high as I can go.
  • I want to own my own company someday.

 

If you want to be a business man, wants to travel a lot, transfer to another city or change of career someday, keep them to yourself for now.  Remember, you are being interviewed to know if you can help the company grow, excel, solve problems and become an asset. Your answer to this question will determine if you will get the job, or you will apply for another one.