Sunday, April 27, 2008

How to write an Electronic Resume

An electronic resume is an absolute must in today's scenario where recruiters prefer resumes and applications be sent by e-mail. It is significant to provide a Crisp, comprehensible and brief electronic resume.

Some scanning systems and databases discontinue reading it following a certain length, often after about one and a half pages, so be certain that your nearly all vital information appears early in your resume. It is easy to reformat your on hand resume by minor alterations here 'n there.

  • Convert your regular resume in Text only or plain text format.

  • Graphics like: lines, images and bullet point symbols would not show in text only or plain text format. You can apply alternatively plus symbols (+), asterisks (*) or hyphens (-) to replace bullet points symbols.

  • The margin should not be more than 65 characters. Maintain all text aligned to left.

  • Use an easy-to-scan font, such as Courier, Arial or Helvetica.

  • Remove bold, italics and underlining if any. Set up major sections in capital letters.

  • Use the space key for indenting.

Test your electronic resume by e-mailing it to your alternate mail id. You can also send it to someone who can view it via scanning it to know how it actually looks to be sure.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tips for telephone interviews

  • Do make sure you are in a place where you can read notes, take notes, and concentrate. ensure that you can hear and are being clearly heard.
  • Do make synopsis to avoid fumbling. This will also make you more confident since you are prepared. Ask thoughtful questions to end the conversation intelligently.
  • Do also have your resume with you, so that you have all the necessary important information handy.
  • Don't get nervous between conversation breaks. If you've completed a response, but the interviewer hasn't asked his or her next question, don't start to fill in airtime.
  • Don't panic if you have special needs. If you are hearing-impaired, for example, phone interviews are still possible.
  • Don't snuffle, sneeze or cough. If you can't avoid these behaviors, say "excuse me."

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Choose your Career - Beauty Therapy

When you are choosing your career in beauty care, you have a whole range of specialisations to choose from: beauty therapy, hair styling, make-up, massage, facials, manicure, pedicure, electrolysis, herbal beauty care, etc. There are other closely related jobs like those of a beauty lab assistant, health club instructor, cosmetic sales person, consultant, yoga and naturecure practioner, etc.

While it is possible to practice more than one of these simultaneously, you can choose to specialise in any one — hair, skin or makeup — if that’s where your interest lies.If you are specialising in hair, the work would involve cutting, colouring and styling hair.

To achieve professionalism and a good reputation you must blend your technical skills with a dash of creativity and imagination. Barbara, an expert hairdresser who runs her own South Delhi salon, says, ‘’Shaping and styling hair gives me the greatest thrill... Making my clients look good gives me tremendous job satisfaction, besides the opportunity to expand my practise. Financially too, hairdressing is highly paying. Today I can afford all the luxuries of life.”

The makeup artiste’s job is to make the face look attractive by using complementary shades of colour to highlight the features while camouflaging and down-playing the flaws. It is fascinating to watch an expert create several faces on a single individual with a few deft strokes. This is a highly specialised field and a well paying one to boot.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Managing Your Boss

The following outlines ways to manage your boss.

Managing the boss requires that you gain an understanding of the boss and his/ her own context, as well as your own situation.

At a minimum you need to appreciate your boss's goals and pressures as well as his or her strengths and weaknesses. Such as what are the boss's organizational and personal goals and objectives? What are the pressures? What are your boss's long suits and blind spots? What is his preferred style of working? Does s/he like to get information through memos, formal meetings or phone calls? Does s/he thrive on conflict or try to minimize it?

Without this information, a manager is flying blind when dealing with the boss and unnecessary conflicts, misunderstandings and problems are inevitable.

Developing and managing a relationship

With a clear understanding of your boss and yourself, you can usually establish a way of working together that fits both of you, that is characterised by unambiguous mutual expectations.

Compatible work styles

A good working relationship with a boss accommodates differences in work style. Subordinates can adjust their styles in response to their bosses' preferred method of receiving information. Peter Drucker divides bosses into "listeners" and "readers". Some bosses like to get information in a report so that they can study it others like it better when information is presented to them so they can ask questions. So the implications are obvious (says Drucker) if your boss is a listener you brief him/ her in person then follow up with a memo. If your boss is a reader you convert important items in a memo and then discuss them.

Other adjustments can be made according to a boss's decision-making style. Some bosses prefer to be involved in decisions and problems as they arise; these are high involvement managers who like to keep their hands on the pulse of the operations. Usually their needs are best satisfied if you touch base with them on an on going basis. Other bosses prefer to delegate - they do not want to be involved. They expect you to come to them with major problems and inform them about any important changes.

Creating a compatible relationship also involves drawing on each other's strengths and making up for each other's weaknesses.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Resolutions to Success

If your career is losing direction, it's time to make not only personal resolutions, but some professional ones too!

Resolutions are nothing but setting goals for your self, which is anyway the secret to success. But keep in mind not to set unachievable steep goals that are not within reach. Set short-term goals and go for them. On the professional front you could look into some of these resolutions or maybe go for all of them!

  • Revise your skills. Join workshops to brush up your knowledge and also learn the latest.

  • Also pick up some foreign language course. It will give you an additional qualification. Or do some specialization course to update your skills..

  • Clear up junk from your book shelf and study. Don't forget your mail box! This will add clarity and you will be able to prioritize.

  • Update your resume. Highlight your achievements and qualifications. Don't be modest now!

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