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Conversation Topics during Job Interview

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People hire people they like. So while your skills and experience are important elements to securing a job offer, just as important is your ability to build rapport that is natural and engaging with your interviewer. The rapport you establish during an interview can greatly impact the impression you leave behind.

Effectively building rapport is what gives many candidates the leg-up in the company’s interview process. Even if the candidate does not have as much experience as another candidate, he is seen as more favorable because he’s been able to connect with the interviewer in a way that is more relatable and can be seen as fitting along with the rest of the people at the company. Those who do the hiring want to know that the candidate is someone they themselves would enjoy working with.

One of the ways to build rapport with the interviewer is by asking questions that may not be directly related to the interview. Here are some meaningful topics of relevance to help build rapport during an interview:

Current events on the company and/or industry

Before you go in for an interview, look over the company’s website for news events. Most company websites have a section with press releases. Did the company just sign a significant partnership, bring in a key individual from the industry or launch a new product? These are topics that can help build rapport and show you are on top of what’s going on at the company or industry. It shows you have a sincere interest in the company.

Challenges of the position and challenges the company faces

Asking questions about challenges and then turning around the discussion to clearly point out how you may have experience handling the issues is an easy way to show your contact that you have a desire to learn, face problems and bring solutions.

Information about your contact

Establishing small talk with your interviewer may be done by asking questions such how she came to work for the company or her experience with particular projects. If you are conducting an interview in your interviewer’s office, take note of any family photos showing children or locations you may relate you. You may draw up small talk simply by commenting on the beautiful smiles of the children in the photo, asking how old they are, and sharing information on the age of children you may have of your own. You can also ask if a photo was taken at a certain destination and add comment on how it relates to you – whether it’s your hometown or if you went on vacation there recently. Small talk is a time where an interviewer can get a better feel for your personality and a chance to establish a stronger bond by showing how you two may have similarities. Many questions during the interview may be standard and seem a bit rehearsed, so slightly stray from the norm with small talk during the earlier part or latter part of the interview.

Get interviewed for your dream job

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. Sometimes, crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview and negotiations, 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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Professional Resume Writer and Professionalism

There is a fine line between a professional writer and an amateur one. Professional writing is a very tedious task for those who do not have a heart for it. But for those who takes writing seriously and enjoys it at the same time knows that combining facts with emotions makes a distinct writing especially with resumes. A professional Resume writer knows that informing the hiring managers about the credentials and strengths of the applicant and persuading them to hire the applicant at the same time is the very essence of their job. A professional writer has the skill to pique the interest of the reader and is able to effectively convey the message through his writing. But then again writing a dark journal and composing a resume are two different things. There are specifics that writers should be careful about when it comes to resumes. Convincing employers to hire you with a sloppy resume is far fetched, so be sure to acquire the service of a professional writer who knows how to do the job properly. An eye for small but important details will separate a professional writer from an unprofessional one. Here are some pointers that a writer should be keen about.

Wrong spelling and grammar. Typographical errors can easily make a writer look unprofessional and can make a resume seem incompetent. Meaning taking your time on checking and proof reading your resume may do you a big favor especially when you missed a misspelled word the first time you read it and just noticed it seconds before you hit send. Wrong grammars are also a total turn off when somebody else reads your resume. Because hiring managers may think that if you cannot get your spelling and grammar right how much more on your job?

Using too much jargon. You may assume that high faluting words will impress your future boss, but here’s the thing if the person cannot understand what is written on your resume he may disregard you right at that moment while reading your resume. Using appropriate terms for the specific description is fine. Language is used to effectively communicate not to alienate others with words that are not normally used in a daily conversations.

Using proper font size and punctuations. A resume writer or any writer should know how to use proper punctuations when necessary. Use period, commas, semi-colon,quotation marks, brackets and many others accordingly in order to make the content organized and comprehensive. Failure to do so may lead to misinterpreted resume, unimpressed hiring managers and being rejected.

Be mindful of keywords. Every job has their respective job descriptions and if the writer utilized those keywords to your advantage that highlights your strengths into your resume your chances of being hired will be higher than just using unnecessary descriptive words that does not emphasize any of your credentials and abilities.

Writing is supposed to be a great tool to convey information or messages through particular audiences, getting the message across the person reading it is far more important than stringing multiple words in order to fill the blanks that probably appears like you are a human answering machine with default answer to every question. Having a thousand words in resume does not ensure you that job, if your resume looks like a mess and is hard to read it may even cost you that job. A professional resume writer know all of this by heart and will make sure that through his work you are certain to be called in for that interview that you have been waiting for.

Mobile Resume: The Wonders of a QR Code

Technology has taken over almost every aspect of our lives, especially in the world of resumes, job searching and interviews. The QR code is one such example of how the job world has been revolutionized.

The QR code to the mobile resume is increasingly replacing the traditional paper resumes. The mobile resume is a very attractive alternative to the plain, old-fashioned CVs and effectively shows that the candidate is equipped IT skills that are very much demanded today.

Here are some reasons why mobile resume might be the future of today’s boring paper resume.

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The Mobile Resume Engages the Reader

Many job candidates today are very receptive to the world’s trends. Those that fail to keep up in this technologically-driven economy will find problems getting employed in companies that require IT skills and expertise.

The QR code is an apt representation of being tech-savvy. By handing or presenting the QR code to the hiring manager anywhere (from a job fair to a social function), the hiring manager just has to scan the code, which won’t even take a minute. This would direct him or her to a delightful, informative presentation of a resume on the mobile phone. The mobile resume can be used for almost every industry and is definitely more eye catching than the mundane, plain paper resume.

Effectively Shows Your Skills and Expertise

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The mobile resume is a wonderful invention that is convenient for both hiring managers and job candidates.

It not only helps you stand out in the job market, but it is also a good way to help make up for the lack of job experience especially for fresh graduates. Hiring managers today don’t just look at fantastic academic records; they also go for personal qualities and relevant skills. Showcase your fantastic IT skills and interpersonal skills by presenting a mobile resume. It not only displays your tech-saviness, but also your creativity and innovation! Hiring managers love candidates who are unafraid to be different and think out of the box!

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Don’t Bore Your Hiring Manager

Studies have shown that prospective employers only take 15 seconds to look through a resume before deciding whether it should go into the bin. They are also likely to read at most only 15 lines of the resume before losing interest.

Avoid all these by owning your own mobile resume. You don’t have to waste paper and your resume will most definitely not end up in the bin (the physical one, that is). The mobile resume offers you the perfect opportunity to sell yourself. Show your hiring manager that you are different from all the other candidates. Show him or her that you will be an excellent person to work with because of your capabilities. You will definitely gain an advantage over the job hungry competitors because you have effectively presented your skills by producing a mobile resume, and such skills cannot be shown on a paper resume. You will seem more credible that way!

Enhance Your Job Experience with Style Resumes

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At Style Resumes, we will create the ideal mobile resume for you as well as your very own QR code. It is not only affordable, but it will definitely make an impression in your hiring manager! So why hesitate? Engage our services and start thinking of attire for the job interview!

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Keep your resume out of the trash

Job applicants aren’t stupid.They know how to use clean layout and list their accomplishments to get noticed. However, many of you overlook the pitfalls that would cause your resumes to be tossed in the trash.

Hiring managers have dozens, even hundreds, of resumes to filter through everyday. In order to cut these to a reasonable amount, they simply toss those that don’t make the initial cut.

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Here are three pitfalls that are deal breakers for hiring managers:

1. You Don’t Meet the Basic Requirements

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Many job seekers heed the advice of darer counselors and advice websites telling them to apply for as many jobs as they can, even if they do not fit the requirements of the job. “Resumes just won’t be considered if the basic skills aren’t there,” says Thomas Lang, a Human Resource manager. This is the first knockout factor for many. Make sure that you look at the requirements before applying for a job and identify if your skills are a match.

A similar mistake: You have the basic requirements, but they’re obscured by extra or unnecessary information. “Lay it out simply for me—that means less investigation I’ll have to do,” says Lang. For example, if you’re applying for a position in marketing, but your experience is a combination of marketing and sales, tailor your resume to focus on your marketing experience and skills, and minimize—or even remove—the sales information.

2. You’re Not a Culture Fit

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When we refer to a cultural fit, we don’t mean how you’ll integrate into the company you’re applying too. That comes after you actually get hired. What we do mean is if you fit in the corporate culture of professionalism and meticulousness. Hiring managers expect to see the resume of an applicant who knows what the job requires and tailors his or her resume to the job. Summary statements that cover a wide range of skills and industries or cover letters that don’t mention the company by name won’t make it pass the first round.

To avoid the circular file, you’ll want to tweak your resume based on the position and company, making deliberate connections of how your experience, skills, and personality are a perfect fit for the job. Use industry terms, spell out accomplishments that you know will make an impact, and don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Lang remembers an applicant who listed, “I’ll drink an iced Americano any time, day or night” under the interests section, which not only revealed the applicant’s “personality and sense of humor,” it was a great fit for Lang’s agency, a highly creative design firm with its own specialty coffee shop in the basement.

3. You Don’t Pay Attention to Detail

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When it comes to your resume, the devil is quite often in the details. Recruiters get annoyed by small things that you may not think of—like whether or not the text on your cover letter and resume is the same font and size (it should be), if your margins are off (makes it tricky for us to print), or to whom you’ve addressed the cover letter (it should be the recruiter’s name, not “sir,” “madam,” or “to whom it may concern”).

They’ll also take note if you don’t include everything the job posting asks you to send. A cover letter and resume? What about work or writing samples? Be sure to include everything that’s asked of you. Also, does the job posting refer to the position as Project Manager II? If so, state that in your cover letter, exactly—don’t write Proj. Mgr. or Project Manager. Companies put a lot of time into determining job titles, and when a recruiter is looking to fill both the Project Manager and the Project Manager II positions, any ambiguousness from you will make it harder for them.

Typos are at the top of the list when it comes to resume writing taboos. Don’t rely on spellcheck as it only highlights text that are not words, but not typos that spell other words. Get a part of fresh eyes (not your own) when vetting your resume, or engage a writing service that can also give your resume a pleasing layout as well.

Applying for a job can often feel like a huge challenge, and knowing that there are so many applicants out there can be daunting. But if you follow these simple rules, you’ll make sure your resume gets past the first hurdle: the trash can. Better yet, if you tailor your resume and make sure it’s a fit to the company and job, you’ll definitely increase your chances of getting to the top of the pile.

 

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Choosing between Two Equally Attractive Job Offers

If you have an awesome resume paired with great interview skills, chances are many reputable companies are now fighting to get you work for them. So what should you do when you have two (or even more!) equally attractive job offers and both are demanding quick decisions from you?

You might be well aware that each job has its own pros and cons and you might have sought advice from other people who gives different opinions about which job to take. Yet, you still find yourself at a crossroad. What to do now?

First of all, be grateful for this “problem” that you have. Considering the current economy, most job seekers would love to take a problem like that off your hands! But nonetheless, it is a problem, and you still need to solve it soon. So, here are some approaches that can hopefully make your decision a little bit easier:

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Trust your instincts

Most of the time, your gut feeling won’t lie to you. If you have an unexplainable positive or negative feeling about one job or the other, don’t ignore it. It’s easy to rationalize yourself into taking a job you don’t want but are supposed to like, but after a few weeks at the new position you’re likely to find out your original instincts were correct.

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Get more information

Sometimes it can be hard to trust your intuition because your gut keeps changing. When such thing happens, it helps to come up with some questions that address your confusion, and then ask some of them in a second interview. Getting another opportunity to talk with your potential manager can help clarify how you really feel about a job. Or, you might want to seek opinions from people who have worked there to get to know what you’ll be dealing with if you choose one job over another.

 

Rationalize your choice

The most important thing you can do is to find a way to break your internal debate. So if you’re still finding it hard to make a solid decision, try to rationalize your decision by making a comparison table following this method:

  1. Prepare a piece of paper with Job A’s name on top and make two columns.
  2. On the first column, list Job A’s five most positive aspects and rate the importance of each positive aspect on a scale of 1-10. Then, total all your ratings to get an overall “positives” score.
  3. On the second column, list Job A’s five most negative aspects, rate the importance and total your ratings to get an overall “negatives” score.
  4. Subtract the “negatives” score from the “positive” score and you’ll find your net score for the job.
  5. Perform the same thing for Job B.
  6. Compare the scores of both Job A and Job B, you may want to choose the job which has bigger score (more positive scores than negative).

What if there’s no a clear winner? Just keep going. Add more positive and negative aspects until one job outshine the other.

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So you’ve done everything we suggested yet you still can’t make up your mind. In that case, grab the nearest two-sided coin and flip it. Either heads or tails should work out just fine. 😉

 

Polish your resume to get “problems” like this

After reading this article, you might feel jealous because you’ve never encountered a “problem” like this. Or, you might have multiple job offers but none of them are good enough. If that is the case, get a resume makeover to increase your professional self worth!

Research shows that hiring managers only spend less than 10 seconds looking at a resume to determine whether it’s a yes or no. Therefore, it is no wonder that a creative resume catches the most attention and generate more calls, or more job offers!

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Be ready to get this “problem” of choosing between multiple good job offers by checking out our products now!