5 Impressive Things All Smart People Do When They Start a New Job

5 Impressive Things All Smart People Do When They Start a New Job

5 Impressive Things All Smart People Do When They Start a New Job

Everyone knows first impressions are important, but it’s less obvious that the “first impression” for a new job can take 60, 90, or even 180 days to make. Why? In large companies, it can take that long just to meet all of the important business partners and customers with whom you will be working. Every initial exchange, meeting, or discussion contributes to the first impression people have of you. In smaller companies, where meeting everyone takes less time, new hires tend to feel more watched and evaluated. The term “under the microscope” becomes their mantra.

During the first 90 days of your new position, you’re establishing credibility so that you can actually do your job. Here’s how smart people use that time:

1. They View Starting a New Job as an Exercise in Personal Branding

Make no mistake, you will be judged based on how you show up at work. Your work is your brand—as is your general demeanor, reliability in showing up for meetings or completing projects on time, and the way you dress.

Even more important, but more subtle, is how appropriately you open up to your new co-workers. Do you undershare, omitting valuable feedback because you’re uncomfortable saying anything that isn’t complimentary? Do you overshare as a way to try and build connections? All of these things combine to make up how you’re perceived by your new colleagues.

Smart people work to be known as a person who is interesting and easy to talk to, but who can also buckle down and get to work.

2. They Chill Out

News flash: You got the job! Studies have proven that anxiety is contagious. Starting a new job is exciting for you, but it’s just another day at the office for everyone else. Be calm and strive to match the energy and pace of the office environment, even if it’s different than yours. Once you are known, you can go at your own pace, but until then, don’t be the hyper-anxious person everyone intuitively wants to avoid.

Smart people take a deep breath when they’re feeling overwhelmed and make a composed, can-do impression at their new job.

3. They Use the 70/30 Rule

Are you familiar with the 70/30 rule? It suggests that 70% of the time you ask questions and inquire about how things work. Then, the other 30% of the time, share background on yourself so people get to know you and how you think. If you monopolize the conversation by talking about yourself too much, people may mistake it for arrogance, or alternatively for trying too hard.

Smart people learn to ask incisive (but not invasive) questions about the organization. That way your interviews and discussions with people will have value for them as well as for you.

4. They Do Their Homework

By the time they show up on day one, people who want to hit the ground running have already done the preliminary research to understand the bigger context of what their new organization does, why, and how prior events informed the current practices. In between being hired and starting a new job, they find someone at the organization—often a hiring manager or a peer who reports to the same person—to exchange a few emails with to get up to speed.

By doing their homework ahead of time, smart people are able to engage their co-workers in conversations that are deeper and more valuable than just “catching up.”

5. They Pay Attention to Company Culture

What are the assumptions and beliefs that drive people’s behaviors and actions? Collectively, these define the culture of the organization. You can neither buck nor support it until you get it. For those who are immersed in it, culture becomes innate, and because of this, some of the people who epitomize it (the fish in the proverbial water) can’t tell you about it.

Smart people learn about the environment not by what people say they are going to do, or what they say they value, but by watching what people actually do. How are customers treated? How does the company engage the hearts and minds of the employees? Are policies implemented and enforced consistently, and if not—why not?

Starting a new job is a high-stakes transition. You will never be more ignorant about how to fit in than when you start; but on the other hand, you will be making lasting first impressions from the very beginning. Do what smart people do and find the balance. Be yourself, but be “on.” Relax, but listen and ask great questions. Finally, understand the big picture and tap into the culture.

 

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7 Email Templates You Need When You Start a New Job

7 Email Templates You Need When You Start a New Job

7 Email Templates You Need When You Start a New Job

It’s your first week on the job, and age-old wisdom tells you that it’s important that you make a splash and hit the ground running. But, What the heck are you supposed to say in order to impress these people who are all still strangers to you? Start by sending a few of these emails (use your best judgement—there’s no need to clog up people’s inboxes unnecessarily!) during your first week on the job.

 

EMAIL TEMPLATE # 1: For the Team Member You’ll Be Working Closely With

This colleague reports directly to your same manager, and you know you’ll be working side-by-side on a number of different projects. There’s virtually no time to get to know each other during the hustle and bustle of the workday, so forge a connection with a casual invite to coffee or lunch. Bonus points if you can treat that person (but no points lost if you can’t.)

Hey [Name],

I know that we’ve already been briefly introduced, but I just wanted to send you a quick note to say that I’m really looking forward to working with you here!

I’d love to find a time when we can grab lunch or a quick coffee to chat and get to know each other a little better.

Does [day] at [time] work for you? It’s my treat!

Let me know,
[Your Name]

 

EMAIL TEMPLATE # 2: For the Department You’ll Be Collaborating With

Aside from your immediate team members, you know you’ll also be working cross-functionally with a different department on a pretty regular basis. It never hurts to reach out and introduce yourself—so you aren’t that awkward stranger lingering in the room when your first meeting rolls around.

Hey [Department] team,

Hope you’re all having a great day!

I’m [Your Name] and I’m the new [job title] here. Since I know we’ll be working together on quite a few different projects, I wanted to reach out and briefly introduce myself.

I’m super excited to work with you all and am looking forward to meeting you personally during our upcoming meeting on [date].

See you soon,
[Your Name]

 

EMAIL TEMPLATE #3: For the Projects or Clients You’ll Be Taking Over

No matter how conscientious the employee who came before you was, you’re likely still going to have to jump in on some unfinished projects. Or, maybe you need to introduce yourself as the new point of contact for the clients you’ll be handling from this point on.

Hello [Name],

I hope your week is going well!

My name is [Your Name], and I’m the new [job title] here at [Company Name].

I’ll be taking over as your new point of contact for [task or project] moving forward. So, please don’t hesitate to reach out with anything you need, I’m happy to help! Once I’m up and running, I’ll be back in touch so I can make sure we’re meeting all our current goals—and if not—what we can do to get there.

All the best,
[Your Name]

 

EMAIL TEMPLATE # 4: For the Person Who Used to Have Your Position

Of course, if your predecessor moved on to a totally different company, there’s no point in getting in touch. But, if that employee is still around and was promoted or moved to a different department? It can be helpful to strike up a bond—especially if you have any questions or challenges as you get acclimated to your new role.

Hey [Name],

My name is [Your Name], and as I’m sure you know, I’m the new [job title] here.

I’ve heard from so many people how awesome you were in this role, so I knew I just had to introduce myself.

I’m really looking forward to getting up to speed in this new position—I know I have some big shoes to fill! If you have any quick tips for success in this role, don’t hold back :).

Happy to be part of the team,
[Your Name]

EMAIL TEMPLATE #5: For the People in Your Network

In most cases, a post on LinkedIn will take care of announcing your job change to your network. But, if there are contacts from your past job—whether it’s vendors, freelancers, press contacts, or someone else—that you’re hoping to continue working within your new role, it never hurts to update them personally!

Hey [Name],

I hope you’re having an awesome week!

I’m reaching out from my new email address. I’m no longer with [Previous Company Name] and have accepted a new opportunity here at [New Company Name] as a [position title].

I really enjoy collaborating with you, so I’m hopeful that we’ll find some ways to continue working together in my new role.

If you need anything, feel free to get in touch with me.

Looking forward to it!

Best,
[Your Name]

EMAIL TEMPLATE # 6: For the Person Who Started the Same Day as You

Plenty of companies arrange casual “get to know you” activities for new hires who are starting on the same day. But, if your new employer doesn’t do that? It’s not a bad idea to reach out to your fellow newbie—after all, he or she is truly the only one who can sympathize with your new job jitters!

Hey [Name],

My name is [Your Name] and I’m getting started as a [job title] here. I hear it’s both of our first day, so I thought I’d reach out and make an introduction. Us newbies need to stick together, right?

Let me know if you ever need someone to help you wander around aimlessly until you find the break room (yes, this is me admitting that I already got lost…twice!).

Wishing you all the best as you get up to speed—we’re in the same boat!

[Your Name]

EMAIL TEMPLATE # 7: For the Whole Office

If you work for the type of company that makes an office-wide announcement via email on your first day, this is your opportunity to respond to that message and make an awesome first impression. Bonus points if you came prepared with some sweet treats to keep by your desk.

Hey everybody,

Thanks so much for the warm welcome! I’m so looking forward to working with all of you and getting to know everyone a little bit better.

With that in mind, don’t hesitate to swing by my desk, grab a [candy or treat], and say “hey!”

See you soon,
[Your Name]

 

I know that starting a new job can be nerve-wracking—and, it becomes even more anxiety-inducing when you’re constantly reminded how important it is that you start with a bang.

Fortunately, that doesn’t need to be as complicated as it sounds. Send a few of these emails to the people you’ll be working with, and you’re sure to kick things off on the right foot.

 

 

 

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5 Conversation Starters to Make You Sound Less Awkward on the Phone

5 Conversation Starters to Make You Sound Less Awkward on the Phone

5 Conversation Starters to Make You Sound Less Awkward on the Phone

Talking on the phone can be awkward. I mean, in all seriousness, who really calls each other any more? While you may still dial up your grandma every now and then to check in, the age of phone calls has definitely diminished. At least in your personal life.

So what do you do when you have to make an important professional phone call, but you haven’t honed your small talk phone skills?

If you’re introverted, these interactions can feel even more uncomfortable.

So, next time you have a call for work, try incorporating some of these go-to conversations starters. They can help you set the foundation for a positive conversation, and soon, you’ll be conversing on the phone with ease.

Talk About Today

A lot of us start phone calls with a generic, “How are you?” But adding one little word to that sentence turns a default phrase into a meaningful question. Instead, say, “How are you today?” By narrowing the scope of the question, you increase the likelihood that you’ll get an engaging answer. After all, it’s tricky to answer those big, general questions with someone you don’t know very well. Get specific, and the conversation will evolve naturally from there.

In Practice:

How are you doing today?

How is your day unfolding so far?

Anything new happening today?

Mention an Industry News Trend

Instead of diving straight into the agenda, take a moment to bring up a piece of news that’s relevant to both of you. You’re offering value and an exchange of ideas before you even dive into the purpose of the meeting. Maybe there’s an industry blog post that resonated or a recent merger that’s the talk of the industry. Plus, this approach shows that you’re tuned into what’s going on in the world.

In Practice:

I thought of you when I saw that big New York Times article this morning about travel in the Maldives. It was so interesting. Did you get a chance to read it yet?

Are you headed to the conference in Mumbai next month?

What did you think about the news that Instagram changed its algorithm—again?

Ask About Their Work

So many professionals spend their days running in and out of meetings. They’re lucky if they have a minute or two to process what’s on their agenda during the workday. Digging into what someone is focusing on gives them the opportunity to reflect and digest before they switch gears to your call. Plus, it will give you interesting insights into their day-to-day that could become useful at another time.

In Practice:

Are you still leading the new education initiative? I know that’s a huge project.

Have you been tackling anything fun this week?

What’s the next big project down the line for you at work?

Chat About the Company

Whether you’re interviewing for a new position or pitching a prospect, do research on the company beforehand. Follow the organization (and specifically their HR team) on social channels for inspiration. For example, maybe you noticed that the company had its holiday party a few days beforehand or celebrated a colleague’s five year anniversary. These are fun icebreakers to bridge an awkward introduction and show that you resonate with a company’s culture.

In Practice:

Your team get-togethers always look so fun on Instagram. Does your office do bagel Fridays every week?

I saw on Twitter that your CEO just celebrated five years at the helm. That’s really exciting. Did you celebrate the work anniversary?

I was really impressed by the new rebrand. I love the font of the logo. Were you involved in that at all?

Keep it Practical

When you’re really nervous, stick to the basics and focus on the practical. If you set up the conversation through a scheduling app or dial-in, briefly touch on that process. Check-in and make sure that the people you’re calling can hear you clearly on the line. It may seem dull, but it shows you’re invested in the other person’s experience and you take the conversation seriously. It will also give you a moment to gather yourself before diving in.

In Practice:

I realized Join.me might have been a new dial-in method for you. They have this pesky requirement that you download the app. Did you manage it okay?

Can you hear me okay? My service is a bit patchy sometimes.

Thanks so much for arranging the call. Let me know if you have any trouble hearing me at all.

These conversation starters are just the beginning. The more you practice feeling comfortable on phone, the less likely you are to seem awkward every time you pick one up. Start with these tips, and ask some of your friends for their icebreakers, too. Everyone (and I mean everyone) has struggled with phone calls at some point—we all benefit from brushing up on our conversation starters now and then.

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5 Last-Minute Interview Issues That’ll Throw You Off

5 Last-Minute Interview Issues That’ll Throw You Off—and How to Prepare for Them

5 Last-Minute Interview Issues That'll Throw You Off—and How to Prepare for Them

 

Sometimes, no matter how much you’ve prepared and researched before your interview, something completely unexpected happens. And no one would blame you if it threw you off your game. After all, interviews are stressful enough even when everything goes pretty much how you imagined it would. The good news is: There are ways to prepare for the unexpected. You can still make the best possible impression – even when everything goes awry. Here are 5 Last-Minute Interview Issues That’ll Throw You Off and how you can be ready for them so you don’t get caught off guard.

 

1. The Replacement Interviewer

When you apply for a position, more often than not, you’re contacted directly by the team who’ll be hiring you. (Or, at the very least, you’ll see a schedule in advance with the names of the people you’ll be meeting with.) So, you spend days checking out your interviewer’s LinkedIn page and background. You’re well-versed on his position, and how it relates to the position you’re interviewing for.

Then, when the door opens, a completely different person walks in.

Your stomach may have dropped to your ankles, but don’t panic—or dwell on how you researched someone else. Instead, use the opportunity to get to know your interviewer and let her get to know you. Ask questions about her position, specifically how her job relates to the one you’re gunning for, and ask about her career background in case you have something in common.

Although it can be disquieting at first, after you get over the initial surprise of the switch, you’ll likely find that you can talk just as much to this person as to the one you planned on interviewing with originally. That displays your adaptability and willingness to take on an unexpected challenge. Remember: No reasonable company would expect you to be fully prepared for this switch—and it’s completely OK to ask those introductory questions.

2. The Time Mix-Up

There are plenty of great articles out there about what to do when you’re running late for your interview. But what about when you made a simple mistake of getting the time wrong?

One of the worst moments of my career came right before I interviewed for a position I was incredibly excited about at Clopay Door. I was 15 minutes early and took a seat in the waiting room to get ready when a woman my age walked in and sat down next to me. I noticed she was also dressed for an interview and had her resume out. A bit flustered at thinking I might be sharing this interview, I started looking through my notes and stopped in horror when I saw that although I had written 2 PM on my calendar, the notes from my initial call said 1 PM.

The key in this situation is to remain calm, apologize sincerely, and ask what works best for the interviewer. Make sure you’re not overdoing the apology, as this demonstrates a lack of confidence and can actually backfire.

In my situation, I was tempted to just walk out from sheer embarrassment, but the interviewer was very understanding and let me schedule for a later time. Remember: The hiring manager is human and makes mistakes, too. Even if you sense a little frustration initially, odds are high he or she will understand.

Want proof of that? I ended up getting the job!

3. The Bad Interviewer

As I just stated, the person sitting across from you, asking you all these questions, is human. Not everyone’s going to be good at interviewing candidates for a position. A few reasons you may encounter a bad apple could include inexperience, unpreparedness, distraction, or a negative outlook on the job or company.

So what can you do in the event you’re meeting with someone who doesn’t know how to interview you?

Make sure you have in mind the points you want to discuss about yourself and the questions you want to ask about the position. Then, take an active role in directing the conversation to keep the person on the topic. For example, if there’s a lull, you could say, “Would you like to hear more about my experience working at my last company?” Or, “Did I answer your question, or would you like to hear another reason why I’m interested in the job?” Or, even if the interview’s not winding down, you could give it a kick in the pants by asking one of the questions you’ve prepared.

This strategy will help keep the interview going and ensures you’re coming across as the right candidate for the job.

 

4. The Periodic Interruption

When you’re sitting in an interview, you’re totally focused on the task at hand. After all, it’s your (possible) future on the line. But what happens if your hiring manager isn’t on the same page?

If she keeps being interrupted by colleagues, or can’t resist checking her emails every time her phone dings, it can be more than a little distracting.

There are a few things you can do in this situation. First, make a note to yourself that this may be culturally appropriate for the organization—and this could be the future of your reviews, meetings, and presentations. (Of course, it could be the day of the major annual event, but you’d hope the interviewer would have the sense to tell you that.)

At the moment, just try to work with it. Pause for the interruptions, resist the temptation to roll your eyes, and if it fits, say something empathetic, like “I remember the great server crash of 2012 at my old organization, it threw off our whole month!” This could help you find that elusive common ground with your interviewer and shine a light on how normal (or not) these interruptions are.

If it still seems like something is preoccupying the interviewer’s attention, ask politely if he would like you to come back at a more convenient time (but feel free to reconsider—for yourself—if you’d like to try again or decline).

5. The Equipment Breakdown

You were asked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and you’ve rehearsed it over and over. Then when it’s time to present, their equipment isn’t working. To say you’re frustrated is an understatement—but it doesn’t have to sink your interview.

Say that you’re willing to give the presentation anyway, even if told you don’t have to. In an ideal world, you should have your presentation so well-prepared that you don’t necessarily need the computer. Or, at the very least, prepare for this kind of mishap by bringing your own computer and having handwritten notecards ready just in case there’s a complete failure in technology.

Use this to your advantage to show that you can adapt to changes easily. Bonus: if you’re asked later on in the interview to give an example of a time you had to think on your feet, you can say, “I just did!”

A glitch in the process doesn’t have to mean a bad interview, or that you won’t get the job. Keep these situations in mind when you’re prepping, and you’ll be ready for anything that comes your way.

 

 

 

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How does an employer decide who to hire ?

How does an employer decide who to hire ?

How does an employer decide who to hire ?
How does an employer decide who to hire ?

As a candidate, it can be very helpful to consider  how employers make hiring decisions as you plan your strategy. Employers will draw up a job description early in the process which will incorporate the required and preferred qualifications which they are seeking.

How Does an Employer Decide Which Applicant to Hire?

How does an employer decide who to hire? It starts with a question of  who would be a good candidate for the job? Typically a supervisor will work with an HR professional to make sure both departmental and organizational perspectives and requirements are represented in this document.

> Applicant Screening

In some cases, the hiring manager will arrange a screening committee to review applications, and interview and evaluate candidates.  The hiring manager will usually hold a meeting to review the ideal candidate profile and to charge the committee.

Each member of the screening committee will have their own preferences for qualifications and qualities of the candidate, given how they intersect with the position.  You should find out the composition of the committee, if possible, before your interview and try to anticipate their vested interest in the job.

> Evaluating Candidates

Once interviews are completed, most employers will seek input from all parties who have encountered candidates during the interview process.

Keep in mind that even seemingly lower level employees like administrative assistants who greeted you and set up your interview day may be asked for their impressions. Treat everyone respectfully and be your best professional self at all times, including informal lunches or dinners with prospective colleagues. Of course, it is hard to anticipate what each employer will be looking for as they make final decisions about candidates, but it is useful to consider some common factors.

Selection Criteria Used By Employers

Here are some criteria employers frequently use when they decide which candidate to hire:

Would the individual fit in with the colleagues in their department?

Does the finalist have an appealing personality? Would we enjoy working with her?

Does the candidate possess the skills necessary to excel in the job?

Does the individual have the appropriate depth and type of prior experience?

Does the candidate have the technical proficiency to get the job done?

Does the applicant possess the licenses and/or certificates required for the job?

Does the individual have the knowledge, expertise and information base to effectively carry out the job?

Does the finalist have the required academic background?

Does the candidate have a positive, “can do” attitude?

Does the applicant have a strong work ethic and a high energy level?

Does the candidate have the confidence and experience to be a leader?

Has the applicant proven that they have added value, made improvements and positively impacted the bottom line?

Would the individual be a good team player?

Can the finalist communicate clearly and effectively?

Is the candidate a good long term prospect to fill higher level jobs?

Is the applicant likely to stay in the position for a long enough period? Will she be happy in the role?  Is she overqualified?

Does the individual fit in with the corporate culture?

Can the candidate cope with the pressures and stress of the job?

How enthusiastic is the applicant about the job?

Can the finalist innovate, think outside the box, and creatively meet challenges?

Is the individual aware of their weaknesses, comfortable with constructive criticism and motivated to improve themselves?

How to Enhance Your Chances of Getting Selected

Even though some of the selection process is out of your control, other parts are not. You can use your resumes, cover letters and interviews to make the case as to why you’re the best candidate for the job.

Taking the time to match your qualifications to the job description will up your chances of success. You’ll be able to show why you’re a strong candidate, and make it easier for those who review your application materials and who meet with you to come to a positive decision on your application.

Keep it positive and promote yourself. Employers love upbeat and positive applicants, because they will bring that mindset to the job with them. Even if you are thinking negative thoughts about your past employers, keep them to yourself. Nobody wants to hear them. You don’t want to come across as overbearing or too arrogant, but do clearly promote your qualifications for the job. Share examples of how you succeeded at prior positions to help make the case as to why you’re the best applicant.

Write a thank you note after the interview, reiterating your qualifications for the position and adding anything you wish you had brought up during the interview. It’s one more way to pitch your candidacy for the job.

 

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How To Use Social Media In Your Job Search

How To Use Social Media In Your Job Search

Most employers and recruitment agencies today are using social media to source the right candidates, which means it should be a big part of your job search strategy.

On-line social network sites have become an essential forum to advertise your skills and allow you to establish your social brand, network with people online, identify job opportunities, and turn those leads into real-life job opportunities.

Your CV is normally only seen by those to whom you have either sent it directly, or by recruiters who have paid for access to the candidate database of a recruitment website, so by using social media sites in your job search you can increase the visibility of your professional profile and be seen by the wider world. It puts your skills and experience into the public domain and provides opportunities to network online with professionals from all kinds of different employment sectors.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn can be a valuable tool in your job search as businesses, recruiters and head-hunters will use LinkedIn to search for candidates for particular jobs and then approach them directly.

If you are actively job searching it is essential that you have an up to date LinkedIn profile.  Your LinkedIn profile is pretty similar to writing an online CV. However, the digital technology aspects of LinkedIn, offers some other useful features including Endorsements. Companies often use positive feedback from customers to persuade other potential buyers. LinkedIn takes this idea and allows you to include personal testimonials. Ask people you know, whether it is your manager, colleagues, customers, suppliers or friends to write a few positive words about your work capabilities on your LinkedIn page. You can make suggestions for the kind of thing you would like them to write. But the fact that another individual has taken the time to write positive things for and about you will be viewed by others as an indication of credibility and authenticity.

LinkedIn is not a replacement for a conventional CV but it has become a very useful, if not essential, complement to it. If you are, or aspire to be, in a professional role then you must join, as recruiters who receive your CV will check to see if you are also on LinkedIn. If you are not, they will assume that you are either technologically outdated or perhaps have got something to hide.

Twitter

Twitter is a public platform for people to post and exchange short messages. People use it to interact with other people or organisations they find interesting or useful, including attaching links or photos that they want to share with their Twitter community.

Businesses use it to promote their services, expertise and entice people to visit their website.  When using Twitter in your job search, be professionalTwitter is a very informal medium but do remember that if you are trying to attract the attention of recruiters and others in your field, then you must represent yourself in an attractive and professional light.

You don’t have to tweet yourself – you can just follow companies or topics and retweet. You can use your own tweets to show your interest in a particular career and tweet about current affairs in the sector you wish to work in.

Your Twitter profile should include a professional looking photo, an appropriate bio and a link to your CV, LinkedIn profile or website. Twitter is much more informal than LinkedIn or conventional CV’s, but you should not underplay your skills and expertise.

Facebook

In April 2016, Facebook reported that they had 1.59 billion active users. This astonishingly successful social networking website allows users to create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages within its community framework. You can also join groups, organize events and share photos and videos.

Although it’s a very informal medium and largely used by people for connecting with friends and family, it is increasingly being used by organisations for more commercial reasons. Many organisations use it to communicate with staff, customers and the wider public sometimes to get their comments and views. Some companies are also using it to recruit and vet potential candidates. On Facebook the boundaries between the personal and the professional can be very blurred, so make sure that you are always aware of what information about you can be accessed and by whom.

From a career perspective Facebook can be useful as it’s an easy way to ask your personal connections for information and advice about your career or job search and can also provide a resource of information on both individuals and companies. The informal nature of the site, and its interactivity, means that you can often obtain information and communicate with employers in a way that may not be possible elsewhere.

A word of warning though!  While social networking sites present excellent opportunities for recruitment, it also means that employers, both current and prospective, have become extremely sensitive to their employees’ web-presence.

Before you post any information in your own name on the web, consider whether you would be happy to have this information published in a national newspaper where your family, friends, current and future employers could see it. If not, then change it.

Here are some of the benefits of using social media in your job search

  • You can apply for advertised roles easily and quickly.
  • You are more visible to recruiters who are using social media to advertise their jobs and source candidates.
  • You can build your network and engage with a wider audience across multiple social channels.
  • You can create positive PR by presenting testimonials, endorsements and presentations of your work onto your social media accounts, blog and/or website.
  • You can speak to recruiters, head-hunters and prospective employers throughout your job search by engaging with them across all channels in real time.

Here is a summary of our top tips:

  • Ensure your social media profiles state that you are actively job seeking and the type of role you are interested in, make sure you use keywords so recruiters can find you.
  • Follow relevant companies and individuals in your industry or network.
  • Get involved in LinkedIn Groups related to your industry and let me know the type of role you are looking for.
  • Initiate conversations with individuals and companies on any interesting topics related to your industry.
  • Keep your personal updates and professional updates on separate social media accounts.

 

 

 

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How to get qualified in a Group Discussion

 Get Qualified in a Group Discussion

 Get Qualified in a Group Discussion 
Get Qualified in a Group Discussion

Why A Group Discussion?

    If there are a no. of people for the interviews (which generally is a case in Campus Placements) then Group discussion helps a company to segregate candidates for personal interview in small amount of time as it is very difficult for them to go through a no. of CV’s. Group discussion also highlights some traits of the individuals which are not visible in Personal Interview.

What is the interviewer looking in a Group Discussion ?

Interviewer looks at following individual traits in a Personal Interview:

Listening Ability – Whether an individual is listening to the ideas and views presented by other participants and then giving his/her views accordingly.

Ability to think about a problem in a structured manner – Let’s understand this with an example. So if the topic is “Should betting be legalized in India” then first you should take a side whether yes or no, then you should give a few reasons why, how it would help and current problems it will solve. Then you should also think about the new possible problems that may crop up and possible solution for those problems.

Ability to take a judgement – Whether an individual is able to understand the problem and take a judgement himself, yes or no. Judgement should be supported by good reasoning as well.

Flexibility – So if the the topic is “Whether betting should be legalized in India and If an individual has taken a initial position of YES. After discussion, group reaches to a conclusion NO, then that individual should be able to accept NO if he has no more points to support his initial view.

Leadership Skills – Whether an individual is able to take others along in a Group Discussion.

How to face Group Discussion ?

    First thing you need to work on in a Group Discussion would be to relax. Most of the time it happens that you are too much worried about getting the job and that makes you nervous. This in turn hampers your thinking process and the result is a bad participation. You really don’t want to do that; best way to relax your mind is “BREATHE”. Take slow deep breaths and this will help you relax and think more about the topic of the Group Discussion.

    After the topic of the Group Discussion is disclosed, you will be given a minute to gather your thoughts. Use this time and think about the topic in a structured manner. Write down whatever comes to your mind and use that while participating.

     It is always good to start the discussion but do not try it if you do not understand the topic completely or you are nervous. In such a situation you should relax and first listen to the points presented by other participants. In the mean time you can frame your point and put it forward.In a Group Discussion, you will not get all the time in the world when every one is fighting just to speak something. So give concise points and give others a chance to speak.

     Do not ever try to snap in between and let other complete their point. However when you find someone who is just speaking himself and not giving a chance to others, then you can politely ask the person to let others speak as well.

     It is not necessary that you will always know about a topic, in such cases you should listen to what others are saying and then build your points on that.

You should try to exhibit leadership skills such as,                                                                                                                      a) If any individual is speaking a lot and not giving chance to others, politely asking him let others speak.                    b) If any individual is not speaking at all, then you may ask him to give his views as well (only if you have already given your views).                                                                                                                                                                                  c) You may volunteer to organize points given by every one and writing them on a paper or board (if available).

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Difference between CV AND RESUME

 

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Difference between a CV and Resume

Difference between a CV and Resume

Difference between CV and Resume
Difference between CV and Resume

    These days it’s pretty common for people to look for jobs abroad. Even if you haven’t done so yourself, you probably know that standards for job applications in one country don’t necessarily apply elsewhere. The most glaring example of the cross-border difference in job application procedures is the use of a resume vs Curriculum Vitae (CV). Chances are good that you’ve heard of both, but you are probably used to dealing with only one or the other.

    Knowing the difference between a curriculum vitae (CV) and resume can be valuable to your job search. It will prepare you for a situation where you are asked to provide either (or both) when applying for jobs both at home and abroad.This article will cover all the information you should know about resumes and CVs, including how, when and where to craft a CV vs a professional resume.

What is a curriculum vitae (CV) ?

    A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a detailed chronological overview of a person’s educational and professional history that is provided as part of a job application.

What is a Resume ?

    A resume is a brief, written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experiences developed for specific job applications.

When to use a CV?

A CV should mainly be used when you are trying to change your career and are applying in a different field/industry where you do not have previous work experience.

Taking a look at the above definitions, several resume/CV differences become apparent.

 

How long is a CV?

By definition, it is more detailed than a resume. It usually has two or more pages, and it should include in-depth information about your previous achievements, education, professional work experience, personal projects, skills, extracurricular experience, awards, publications, extra courses, volunteer work, etc.

How long is a resume?

By contrast, a resume has fewer content sections, and the preferred length for recruiters is one page. Because of the short format, this means that you need to be selective about the content that is included, prioritizing information relevant to specific positions. Many people find this shorter format challenging.

 

How to Write a One-page Resume (5 Tips)

  1. Shorten the number of bullet points in the work experience. Focus firstly on the achievements that start with an action verb and include numbers or percentages.
  2. Remove experience that is older than 10 years if you have more recent work experience.
  3. Remove also the experience that is not related to the job you are applying for at the moment.
  4. Include only your latest and highest level of education. For example, if you have a Master’s degree, there is no point to mention the Bachelor degree as well.
  5. Remove the articles: the, a and an and the unnecessary words.

Static versus dynamic content

A resume should always be customized to the requirements of a specific job. The intention with a resume is to provide a snapshot of how your skills and experiences align with the employer’s needs. You need to be selective about content, which could mean omitting outdated work experiences or skills descriptions. Very rarely will you use the same resume to apply for two different positions.

Meanwhile, the contents of a CV are more static. Rather than altering the contents based on the position being applied for, your CV should evolve whenever you have a new experience or accomplishment to add. When applying for a job with a CV, you rely on your cover letter to highlight qualifications that are relevant to the position.

Chronological CV versus reverse chronological resume

A CV will always list information in chronological order under each section. With a resume, recruiters prefer to see your most recent work experience and education first, which means you should write each section in reverse chronological order.

When and Where to Use a CV ?

The first indication of when you should use a CV will be in the job posting. An employer should list the materials required for your application. However, this may not always be explicit, in which case your best course of action is to contact the employer directly to ask which documents you should submit.

Generally speaking, a CV is the preferred document for job applications in Europe. However, the use of a CV is not limited by geography alone. For example, even in North America, there are certain circumstances where a CV is needed. Many jobs in the public service or academia will require a detailed CV to be submitted as part of a job application.

A CV should also be used when you are trying to change your career and are applying in a different field/industry where you do not have previous work experience.

When and Where to Use a Resume ?

Again, your first step should be to look at the job posting to see if the employer is asking for a resume or CV. However, if you are applying for a job in North America, it’s more likely that the employer will want you to submit a resume. Of course, it is quite possible that you will also be asked for a resume in Europe, especially if you are applying with a multi-national.

Summary

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): longer because it contains more detail; relatively static; written in chronological order; more common in Europe.
  • Resume: less detail; included content is more dynamic and customized to job requirements; reverse chronological order; preferred choice of employers in Canada and the U.S.
  • Avoiding confusion between resume and CV usage: Don’t assume that because you are in a particular country or applying with a specific company that you are expected to use a certain document. Review the job application requirements provided by an employer. If it’s still unclear, contact the employer directly so you know if you should submit a resume, CV or both.

 

 

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Ways to Find Your Career Passion

Ways to Find Your Career Passion

6 Ways To Find your Career Passion
6 Ways To Find your Career Passion

It can be so frustrating when people advise you, “Just follow your passion!” . But the problem is we are confused sometimes that what our passion is exactly. You’re probably the kind of person who works hard, with commitment and persistence. When you know what you’re doing, nothing will stop you. But before you can become unstoppable, you need to know what you’re starting. If you’re feeling stuck, here are some ways to discover what you really want to do with your life. Take time to work through the process and know that, no matter what, you’ll be getting closer to where you want to be.

1. Start With the Right Perspective

If you went into a restaurant with the strong opinion—“I’m not hungry. There’ll be nothing here I want to eat. I don’t want to be here”—the menu isn’t going to look appealing. You won’t explore it with due time or attention, and it’s unlikely you’ll find food you’ll enjoy eating. The same principle applies to passion-seeking. If you’re convinced that finding your passion is hard, or that it’s not going to happen for you, you’ll remain closed to possibilities. You’ll block the little nudges, pulls, and signals that guide us all. After all, how can you expect to find fulfilling work if you don’t believe it exists? Choose to adopt the perspective that you can do what you love with your life. One of the best ways to strengthen this point of view is to surround yourself with people who are living examples. How many of your friends and family are following their passions? If it’s not many, it might be time to expand your circle; associate with—and be inspired by—men and women who are inspired by their work.

2. Get Out Your Metal Detector

Once you’ve decided that your passion is findable, it’s time to look for evidence of what you already love to do. If you scan the landscape of your life, you’ll notice certain experiences peak up. It’s so valuable to delve into these “peak moments” and extract the key ingredients. Consider yourself a beach-trawler, discerning between the gold and the cheap metal. For example, one of my favourite summer jobs involved teaching English to teenagers. I might assume the key ingredient was the English language, or young people. But when I paid attention to my metaphorical metal detector, it become clear that the bleep went off when I was being a leader within a community, and teaching that community something of great value to them. That’s exactly what I do now in my work—but without the teenagers, present perfect tense, or vocabulary tests! Make a list of the ingredients that truly mattered in your peak moments; don’t be distracted by the counterfeits.

3. Look for the Umbrella

When you look at all the ingredients that matter to you, they might at first seem entirely disconnected. Let’s say you love French, drinking coffee, playing with words, analyzing and categorizing, and being a leader within a community. How could you construct a career from these? It’d be like peering into your cupboard and seeing cocoa powder, tofu, and carrots and wondering: How could I possibly make something delicious that includes all of these? This is the time to look beyond the ingredients and seek an umbrella; something that all of these ingredients can fit beneath. For example, my colleague  whose diverse passions are described above—helps business owners to find the right words to fit their brand. She analyzes and categorizes copy into what she calls “voice values.” She draws wisdom from previously running a funky French lifestyle boutique, and French words pepper her own copy, giving her brand that special je ne sais quoi. She’s become known as a leader for those who want to communicate effectively with their potential clients. Oh—and she’s built a recognizable Pinterest profile showcasing her favorite coffee houses. All of these passions fit under the overarching umbrella of her business; they’ve all found a home there, and the variety actually helps her to stand out and attract her perfect clients. What might be your umbrella?

 

4. Discern Between a Hobby and a Profitable Passion

It might be that, through this exploration, you fall head over heels in love with an activity that engrosses you—something that lights you up and makes your heart sing. But now you have to ask yourself the next question: Who would benefit from (and pay for) this? Well, if you want to contribute your passion to society and make an income from it, you need to get realistic about whether this could actually turn into a career—and what you would need to do to make that happen. Moreover, think about if you would even enjoy doing those things; for some people a passion is just fun, and turning it into work changes it from a “love to do” to a “have to do.”

For example, my client loves to draw. She makes art for the sheer joy of it. When she attempted to turn this profitable business, she realized that the market who were hungry for her talents were business owners who needed illustrations for their blogs, websites, and products. This felt like play to her, but in order to make her services marketable, she also needed to add tech skills to her toolkit, so that her design work could be useable online by her ideal clients.

Be alert to who might need your newly emerging passion, and aim to have conversations with them to get you clearer on how, where, and when you can serve them.

5. Expect the Mutiny

When you seek your passion, there’ll be parts of you that go into rebellion. I’d guess that this article itself might be provoking some of those resistant parts! We all have a huge number of fears—around failure, success, visibility, and vulnerability—that speak in sensible voices, instructing us that we mustn’t do what we love.

If you let these voices win, your passion will remain out of your grasp. Instead, look for the fear beneath each supposedly reasonable voice. Uncover the years of conditioning—from parents, school, partners, and colleagues—and reassure the mutinying parts that your ship is sailing in the right direction.

 

6. Find the Limits of Your Bravery

On my own journey, I’ve mostly lived by the motto: “Leap and the net will appear.” I’ve noticed I couldn’t find the new until I’d said farewell to the old. With each step into the unknown—for example, handing in notice on my part-time salaried job to go fully self-employed—my announcement to the universe has been: I’m available. I’m serious about this. I’ve been called brave, but I don’t see it that way; I’ve simply been more committed to my happiness and freedom than to staying cozy with the status quo. Find your own version of brave. Discover what risks work for you. The path of passion is where you do things that scare you enough, without leaving you in a constant state of fear. Expand your comfort zone, rather than leaving it.

 

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Keys To A Successful Job Search

7 Keys To A Successful Job Search

7 Keys To A Successful Job Search
7 Keys To A Successful Job Search

1. Keep your resume short and succinct

Despite reports of its impending demise, the experts said a resume is still very much an essential tool of the job search. But hiring managers (and the computers they use to sort through resumes) are in a rush. So you need to format your resume to be read quickly and in small bites. These days, a typical resume is scanned for just six to 10 seconds, often on a mobile device.

Eliminate filler words, use numbers to quantify your impressive results (such as “boosted sales 83 percent”) and include relevant keywords that appeared in the job posting.

Limit your contact information to just one email address (old-fashioned AOL, no; contemporary Gmail, yes), one phone number and your LinkedIn profile URL.

2. Create a portfolio of job-search documents

Want a way to distinguish yourself from the crowd of applicants? According to the Career Brainstorming Day pros, many job seekers are supplementing their resume with collateral leadership briefs, blogs that establish their robust online professional identity and, among senior-level managers, one-page executive summaries.

3. Consider hiring a coach to perfect your video interview skills

More employers are relying on Skype for long-distance and initial screening interviews. As a result, more job seekers are using coaches to help them excel in video presentations.

4. Dive deep into LinkedIn

Over the past few years, using LinkedIn to find work has gone from a good idea to essential. Having a sharp LinkedIn profile may be even more important than having a great resume.

Nonetheless, the experts said, all too many job candidates fail to fully embrace this tool, especially older job seekers. To maximize the use of LinkedIn, engage more frequently with your LinkedIn networks. One of the best ways to do this is to actively participate in LinkedIn’s industry and interest groups.

5. Use Twitter and other forms of social media to attract the attention of employers who are hiring

According to the white paper, “employers will move from using external recruiters to an internal hiring process that will depend heavily on identifying prospective employees through their online presence and through referrals of existing employees. Personal websites, social media presence, development of subject matter expertise and a well-defined personal brand will be the requirements for gaining the attention of prospective employers.”

6. Limit the amount of time you spend on job boards

As Next Avenue has noted, job boards are one of the least effective ways to get hired. The Career Brainstorming Day experts said it’s generally only worth applying for a position through a job board if your resume matches 80 to 85 percent of what an employer asks for in a posting. Job seekers continue to be frustrated by computerized Applicant Tracking Systems that scan applicants’ resume for keywords. This finding underscores the importance of direct, targeted search with networking as its core component as the most important method for finding a job.

7. Start your search sooner rather than later

The hiring process has been growing longer, with more steps and delays between the time people apply for jobs and receive offers.

It helps to approach a search as though you are in sales: keep building your network pipeline,don’t let your momentum flag and expect to hear “no.”

All is not doom and gloom, though. The report says career professionals are finding “growing demand for workers” and that businesses are worrying about losing managers and other key talent. I hope they’re correct.

 

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