Sunday, March 30, 2008

Resume References

Resume Reference What is so important about a reference page? A reference page makes you look more professional, organized and serious about your job search. It ultimately helps you present yourself in the best possible light and demonstrates that you are a candidate that should be taken seriously.
It is not necessary to include references in your resume. You should however, keep the reference letters handy so that after the potential employer has had a chance to meet you he can find out more about your professional experience.
All you need is a professionally prepared list of three to five business references of people willing to attest to your work habits and qualifications. You could have then included a coworker, supervisor, or even a professor for your business references and for your personal references you could have included a minister, neighbor, or close friend.

You might be wondering, "How do I compose this list?" Well, in order to compose your reference list, you should list the most important reference first and then include their name, title, all contact information (addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, etc.), type of reference (personal or professional, and a brief summary of how long they have known you and in what capacity.

By including all of this information, you will definitely make your reference list a powerful marketing tool and demonstrate your professionalism and commitment to success!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Ideal Career

Career in India Having an ideal career is a dream for all. For those, who are standing on the threshold of stepping into the corporate world and the ones in it facing a constant pressure to perform. Now the catch 22 situation is where you are asked to plan a career!

If it was so much under my control to sketch and build a perfect career, would I not become the next Bill Gates? But taking all the external and internal factors into account I still can do a bit of planning. Let's say a bit of preparation to deal with a lot of happening days!

The very basic is to know what you actually want. What kind of a company are you ready to work in? Which work culture will enable you to perform? What kind of people do you want to work with? Do you want them to be behaving formally or you want to work in a fun place? What work profile you want? Do you wish to be a leader or a follower?

Think about the roles and responsibilities you want to take. How strong is your emotional quotient for some not-so-desirable work situations? What kind of benefits and compensation you want from the company? Answers to all these questions will bring out a picture of what kind of a career you desire!

Also draft a sketch of must haves you can't do without! This is a category that has a big impact on your career. It is obvious that delightful factors make you perform better than in regular situations. But factors like a good machine to work on is a necessity but the same affair could get delightful if your company gave you a latest technology laptop!

So make sure your must have list is not over-powered by things that delight you! Must-haves are very important. They are absolute requirements. While you may give up some of your "wants," must-haves are essential and cannot be compromised.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Faking Resumes

Online ResumesIt’s easy to dream up qualifications & work experience that you think will bolster your CV. But, the repercussions of faking resume facts can be professionally devastating.You learnt early in life that lying was bad. Despite such early conditioning, adulthood has probably taught you to see things in slightly greyer tones.

In a resume, everyone wants to present his or her experience in the most attractive light possible, but information can’t be fiction. Whether you’re exaggerating job accomplishments or creating complete fabrications, lying is simply a bad idea. It might be one of the dumbest and most damaging things you could do in your career, but, surprisingly, a lot of people do it.

According to the Society of Human Resource Managers, more than 53% of all job applicants lie to some extent on their resumes.

Tragically, those who don’t lie on their resumes stand to lose jobs to those who do. That’s where most candidates go wrong and are tempted to give in to peer pressure or exploitation at the hands of a head-hunter.

In times of temptation, it is important to remember that it is what you do with the document, rather than what the document can do for you.

Lying on your resume can come back to haunt you — sometimes even many years down the road. Don’t fall into that trap. Instead, reduce the issue by being creative about marketing yourself and don’t let perceived obstacles stall your search.

Cheers to all those honest people out there who are sticking to facts and demonstrate integrity when it comes to applying for jobs!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Job Fair tips for success

Job Fair Job Fairs are a common platform for both job seekers and the companies! These fairs are not just for the beginners but also for those who have experience and are looking forward to job shift. If you go in prepared, you can succeed with not just one job in hand but multiple offers to choose from!

Job fairs are not a place for fun and entertainment. There is serious work going in there and your carefree outlook can stand against you. Let's see how we can turn a Job Fair into our stepping stone to success.

Pre-event Preparations

Do Research! Have prior information on which companies are participating. Shortlist the companies that interest you. Visit the job portals of the companies you are interested in to have a overview knowledge about them.

Customize your Resumes. make alterations in your resume to match the requirements of the company you want to interview for. This will make your resume appear more appropriate for the job. Carry two copies of the document for each company.

Register Your Self!! You can register your self for appearing in the interview before the actual fair. This gives you an option to decide your interview slot.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

How to negotiate the ‘salary issue’

Salary ArticlesKnow your worth
Have a comparison list with you in the interview. Write out the requirements for the job, as listed in the advertisement. Add any extra skills you believe are important for the role. Compare what you can offer with what the company needs.

Timing is important
Think of the timing and importance of the things you want to negotiate, and acknowledge that some things are not negotiable. Pushing in the wrong direction will not help your cause.

Look at the whole package subjectively
Some companies have their hands tied when it comes to salary, but may have a number of other benefits that will raise your overall remuneration to a figure that meets your expectations. Consider all the benefits combined.

Work towards a win-win situation
When negotiating your salary, squeezing every last penny out of your future employer will not get the relationship off on the best footing. Remember that you will most likely be working with the person you are negotiating your salary with. Be prepared to compromise. It's important that the outcome of the negotiation is a win-win situation.

Know your limits
Sometimes no amount of negotiation will get you what you want. If it does not meet your needs, it is time to stop rather than end up with the wrong deal. Be as upfront as possible, so that the interviewer knows exactly what you are looking for.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Interview Rejections

Interview QuestionsHave you been searching hard and rigorously applying for jobs but nothing seems to be materializing? Here are some tips that will help to get the right kind of job that will best suit your profile.

Plan smart.
Don’t apply for junior jobs just because it takes time. Have more plans before the interview and you will avoid disappointment. Your resume should make recruiters see you as prospective candidate. Try to understand why they are looking forward to hiring.

Don't wait to send the next application.
Rejection is as natural as acceptation. Perhaps they rejected you because you were over-qualified than the job requirement. Stop brooding over the spilt milk and immediately look ahead.

Don't burn your bridges!
The company may even have your dream job in store some years later. Learn to accept their decision and don't ever argue. Always call for feedback and respect their opinion.

Act to Improve.
Every word of feedback can give you an edge in the next interview you face, provided you work to improve your shortfalls.

Believe in your self.
Concentrate on your past achievements as they are the building blocks of your present and future. Stay confident. Rejection is just a temporary situation and will pass away any moment!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Quick Resume Tips

Resume Writing Tips1. Keep your resume brief and concise. Do not turn your resume into a tedious list of key responsibility areas. Many people even use their company jargon in writing a resume. Instead tell the prospective employer how you made a difference to your job.
2. Provide specific examples of how the company you work for gained from your performance. Highlight any goals which you achieved ahead of time or any special cost-cutting measures spearheaded by your department.
3. In all, the complete length of your resume should not be more than 2 pages.
4. Keep references ready but provide only if asked for. Keep at least two good referees lined up but do not list them unless you are asked for them.
5. Do a spell/grammar check for your resume. Poor grammar and misspelled words cause a potential employer to question your attention to detail and the quality of your work. Remember your resume is your personal promotional brochure.
6. Eliminate unnecessary resume details. Hobbies and other personal interests should only be included if they relate to the positions you’re interested in.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

How to Face an Interview

3 tips on how to ‘face an interview’

Try to speak what the interviewer wants to hear. Go ahead and analyze the situation yourself before you are sitting in front of him!
Act smart and prepare your answers in advance. Knowing the answer will make you comfortable in the uncomfortable situation also!
When facing an interview, have a positive attitude towards your present job. Don't look annoyed while describing your previous organization. It can be a style of judgment that the recruiter is using to check your attitude. Take it all the positive way.

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