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The Fresh Grad's Job Application Starter Kit

Did you just recently graduate from college? Then congratulations! You're officially unemployed and part of the sea of job seekers in the Philippines—9.1 million to be exact. But are you ready to take on the challenges of applying for a job? How does your resume look? Have you made a draft of a cover letter to send out? Do you have any idea what government documents you need to get as part of the employment requirements?

If you're already starting to get anxiety attacks by what I just mentioned, kalma lang. Applying for a job is probably one of the most exciting yet most difficult (and sometimes frustrating) experiences a job seeker could ever go through. Every interview, may it be a success or a failure, is always an opportunity for you to learn and improve.

And since you're still starting out, and probably don't know what to do just yet, we've gathered downloadable templates on the basic application necessities you'll need for your application process journey. Now, all aboard on the ship of adulthood!

1. 10 Free Resume Templates For The Creatively Challenged

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First on the list, and the most vital piece you need for the job hunt, is your resume. Now, writing an impressive resume may be challenging, especially if you really don't know what parts to include and exclude, but once you get your details figured out, it's going to be really easy. However, we've noticed that job applicants often neglect how their resumes actually look. You may not know this, but some recruiters actually judge you by how your resume looks. And by look, we mean how well you arranged and organized the details, color selection, white spaces, the font you chose, and all those graphic details.

If you don't know how to create an eye-catching resume, here are free templates—both classic and creative—to help your resume get noticed.

RELATED: 16 CREATIVE RESUME IDEAS FROM GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

2. The Cover Letter Is Dead: Write A Cover Email Instead

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Whenever you think about applying for jobs, you instantly think about submitting your resume. But that's not all there is in applying, a cover letter is just as important because this is the first thing your employer will read; your first contact with the recruiter. But as technology continues to evolve the process of traditional application, a lot of employers actually prefer receiving emails now. And the best part? You get to save the trees!

How do you write a cover email that gets them to scan through your resume? Here are some tips to help you draft the email.

3. Government IDs Fresh Grads Need to Secure for Employment

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After perfecting your resume, the cover email, and some set of job interviews, securing your government documents would be the next steps for you to tackle on. In the Philippines, employers are required to obtain government documents and ID numbers for newly hired employees, and it's your job to accomplish them before the start of your employment date. Our best advice is to get everything ready as early as possible. Accomplishing government documents are tiresome. Trust us. It's better do it early while you still have a lot of time on your hands.

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