1. "The applicant had a poor personal appearance.
2. "The person lacked self-confidence, he seemed to be in doubt and was kind of shy."
3. "The applicant was unable to express himself clearly...I couldn't understand what he was saying."
4. "I noticed the applicant was overaggressive, he was too hyper."
5. "She was too nervous and lacked the poise I wanted to see."
6. "He was rude and had no manners. He would butt in even when I haven't finished asking."
7. "He did not have a clear set of goals in life."
8. "The applicant would try to avoid answering some questions."
9. "Too many job seekers expect too much too soon; they don't want to start from the bottom."
10. "The applicant was too profit-oriented; he wanted to know how much he would make right away."
11. "She spoke badly about her past employers...what would she say if she resigned later on after hiring her."
12. "His accompanying materials were incomplete and even had the tactlessness to requests for a rescheduling of the interview so he could have the complete forms."
13. "If the applicant is late to the interview, that automatically lessens his or hr chances of getting accepted."
14. ""The applicant had a weak handshake and ignored my eye-to-eye contact; he wasn't the people oriented employee I was looking for."
15. "One person I interviewed displayed immaturity...he would insist on doing things the way he wanted it."
16. "If the applicant has no question about the company or the position even if you ask him or her if she has any questions, then he or she isn't meant for the job at all."
An interview session can either make or break you. So make sure you won't end up with one of these reasons.
Taken from "How to win the job you want."
Why is this so? Here are the DO's and DON'T's when applying for a job and preparing for an interview.
1. Prepare. Preparation matters prior to your actual interview. Do have sufficient copies of your updated resume. Apart from having your personal profile ready, be sure you also have reproduced important documents such as your barangay clearance, you government issued ID's such as SSS, PhilHealth, PagIBIG, Passport, Driver's License. Your Police and NBI clearances may also be required, so have them at hand. Have yourself groomed your general appearance as pleasant and presentable, from the hair and your total get-up.
2. Dress up to impress. Wear appropriate smart casual or business attire. The way you dress yourself up is just one way of impressing your would-be-employer. Keep in mind as well, simple is always beautiful. Wear comfortable dresses or suits.
3. Be prompt. It is disappointing at times when you set a meeting with someone in a specific time and place and that the person you are supposed to have an appointment arrives late. This is one way of losing your etiquette and professionalism. If your interview is scheduled at 8:00 am, be at the venue at least half an hour before your actual interview. This is for you to still have a chance to fix yourself up in case you will need to - your dress, your hair, your shoes (if left unpolished, nails, or even get over your notes to read some of the important details about the company where you wish to apply job to, etc.)
4. Be courteous at all times. One way of doing this is by smiling at everyone you meet along the way. This is free, so just give it away. Smile at all individuals you may meet in the hallway of the company or office where you are scheduled to have your interview. Remember, you may never know that the same kind of people whom you will work with in the future. In fact, this is now a good start in establishing rapport with them in advance.
5. Be enthusiastic. This is the way to show that you are interested in the job you are applying for. How to do it. During your job interview, sit up properly. Focus on the questions. Answer in forthright manner. Have an eye contact with the interviewer.
6. Be confident. Be confident but not that cocky. This is reflected through your voice, your posture, and your manner you behave during the interview. Avoid speaking in fillers to avoid disappointing the interviewer.
7. Speak clearly. By doing this, you are putting an impression upon the interviewer. Make your voice audible enough that even the person seated five meters apart can hear you plausibly.
8. Be honest. Your resume should reflect only what are the true and correct and that should be to the best of your knowledge. Check the date entries ( not overlapping especially employment dates ), personal details, and employment histories. Your resume may also be the soul reference of the interviewer in asking your questions.
9. Ask questions. Never lose the chance to ask your interviewer about the job you are applying for. Example, )what should the company expect of you when hired? 2)Why do they need people for the position? 3)Can you make a follow-up on the status of your application? This is to give yourself an idea of the kind of work you will have done once hired.
10. Thank the interviewer. A simple statement of "Thank you for your time" or "I have a great time with you" for the interviewer makes an interviewer smile and that it is worth both your appreciation.
About the author: Leynard B. Pascual has degrees in Development Administration and Educational Management with specialization in Human Resources Development Management and Educational Researches. He has an extensive background in Personnel Development and Management, Performance Evaluation for Training and Development and Corporate Management. He is currently the Human Resources for Corporate Affairs of EBC Group of Companies.
The Internet has opened a world of opportunities in every aspect of our lives— including the way we work. What used to be a rigid and rather exclusive job market is now wide open to anyone who has the skills, knowledge, and perseverance. Whatever field you specialize in, there is almost always a way for you to earn from it, without having to leave the comfort of your own home, wherever in the world that may be.
Online platforms like oDesk.com and eLance.com do a great job matching skilled online workers with employees/ clients from anywhere around the world. Meanwhile, if you love the idea of working with a team even as you feel wary about commuting to work everyday, you’d be happy to know that more companies are opening up to the possibility remote working conditions.
Whether you’re an employee who’s considering the possibility of being your own boss, or an employer who doesn’t believe that productivity doesn’t necessarily equate to presence, here are some of the top benefits of working from home:
1. Achieve work-life balance (finally!)
Some would argue that the idea of a work-life balance is nothing more than a myth, or something that’s impossible to achieve at this time and age. However, this doesn’t stop a lot of people from wanting to find a certain balance somehow. According to a survey conducted by Microsoft, Work Without Walls, the idea of achieving a work-life balance is top reason why a lot of Americans decide to abandon the conventional office structures and work from home instead, according to Forbes.
For obvious reasons, working from home where you’re comfortable and relaxed does wonders in reducing stress and pressure. With less time spent commuting, you can spend more time with family and pursue activities that contribute to your well-being, such as exercising, travelling, and working on projects you’re passionate about!
2. Save on gas and transportation
It used to be that members of the working class only have to accept the fact that a significant chunk of their salary would go to transportation or gas. When you work remotely, this is no longer an issue. The money you save you’re then free to spend on the more important things in life or add to your personal savings. On top of that, you’re also spared the headache and frustrations that come with wading through heavy city traffic!
3. Boost your productivity
Not everyone can force themselves to be productive within a set number of hours. Workers and employers who are results-driven appreciate the fact that different individuals reach the peak of their productivity at different times of the day. Working from home will enable you to determine which parts of the day you’re most productive and allows you to capitalize on that knowledge.
4. Enjoy peace and quiet
We’ve all experienced it: boisterous colleagues, micromanaging bosses, endless meetings, and other distractions at work. If your type of work demands high concentration and focus, you’ll likely enjoy working someplace where no one could disturb you.
Be warned, however, that the Internet also offers a lot of distractions that you might find hard to avoid. This is why it would be a good idea to use productivity apps that keep you from spending too much time on Facebook, or ones that offer features to help improve your focus if you decide to work from home.
5. Earn more!
Working from home lets you enjoy your income better. The money you save on gas and costly lunches can be added to your savings or spent on things that really matter to you. If you take the freelance path and start getting the hang of things, you can start juggling more than a few projects at a time as a way to boost your income.
Working from home is not for everyone. Some people thrive in high-pressure environments and enjoy the social aspect of working in an actual office. There are workers who have poor time management skills and can’t be trusted to be productive on their own, without supervision.
However, working at home certainly offers great benefits to anyone, whether you’re a housewife who’d like to put your talents into lucrative use, a student looking for additional income, the average office worker who doesn’t mind taking a break from the corporate grind every once in a while, or a someone who simply wants to travel more and see the world without using up all your savings.
Article taken from BIZMATES.
- If the employee did not work, the “no-work, no-pay” principle shall apply, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day;
- If the employee worked, he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her daily rate on the first eight hours of work [(daily rate x 130 percent) + COLA];
- If the employee worked in excess of 8 hours (overtime work), he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on said day (hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 130 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked);
- If the employee worked during a special day that also falls on his or her rest day, he or she shall be paid an additional 50 percent of his or her daily rate on the first 8 hours of work [(daily rate x 150 percent) + COLA];
- If the employee worked in excess of 8 hours (overtime work) during a special day that also falls on his or her rest day, he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on said day (hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 150 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked).
1. Do you have to pay for your sales job?
2. Is it really about selling?
3. Is it actually about recruiting?
4. Are you buying or selling?
5. Are you paying to be trained and “motivated” by the company (or upline) you work for?
6. Does the company provide enough information for you to do your won “due diligence?”
taken from “What about this one?
Many Filipinos today are considering going from being an average employee to becoming a small-time business owner. And this could be just one great move for them. Robert Kiyosaki once said in his book entitled “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” that financial freedom can be attained through establishing a business and investing. Nevertheless, the country is undeniably booming with various business and investment opportunities. From manufacturing hand-crafted products to opening restaurants, the ideas are endless. They come up with innovative products and services that can stand even during tough economic times.
Starting a small business from home is usually the scenario here in the country. With a decent capital to get by, budding entrepreneurs are slowly climbing their way to the top through ingenious strategies. But just like any other venture, it doesn't come easy. Surely, challenges may come even if you're building your business at home. But with the right mindset and techniques, the journey towards financial freedom wouldn't be that much difficult.
A Conducive Work Environment
Regardless of what industry you're in, it is crucial to designate a workspace suited for you. There are lots of home office ideas swarming over the Net which you can take advantage of. Set aside some space in your house, preferably somewhere with minimal distractions. Moreover, investing in professional office equipment and furniture is a sound investment. Spending time in front of the computer means you need to be mindful about ergonomics. An ergonomic chair and keyboard saves you from repetitive stress injuries.
Keep a Strong Team
A home-based business isn't equivalent to a one-man show. The fact that it is business means you need experts to help you out. These are people who must be adept with aspects you are not familiar with. For instance, if you are not familiar with setting up an online presence, you may hire a web developer with an SEO and internet marketing experience. Aside from that, you may need the help of accountants, bookkeepers and even lawyers. Assess what your strengths are when it comes to running a business and focus on the parts which you are good at. Leave the rest to your competent team.
Building your company also means building its identity in the market. Part of your business plan should be impressive yet feasible marketing strategies. Branding is all about establishing your business' credibility through delivering the message of your products and/or services clearly. Create ways to connect to your clients and customers emotionally.
No matter what size, businesses should always make their customers feel valued. When you come to think of it, your company wouldn't even suffice without them. Cultivating relationships with your target audience is extremely essential during the first stage of your business. Winning their loyalty is a matter of being grateful and respectful of them, be it through exceptionally answering to their queries and attending to their concerns.
Managing and growing your small business at home is definitely possible. Starting out while keeping in mind these concepts may even give you a bigger and brighter opportunity in the corporate scene.
Anna Garcia writes for Regus PH. Regus Philippines offers excellent serviced accommodation and business solutions in three of the largest metropolitans in the country: Manila, Makati and Cebu City.
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US Payroll Specialist
- Works as the first point of contact in the delivery centre for Client HR representative.
- Work could include calls, tickets, emails or faxes from clients requesting services, support or issue resolution.
- Serves as the first escalation level for HR Consultant.
- Resolves escalated and complex issues in one or more specific process areas which include payroll, reports, processes and controls.
- Researches and processes master data changes and executes all process steps in accordance with the client’s standard operating procedures.
- Processes payroll (on and off cycle) and post payroll reconciliation and other transactions.
- Produces and supplies regular and on-demand payroll reports and statistical information according to the agreed services (SoS).
- Ensures the quality and timely delivery of payroll services (processing and controls) according to the contract and SLA
- Advanced HR expertise – In depth knowledge of processes, policies and regulations within the area of Payroll, Benefits Administration and employment law/legislation appropriate to the clients geography
- Good analytical skills – to be able to break down a problem, situation or process into its component parts, to separate the main issues from side-issues, to understand the nature of parts and their relationship to one another
- Gathering information and problem solving – look at existing issues and interact with others to find adequate solutions
- Knowledge of the Service Centre processes, policies and procedures (e.g. escalation procedures, service level agreements, client service standards)
- Good communicator and customer oriented – to be able to identify and understand the customer's needs
- Results oriented – to be able to achieve targets aligned with business goals
- Well-organized and planned, schedules time effectively and uses efficient work methods and tools
- Detail-oriented, thorough and focused on all aspects of the job to ensure high levels of accuracy
- Teamwork – to be able to work with colleagues to achieve targets and objectives.
- Ability to work under pressure, remains calm, is objective and controlled in responding to urgent or demanding situations. Maintains effective performance against strict deadlines
- Computer skills: MS Office, SAP HR, HR IS/IT systems and SC technology (tools for documentation/tracking, service delivery channels etc.)