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Career Planning

Career Tips

  • Career Tips
    Tips for Successful job hunting online
    Online job search resources, including job search sites, job search engines, networking sites, online job search tools, and tips to ensure that you are using all the Internet job search resources available to help find a job online.
  • Use a job search engine to expedite your search for a job online, by searching all the top job sites, company sites, and niche job sites for job listings.
  • Did you Know..?
    For each advertised position, typically recruiters receive up to 300/400 + applications!!! It is for that reason, that the people in charge of selection cannot spend more than 10 seconds scanning your resume which will ultimately determine if they will read it or not, and about 30 seconds reading it to take a decision on inviting you to an interview – or not.
  • Keep your CV to 2 Pages maximum they do not want your life story.
  • If you do not have the key words that they are looking for that jump out at them and say “invite me to interview” your CV will not even be read. And, more importantly, when it comes to online recruiting if the recruiter cannot search for your resume on basic keys words then your resume will not even be seen at all.
  • Your keys words should be linked to achievements and your job titles as well as years of experience. Your resident location and often times nationality and age.

Online Recruiting

  • ONLINE RECRUITING
    Tips for Successful job hunting on linern
    Online job search resources, including job search sites, job search engines, networking sites, online job search tools, and tips to ensure that you are using all the Internet job search resources available to help find a job online.
  • Use a job search engine to expedite your search for a job online, by searching all the top job sites, company sites, and niche job sites for job listings.
  • Did you Know..?
    For each advertised position, typically recruiters receive up to 300/400 + applications!!! It is for that reason, that the people in charge of selection cannot spend more than 10 seconds scanning your resume which will ultimately determine if they will read it or not, and about 30 seconds reading it to take a decision on inviting you to an interview – or not.
  • Keep your CV to 2 Pages maximum they do not want your life story.
  • If you do not have the key words that they are looking for that jump out at them and say “invite me to interview” your CV will not even be read. And, more importantly, when it comes to online recruiting if the recruiter cannot search for your resume on basic keys words then your resume will not even be seen at all.
  • Your keys words should be linked to achievements and your job titles as well as years of experience. Your resident location and often times nationality and age.

Top Interview Questions & Answer

  • The Most Popular Interview Q & A’s


    Funny how we know we always get the same questions in interviews, but how many of us actually anticipate the questions and prepare stock answers? By anticipating these simple but very engaging questions you will not only come across and confident but professional and prepared.

    What are your weaknesses?

    This is not the time to be telling your future employer what’s wrong with you, but an opportunity to sell yourself.
    By turning this potentially negative question into a positive you will protect yourself confidently and positively therefore making potential weakness into strengths.

    • Being organized wasn’t really one of my strong points, but implemented a time management system that improved me to organize my day and ensured that priority tasks were completed. That way I found that I had more time in each day instead of less and I was more productive as a result.

    How do you Handle Stress and Pressure?


    This again is a typical interview question, asked to get a sense of how you handle work load and pressure in the job. Examples of good responses include:

    • I actually work better under pressure, I find it motivates me
    • By prioritizing my responsibilities so that I have a clear idea of what needs to be done and how in this way being organized helps to minimize potential pressure

    Tell Me about Yourself

    This is a great one, the most common question, often thrown in at the beginning of an interview and it never fails to un nerve the candidate. No one feels comfortable talking about themselves, but this is your golden opportunity to sell yourself. Here what they really want to see is how you articulate yourself. Interviewers use this moment in the interview to study your body language and posture, your level of eye contact. During this moment they can really get a sense of who you are so be prepared for this moment in the spot light. Do not “wing it’ prepare in advance, they do not want chapter and verse or your life story but a few confident examples that describe who you really are that will set the tone for the rest of the interview.

     
    I have 100 applicants for this position -Why Should I hire you?

    Bam! You know the question is coming but are you ready for it? If you cannot answer this question then exactly why are you even in the interview? “Because I am good” just won’t cut it I am afraid. Think about this question carefully and prepare the answer in advance. Think about your unique selling points, your strengths, all the skills that and experience that you have that will set you apart from the rest. Often recruiters try a different way to ask the same question such as “If I asked your previous employers or your previous staff what they thought of you what would they say about you?”

    What motivates you?

    Here there isn’t a right or a wrong answer for this one but what the recruiter is trying to understand here with this question is what would be key to you being successful in the job you are being interviewed for. Again anticipate this question and prepare for it. Consider what really does motivate you and give some examples during your interview. Emphasize your enthusiasm when answering this question:

    • I was responsible for several large scale projects where I directed development teams and implemented new structured processes. The teams achieved 100% productivity and reached their deadlines. I was highly motivated by the challenge of completing the project ahead of schedule and in budget and by managing the teams who achieved their goals and targets.

     
    What are your salary expectations?

    Before you start talking about pay and negotiating salary with a prospective employer you need to find out what the industry standard for pay is for that role and consider also more importantly your worth and value to your prospective employer. In order to do this you will need to spend some time researching salaries so that you are prepared to get what you are worth, not to mention a job offer that is reasonable and realistic.

Cover Letter for Career Change

  • Sample Cover Letter - Career Change

    Your Name 
    Your Address 
    Your City, State, Zip Code 
    Your Phone Number 
    Your Email

    Company Name
    Address 
    City, State, Zip Code 

    Dear XXXXXX:

    This letter is to express my interest in the Senior Customer Service Manager position  as seen on the XYZ Company web site.  I believe that my experience and education will make me a competitive candidate for this opportunity.

    The key strengths that I possess for success in this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

    ·         Provide exceptional contributions to customer service for all customers.

    ·         Strive for continued excellence.

    ·         Strong communication skills.

    ·         I am a self-starter.

    ·         Eager to lea new things.

    I am ready to add value to your company from day one with many transferable skills that I believe are exactly what you are looking for, with this new opportunity.

    I have attached my resume for your consideration and trust that you'll find my experience of interest.

    In the meantime, I look forward to hearing from you very soon.


    Sincerely,

    FirstName LastName

Example Investment Banking Cover Letter

  • Example Investment Banking Cover Letter

    Richard Anderson,
    1234, West 67 Street,
    Carlisle, MA 01741,
    (123)-456 7890.

    Date: 15th May, 2001.

     

    Mr. John Smith,
    National Bank,
    257, Park Avenue South,
    New York, NY 12345-6789.

     

    Dear Mr. John Smith

    With a proven track record of success in the management and marketing of investment services, I believe my experience would contribute greatly towards the continued success of the Example Investment Corporation.

    My resume reflects a tenure in investment banking spanning X years and demonstrates proven track record and notable achievements including:-

    • Built client base to more than 600 customer relationships, far exceeding account development and client retention goals and generating solid revenue growth.

     

    In addition, I offer a comprehensive knowledge of numerous investment tools and the ability to deliver products and services seamlessly to customers. My professional experience, combined with my dedication and enthusiasm, will enable me to make an immediate and valuable impact on your organization.

    I look forward to meeting with you and leaing more about the position, your objectives, and how I can contribute to the success of your department.

    In the meantime, I have enclosed my resume for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    [Signature]

    Richard Anderson.

     

    Richard Anderson,
    1234, West 67 Street,
    Carlisle, MA 01741,
    (123)-456 7890.

     

    Date: 15th May, 2001.

     

    Mr. John Smith,
    National Bank,
    257, Park Avenue South,
    New York, NY 12345-6789.

     

    Dear Mr. John Smith

    With a proven track record of success in the management and marketing of investment services, I believe my experience would contribute greatly towards the continued success of the Example Investment Corporation.

    My resume reflects tenure in investment banking spanning X years and demonstrates proven track record and notable achievements including:-

     

    • Built client base to more than 600 customer relationships, far exceeding account development and client retention goals and generating solid revenue growth.

     

     

    In addition, I offer a comprehensive knowledge of numerous investment tools and the ability to deliver products and services seamlessly to customers. My professional experience, combined with my dedication and enthusiasm, will enable me to make an immediate and valuable impact on your organization.

    I look forward to meeting with you and learning more about the position, your objectives, and how I can contribute to the success of your department.

    In the meantime, I have enclosed my resume for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    [Signature]

    Richard Anderson.

Interview Preparations

  • Interview preparation – Anticipation of the Questions
    A manager interview involved behavioral interview questions to determine the candidate's level of competency in specific areas of the management remit. It’s therefore vitally important to prepare your job interview by viewing some of the likely behavioral job related interview questions such as the ones we have listed. Given your level of experience you will very likely anticipate some of the more complex questions that might be covered in the interview which will therefore determine your suitability for that role.
    Expect interview questions that explore your personal management style and attitude. These questions to explore how you relate to employees and more relevant to the Middle East and Gulf - how well you would potentially fit with the culture of the company.
    What management style have you found to be the most effective?
    What type of people do you enjoy working with?
    Is there anything about your management style you would like to change?
    Management job interview questions will include those that investigate your understanding and knowledge of what management means in the context of today's changing business environment, and helps you to demonstrate knowledge of the market and changing conditions.
    There are a number of complex challenges that managers now face including having access to fewer resources, managing more specialized and more diverse teams and having to operate within a constantly changing and highly competitive environment. Relate your answer to the knowledge you have of the job, the company and the industry.
    What is also critical is candidate’s ability to manage change and to respond to complex challenges relating to market conditions.
    Refer back to the key behavioral competencies for a management position. Relate them to management tasks that are impacted on by current economicconditions, such as planning and executing, cost-control, developing and motivating employees and communicating and managing change.
    Be prepared with two or three trends that demonstrate your knowledge of the industry. Consider technological challenges and opportunities, current economic conditions and demands and growing competitiveness. 
    Your approach to personal and professional development will be evaluated with manager interview questions like what is your favorite management book? Be prepared with a list of books you have read about management and show a proactive approach to self development.
    Expect some commonly used interview questions and prepare your answers

Career Tips

  • Building your Career

    Today, and more than ever, most people are responsible for building their own careers.
    Whether you are just starting, or you have several years of experience, these paragraphs might help you advance your career.
    The 9 most important career planning tips are listed below:
    1. Never Stop Learning - Life-long learning is your keyword
    The world is constantly changing, and everybody is looking for new ways of doing business.
    If you have decided that your current skills are good enough, you have also decided that your current job is good enough.
    But if you want a career in the future, you should add regular updates to your skills and knowledge.
    2. Ask, Listen and Learn - A good listener can learn a lot
    Listen to your co-workers, your boss, and your superiors. You can learn a lot from their experience.
    Ask about issues that interest you, and listen to what they say. Let them tell you about how things work, and what you could have done better.
    Most people will love to be your freetutor.
    3. Fulfill Your Current Job - Your current job might be best place to start your career

    It is often very little that separates successful people from the average. But nothing comes free.

    If you do your job well and fulfill your responsibilities, this is often the best way to start a new career.

    Talk to your supervisor about things you can do. Suggest improvements. Offer your help when help is needed. In retu ask for help to build a better career. It is often possible - right inside your own organization - especially if you have proved to be a valued employee.

    4. Build Your Network - Your next career step might arise from your contact network.
    Did you know that more than 50% of all jobs are obtained from contact networks?
    If you have a good contact network, it is also a good place to discover future careers, to explore new trends, and to learn about new opportunities.
    Spend some time building new contacts, and don't forget to maintain the ones you already have.
    One of the best ways to get serious information from your network is to regularly ask your contacts how they are, what they do, and what is new about their careers.
    5. Identify Your Current Job - Your current job should be identified, not assumed
    Make sure you don't work with tasks you assume are important. This is waste of time and talent.
    When you start in a new job, talk to your superior about your priorities. If you're not sure about what is most important, then ask him. And ask him again. Often you will be surprised about the differences between what you assume, and what is really important.
    6. Identify Your Next Job - Your dream job must be identified
    Before you start planning your future career, be sure you have identified your dream job.
    In your dream job, you will be doing all the things you enjoy, and none of the things you don't enjoy. What kind of job would that be?
    Do you like or dislike having responsibility for other employees. Do you like to work with technology or with people? Do you want to run your own business? Do you want to be an artist, a designer or a skilled engineer? A manager?
    Before building your future career your goal must be identified.
    7. Prepare Yourself - Your dream might show up tomorrow. Be prepared
    Don't wait a second. Update your CV now, and continue to update it regularly.

    Tomorrow your dream job may show up right before your nose. Prepare for it with a professional CV and be ready to describe yourself as a valuable object to anyone that will try to recruit you.

    If you don't know how to write a CV, or how to describe yourself, start learning it now.

    8. Pick the Right Tools - Pick the tools you can handle
    You can build your future career using a lot of different tools. Studying at W3Schools is easy. Taking a full master degree is more complicated.
    You can add a lot to your career by studying books and tutorials (like the one you find at W3Schools). Doing short time courses with certification tests might add valuable weight to your CV. And don't forget: Your current job is often the most valuable source of building new skills.
    Don't pick a tool that is too heavy for you to handle!
    9. Realize Your Dreams - Put your dreams into action
    Don't let a busy job kill your dreams. If you have higher goals, put them into action now.
    If you have plans about taking more education, getting a better job, starting your own company or something else, you should not use your daily job as a "waiting station". Your daily job will get more and more busy, you will be caught up in the rat race, and you will bu up your energy.
    If you have this energy, you should use it now, to realize your dreams.

How To Write Your Resume

  • Creating your new Resume

    4 most popular types of resume format


    The Chronological Resume

    The academic education, qualifications and experience appear in inverse chronological order, beginning by the present or last work and later the previous ones, and finishing with the studies:

    Disadvantages of this format: it shows the periods of inactivity (months, years) and/or the very frequent changes of work. This often makes the candidate cover these spaces with irrelevant information for the position.

    However It does emphasize your progression in work: promotion and increase of responsibilities are reflected, which has the disadvantage of showing if a person, although very effective in his or her work and satisfied with their role, has not ascended or taken more responsibilities.


    When to use the chronological resume

    • Only if you have a good professional experience.
    • Only if you haven’t had lengthy periods without work
    • If you have not changed jobs frequently
    • When you are looking for work in the same type of sector.


    Advantages:

    • The format is traditional and accepted by most of the selection departments.
    • Easy to read and understand.
    • It shows your job stability.
    • It reflects your increase of responsibilities and/or promotion.
    • It emphasizes the type of position and the companies in which you have worked.
    • It describes your roles and achievements.


    The Functional resume


    The functional resume avoids the disadvantages of the chronological resume type and facilitates the clear demonstration of your abilities and achievements. Dates in your work experience are not continuous, helping to disguise any periods of inactivity or successive similar jobs without promotion. The functional resume type is used when you want to highlight the professional career or enter a totally different activity in which the type of company and or studies is not relevant but the abilities; capacities and type of work are thus demonstrating that you have transferable skills.


    You can use the functional resume:


    • If you want to emphasize your abilities over the duration of your work experience.
    • If you want to retu to the job market after a period of inactivity.
    • If there are many periods of unemployment between each job.
    • If you have changed jobs quite often.
    • If you are looking for a job in a completely different sector.
    • If you think that your age could be a barrier.
    • If you have worked as a freelance, or as self-employed.
    • If you have just graduated and therefore without experience.

    Advantages

    • It shows your capacities and strengths.
    • It allows you to reflect your abilities and knowledge which is more relevant to the position you want to obtain.
    • It eliminates the role repetition in similar positions.
    • Useful in new technologies, Inteet, telecommunications, media, publicity....

    The Combined resume

    Combined resume format mixes the previous formats (chronological resume and functional resume). The resume begins with the functional format resume and finishes with the chronological format resume. The combined resume format is more difficult to write and more complex but it has the advantage of emphasising the experience and abilities that the candidates have towards the new position they are applying for, as well as to reflect in a dynamic format their experience and training.

    Advantages

    • It shows very clearly that you know what you want to do and that you have the capabilities necessary to carry out the desired job
    • It includes the section which shows you are goal and achievement orientated
    • It allows more flexibility and creativity in reflecting abilities.
    • t helps to obtain a particular position, something you can’t achieve by leaving your resume or CV in a database or via career portals

      The Personal Data Resume

    Full name, date of birth, address and telephone (landline and/or mobile) and email if you have are essential information to include.

    Civil status, children, age, race, religious beliefs. is not essential to be displayed in this form of resume, however you may be asked for such information before the short listing stage

    ID or passport info is not necessary to include, however there are companies whose computerized database requires this information and it’s a good idea to check in advance before sending. Particularly if you are applying for work overseas, in many cases the duration of your passport can be very relevant, and information on whether you are eligible to work in that country for example. If you have no objection certificate and transferable visas for example it is relevant to include this information as is also driving license for the country you are applying to work in.


    Photograph: it is not necessary to send it, except at the request of the company making the selection.

Resume Templates

After The Job Interview

  • Vital Interview Feedback – Allows you to become Interview savvy


    Job seekers often don’t even think about evaluating their job interview performance! And if you don’t do this crucial part of the process you will find yourself attending interviews and more interviews without capturing that job. Most importantly you will fail without ever knowing why.


    For that reason, and for your own sanity, be kind to yourself and get the competitive edge by taking an honest look at your interview performance before the interview follow up takes place. Think about where you went wrong or on areas where you feel you could have been better prepared for answers etc. This will help you to picture how really present yourself at interview and how you perform, enabling you to fine tune your interview skills and more importantly helping you to become more confident and much more interview savvy


    How can you analyze your Interview Performance?

    1. Were you mentally prepared for the interview?
    2. Where you well presented for the interview?
    3. Where you on time for the interview?
    4. Did you prepare interview Q& A’s and do research on the Job as well as the Company?
    5. Did you objectively analyze how the interview went from your perspective?
    6. How did you cope with questions at the interview, did you answer questions honestly, confidently and fluidly?
    7. Did you display positive body language
    8. Did you make eye contact with your interviewer
    9. There is always an opportunity to ask questions yourself during the interview, so did you show enthusiasm by asking a handful of relevant questions?
    10. Did you obtain the business card of the interviewer?
    11. Make sure you understand their selection process and time frames
    12. Honestly and objectively, after that performance would you employ you? If not you need to be positive and better prepare for next time. Nobody plans to fail, only those who fail to plan!

    Scared to follow up? Or just scared of rejection?

    • It is good practice to send a courteous email by way of follow up and a thank you on the same day you were interviewed. You can reiterate your enthusiasm for the position interviewed for as well as briefly outline your USP’s. Obtaining the interviews business card at the time of interview will ensure that you can follow up quickly and get their contact details correct. Don’t leave it longer than a day to do this as you will lose the impact.
    • Avoid the cardinal sin of spelling errors, you would be surprised how many jobseekers let themselves down with typos which look silly and unprofessional – remember check and double check!
    • You would be surprised how many people are scared to follow up because they simply scared of rejection. If you have clearly understood their recruitment process, feel confident about your interview performance and also understand the recruiters time frames then there is no problem with following up with them about progress.
    • Do bear in mind though that sometimes the process does not go as quickly as you might like it too and be careful not to badger your recruiter and bombard them with a barrage of mails and calls. Remember to be patient and professional

    Make sure that you use relevant referees at all times, and bear in mind that your interviewer could already be contacting them for references so remember to always update your referee that there is potential for them to be contacted. This allows for them to be prepared and to be able to respond favorably and quickly.

    When do I stop searching for a job?

    • Keep going
    • Stay motivated
    • Sell yourself well
    • Be patient
    • It doesn’t always happen first time
    • Be prepared
    • Do your homework
    • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – keep your options open!
    • Go for it

Dressing For The Interview

  • One of the key factors that will help you achieve success in getting that perfect job is the way you dress when you interview. Even if you are applying for a position in a warehouse, do not assume it is acceptable to dress in jeans and a sweatshirt. In fact, it is never acceptable to wear jeans to an interview unless the company tells you specifically that they are having a casual day on the day of your interview or that you will be in an area where jeans or other casual clothing would be more appropriate. 

    Although it is becoming more common for both men and women to dress in business casual clothing for interviews, you have to keep the type of position in mind when you dress. Always remember the saying taken from a book by the same name Dress for Success. What this means is dress according to the position for which you are applying. Although it may be appropriate to wear khakis and a casual top for a position as a customer service representative, when you are applying for a manager?s position you might want to wear at least a skirt and blouse for women and a suit for the men. Ladies may choose to substitute a pants suit for a skirt and blouse, especially in colder weather. 

    Another thing to keep in mind when you are dressing for an interview is to not wear anything that is going to draw attention to your clothes and away from you. You want the interviewer to keep his or her focus on you, so do not wear brightly colored clothing. Even if the position allows for jeans and a top wear something in a neutral tone. For men and women stay with colors such as black, navy, gray or brown for slacks and skirts and white or pastel tops. Ladies should also choose appropriate length skirts and not wear slacks that are tight or revealing. 

    In order to obtain your perfect job you have to look the part. It should go without saying but make sure your clothes are clean and wrinkle-free. You want to give the interviewer the impression that you are serious about the job and not just looking for something to pass the time for a few months. First impressions are those that last and if you cannot impress the interviewer during your interview, you will not have a second chance.
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