No more #gradwaiting because you are now officially unemployed. Just kidding! What I mean is that you are now a graduate of your respected university and it calls for a celebration already. You’re done with school (no more terror profs, lengthy papers, quizzes and pa-major subjects). Congratulations! But what’s next after that?
It’s up to you if you are going to take a break first or if you will dive into employment immediately after graduation. If you’re the latter and you haven’t started with your job application, you might be confused as hell on where to start or what requirements you need when you apply. So here’s the application essentials you will need on your journey to that dream job of yours.
A Comprehensive Resume
A resume is a written compilation of your education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments and is used to apply for jobs. It is the first thing that an employer looks for in an applicant. It is your ticket to passing your initial screening before being called for an interview. Your resume has only seven seconds to make an impression to your recruiter so make sure that those seven seconds count.
A well-composed resume consist of the following parts:
- Heading – Full name, complete address, contact information (phone number and email)
Sample Resume Heading:
Artemis Cara A. Luna
22 Camachile St., Project 2, Quezon City
Phone: (02) 438 – XXXX
Mobile: (+632) 915 – XXXX
- Career Objective (also Objective or Job Objective) – Tips | Examples
- Career Summary (also Profile) – Tips and Examples
- Professional Qualifications (also Qualifications, Professional Skills, Technical Skills, Technical Competencies or Core Competencies)
- Other Qualifications (also Personal Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities or Other Skills) – List of Skills for Resume
- Educational Background (also Education, Academic Qualification or Education and Certifications) – Degree (or degrees if there is more than one), school or institution where you graduated, year you attended/graduated and major, minor and/or concentration (if there are any)
Sample Educational Background:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Marketing Management
University of Santo Tomas
- Relevant Coursework (also Related Courses)
- Pre-Professional Experience (also Relevant Experience) – internship position, company, organization or institution you worked for and the duration of your service.
Sample Pre-Professional Experience:
Graduate Development Trainee
SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV & Co.)
April 2014 to June 2014
Worked closely with leading business tax professionals in analyzing, calculating, and preparing income tax estimates. Organized and digitized tax data, researched specific tax matter and technical questions. Provided administrative support such as scanning and filing documents.
- Training and Seminars Attended (also Training and Seminars or Activities) – event name, date, and location or venue.
Sample Training and Seminars Attended:
Enterprise Risk Management Seminar
February 27, 2015 – February 27, 2015
AIM Conference Center
Makati City, Philippines
- Awards Received (also Activities and Honors) – academic and extra-curricular achievements
Sample Awards Received:
Best in Feasibility Study (March 22, 2016)
Mindanao State University
Louise A. Valderrama
Here are some other tips and examples from well-known job hunting sites JobStreet and Kalibrr:
- The Right Resume Format for New Graduates
- Sample Resume Format for Fresh Graduates (One-Page Format)
- Sample Resume Format for Fresh Graduates (Two-Page Format)
- Worst Examples of Filipino Resumes + Kalibrr’s Paul Rivera’s Resume
Some say that cover letter is (almost) dead and it’s not read by employers anymore but others claim that cover letter is still relevant. But regardless of the debates surrounding cover letters, it is still necessary to write your own because of the benefits you can get from it. It is a platform for you to further discuss the skills, experiences, and credentials that you mentioned in your resume. You can also put parts of your letter in your LinkedIn profile and job interviews.
Here are some tips and examples:
School Credentials and Personal Documents
Employers usually ask for your school and personal documents during the pre-employment stage but it is best for you to secure your papers as early as possible.
Here are the school credentials that you will need:
- Transcript of Records (TOR) or copy of grades (if TOR isn’t available yet)
Here are the personal documents that you will need:
- NSO-Birth Certificate
- NBI Clearance
You can register online and set an appointment date for your National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance at their online portal.
- Government-issued valid IDs
To register for an SSS Number, accomplish the Personal Record Form (SSS Form E-1). This is available at your nearby SSS branch, or you can get the downloadable form online. Submit the accomplished form with the original/certified true copy and photocopy of any of the primary supporting documents.
Documentary Requirements (only ONE is required):
- Birth Certificate
- Baptismal Certificate
- Driver’s License
- Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Card
- Seaman’s Book
To register for your TIN, you need to accomplish BIR Form 1901 for mixed-income individuals (self-employed, engaged in sole proprietorship business, and professionals), or BIR Form 1902 for individuals earning purely compensation income (employee). You can get the forms at the nearest Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) office, you may download it, or register online.
Submit the same together with the required attachments to the Revenue District Office (RDO) having jurisdiction over the registered address of the company where you’ll be working in.
A. For BIR Form 1901
- Birth Certificate or any documents showing name, address, and birth date;
- Mayor’s Permit, if applicable
- DTI Certificate of Business Name to be submitted prior to issuance of the Certificate of Registration or BIR Form No. 2303, if applicable
- Professional Regulation Commission ID, if applicable
- Payment of Professional Tax Receipt (PTR) from the local government, if applicable
B. For BIR Form 1902
- Birth certificate or any valid identification showing name, address and birth date of the applicant employee
- Certificate of employment or valid Company ID
Having a Philhealth number is one of the requirements for employment. To secure one, you need to accomplish the Philhealth Member Registration Form (PMRF) and submit together with the documentary requirements. You may get the form at any Philhealth branch, download it, or register online.
- Two (2) 1×1 latest ID picture
- Two valid IDs
Aside from the mandatory IDs mentioned above, you can also secure other government-issued IDs like the voter’s ID and postal ID. This identification card will be your ticket to enter company buildings. Most allow old college IDs but there are those who are strict. In cases, that you can’t avail other valid IDs, your NBI clearance or police clearance can serve you well also.
Recent 2 x 2 Photos
Some employers ask for a copy of your 2 x 2 photos. Prepare both hard copy and soft copy. Make sure your pictures are professional.
- Don’t forget to keep soft copies of your resume and cover letter and scanned copies of your documents for your online applications. Have backup copies on a flash drive and Dropbox (or other online filing systems) for just in case situations.
- Keep multiple copies of your documents all the time and keep them in an envelope or file case.
These are the requirements that you will need in your job application. Always remember that job hunting is never an easy feat. Be patient, determined and confident. Happy job hunting! And may the odds be ever in your favor!
1Ramos, P. (2016, August, 2). Philippine Government IDs Everyone Needs For Any Job [Blog Post]. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/2r6Rwtf
How about you?
- As a fresh graduate, how do you prepare for your job application?
- As a working professional, what tips you can give to all the fresh graduates who are going to embark on a new journey, the corporate world?