Last Updated on September 17, 2020 by Philip Andrew Mayol

In most companies, teams and departments have become smaller over the last few 
years. At present, it’s not uncommon for project team to consist of only two or three 
individuals, where it would have been more popular only few decades ago to have more 

than five.

In practical terms, this also implies that workers are in positions where they have to take 

on more leadership and responsibility. Successful professional with caliber working skills is the secret to this. Businesses that run lean teams, as well as new startups, are 
likely to gravitate towards candidates who understand how to do their job well. To get your dream job, most especially during these challenging times, start  demonstrating your 
advantages through well-constructed resumé with these working habits and skills:

 

1. ADAPTABILITY AND RESILIENCY

More than ever, those in charge of recruiting in the Philippines are interested in employees who are adaptable and capable of meeting new challenges. 

Although we thought we understood what rapid change had been in the previous decades, the coming years have so far shown us what rapid change really is. With some markets 
collapsing and others opening up new opportunities, the idea of having adaptable 
employees in business can be matter of survival.

 

2. INDEPENDENT PROBLEM SOLVING

For better or worse, traditional Filipino workplace culture is very social. Although this also 
results in stronger consensus building, it often appears to quash innovation and critical 
thinking. Unfortunately, innovative ideas are always needed in fast-paced world. 

Job applicants who demonstrate initiative in problem solving are far more likely to be 
considered useful, particularly now that companies are highly vulnerable to telecommuting and leaner workforces.

 

 

3. SELF LEARNING

It is becoming less and less likely that workers will be promoted to higher role within 
the company. Employers these days are usually not as centered as they have been on 
employee growth, which partly explains the pattern of external recruiting for positions 
higher than management in many Filipino companies. Candidates who are seen as 
“self-starters” in their professional development tend to be seen as better investments 
than those who may seem to have stagnated.

 

4. OPEN-MINDEDNESS

One common thing that ties the most innovative organizations is the fear of stagnation. More than ever, the drive for innovation is starting to become more of a part of many Filipino businesses. For this reason, being able to show open-mindedness can be a big factor in deciding between applicants competing for a position.

 

5. DIGITAL LITERACY

Demonstrating strong understanding of technology goes beyond just learning how to 
use word processor and spreadsheet. While the Philippines has widely adopted mobile 
devices, social media, and other key technologies, our application and understanding of 
them is relatively limited. Although not generally concern in most cases, lack of digital 
literacy can lead to blind spots in finding solutions to common issues that are likely to 
occur in the workplace. 

A realistic understanding of data analytics, current online best practices, and other 
aspects that characterize our modern era is something that you can demonstrate to the 
hiring manager at your next job search.

Skills and passion are just two legs of the three-legged stool of great job performance. The other is attitude … and it may be the most important.

These are just some of the career skills and abilities that Filipino hiring managers and 

company owners are searching for. If you can deliver just half of these, and with a good attitude, you will already be in better spot than many other applicants out there. 
Good luck with the search for your work