This blog post is for all those graduating this March and those who are officially joining the Philippine work force sometime soon.
By Yay Padua-Olmedo
Dizzying! That’s what choosing products entails nowadays―just too many.
“Which one is more dependable?” “What value could this product add to me?” “Is it worth the price?”
Today’s job market looks pretty much the same. With our country’s unemployment rate at 7%, each year’s graduates struggle with being accepted by employers who will appreciate their worth even if they are greenhorns.
How do you stand out if you’re a new graduate? I’m sure you know the obvious answers: Submit a finely crafted resume. Look professional and dependable. A self-confident but not arrogant air helps. A good command of English is a plus. Your having graduated from a recognized school matters too.
But those are just icing on the cake; or just a badge to get your foot inside the door. Because even if you’re the most English-sera, dress well, or come from the classiest schools, if you’ve not prepped yourself for the rigors of the workplace, I bet you, you’d be resigning at the first sign of an assignment re-do, or your boss saying, “You bungled your first project! Shape up!”
To stand out, you need to stand strong and give your future employer a hint, “I’m of sturdier stuff.” Most HR professionals could sense that right away in an applicant.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” That’s where you start. You don’t need to apply for most of the jobs you see on JobStreet or the classified ads, or line up where all your friends have queued.
Somewhere out there is THE JOB prepared for you.
So pray! Consult His instruction manual, the bible. Ask God to lead you. “Where do you want me to go? Jesus, because you’re my Savior and Lord, you promised to guide me. You said ‘Ask,” so I’m asking.”
Remember your Sunday school memory verse? “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:11-3).
This is no lame promise. If He has a plan, then He will direct your steps. You need not even fret about it!
(For more wisdom on making it successfully―while maintaining your integrity as a Christian―in the marketplace, read “Going Up?” A perfect gift for yuppies or those graduating from college.)
You’re trying to make your mark in the corporate world. The workplace will test your character and your faith. You either go with the flow – you compromise. Or you go away – you resign. But there’s another way. You go up – you submit to God and trust Him to mold you as you do your job in the best way you can.
In Going Up? the author, Yay Padua-Olmedo, shares with you lessons she learned from 30 years of navigating through the pitfalls and highpoints of the corporate world. Going Up? is filled with nuggets of practical wisdom you can apply in your everyday work situations.
Going Up? is available at all OMF Lit Bookshops nationwide for only P195