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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.

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.

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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