Job interview mo ba? Ano ang gayak?

Appearance is form meeting function. In interviews, appearance could easily take in a huge percentage of your chance of making it. Here are some tips from the experts:

1) Blazers are good but…

While a blazer is a good go-to choice for almost any interview, be mindful of what you wear underneath, says Alison Doyle, one of the industry’s most highly-regarded career experts. Inevitably, she says, the deep-v formed by the blazer’s lapel creates a plunging neckline. “If you’re going to wear a camisole or a shell underneath, make sure it covers you appropriately. Of course, layering with a button-down is a no-fail option, too.”
Doyle says this applies to men, too. “Unless you’re interviewing in a casual environment, like at a start-up company, wearing a blazer on top doesn’t give you the excuse to wear a tired t-shirt underneath. Take the extra effort and put on a button-down or, at the very least, a v-neck sweater.”

2) Take it easy on the perfume
Doyle says you never know  never know if your interviewer might have an allergy or aversion to strong scents. 

3)Upgrade your wardrobe. In a tight job market, everything matters – including your overall appearance. If your wardrobe is outdated, or if you have been out of the workforce for awhile and your closet reflects it, invest in some modern, fashion-forward clothes to wear to your interview, Doyle suggests.

4) Tone down that make-up. While it’s important to look your best, loading on make-up is not the best way to go about it, according to Doyle. “Keep your look natural, avoiding dark eye shadow, bright lipstick or heavy foundation. Your best bet is to stick with a light coat of mascara, a touch of powder and some tinted lip balm. Aim to look refreshed and awake, without looking too done up,” she says.

5)Jangly Jewelry: Don’t wear more than two rings per hand or one earring per ear. And no face jewelry or ankle bracelets allowed. 
6)Open-toed or backless shoes: And mules are a definite no-no. Out-of-date shoes should be thrown out or kept for other occasions. 

7)Overly casual clothes. Even if you’re interviewing at a laid-back workplace, it’s still possible to take the casual concept too far, says Trevor Simm, founder and president of OpalStaff, a staffing solutions company. “Do not wear jeans, tennis shoes, shorts, t-shirts, hats, flip-flops, or any garments with messages or brands written on them,” he says. “For men wearing a suit, do not wear loud, obnoxious colors, busy-printed shirts or overly patterned ties.” Take the conservative approach, and save the fun stuff for after you’ve got the job.

8) Don’t wear anything distracting
There’s a fine line between standing out and wearing something that’s just distracting, says Stacy Lindenberg, owner of Talent Seed Consulting

“Better to choose subtle patterns over brighter ones, and dark or neutral clothing versus neon colors or anything distracting,” Lindenberg says. “You should be the focus of the interview, not your clothing.”

Duterte wins TIME 100 readers’ poll

Online readers voted to include Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte among the renowned list of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people released annually.

Online readers voted to include Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte among the renowned list of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people released annually.

A frontrunner in the 2017 online poll, Duterte gained 5% of the votes even with rivals ranging from the leader of the world’s Catholics to international pop stars, world champion athletes, and multi-billion-worth start-up founders.

“Closely following Duterte in the TIME 100 poll were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Pope Francis, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg — all of whom received 3% of the total “yes” votes,” TIME reported in its website Monday noon.

The poll shows other personalities including talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Kimmel as well as world leaders Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Angela Merkel.

The list of TIME’s most influential people, dubbed #Time100, has been a yearly tradition of the international publication.
This year, the list will be released on April 20.

The vote in favor of Duterte is an international affirmation of the influence he wields — the weight of his words and his reach.

Since gaining power as Philippine president in May 2016, Duterte has waged a bloody anti-drug campaign that has reportedly claimed some 8,000 lives of suspected drug users and pushers.

Etihad Airways is hiring

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Captain Non-Rated B777

Captain B777

Captain B787

Captain A320

First Officer Non-Rated B777

First Officer B787

First Officer B777

Manager Production – Abu Dhabi

Cargo Sales Manager – Vietnam

Manager Business Intelligence-Belgrade

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Duterte to bring home 16,000 jobs for Filipinos from Saudi deals

Seven business-to-business deals worth $470 million between Filipino and Saudi businessmen are expected to generate 16,000 new jobs in the Philippines.

Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez disclosed that the agreements focus on industries like eco-zones for production of halal products, tourism, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, engineering, and fine-dining logistics.

“We will be witnessing the signing of about seven business-to-business agreements or letter of intent or memorandum of understanding [from Saudi] companies that have indicated interest to invest in the Philippines,” Lopez said.

Last year, Philippine exports to Saudi Arabia grew by 4.34% to $82.46 million. However, the country’s imports from the kingdom dropped by 43.46%, largely due to depressed oil prices.

Crude, petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals are the Philippines’ top imports from Saudi Arabia, accounting for 91.07% of the total with a value of $1.95 billion.

From 2008 to 2010, approved investments from the kingdom to the Philippines amounted to $4.14 million.

Duterte encourages Saudi businessmen to invest in PH

During his visit at the Saudi Chamber of Commerce office in Riyadh, President Rodrigo Duterte invited Saudi businessman to buy more of the country’s products and take advantage of the economic growth of the Philippines.

“We will make it easy for you to do business, and you are guaranteed on your return of investments,” the President said in his speech before the Saudi businessman.

“We need investments in my country, and if you may want to go there and invest, we can give you the best place to go about earning. Feel free, we will give you the best incentive and the best environment we can offer,” the President added.

The President also highlighted with them that agriculture is a major part of the Philippine economy, saying, “We hope someday our products will find their way in and acceptable to your standards.”

The chief executive has witnessed seven business deals worth $470 million on Wednesday during a business forum attended by top business leaders of Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.

“The estimated amount of investment is about $470 million. That will create 16,000 new jobs in the country,” Trade secretary Ramon Lopez said in a press conference.

“We look forward to a much stronger relationship with Saudi Arabia. They’re doing a lot for our citizens here and we see bright prospects,” he added.

11 Abu Sayyaf bandits surrender in Tawi-Tawi

Two notorious sub-leaders of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and nine of their followers have surrendered to the military in Tawi-Tawi.

Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said in a press statement the bandits yielded voluntarily to the troops of Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi.

The Westmincom credited the surrender of the bandits to the ongoing military operation in Tawi-Tawi.

The military continues to put pressure on the Abu Sayyaf as Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año left a marching order to suppress the ASG within the time frame provided by the Commander-in-Chief, President Rodrigo Duterte, which is on June 30.

The Westmincom identified the Abu Sayyaf sub-leaders who surrendered as Berong Sariol alias Boy Master and Ben Saudi Dambong Sariol alias Boy Pangit.

Petinglay said the siblings Berong and Ben acted as the leaders of separate Abu Sayyaf groups active in kidnap-for-ransom activities in Tawi-Tawi and in neighboring Malaysia.

The other nine ASG members who surrendered are also relatives of the siblings. They are Jasim Dambong alias Dams, Mujil Dambong, Magelan Langal, Kael Sariol, Nurhamin Sariol, Alhan Sariol, Amnisain Sariol, Akmad Sariol and Benasil Sariol.

(with reports from Philippine News Agency)

UAE court postpones decision on Jennifer Dalquez anew

Migrante spokesperson Arman Hernando said the UAE court has posponed the hearing on Jennifer Dalquez, who was convicted for killing her employer who allegedly tried to rape her in May 2015.

It will now be set to April 26 after the children of the victim failed to show up at the day’s hearing, reported GMA News.

“Sinasabi po nila (UAE chapter) na hindi na naman po natuloy ang pagbaba nung hatol kay Jennifer Dalquez sa kadahilanan po na hindi muling dumalo ‘yung pamilya nung napatay ni Jennifer Dalquez at ini-reset po yung muling pagdinig sa kanyang kaso,” Hernando was quoted to have said in the report.

Under Islamic law, Dalquez, 30, may escape the death sentence if the victim’s two children will not swear in the name of Allah that Dalquez killed their father and instead opt for the payment of blood money.

“Ngayon sana ipo-promulgate kung ano ang hatol nung judge tungkol sa kaso o yung Court of Appeals nila. Sa hatol po nga ay nakikita na meron na silang conviction kay Jennifer. Hinihintay lamang na mag-swear sa Quran yung dalawang anak para mapanghawakan ang hatol sa kanya,” Hernando added.

The hearing last March 27 was moved to April 12 due to the absence of one of the victim’s children.

Islamic law dictates that the victim’s children must put their hand on the Quran and swear in court to uphold the court’s decision to execute Dalquez.

Cyclone to hit PH on Black Saturday

PAGASA meteorologists are currently monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) that may hit the country as a cyclone by Black Saturday evening, April 15.

The disturbance will be given the local name “Crising” should it become a cyclone.

It is expected to cross through Southern Luzon and Visayas, and exit from the country in the area of Mindoro by Monday morning.

The LPA posited some 1,415 km east of Mindanao. It is expected to enter the PAR by Thursday morning and intensify into a cyclone before the weekend.

In Luzon, up to moderate rain is expected in Ilocos and the Cordilleras on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Bicol can expect some rain on Black Saturday afternoon through to the evening, while southern and central Luzon can expect rain throughout Easter Sunday.

Metro Manila can expect humid weather throughout the rest of the week, but should brace for rain come Easter Sunday.

In the Visayas, fair weather is expected this Thursday but will give way to rainy weather on Friday and Saturday in the east. The incoming cyclone is forecast to bring rains to central and western Visayas through the day on Sunday.

Taiwan may roll out visa-free entry to Filipinos in June this year

The Taiwanese government may soon start to offer visa-free entry to Filipinos starting June, according to the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines.

Based on the new rules, Philippine passport holders who have been granted entry to selected countries may go to Taiwan for up to 30 days without a visa starting June, reported ABS CBN news.

The visa-free grant will be implemented on a trial basis for a year, starting June 1, said the report.

TECO has yet to release details, but a Taiwanese news website reported on Wednesday that Filipinos may stay in Taiwan visa-free for up to 30 days.

The new policy is part of efforts of Taiwan to draw in more travelers from Southeast Asia.

Last October, Taiwan relaxed visa requirements for Filipinos, offering visa-free entry to Filipinos who have been issued visas to enter Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

TECO in Manila is expected to make the formal announcement on the visa exemption after the Holy Week.

Emirates Airlines is hiring

Career opportunities from Dubai-based carrier Emirates await residents and expats alike.

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Here’s the list of job opportunities for this month:

Flight Deck Opportunities- First Officers

Requisition ID-160001G6

Closing Date: Ongoing

Direct Entry Captain Opportunities

Requisition ID-160001G8

Closing Date: Ongoing

Cargo Supervisor – dnata

Job Category: Cargo

Closing Date: Ongoing

Maintenance Technicians

Job Category: Airport Operations

Closing Date: Ongoing

Travel Document Checker / Profiler

Job Category: Security

Closing Date: Ongoing

Aircraft Loading Supervisor

Job Category: Airport Operations

Closing Date: Ongoing

Equipment Operators and Drivers – Airport Operations

Job Category: Airport Operations

Closing Date: Ongoing

Customer Service Professionals

Job Category: Customer Service & Contact Centre

Primary Location: United Arab Emirates-Dubai

Closing Date: Ongoing

Line Maintenance Mechanic

Job Category: Airport Operations

Primary Location: United Arab Emirates

Closing Date: Ongoing