Other Things I Wrote

Thanks to the blog, people saw my writing, and started hiring me to write for them.

That’s crazy, and I’m so happy.

In chronological order, here’s what and where my work’s been published. That I can disclose that I wrote. Other things are under disclosure agreements.

2016

October 31: 20 Brands to Watch Out for this Holiday Season! on WhenInManila

(Note: 4.55k shares on Facebook with an estimated reach of about 320k)

September 29:  5 Small Steps to Choosing Success Everyday on Inquirer.net

(Note: I have no idea why it’s formatted so badly. There’s supposed to be things in bold, things in bullet point, hell, the title isn’t even correctly capitalized. No idea why it looks like that.)

September 15: How She Became a Millionaire Before 30: 5 Secrets for Early Success on WhenInManila

[As of October 26, 2016, this post has 2.9k reactions and 671 shares on Facebook. One of the most popular posts in WIM’s recent history. (Link to FB post) On WIM’s site, it says it’s garnered 4.98k shares over Facebook. I don’t know how.]

 

How to Fix Your Resume in 1 Hour – The Border Collective

I’m serious, it’s that easy; you can fix it all up in an hour. But you have to listen to the timer and not procrastinate. Sit down with pen, paper, and laptop and be fully present for this. Preferably your laptop should just have Google open, not 1 million tabs, because those tabs will siren call you. Don’t listen to them. If you don’t listen to this preface, then this won’t work. Yes, you’ll fix your resume, but most definitely not in 1 hour.

Before anything else, let me introduce myself.

My name’s Justine Chua, I co-founded The Border Collective (a blog about everything college kids in the Philippines need to know about the work life) with Betina Ong, and if you want to know more about us, TBC, or anything else, just click around the site. There’s a body of knowledge there that no other website has, which I’m quite proud of.

Now onto why this article exists.

I’m 21 years old, a college senior, and I’ve personally run more than 300 resume consultations in the last 6 months aka I help people present their best selves on 1 A4 when I have free time.

I’ve helped people get to Erasmus, to internships abroad, to scholarships abroad, to Oxford summer programmes, to interviews with the top MNC’s in the country, to their first internship, to their first job, and more. What I’ve realized is this: even the absolute best think they’re shitty when it comes to presenting themselves in resume format. Nothing in school or life prepares you for that. Google is your only friend, but there’s so much information out there made for the West and not as much for the East so we end up not knowing what’s relevant to those of us here in the Philippines.

And I hate to say it, but I’ve gotten really good at fixing resumes and helping people job hunt thanks to my consulting work, the stuff I read, and the blog. (I personally think this is a stupid skill to pick up but whatever, I’m going to roll with it.) Trust in me when I say, I’m about to drop some real talk that helps. I already know what you’re struggling with; don’t worry, your situation isn’t unique.

And as much as I’d like to help everyone with personalized advice, I really can’t. That’s why I’m writing this. For as many people to solve this problem on their own as they can.

The resume is the first hurdle, and arguably the biggest. Nothing’s more daunting than trying to condense your entire college life and career on one flimsy piece of paper. Even if your background is totally impressive.

The longer you put off starting your resume though, the scarier it’ll be. It’s just going to take up valuable brain space and whisper to you negative thoughts all hours of the day until you actually start and finish writing it. So, silence that voice by forcing yourself to knock out a first draft in 60 minutes. Once you have that first draft down, I promise you, it’ll start improving bit by bit as you learn more about yourself.

Anyways, let’s get started. Thanks for reading and hope I write something useful for you!


Choose a template (5 mins)

Literally just google for one. Make sure it’s not the most amazing, well-designed resume on earth because then you are telling the employer that you know Photoshop. Even if you don’t ever say it on the resume. Or at the very least, you’re saying that you’re so extra, you spent a lot of time on the aesthetics of a resume.

But if you are a designer, then you really have to go all out. Showcase your talent from the get go, but remember to study the psychology behind the colors you use since it’ll prime the employers’ perception of you.

The margins and spacing shouldn’t be so big that I can write a full sentence on it. All that empty space just highlights you haven’t done a lot with your life.

Super extra bonus tip from me: Pick a template that doesn’t involve a photo. You don’t need to add your photo at all for the same reason that you should be maximizing space. It’s also silly to do so because most likely, you don’t look good in that photo since it’ll be you all stiff and formal. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot like that.

You can also use the UP, ADMU, DLSU standard template; their career offices are going to say “it has brand recognition”. I agree, it does. It also says that you’re a generic UP, ADMU, DLSU grad who couldn’t have been bothered to google for a template, even though there are more than a million out there. So the choice is yours.

 

Fill in your personal info (2 mins)

I vote making a professional Gmail that’s purely dedicated to job hunting and LinkedIn aka professional things. Some employers reverse google search your email to see what turns up. Ya’ll don’t want them to see your wild party pics, angry Twitter rants, or embarrassing song covers. Bonus Tip: your email shouldn’t be a bunch of letters and numbers like jltc1131995@gmail.com. That’s not memorable. Use something like jennifer.ltco@gmail.com.

Personal Info Checklist: email, cell phone number, LinkedIn URL

That’s literally it. Nothing else. No address. No height or weight. No ‘single’, ‘married’, ‘in an open relationship’. Nothing irrelevant or too personal.

 

Delete your objective, references, and bullshit skills and interests (3 min)

[This is a generic career objective I screenshotted from a LinkedIn connection. It’s too long, all over the place, and peppered with filler words. Don’t do this.]

If you spent forever writing it, copy and paste it somewhere safe to keep it in your heart. If you haven’t started writing one, good job, you saved yourself some heartache. But in the end, a career objective is irrelevant, especially if you’re a good candidate. You’ll need to save that space to make everything relevant fit.

Alternatively if you’ve done nothing with your life and cannot fill that 1 page up, please add your objective and references into it. Hide your ineptitude with a wall of text.

[Notice how disjointed it is, like something no one would ever say out loud. Don’t do this. Make sure to read aloud everything you wrote to see if it sounds human.]

For objective, there’s a right and wrong way of doing it. I’ve shown you the wrong. For references, writing that they’re available upon request is a waste of everyone’s time. Either add in their name and numbers or don’t write it at all. For bullshit skills and interests, keep in mind this: if it is not a fact, delete it. Being a competitive golfer for 13 years is a fact; being a skilled communicator and team player isn’t.

 

Choose 5 things to write into it (10 mins)

List everything you’ve ever done down, and then pick just 5. I mean it, just 5. My pick is always 3 work experience + 2 co-curricular but not everyone has that. At the very least, try to add in 1 work experience that’s relevant to the job at hand.

Super bonus points if you can write “Published Papers” because who doesn’t want to say they’re a published author??? It also highlights that you’re analytical, collaborative, and good at condensing what you learned to share with others.

Don’t stress over remembering everything you’ve ever done; chances are that if you’ve forgotten it, it wasn’t important to your growth in the first place.

 

Write those 5 things down (30 mins – 6 for each)

Ah, the hardest part. I have a formula down pat for this but unfortunately, I’m not sharing that here publicly. Yet. That’s what I teach those who book resume consultations with me. I’m sure you guys can write this part down though; there are a billion resources online that tell you how to do so. Pick one and try it out to see if you feel comfortable talking about yourself that way.

This will be the bulk of your resume, which is why it takes so much time. There are at least 4 ways I can count to write up what you did and the results of those actions.

Super extra bonus tip from me: Don’t write in 1st person. No “I was in charge of handling the accounts”. And no extreme bragging that’s practically lying. Nobody is going to believe that you “singlehandedly hit the year’s fundraising target, therefore saving the org from extinction”.

(That is an actual line I’ve seen in a resume. I had to put the paper down, take my glasses off and pray for patience. Everything after the comma was unnecessary bragging on the owner’s behalf.)

 

Beg your honest friends to critique your resume (5 mins)

Usually an offer for free food gets them on board. Don’t ask them to critique it professionally; ask them to read it as a normal person and give you feedback on what their impression of you based on the resume is.

Did they like you? Did they feel like they want to work with you? Do they feel like it’s truthful to who you really are? Did you come off as competent?? Does the resume sound like it was written by a human being, and not a robot or desperate job-seeking Gollum-like creature?

And tell them to be super honest. Don’t let your feelings get in the way; everything they say are all just their perceptions based on a piece of paper, not on their perceptions of you as their friend.

This takes 5 mins because if your friends are as honest//brutal as I am, they’re not going to want to give you the ~real opinion~ because they don’t want to hurt you. Alternatively, if they’re super excited to shred you to pieces, do rethink your friendship with this person.

 

Give yourself a pat on the back for doing all of this//have a good cry at how difficult this was (5 mins)

Congrats!! Once you finished asking for feedback, sit down and rest. Don’t bother reading the feedback or re-editing right away; your brain will be fried, your emotions will be exhausted, and you will be consumed with thinking about your impending job hunt. Let yourself recharge. And don’t worry too much. At least you took 1 hour off to do the super basic things that normally takes worried job seekers a whole day.

Spend these 5 minutes thinking about how you’ll rest. Take the rest of the day off. Or if you’re like me, take 2 hours off to chill, knowing full well that you’re going to worry incessantly the whole time about the comments, so much so that once that timer runs out, you’ll immediately start working again. You know, normal thoughts.

But kidding aside, do take a break. That’s going to be incredibly helpful before you start the editing process. You want to be well-rested and as unbiased as you can before you start rewriting. And once you’re ok, restart this whole 1 hour process but instead of writing down your first draft, spend it refocusing your resume based on the feedback you got.

And that’s it. You’ve fixed your whole resume in 1 hour.

Related: 14.5 Things You Didn’t Know Had Resume Value


Doing it on a deadline helps, because you’re forced into finishing it rather than on perfecting it. Number one thing I stress in resume consultations, you’re never going to pass a perfect resume. There’s no such thing as one. You’re going to pass a great resume that highlights who you are, but that’s it. You’re never going to pass a “I’m the best person you can ever hire” resume that alerts every single company to you and has them blowing your phone up with calls and texts. To get that, you need to be famous already for your work, something I’ll talk about someday. Not impossible but highly unlikely to happen to the general populace.

Anyways, wishing you guys luck as you fix up your resumes. If you really do need help though, I’m opening up a few slots for resume consultations before school starts for me because I know how difficult it is for most people. Emotional support is an unspoken part of resume consultations, along with career advice and connecting you with job opportunities in my network.

For those of you interested in availing of some focused resume consultation time with me, check out the packages here at http://bit.ly/ResumeConsultations.

Easiest way to get more content like this is through The Border Collective’s Sunday newsletter, sign up for it here http://bit.ly/TBCSundays.

And if you want me//TBC to write more articles like this, let me know on the comments down below, in an email, or just like and share it. Seeing audience reactions with the stats is how we gauge what kind of articles to write or not. So if we see no traction, then we’re never going to write another one like this. Simple as that.

If you have anything else you want to ask, say, or comment about to either Betina or me, email us at either justine@thebordercollective.com or betina@thebordercollective.com! For partnerships and business deals, like our features on Startup Weekend and Woman Up 2016, you can email admin@thebordercollective.com.

Like The Border Collective’s Facebook page and if you have any questions to ask us anonymously or anything you want us to write about, drop it into the comments down below, or to our ask.fm and Google Form!

Thanks for reading and hope I wrote something useful for you!

Intern-view: Nicole Wong on Christian Dior

A while back I stopped posting here on TBC because I felt like it was becoming a chore and it just wasn’t fun anymore. So, I took a break. A long hiatus that gave me time to reevaluate my life, what I wanted to do, and more importantly what I didn’t want to be doing.

And I’ve realized that I (aka Justine) like doing the blog. But only when it’s answering questions and giving out info that I think is relevant, it’s on my free time, and it’s not me feeling obligated or pressured by some readers to start disclosing everything I know willy-nilly.

So, to get back into the groove of things, I’m going to start posting the huge backlog of Intern-views and #WorkLifeGoals. And a few other things, like my recent trip to Hong Kong for #RISEconf.

I’d appreciate it if you guys gave constructive criticism: what works, what can be improved, and most importantly, what are you struggling with. What companies do you want to see an Intern-view from? What’s the hardest part of internship and job hunting? What do you wish you could just google the answers to?

Drop your answers to that in ask.fm/thebordercollective or in an email to me at justine@thebordercollective.com if you’re willing to start a conversation on it. So without further ado, almost a year late edition of Intern-view with an intro by Bea Pelayo.


Hey guys! It’s been a while since we featured a girl here on Intern-view, so tonight it’s going to be an estrogen overload as we get to know about a super girly girl who interned at Parfums Christian Dior (how amazing is that?) during Ateneo’s long summer break of 2015. Her internship was really cool since she helped launch the first ever Christian Dior boutique here in the Philippines (sorry for spoiling!), and in a bit we’ll get to learn more about how she did it.

“What’s with the female hormones?,” you might wonder. Well, when I was talking to Nicole most of what I saw were the stereotypical girly things, and I mean this in a good way. Her friends would always describe her as “fashown”, and she’s the type of girl who talks in a high-pitched voice whenever there are dogs or other cute things. She’s also passionate about fashion and art, and she dreams of becoming a fashion designer someday. Check out her IG for some #ahrt! (@nicyannawong)

When I asked her to describe herself, Nicole said she’s an empowered woman; she’s career-oriented and independent. When she was still in school, she was that classmate you’d want to have in your group because she’s always the reliable one. Her orgmates also dubbed her as their org’s marketing goddess not just because of being so good at getting sponsors but also for training her colleagues.

And when I asked her to give five random facts about herself, she just made me conclude how girly of a girl she was.

  1. I underwent my school’s study abroad program and I had the time of my life studying Luxury and Fashion Management in a fashion school in Paris!
  2. I want to become a fashion designer ever since I was a wee little girl.
  3. I am obsessed with doggies!!!
  4. To beat typical touristy photos, I make paper dolls (which I call as Paper Darlings) and take photos of them in the landmarks, instead of me being in the photo. (omg gets ba? Lol if not, check attached photo or my IG or #PaperDarling lol)
  5. Almost everything I own is pink, except for clothes. I only have a few pink pieces.

Girl power wins tonight, was I right? Anywho, I won’t keep you waiting too long. Ladies and gentlemen, here comes tonight’s Intern-viewee, Nicole!


How did you find and pick this internship?

It was internship-seeking season where everybody was scrambling to find an internship so they can put the 4-month summer vacation to good use. One day, I just received a phone call from my blockmate, inviting me to apply to this beauty company. She felt bad for turning them down, so she was looking for a replacement. I researched the company and found that they house many of my favorite brands, so I applied right away.

 

Why did you choose to intern?

Internships aren’t required for my course, but we had a 4-month break thanks to the calendar shift. I might as well gain some skills and experience, rather than just bum around.

 

How was the experience of applying and being interviewed for the internship?

I was on a family trip when I received a call from the HR manager, asking me my availability for an interview, so imagine my surprise! She said that if ever, she is assigning me to Make Up For Ever. Ok cool! Fast forward to the interview, I got the biggest surprise of my life, when the receptionist informed me that the brand manager of Dior was the one who was going to interview me. I panicked a little since I was so not prepared! But of course, I got super excited also because OMG DIOR??!!! And I finally get to apply (and show off) what I learned in Paris!

As soon as I met the brand manager, all the panic instantly disappeared. She gave off a strong sense of familiarity that it feels like I was meeting my twin. The interview itself went pretty well. We instantly hit it off! It felt like we were just chatting. The questions were pretty standard – personal information, questions from my resume, etc. She also took the time to inform me of the busy calendar of Dior that year (which doubled my excitement).

But that’s not the end of it. Coincidentally, THE HEAD of Dior Philippines just came in and said he also wanted to interview me. So the panic arose again. This time, my interview was done very professionally and with utmost seriousness. Although that is so, he gave subtle hints that he was already going to get me, saying things like “… a valuable candidate such as yourself…” (or something like that), which spurred a rage of excitement once again (but I maintained my decorum, of course).

 

What would you say were the skills you needed when you applied? Did you pick up any new skills throughout your internship?

During both interviews, the bulk of the questions were about my past experiences. Some people, especially parents, think that you only have to study hard to get a good job, but in reality, hiring managers look at experience. They want you to show them what you’ve done and how capable you are.

Throughout the internship, I did learn new skills such as handling employees, store merchandising, Excel tools, Photoshop, events management, PR and day-to-day operations.

 

What was your expectation for the internship? How did the actual experience compare?

I knew from the start that it’s not a glamorous job and that I was going to do all the dirty work. And I did. But they also trusted me with important tasks, which I really appreciated because it made me feel like I was not just some lowly clueless intern. It made me feel like I was really a significant member of the Dior team. There was even one time when both of my superiors were out of the country, so that technically made me the temporary head of Dior Philippines! LOL.

 

What did you do during your internship? What kinds of tasks and projects were you given? Did you volunteer to take on a task yourself?

I helped out with PR events, like a product launch and more importantly, the opening of the first ever Dior boutique in the Philippines! Apart from that, I did operational activities like managing stocks and testers, sales reports, press kits, and so on. I also revived their Instagram account, creating content and significantly increasing its follower count.

 

How would you describe the working environment you were in?

I really like the culture there. Everyone’s friends with everyone. You can even crack jokes and chat with your superiors. Even the interns from sister brands would definitely attest to that. But of course, there are still professional limits.

 

In school, luxury brands are not typically made a focus of discussions and cases. What insights did you gain from working for one? What are some similarities and differences it has, especially in terms of marketing, with the usual FMCGs, F&B, etc.?

Luckily, since I took up Luxury and Fashion Management, I was already familiar with how luxury brands work. However, I found myself still completely surprised when I actually interned for one. I didn’t realize that luxury brands require more work than usual. Because of their tight focus on brand image and customer experience, I had to learn to be anal and OC. Everything has to be perfect and “Diorific” in the customer’s eyes.

 

Would you consider working for Christian Dior in the future?

Honestly, no, because I plan to pursue my first love, fashion. And I want to build my own brand in the future. But I consider myself very lucky to have been exposed to the secrets of a very prestigious brand.

 

What would you say were the best parts about your internship?

The people, most definitely. I had the coolest boss, who is still one of my dear friends ‘til today. The Dior general manager is also a total sweetheart despite his tough exterior! And I got to work with my close college friends, who interned in sister brands. (Their bosses are also so fun!) Truly, without these people, I wouldn’t have loved my stay in Dior as much. They made all the difference.

 

What would you say were the worst parts about your internship (or interning in general)?

Traffic! I live around 1.5 to 2 hours away from the office by car, so it was a struggle. Not to mention those awful moments when I got stuck in the infamous Friday pay day rush hour traffic in the Makati area. Not cute.

 

If you could go back in time to the first day of your internship, what is one piece of advice you would have given yourself?

I’d say to myself, “The people here trust you. They will assign crucial tasks to you because they know you can do it, so stop doubting yourself.”

 

What was the most interesting thing you did at your internship?

The highlight of my internship was the Dior boutique opening. It was a grand launch and I saw a lot of famous celebrities, personalities and business moguls, whom I got to mingle with! It was such an amazing event! Everything was spot-on. The regional executives from Singapore were also quite pleased. And to think that I was part of those who helped make it all happen, now that’s something incredible.

 

What would you say was your greatest learning from interning?

I’ve learned many things about running a brand that I can never learn in school, but the most valuable learning that I’ve gotten was about myself. In working for Dior, I’ve gotten to know myself better – my capabilities, limitations, mindset, tendencies and even my dreams for the future. And this has led me to find myself and to gain self-confidence.

 

What advice would you give anybody who wants/is about to start interning?

For all starting to intern, don’t forget to make the most out of it! Don’t just complete tasks. Observe how the business runs. Observe how your superiors deal with things. Ask questions. It will be a short stay, so maximize all opportunities to learn and grow.

 

Anything else you want to share with the readers?

One last note, as early as the application process, ask about the company culture already, because no matter how fun or amazing your work is, if you don’t fit in the culture, then I wish you all the luck in the world.

Hit me up on Instagram (@nicyannawong) if you have any more questions or simply want to see some cute fashion doodles! =)))

Thank you all for reading!!!


And that’s one down from the backlog, and what an interesting one. I never knew Christian Dior had a real office in the Philippines. The things you learn from running Intern-views lol.

If you’re still looking for stuff to read, or you’re still thinking “who the fuq are these people”, read 10 Things We Learned at Unilever Business Week or Why You Should Be Attending Conferences.

If you have anything you want to ask, say, or comment about to either Betina or me, email us at either justine@thebordercollective.com or betina@thebordercollective.com! For partnerships and business deals, you can email us at admin@thebordercollective.com!

And if you want to get a faster reply, message us on The Border Collective’s Facebook page!

If you have any questions to ask us anonymously or anything you want us to write about, drop it into our ask.fm and Google Form!

Thanks for reading and hope Nicole wrote something useful for you! 🙂

Applying For Internships through Youthhack as a College Student? || Q&A with Justine #2

I like the ask.fm because it’s a simple, anonymous way to get questions which remind me that not everyone thinks the same way as me. Answering these questions often forces me to broaden my perspective on topics I already have a solid opinion on. Normally, I wouldn’t think twice about say, email subject lines or paid vs unpaid internships, but when a question about it pops into the ask.fm, I have to actually look at as many possible answers to the question before choosing my answer. While still detailing the other answers. Continue reading “Applying For Internships through Youthhack as a College Student? || Q&A with Justine #2”

Using Horoscope and MBTI to Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses || #SaturdaySpecials

I realized I ingest way too much information without really unpacking it or sharing it with others, so, to remedy that, enter #SaturdaySpecials! A weekly video series from me on some tip, trick, tool, trade secret, or text (usually a book, sometimes an article) that taught me something vital and that I’m now sharing with you! I’m doing this to reflect and absorb all the stuff I’m reading, and I read somewhere that the best way to do so is to teach it to others. Ergo, here we are! Continue reading “Using Horoscope and MBTI to Find Your Strengths and Weaknesses || #SaturdaySpecials”

Resume Consultations & Testimonials

Job + internship hunting season’s already in full swing, but if you were caught off guard by that, don’t worry! The Border Collective’s got your back. Check our services out and sign up on this Google form if you want to be ready for the future way before anyone else!

http://bit.ly/ResumeCleanUpTBC Continue reading “Resume Consultations & Testimonials”

Why You Should Be Attending Conferences

I love going to conferences. They’re the most productive way to spend your day, even if some think it’s a waste of time. It’s only a waste of time, if

1) the conference is badly run,

2) the speakers are terrible, or

3) you’re uninterested in the topics. Continue reading “Why You Should Be Attending Conferences”

4 Ways Joining a Competition Benefits You and Your Resume

So, we reposted the 14.5 Things You Didn’t Know Had Resume Value on Facebook the other day, with no edits at all, and it got more than 2000 hits in the last 48 hours. And because it’s out there floating around, we got a question on our ask.fm, that I found very interesting. It goes,

“Hi guys! Just curious, where can I find solid experience to talk about in interviews??? :((( I don’t feel like just talking about my orgs or acads all the time since I think i look boring to the recruiters.”

Continue reading “4 Ways Joining a Competition Benefits You and Your Resume”

#WorkLifeGoals: Francis Simisim on Startups, Business Partners, and How to Get Up from Failure

What’s it like to have, not 1, but 3 (I think. I’m not sure. There’s just so many.) full-time jobs in the startup world while being a partner in a venture capital firm? Find out in tonight’s #WorkLifeGoals post with Francis Simisim, multi hyphenate pillar in the Philippines’ startup community and one of my bosses at Blogapalooza!

Continue reading “#WorkLifeGoals: Francis Simisim on Startups, Business Partners, and How to Get Up from Failure”

Fast Facts about Startup Weekend QC

Startup Weekend (noun) – A 54 hour event that brings together people in the area to experience the same thing: validating an idea and seeing if it can start a business in 1 weekend.

Startup Weekend does the same thing in different places all around the world, being present in more countries than Coca-Cola. You learn how to build a working startup the best way: experience.

Continue reading “Fast Facts about Startup Weekend QC”

Fast Facts about Woman Up 2016

A quick post this morning before I and 200 other people head off to the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business UP Diliman Campus Ambassadors’ event later today: Woman Up 2016! I got to chat with the 4 amazing HUWIB-Asia ambassadors about why we can even go to this event and how they became the Harvard Ambassadors (I didn’t even know that existed before they emailed) for 2016.

Continue reading “Fast Facts about Woman Up 2016”

Intern-view: Earl Viray on Nestle Philippines

Internships are a great way to find full-time employment afterwards, whether it be with the company you interned at or anywhere else for that matter. It’s why people intern in the first place: to grab transferable skills you can bring with you wherever you go. Today’s Intern-view, Earl Viray, proved that little fact in the best possible way. With his combined experience of interning at Nestle and competing at Brandstorm, Earl is one of the enviable L’Oreal Management Trainees for 2016! Continue reading “Intern-view: Earl Viray on Nestle Philippines”

#WorkLifeGoals: Michi Ferreol on 3 Internships, Interview Tips, and Why Education Is Her Calling

I have a tendency to not listen to people who give advice about things they’ve never done. It helps filter out unnecessary opinions and in keeping my ears open to advice I’d take seriously. So, finding out that Michi Ferreol, with all the amazing life experiences she’s had, would be dishing out her opinions on interning and why she’s headed into education, bowled me over. I was speechless. Which is rare, if you know me. Continue reading “#WorkLifeGoals: Michi Ferreol on 3 Internships, Interview Tips, and Why Education Is Her Calling”

#WorkLifeGoals: Michi Ferreol on Starting CAMP as a Harvard Freshman

Betina: Hello readers! I’m back!! After a summer of being MIA and working behind the scenes (blame my super intense internship at Unilever), I’m finally ready to get back to TBC (at least until my next internship starts HAHA)!

Annicka actually handled this interview, but since Michi is a good friend, I wanted to take over the introduction. Continue reading “#WorkLifeGoals: Michi Ferreol on Starting CAMP as a Harvard Freshman”

Intern-view: Charles Lu on Toyota Motor Philippines

Tonight’s post is extra special because the spotlight’s on Taft today with our first ever Intern-view from De La Salle University! And not just any kind of internship, but an engineering one that took over 11 months of our Intern-viewee’s life! I’m not going to spoil anything else from today’s Intern-view, so I’ll just do the introductions and then get out of everyone else’s way. 🙂 Continue reading “Intern-view: Charles Lu on Toyota Motor Philippines”

#WorkLifeGoals: Pat Feria on Teach for the Philippines, NGO Work, and Coming Home

We hear a lot of stories about people deciding to dedicate their lives early on to purpose-driven careers, like Delfin Villafuerte of Teach for the Philippines. But we don’t hear as many stories of people who left the Philippines, and then came back home to dedicate themselves to a purpose-driven career here. Or at least, I don’t see a lot of stories like that on my news feed. And that’s why today’s #WorkLifeGoals post aims to bring a story just like that to you, dear readers.

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Intern-view: Milbert Capistrano on Oceanagold

I’ve been on an internship that lets me travel around the country for weeks at a time, but I’ve never been to one that completely transplanted me away from home for 2 months. Today’s Intern-viewee has. In tonight’s post, Milbert M. Capistrano, a BS Mining Engineering graduate from UP Diliman shares about what it was like to move to Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya for his internship with Oceanagold  last June – July 2015! Continue reading “Intern-view: Milbert Capistrano on Oceanagold”

#WorkLifeGoals: Abbey Sy on the #ABCsofHandLettering, Freelancing, and being a Savvy Social Media Creative

When TBC’s editorial assistant, Annicka Koteh, said that she contacted Abbey Sy for a feature on #WorkLifeGoals, I was excited but cautious. Abbey Sy is most definitely #WorkLifeGoals, so of course she has no time to answer questions from a small blog about interning. Continue reading “#WorkLifeGoals: Abbey Sy on the #ABCsofHandLettering, Freelancing, and being a Savvy Social Media Creative”

Intern-view: Anissa Villaverde on Ogilvy & Mather

For us mere mortals, advertising is a mythical world full of beautiful people, whose day job is to find ingenious ways to sell us things we don’t need. Or at least, I think it is, thanks to Mad Men. But because we’re The Border Collective, we decided that it’s time for everyone to find out the truth about ad agencies the best way we know how. Through an Intern-view! Continue reading “Intern-view: Anissa Villaverde on Ogilvy & Mather”

#WorkLifeGoals: Ceej Tantengco on #CoverTheAthlete, Writing, and Battling Sexism in Philippine Media

What happens when a three-time Palanca awardee meets The Border Collective’s editorial assistant for a chat about what it was like to go from being a Communications student at Ateneo de Manila University to being a multi-hyphenate #worklifegoal? Specifically, to founding a Philippines-centric travel magazine, a foodstagram extraordinaire aka @ceejtheday on Instagram, a millennial journalist, and a copywriter for the branding agency that started Hole in the Wall, Bad Bird, and Wrong Ramen. Continue reading “#WorkLifeGoals: Ceej Tantengco on #CoverTheAthlete, Writing, and Battling Sexism in Philippine Media”

First Batch of Fan Mail!

13575471_10154304859759320_2079641765_oA few week ago, we asked you, our dear readers, for some feedback on how we’re doing. We were expecting feedback regarding how casual our tone was, or how much I, aka Justine, talk too much in run on sentences. Yet you, dear readers, delivered warm, fuzzy feelings instead to us here at The Border Collective. 🙂 You guys are the reason we keep doing what we’re doing, so keep telling us what you need and we’ll do our best to deliver. 😀

Thanks for reading, and The Border Collective will be back next week with regular posts as I will be returning to Manila for the whole July 4-9! See you then!

Intern-view: Sophia Tayag on Globe Telecom

Hey there, dear readers, Justine here, with tonight’s Intern-view brought to you by one of the newest additions to our team, Bea PelayoThis will also be the last post for the coming week, as I will be flying out around the Visayas-Mindanao region for my internship with INKOMPASS! More news on that later, but for now let’s get started! Continue reading “Intern-view: Sophia Tayag on Globe Telecom”

Intern-view: Shane Lim on Cebu Daily News

Hey there, dear readers, I’m excited to introduce our very first Intern-view from outside NCR! She’s an intellectual threat, being one of the smartest and most well versed on both political and pop culture here in the Philippines. Shaneika Edryce T. Lim, an incoming senior under BFA Major in Creative Writing, pursuing the Nonfiction track, interned at Cebu Daily News. CDN falls under the Inquirer Publications umbrella and for May 2015, CDN had the pleasure of hosting Shane as their intern. Continue reading “Intern-view: Shane Lim on Cebu Daily News”

Intern-view: Rico Tiongson on Kalibrr

Hey there, dear readers, Justine here, and I’m excited to introduce today’s Intern-view because it took forever to get him to sit down and write for us. He’s one of the busiest people I know, and his name is Jose Enrico B. Tiongson from Ateneo de Manila University. A double major in Computer Science and Mathematics, and a former double major in Applied Physics and Computer Engineering, Rico interned in Kalibrr, Inc. last April-May 2015 as a Data Science intern.  Continue reading “Intern-view: Rico Tiongson on Kalibrr”

The Border Collective is Looking For An Intern

Hey there, dear readers, Justine here, and it’s exactly like what the title says. The Border Collective is looking for an intern. Or executive assistant. Up to whoever gets the job on what job title they want for this particular work experience. We will refer to you as minion though in private conversation. (B: She will refer to you as minion. I’d prefer ‘padawan’.) Continue reading “The Border Collective is Looking For An Intern”

Why You Need To Read Smartcuts by Shane Snow

For starters, its name is so intriguing??? Hey there, dear readers, Justine here, and welcome to the very first book review post! A lot of you asked us for book recommendations through ask.fm or through email for some unknown reason. So, since Betina and I both believe that growth comes from all aspects of life, we decided to start a new section completely dedicated to books we recommend you read! This section has no name yet, it’s working title is Page Turners; so if you can think of one, do tell us! (Because I suck at naming things.)

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Intern-view: Alvin Jason Bravo on PLDT

What’s up, dear readers, I’m Justine, and The Border Collective is back with this week’s edition of Intern-view. In the hot seat today is PLDT’s Best Intern for 2015! Alvin Jason C. Bravo from Ateneo de Manila University is a recent graduate of BS Management Information Systems, and interned at PLDT (Internet Protocol Backbone Planning Division) from April 6, 2015 to May 29, 2015. Continue reading “Intern-view: Alvin Jason Bravo on PLDT”

10 Things We Learned At Unilever Business Week 2016

Justine: Hello there, dear readers, we’re back from taking our longest hiatus yet to participate at Unilever Business Week 2016 and then to catch up on everything we missed at school because of BW2016. It was a profoundly wild ride that caused me, to not only be super behind in school work but also, dropped me to a 1.7 aka a D in my Theology class because my prof gave 2 quizzes knowing I’d cut.

10/10 would do it all over again though, because Business Week 2016 was amazing. Continue reading “10 Things We Learned At Unilever Business Week 2016”

Intern-view: Toni Garcia on Ayala HRMall, SGV, and The Spark Project

Hello, dear readers, it’s Justine again, and this week’s Intern-view comes from Toni Dominique P. Garcia, who interned at 3 different places and wrote about them all. Whew.

Fresh out of Ateneo de Manila University as a BS Management Information Systems grad, Toni has a way more interesting career timeline than anyone I’ve ever met. She’s worked for a corporation, an NGO, and an accounting firm. Specifically,  Continue reading “Intern-view: Toni Garcia on Ayala HRMall, SGV, and The Spark Project”

What To Do When INKOMPASS Calls

Hey there, dear readers, The Border Collective is currently on a short hiatus because Betina and I have to catch up on school work, but rest assured that we’ll be back before internship season starts to give you guys our tips and tricks for first impressions! The only reason I’m writing right now is because we received this question in our anonymous Google Form. Continue reading “What To Do When INKOMPASS Calls”

Intern-view: Giann Vega on Phinma Properties

Hello, dear readers, it’s me again, Justine Lara T. Chua and I’m absolutely sure you’re sick of me! Don’t worry though since next week Betina takes the reigns as we head over to Unilever Business Week for 4 days and 4 nights! We’ll be posting regularly the highlights of our day as we go through the business case competition. 🙂 So keep a look out for it! For today’s post, we’re having another Intern-view with a very good friend of mine that I’m excited to introduce to you!

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Intern-view: Rei Gonzales on INKOMPASS

Hello there, dear readers, it is I aka Justine Lara T. Chua, the shorter half of the dynamic duo behind The Border Collective, back with a second triple whammy: a solo post + an Intern-view + an INKOMPASS post! With only 7 days to go before signups close for INKOMPASS’ 2016 batch, I thought to run another INKOMPASS Intern-view in case you guys thought it was something only Chinese Ateneans only get into.

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6 Habits of a Failproof Pre-Interview Routine

Justine: Hey there, readers! While watching the Vice Presidentiable’s debate the other day, I realized something. “How did they become such eloquent, spontaneous speakers in front of crowds of thousands, while most people my age can’t do a presentation without faltering?”

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Intern-view: Charles Justin Lim on Saperium, Inc.

Justine: Hey there, readers! Missed us? 😀 It’s been a busy week for Betina and I, so I apologize for not updating The Border Collective sooner. Hell week, planning for our futures, plus our talk last Friday took precedence by accident, but we’re back. Sorta.

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What We Look For In A Company

Justine: Happy first day of freedom, dear readers, but the work never ends for Betina and I so we decided to start the week with Part 10 of the Internship FAQ’s series!

Today’s post deals with WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN A COMPANY. How do you know that this is the company you want to dedicate a sizable amount of your time too? What are the things Betina and I look for when we’re interviewing with a company? How do you know whether to avoid a company? We’ve done everything by trial and error, so we’re pretty knowledgeable on the pitfalls millennials should avoid for a happy work life. I think.

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Intern-view: Greg Chua on INKOMPASS

Hello there, dear readers, it is I aka Justine Lara T. Chua back with a triple whammy: a solo post + an Intern-view + an INKOMPASS post! With only 24 days to go before INKOMPASS Philippines’ signups end, I decided to ask my co-interns for some time out of their busy schedules to talk about their different INKOMPASS stories too, partly because I think you’re all tired of me talking. 😀

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3 Answers to Is Interning Worth It?

Betina: Hi readers! We’re back to our regular programming and continuing our FAQs! Between rounds of internship interviews and career fairs, it’s been a busy couple of weeks, and we’ve still got one very long week to go until midterm break, but we had time to answer just a few questions for you 🙂

Justine: So, to recap my past week at least, I went to UP Career Fair almost everyday to support the INKOMPASS signups there and also to go check out the candidates for this year’s batch of INKOMPASS interns. I also went to drop off 8 people’s resumes, which was intense because there were over 100 booths there. I ended up getting calling cards to send my resume to since I didn’t bring a hard copy. What do you guys think about us writing a how-to guide to career fairs since Ateneo’s is fast approaching?

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What’s INKOMPASS and Why You Should Apply For It

INKOMPASS is a winternship. That’s a word I made up to explain what it is in the simplest way possible. INKOMPASS is the combination of “winning” an “internship”.

Hello there, dear readers, it is I, Justine Lara T. Chua aka the mean one, interrupting regular programming once again! This time, I’m here to talk about the greatest internship in the world (in my personal opinion) and how you can also be one of the lucky few who take part in it this coming summer! To do so, you just have to win the internship!

How to win the internship is simple*: Continue reading “What’s INKOMPASS and Why You Should Apply For It”

9 Tips To Ace Your Next Phone Interview

Justine: Betina and I both finished our phone interviews with Unilever in the past 3 weeks, and because she wrote way back when that she had just finished hers, a lot of you sent in questions about how to go through the process! So, in the spirit of giving, which is what this blog is all about, we decided to write some tips down for phone interviews!

What we are not giving to you in a million years is the questions that were asked to us because that isn’t fair for both you, us, and for everyone else. (B: Preach!) If you get in because you super prepared for your interview like Betina and her hundreds of index cards, then good job! If you got in because you “cheated” by preparing only for the questions of the interview, then here’s a tight lipped smile for you. (B: Die.)

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5 More Answers To Your Not-As-Frequently-Asked Questions

Welcome to Part 7 of the Internship FAQ’s series here on The Border Collective where we answer the internship questions no one else has been answering! This is our first post since hitting 1000 likes on our FB page, so we decided to answer some of the hyper specific questions hiding in our inbox to clean it out!

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14.5 Things You Didn’t Realize Had Resume Value

Betina: Hi dear readers! Over the past few weeks, Justine and I have been giving out advice about resumes, interviews, and pretty much everything to do with internships. (J: Which you can find on the sideboard. If you want, start with Part 1 here!) A lot of the advice we’ve been giving out has been with the context of framing your org work and internships in the best way. But lately we’ve had a bunch of questions along the lines of ‘What do I write on my resume if I’m not active in orgs, have no internship experience, and have a mediocre QPI/GPA?’

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11 Things to Keep in Mind for Your Next Interview

Betina: Hello! I’ll be taking the lead on this week’s post. I’m assuming that if you’re reading this you’ve read our other posts, but quick recap if not: Justine and I are frequent collaborators and former blockmates who are unofficially 3rd Year BS Internship double minor in Orgs and Acads. I like people; Justine, less so. (J: I like Coke, if that helps.)

Earlier this week, I had a few internships interviews and I realized that Justine and I have been so focused on how to make a resume, that we haven’t really talked too much about what happens during the rest of the recruitment process. So we decided to tackle something that 90% of the people I know fear: interviews.

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3 Things You Need To Know Before You Go Off Internship Hunting

What should have been this Thursday’s post is coming out a bit late because

a) I posted the Blogapalooza one on Wednesday evening, thereby messing up the post frequency, sorry not sorry, and

b) Betina and I put a bit more thought on what we wrote here than we normally did.

For most of you reading this series, the Internship FAQ’s is the closest, and potentially best, source of information you will get about interning as an Atenean. Or at least, that’s what we’re getting from the feedback we’ve received so far.

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If You’re In College, and Looking For A Legit Part-Time Job, This Is It

I’m interrupting the regular Thursday and Sunday night programming of the Internship FAQ’s series to bring you this message. 

I had my version of a midlife crisis in early July 2015, which consisted of me realizing in the middle of my time at INKOMPASS, “What the fuck am I going to do during the school year?” Continue reading “If You’re In College, and Looking For A Legit Part-Time Job, This Is It”

6 Incredibly Long Answers About Interning

For those just joining us now, my name is Justine Chua, my co-writer’s name is Betina Ong, and we are currently writing the Internship FAQ’s! We’re on part 3 already, so when you finish this up, I suggest you go to the posts before this and read the rest too. 🙂 If you can make a wittier, funner sounding name for this series, we would be greatly indebted to you because I am not punny or funny at all, so the name’s kinda boring. My friend voted we name it, “How to Survive the Semi-Real World”, and I’m actually a little tempted to. What do you guys think?

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4 Specific Questions About Interning

I like the questions asked this time around because they were similar questions I was asking in my head too before I started interning. These are the nervous, unsure questions that go through every student’s mind before they intern, in my opinion.

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The 15 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Interning

Not everyone has the same opportunities, even if they’re in the same situations simply because everyone only sees what they want to see. That’s a fact I realized when the other day, 6 random people messaged me about interning. These were hardworking people, good grades, good orgs, good everything. And they were nervous and curious and questioning me about interning. Me who has no good anything. How did it end up like this??

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