Month: December 2013

How To Easily Build Your Resume?

You may apply for a job through online job portals or approach a head hunter – either ways your resume will be picked out only when your credentials match to those required by the employer.

Building a resume is important as that is the first thing an employer looks at – your first impression! With the number of people sending in their resumes, how much time do you think is given to your resume? 30 seconds to a minute – yes, that’s it! So before building a resume, you must ensure that yours is well-written and grammatically correct.

Building a resume is a series of steps that one must accomplish successfully in order to make an impression. The steps are mentioned below:

1) Include all important information about yourself

Name, age, address, contact number and email address. These details are necessary for your potential employer (or head hunter) to reach you. So, when you start building your resume, start with basic information.

2) Make your objective company or a specific role oriented

It should clearly state why you want to apply for the particular position – make it every specific and not general as this statement will make an impression on your potential employer. He/she should know why you want to work for their company and what your driving force is.

3) Educational qualification is next

When you are building a resume you must make sure not to miss this piece of important information. It is pointer of your credentials and relevant degrees. Some companies may need specific degrees, trainings in certain field or a particular educational qualification to consider you for the job.

4) Mention your experience in the relevant field

Also while building a resume, if you want your resume to stand out then you must mention your skills, knowledge and accomplishments. This information will help your potential employer know whether you are apt for the position or not and whether hiring you will be beneficial to the company or not.

5) Highlight hobbies and interests

These are just pointers to what kind of a person you are – what are your personal aspirations and what other activities interest you. Your social and personal life is an indication of your characteristics traits. This shows your potential employer how you will behave in a team, how you will deal with a stressful situation and what your general outlook in life is.

Just keep these pointers in mind before building a resume and if your resume is effective enough you will land yourself an interview!

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Best Tips For New Job Seekers

It’s always difficult looking for your first job, but everyone has to go through this tough time before reaching their goals. You’ll probably be looking for a corporate job at this juncture before going on to your dream job. Regardless of where you are applying, these tips will help you ace the whole process.

1. Grab Attention with the Cover Letter

HR managers get hundreds or thousands of applications whenever they announce a job opening. The manager only has so much time, so why should he or she check your resume out of all the others? This is where the cover letter comes into play. A good cover letter will tell the HR manager what’s so great about you and why you deserve an interview. The cover letter should be succinct, short and interesting.

2. Keep it Short

You’re advertising yourself and your experience with both the cover letter and resume. It’s hard to not get a little wordy, but you should keep the cover letter below 200 words. The resume should also be short by only highlighting your professional experience. The HR manager doesn’t want to read a novel. He or she wants to know, in the shortest time possible, why you’re the right candidate for the job.

3. Not too Formal, Not too Casual

Don’t get too formal when writing the cover letter or resume, but don’t be too casual, either. It’s all about being simple and to the point. Don’t use colorful metaphors or bold statements. Just state your experience and qualifications as they are.

4. Be Confident

If you’re going into the corporate world, then you need to be confident before getting the job. Don’t let anything stand in your way. You can’t afford to be “good” or “satisfactory.” Competition is fierce, and you aren’t going to get hired unless you have some serious confidence.

5. Know the Company

Never step into an interview and ask about what the company does. This shows a serious lack of interest and education in the company, which is going to make the HR manager look down on you during the interview. While you don’t need to know everything, you should know what the company does, its current standing in the news and other common information that employees would know. Aim to know nearly everything that an employee would know before going to the interview.

6. Sell Yourself to the Company

Every applicant will sell themselves during the interview, but few sell themselves to the company. For example, most people will say, “I have a degree in marketing.” That’s selling yourself. Selling yourself to the company would sound like this, “my degree in marketing will ensure that I can confidently sell XYZ number of products while managing the office.” The latter gives the company incentive to hire you because you are showing how you’ll benefit the company.

7. Be Mature

No one cares about what you learned in childhood, and no one wants to deal with emotional fits. The HR manager is only going to care about how you can better the company. If you keep this in mind during your interview, then you’ll do a much better job satisfying the HR manager’s requirements.

8. Relate to Job

This is similar to selling yourself to the company. Many applicants will talk about their degrees, experience, specializations andtraining in a very general way. You should relate them directly to the company. If you specialize in social media marketing, then talk about how that will help you during your job.

9. Skip the GPA

It’s always a good idea to put your GPA on your resume, but you shouldn’t boast about it during the interview. Very few HR managers will be impressed by your scores in school. It might seem like a good idea, but it’s better to talk about your experience and qualifications during the interview.

10. Never Lie or Exaggerate

It might seem tempting at times to lie or exaggerate during the interview. You may want to embellish your experience or abilities to show the HR manager that you are ready and willing to tackle the job. However, just a single lie can destroy your chances of being hired. It’s much better to tell the truth.

11. Be Prepared

Be well prepared before stepping foot into the interview. You should know about the company, have a copy of your resume and cover letter ready and look well groomed. You should also know about the interviewer if possible.

12. Be Thankful

Regardless of how you think the interview went, you should always be thankful while leaving. Thank the interviewer for taking his or her time to speak with you, and continue to show interest until you leave.

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10 Ways To Empower Your Communication

Reinventing your careerThe Blarney Stone is a historical stone, or actually part of the Blarney Castle in Ireland where it was believed that kissing the stone can grant you the gift of gab. Yeah, it seems strange in this day and age, but who are we to question tradition? It’s not like I’m saying that Santa Claus doesn’t exist (OOPS!).

There is so much to know about conversation that anyone, even I, could ever realize. You can go though watching talk shows; radio programs; clubs dedicated to public speaking; ordinary conversations; certain rules still apply when it comes to interaction through words. It may sound tedious, I know, but even though it’s your mouth that’s doing the work, your brain works twice as hard to churn out a lot of things you know.

So what better way to start learning to be an effective communication is to know the very person closest to you: yourself.

1. What you know.

Education is all about learning the basics, but to be an effective speaker is to practice what you’ve learned. My stint as guest at every Toastmasters’ meeting I go to taught me that we all have our limitations, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to keep up and share what we know.

2. Listening.

It’s just as important as asking questions. Sometimes listening to the sound of our own voice can teach us to be a little bit confident with ourselves and to say the things we believe in with conviction.

3. Humility

We all make mistakes, and sometimes we tend to slur our words, stutter, and probably mispronounce certain words even though we know what it means, but rarely use it only to impress listeners. So in a group, don’t be afraid to ask if you’re saying the right word properly and if they’re unsure about it then make a joke out of it. I promise you it’ll make everyone laugh and you can get away with it as well.

4. Eye Contact

There’s a lot to say when it comes to directing your attention to your audience with an eye-catching gaze. It’s important that you keep your focus when talking to a large group in a meeting or a gathering, even though he or she may be gorgeous.

5. Kidding around

A little bit of humor can do wonders to lift the tension, or worse boredom when making your speech. That way, you’ll get the attention of the majority of the crowd and they’ll feel that you’re just as approachable, and as human to those who listen.

6. Be like the rest of them

Interaction is all about mingling with other people. You’ll get a lot of ideas, as well as knowing what people make them as they are.

7. Me, Myself, and I

Admit it, there are times you sing to yourself in the shower. I know I do! Listening to the sound of your own voice while you practice your speech in front of a mirror can help correct the stress areas of your pitch. And while you’re at it you can spruce up as well.

8. With a smile

A smile says it all much like eye contact. There’s no point on grimacing or frowning in a meeting or a gathering, unless it’s a wake. You can better express what you’re saying when you smile.

9. A Role Model

There must be at least one or two people in your life you have listened to when they’re at a public gathering or maybe at church. Sure they read their lines, but taking a mental note of how they emphasize what they say can help you once you take center stage.

10. Preparation

Make the best out of preparation rather than just scribbling notes and often in a hurried panic. Some people like to write things down on index cards, while other resort to being a little more silly as they look at their notes written on the palm of their hand (not for clammy hands, please). Just be comfortable with what you know since you enjoy your work.

And that about wraps it up. These suggestions are rather amateurish in edgewise, but I’ve learned to empower myself when it comes to public or private speaking and it never hurts to be with people to listen how they make conversations and meetings far more enjoyable as well as educational.

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