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In today’s internet age, you can find all the information on the internet. Connection is not a problem, you can have this at home; you can use prepaid or postpaid broadband; or you can just go to a restaurant, coffee shop or mall and connect to its wireless network or wifi. In other words, internet connection is everywhere. This is the main reason why many companies use internet marketing to attract people to their website, increase potential customers for their business and enhance branding of their company.
Small business were usually limited to a local market, they tried to reach customers by advertisement, brochures and direct mail. Now, customers often find them through internet and they could work with clients that are even located across the country. This is the power of internet marketing but in order for this to be effective; a company must first establish good reputation or impression. From the moment the company’s name appear in a web browser to the moment its web site loads, the first impression often means a lot to the customers perspective and decision making.
This may take a lot of strategies such as getting ranked at the top in major search engines, and practicing good search optimization techniques; blogging and interacting with visitors and starting a web promotion plan and an effective web design. It may seem a lot of work but there are experts on this. Good thing that there are Philippines BPO companies that could help with these tasks, thus help your company to increase sales.
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As I reached Cebu City, it felt like I’m still in Manila. I had lunch at Ayala mall that was really great. There were so many nice restaurants, casual dining or fine dining, you would find everything but the difference was the hospitality of the Cebuanos, greeting you with a warmth smile and speaking their language with pride. But in English, they speak it very well. Definitely, being the 3rd English speaking nation, it is an official language used in schools, universities and government institutions. It is no wonder why major companies in the U.S. and U.K. outsource their call centre operations here in Cebu.
I went to this place called I.T. Park, and it is surrounded by many restaurants, coffee shops, banks and a lot of Philippines outsourcing companies. It is really a nice place to visit and a good working environment as well. The day may be over but the night has just begun as I witnessed Cebu city’s night life. For party people, I’m sure you’ll never get bored as it has lots of nice bars to hang out and entertainment here in Cebu. And the best part of my trip, the beach. I didn’t have to travel that far just to get to the beach; it has a lot of beautiful white sand beaches that are very close to the city. So what else could I ask for, a city and a beach. And now, I could say that Cebu is not just a destination for me, I considered it as my home already.
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Making a good impression at work is critical to your success. It doesn’t mean that you just wanted to get promoted but your just making assessments of your typical behavior or the type of person that you are. This impression often turns into a long-term perceptions and reputations as a Philippines call center agent. Here are some simple ways.
Use Proper Office Etiquette. Using good manners will help you make a good impression with your superiors and also your co-workers. Office etiquette includes everything from the proper way to use email to knowing when, where, and how to use your cell phone while at work.
Have a Positive Attitude. Let your enthusiasm for being part of the team and the organization show to everyone you interact with. And always leave non-work problems at home.
Be on time. We all have the same amount of time, 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week and it seems that it is valuable to us. Punctuality is essential in gaining respect from the company and coworkers as well.
Dress Appropriately. Make a good impression at work by wearing the right clothes. You should dress the right way for the “role you are playing.” If you desire to be a leader at work, dress like one.
Show Team Spirit. Working together as one will always lead to a common goal that is success.
Avoid Office Politics and Gossip. It can only poison your opinions of your colleagues and influence your judgment to others.
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There was certainly a need for me to have a job after I graduated from college. I had done well in school but the time I spent there was much time spent not working. Many of my friends had more time to work while in school than I so I was going to get the best job now to catch up. I applied in different companies in Cebu,Philippines. There is a lot of growth in Cebu and I was hoping I could take advantage. All the advertisements that needed someone for the vacant or needed job, I applied for.
There were many opening is restaurants and service jobs but also many in the BPO and outsourcing area as well. I heard that the call center jobs were really the best paying for recent graduates and i focused on those first of all. In fact, after really looking around the call centers have a lot of openings. Inbound call center agents for customer service accounts. Outbound call center agents to focus on telemarketing and sales calls.
I got a call and applied to an inbound call center. Lucky to say that I got hired and was given the opportunity to be part of the company. I’m thankful that I was picked from the bunch of applicants who applied for work that day. I think my studying really helped because the test we all had to take was fairly long and involved understanding lots of the subtleties of the English language.
At first, it was a challenge to show what I can do and to prove everyone that I could do it. I was excited at that time to receive my first salary. I even had mixed emotions at that time, wondering what to do with my first salary. Should I reward myself with something special or just to save my money in the bank. I can still feel the excitement when I received the money in my hands. I rewarded myself with some new shoes that I was dreaming of. The good thing about it was that I still had enough left over after my expenses to save some money in my bank account. I even treated my mother to a fine restaurant back then. I’m grateful that I was given the chance to work the call center industry and learn a trade that can pay my bills.
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The Rise of Philippines BPO
For the past years, one of the major problems of the Philippines is unemployment. In 2006, the government identified some key employment-generating sectors to allow the corresponding skills of the country’s human resources. One of the key sectors that have been identified is the “cyberservices”, which is linked to business process outsourcing. The Philippines BPO industry has seen a huge potential in generating employment and will create a great impact in our economy.
While India is recognized as the leading global outsourcing destination, the BPO industry in the Philippines has strongly grown to become one of the major providers in Asia and serving primarily companies in the US and Europe. It is no doubt that the Philippines can do well in this competitive world of outsourcing, with the country’s low labor costs, presence of reliable technology and availability of college graduates who posses high level of English and IT skills. Furthermore, Philippines call center agents are easy to train and have a strong work ethic. They are naturally hospitable and service-oriented; these are the qualities that are desirable in offshore call centers. And now, with more than seven hundred call centers in the Philippines, it has been tagged as the “Sunshine Industry” by the government because of its enormous expansion and is considered as one of the fastest growing segment within the economy. Being a part of this industry, all I can say is that it has saved our country from the crisis; it has saved us from being jobless.
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If you will ask most people that live here, they would rather stay in Manila than any
other places in the Philippines. It must be that since Manila is a very industrialized city and people think
that they can find everything here, like the perfect job, home, nice malls and many Philippines call center
that provide good opportunities. They didn’t know that there’s this province that has more than what
Manila could offer, which is Cebu.
Cebu is one of the most historical places here in the Philippines. Its capital, Cebu City is considered
as the oldest city in the country yet very developed as well. Being the “Queen City of the South” and
the “Seat of Christianity” in the Philippines, Cebu has a rich historic past. As I could remember in my
Social Studies, how the explorer Ferdinand Magellan had reached Cebu’s shore and has spread
Christianity; and his battle against Lapu-Lapu and the rest still remains as an important aspect of the
I had a chance to visit Cebu, and the only thing that I could say is I love to stay here.
From the Mactan International Airport, I was really amazed already because it’s huge as it also serves
direct flights to some Asian countries. On my way to the city, I passed by this very highly structured
bridge, the Mactan-Cebu Bridge. But there’s still the old bridge, meaning to say that they still preserved
what is historic for them.
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What is wrong with the world to day? Calamity is hitting everywhere in this tired world. From earthquakes to typhoons to anything that you can think of. Disaster is everywhere. Is this the vengeance of mother earth for us not taking good care of her? Is she telling us that we need to change, change for the betterment of the world we live in today. To have a green and pollution free world. I do not thing mother earth can be vengeful, how can a mother be vengeful to her children. The calamities that we experienced today are the doing of our own hands. The greedy use of our resources, as if there is no tomorrow.
We need to change, think of the consequences of our actions. We need to think not just of ourselves but also of others. We only have one planet to live on, we can not afford to lose it. Losing it is losing ourselves. Our dignity and pride as human beings.
How can we go green? You might think that you can not do anything because your just one, but don’t grand plans start with one person and with one step. Each of us can do our part to turn the tides around, making a difference, a mark not just with ourselves but a mark for the people to remember. We can create legacy that we can be proud of. Yes we can make a difference. Starting with one. We have a lot to offer, just buy simply turning the lights off when not in use. There is one way of helping our planet and ourselves.
Thinking of how to minimize the impact of day to day living is a great way of making a greener planet. There are lots of ways, on our small way to help in making mother earth happy. The easiest is to make sure that the faucet is properly turned off and the lights are turned off when it is not in use. Making sure that your appliances are in proper repair and trying to use those that are more energy efficient. These are the basics that you can make it into a habit and eventually be part of your system. A way to thank mother earth for the good deeds that she has done for us. You can always search the net for more ways of helping the sick earth get better. It is up to you how to maximize the resources that you have.
The power is in your hands. IT’S UP TO YOU. . .
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Working in the BPO Industry can be an exhausting job. Working the night shift takes more energy than working on a morning shift. We need to be energetic when working in a call centre to let our customers know that we are customer-oriented and to let them feel that they are really important to us. Working in a night shift doesn’t mean that we are excused for being sleepy. We are not excused either for being late because we lack sleep. We really need to stay healthy in order to sustain in this kind of work. So here are some of my tips to stay fit while working in a call center:
Reverse your “body clock.”
Your scheduled task should be on “Eastern Time” and you must get used to it.
Keep awake in the evening and rest in the morning so that you won’t feel sleepy during your shift.
Have at least an eight-hour sleep during daytime in order that you won’t get sleepy during your shift.
Have your breakfast at 7:00 pm; lunch at 12:00 midnight; and dinner at the end of your shift.
Eat foods that is less in carbohydrates as this will make you fell sleepy.
Eat a right amount of food.
Limit coffee breaks for too much caffeine is bad for your health.
You should eat between meals so that your compensated energy will be replenished.
Take multivitamins as these will help you gain more energy.
Take anti-stress vitamins.
Exercise regularly and at least for three times a week. There are some kinds of exercise to choose from like biking, jogging, going to the gym etc.
Spend some of your free time in a recreational activities like playing badminton or lawn tennis, basketball.
Have time to unwind.
During weekends, have time to relax and unwind by bar hopping to free your mind from the corporate world for at least twice a week. In this way you free yourself from stress.
Watch movies, especially foreign movies at least once a week. It will help you to enhance your communication skills.
If you have enough budget, try to have a weekend getaway by going to the beach or by nature tripping.
Have some time for your family.
Lastly, just enjoy and love your work in a call centre. Having a healthy lifestyle as well as enjoying your work will make you worth living.
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I can remember this trip I took to Bohol, Philippines a few years ago and how much fun we had with many of my workmates from my job as an inbound call center agent. I had been working with these people for only a few months but everyone was really nice and we all had a little extra money. So we decided to make a little group tip to the next island over from Cebu and see the world’s smallest monkey.
I was so interested that I even did a little research which says the Tarsier is actually not a monkey at all. Well to many Filipinos, they would agree and say that it is actually a monster. When we got to the area to view the tarsier I met one of those who think that the tarsier is dangerous and it was something to see. There was this funny incident because a kid was shouting screaming at the top of his lungs and saying “no monster.” My initial reaction was “what the heck is that kid afraid of” I mean, its a tarsier, as far as I know they have never killed anyone or eaten any little kids. But I guess I probably didn’t know any better when I was young either. And not everyone has the opportunity to look up tarsier on Wikipedia to see what these little guys are all about.
So I can’t blame her. I guess she was just kid same as me before and she has fear over things that she is not familiar with. Children see things differently in one child’s eyes the tarsier may be gentle but to that little girl this was the worst monster. I hope her parents walked her through it and showed her that the tarsier is not to be feared. But it was going to take a while. Now that I am back at my BPO office I think about that girl and wish I could send her a nice article about the tarsier.
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A few years ago, May 7, 2003 exactly 3pm when we arrived in Bohol, Philippines. It was my first time to be in on this tropical island and it was a little vacation from my job as a telemarketing agent at a call center. The place was nice the people are nice too, and the food was great. The main reason I was there was to witness the creature which they called “Tarsier”. When I first heard about it, I never bothered to care or get excited to see one. But now here I was stating at the little creature and it changed my view.
Mixed reaction is what I witnessed from both young and old. I can see them smiling, taking picture of this so called “Tarsier.” Then I saw the “tarsier”. So it is true what other people say that this is a special creature that we as Filipinos need to care for. It reminded me of a kid… small gentle and innocent.
The whole experience was really great for me not just because I got to ses one of the treasures of the Philippines but also because the people were nice, the food was great and the island of Bohol is beautiful. I don’t know the exact word to describe it. But it’s all worth it. It made me realize that simple things can be so meaningful and so many other people don’t realize it. The Tarsier, for example, makes other people happy and smile which can be priceless. On that point, it made me realize that small things can still make a big impact on peoples lives. This little creature bought out the best in the people and hopefully they will go back to their customer service and call center jobs and be that much happier from spending time with one of the smallest primates in the world.