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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

6 Comments on A UP Diliman graduate recounts his job hunting experience

  1. Job hunting ako for the second time. Haha. Thanks for this Mark. Nakakainis ka humihingi ako ng payo then mega-promote ka dito sa blog mo, instead na malungkot, napatawa talaga ako ng malakas! Haha.

    Anyway, keep writing =)

    • Grabe, no? Maski paano na lang, magpo-promote pa rin ng blog. Haha. Super thanks for reading my blogs. Hindi sa nagpapaka-cheesy ako, pero it feels great to have people reading your work. 🙂

      I shared you my blog para malaman mo na pareho rin tayo ng pinagdaanan. Nothing was ever easy, pero once naman na naging employed ka na, medyo kampante ka na na you’ll never be unemployed again. 🙂

  2. 🙂 Nice! Inspiring siya lalo na sa mga people na hindi agad naha-hire.. Parang sa Law of the Seed.. Yung “You need to attend 20 interview to get one job” Apir Kuya Mark!

  3. Hi Mark! Sigurado ko kilala mo ako thru facebook. Anyway, ganda nang post mo at naenjoy ako magbasa kahit papaano. Nais ko ikwento ang aking Job hunting. Marami nakakatuwang experiences pero gusto ko lang ikwento mga pano ako naghahanap. Naka job hunting na ako nang dalawang bese na. Tulad sayo, di ko na mabilangan kung ilan beses ko na pinadala ang aking resume ko sa HR. Usapan naman nang work experiences, may freelancing experiences ako (2 yrs habang nag aaral) and marami ako nexpertises na mga skills kumbaga, “Jack-of-all-trades” sa software engineering (planning, design, development, etc). Un unang job hunting ko bago nakapasok sa trabaho, naghahanap ako nang trabaho sa loob nang tatlong buwan bago ako nakahanap nang trabaho. Umalis na ako sa unang kumpanya na inaply ko dahil di ako pasado sa probation. Kahit man pasado ako, aalis pa rin ako. Ayaw ko lang bumakstab nang kumpanya pero di ko gusto magtrabaho dun. Kahit papaano, maghahanap ako nang trabaho na isa sa pangarap ko. Tuwing naghahanap ako nang trabaho, eto lang mga ginagawa ko. Straight to the point lang na umamin ako na ano mga gusto ko sa bawat interview. Choosy ako pero ganyan ako kapag may goals ako. Pag wala sila maoffer nang job para sa goal ko at kahit maganda salary pa naman, di ko tatangapin kasi mas bagay sa mga tao na may hilig sa ganyan career kahit walang experiences. Ngayon, nagtratrabaho na ako uli at masaya ako ngayon. Di siya perpekto pero “more than enough” siya para maging stepping stone.

  4. Based on this write-up, companies look more for applicants who have had some experience rather than greenhorns. Companies may not investigate the applicant’s attitude over his aptitude.

    Hence, these kind of companies may be losing out in hiring more effective applicants rather than those with more experience but possessing poor or weak attitudes.

    Attitude is primal over aptitude. Aptitude is easier to mold than attitude which is the results of a human’s whole life of ‘mental implantation’ since birth.

    I’d rather hire an awkward looking youth with a healthy attitude. I can groom him/her to be the best human professional he/she can be…better than those with straight A’s or high-fallouting wackos who just want the money.

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