Here Are Tips for Graduating Students: This Is How Big Companies Decide Who to Hire
Anybody who's ever applied for a job can attest to how nerve-racking the whole process can be. Unless someone in your network personally recommends you, you usually have to apply online first—and it can feel like you're just sending your application into a massive void. Depending on the company and how early the position needs to be filled, the waiting period can take weeks, even months.
We wanted to know what happens on the other end, so we spoke to two professionals—one from a well-known multinational company (Manager A) and another from a reputable local company (Manager B)—who've had decades of experience with hiring new applicants.
Let's talk about the resume. What do you look for?
Manager A: We actually have our own system or online application. Applicants fill it up and answer questions, and the system sort of creates the applicant's resume for us; this way, it's easier to read, and it's definitely more organized. For the most part, we value leadership experience above all else.
Manager B: It's all about organization. How the information is presented is critical to me. Some applicants mistakenly think they need to embellish or make it seem like their resumes are packed, but what I really appreciate is clarity. Creative people use color and interesting fonts, and that's okay as long as it's comprehensive and complete. Also, I'm not sure why, but some applicants aren't clear about their employment dates and work descriptions; it sends a bad message.
Do school rankings still matter?
Manager A: Yes. When it comes to potential management hires, we still actively recruit from the top three schools as a strategy: Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), De La Salle University (DLSU), and University of the Philippines (UP). But when we need plant engineers, we also consider sourcing through engineering schools in MAPUA and University of Santo Tomas (UST).
Manager B: Yes, it's a factor when we prescreen applicants. Applicants from UP, ADMU, DLSU, and UST are still preferred. UST produces good candidates for Architecture, Fine Arts, and Psychology; Ateneo has good business graduates and are usually suitable for Marketing and Business Development jobs; La Salle has good Finance and Communication graduates. Other schools that can be a good source of applicants are FEU, UE, CSB, PLM, and PUP—specifically if they graduate with high honors.
Do you check the social media accounts of prospective hires?
Manager A: No, we don't. We just look at the application. Usually, that tells us what we need to know.
Manager B: Most young recruiters rely on social media profiling these days, but I'm a bit old school. My colleagues tell me that they don't hire applicants who rant about their previous or current employers, and I'd have to agree. Issues should be addressed and resolved within the organization, not in public. When I do check someone's social media, I just peruse his or her LinkedIn account. But we regularly conduct background checks.
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* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
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Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
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