July 30, 2016 5:37:am
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To catch an employer's attention when emailing an application, ensure to do the following.
Your time has come for a face-to-face job interview after all your hard work from sending those resume. But this is not the time to relax and think about how will you are going to spend your new salary. There is more work to do. The better prepared you are the better your chances are of getting your new job.
Always bear in mind that in the business world there are many highly qualified candidates that also want the same job you are applying for. It is really important to make yourself stand out as a better individual over the others. It is now the time to practice exactly how you will market yourself to a potential employer during that vital and crucial first meeting.
Here are ten “always” you need to do in order to have an edge in your next interview leading to your next job.
Always do your homework. Do research on the company to be interviewed on so that you can show you have some knowledge of who they are and what they do during the interview. This will improve your relationship with the interviewer and will aid you to formulate intelligent questions to ask him or her.
Always know where you are going. Have an idea of where the interview area is. Make sure to know where the office is and how to get there. Know how long the trip will take. If possible, have the name and the phone number of your interviewer. Save yourself some time and unnecessary stress by knowing these things before going to the interview.
Always look good. Always look professional. Your clothing should be clean, neat and pressed. It is difficult to know the environment and culture of the office or working area. Though everyone is wearing jeans when you arrive, it is better to be in a suit. It will leave an impression of professionalism. But do not be afraid to put some personality and attitude in your look. Also check the details and have a clean haircut and manicured nails.
Always practice yourself. Before your interview prepare some witty answers to frequently asked questions by the interviewer like, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”” Why do you want to work here?” and the popular “Tell me about yourself.” You can conduct a mock interview with a friend or a relative as a practice for the interview.
Always have references. Have personal references available for your interview. Find at least three key people such as your former supervisor, some colleagues, or your instructor, whom are willing to serve as your professional references. Be sure that they allow you to use their name as a reference and that they will speak highly of you if contacted by the employer.
Always be an early bird. Be sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the interview time so you will have the time to visit the restroom and groom yourself. Make sure to tell someone that you have arrived and that you have an appointment for an interview.
Always be document-ready. Bring any necessary documentation you may need during the interview process. Make a checklist of all the necessary documents that you may need for the interview and review it before leaving for the appointment. These my include a copy of your resumé, licenses, certificates, diplomas, and a portfolio of your previous work, if any. If you are a fresh graduate you should bring your college transcript of records.
Always be proud of yourself. During the interview you should sell yourself in a positive way. It is your chance to shine but it is not the time to be humble. Develop a 25-second sales pitch. In business this is called an “elevator speech”. It is a convincing overview of why you should be hired for the position. It includes your strengths, your abilities, and what sets your uniqueness that is an edge from other applicants.
Always be open for questions. If you really want the job don’t neglect to ask questions. Ask how the responsibilities of the wanted position relate to the company’s goals and plans. Interviewers are impressed by candidates who show that they are well-informed about the organization.
Always follow up. Don’t forget to send a letter thanking the interviewer for the time he or she spent, as well as restating your interest and commitment for the position. Call politely if they will be making a final decision and still have not contacted you in a week or so.
Every interview is a valuable learning experience. Even if you don’t get the position there will be another round of interview for the next job. When that time comes you will be much better prepared and more at ease with the whole process. Thus, every interview should help boost your self confidence and improve the chances of getting a better job. Happy Job Hunting.
Is it difficult for you to come up with a concise, one-page CV? It might be high time to review your current CV and edit it to get rid of unnecessary information.
1. Choose an appropriate structure for your resume.
Choosing the Right Type of CV, one that is based on your experience and skills can reduce its size. “If you have repeatedly occupied the same position or repeatedly exercised the same function, it is better to structure your resume and organize the data around your skills to avoid repetition,” advises Michelle Espiritu, recruitment officer from Sysgen Philippines.
Instead of first listing and detailing every job position or function you have had, you begin by describing your skills. Under each of these skills, you list the relevant position or function you have had without the necessity of repeatedly describing your skills and responsibilities.
2. Personalize the content.
You save space by customizing your CV to suit the desired position. All the information that are not needed for a specific position can be shortened and even eliminated. Your on-the-job training that has nothing to do with your profession today can be deleted, especially if you have had more than five years’ experience.
3. It is easier to read through lists.
Keep in mind that recruiters scan your CV quickly at first reading. The simpler, the better. For example, instead of long complicated sentences, lists are recommended. Enumerations have the merit of clarity and the main ideas can be made to instantly stand out.
4. A new experience = delete earlier information
You should remove information every time you update your CV, Are you adding a new work experience? Trim down the description of your past experiences that might be of less interest now. Do you have a twenty-year work experience? It is unnecessary to include your volunteer work in college.
Also, do not itemize all your tasks: choose the ones that accurately represent your career growth.
5. Customize the training section to complement your profile.
After some years of experience, some details are unnecessary. When a recruiter receives a resume with a time-frame of forty years, he is not interested to know where you did your on-the-job training when you were 18!
However, if you have recently completed professional training to develop yourself in your field, be sure to include it in your CV.
6. Learn to sort through your interests.
The section about your hobbies should not be too detailed. Add specific interests that are related to the position you are applying for. It’s useless to include cross-stitching if you are applying for a web developer post. Sports which are a regular and sustained activity may indicate values ??and skills useful in business. Thus, they are relevant. However, to write that you play tennis once a year is wasting space and wasting the recruiter’s time.
Make your resume as precise as it can be, indicating your duties and resposibilities in every position that you handled. Make it direct to the point. Avoid very elaborative and very long resume. Emphasis on your strengths and skills which sets you apart from other applicants.
The average job search averages 2-6 months. Get ready for 6 months of hard work, rejection, insecurity, and maybe even depression. Keep calm and remind yourself that if you keep trying hard, you will eventually get the job you want.
Be honest about what you can and cannot do!
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