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Which way’s best to send my resume to a company? Job portal or direct email or where?

Is it better to just directly contact and send your CV/resume to listed e-mails I might find from the HR or hand it in through the advised route (such as company website or other intermediary)?

ASSUMPTION:

I’m going to make the assumption that this question only applies to big companies. Or companies looking to expand rapidly and have the cash to back that up. Why? Only companies with large cash flow and/or separate divisions can maintain

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Do regular employees look down on interns?

Do regular peeps look down on you?


*This question was sent in eons ago in January 2016, when the blog was just starting out and was only about internships. I’ve expanded it out of its original article and added in some 2019 thoughts to it. Enjoy~

I’m going to make the assumption that this question means “did regular employees look down on you, Justine, for being just an intern?” And the quick answer is, no.

Sometimes, they wouldn’t take my opinions as seriously as I would have liked. But I think that has more to do with age than it does with my being an intern.

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What’s more impressive, internship experience or school achievements in a resume?

What’s more impressive, internship experience or school achievements in a resume?

Depends on what you achieved at each.

If your internship was getting coffee, running errands, and making copies, then that’s not worth much in your resume if you’re applying for project-based roles. Yes, you’ve learned soft skills and maybe some operational tasks, but in terms of critical ones for project management, not so much. (Unless you’re applying to be a clerk or admin staff somewhere, then those tasks up there are helpful to exhibit.)

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Help, my org work doesn’t match up against my batchmates – #DearTBC

*From the past archives of old posts and questions, specific situational questions are now answered in a more complete way (because ya’ll deserve that) through #DearTBC. Today’s episode comes originally from 6 Incredibly Long Answers About Interning. 

Read on to find out about 1 anonymous reader who worries about how to spin their creatives experience against their batchmates’ experiences, especially since they’re looking for a marketing internship soon.

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What do I need to research before going into an interview?

Hi! I came across your blog recently and I’m so glad I found it before internship hunting season starts! So here’s a little background on me, I am an incoming third year student, and I’m about to look for my first internship.

I don’t know anything and I’m afraid to ask my friends because I’m in a competitive course. I know I procrastinated on researching and searching too much so I’m super behind my friends now. I think if I do ask for help, they’ll give me the jobs they rejected. 

Now I want to enter the job market and I know it will be extra difficult for me this time but I’m determined now. I read a lot of your posts but all of them deal with resumes.

Do you have any interview tips and recommendations? What should I know before I walk into my first interview? Lastly, how can I stand out against all my friends? Thank you! More power to you TBC!

First off, thank you for this really great and honest question. Before anything else, I just want to say that I too felt this weird pressure among my friends back in college, that we were essentially fighting for the same jobs.

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I did something dumb in the past, will it haunt my job hunt? – #DearTBC

*From the past archives of old posts and questions, specific situational questions are now answered in a more complete way (because ya’ll deserve that) through #DearTBC. Today’s episode comes originally from 5 More Answers To Your Not-As-Frequently-Asked Questions. 

Read on to find out about 1 anonymous reader’s fears of their past coming back to haunt them.

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Where to find jobs in Manila?

What are some of the most effective places to look for an internship/a job? Least effective? I know FB groups and Kalibrr are really good places to start, but what about Jobstreet for example?

This is in the order of most to least obvious places to look. I can’t quantify how easy or effective it is to find a job on these platforms, because it differs from industry to industry and person to person. No matter what there’ll be a lot of searching and tracking on your behalf.

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I’m waiting for graduation, what do you think about me interning? – #DearTBC

*From the archives of old posts and questions, specific situational questions are now answered in a more complete way (because ya’ll deserve that) through #DearTBC. Today’s episode comes originally from 4 More Answers To Your Not-As-Frequently-Asked Questions about being an intern.

It used to be a giant post, now it’s being broken down into multiple bits. This is a question about a person thinking about interning after college.

Read on to find out about 1 anonymous reader thinking about taking an internship as a graduate-in-waiting, and what Justine’s thoughts are on that.

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List of People in Manila Willing to Mentor You – Mentor Menu

Recently I was thinking that mentor culture here in Manila isn’t as strong as it could be. We’re too secretive and bound by our existing social circles. We’re a shy, soft power based country. We don’t ask for what we want as much as we should. I hate it. Mentorship is an invaluable resource to young people.

It’s a huge pet peeve of mine to keep information in a silo. That’s why I started TBC: to democratize specific info I knew. I wanted anyone and everyone to see what my answers were on questions others were asking me. A repository of info for anyone who wanted it.

So, I decided to use that same drive I have for opening up information to all to fix a few problems I saw stopping mentorship culture from flourishing here in Manila, with the help of Jayne Tinhay and Angela Rivera.

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What are important things you wish you knew before interning?

What are important things that you wish you’d known, or you think I should know, when I’m looking and applying for internships?

I made a list in my head back in 2016, while commuting to school on the off chance I’d have to fast talk answer this. You’d be amazed how many people ambushed me for ~life advice~ even back then, when the blog was really tiny. Continue reading “What are important things you wish you knew before interning?”

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As a fresh grad, can my resume be 2 pages or more?

Do recruiters prefer resumes to be brief like 1 page only or is it okay for it to be 2 pages? What about 3 or more?

Context: For this post, I’m not going to talk about the contents of the resume, how to make sure it’s something recruiters want to and will finish reading, or how to arrange the pages of your resume. I’ll only focus on the number of pages and how to frame it since that’s what the question’s asking. All this from the perspective that the reader is a fresh grad at most. 

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Is Interning Hard?

Is interning hard?

Nope. Interning itself isn’t hard. What’s difficult is juggling internships with a healthy social life, family life, and acads. That’s the insanely hard part.

If you do nothing but intern, it isn’t hard at all. When you add it to your existing plate, it asks for a lot of sacrifice and depending on your priorities, you’ll probably have to give at least one thing else up. Continue reading “Is Interning Hard?”

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How to find an internship that fits your academic schedule

How can I find internships that will coordinate with my school schedule? All I’ve found are full-time internships and I can’t seem to find any where I can go in once a week for 5 months or something like that.

Plus I don’t want to change the sched of my class since I was able to get the good profs this time and their other time slots don’t help much.

To answer this best, let’s talk about what the interning scene is like first before how to find an internship like you’re asking, so we all have the same picture in our heads.

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What’s 1 Thing I Can Do to Improve My Resume Today?

Whenever I introduce myself, I never talk about TBC. I’m too shy to ever talk about how I run a blog about interning and job hunting. It’s way too weird to bring it up randomly. Or even when I’m asked about it point blank. Maybe someday I’ll improve that part of me, but that day isn’t even remotely close to today. Continue reading “What’s 1 Thing I Can Do to Improve My Resume Today?”

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Should I include my photo in my resume?

Should I include a photo in my resume or not?

The short answer is “not unless they ask for it”. But there’s 1 special case where I advocate putting your photo in.

The longer and more well-thought out answer is complicated and based on qualitative variables from my own gut feel, so heads up that what I say is my own opinion and not the law of the land. Continue reading “Should I include my photo in my resume?”

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What’s the difference between a CV and a resume?

Hi there, I’m confused whenever a company says they want my CV. Is that different from my resume?

Both Curriculum Vitae (CVs) and Resumes are used for job applications, and they do have some distinct differences in their definitions. But I don’t think regular Filipino workplaces make that distinction. The terms are practically interchangeable to them. There’s no point in asking for clarification if you know what sector you’re applying to. Continue reading “What’s the difference between a CV and a resume?”

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6 Criteria To Use For Judging If Something’s Worth The Resume Value

“How do you decide if something’s worth the hassle for the resume value?”

This is tricky to answer since everyone has different criteria on how important something is to them. Obviously my viewpoint will be heavily biased towards either doing something for the fireworks-level impact or the plus-points-in-heaven impact. Continue reading “6 Criteria To Use For Judging If Something’s Worth The Resume Value”

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9 Apps To Tweak Your Productivity When You’re Always On The Go

Any suggestions for apps to skyrocket my productivity to your level?

First off, I want to say I’m not some super productive, Type A personality who gets everything done on time and perfectly. I am a solid Type B. Continue reading “9 Apps To Tweak Your Productivity When You’re Always On The Go”

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ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT TBC

Throwback to last Sept 2, 2017, when I (aka Justine) gave a talk at iBlog 13 on “Creativity and Authenticity in Blogging”. I don’t know if you can see it, but I’m shaking in my sneakers on stage because this was my first time giving that talk.

I talk a lot and to a lot of people about resumes, interviews, and careers here in the PH but this was the first time I spoke about the platform I built this all on. Continue reading “ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT TBC”

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My boss ghosted me, what do I do? – #DearTBC

*From the archives of old posts and questions, specific situational questions are now answered in a more complete way (because ya’ll deserve that) through #DearTBC. Today’s episode comes originally from 4 Specific Questions about Interning. It used to be a giant post, now it’s being broken down into multiple bits. This is a question about a boss that ghosted his intern.

Read on to find out about 1 anonymous reader’s problem with a boss that stopped replying, and what to do if that happens to you.

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I Sat Next to James Bruce, EVP at Unilever, for 1 Hour – Here’s What I Learned

I don’t graduate until December 2017, but back in February 2017, I signed with Unilever to become a Unilever Future Leader (UFL) once I finally finish school in January 2018. While my batchmates hunted for their first jobs and hit fresh grad milestones (like first paycheck, first overtime, and other symbolic rites of passage), I get to enjoy being a student a semester longer. Cracking open history textbooks, writing papers on the impact of the Catholic Church’s encyclicals, and debating on what Plato meant through his discourse on ‘existence’. Fun. Continue reading “I Sat Next to James Bruce, EVP at Unilever, for 1 Hour – Here’s What I Learned”

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On Ateneans, Unemployment, and that Rantbox Thread

Last night, my timeline was alive with my friends’ reactions on a topic I feel strongly about. Atenean graduates and the difficulty they have of getting a job.

For those who need an update, someone posted this into ADMU Rantbox, some anonymous confession site thing. Then a friend posted this status prompting a debate online about entitlement and jobs, with comments and perspectives coming from the Philippines’ startup scene. And somehow, this rant’s opinions on BPOs blew the topic wide open for everyone to comment on.
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5 Productivity Hacks for Funemployed Fresh Grads

One of Twitter’s coolest new features is that you can see what your friends are favoriting; a fast and easy way to see what everyone’s into or what’s happening around you. In my case, I see a lot of my fresh grad batchmates liking each other’s tweets about being unemployed, going to their 20th interview, and revising their resumes for the 15th time.

And it’s been about 3 months after graduation.

Since everyone seems to collectively agree that not having a job 3 months after graduating warrants a freakout, (even though it’s completely normal), I decided to pull together my favorite tips to tell my friends and underclassmen on how to maximize a long break.

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I Went To RISE 2017, Here’s A Rundown of What It’s Like

I got a free ticket to RISE 2017 (I’ll talk about how I did that in a future article) 3 days before it kicked off. So, I took it as a sign from the universe and in 18 hours, I moved everything in my life around so I could fly out for a week and attend RISE, since this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A free #RISEconf media ticket for a 21 year old college student from the Philippines? How many other people can say they have that? Continue reading “I Went To RISE 2017, Here’s A Rundown of What It’s Like”

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How to fix your resume in 1 hour

I’m serious, it’s that easy; you can fix up a working version of your resume 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. Continue reading “How to fix your resume in 1 hour”

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Intern-view: Nicole Wong on Christian Dior

Welcome to another episode in Intern-views, where The Border Collective interviews former interns of interesting and cool places! This is our segment where we ask them what they did, how’d they get there, what’s their advice for the next batch of interns. Today we’re interviewing someone who took a Dior internship.

!! Please note that any company featured in this series is in no way endorsed by and from TBC. No one’s advocating that you should go intern at our featured places. We just thought that these people had stories and projects that were great to share. !!

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Applying For Internships through YouthHack as a College Student? – #DearTBC

I like ask.fm because it’s a simple, anonymous way to get questions which remind me that not everyone thinks the same way as me. Like on the purpose of YouthHack.

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? – #DearTBC”

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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”

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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/ResumeConsultations

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Why You Should Be Attending Conferences – like what Harvard’s having at UP Diliman

(Updated Oct 6, 2017)

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. And 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 – like what Harvard’s having at UP Diliman”

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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.”

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Intern-view: Charles Lu on Toyota Motor Philippines

Welcome to another episode of Intern-view, where The Border Collective interviews former interns of interesting and cool places and where we ask what’s their advice for the next batch of interns.

Please note that any company featured in this series is in no way endorsed by and from TBC. No one’s advocating that you should go intern at our featured places. We just thought that these people had stories and projects that were great to share.

Today’s episode will be introduced by Bea Pelayo, featuring Charles Lu who interned at Toyota Motor Philippines. It’s also extra special as it’s our first ever Intern-view from De La Salle University!

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Intern-view: Milbert Capistrano on Oceanagold

Welcome to another episode of Intern-view, where The Border Collective interviews former interns of interesting and cool places and where we ask what’s their advice for the next batch of interns.

Please note that any company featured in this series is in no way endorsed by and from TBC. No one’s advocating that you should go intern at our featured places. We just thought that these people had stories and projects that were great to share.

So, 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.

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Intern-view: Sophia Tayag on Globe Telecom

Welcome to another episode of Intern-view, where The Border Collective interviews former interns of interesting and cool places and where we ask what’s their advice for the next batch of interns.

Please note that any company featured in this series is in no way endorsed by and from TBC. No one’s advocating that you should go intern at our featured places. We just thought that these people had stories and projects that were great to share.

Today’s episode will be introduced by Bea Pelayo, featuring Sophia Tayag who interned at Globe Telecom.

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5 steps to writing a successful cover letter

How do you write a cover letter? Is it okay to use a template I found online?

FACT: A cover letter is the first glimpse recruiters have of you. FICTION: A cover letter is a short summary of your resume. A cover letter is all you talking about yourself. A cover letter isn’t needed in this day and age.

Other fact: yes, you can use a template you found online. But you have to take special care in making sure it doesn’t sound robotic. Continue reading “5 steps to writing a successful cover letter”

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Intern-view: Shane Lim on Cebu Daily News

Welcome to another episode of Intern-view, where The Border Collective interviews former interns of interesting and cool places and where we ask what’s their advice for the next batch of interns.

Please note that any company featured in this series is in no way endorsed by and from TBC. No one’s advocating that you should go intern at our featured places. We just thought that these people had stories and projects that were great to share.

Today’s episode is extra exciting as it’s our very first Intern-view from outside Manila!

Shaneika Edryce T. Lim, an incoming senior under BFA Major in Creative Writing, pursuing the Nonfiction track, interned at Cebu Daily News back in May 2015. CDN falls under the Inquirer Publications umbrella and during the 2015 summer, CDN had the pleasure of hosting Shane as their intern.

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Intern-view: Alvin Jason Bravo on PLDT

Welcome to another episode of Intern-view, where The Border Collective interviews former interns of interesting and cool places and where we ask what’s their advice for the next batch of interns. Today we’re interviewing someone who took a PLDT internship!

!! Please note that any company featured in this series is in no way endorsed by and from TBC. No one’s advocating that you should go intern at our featured places. We just thought that these people had stories and projects that were great to share. !!

Today’s episode features Alvin Jason C. Bravo who interned at
PLDT (Internet Protocol Backbone Planning Division) from April 6, 2015 to May 29, 2015.

RelatedIntern-view: Nicole Wong on Christian Dior

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

Welcome to another episode of Intern-view, where The Border Collective interviews former interns of interesting and cool places and where we ask what’s their advice for the next batch of interns.

Please note that any company featured in this series is in no way endorsed by and from TBC. No one’s advocating that you should go intern at our featured places. We just thought that these people had stories and projects that were great to share.

Today’s episode features Toni Dominique P. Garcia, who interned at 3 different places and wrote about them all for TBC. 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: 

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What to do before an interview?

Any tips on how to answer in interviews impressively? I’m not ready for my first interview and I don’t know where to start.

[UPDATED IN MARCH 2019] : The easy answer everyone will say is practice, practice, practice. But I think habit forming is also an integral part of being at ease before you talk in front of people.

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

Welcome to another episode of Intern-view, where The Border Collective interviews former interns of interesting and cool places and where we ask what’s their advice for the next batch of interns.

Please note that any company featured in this series is in no way endorsed by and from TBC. No one’s advocating that you should go intern at our featured places. We just thought that these people had stories and projects that were great to share.

Today’s episode features Charles Justin Lim who interned at Saperium, inc.

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How has the internship experience changed your life views?

How has the internship experience helped you in terms of the way you look at school, life, or anything in general?

[2019 Update: This was originally written in March 2016. At the time, I had just finished doing 3 internships. As I edit this today, it is July 2019 and I finished 6 internships in total. And I just celebrated 18 months of working at my first job. Present day me will interject once in a while versus past me to provide the benefit of hindsight.]

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Intern-view: Arby Cuevas on Globe Telecom

Welcome to another episode of Intern-view, where The Border Collective interviews former interns of interesting and cool places and where we ask what’s their advice for the next batch of interns. Today we’re featuring someone who came from the Globe internship.

Please note that any company featured in this series is in no way endorsed by and from TBC. No one’s advocating that you should go intern at our featured places. We just thought that these people had stories and projects that were great to share.

Today’s episode features a self-introduction by Arby Cuevas, a 3rd year Legal Management major from Ateneo de Manila University who interned at Globe Telecom.

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What should I keep in mind before my next interview?

“Hey, how do you prepare for a job interview well so that you can get any job you want?”

Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on resume questions, and I realized that I haven’t really talked much about what happens during the rest of the job hunting process. So today, I’ll tackle something that 90% of the people I know fear: interviews.

Continue reading “What should I keep in mind before my next interview?”

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