Archive / May, 2013

How to Deal with an Interviewer from Hell

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Most interviewers are competent, well trained and effective. Unfortunately, there are interviews that are less than stellar employees; they have not been properly trained and are disinterested in you and the interview process. You need to be prepared for the interviewers that totally miss the mark. Interviews are stressful at best and getting stuck with a bad interviewer can knock you off balance if you’re not prepared.

Some possible situations and suggestions for handling:

If the interviewer is late and unprepared

Maybe this interviewer has never seen your resume and does not have a copy to review.

Suggestion: If you have properly prepared for the interview, you have an extra copy of your resume ready to present to the interviewer. Overlook the tardiness of the interviewer and move on with a smile.

If the interviewer asks illegal questions

For example, they may attempt to determine your age by asking when you graduated high school/college.

Suggestion: This is, without question, a sticky situation. Do your best to ignore the illegal question and try to return the focus to your job qualifications. Directly pointing out the illegal question will most likely be the end of a job possibility.

If the interviewer is distracted with phone calls and other interruptions

Suggestion: If the situation is extreme, you may want to offer to reschedule. If the interviewer agrees to have you come back and you encounter the same lack of focus, you may want to reconsider this position. If this is an indication of how the company functions, you may not want to work here.

An interview should be a two way conversation with both parties focused and exchanging information. Sometimes behavior or body language can be more informative than the verbal communication, so it is important that you remain alert. You want to send the right message and you want to learn from the unspoken messages you receive from the interviewer.

Not every interview will be great or smooth. In fact, some interviews will be terrible. It helps to keep this in mind as you prepare for interviews. Sometimes it’s you and sometimes, it is just plan unfair.

After you’ve completed an interview that went totally wrong, you need to quickly deal with the frustration and move on. It helps to vent to someone you trust. Then, let it go and move forward. If you feel as though you made mistakes that led to a less than great interview, take a look at the improvements you can make. You are in control and can change actions that will make you better for the next interview. If you know in your heart you were not treated fairly, accept it as one of the rough spots on the road to your success. If you are tempted to let the “could have been” employer know how you feel and just how upset you are, don’t do it! Never burn your bridges. Instead, send a thank you note and ask them to keep you in mind for future positions. This shows strength of character and class.

Get interview call from the right company with the help of Style Resumes

Before worrying about the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. So why not leave it in the hands of professionals?

A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.

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Why You Need an Active LinkedIn Profile

Over the past decade, LinkedIn has become an essential personal branding and career management tool. The site has evolved from an online resume and networking site to a comprehensive personal branding resource. With the growing importance of LinkedIn, now is the right time to set up and update your LinkedIn profile. Read on of you need more reasons to polish your profile now!

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It’s where professionals gather

LinkedIn claims to be the “World’s Largest Professional Network”, and they are right. Currently, they have more than 225 million members. Even though the average LinkedIn user is in their mid-40s, younger professionals and college students should use it for their advantage too. You are who your friends are, so make friends with professionals to be a professional!

 

 

It shows up on Google’s first page

When you have a LinkedIn profile, it will likely show up on the first page when someone Googles your name. So, instead of letting people check your “unclean” Facebook profile and read your random rants on Twitter, let them grasp your personal brand image from your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn gives you an opportunity to control what they discover about your strengths and, more important, about your brand.

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It helps you manage your professional network

LinkedIn is a great way to organize and manage professional relationships. Contacts you make during the job hunt and throughout your career may not necessarily make sense as Facebook friend. LinkedIn offers a platform for maintaining your professional network while keeping it separate from your personal life. Even better, with the use of tags, you can arrange you contacts into groups that make sense to you. Thus, LinkedIn becomes your perpetual contacts database – while allowing you to share information with various subsets of your contacts.

It’s where recruiters hunt

According to the latest research, 96% of recruiters use LinkedIn to source candidates for open positions. Of course you must be there! If you want to be discovered, pay attention to the keywords you use in your profile. Be sure to have the right keywords peppered throughout the summary, specialties, skills, and recommendations sections of your LinkedIn profile.

Polish your LinkedIn profile now

Now that you’re aware of the importance of keeping an active LinkedIn profile, it’s time to maximize it. Research for the right keywords, write compelling descriptions, make sure everything is consistent with the personal branding you are trying to build.

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What to Do after Graduation

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Graduation can be a time of mixed emotions for students. On one hand, you’ve graduating after years of hard work and the world of work seems like a welcoming prospect after living on a student loan, but on the other hand, graduation signals the end of an era in your life which can bring up some troubling uncertainties.

But it’s important to remember that every graduate’s path is different and that the road to that dream job is never going to be comparable to the paths which other graduates take towards getting their first employed role.

If you’ve just graduated or if you’re currently studying towards graduation, here are some tips to stay focused and motivated towards that dream job goal:

Don’t be afraid of part-time work

Most graduates don’t walk straight into work. It’s a fact of life that you’re going to have to work hard to be employed and this starts the minute you graduate.

But don’t be afraid of a part-time or full-time job to keep you going while you search for a job.

One of the questions that employers now ask graduates at interviews is: “So, what have you been doing since you graduated?”

If you can demonstrate that you’ve stayed pro-active and focused on your goal by keeping a job that allows you to earn money while continuing to job seek, it shows employers that you’re not resting on your laurels and that you’re trying to stay afloat while chasing your dreams.

Flexible part-time work also allows for time spent on gaining experience. This leads into the next point.

Experience is everything

You probably did work experience at university or during breaks in the academic calendar; try to keep an eye out for these opportunities when you graduate.

Work experience is the first thing that recruiters will look for when they check out your CV. If you have a verifiable honour list of places that you’ve worked at, it can place you on top of the pile of candidates when you apply for jobs.

Modern internships and work experience opportunities do have a downfall though, and that downfall is in the way you get paid. The vast majority of work experience places are unpaid, and the opportunities that are paid are few and far between.

Just remember that work experience is the key quality that will separate you from a candidate list where others probably all have the same skills and attributes.

Do as much as you can, with as many different work experience providers. Graduates who come straight from university and apply themselves to work experience usually end up with the best references and skillsets, so be one of the few who stays active when looking for a job. It will pay off.

Think outside of the box

This is probably one of the hardest tasks to accomplish: making yourself unique.

If you have a particular trait or something that you think stands out that would attract employers, do everything you can to make sure it gets recognised.

Writing a blog about your thoughts on the industry (this is really important if you’re looking for a media job), creating products and examples of your work (such as a portfolio, or designing clothes if you’re a fashion or textiles graduate) and creating unique pitches to advertise yourself, can all give you a fighting edge over your competition.

Don’t Panic

It’s the worst thing you can do.

If you use the skills that you gained at university and take the right steps toward job seeking (apply for absolutely everything that would suit you, don’t underestimate yourself and apply for the jobs that you think might suit you), you will get a job.

It takes time but stay active in the way you look for jobs and in the way you make yourself an attractive target for employers. It’s only when you give up, or lose confidence in your abilities that your dream job starts to slip away.

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When you are looking for job, your resume and cover letter are your most powerful weapons to score that dream job of yours. Most people think that writing resume and cover letter is an easy job. However, more often than not, they are wrong. They end up submitting a messy and unimpressive resume which is quickly thrown into the trash bin.

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Secret Job Hunting Tips

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If you have been in the job hunt for quite some time, you might be wondering “where have all jobs gone?”. It seems like no one is hiring in this tough economy; and even if they hire, they don’t want to hire you. No matter how hard the situation is, never lose hope! Here we will share secrets to where to find “hidden” employment opportunities.

It is no longer a secret that networking is crucial for finding the job, but you might have a much wider network of professionals than you know. Here are some contacts you can use to getting employment in the “untapped” or “hidden” job market.

  1. Companies you have interviewed with in the past. If you were close to getting a job there, go back and see if they have any current openings. They would be glad to re-consider you.
  2. Previous managers and co-workers. They already know your worth, making easier to recommend you to others. If you are still employed, make sure they are individuals who honor that confidentiality.
  3. Members of organizations you were active in: fraternities, sororities, professional business associations, charity groups, fundraisers, athletic clubs, etc. In addition, contact their local sponsors. Find the employers, which in turn lead you to the jobs.
  4. Recruiters focused on your industry. Give them candidate referrals and they will help you in your job search. The nature of their work makes them an invaluable source of information and contacts.
  5. Business organizations in your field. Join them and more importantly, stay involved. Join committees, become a committee leader or get on the Board of Directors. You meet relevant people while creating a brand for yourself showing your commitment to your industry.
  6. Non-profit organizations, especially if you are in the private sector. They value talent from any industry to help with management, marketing, sales and consulting. Target organizations which support your passion or cause.
  7. Government sector: the Peace Corps, the FBI, the security division or local government. They pay great benefits and pensions. Their pay scale and number of jobs has increased from the stimulus package. There will be sufficient jobs available until the economy gets stronger.
  8. Your own advisory board of mentors. Connect with a few individuals within your industry with whom you respect and can contact to guide you through your career.
  9. Companies that accept volunteers. They will appreciate your help. Act as you would if you were being interviewed; they are considering you as a future employee.
  10. International companies opening locations in your area. Building their staff with local talent saves them money (no relocation expenses). Applying directly with them also saves them recruiting costs. They also benefit from employees who know about the area and its market.

 

Increase your chance with the right resume

Besides making use of your contacts, you also need to power up your resume. Writing resume is a tricky job. You think you are well-versed in crafting the perfect resume, but more often than not, you are not. So, it is always better to leave it to professional resume writers who know exactly what they’re doing. At Style Resumes, we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to write you various types of resume and cover letter. Let’s craft that perfect resume and snatch away that dream job of yours!

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What Your College Degree Tells about You

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Many people see a degree as a document that proves study in a certain area, with many more seeing it as nothing more than something that unlocks certain professions. What many people fail to take into account is the mindset of your future employer. Most people cannot see themselves in the terms of human resources. They cannot see themselves as assets that hold an investment value until they are on the other side of the fence. Here is a sneak peak at what your employer may think when you declare that you have a degree.

You have the academic skill to complete a degree

A degree does take a certain amount of academic skill, which means that you are highly likely to be suitable for other roles that require a certain amount of academic know how.

You know a lot about your chosen discipline

You have just had a few years learning about a certain subject. You may not have the industry experience that senior staff have, but you have just spend a solid few years learning the subject matter. You may even be able to offer education tips to people who are less qualified within the company.

You can put work before your social and personal life

Completing university does mean that you can work whilst putting your social and personal life to one side. The people who cannot are often the ones who quit college or fail their course.

You are able to see something through to the end

Staying the course throughout college does take a certain amount of tenacity. This may be a highly desirable skill to an employer who has had a high staff turnover rate lately. An employer may be looking for a better quality employee who will not run at the first sign of trouble.

You are able to work within a certain profession

Some jobs simply cannot be done if you do not have a degree. Sometimes a degree is simply a legal document that allows the employer to hire you.

You are easier to train

If you have just spent the last few years learning, then it is a safe bet that you will not be too difficult to train. It is unlikely that you have a problem with authority, or that you have a work-shy attitude. There is also a good chance that you may take your training and expand upon it in your own time.

Hiring you may help gain a competitive edge

Fresh talent is cheaper which means that if you are really good then the employer can gain an advantage in acquiring you early. Not only does the employer get to use you for a few years whilst you are at your cheapest, but the employer may also be lucky enough to retain you for years and years. This means that you may offer a further competitive edge over others who are paying more and financing retraining more.

Training you may be a wise investment

Training anybody takes a lot of time, which translates into money. A new employee is often not very productive for up to six months after employment. This means that an employer is investing money into an asset that is not yet giving a good return on investment. Not only do other staff have to be paid to cover the work that the new employee is not able to do yet, but another employee must lower his/her output in order to find time to train the new employee. The employer knows that this time and effort poses a risk if you turn out to be a poor employee. A person who has completed university is less likely to be a poor employee, and therefore may be a wise investment.

Put your college degree to a good use

Now that you know how important your degree is, let’s put it to a good use: put it the right way in your resume. Writing resume is a tricky job, especially for fresh grads with limited or no experience. You may think you are well-versed in crafting the perfect resume, but more often than not, you are not. So, it is always better to leave it to professional resume writers who know exactly what they’re doing. At Style Resumes, we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to write you various types of resume and cover letter. Let’s craft that perfect resume and snatch away that dream job of yours!

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