Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween

Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties,carving jack-o-lanterns, bonfires,apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. These are some of the activities that many of us are doing and enjoying as it was also the time for family bonding and long vacation.

Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" refers to a (mostly idle) "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.

Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Over time, the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses.

There are several games traditionally associated with Halloween parties. One common game is dunking or apple bobbing, in which apples float in a tub or a large basin of water and the participants must use their teeth to remove an apple from the basin. A variant of dunking involves kneeling on a chair, holding a fork between the teeth and trying to drop the fork into an apple. Another common game involves hanging up treacle or syrup-coated scones by strings; these must be eaten without using hands while they remain attached to the string, an activity that inevitably leads to a very sticky face.

Haunted attractions are entertainment venues designed to thrill and scare patrons. Most attractions are seasonal Halloween businesses.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Big "Dont" In Your Resume

Finding a job these days is very hard and competition for every opening is fierce. According to employers that for every position advertised, hundreds of people send in applications for the job along with their resumes but majority of these applicants are rejected because only one person is needed for the position or they may be rejected for the job because of what they've put into their resumes. Below are some of the information not needed to be put in the resume and if you've been putting in any of the information cited, then you have stop it! You may be hurting your chances of getting hired.

1. Unrelated Part Time or Temporary Work
Whatever job you're applying for, your employer is not interested to the part time jobs you are working before especially if it is not related to the job advertised or they are looking for. So do not include it in the resume.

 2. Unrelated Interests
Your interests or hobbies won't help you nail the job if they're unrelated to the position offered. Mention only interests that make you a more attractive candidate for the job and exclude all the rest.

3. Boring Words and Resume Clich├ęs
Use powerful verbs to say the same thing. Words such as "team player", "detail-oriented" and other similar resume clich├ęs are no longer effective in selling yourself to a prospective employer. Find appropriate words in the dictionary if necessary. For example for the word "team player", you can write: "cooperates and collaborates easily with other staff" or "carefully vigilant about details" instead of "detail oriented". A resume that's different than the usual run-of-the-mill submissions will grab the attention of HR people.

4. High School Diploma
If you only have a high school education, it may be prudent not to include that fact, unless you are currently a college student in pursuit of a degree.

5. Vague Objectives
If you want to list your objectives, make sure they are concrete. For example, something similar to the following can be very effective: Objective: To contribute to the success and profitability of the company through my effort, expertise and experience. A vague objective, such as the following, should not be in your resume. Objective: To help the company through my hard work.

6. Your Photo
Don't send your photo along with your application. Your face is unimportant to a potential employer, unless a picture is requested, which is a rare occurrence. Some people who have sent photographs with job applications the employer is likely to ignore all applications with a picture of the applicant attached.
7. Personal Qualities
Your age, race, religion, medical condition, disability, height, weight and sexual orientation are irrelevant. The law requires employers to disregard these qualities in their hiring decisions

8. Weaknesses
Don't broadcast your weaknesses. For example, don't write something like: "I'm good at word processing, but not quite good on Excel and Power Point.". Don't give an employer an excuse to reject you. If you're asked, however, after you've applied for a job, don't lie or exaggerate - your weakness will become evident in time, and could lead to your dismissal, if not disclosed initially if asked.

9. Negative Comments
Don't bad-mouth your previous boss. Don't complain about your financial troubles. If you were fired from your last position for stealing paper clips, don't mention it. If you were dishonorably discharged from the military, or did a prison stretch, don't mention it. You can be truthful about any of these issues only if asked.
10. Lies and/or Exaggerations
Don't lie about your experience, education or achievements. Don't increase your previous salary. Employers in these tough times have been verifying facts on applicant’s resumes, and almost every lie and exaggeration will be nailed.

11. Self-Serving Goals
If you're applying for a job in a certain industry, just to learn that business as a stepping stone to another position, don't mention that. Many younger applicants will write their long-term goals in their resumes which resulted to rejection of the job. Most employers want applicants to focus on the job they're offering, not on some future job.

12. Politics, Prejudices and Personal Preferences
Whatever your political persuasion, and whoever you dislike, should not be included in your resume. You may like or dislike the current government administration, but your potential employer will probably not care.

Landing a job right now is tough and if you follow the tips mentioned above and leaved out that information in your resume, you’ll have a better chance of getting the job you applied for.

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 31 - A Special Non-working Holiday

Malacanang has declared October 31 a special non-working day to give Filipinos more travel time during the traditional commemoration of the All Souls and Saints Day.

October 31, Monday, is declared a holiday throughout the country. It is under Proclamation 265 signed by Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa,

This is to "give full opportunity to our people to properly observe the day with all its religious commitment which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions of the country," the proclamation noted.

All Saints Day on November 1, Tuesday, has earlier been declared as special non-working day.