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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.

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.

5 Hints for the 1st ‘After-graduation’ Job Hunting

Graduation1. Define the direction. Hopefully, you had enough time when studying at college to figure out what you would like to do for a living. Otherwise, take some more time and make up your mind about the field in which you would like to build your career. Now. You cannot put it off any further.

Make sure you take all your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, interests and talents into consideration when deciding on that point. It is also a good idea to search for information on the fields that interest you and people who are involved into working in them. This will aid you in creating a better vision of the prospective job, and decide whether it appeals to you or not.

2. Research. Since you are already aware of the career you wish to take, you can proceed to looking for tangible companies that could offer you the employment you long to. It is extremely important to discover as many of those as possible, and scan all the available information on what exactly each company does, and whether it is stable or not.

You can find out much from the companies’ websites. However, each company strives to present their business in the best possible way as well as from the management’s perspective. Thus, specialized forum discussions and news archives should not be neglected – they often contain ‘real people’ opinions and light the things up from a different angle. The more you know – the better. Your part here is to shape your opinion as a third party’s one.

Are You Really Happy about Your Job?

I Love My Job
Have you ever had a vague feeling that your current career prospects do not correspond to your ambitions? Or is it that you are totally satisfied with your present job? For many that is the number one item on the agenda list to be considered Today.

According to a recent survey, conducted by the Conference Board research organization, more than half of Americans are not satisfied with their jobs, and the least content are young people under 25, by the way. Another study states that three quarters of Americans have switched into another career at least once, and the other quarter is planning to do so.

In fact, job satisfaction is strongly influenced by a range of important factors, such as salary rate, non-monetary rewards, working conditions and working schedule, social interaction, promotion policies, as well as the job itself. Here one could consider the following: the tasks and challenges involved and the clarity of their description, the either tight or loose deadlines, the fulfilled work assessment approach.


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