About The Classifieds: Our Staff, Columnists, and Contributors

The Classified Wednesday and Sunday editorial section, which quietly made its debut on May 14, 2008, was originally conceptualized as a section that would provide jobseeking advice once a week, on Wednesdays. Due to the interest of readers and good feedback about the section, its appearances were expanded to include two pages every Sunday. It now can be found in section BB on Wednesdays and in sections C and D on Sundays.

The Classifieds, as they are collectively known (and the term distinguishes it from its sister publication, the highly popular Classified section of the Manila Bulletin) now offers quality editorial content for jobseekers and employees alike. Popular with our readers are the columns of our columnists (please see below); the Classified Reader column, where reader contributions on topics that other readers have suggested are published; the Wide World of Work column, which features work and workplace-related articles from all over the globe; and the Classified Answers column, in which experts from various industries in the Philippines address the concerns of workers who have sent their questions in via the section’s mobile line and the email address mbclassifiedwed AT gmail DOT com.

Moving from strength to strength, the section’s first reader survey was held from October to December 2009, drawing responses that allowed the staff to shape its newest columns and to plot out its editorial content to cater The first Classifieds Job Fair last March 23 and 24 at the Glorietta Activity Center, drew a crowd of thousands who came to peruse the job offerings and to listen to talks from industry experts and the Classifieds columnists. Plans are underway for the second Classifieds Job Fair in 2011.

Meet Your Classifieds Columnists

Ruben Anlacan

Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine Philippines and EntrePinoys Atbp., business and management consultant Ruben Anlacan is the president of BusinessCoach Inc. He is noted for having assisted in many successful startups for Pinoy entrepreneurs. This La Salle management graduate has helped coach celebrity clients as they set up their own businesses, and is a sought-after resource speaker for various business topics such as setting up a small business, setting up a drugstore, and managing a family business. Visit his blog at entrepcoach.blogspot.com for more information.

Jhoanna O. Gan-So, HR Club Philippines

Jhoanna O. Gan-So is a communications specialist for marketing, HR, and education, she has developed and produced training programs, seminars and webinars for some of the top 5,000 corporations in the Philippines, as well as for start-up and growing enterprises. Her expertise includes business and entrepreneurship, corporate skills development, educational and marketing communications, graphics design, and creative arts. Gan-So is also the co-founder and managing director of HR Club Philippines, a group that seeks to professionalize HR practices in the Philippines by providing training and useful tools for business and HR practitioners. Together with her team of consultants, she has developed the Instant HR Toolkit, a collection of over 100 downloadable HR manuals, forms, letters and templates. She holds a B.A. Degree in Communication Arts and Business Management from De La Salle University. For her other articles, visit worklifenow.blogspot.com or email her at mbworklife AT gmail DOT com.

Mark So

Mark Frederick H. So is the co-founder, chairman, and C.E.O. of Businessmaker Academy, Inc. A sought-after business trainer and consultant, he has coached and trained companies belonging to the top 5,000 corporations in the Philippines in industries ranging from IT to banking to medical services to the food industry. His expertise includes business and entrepreneurship, finance and currency trading, internet marketing, strategic marketing, and sales planning. So is the Founder and Chief Trainer of Forex Club Manila. An advocate of responsible financial investing, he has trained students from the Philippines and around the world on currencies and the economics of trading. This former regional manager for Asia Pacific and China of Lucent Technologies, Inc. has also been featured in several television, radio, magazine and newspaper publications in the Philippines. A licensed E.C.E., So holds a B.S. Degree in Electronics Communications Engineering from De La Salle University. For more on Mark So, visit www.markso.wordpress.com or email him at markso AT zerocapitalclub DOT com.

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