Caught Job Searching

fortune Debbie has been working for Whatever Inc. for quite a few years already. She has been doing good job so far – her boss is happy with the results and cannot point out just nothing that Debbie could have done any better. Debbie is also quite happy with what she is doing, but… But she feels she should move further, grow, develop, meet new challenges and win new battles. Currently Whatever Inc. cannot offer Debbie any career development – they need her in her present job role. So, Debbie goes job-hunting in order to check what the market can offer. Good move! But what if her boss gets to know about it?.. Whoops!

You have never promised to your employer that you will work for them forever; it is natural to look for new possibilities. However, if got caught, make sure you act quickly, because you do not want to loose your job before you find a new one. Talk to your boss. Here are the variants your conversation can be based on:

You are looking for career growth. Just like Debbie.

Explain to your boss that you have short and long-term career development goals, which you need to review on regular basis. Thus, the purpose of you going for job interviews within this particular period of time is updating your current market value and competitiveness information. In this way you are also getting to know in what way you can improve your marketability, which is absolutely true.

How Much do you Cost: Salary Negotiation

MoneySalary negotiation is a very important and – many would agree – extremely exciting part of the job search process.

It is true to say that often the salary negotiation is not exactly about how much you cost, but about how expensive you can “sell” yourself. To some extent we can compare the “selling” process to slave-trading in the Middle Ages. Yes, you have to sell (=employ) yourself for some certain monetary reimbursement (=salary, bonuses, other benefits). This is what they used to do in the past as well – trade people. The crucial difference here is that we do that of our own will, plus we sell our knowledge, skills and ideas, but not our bodies, unless we are talking about some specific job positions, not covered within this abstract.

So what is the secret key to success in trading yourself (=salary negotiating)? In this article you are offered the most essential points on this topic – world’s best knowledge at your disposal!

1. Market research.

Before going for an interview (no matter if this is the first, second or final one – salary negotiation may be initiated anytime and you need to be prepared) make a thorough research on what the fair market value for the position in question is. You need to know that, because you expect to be paid at least not less then others doing the same job. It is not like you just know how much you want to be earning – you should be realistic and know the price the employer is expecting to pay.

Job Interview: Don’ts

Stop Sign1. Don’t expect that your resume will do the selling job for you. Yes, it is good to have an excellent CV with perfect qualifications, but the printed text will stay the printed text for ever unless your prospective employer hears about your skills from you personally. Your job here is to add color and challenge to your professional achievements. Make them believe that you did a great job.

2. Don’t give simple answers such as ‘yes’ or ‘no’ unless it cannot be another way. A job interview is the time for you to impress the interviewer, to give the detail that does not fit into your resume. However, try to limit the answer to each question to 60 seconds – many recruiters claim it is the most acceptable timing.

3. Don’t complain about your current / former employer, no matter how bad they are. Your prospective employer should think that you are longing to work for them, because you are searching for a job which is more challenge, more interest for you. The fact that your payment was low, you did not have vacation and had to work overtime would not contribute to your being a prospective employee. Actually, the best time to search for a job is when you are happy with you current position and do not need any change. In this case you can get the best position you have ever dreamed about.

Job Interview: Do’s

Ok1. Do make sure you know how to get to your job interview location. It is also a good idea to make a test trip to that place in order to figure out how long it takes to get there – you do not want to be late for your interview. Also take into consideration the circumstances which may prolong the trip – traffic jams at the rush hours, public transportation schedule.

2. Do a research on the company’s activity, as well as on the position advertised and the requirements. Try to find out what kind of interview you are going to participate in (see types of interviews) – it will help you to prepare in the proper way. Think of the questions that could be asked by the interviewer and rehearse the answers.

3. Do dress professionally – your appearance will give the interviewer the first impression which is usually strong and hard to change. The chose of clothes can surely vary depending on the position you are applying for and the company you are longing to work in. However, the best chose is always conservative – a classic suit will never let you down.

Types of Job Interviews

Interview1. Stress Interview is aimed at discovering how the job applicant behaves in critical situations. The interviewer is posing questions and making remarks intended to make the job-seeker become defensive. However, this is the last thing the candidate wants to demonstrate if he or she wants to do well at the job interview. Such a compromising remark as “You lack experience in this or that field and will not able to maintain the tasks assigned to the position” should not embarrass you. Smile and provide the relative experience you possess, and also stress you ability for learning quickly.

2. Behavioral Interview. This type of interview is based on the belief that your past performance is the best indicator of your future performance. That is why during this interview you are asked to tell in detail about your past working experience, your achievements and failures.

Phone Interview

Phone InterviewA phone interview is often the step number two in the process of recruiting. Some job seekers fear it and are nervous when speaking to their potential employers on the phone; others go through phone interviews nice and easy. As a matter of fact, many recruiters prefer to hold such an interview before arranging a personal meeting, especially when the applicant is from another country or just from a distant region.

No matter, if you like or dislike phone interviews, the head-hunter’s job during one is to find faults with you, your job is to be prepared and appear to be perfect. In this article you will find some useful tips which will help you to undertake the task wisely and to do well at your phone job interview.

1. Schedule the interview properly, so that you are not busy and do not miss the call. Also make sure you are at a quiet location at the due time – you do not want to be distracted by noise or bustle.

Online Job Search Guide

Online Job SearchDaily millions of job seekers browse the Internet in the search of the vacancies to apply for. Thus, the World Wide Web has become an effective tool for finding an appropriate job, and has also facilitated the recruitment process for the employers. In this respect, a successful job-hunter should take into consideration some crucial issues that can aid in the task:

1. Build Your Web-site.
Beware, that just posting your CV on multiple Internet sites will not necessarily bring the expected fruit. You can do much more than this. Build (or have it built) your own site which will contain your resume, body of work, contact information. The fun thing is also to add the Google Talk’s gadget to your web-site so that your visitors can reach you online. Attach the http reference to your resume and post it in different job-search databases. It will definitely contribute to your success.

2. Google Yourself.
Make sure you check Google in order to find out what your potential employer will see in case he does the same. It is extremely important since you will have a chance to eliminate the unwanted risks and clean-up the information on you available online.

3. Use the Advanced Search Options.
This is very important, because usually job-search engines have too many job ads. Narrow the choice by the region, industry, type of employment (part-time, shifts etc.). The helpful thing here is the key-word search s well.

They are Watching You!

Spying Through KeyholesMany job seekers believe that their resume is the main (if not the only) source of information on their personality. Thus, they are trying hard to make the resume an impeccable piece of writing, presenting them from the best perspective. That is a right thing to do. However, one should not neglect other sources, speaking for what we are.

Since the modern information technologies are constantly improving and thus are earning the credence of a wider audience, on-line resources have become a recruiter’s number-one advisor. This means that all Internet activity under the real first and last names can be tracked by a prospective employer and used for forming a favorable/ unfavorable impression of an applicant’s personality.

Thus, strongly embed the idea in your mind: Human Resources specialists do not only background checks, but also hold on-line ‘investigations’. Scared?

Good news everyone! You can control a great deal of what is said about you on the Internet. It just requires some time and a little effort, since you need to review the following:

Video Resume – Enhance Your Chances

Video ResumeDo you know what is better than a traditional resume? A traditional resume supplemented by a video one – a short movie made by the applicant, describing their personal skills and qualifications.

In fact, 89% of employers said they wish they could watch a video resume before inviting a candidate for a face-to-face job interview. They believe that from such a video material one can derive useful information about the applicant’s professional presentation, personal habits and behavior; and thus create the first impression.

Nevertheless, do not get too crazy with the idea – a nice video resume on its own is not going to win you the position advertised. It is just a good supplement to the traditional one that can increase the chances of your candidacy being considered.

Further you will find some useful tips for making a good video resume.

Effective Resume – Key to Success

TypingResearch shows that recruiters scan around 1000 resumes a day and only 100 of them get more or less proper attention. Moreover, only four applicants out of the same amount get a job interview invitation. Are you getting the point? You have only 10 to 15 seconds to attract the recruiter’s attention and make them read your resume till the very end. Hard job, I should say. However, nothing is impossible.

Thus, taking into consideration that the potential interviewer is not really disposed to wasting much time on your CV, adopt one rule: never go into much detail unless it is absolutely necessary.

The necessity can only be triggered by the vacancy requirements, stated in the advertisement. That is why you should make sure you have read it attentively and fully understand the selection criteria – the list of requirements needed to qualify for the position. Those are usually given in the order of importance, thus if you do not really meet the first few, you would better not waste your time as well the recruiter’s.

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