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The 5 P’s of Job Hunting – Part 2

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In the previous blog post, we have discussed two initial steps in job hunting – plan and prepare. In this post, check out the next two steps: practice and perform.

Step 3: Practice

You might have heard that “practice makes perfect”, and this is a very important step in job hunting. An athlete would practice a lot for an important competition. Likewise, you have to practice your interview techniques a lot in order to beat the job competition.

Practicing can take place with a friend, family member or a counsellor. There are many books available that provide sample questions and sample answers. Feedback on your interview skills may involve peers, general comments, and/or videotape. Here are some sample questions for you to use:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you look for in a job?
  • How long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution?
  • Why are you looking for a new career?
  • How would your boss describe you?
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
  • What were the five most significant accomplishments in your last position?
  • What are your strong points?
  • What are your weak points?

A videotape is an excellent way for you to see yourself as an employer would see you. You can dress as you would for an interview and have someone you know act as the interviewer. You will then be able to notice how you handle yourself, how you sit, and how you respond to questions. For instance, did you give enough information or too much information. You can also note if you have any habits you are unaware of. This will help you become comfortable in presenting your skills to an employer.

Step 4: Perform

Think of your interview as a performance. You must prepare for it (research the employer, practice interview questions), dress appropriately (dress for the job you are applying for), and have the proper equipment (copy of resume, references, portfolio, and pen) to show that you are ready to do the job.

The first two to three minutes of your interview are the most important. An employer usually makes a decision based on your appearance and your opening presentation. It is important that you make the most of these precious minutes.

A smile is a big part of your wardrobe. If smiling doesn’t come naturally to you, practice in front of a mirror until it feels comfortable. Ensure that your body language doesn’t send the wrong message. Don’t cross your arms across your chest, or keep checking the clock. Check your appearance, both standing and seated, in a mirror. It is important to try to relax, but do not slouch in your chair. Don’t chew gum during your interview, and if you are a smoker, try to have your last cigarette at least 10 minutes before your interview and freshen your breath with a breath mint.

Another important point is to never say anything negative about your previous employer. It may make the employer wonder what you would say about them, and you never know who is related to whom.

Make sure that you have some questions to ask the employer. Not “how much money will I make and how long do I get for vacation?”, but questions that show you have researched the employer and have some knowledge of their company. Make a list of potential questions to ask. If the interviewer has been very thorough and you can’t think of any questions, at least find out when they will be making a decision and ask if it is OK to follow up.

Here are some sample questions you can ask.

  • Why is this position open?
  • What are some of the more difficult problems one would have to face in this position?
  • What significant changes do you forsee in the near future?
  • What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
  • What are some of the long-term objectives you would like to see completed?
  • How is one evaluated in this position?
  • What accounts for success within the company?

If you think you can sit back and relax after your “performance”, you are wrong. There is still one final step which is as important as the previous steps. Wait for our next blog post for the final step!

Do Employers Want Video Resumes?

Technology has infiltrated into every nook and corner of our lives. It is perpetually developing and we are becoming increasingly dependent on the internet and anything that runs on technology.

Fortunately, the employment industry is pretty much reliant on technology too. It has steadily kept up with technological advances, especially in the business of networking and connection.

In the past, hiring processes can take months before a candidate is able to secure a job. This is due to the submission of resumes by mail. The emails and Internet took over shortly after, but these still lacked visuals. Today, video resumes are the answer to these problems.

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So do employers want video resumes? Yes, and these are the reasons why.

A Video Resume Has Everything a Paper Resume Doesn’t

Hiring managers want to see abilities, skills and personality in one resume. They have so many others to look at, so don’t tire them out. A video resume enables the employer to evaluate and access all other elements at one go. This saves time and creates an impression almost immediately.

Hiring managers today look beyond just the fantastic academic records; they also want see expertise and talents that are beneficial for the company. For the job candidates, creating a video resume is effortless, convenient (can work from home) or even on the go (via the mobile phone).

Most importantly, a video resume allows you to sell yourself to your hiring manager by showcasing your abilities!

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Better Communication

For those that intend to work in a reputable company or applying for a good job position, it is crucial to develop a good working relationship with your hiring manager, as he could be your colleague one day.

A video resume allows you to develop a close interaction with your hiring manager. You will be able to effectively market yourself and your capabilities! Interacting with your hiring manager through a streaming video resume is not only a good way to make an impression, it also appeals to the hiring managers, because it is such a refreshing change from the mundane, plain paper resume.

Get Called Up For That Interview with Your Own Video Resume

Now that you know what employers really want to see in a job candidate, this is your chance to create your own video resume! Not only does it capture your personality, it also displays your IT skills!

At Style Resumes, we provide affordable video resume services that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on your hiring manager! Your video resume will help you land that job which you greatly deserve!

Make an impression with Style Resumes!

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Fahariah Yeo
Style Resumes

How to Fail a Job Interview

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You must have read a lot of articles on how to be good in an interview. If you have looked at only one side of the coin, it’s time to take the other side into consideration. Did you ever try to find out why a lot of jobseekers fail in an interview? If you take a close look, knowing the reasons of failure can lead to a real learning experience.

Given below are some of the key reasons which can lead to failure at an interview. Let’s have a look.

Lack of Employer Knowledge

This is one of main reasons for interview failure. Employer knowledge is key to getting success in an interview. Since you are interested in working with a potential employer, you are also expected to have some knowledge about the employer. By doing some company research, you will also be ready to ask a couple of intelligent questions when the interview gives you a chance to do so.

Seeking only Money

The main purpose of a jobseeker should be to solve the problems of a potential employer. If you can prove yourself to be a great solution provider, you can quickly grab a job position. On the other hand, you can easily fail at an interview if money is all you are concerned about. Though salary is a major issue in a job, it’s not the only reason for working with a specific employer. If the interviewer comes to know that you are only after money, they’ll reject you immediately.

Flashy Dress

You need to be completely aware that you are stepping into a world where professionalism counts more than anything else. If you get dressed in a flashy suit and swanky tie, you will not send the right signal to the employer. Before going for an interview, you should find out the details of the company’s dress code. Always dress yourself to look like a professional. It’s best to be overdressed than underdressed.

Bored Look

The right attitude at an interview can immediately stand you out in a crowd. If you look bored, you can easily lose the chances of getting the job. A lot of jobseekers fail in an interview because they don’t wear the right attitude. Whether it’s about talking to receptionist, a staff at the company or the interview, make sure you have a positive attitude and look motivated.

No Examples of Achievements

While making a hiring decision, employers or hiring managers are keen to know about your past job achievements. If you no examples to prove your talent, you can easily miss the mark. It is also a big mistake to keep talking about a single achievement. Get ready to talk about a couple of achievements to avoid getting failed at 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.

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Get one step closer to your dream job by checking out our products now!

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3 Systematic Steps to Find Jobs

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Due to rising competition these days, many people have no idea how to find a job they like. To make matters worse, many don’t plan properly before job hunting as they go around asking for jobs in a non-systematical manner. This of course, will often bring failure. How to find a job effectively? If you want to increase your chances of getting a job, the secret is to just follow three simple steps. The trick though, is to actually execute it. Here are the aforementioned steps to give some organization to your job hunting and hopefully teach you to approach the difficult in a more systematic way.

Step 1 – Look for ads in local newspapers

Clearly, the first step in getting a job is to search for it, and through as many channels as you can. If you are very resourceful and know how to get your way around job websites, HR companies and the likes, then great, do those! If you are not, then your best bet is to do it the old fashioned way of looking through local newspapers as they are often littered with ads for hiring. How are you ever going to find a job if you are too lazy to do the above? Once you find a job ad that catches your attention, review information on the company and their selection criteria, then move on to step 2.

Why do you need to look for jobs first? Because you need to tailor your resume and cover letter to suit the job!

Step 2 – Write a Professional Resume

You may know how to find a job, but there is something else you are going to need. Once you have chosen the job, you must put together a resume which can highlight your strengths such as qualifications, certifications and work experience. If you can afford to get it written from a professional writer, do it as he will be able to give you a nice and well-organized resume which can save you some hassle and save you time of getting a job.

Step 3 – Post resume on various classifieds

This is one of the most effective ways to get responses from companies, mainly because of the fact that these companies can access databases of candidates from these portals and select suitable ones for the job. It is suggested that you post on more than one classifieds website to increase exposure as doing so may bring up your chances of getting jobs that you like.

Invest in high quality resume

When you are looking for job, your resume is your most powerful weapon to score that dream job of yours. Most people think that writing resume 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.

Don’t let your resume get treated like that! At Style Resumes, we know what we’re doing. We’ve helped thousands of job seekers get their dream job by giving them an impressive resume and cover letter that made employers feel in love with them. Get in touch with us and let’s craft that perfect resume!

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5 tips to creating a great first impression on your resume

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Appearances and first impressions count.

Everyone knows that. But not everyone pays attention to how their resumes will appear to their prospective employers, or what sort of first impression they are making. Research has shown that hiring managers decide whether a candidate should be called up within seconds of scanning through a resume. So how can you ensure that your resume makes an impact? Here are 5 tips to make your resume pack a punch:

1. Make your objective OBJECTIVE.

This is the top part of your resume, and also the most important part of it. If your resume were a city, the top part of your resume would be prime estate.  Instead of telling your employers how fantastic your abilities are, your Objective section should tell your employers how your skills would benefit the company. This is based on the simple principle of always thinking about what’s in it for your employer when he hires you. This is an example:

“Experienced primary school teacher trained in classroom management and early childhood development seeking opportunity to impart value to elementary school program and to nurture young minds.”

By crafting your objective in this manner, you are telling your employers that you clearly understand what the job requires, and that you have the skills and abilities that will benefit them, and they should hire you. You should conduct prior research to find out what is most important to the employer and what the company needs.

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2. Ensure readability.

This includes creating a layout that clearly compartmentalizes the sections on your resume, including your objective, work experience, education and skills. You will want to use design software (E.g. Adobe InDesign) to create a neat and professional layout, or get the professionals to do it for you. Choose a font or two, no more than two, which allows for easy reading. Choose fonts such as Calibri, that are clean and tidy, and not fonts like Impact, which impede reading as they are either too cluttered or too unprofessional. Ensure that your font sizes are neither too big nor too small. Any effort on your hiring manager’s part to decipher the contents on your resume increases the chances that you won’t get a call-up.

3. Keep your elements consistent.

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Inconsistent elements such as bullet points, font size and paragraphing are huge turn-offs to hiring managers. These are indications of lazy behavior and a disorganized character. With consistent formatting, your resume is not only easy to scan, it can tell a lot about you as a person. Once again, don’t make your hiring manager have to work hard through your resume.

 

4. Ensure that your resume is functional.

Do not stuff your resume with information that is unrelated to the job that you are applying for. Is that waitress job you did over the summers during college taking up as much space on your resume as your summer internship at Ogilvy and Mather? If so, consider mentioning it only briefly as a one-liner under “Other Experience,” or even leaving it out totally. Every word on your resume counts, and should be relevant to the job that you are applying for.

5. Pay attention to language.

Don’t use extraneous words. Job descriptors such as “I demonstrated exemplary leadership skill in leading a successful marketing campaign” does your resumes no favors. “Exemplary” and “successful” are empty words, as they do not show your hiring manager the tangible results of your contributions. A good descriptor elaborates on the visible result of your work:

“Leadership skills were gained by leading a team of ten to develop a marketing campaign which increased sales by 26.8%”.

This example also shows the use of action verbs, namely “led” and “developed” in this case. Action verbs give the impression of action and competency, two things that you will want to be associated with on first impression.

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Follow these 5 tips and you can be sure that you’re hiring manager will be able to tell your resume apart from the rest as it shows professionalism and meticulousness, traits that all organizations and corporation look for in their staff.

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