Your CV and Job
Getting your CV professionally written significantly helps you obtain and prepare for your job interviews. The process helps determine your valued skills and how you have demonstrated your abilities to the benefit of your present and previous employers.
Your CV's Career Statement or Profile
should be brief and have Impact!
It should highlight your significant experience, and other areas of expertise with your achievements emphasized in a targeted manner, that will highlight the significant benefits that have you have made and can make to your prospective employers. A well worded career statement will also help with those dangerous open questions that occur during interviews. The question - " Tell me about yourself" is a gift to your well prepared career statement".
Stress the Benefits on your CV and at your Interview
It is important "Stress the Benefits" on your CV and at your interview: Communicate as much value as possible. There is an old adage in sales which states that one should "sell the sizzle not the sausage'. In other words, it is the benefit that is purchased not the feature of the product or service provided. For example, you might be the best Field Service Engineer around, but that is not why you are hired. It is because your skills mean minimum downtime. It is the latter which is the real reason for which your are hired.
When thinking about your achievements at work, it is
necessary to ask yourself the question 'Who benefited from my work
and in what way? Then when talking about yourself yourself your
interview answers can can become what is known as "benefit laden",
(see STAR example exercise below).
Rethink What You Wear At The Next Job Interview:
What's With the Blue Tie Tony Abbott? Rethink What You Wear to the Next Job Interview by Iris Kaye Wood Recently the media discussed why the opposition leader in Australia was suddenly sporting blue ties. Well as we know there is an election coming up and Tony Abbott is looking for that top job - Prime Minister. His spin doctors are trying to portray a "likeable" and "calm" image by wearing blue. Colour psychology is an old concept and used in marketing, nursing homes and hospitals for example. Wearing specific colours to project images feelings and emotions has been around for decades and is still relevant. I tested it quite by accident myself through university research. My research was based on the effect of nonverbal communication in an interview situation and how it affected the employer's final hiring decision. My results showed that employer's used 80% of body language including what the applicant wore to the job interview to influence their final decision about a candidate. Only 20% of other non- verbal communication related to other skills such as communication. In all cases the final candidates were equally qualified for the job so that aspect played a minor part. Dressing for success in job interviews has many facets. For example until recently black was only worn by politicians in addressing the nation abut serious matters. It is relates to power and was not a colour that should be worn at a job interview. Colour can be used positively. Male salespersons should wear a red or maroon tie and female salespersons persons should wear red in their outfit. In my research one employer made his decision on hiring a senior marketing consultant on the fact that the female applicant, while "looking lovely in peach," did not project the gung-ho image that the male candidate did in his maroon tie. The employer had a very good recall of the interview and it was clear that the female applicant's choice of colour showed lack of drive. Other aspects of colour can show a negative reaction to a person. If jobseekers insist on wearing black at a job interview they need to break it down with likable or more calming colours depending on the job. Black can evoke a powerful negative emotion from the interviewer. Then there is the aspect of dressing by job association. If a candidate was going for a job interview as a waiter, for example, he/she should wear black trousers or skirt and white shirt. It was recommended that jobseekers find out what colour uniform is worn at the company that they were being interviewed by, and try to incorporate colours of the uniform in their attire. So keep the psychology of colour in mind when you attend your next job interview. Iris Wood holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and has provided recruitment services to jobseekers for over 30 years. She operated Pro-Active Human Resource Management online services for over 11 years until her retirement. She is happy to pass on her experience to jobseekers of all level of experience and has maintained the website www.proactivehrm.com which provides comprehensive job search information
Article Source: What's With the Blue Tie Tony Abbott? Rethink What You Wear to the Next Job Interview
You hear all sorts of rules about job interviews: interviewers
decide about you in the first few seconds, and you have to make a
good "first impression". You should ask insightful questions, learn
as much as you can about the company, they will probably ask
questions designed to trip you up, so have some quick answers ready.
As far as rules go, some make perfect sense. However, getting the job you want is not about following the rules. It is about presenting yourself in the most marketable way possible, that takes care of you and the interviewers' needs.
So many people throw their chances away. They do not prepare to make the whole interviewing process stimulating, enjoyable and informative for all concerned.
The Curriculum Vitae (CV) and getting those elusive meetings
If you want the job, chances are so do a lot of other other eager people, so your application has to stand out from the crowd. CVs are usually dull and boring, and people create them as historical documents, rather than as marketing tools. You can boost your chances of getting an meeting by making your CV look special.
Use good paper, make the layout, readable an easy on the eyes. Edit it ruthlessly. People usually put in too much detail. Highlight the bits that relate to the job you're going for. They don't need to know you went to St Mary's School when you were 12. If you don't have what you think are the right educational qualifications, don't worry. Just leave them off.
I definitely recommend a brief career statement the beginning of your CV that illustrates your experience and aspirations . A short statement about what you're seeking can this will alleviate any retention fear the readers may have in hiring someone like you.
So that worked. You've got the Interview.
Here's the key and the most important thing to remember before you go through the door. Unless they are simply going through the motions because they've already appointed someone, they want it to be you.
They want to know their search is over, so for the length of the meeting, the job is yours. You need to make the most of it. Having said that, first impressions are incredibly important. Be yourself right from the start, turning up the volume on those bits of you that most match the job; turning down the volume on the bits that don't. However, never ever shut the volume off entirely, as you will then be pretending to be someone you're not.
Not a good idea to lie! You can be judicious with the truth, but lies have a tendency to return and bite you in the bum! Even if they don't know you've lied, you will be giving out signals that are a give-away that something is wrong.
Being put on the spot by interviewers can feel very uncomfortable, and it's easy to fall into a defensive posture. If you're not sure of the answer or feel boxed into a corner it's all right to buy time – including saying "I need some time to think about that."
No matter how nervous you are, you do need to look after the people interviewing you. Show that you know how to communicate and relate to people: ask surprising questions.
Have a stockpile of anecdotes of past triumphs. This is not just a list of what you can do, but some personal examples that paint the whole picture. Phew! You got through that; anything else you can do? At the end of your meeting, if you haven't been advised, ask when they think they'll be making their decision. At least then you'll know how long you’ll have to wait before you hear.
Many employers don't automatically let people know if they haven't got the job; so one follow-up call is allowable. More than that and it can feel like badgering.
No matter how badly you think the meeting went, if you want the job, always send a follow-up letter. Since most of us think of clever things to say after the fact, include one or two of those, referring to something specific from the meeting.
Use phrases such as:
1) 'I've given a lot of thought to our meeting and...'
2) 'Something you mentioned got me thinking...'
3) 'What you said about _______ really struck home...'
If you don't get the job and you're curious why not, phone up and get some feedback.
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