9 Tips on Building a Kick-ass Resume

First impressions last and your resume is a potential employer’s first impression of you. A lot of people take their resume for granted, a necessary evil in the process of applying for a job. Consequently most job hunters put no thought whatsoever on how theirs is constructed and just slap together a bunch of facts…

The Birds and the Bees

I remember one incident when I was in my second year of college. I had just lost my cherry and I thought it was a momentous enough occasion to warrant being written for posterity in my handy-dandy journal. Those were the days before blogging and I kept a journal because I had writer-ly aspirations. They…

Ouija Board

I wasn’t there when my grandfather died. He was my grandmother’s brother and I was his favorite apo. I remember as a very young child, I was all but spoiled with gifts of toys, money, and candy. My mom was his favorite pamangkin and when she had me I became the new apple of his…

The Need for Speed

“Bro, dapat bumili ka na ng auto.” My brother and I were hanging out at a nearby coffee shop when he suddenly brought the topic up from out of the blue. “But I don’t know how to drive” I said. “Okay lang yan. Mabilis lang naman matuto. I’ll teach you.” he insisted. My brother is…

Just who the Hell are we!?

Back in college, I was known by my surname, Diego. Turns out there was another Jonas in my college so to avoid confusion, I started using my surname as my first name. Besides, I thought being called Diego was kind of cool. It started getting weird after a while because my girlfriends called me Diego…

The Medium

Anton dela Vega is getting restless. He has been waiting for four hours in the basement parking lot of one of Makati’s prime commercial establishment. He has already gone through one pack of his Marlboros and has been growing steadily uneasy. The source of his agitation was not the burly man in a Barong Tagalog…

3 Tips on Giving Feedback

Let’s face it: coaching your team members is a potential emotional landmine and it’s no surprise. Most people are somewhat sensitive (in varying degrees) about their work and the last thing they want to hear is for their supervisors and managers to say that their work is no good. Feedback is an important part of…