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It’s All in the Mind: 3 Long- term Confidence Boosters to Equip you for that Interview

25 May

Check out the job openings at Infor Manila.

Having fits of nervousness is something all too familiar to us. Be it getting up on stage to talk to a crowd of people or just walking into the interview hall with the HR head staring at you from the other end of the room. Even seasoned public speakers still have their shaky moments right before a big speech.

Where does this lack of confidence come from?

We are born of confidence. Remember when you were a kid, you couldn’t care less if you dance around in your underwear or belt out a Whitney Houston song even if you were completely out of tune. When we were younger, we are not plagued by previous mistakes or reminded of our past failures.

As we grow older, we carry this bag of second-guessing. We gain doubts as we progress. This in return, could have fatal repercussions to us, especially when subjected to high-pressure situations such as a job interview.

Other than the demands we set for ourselves, another factor that contributes to self-doubt is the phenomenon called Fresh Graduate Anxiety. Feeling incompetent, fresh graduates tend to sell themselves short in hopes to make up for their lack of experience and skills. Humility is a great trait; however the excess of it gives off a negative impression on the interviewee.

The 4-minute Window

It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. For an interviewer to make a final decision about the applicant, four minutes. You might wonder how can it be possible for them to decide in that short span of time? Remember, your resume already did the its job of giving them a snippet of you—your employment background, affiliations, skills and even your hobbies.

In an interview, they are no longer interested in hearing that. Their evaluation will now rely on how you carry yourself, how you speak and look, the way you greeted the interviewer. All these point back to your level of self-confidence.

Lucky for you, self-confidence can be grown from trees. Here’s how:

“I am the best but I am not” paradox

We may rely on cues from the society to validate ourselves. We look from others to establish who we are and appraise our achievements. As cliché as it may sound, no one can tell that you’re not good enough except yourself.

Try this exercise, every morning right after you wake up, tell yourself that you are the best. You may feel a little weird at first, but this repetitive action will soon diminish your doubts and lead you to believe that, yes, I am good enough and no one dictate what I can and cannot do.

But just like any other things, this must be done in balance. This is where the paradox comes in—you are good, you are fit for the job, but you are not perfect.

This can be applied not only in job interviews but on your perception in life: you can never be the best if you are not constantly learning and changing yourself. Remember the Buddhist teaching, “You cannot fill a cup that is already full”. So while you fill yourself up with confidence, leave a hole at the bottom to drain out mistakes, and make space for new ideas.

Know the “Power Pose”

The basic premise of the power pose is that the more space you take in, the more “powerful” the posture is. An example of this may be raising your elbows, fists clenched behind your head and your legs resting on top of a desk; another would be standing up, feet astride with your hands on your hips.

This may look very rude and intimidating to others, but studies show that in effect, the “power pose” increases testosterone levels—a hormone linked to power and dominance; and cortisol, the hormone that controls our stress levels. Another study by Amy Cuddy and her colleagues from Harvard Business School claimed that students who spent time, two minutes to be exact, in power pose before an interview performed better and gave striking speeches.

Action Speaks Louder than Words

If someone talks to you and cannot look straight into your eyes, or is constantly fiddling with something, wouldn’t you feel a little suspicious? He might be hiding something, or worse, lying about it. Now let us reverse the roles, you walk in with your shoulders slouched, chin tucked in and arms around your body—what would the interviewers think?

The interview does not begin the moment you shake hands with your interviewer, it starts soon as you walk in. The way you walk, carry yourself in an air of confidence, your smile, where and how your eyes are fixated—they all say a lot more about yourself than you can put into words.

People also tend to forget that during an interview, it is humans they are talking to and not robots. Be it a phone, video call, or a personal interview, there is a human on the other side and with this, connecting with them goes a long way.

You are engaging in a conversation thus you should also make them feel that you are interested. Crossing your arms or legs is a closed body language that shows disinterest. Instead, you could lean forward, angle your torso towards the person and maintain direct eye contact. Nodding and tilting your head is also a nonverbal way of participating.

You are the Primary cause of everything. British psychologist, Richard Wiseman calls this the “As If” principle —if you act as if you were calm, confident and happy then it’s likely that you will actually start to feel calm, confident and happy.

The mind is much more powerful than we perceive. More than it controls our actions, it can alter our mood, perception of ourselves and our ability to do things. It then turns into a vicious cycle: our body language affects our body chemistry which then affects how we carry ourselves, our level of comfort and confidence.

In the end, it all boils down on how you see yourself. If you think you’re small and incompetent, your body and the people around you will pick up on that and believe it, however if you think you are capable then you will be.

Quoting Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Men and women are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own mind.”

So how do gain confidence? Easy, start believing that you already are.

Now that you’re ready for your job interview,
check out the
job openings at Infor Manila.

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Web Application Developers

26 May

The company: GoAutoDial Inc. is an information technology company that markets and sells various call center products and services to the local and global business community needing IP-based telephony solutions for voice-based customer contact operations.

Job requirement: The company is looking for a full-time developer that will report to their Mandaluyong City branch office in the Philippines. This is a night-shift schedule, nine hours per day between 9:00pm and 9:00am in a five-day work week between Mondays and Fridays (except holidays).

Work site: The company’s work area style and atmosphere in its production center in Mandaluyong City is very casual. It has most of the amenities a typical home would consider, to entice the creative minds of its development team to produce awesome code. Management style in the company is informal and open-door. Camaraderie is casual and very Filipino.

Skill requirements: The applicant must have basic hands-on knowledge and experience in the following:

  • Linux
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • PHP (LAMP)

The following work experience is considered an advantage:

  • AJAX/Jquery
  • Codeigniter Framework
  • Perl
  • Python
  • Asterisk
  • Freeswitch
  • Vicidial/GoAutoDial
  • Android and iOS apps development knowledge is a plus
  • At least two (2) years of hands-on experience
  • Preferably male

If you believe you fit all of the above skill and experience requirement, please submit your detailed CV/resume with your complete contact information to:

If you meet the GoAutoDial”s qualification, its human resources representative will contact you to report for interview and exam.

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Telecom Network Engineers (Guam)

16 Aug

Exact Titles/Positions:

Senior IP Network Engineer

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

 

Company Description:
The company is a full-service communications company and has been serving Guam for over 40 years, investing $50 million over the last 5 years on network infrastructure and back office systems. The company’s management team with deep knowledge and expertise in the areas of traditional telephony, broadband, wireless, cable, and emerging technologies. It is ommitted to building and maintaining a world-class communications infrastructure.

Location:
United States island territory of Guam.

Term:
Full-time employment. For H1 positions, work duration is indefinite.

Salary:
Senior IP Network Engineer – US$60,000 to US$63,000 P.A.
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) – US$63,000 to US$73,000 P.A.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate is expected to have an in-depth knowledge of WAN, BGP, OSPF, ISIS, Security and MPLS based networks. The person must be proficient and experienced in design, development, implementation, testing and operation.

  • BS or equivalent work experience.
  • CCIE a must; CISSP a plus.
  • 10 plus years of experience in Network Engineering and support for mid-large multi-location network environment.
  • MPLS with Qos and Traffic Engineering experience required.
  • Multi ISP multi-site Internet eCommerce architectures.
  • Advanced knowledge of L3 routing protocols – BGP, EIGRP, OSPF, ISIS a must.
  • Ability to manage projects independently using project application software.
  • Provide technical leadership and directions as a primary technical resource on IP router network technologies.
  • Analyze IP network design and traffic flows for network optimization in the Regional Area Networks.
  • Interface with Capacity planning to analyze traffic engineering data to forecast network capacity requirements.
  • Provide technical support for IP network problems.
  • Develop test and acceptance criteria for IP networks.
  • Provide technical training to junior engineers and other Ops groups on current and future technology.
  • Knowledge of Internet Service Provider server applications a plus.
  • Knowledge of firewalls, DNS a must.
  • Knowledge of IP telephone (VOIP) and video conferencing a plus.
  • Knowledge of IPTV concepts with a strong knowledge of unicast/multicast/IGMP network delivery a plus.
  • Ability to design and implement converged IP networks to support voice, data and video.
  • Demonstrated successes in design, implementation of complex IP systems.
  • Familiarity with 3GPP (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, LTE) IP-based implementation details, configurations and migration strategies strongly desired.
  • Ability to lead major network migrations and/or review network change procedures.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

This position is open to all qualified candidates, individuals with disabilities and military veterans who are willing, able and available to perform the job, without regard to race, color, national origin, age, and citizenship. The company is an equal opportunity employer.

E-mail Rules:

  • Resume MUST BE Microsoft Word formatted – no PDF files;
  • Use Title/Position as your e-mail subject title;
  • Send your resume to jobsbyraffy@pekson.com;
  • Please allow 2-4 working days for a confirmation e-mail.

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NOC Manager – Philippines

5 Mar

Job Code: 48803

The Client is a Semiconductor Company located in the Laguna Technopark, Philippines.

Qualifications: Graduate of B.S. Computer Science/Information Technology, Engineering or equivalent work experience / Solid understanding of enterprise network services planning, implementation and operations / Experience with network diagnostic and monitoring tools and equipment / Experience in administering Windows/Unix/Linux based mission critical applications / Familiarity with internet-based applications; Solaris/AIX.Linux; Nagios, Net Saint, Big brother or HP Openview; Cacti/RDD; Scripting or programming / 3 or more years experience managing in a Technical/Customer Support/Network Operations 7x24x365 mission critical environment / Effective supervision and management skills / Proven customer service skills / Exceptional communication and organizational skills / Must be able to coordinate with multiple international teams remotely / Solid analytical and problem solving skills / Ability to deal effectively with constant change and conflicting priorities / Takes initiative and follow through.

Job Description: Manage and lead 7x24x365 network operations and systems monitoring to avoid unscheduled downtime / Hire, supervise and train or develop NOC Associates / Develop, implement, document, and enforce NOC policies and procedures, including training material reviews / Prompt resolution and/or escalation of application/system problems including determining root cause of problem through to appropriate solution / Keep internal and external customers apprised of work effort being conducted to resolve their issues / Research and develop new tools/products to assist with monitoring / Work with Infrastructure team to specify and architect network and systems monitoring tools and its implementation / Participate in, including creation and review, Change Management process / Prepares management reports and perform daily/weekly checklists, including dashboards and scorecards.

Please send your Word-formatted CV/resume to jobsbyraffy@pekson.com. Kindly specify JOB CODE: 48803. Your intent to apply and any documents we receive from you will be kept in the strictest confidence and will never be shared or sent to anyone except our clients which we have a contract and obligation to provide recruitment services, including sending documents pertaining to credentials and qualification. If you do not agree to this condition, we cannot process your intent to apply.

[Philippines] 34 New Job Openings!

1 Dec

All 34 Positions below are Closed!

Here are 34 new job openings for the Philippines. If your education and/or experience is a match to the job description, kindly send your CV/Resume in Word format and indicate in the Subject title of the e-mail what position you are applying for. I cannot process “blind e-mails” without an indicated job position. Please use the e-mail address jobsbyraffy@pekson.com.

AVP for Quality

AVP for Quality

AVP Operations

AVP Operations

Dining Services Manager

Dining Services Manager

Employee Relations Manager

Employee Relations Manager

Facilities Manager

Facilities Manager

Filipino-Chinese Operations Director, Manager & Trainer

Filipino-Chinese Operations Staf

Finance & Accounting Senior Manager

Finance & AccountingSeniorManager

Finance & Admin Domain Lead (Director)

Finance & Admin Domain Lead (Director)

Financial Analyst

Financial Analyst

Global IT Operations Director

Global IT Operations Director

HR Manager – Compensation & Benefits

HR Manager Compensation and Benefits

Human Resources Director / VP

Human Resources Director / VP

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager

IT Infrastructure Leader

IT Infrastructure Leader

IT Security Manager

IT Security Manager

Linux Systems Administrator

Linux Systems Administrator

Marketing & Communications Associate

Marketing Communications Associate

Marketing & Communications Manager

Marketing Communications Manager

Network Operations Center Tier-1 Analyst

Network Operations Center Tier-1 Analyst

Operations Audit & Compliance Manager

Operations Audit & Compliance Manager

Operations Manager for Shipping Account

Operations Manager for Shipping Account

Payroll Operations Manager

Payroll Operations Manager

Risk and Compliance Manager

Risk & Compliance Manager

Sales Operations Manager

Sales Operations Manager

Senior Operations Manager

Senior Operations Manager

Senior Trainer

Senior Trainer

Software Developer / Engineer

Software Developer / Engineer

Team Leader

Team Leader

Team Manager

Team Manager

Trainer

Trainer

Training Manager for Leadership & Development

Training Manager for Leadership and Development

Training Manager for Process/Voice & Accent

Training Manager for Process / Voice & Accent

VP Operations

VP Operations

Workforce Manager

Workforce Manager

Again, please send your CV/Resume in Word format and indicate the job position you are applying for in the Subject title of your e-mail.