Wednesday, December 5, 2012

iTrabaho Weekly Giveaway

iTrabaho Weekly Giveaway

We are giving away freebies every week, and a Sony Digital Camera on December 24, 2012.

Get the chance to win by either:

1.) Like us on our Facebook page and Share this contest on FB

2.) Follow us on Twitter and Tweet this contest using #itrabahogiveaway

     e.g. I want that shirt! Hurray for #itrabahogiveaway !

You can also increase your chance of winning by doing both. Best of luck! :)

Update: We already have new (easy to remember) numbers. Save them now:
0925.555.5627 (sun)  /  0917.323.5627 (globe)  /  0908.879.5627 (smart)

For questions and inquiries, don't hesitate to comment below.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tips for Career Changers

We've heard of the many stories of lawyers becoming yogis, bankers turning into painters, and other similar characters. There are times when you no longer love your job or you wake up and realized that you hate your work.

Before you start searching for a new job, here are some tips that you should know:

  • Know why you want the change. You need to identify what made you want a change in your career. Are you tired with your job? Are you stuck with your career and not going up? You need to know this to avoid missing your old career after you've let go.
  • What’s your passion? You have to know what is important for you. This helps in giving you a sense of accomplishment. You can also use this in looking for that career that makes you feel fulfilled. This can also be useful in job interviews for your new career.
  • Be practical. If possible, try to make the changes slowly. Try to take a few classes at a time, if you need to upgrade your education for the new career. Don’t overspend in taking new degrees when you can opt for a couple of courses.
  • Look for a mentor. Find a career mentor who can give you advises and inputs with your ideas. Make sure that he/she is successful in the field that you are interested in.
  • Research. Check out the latest trends in employment. Research about the degrees and experience needed to make in to the industry that you want.

Have the guts to follow your passion?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Important Office Skills (that we often overlook)

Staying competitive at work can be hard, but not impossible. Here are a few often overlooked skills that can give you the edge that you need.

Computer Skills

     Keeping your computer skills sharpened is important in succeeding in today's modern office environment. Knowing your way around an Excel spreadsheet or a presentation slide goes a long way towards becoming more efficient at your job. It's very easy to overlook important computer skills based around programs you don't often interact with.

     If you have some free time, it might be a good idea to reacquaint yourself with some of the other important, if seldom used programs you use for work. And no, being a whiz around social networking sites isn't enough (although it can be relevant!).

Write effectively

     Composing clear, and concise correspondence often takes people in the workplace by surprise. How many times have you been caught off-guard when a superior asks you to compose a short memo, let alone a detailed report? To save you from the stress of staring into a blank screen, it might do you a world of good to practice up on your technical writing.

Crisis Management

     While the idea of managing your time has been done to death (avoid cramming, mind your deadlines, etc.), the idea of managing a high-stress, crisis situation is often overlooked. Being able to maintain composure when projects go wrong despite your best efforts is the single most important employment tip you will ever receive. While there are many ways to handle a crisis situation, patience and expertise are at the center of the solution.

     Begin by mastering your particular project, or task at hand. Knowing the ins-and-outs of an important deal or company project allows you to see the big picture, making it easier for you to spot where things go wrong.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Resume Tips: The 4 Cardinal Rules of Effective Resume-Making

Today's job market is more competitive than ever before. Given a large field of equally qualified, and skilled applicants it can be very hard for hiring managers to keep track and hire - you, our dear reader.

Luckily, you can stay ahead of the field using a very simple, yet often misunderstood tool: The Resume.

1. Research Beforehand

Everyone knows how to construct a resume. There are quite literally, countless templates available online. What most job applicants fail to remember is to research about the company beforehand. It's the little details that will set you apart: Hiring Managers and committees are swamped with paperwork, and resumes all the time that it's easy to lose track of an impersonal, run-of-the-mill resume. Instead, try to research on the company's staff. Place the name of the hiring manager on the header. The little touch of creating a personalized conversation between yourself and the manager can pull you ahead of an otherwise faceless stack of paper. If it isn't possible, use headers such as, 'Dear Hiring Manager,' or 'Dear Hiring Staff.' Try not to stick to tired, almost-robotic headers such as: 'To Whom It May Concern.'

2. That Unique Flavor

Creating a resume isn't just about listing off achievements and accolades. It's about convincing a company that you have what it takes to contribute positively into the company as a whole. Try creating a list of your five best attributes as it pertains to the job at hand, and use those as selling points. Given today's competitive market, there are surely a handful of other applicants who are as accomplished as you, maybe even more so. Pulling ahead of the pack by stating how passionate you are (with examples, of course!) really catches the attention of hiring managers.

3. It's the Opening that Counts

Hiring managers are too busy to sift through every resume that goes through their table, so try to trim away all the unnecessary fluff. Instead, go straight to the point while sounding professional. Clearly state the position you are applying for, details to your references, and no-frills description of why you are the best candidate for the job. Outside of saving the Hiring Manager some time, going straight to the point conveys a confident, and no-nonsense attitude. Do away with extraneous details such as detailing the company's history and how you came to know about them. They're here to look for potential employees, not a history lesson.

4. Closing the Deal

And finally, you have to end your resume with a bang! Okay, maybe not a bang, but certainly not a whimper. Close your resume with a call to action, stating how they must hire you. Also ask for a possibility of meeting face-to-face to discusss any questions they may have about your qualifications or the like. End your resume with a simple, 'Best Regards' or 'Sincerely Yours.' The more you sound like you mean business, the more these people will want to do business with you.

So there you have it! Four simple employment tips to keep you ahead of the game!

Have any resume-tips of your own? Let us know below on the comments!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How To Speed Up Your Job Search with iTrabaho

Slow day circling off jobs on the want ad page? Feeling stuck? Maybe you aren’t approaching your search for a job as effective as you can be. Whether you are looking for jobs in Cebu, or New York, here are three solid tips to help you escape the rut.

Online Job Board

In this day and age, there are many job boards available to find job listings. Knowing your geographical location should help narrow the search as to exactly which site is the best for you. offers many full-time and part-time jobs for job seekers. Creating a profile is easy, and job lists are updated in real-time, giving you an up to the minute update.

Stay Connected

Staying connected is important if you want to land that dream job. offers a free SMS-based service. By signing up to’s services, you are informed of job openings, as well as whenever an employer is interested in getting you for an interview! With iTrabaho’s text features, you don’t need an internet connection to stay connected! This service works for both cellphone and smartphone users!

Online Resumes

Having an updated resume is important in attracting potential employers. At, you can create a resume all completely online and for FREE! Your resume is stored with your profile and is immediately available to employers who you apply to. Best of all, with’s SMS features, you can even build and update your resume from your phone, while on the go!

To register for free using your phone via SMS:


send to any of these numbers:

0925 555 5627 (sun) / 0908 879 5627 (smart) / 0917 323 5627 (globe)

So give a spin today! Our features will have you up and running into your dream career in no time!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Signs that You Aced Your Interview

The interview is probably the most nerve-wracking part in the application process. Many job hunters dread the job interview, particularly those who have the fear of talking to another person, most often a stranger. However, the interview is an essential part in every job search. When the interview goes well, there’s a high chance that you will get the job. 

Here are the tell-tale signs that you aced your interview:
  • Invitation for second interview. If the interviewer didn't like you at all, you wouldn’t have received that invitation. This means that they are interested to get to know you better to see if you are fit for the job. If they aren’t, they would be noncommittal, and you’d be expecting to “hear from someone soon.”
  • The hiring manager tries to sell the company and the position to you. This is the most obvious sign that you are a perfect candidate, and the interview went well. This means that he/she wants you to see the advantages and the benefits of accepting the job proposal, when you get one. This paints the picture of the company’s environment that might appeal to a qualified candidate.
  • You are asked about your timeline. An interested interviewer will want to know how the amount of time needed for your transition and your schedule. They would like to know when you are able to comply with the requirements so your timeline, and their timeline won’t have to conflict. They would want to speed up your transition to the company as well.
  • You are given the freedom to ask as many questions. When the hiring manager spends more time answering your questions, this is definitely a good sign. He/she would like to sell the idea of your working for the company. Most often, the interviewer always gives interviewees a chance to ask questions, but will not give that much time. When he/she allots a lot of time in allowing more questions, he/she is really interested.
  • Longer interview time. If the hiring manager thinks that you are not suited for the job, he/she will find ways to end the interview. If you are well-qualified for the job, the interview will go beyond the allotted time since he/she will want to get to know you better. Furthermore, look for other signs, like smiles and nod from the interviewer or interviewing team.

Although these are not foolproof signs that you will land the job, these signs will tell you that you did well. Although you might have aced the interview, there might also be other applicants who did well in their own interview. Even if this happens, at least you did well in your interview and you know the hiring manager enjoyed your interview.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Office Dress Codes and You

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Ok, hold up. No, no, don't press that other tab. Office uniforms evoke the classic feeling of office monotony. Just think: Rows upon rows of gray cubicles staffed with equally gray little workers, scuttling about in the drudgery of an office space.

It can all get a little dreary.

But office dress codes need not always tell the world how much of a boring clerk, or pencil-pusher you are. In fact, most people have sever misconceptions about what to do when given a particular dress code. Here are some common office dress codes, and what they say about you.

Business Formal

Business formal attire is an upgrade from your everyday, office outfits. Award ceremonies, Formal Company dinners, these require Business Formal Attire.. Men wear a dark colored suit over a dress shirt with a silk tie. The shirt should be a French cut style and cufflinks can be worn. Silk or linen pocket squares are also a requirement for men. Round out the outfit with dark shoes and dark trousers. Formal business attire for women is a suit with a skirt while wearing pantyhose. Round out this outfit with closed toe pumps.

What it says about you: This tells the world that you are no office monkey! Dress to impress, for the night will be swimming with movers and shakers!

Business Professional

Conservative, and efficient, Business Professional wear consists of your day-to-day office attire. Women can wear a pants suite combination or a dress with a skirt, rounded out with heels while men may wear a blazer or suit jacket, a button down shirt and tie, and some dress shoes.

What it says about you: This tells the world that you are playing with the big boys! Companies that require strict business professional attire usually deal in finance. The bigger, and more prestigious the company, the more likely they are to require strict dress codes.

Business Casual

For many, business casual simply means you do not need to wear a suit. However, it does not call for casual attire such as jeans and T-shirts. Women and Men typically wear a collared shirt or a Polo shirt. Conservative dresses and skirts are also acceptable options for women, while the Men may also chose sweaters over a shirt. For men, round out the outfit with Khaki or dress pants along with dress shoes, while women can opt to round it out with suit pants, or a dress skirt.

What it says about you: While not in a company as prestigious as the big boys per se, Business Casual attire often tells people that you are ready and willing to help in a professional capacity, while still exuding an aura of approachability!

So there you have it! Three common dress code found in any office environment, and how to go about them! What do you wear to your job? Don't have one? Why not find one of many jobs in the philippines?