Job Hunting: Tools and Techniques

Getting ready for a job search? This guide will help you on how to complete job application and become employed.

 

Resume

Consider your resume a job hunting tool, design your resume to catch and captivate the employer’s interest, the immediate purpose of which is to secure job interview. Take note that your resume is not just a chronological record of work experience. Its your sales ad.  You have only 10 seconds, more or less, to show the reader that your resume is worth a second look.

Your resume is highly personal. Only you, can organize, write and rewrite it.  It’s a boo-boo to ask somebody to write your biodata. So learn to write a power resume that is effective and can assure you of a job interview

Some pointers in writing a job-winning resume

Begin with soul searching – evaluate your past, the activities you were in, the skills you have cultivated, and the achievements you have earned.

Honesty is the best policy – state facts and only facts. Be accurate in mentioning dates. “ Find out what a man wants and make a deal with him”

Analyze data and organize them – your resume must be ‘crisp’ and must have a punch, a kick and deep impact.

No negatives- remember, your resume is your personal promo. Create the impression that you are a doer, not a somebody who just sits and waits

Edit, re-edit, and rewrite your draft – your resume should be complete, clear and concise.The style must be formal. Avoid personal pronouns like, I, me, my. Make good use of capitalization, bold types, bullets, underlining, etc.

Never send a resume with erasures – sufficient spacing between data helps create a clean impression. Single space all text, and double space every paragraph. Stay away from a long paragraphs. Always put your name on the second page if there is a second page.

Vital Parts of a GOOD Resume

NAME, ADDRESS, CONTACT NUMBERS, AND POSITION DESIRED

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS

WORK EXPERIENCE (IF YOU HAD)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (interest, special activities, awards/achievements)

Note: Do not offer reference yet, you may instead state “References are furnished upon request”.

Inexperienced or young jobseekers`

Have you participated in a student government? Become one of its officers? Were you the president?  Have you been actively participated in any school activities or programs? Have been a dean's lister? A staffer in school paper? Joined debates, speech, or quiz show?

Make your resume a picture of achievements and accomplishments

Preparation for a Job Interview

Learn everything you can about the company. Review your resume and your competencies. Assemble all the papers you need. Finally, a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and plenty of travel time

Punctuality

Arrive on time A last minute rush means you will arrive flustered and tense. The important thing is you arrive at the location of your interview about 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment.

Professional Appearance

Decide well what you wear before the day of your interview. Make sure all the buttons and zipper works. Be comfortable with what you wear. Finally, take care not to walk into the room laden with all your belongings.

First Impression 

Relax and appear confident. Greet the interviewer by name. Introduce yourself in a relaxed and confident manner. Do not sit down unless you are not asked to do so.

The rule of the game is to be your natural self- a little tense but willing to listen and learn, nervous but honest and hardworking.

Body language 

Avoid small repetitive movements, like waggling your feet, smoothing your hair. Do not turn away from the interviewer, do not appear frozen, rigid or stiff. Relax and smile. Appear professional at all time. Do not give the interviewer that you are not listening or you are losing interest.

Common question during interview

Tell me something about yourself.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as employee?

What do you like best/least in your past job?

Describe your ideal boss.

How do you think your boss would describe you?

What area(s) of your profession do you seek to improve or develop?

Why did you apply for this job?

Why did you leave your previous job?

What can you offer this company?

What is the most important qualification you possess that would convince me to hire you?

Lets discuss:

1.  What is/are your weak points that may deter you in getting a job. How would you deal with it?

2. (For ME Student) As fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineer, discuss your competency. (Please write your Full Name, Course and Section)
3. (For ENSE Student) In what field of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering you want to practice your competency. Why? Discuss (Please write your Full Name, Course and Section)

 

About the Author:

Rebecca Mauhay Nunesca is a Professional Industrial Engineer, and an ASEAN Engineer currently connected at Batangas State University as Faculty Staff in the IE department. She is presently enrolled at Rizal Technological University taking MS Engineering Education, major in Industrial Engineering.

References:

Marximiano, Jose Mario B., Managing Human Resources in the 21st Century, 2006 Rex Book Store Inc.

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Comments

My weak points that may deter in getting a job are stage fright and speaking English language. I will practice my speaking in English while facing the mirror.

Thanks for the informative article. This piece is such an evaluation on how can I answer some common question in applying a job.

Resume is a powerful tool when applying for a certain job position to catch and fascinate your employer's interest. Through this article,this gives us some guidelines on how we will present our resume and ourselves in an interview.
Thank you and Godbless.

Thanks for this article and to the author! Now I know how will face my upcoming interview. This helps me to increase my confidence and because of the information above I have an idea about what’s going on in a job interview.
I hope to have more informative articles to come, from this author. Thanks and God Bless Us!

This article is very useful and helpful to us, since we are graduating students. Through this article, we can create an impressive resume and be prepared for our upcoming job interviews in the near future.
Thanks to the author, Engr. Rebecca M. Nunesca and to ourhappyschool for sharing this kind of article to us!

This article will help those first time applicants to have ideas on how to apply for a specific job. There are chances to prepare and improve the confidence of the applicants specially those the fresh graduates.

the article is a great help for me because it will guide me to prepare my resume and have an idea to have some preparation if I will apply in my desired job and help boosts my confidence.

Thanks for this article! From this, I have a better knowledge about the do's and dont's in having an interview and also in what to put in my resume. I can prepare better for my future interviews.

Thank you to to the author for providing this article which is a great help to all in acquiring their job especially for us who will soon graduate in our chosen course.

Knowledgeable and fruitful article. This will serve as a guide for applicants on how they will face the actual interview. Godbless :)

This article gave me knowledge on what to write on my resume. It will also gave me an idea on a scenario of an interview. This will help a lot on fresh graduate to improve their resume.

I now have an idea of what I need in finding job in the future.This will help me making a resume and handle things for applying.Important facts, tips and techniques I have learned in this informative article.

I now have an idea of what I need in finding job in the future.This will help me making a resume and handle things for applying.Important facts, tips and techniques I have learned in this informative article.

Fresh graduates may always have the impression of being inexperienced and a newbie in the industries. They may have the disadvantage of being young and their colleagues may have long been in the industry before they came in. However, these does not mean that they should not be competent enough to take part in the different activities to attain the objectives of the company.

They can show their competency by being eager to learn more knowledge and experiences, by asking questions to improve what they already know, by welcoming the suggestions of their superiors and colleagues,and lastly, by being confident enough and believing in their own capability that he/she may also partake in the different crucial decisions to be made in the company.

This way, fresh graduates may show that they may be NEW but they are READY TO BE EQUIPPED and contribute for the success of the organization. :)

As a fresh graduate and a Registered Mechanical Engineer, I am competent to do the job because I am well trained and well educated from being a student into a professional one. Though I am a fresh graduate, I am confident enough because I am hardworking and I have a lot of room for improvement. I am willing to learn more and experience new things that will mold me to become a competent employee. I would like to work with experienced people that will teach me a lot of things about my field. I am hardworking, patient, trustworthy and have the value of perseverance. I do love challenges because it will make me do more and strive more for excellence.

As a fresh graduate and a Registered Mechanical Engineer, I am competent to do the job because I am well trained and well educated from being a student into a professional one. Though I am a fresh graduate, I am confident enough because I am hardworking and I have a lot of room for improvement. I am willing to learn more and experience new things that will mold me to become a competent employee. I would like to work with experienced people that will teach me a lot of things about my field. I am hardworking, patient, trustworthy and have the value of perseverance. I do love challenges because it will make me do more and strive more for excellence.

Rosales, Kimberly B.
ME-5101

As a fresh graduate and a reigistered Mechanical Engineer, I can say that I am competent enough to work firsthand as all my knowledge and skills acquired from the university are still very clear to me and ready to be applied on. Hardworking, Fast-learner and committed, that is who I am with my chosen career. The me now, I believe is getting to the 4 competencies I require for myself, and that is knowledge, skills, attitude and values. With this, I can confidently showcase what I have learned for the past 5 years in the university and in the company who accepted me as an on-the-job trainee. I can also start as a trainee to learn even more because I believe that learning, in every part of our life, is a continuous process that can help us adopt with "Change".

Macatangay, Mae Anne G., BS in Mechanical Engineering, ME - 5101

Competency.
Competency, for me, is how an individual do his job efficiently and effectively. Competencies’ shown by every individual is different from others. As for myself, I know I have the skills, knowledge and behavior that I can use in my work to successfully succeed.
As I am a student, I am well-equipped of the theories, principles and operations about the things that involves my profession. And since I am surrounded by different people, I know I can handle changing demands of moods and attitudes of people. I am being flexible. I had been to training and experienced work environment. This environment taught me a lot. Working environment is different from school environment. It covers not only intrapersonal skills but more of an interpersonal skill. Here, I have been exposed to critical decision making, time management, how to know where you place yourself, and to interact with your co-workers. This competencies I have may help me do my job successfully.

As a fresh graduate and a Registered Mechanical Engineer, I am competent to do the job because I am well trained and well educated from being a student into a professional one. I believe that Batangas State University, as my alma mater, has molded me to become a competent person when the time comes I enter the professional world. Though I am a fresh graduate, I am confident enough because I am hardworking and I have a lot of room for improvement. I am willing to learn more and experience new things that will mold me to become a competent employee. I would like to work with experienced people that will teach me a lot of things about my field. I am hardworking, patient, trustworthy and have the value of perseverance. I do love challenges because it will make me do more and strive more for excellence. I value camaraderie because it is one of the key to being successful because I cannot succeed alone, a lot of people will help me to become successful in my chosen field.

Rosales, Kimberly B.
ME-5101

As a fresh graduate and a reigistered Mechanical Engineer, I can say that I am competent enough to work firsthand as all my knowledge and skills acquired from the university are still very clear to me and ready to be applied on. Hardworking, Fast-learner and committed, that is who I am with my chosen career. The me now, I believe is getting to the 4 competencies I require for myself, and that is knowledge, skills, attitude and values. With this, I can confidently showcase what I have learned for the past 5 years in the university and in the company who accepted me as an on-the-job trainee. I can also start as a trainee to learn even more because I believe that learning, in every part of our life, is a continuous process that can help us adopt with "Change".

MARVINN D. VILLANUEVA ME-5101

As fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineer, knowing our competencies are critical for certain promotions for us to request training and development opportunities to seek out specific feedback and coaching from others. Since we are new to the environment, adapting with the changes among individuals and work specifications are an absolute must. The principles and theories we learned from school back then must be applied for better work understanding especially when you are working with an Engineering company. Don’t be afraid to ask questions for it is a good indication of willingness to learn something new. In addition, be prepared for the fact that schooling and working are two different things. There are stuffs that are not taught in school but are applied at work. There are a lot of difficulties along the way which will hone you to be a successful professional in the years to come.

Suarez, Mark Marlon G.
BSME
ME-5101

As fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineer, my competency as an engineer is that I have the ability to do the task efficiently even if I am under pressure. I have experienced lots of difficulties in my studies wherein I have learned and gained the ability to find other alternatives to solve a certain problem giving the best opportunity to choose the best alternative. In my On-the-Job training at JGC Phil., I also learned my competency to work with the professionals. The time is the most important thing wherein I work also like a professional that I always do my work in the most efficient manner so that I could cope up with the deadline of submission of the project. I learned that to be able to do the task efficiently, you must know the common mistake of the previous worker so that you can avoid it to do the same mistake again so you have your best work in a lesser time. Graduates from Batangas State University are one of the most competent professionals in the country and even worldwide. It is because of their professors and their way of teaching to harness the full capability of students to make them to be globally competitive.

As a fresh graduate and registered Mechanical Engineer, I can say that I am competent enough in the field that I have chosen. I know for myself that I am equipped not just by theoretical knowledge but also the skills and proper attitude that are essential to the work that I am taking. During our college days, we are not just taught by the theories and practical applications about our study but also how to handle work under pressure and proper time management. We are also trained on how to properly deal with other people which is a very important skill on our workplace. As a fresh graduate, I am more eager to do every task that is given to me and I am open to new ideas and learning that can help me improve myself.

Mechanical Engineering
ME-5101

since i am not a top student in school, i am willing to give my better performance for the job because i need to learn more for the best. i had my on-the-job training experience that really awakened me up on how things go inside the company. i adjusted to the environment of the real world outside the school.
my supervisor commented on my performance as a fast learner and finishes work on time. this is my competency and i will keep those comments as part of my interest on the job to give satisfaction to the company.

ME-5101

Being an alumnus of Mechanical Engineering of Batangas State University, is already an edge to get a specific job.
I, as a Borbonian graduate, definitely do have the hard-working skills that a company is searching for. The obstacles I'd been through before I'd got my diploma and license served as a long-term training ground.
Through this, I could apply the principles and attitudes my instructors had told me.
However, I could say that the On-the-Job Training I'd done could also be an edge since I became familiar with the actual job atmosphere. I'd learned how to deal with different kind of people and work well even under pressure.

As a Mechanical Engineer from Batangas State University, I have acquired many skills and competencies which I can surely utilize in my future job. Being punctual is one; I believe that demonstrating punctuality at work is one way of showing how you value your job and your willingness to do it. Another thing is, I can communicate effectively both in written and oral form. I also have many experiences as a group leader where I was able to demonstrate responsibility in doing projects together with my group mates.
Aside from that, I was also exposed to several mechanical works during my On-The-Job Training at a well-known company here in the Philippines. From there, I learn on how to work under pressure in order to meet deadlines. I have also witnessed many critical decision making situations there. Though I was not really involved in that, I was able to observe and learn how to handle such kind of situations and I can say that if I will be given opportunities to do such things, I will be able to exercise critical thinking before making any choices and decisions. I am also a keen observer that's why I can easily identify uncertain conditions and provide necessary corrective actions. I also know how to plan and prioritize work. Those are some of the things where I am good at.

As fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineer, I can say that I have the competencies that companies are looking for. Being a graduate of Batangas State University is one of them. As this school is the number one top performing in this field furthermore, professors from this school are really competent. Thus, we, the students are also competent.
I am also a hardworking person. I can easily understand lessons thus; I know I’m a good Mechanical Engineer. Though I’m only a fresh graduate and I don’t have the experiences that others have, I can still work at par with the others because I gained the training also from Keppel Shipyard Batangas which is a well-known company. I can also work with minimal supervision and I’m a well- disciplined person. It’s me, Manolo A. Dalangin Jr., a student from ME-5101.

In time of global standardization and competition, the employers seek to hire competent workers that will add growth to the organization with inspiring performance. Thus, acquisition of necessary competencies in order to penetrate the industry is essential especially for fresh mechanical engineering graduates or even registered mechanical engineers. These competencies include the knowledge and skills learned in academic institutions as well as the appropriate attitude towards work.

Some of the fundamental skills I gained in school include solid technical know-how with respect to basic mechanical engineering, proficiency in various computer-related programs like AutoCAD, SolidWorks and Turbo C and computer literacy (MS office) which is helpful when specializing in engineering design. In addition to that, excellence in interpersonal relationship and exceptional communication skills—both oral and written is helpful to maintain harmonious relations at the workplace. However, the mentioned skills are all for naught without the key values i.e. punctuality, diligence, self-esteem and respect.

I, being a fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineer can be a competent individual. Equipped with all the values, knowledge and skills that I have gained from Batangas State University, which is the leading school in this field, I can say that I am ready to face the challenges and be a productive individual needed by the society. I can help to create useful things for our world. Graduating from this degree, which is a very broad major opens a variety of career paths. With the technology advancements and global problems of today, being a registered mechanical engineer will be at the forefront of these solutions. Being a fresh graduate, I am open for the new learnings from other people especially from my superiors, I am willing to accept challenges and job opportunities within my field. I will do all my best not only to learn more but to inspire other people as well.

In a job interview, I can discuss my competency in two ways, first is a written report of my experiences that are essential for the job I want to end up with. This written report maybe a resume which is a very important factor on a job interview. Second, answered questions from the interviewer are additional factor that may or can show how competent I am and that the resume I showed to the interviewer is not for a show off. On answering question given by the interviewer, I will answer it in a way that I really can do a difference in their company, than I can excel on the job that I want to have.

As a fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineer (hopefully the soonest ^_^), my competency will happen to be very satisfactory. Yes, I have to and I do believe that it will be. :) Well, this is because I believe competent people in an organization are the key to success of the organization and the person himself/herself.

And as one of the aspiring competent Mechanical Engineer in the near future, I figure myself to become an efficient communicator. If ever I have to attend another class in order to improve my communication skills, I’ll be very willing. This is because I know that communication is one of the main factors that will affect my competency in the workplace. My everyday conversations are the one that will mold my relationships with my colleagues and superiors. Even before I get a job, effective communication will be prominently needed in my job interviews.

Another one is the efficient task and risk management. I’ll compel myself to have diversity in everything I do in order for me to manage my tasks accordingly. I’ll organize my assignments through planning and scheduling and exercise punctuality to avoid deadlines and rush hours. On the other hand, I’ll also be open in any challenge and risks that my job could offer, for me to handle problems with proper dealing and decision-making. For me, risk management is serious but can be very easy for people with confidence and commitment to finish his/her jobs and achieve his/her goals. This will also mold me to become a good leader.

Well, as a whole, being competent will be part of my daily routine in the future. It is necessary to not just know and learn it, but as a professional, I’ll live with it.

De Torres, Daryl Jean I., BSME 5101

As a fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineering students, I can assure that the company that will hire me will not be disappointed. As an engineer, newly practicing her profession, my burning passion towards excellence will always be my foundation towards every project that will be assigned to me. My determination to prove my self will motivate me to go further beyond expectation. As a graduate of Batangas State University, I was trained to work on tough circumstances and meet all the deadlines. In this school, we were genuinely taught about the theoretical knowledge and the basics. And since, the school is in Outcome-Based Education, we already knew the applications of those theoretical knowledge. I have strong desire to learn. I'm excited to what I can I impart to the company and what the company can impart to me. I am able to cope beyond new challenges.Punctuality is one of my virtues. And to finish my assigned work ahead of time, without sacrificing the quality of work, will be my top priority. I am also the type who can easily adapt to the environment into which I will be assigned and I believe that cooperation is the key to success of any team/group work.To be an efficient and effective engineer is my very goal.

-Kristine Lea C. Mendoza
ME-5101

Judiel Vincent G. Andal
ME - 5101

As a fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineer, I believe that I had gained and developed necessary competencies that would be essential towards proper performance of jobs. These competencies are, but not limited to, the following: 1.) Critical Thinking; In the study of engineering, I have been exposed to problem solving that requires extensive research of the problem and the proper evaluation of solutions/alternatives through quantitative methods. 2.) Ability to work under pressure; My experience during my college years have trained me to worked well and meet the necessary deadlines. The difficulty of the task challenges me more to complete and achieve the requirements of the job. 3.) Ability to communicate well with others; I am able to express myself to others in a respectful manner. I am comfortable in using different methods of communication in order to listen and respond actively with others.

Being a Registered Mechanical Engineer and as a fresh graduate I can say that I'm competent enough to enter the engineering industry. Having a title of Mechanical Engineer and as a fresh graduate is an advantage, applications of what I learned and experienced in the University will help a lot in my job. As time passes by, technology evolves. Different innovations appear and a lot of changes in the industry take place. With this, I can say that the fresh graduates are the competent one since they know and they can adapt with the fast changes in the industry. Taking into account, the latest technology that will be use in the work is essential. This would my great weapon on having a job. Large engineering firms and companies will be in need of those professionals having this characteristics since competition between them will occur. Passion and knowledge for the job will also be one of the features that I, myself can say that I'm competent.

Wilbert N. Llanes
Me-5101

As a fresh graduate and registered Mechanical Engineer, I know that even though I have no experience in any kind of job, I thought I am ready to face the difficulties in any job that will be given to me in the future not only because I came from a top performing university in the Philippines but also I am a hardworking and responsible one. I have learned to design, develop, and implement technical solutions to complex technical and process problems.
My learning also in AUTOCAD will help me because the common job of a mechanical engineer deals in different designs.The way my university prepares their student to be a responsible engineer is also a big factor.

Wilbert N. Llanes
Me-5101

As a fresh graduate and registered Mechanical Engineer, I know that even though I have no experience in any kind of job, I thought I am ready to face the difficulties in any job that will be given to me in the future not only because I came from a top performing university in the Philippines but also I am a hardworking and responsible one. I have learned to design, develop, and implement technical solutions to complex technical and process problems.
My learning also in AUTOCAD will help me because the common job of a mechanical engineer deals in different designs.The way my university prepares their student to be a responsible engineer is also a big factor.

As a fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineering students, I can assure that the company that will hire me will not be disappointed. As an engineer, newly practicing her profession, my burning passion towards excellence will always be my foundation towards every project that will be assigned to me. My determination to prove my self will motivate me to go further beyond expectation. As a graduate of Batangas State University, I was trained to work on tough circumstances and meet all the deadlines. In this school, we were genuinely taught about the theoretical knowledge and the basics. And since, the school is in Outcome-Based Education, we already knew the applications of those theoretical knowledge. I have strong desire to learn. I'm excited to what I can I impart to the company and what the company can impart to me. I am able to cope beyond new challenges.Punctuality is one of my virtues. And to finish my assigned work ahead of time, without sacrificing the quality of work, will be my top priority. I am also the type who can easily adapt to the environment into which I will be assigned and I believe that cooperation is the key to success of any team/group work.To be an efficient and effective engineer is my very goal.

-Kristine Lea C. Mendoza
ME-5101

Immer MIko R. Adame
ME- 5101

As a fresh graduate and a Registered Mechanical Engineer, I could say that I am proficient enough to compete in the professional environment. I graduated carrying the theories and concepts in Mechanical Engineering taught in school and its application through my on-the-job training (OJT) and the summer job offered to me by the company I was in during ojt. Regarding my educational background, I graduated in Batangas State University, the top performing school in mechanical engineering in the country. during my college days, I became Dean's lister during my first two years. I also participated in the annual GE QUIZ Show of the PICHe-JCB during my second year. I am a member of the Mechanical Engineering Student Society and Junior Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineering.
During my OJT, I was assigned in the Engineering and Maintenance Department where I experienced an on-hand application of what I learned in school. There I experienced how to repair pumps, belts, tanks, vessels and etc. I also learned how to do preventive maintenance in equipment. I was also hired in the company during summer as draftsman. There I learned to read and make engineering drawings for engineering projects. From there, I gained experience which is essential as a Mechanical Engineer. This gives me an advantage over my fellow graduates.
I am a computer literate and have knowledge in AutoCad and Solidworks. I can work under pressure. I have a good oral and verbal communication both in Filipino and English. I can alo work hard to meet deadlines.
With these, I can say, I am competent and qualified.

As a fresh graduate and newly registered Mechanical Engineer, I can say that I am ready to work in the industry. Since they are inexperienced, the stereotyping among fresh graduates is that most of them are incompetent or not fit to work on the profession they have pursued. This usually comes from the fresh graduates' ability to to look for a job. The main reason is that they are not ready to work due to some incompetencies. The other deal is that they lack the required communication skills.

As a Batangas State University graduate, I can say that the university honed my competencies well as a mechanical engineer. I am trained to work under stress and pressure and I think its a good thing. It is a good training ground to prepare me for my future work in the industry. Also, I can apply the theories and principles that I have learned inside the university into the field where I am gonna work. Having the chance to perform my On- the - job training at a power plant justifies this. I got the chance to see with my own eyes the equipment and processes that we only see at the university on textbooks and pictures.

Lastly, I can say that the university has helped me develop my communication skills. Personally, I understand the importance of having the confidence and the ability to express what I wanna say when it comes to job hunting. As a professional, it is a big deal for me to land on a job not just I love but also fits my educational training and credentials.

Having said all of these, I can say that I am competent enough to work as an efficient, ethical, confident and of course, professional mechanical engineer.

Wilbert N. Llanes
Me-5101

As a fresh graduate and registered Mechanical Engineer, I know that even though I have no experience in any kind of job, I thought I am ready to face the difficulties in any job that will be given to me in the future not only because I came from a top performing university in the Philippines but also I am a hardworking and responsible one. I have learned to design, develop, and implement technical solutions to complex technical and process problems.
My learning also in AUTOCAD will help me because the common job of a mechanical engineer deals in different designs.The way my university prepares their student to be a responsible engineer is also a big factor.

Gerald P. Fortus
ME 5101
As a fresh graduate and at the same time as a registered mechanical engineer, I can say that i am competent in seeking a job that fits to my course. Since I am graduate of Batangas State University, I can handle things and work on these under pressure. I learned things and I am able to explain them in both theoretical and actual way.I am a skilled student in various engineering software that will be very helpful in the industry or other engineering firms. I am fast learner specially when it deals with the engineering topics.I always keep in mind that learning should not stack in the four corners of classroom. These may be my competencies and edges as well compare to other graduates.

In view with this article, the knowledge I learned and the experience I gained in Mechanical Engineering course are very vital to acquire my competency in the career I have chosen. Computer skills, technical skills, fluency in the use of English Language, creative, innovative, deadline-oriented/time management, ability to work independently and under pressure, are some of my work competitive standpoints. As a fresh graduate and registered Mechanical Engineer, to become a part of a progressive and fast-paced organization under the supervision of senior engineers, where knowledge in Mechanical Engineering can be best utilized, is one of my career objectives. This article shows that in every situation, we have to be confident, have a lot of nerve and really do lot of a hard work. According to Steve Jobs- “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.”

- Austin M. Cruzat, ME-5101

Being a Registered Mechanical Engineer and as a fresh graduate I can say that I'm competent enough to enter the engineering industry. Having a title of Mechanical Engineer and as a fresh graduate is an advantage, applications of what I learned and experienced in the University will help a lot in my job. As time passes by, technology evolves. Different innovations appear and a lot of changes in the industry take place. With this, I can say that the fresh graduates are the competent one since they know and they can adapt with the fast changes in the industry. Taking into account, the latest technology that will be use in the work is essential. This would my great weapon on having a job. Large engineering firms and companies will be in need of those professionals having this characteristics since competition between them will occur. Passion and knowledge for the job will also be one of the features that I, myself can say that I'm competent.

Hidalgo, Aina Trixie F.
BS Mechanical Engineering
ME 5101

Competency is the measurable skill and ability (or the natural or learned capacity to perform acts), knowledge (or the practical or theoretical understanding of subject) and behaviour (or the pattern of action or conduct) critical to successful job performance. This competency is our weapon to prove our self, to allow others to fully describe their performance expectations of us and to lead us to a better future.

As a fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineer, I have the proficient skills on communication, teamwork/collaboration, planning/organization, time management, motivation and flexibility/adaptation and at the same time I am knowledgable in English Communications, Mathematical operations and Computer Aided Design.

To barely prove my knowledge, I graduated Elementary with second honourable mention award and nine special awards including my extra curricular activity which is Journalism and I also graduated High School with honours. And I graduated college at the top performing school of BS Mechanical Engineering for 16 years at Batangas State University. With these universities, I gained knowledge but at the same time I improved myself to become a better individual who can face the world without fear and doubt. These universities helped me not only to have knowledge competency but also personality competency that served as my guide in my journey of being a registered Mechanical Engineer.

I also considered my On-The-Job Training at Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation as one of the achievements in my life for I learned a lot of things in this company. And out of 180 students who took up the examination, I got that great opportunity to be one of their trainees. PSPC gave more meaning to the word "family": its importance, its happiness and its unity. PSPC helped me to improve my personality competency and at the same shared knowledge about my field.

I may not be as good as the magna cum laudes, summa cum laudes or even the cum lauded but there's one thing that I have that no one can ever beat: My Personality. I am Aina Trixie F. Hidalgo, Registered Mechanical Engineer.

In view with this article, the knowledge I learned and the experience I gained in Mechanical Engineering course are very vital to acquire my competency in the career I have chosen. Computer skills, technical skills, fluency in the use of English Language, creative, innovative, deadline-oriented/time management, ability to work independently and under pressure, are some of my work competitive standpoints. As a fresh graduate and registered Mechanical Engineer, to become a part of a progressive and fast-paced organization under the supervision of senior engineers, where knowledge in Mechanical Engineering can be best utilized, is one of my career objectives. This article shows that in every situation, we have to be confident, have a lot of nerve and really do lot of a hard work. According to Steve Jobs- “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know it when you find it.”

- Austin M. Cruzat, ME-5101,

ME-5101

One of the keys that shaped me to be in this kind of profession is Batangas State University which is the top performing school in mechanical engineering. Besides, through the on-the-job training, I was able to work in an international company that showed me the real engineering ground. I learned how do engineers respond with the problems they encounter and how to handle their subordinates.
Moreover, I could also socialize with other employees and maintain friendly relationship with my workers.

As a registered mechanical engineer, I have the:
• ability to use different theoretical knowledge about the field of mechanical engineering and able to use it in the actual practice
• ability to understand and apply basic knowledge and engineering concepts involved in the design and implementation of different projects regarding mechanical engineering
• ability to communicate, in oral and written, different technical engineering information to various audience to ensure that they understand the information
• capability to use effective solutions and approach on different situation that require careful analysis on problems and able to apply the right action
• ability to participate and coordinate to people and share different skills to be able to complete tasks and assignments

As a fresh graduate and a registered Mechanical Engineer, I have the knowledge about the machine and power plant designs, HVAC system, refrigeration system, fluid machinery and many more related subjects in my field. So I can say that I have the basic skills to pursue careers in manufacturing firms, automotive companies, power generation and utility plants. Fortunately, besides the technical skills that I've learned, I also have good communication and interpersonal skills. In my working career, I am confident that I can contribute new concepts for the development of the company. I'm also a fast learner individual. I have the eagerness to learn new things that will improve my knowledge and skills. I am looking to stay, grow and learn with the company.

I do believe that triumph, as an engineer in this day, requires competence and a combination of management, leadership, effective communication and business skills. Leadership is something that I have naturally and my school ( Grade and High School days) recognized this by electing me as one of the officers, which I believe has further improved my leadership and communication skills. In addition, decision-making is one of the skills I have acquired. Taking the right action, based on what we know, and being responsible for what happens. You can ask other people for their opinions. Most importantly, you must know what else could happen if
you don’t do something on time.

Celemen, Roi Medwin A.
BSME/ME-5101

Being a fresh graduate of BSME, I have gained multiple competencies through striving and maintaining my determination throughout my studies. And these competencies I have are earned fundamental for the effective and efficient practice of my chosen profession.
One of these is my gained knowledge towards various safety practices, which in turn will be helpful when I am in the industry and practicing my profession. Also, the motivation I have towards learning new things keeps me in the loop of the latest innovations in the industry.
Having the idea of safety in mind, which were taught to us when we were still in college, has led me to maintain competency towards quality assurance and control standards. Of course, in every company or industry involved with production, quality assurance and control will always be a requirement towards producing quality products and/or services.
In the years that I have studied this course, I can say that safety, above all is of utmost concern, and therefore, we have learned various ways on how to implement safety practices in the workplace, especially in the industry.
After effectively implementing safety towards the workplace, next will be the efficient employment of resources. In this aspect, I have learned that efficiency and effectiveness can really be of huge advantage towards using resources. With efficiency and effectiveness involved in work, the resources, i.e. materials, labor, etc. may be utilized to a higher potential.
Although there were many things that I learned in studying the course, I can say that there are a lot more that I can learn in practice. The ideas and theories imparted to us by our professors back then will now be applied in practice and therefore will give me the further knowledge that I will not be able to earn if I were to only study in college and practicing my profession in the industry will help me grow more.

RAMOS, MICHELLE DE JESUS
ME - 5101

As a newly registered Mechanical Engineer(hopefully soon), I had the following competencies:
1. Ability of solving different problems . To solve problems using the principles of engineering science and mathematics that I've learned in my alma mater.
2. Ability to Communicate well. To communicate ideas concisely and effectively both oral and written.
3. Team Work. To do things with other people to achieve the goals efficiently.
4. Ability to manage my time. To achieve goals to agreed deadlines.
5. Ability to make a plan. To plan priorities on the basis of available data, deadlines and under pressure.

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