Why is a resume so important?
Well, without a favorable initial impression, a prospective employer is likely to stop considering you as a suitable candidate for the job on offer and move on to other candidates who have provided better resumes. Now, Think of a resume as a tool for marketing yourself. It’s more than just a document: It outlines your background, your skills, and your education so that a potential employer is quickly and easily able to see how your individual experiences can contribute to a company’s success. Here are some tips & advice that is intended to offer professional insight and career advice to all potential candidates. While some of it may seem elementary, it is practical and useful information that is always worth revisiting prior to any job search.
- CV ADVICE
- Your CV is the first introduction to your employer, it should accurately reflect your achievements both professionally & academically.
- Understand the position you are applying for & keep the information limited but sufficient.
- Format your CV correctly – with your last academic achievement listed first, followed by professional experience, and finally a personal note about yourself. Be conscious of what to allow here; anything that displays a strong team or work ethic is a valuable inclusion.
- PERSONAL PREPARATION
There are standard questions that all interviewers will ask. You should have responses ready. For example, in past experience, how have you displayed:
– Ability to deal with rejection
You should also have a list of questions for your employee such as :
– Open questions: these are more generalized questions intended to gather information (who, what, when, why, which, how, where)
– Closed questions: these are specific questions intended to qualify a specific point.
- AT THE INTERVIEW
- How you dress for the interview gives an indication of the person you are, and how you will fit into the organization.
- First impressions are lasting impressions, so to ensure that you make a good one.
- Be polite, make eye contact & smile.
- Your body language in the interview will say almost as much about you as your CV and your oral presentation. Remember that an interview is a mutual exchange of information, not an inquisition. You are there on merit, so present yourself confidently and professionally, but be relaxed.
- Speak clearly & be sure to answer the question you have been asked.
- THE CONCLUSION
Your priority should be to make a good impression & leave a lasting one. Ensure that you stay fresh in the employer’s mind & politely ask for feedback on your interview to determine how successful you were. Types of questions you can ask, include:
- What is the next stage?
- Have you got any reservations?
- Where do we go from here?
- A FEW THINGS TO AVOID DURING AN INTERVIEW
- Employees do not hire candidates based purely on credentials & experience. Surveys show that interviewers look for team fit, personality, confidence, communication and appearance too. So, avoid talking only about your achievements & allow the employee to fully grasp your personality too.
- Avoid negative body language, lack of eye contact & disengagement as it will signal that the applicant is not interested.
- Avoid demonstrating an attitude of entitlement as it could be fatal. Instead of what the organization can do for you, you need to focus on what you can do for them; convince the interviewer that you are the solution to their recruitment needs.
- Avoid being vague about your future aspirations as this signifies a lack of ambition. Be clear about the job you are seeking & summarise into a few points why you are specifically suited to the role.