The resume is typically the first thing a potential learns about you. Through a well written resume, one is more likely to get shortlisted and be scheduled for a job interview. On the other hand, a resume that the employer does not approve of can be the cause of an applicant’s rejection. To write the perfect resume should be the first step to a person’s career plan. Below are some tips to bear in mind in writing a resume. [Read more…]
Job interviews are relatively straightforward: you give your credentials, answer generic questions on the kind of tasks you used to handle, and you cross your fingers and hope they call you back. But once in a while you get a tough job interview question that must be handled very diplomatically. Here are some tips. [Read more…]
Looking for a new job is no joke especially in these tough economic times. It takes a lot of patience and talking to a lot of people to get leads for job openings. You also need to invest a lot of time and effort when you undergo the job hiring process – sending your resume, filling out personnel forms and, of course, going through the grueling process of job interviews.
For most, the job interview is the one thing they dread the most because you are going to talk with someone who will decide if you will go through the process or get rejected. Another source of anxiety is finding the answers to questions that will be asked. But it shouldn’t be such a problem if you prepare yourself for the job interview and anticipate what the questions will be. [Read more…]
If your resume has gaps — years when you weren’t officially connected with any company — try to put a positive spin on it during your job interview.
For example: “I decided to take a few years off to take care of my kids. I am glad I was able to focus on them during those formative years, but staying at home also made me realize that I really love having a career, and that I have a true passion for (INDUSTRY). During that time, I was also able to take on several projects that honed my management skills (then you can talk about handling any school projects, community programs, etc, or online classes, etc.).”
Or, if you quit your job to start a business that didn’t work out: “My home business didn’t work out, but it gave me a great network and skill set. (Proceed to enumerate.)”
A job interview can be quite nerve-wracking but it is a necessary process for any form of employment. The key to a good interview is to leave a lasting good impression. This means being polite, articulate and being confident. But there’s also another way that you can stand out in an interview is by practicing a vanishing art — and that’s writing a thank you letter. [Read more…]