What are some of the most effective places to look for an internship/a job? Least effective? I know FB groups and Kalibrr are really good places to start, but what about Jobstreet for example?
For Generation Z, some of them are already entering the corporate world. In order for you to land that amazing career, here are some of the best advice from successful individuals and even fellow career-seekers that you should keep in mind before you choose your career:
1. Finding a career is no easy task.
Sure you may find a lot of job listings and opportunities online, but keep in mind that it may take you a while to find a work that is suitable for you.
The holiday season can be a good opportunity for a job-seeker to prepare themselves for job hunting especially if the company they are applying for might contact them after this holiday season! Zestaly will give you 3 interview strategies so you can surely nail that interview!
1. Help yourself and do some research.
You don’t want to come in the interview empty-handed with no idea what your job is all about aside from the role you found posted on their ad. Do a little research about the company, the usual company description can be found on their about us part in their respective websites, but you can also expand your research with the company reviews, and even articles about the company and the position you’re applying for. If you’re applying for a creative job role, like artist, or designer, it is best to have your portfolio prepared and for writing roles, you can bring your sample works with you and review yourself with some grammar exams that can be found online.
2. Make sure you are prepared.
Always double check yourself before the interview, you must be dressed appropriately for the job interview since some employers advises their candidates to wear a certain dress code like business attire, or smart casual. Aside from the dress code, you should never forget to bring a pen and your credentials (if possible) transcript, diploma, portfolio, and your resume. It can also be a good impression if you’ll arrive to your job interview at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time, but if an unexpected event may occur, you suddenly feel sick, or you are caught in a traffic jam, it is best to inform your interviewer about it so they can expect that you might reschedule or give you a new time schedule.
3. Write a thank you note.
Most job applicants forget to do this, but it is better to give a thank you note to your interviewer after the interview proper. You can send them a thank you note via e-mail or through text message to tell them about your experience from the whole job application process and you can also inform them that you are really motivated to work and you’ll look forward to hear no matter what the results are.
#AdultingResumeEducational Background, Work Experience, Skills and InterestsProfile Summary Career Objective
Now, we will help you on making your resume stand-out!
1. Make sure your resume is suited for the job position you’re applying for.
This might be a little tricky, since some people write their resumes with more of a common sentences so they can submit it to any companies. So if you are trying to explore different industries or you are aiming for a specific role, make sure your resume or particularly your objective is suited for the industry you’re applying especially the position you are aiming for.
2. Create a header.
Since the resume’s main goal is to introduce yourself to the future employers, you really shouldn’t forget to include your personal details especially your contact details. Using a header can help you have the space to include your name, contact number and an e-mail address and also you can include the position you’re applying for.
3. Post your resume on job websites.
You can post your resume anywhere you would like, be it your own blog or social media pages, if you think that can help you land a job, but most job-seekers would rather choose on submitting theirs on job seeking websites. Since most of the hiring managers will take time to check your resume out rather than a passerby on your personal sites.
4. Writing a cover letter is a plus!
Some job seekers might be surprised if an employer asks for their cover letter since they really don’t have an idea that cover letters for job-seeking do exists. Writing a cover letter will surely help you be more noticed by an employer since it can give them a hint that you are really interested to work for them.
The eternal struggle of students, employees, and basically anyone who does anything, has to be balance. Balancing work and school is a challenge that freelancers and a number of students in fact, have to manage throughout their time at school. This situation is not unfamiliar to Ivy Mendoza, one of Zestagram’s freelancers and a full-time student at Far Eastern University Manila.
We at Zestagram took the liberty of having her for an interview regarding her experiences with the lifestyle and challenges many freelancers and students maintain, as she tells us how she balances school, work and well, having a life!
Alright so basic questions first, what’s your full name and how old are you?
I’m Ivy Mendoza, 18 years old.
Where do you study currently, what year are you in and what program are you taking?
I’m currently taking Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Far Eastern University, incoming 4th year student.
Alright, so, what exactly do you do as a freelancer? What kind of work do you do?
I started as an academic tutor for any general subjects aside from Math. Cause I’m really not into numbers aside from money. Yet Gladis, pushed me to explore more. She told me Math was easy but it’s just not. Yet I got not choice but to study it for my tutee.
Then I accepted a Writing Class for an Ateneo graduating student. I think he’s studying business that time.
I also tried practicing the skills that my program has taught me such as shooting music videos and such.
Oh, I agree with you there hehe I’m not a fan of Math either, so, you work as a part-time tutor, how long have you been tutoring?
Oh and apart from tutoring, you also do a bit of videography, so you carry multiple skills I see.
I’ve been with Zestagram since I got my heart broken. Lol. (But true). I’ve started accepting service requests since October 2016.
As communication practitioners, we are expected to be multi-talented. That’s BA’s edge. Hehe
Ohh, I hope you’re feeling better now, but in relation to that, nowadays, how do you stay motivated knowing your day would consist of hours at school and then probably hours doing freelance work as well, what motivates you to get up every morning to do all this?
Working with Zestagram is like waking up in the morning with full of excitement.
While tutoring or doing other services, you really get to build relationship with them.
You’re loving your job and you’re loving those who are around it.
School is really tiring.
For example, I’m a regular student with a full load schedule. You really have to have discipline. I’m a home based tutor so it pays to put in extra time and effort.
So discipline’s quite important for you with balancing school and work.
I always hear people talking about time management, they always say it pays to have good time management but personally, how do you manage your time well? Is there any secret to good time management?
I suck with time management. But working is really a different thing. It’s not the same in school where you’re allowed to have a minimum absences or what. In work, you really have to be professional with time because everyone’s busy. We have to respect others’ time too. And the fact that we’re expected to give quality service, we should also refrain from being late and cancelling meetings without prior notice.
One thing that I can tell future freelancers with time management is that they really have to have a journal so they keep their schedule listed. It really helps!
I see, I think I’ll start keeping a journal as well hehe
Moving on, how often can school and work conflict for you? And where does your personal life fit in all of this? How can you make sure you still have time for Family and Friends even if you’re very busy?
It’s actually not a major-major conflict for freelancers cause before you accept the service request, you’ll both agree to a certain schedule. By that, you have to really make sure work won’t interfere school. That’s basically it.
I do like meeting friends all the time. And I really make time for catching up. I do it after work. A quick dinner and long drives are enough to fill the days you guys have missed.
But aside from being really outgoing, I love spending time alone – reflecting how my day was and my heart is. *Laughs*
Ohhh that’s quite lovely, yes. So, in your opinion, what might be the key or keys to succeeding in both school and work?
You have to be guided by your goals. Know your priorities. Don’t be too overwhelmed with the job and quit school unless you know you’re already capable, then go.
I’m a woman so I have a lot of subjective things to say but you really have to find what makes you happy.
It’s not true that when you love your job, you’ll no longer work a single day. Yes, it’s true. It’s tiring. You get completely exhausted. But loving school and your job drives you too really zest your best output.
So for you, it’s a matter of what is important for you, what you love and how that will drive you forward?
What you love and what makes you happy will always matter because that will keep you going.
One last question before we end, Do you have any message for all the working students, and student freelancers out there?
For all the working students and freelancers out there, my message is to always keep you head above water. Studying and working is hard. Always explore your skills and be go out of your comfort zone.
Very inspiring Ms. Ivy.
Alright, so that about wraps up this interview, thank you very much for your time and very meaningful and inspiring answers, and I do hope and wish you good luck in your future. Once again, thank you and God bless!