Getting a new job is not the easiest thing in the world and we have spoken about some of the points. Today we want to stop on a small yet very important: the thank you note after the interview.
However small and unnecessary it may seem, it may be the thing that sets you apart from other candidates. So let’s discuss what makes this small letter so important.
First of all, it’s about courtesy. Remember how much time you have spent finding the job, writing an appropriate CV and cover letter, waiting for that call nervously. The person who has just interviewed you did the spend a lot of time too. It will be nice to them to say thanks.
The thank you note will also speak about your soft skills like appreciation and communication, this is what most companies look for. That’s also a way to show your further interest in the position.
Now that we know the goods that a small thank you note can bring, it’s time to speak about certain things you should keep in mind when writing one:
- Timing: You don’t want your thank you note to be there just after you leave the building and you also don’t want to be late. Make sure you send it within 24 hours when the interviewer has fresh memories of you.
- Method: The second question is how to send the letter. The most common way is sending an e-mail but there is another way that could help you. Go with the way they contacted you.
- Content: Including what you have already sent them is not the best idea. Make sure to start with a salutation. Say thanks for their time, note something special that could remind them who you are and sent you apart. Close with an expression of gratitude. It’s also a great way to include the reference you were asked for in the interview.
- Format: Keep it short enough not to tire and long enough to carry value. Two or three paragraphs would be just enough.
Thank you notes can really change the way hiring managers think about you. If you write it correctly it will raise your chance to get hired.
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None of us likes waiting for no matter what. Things get even worse when it comes to after-the-interview waiting. While no one can give you the exact answer to your “how long should I wait after the interview?” question, there are certain things we want to discuss with you.
However, let’s make one thing clear, waiting less than a week is actually normal but if you didn’t hear back and it’s more than a week, here are some reasons that don’t actually mean they don’t consider your candidacy further.
Something urgent happened that needs to be solved in no time. Well, getting your new job may be the most important thing for you right now, but the hiring managers have a lot of duties that are not related to filling the position.
After the interview waiting may seem too long for you, while it’s a short time for the company to interview other candidates, get the decision makers together, share thoughts, view the portfolios and make a final decision. They surely want to hire the best candidate for the company and they need to evaluate each of the candidates not to make mistakes.
Sometimes companies have to put the hiring process on hold for multiple reasons like shortage of budget or problems with a major client. Even if they really liked you and wanted to see in their team, they may end up not hiring anyone at all for the time being.
Only hiring managers know how hard it is to keep track of each of the candidates. In big companies, they may get hundreds of CV’s for a single position and interview a big part of them. That means they may have forgotten you. This may really sound some kind of disappointing and may mean you were not the best candidate, but following up is the right thing to do at this point. This will show your interest and enthusiasm and can actually help improve your position. Following up after the interview is a whole art. You don’t want to rush or be rude and ruin the whole thing. Be sure to keep it professional yet direct.
However, the longer it takes the less it’s possible they will hire you. Actively look for other jobs, send your CV, go to the events for job seekers. Life doesn’t stop while you wait for the hiring manager to give you feedback. And if you are lucky to get more than one offer, you’ll have the opportunity to be the one who chooses between companies.
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When you think about getting a new dream job you imagine a beautiful office in a cool business centre, nice team, great benefits and perks and high salary, of course. However, when you come to think about finding that job, that’s what makes you think twice before letting yourself dream more. Job search websites and staffing agencies can be a lot of help, but you still have to go through that long process you want to avoid so much. Here are some job search tips, that may no shorten the process but will definitely make it fun and useful.
1. Make things clear: Yes, maybe you already have a profession and have built your career, so what makes you think about changing your job? It’s not always the company, the team, the salary or so. It’s often about changing what you do. Of course, it’s hard to become a doctor after working as a project manager your whole life, but a little change could do a lot of good. So first of all, make sure to understand what makes you think about changing your job, create a list of positions you could be a great fit for (don’t be afraid to go a little crazy with this). Maybe it’s time to catch your dream!
2. The CV and Self Branding: It’s never too much to speak about CVs when it comes to job search tips. Customizing your CV is first and one of the most important steps you should take, even if you are not actively looking for a job at the time. Who knows, maybe you get a once-for-a-lifetime opportunity and you should have it ready. Here you can see how to prepare the CV for 2019 and the mistakes you should avoid. The next step is branding yourself. This, of course, include preparing your CV, but it’s not limited to that. Building a brand around yourself is also about getting social, making connections and why not even starting a blog. See what you can do to brand yourself in our help article.
3. Develop a portfolio: Now that you have decided on the circle of jobs you could take, it’s time to think about your experience. This is necessary if you have decided to change your field, as no matter how many years you have worked in a different field you need to show why they should choose you over the candidates that actually have experience in that exact field. This is also for those who just want to start a career and have no experience. Here you can read how to get experience when you don’t know where to start.
4. Get Involved in Events: Whether you think it’s the right time to change your job or you need to wait a bit more, you shouldn’t miss events concerning career growth or job search. Our Tech Job Fairs could be the place you get to know the leading companies’ teams in person. Not only you’ll get to know what is up in the market, but you’ll have ideas on what you could do.
5. Be Ready to Wait: This is the point none of us wants to accomplish. We want things to work fast and that’s exactly how we lose a lot of opportunities. Don’t accept the first invitation that comes your way if you don’t really like it, it may be the one that comes before your dream job. Think well before accepting any invitation. It’s not the best thing to fire after a month just because you got another opportunity.
These were the job search tips we wanted to tell you. Make sure not to miss our Tech Job Fairs and get ready for new opportunities.
Whether you are looking for your first or hundredth job, you need to brand yourself to stand out. Almost all of the spheres are full of candidates that are actively searching for new opportunities just like you.
Standing out is not less important than your professional skills, as let’s face it, it’s very hard to be a unique professional that can’t be replaced. Hiring managers get tonnes of CV’s for each position and they simply have no time to read them and analyze in detail. To make sure you are not just forgotten you need to build your brand so that recruiters get interested in you. Here are a few steps we advise to follow:
1. Customize your CV
This is not the first time that we talk about the importance of having a great CV and you can check some of our articles here. However, having a kick off CV is not just enough, it should be the right one for the position you are applying for. If your education has nothing to do with it, instead you had great experience in multiple companies in the field, make sure to emphasize your work experience. Don’t forget to highlight the skills, especially the unique ones that the hiring manager may be looking for. In a word, understand your strong points for the position you want to fill and make sure it’s visible from the first glance, of course, keeping it professional.
2. Write an Outstanding Cover Letter
While taking care of your CV you shouldn’t forget about your cover letter. Just adding a subject in the e-mail is far from being enough. The cover letter is your voice that the managers should hear. Be warm, yet professional. Showcase your strong points while keeping it short. This may sound a bit hard, but you should give it a try and the result won’t make you wait for a long time.
3. Get Social
Do you want your future employer to see the photos of a crazy part back from school years? Well, try to google your name and see what appears there and make sure they won’t be surprised in the worst way to see some of your pictures or posts on social platforms. Try to show your interests by sharing and posting things related to your profession. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have any pictures of your brother’s birthday party. However, you can manage who sees your posts so don’t forget to use this feature.
4. What About a Blog?
While this can’t work for everyone and all the fields, it’s an easy and reliable way to build your brand. Let your opinion on the latest trends be there when hiring managers google your name. This will show that you are actually interested in what you do and can be a great help for their company. If you manage to get your blog famous, companies will come to you themselve.
Yes, building your network is too important. Instead of complaining that only people who have many connections get high in their career stand up and make those valuable connections. Make sure to have your visit card with you. You never know who you’ll meet in the elevator or the cafe. It’s not like you should hand out your visit card to anyone you meet. Do your homework. Get to know the CEO’s or managers of the companies in your field. Use social media, you can even know their favourite cafes in the city. And when you see one of those people you want to make a connection with, find a common thing to speak about. Weather can be a great help anytime! If things go well, connect with them on LinkedIn when you come home and don’t forget to send a little thank you note with it. Even if you never come to work in one of their companies, just knowing them and having in your connections list would be a great help.
This was what we think about building your own brand. Don’t forget to check our Tech Job Fairs and join us as it can be a great way to find your dream job.
There are many situations where there is a lack of understanding between employees and their superiors. In many occasions, the reason is related to the lack of appreciation. When employees don’t feel valued for their work, they are less committed and begin to feel frustrated. This situation is very unpleasant and also negatively influences the company. Employees who are happy at work will assume more responsibilities and their performance will be greater.
There is still much to be done to avoid these tensions that can often lead to dismissal. According to a recent study by the Gallup research centre, only 13% of employees feel committed to the company. Top Employer, is a company that is dedicated to evaluate, analyze and certify good practices of human resources of companies. This is the second year in a row that PageGroup España has been certified with the Top Employer label for Spain and Europe. These are the 6 aspects that Top companies implement to value their employees.
1. Training Plans.
To succeed in an extremely competitive global market, companies can only survive if they attract the best professionals. Therefore, it is a crucial aspect to invest in the training of employees. Betting on the development of your competences offering the necessary tools to successfully face your current and future functions. In PageGroup, we offer programs at all levels, from the beginning of the consultant to management positions.
2. Create your own leaders.
What is the difference between a boss and a leader? We can find lots of content on the web related to this. As an example a boss tells you what to do, a leader inspires you to do it. But usually, they forget to mention why these differences exist. Leaders are not born, they need to be trained. In PageGroup, with the help of external trainers and the definition of the Leadership program, we want our employees to have the opportunity to grow, develop and create synergies throughout their career within our company.
3. Offer compensation programs and benefits.
Although the best professionals do not choose the company solely for the salary, it must be borne in mind that this aspect should not be a problem if you want to retain your employees. In PageGroup, throughout the career of the consultant, we offer a variety of benefits besides salary, telephone, health insurance, pension plan, company car, and other incentives.
4. They bet on the diversity of the work teams.
There are numerous studies that show how companies that bet on integration and diversity adapt more quickly to changes and therefore are more successful. Diversity not only refers to employees with different cultural backgrounds but also to the balance between men and women and to the adaptation of different ways of working. Diversity is one of the main aspects within PageGroup, a fact to keep in mind is that 50% of our managers are women.
5. Manage performance for professional development.
Employees commit if they feel their efforts are rewarded. In PageGroup, we offer an evaluation system that allows management of the performance of all employees. On average, our consultants promote every 18 months. Depending on your abilities and interests, there are several ways to develop your career within the company. Each quarter we review the technical and personal competencies to know where they are in their trajectory and how they will face the future.
6. Make your employees feel at home.
When do we show the best version of ourselves? Usually, when we are in a pleasant environment and we feel at ease. The environment that surrounds you is the right one, you perform better. For this reason, we should be happy in the place where we spend eight hours a day. In PageGroup we are proud of the good atmosphere we have, we offer health programs and we bet for the welfare of the employee inside and outside the office.
These are the 11 qualities that an employer seeks
by Edith Gómez, PageGroup España
Has it happened to you that you feel qualified for a job and never call you after the interview? Relax, you are not the only one that has been through it. You should bear in mind that nowadays employers do not only focus on the knowledge you have, but they are more interested in the ability to put them into practice. Therefore, after reading this article, there will be no job interview that could resist you. Do you want to know the 11 qualities that the interviewer is looking for?
Pay attention and prepare to succeed in your next interview:
1. Ability to develop ideas and innovate: This ability allows us to think about the different ways that exist to improve the future both at work and at a personal level. It supposes the possibility of optimizing the processes and methodologies of work in a company.
2. Productivity: It is the ability of a person to focus on a task while managing their time. In addition, it focuses on the search for learning in order to find the specific knowledge to solve a problem.
3. Analysis capacity: It is the ability to analyze and understand the information that is provided daily. A person with this skill presents solid arguments when issuing opinions and suggestions that help the company make the right decisions.
4. Management of new technologies: We live in the technological era, it is not surprising that companies look for personnel with this ability. The management of social networks and the domain of certain software are mandatory when using. In addition, many companies research candidates on social networks, so are prepared and take care of your digital reputation with these tips.
5. Good communication: This is a skill that involves the transmission of truthful information with a safe attitude and an appropriate tone. A person who knows how to communicate catches the attention of people and can convince others to make correct decisions.
6. Shows commitment towards the company: The fact of being committed to be working in order to meet the needs of the company, and also find ways to achieve the objectives of it, is a quality that the employer will value.
7. Ability to work as a team:The ability to work as a team means respecting the opinions and suggestions of others, it is understanding that each person thinks and acts differently in certain situations. A person who knows how to work in a team does not seek attention and understands perfectly that he must connect with others to achieve a common goal.
8. Manage stress: All work involves moments of stress, so finding a person who does not let down or block by the workload is essential to work productively. Being able to manage stress allows the worker to reach his goals despite the adversities.
9. Adaptation capacity: Chameleonic people are truly valuable because they adapt quickly to work in all kinds of situations. They accept easily the changes that may arise in the company.
10. Achieve the objectives set: The worker who seeks to achieve their goals is a person who works hard, is determined and committed. He hardly surrenders and has an incredible capacity for motivation. Companies pay special attention to candidates who have worked on various projects, so do not skip a single one that will help you.
11. Identify and solve problems: A person with this quality does not sit idly by the problems, but seeks all possible solutions and tries to avoid them at all costs. It is very difficult to lose the north because of frustrations. As you see, not only knowledge is enough to obtain the job you want, but the qualities that are linked to the personality of each one. Begin to give another focus to your resume and get ready to do a good job interview.
The 5 most common mistakes in a job interview
Facing a job interview is always a time of excitement and concern and precisely these nerves can play tricks on you. We tell you what are the five most common mistakes in an interview.
1. Avoid showing off your achievements. It is right that you try to highlight the most important milestones of your professional career, but avoid nerves playing tricks on you and let your speech focus on showing off and praising you too much.
Instead of bragging about the importance and relevance of your work explaining, for example, that in your previous job you were one of the best employees, give a spin to your speech highlighting your learning in that position and your interest in continuing to learn and training in the field of employment to which you aspire. Always offer your interviewer the possibility of contrasting that information with the people you have worked with.
2. Pay attention to the interviewer’s questions. A common misconception among job seekers is that they are determined to give an answer they have previously prepared and do not listen carefully to the recruiter’s question. Concentrate on your interviewer and listen to every word he says, start thinking and compose your answer when he has finished speaking.
If necessary, respond: “That’s a very good question, I’ll take a second to think about the answer before answering.” Good interviewers will appreciate that you want to take a moment to reflect on an adequate response before letting go of the first thought that lands in your mind.
3. Maintain prudence when the interviewer begins to describe the job. It is tempting that when the recruiter begins to describe the job, you want to tell him that those tasks were carried out in previous jobs and that, therefore, you are the right person for that position.
Avoid that your argument is only: “Those tasks have already been carried out.” Contribute value to your work and give concrete examples. Tell him how you faced a problem or how you managed to solve a complicated situation. If you have already held a position similar to that required by the company, take the opportunity to compare it with that job and show that you will be able to handle the problems you may encounter.
Any employer wants results from people who are part of the plot, not satisfied with working for work and adding tasks. The recruiter is not interested in knowing what tasks you did, but what achievements and results you achieved thanks to your decisions and your actions.
4. Avoid giving answers without arguments. An interview is a time that the recruiter has to know your skills and decide if you are the person that best fits the position. It is the moment when they ask you about your aptitudes and, in principle, your word is the only reliable source that the recruiter has. So, if they ask you if you have knowledge of Excel, the worst answer you can give is: “Yes, I know the tool perfectly”. The interviewer knows that these answers can be exaggerated and, therefore, are unreliable. In that case, try to tell a specific fact about a time when you used Excel to solve a problem at work.
Always offer the interviewer the possibility of contacting those people who can confirm your skills, give references and support your skills at work.
5. The interview does not end when you walk out the door. Few people remember this detail and squeeze the powerful weapon of the letter of thanks. An infallible technique that prevents you from falling into the forgetfulness of the interviewer when several candidates aspire to the position and who can improve their perception towards you.
Send a courteous email with a few lines to thank you for your time for the interview and make yourself available in case you need to expand information or learn more details.
We always see your point of view as an applicant on how to get through the interview questions and what considerations does the interviewer have for them to choose you. Admit it, sometimes you have the talent but because you’re not confident enough to express your answer, it hinders you to fit in. Or, sometimes, you’re too confident to talk about yourself and experiences, still, something is preventing you to get on board.
Have you ever wondered? What is it like for the interviewer? What are the things they are looking when they interview people? We’ll help you get ideas from these 5 tips:
1- Eye contact
An interviewer wants a connection. Why?
Your eyes can reflect your real intention to the company. Your honesty, sincerity and enthusiasm. Avoid your eyes skittering around the office. Get into that room with confidence and make your interviewer feel that you are being real with him, with the company, and with yourself.
2- Listen when he talks
Did you ever find yourself not listening to what the interviewer tells?
Sometimes, as an applicant, we think ahead- the answer to the next question or other things. We’re unaware that our attention is not on what our interviewer is saying. They’re looking for someone who can work with them on a daily basis and in the long run, it’s a plus point if you show them that you’re really interested in the position by carefully listening.
3- Don’t be someone you’re not!
Before the interview starts, most of us get thoughts in our mind that we are not actually the right candidate for the position and there are people who can do much better. That’s when we try to jump into someone else’s shoe just to impress. Well…It doesn’t work! Know yourself, know who you are and make them see that. Believe and be confident in your skills. Show them what you can do for the company. Everyone has a unique strength, so do you. Make them feel that you’re willing to go extra mile for the company.
4- Ask the interviewer
Asking some (not unless you have one it’s fine!) questions makes them see that you’re thinking about the process of the work. Ask something about their industry or niche, about their people or anything related. Don’t try to ask about the salary especially when it’s in the job ad- it’s lame! This will be a sign that you are interested more in the position than the compensation. Your interviewer will appreciate if you ask a question that most of the applicants don’t.
5- Smile! Smile! Smile
Your interviewer wants to know you’re pleasant to work with. But, remember, too much makes you look like a fool. They like to foresee if they will enjoy your company. It makes you even a better fit for the position. Wearing your smile shows that you’re confident and relaxed. Bring your smile as you enter and leave the room. Your smile is your weapon!
As a job seeker, we all want a chance and opportunities. We used to travel from place to place just to showcase ourselves and make them see what we’re capable of. One easy way to get you on board and start a career is joining Job Fairs in your city and our Tech Meetups Team has a lot to offer.
The year has just started and you still have plenty of time to make 2019 a great one for your career. If you have decided to take a step and find your dream job, updating your CV is the first thing you should absolutely think about.
The job market is changing very fast, hence you and your CV should be ready to meet new challenges. Not only you should edit CV for each position you apply for, but you should also adjust it to the trends of the year.
We at Tech Meet Ups, organize Tech Job Fairs and have a mission to let tech talent and companies that need them meet. And we also want to help job seekers represent them as great as possible. So here are some tips to give your CV a makeover.
Update The Structure
One more year has passed and you have gained some valuable experience to show. Maybe took some courses and got important certifications that could help you get the position you dream about. Bring them up! Managers get a lot of CVs for a single position and they don’t usually have much time to pay thorough attention to each. Make sure they see all of the valuable information you have.
Update The Information
If your career lasted more than 10-15 years, consider updating your CV and deleting some old information about the positions you had long ago. It’s great if you have worked since you were 15. Now if you are applying for a Manager’s position, no one cares about the job you had in the local cafe when you were at high school. We know that each job has an impact on our career and mindset, you can tell this during the interview when the time comes, but don’t overload your CV.
We have talked about the major mistakes that people make in CVs in a separate article but it’s never odd to talk about being data-oriented. Don’t tell how well organized or what a great team-player you are – show them. These sort of things irritate the readers and don’t let them see the valuable data they want to know before they call you for an interview. Your own opinion about yourself is not what they are really looking for.
Who Reads Your CV?
More and more companies start using bots and the tendency is growing very fast. These bots are looking for the information provided in the job description in your CV. Consider using the same words to describe your hard skills for example. If in the past you have written only for hiring managers, consider updating your CV for ATSs and of course, don’t forget that human beings are the final decision-makers.
A Help to Your CV
Once a manager likes your CV, they are most likely to look for your profile on different platforms like LinkedIn. So, pay thorough attention to your profiles. Make them look professional and up to date. Don’t forget that professional platforms are not designed to just share a funny video or an yellow press article, of course, if that’s not related to your profession directly.
Is your CV ready for a great year to come? Then get ready to share it with the companies that might be looking for a person just like you. Tech Job Fairs can be a great chance to meet the teams in person and get you better opportunities to find and get your dream job.
Every company is not just looking for someone who can do the work, but for someone who’s willing to go beyond expectations. That’s why an interview is mandatory for every applicant. This measures your ability and skills to deliver the experiences you had and on how these will help you to contribute success to the company. The process and your chance to build up your self among others.
Most of the companies are after your experience that is related to the job position. Make sure to give an answer related to the job position you applied- if not, make a connection in some way. For example, you were an online teacher before but applying for a Customer Service Representative position. If you think of it, there’s no relation, isn’t it? But thinking of the soft skills, being a teacher tests your patience which can help you in handling customer concerns in a more civilised and relaxing manner.
Aside from your experiences, the company is also after your personal background and how you can contribute to the company with or without experience- actually, there’s no such thing as “no experience”, come to think of it during your intern? During your project? Your presentation report? Your training- every experience in your education is relevant to the career you want. If not for actual experience- apply what you have learned in your academics.
Without further ado, here are 5 common interview questions and tips to answer:
1- Tell me about yourself.
Don’t mention what was written in your resume or application letter- they have read that. Don’t mention your favourite food nor a favourite movie; stop telling the story of your life- it’s not what they want to hear. Mention something about your recent achievements, your skills and goals.
2- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
A company is looking for someone who’s motivated, hard worker and would stay for them in the long run. Hiring new people, recruiting and training consume a lot of time that’s why they want someone who will stick with them. Therefore, the interviewers want to know your career goals and how the position will fit your plan. Your five-year goal should fit the position you applied to. Make them believe that this is your dream job.
3- Which is your strong side?
Let’s go and get focus first on your strength. You should be specific in assessing your strengths. Before your interview, make a list of your skills and categorized them into three types of skills. It will help you explain these traits thoroughly.
Three types of skills:
- Transferable/Functional – These are your developing skills throughout your career. These actions are taken to perform a task and transferable to different work industries. (Ex. Problem-solving, Communication, Organizational skills)
- Personal Traits/Attitudes – skills from your own experience. (Ex. Flexible, Friendly, Independent)
- Personal Traits/Attitudes- these are skills you acquired through education, training or on-the-job experience. (Ex. Bookkeeping, Computer skills, Languages)
4- What are your weaknesses?
Discussing your weaknesses is like mentioning your flaw. Stop bragging about your own difficulties when you can address this without compromising your abilities. Mention your negative side but the company will treat it as their advantage because they will benefit from your weakness.
” I can’t help myself to work hard sometimes…”
” I am a perfectionist…”
” It’s hard for me not to double check my work…”
5- Why Do you want to work here?
Be knowledgeable enough about the company and from there, search for what they truly need and relate to yourself. Don’t focus on what you can get from the company, still answer the question by thinking of what the company can benefit from you. Understand your employer’s needs and share what you can contribute from your skills.
We always want to fit in and we are aware of the competency in every work industry. Every employer is actually looking for the reason to eliminate you during an interview but if you’re prepared, focused and positive these will help you through.
Don’t put pressure to yourself, if this is not the time for you- definitely, there’s a right time! Tech Job Fairs can be the right place to look for your dream job in different cities throughout Europe. Join us and let’s build your future together!
We always prepare ourselves to typical questions that every employer might ask us. We know that being prepared will also help us. But let’s face the reality, who among us never had a struggle in responding to behavioural interview questions?
These behavioural interview questions measure your personality on how you have acted in the past and how you have handled complicated situations. Every employer or interviewer wants to see how well you respond to these questions as this will also define your future performance with them. This STAR technique will surely help you out!
Example of behavioural questions are:
- Tell me the mistake you’ve done with your previous employer and how you overcame with it?
- Give example where you did not meet the deadlines and how you handled it.
- How were you able to implement a decision in a situation you were not familiar with?
- How do you disagree with your co-worker?
What does STAR technique mean?
STAR technique is a method you can use to survive with these behavioural questions from interviewers. STAR is an acronym that stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result. As a job seeker, this will help you to give a thorough answer to questions. Now let’s get into details and we will explain every word that stands for S.T.A.R.
Situation: Create a scenario in your mind where you faced a challenge at work or at school – or any experience that made you overcome complicated situations. Like, when your group did not meet the deadline of a project, or when you had a conflict with your co-worker; a misunderstanding with your customers. Be as specific as possible!
Task: Next, explain what was your responsibility in the given situation. Tell your exact role among others. Your interviewer doesn’t have any idea of your history so make sure that they understand your role among others.
Action: This is the most important in the STAR technique. This is also your opportunity to highlight what exactly you did in that situation. This is your chance to build up yourself and be like the hero in every Marvel movie you’ve seen.
The important thing here is you specify all the techniques and skills you contributed to making the whole team survive or on how you could overcome this. Remember to focus on what you did rather than the team or any person in that situation, in that way, they can relate on how you became a big help to your team that made you overcome this through experience you had.
Result: And finally, the positive outcome. Explain the outcomes of your action and emphasize all your accomplishments in that situation. You might also want to state the lessons you have learned.
Follow the STAR technique to showcase yourself in a systematic manner. But always remember that the key to standing out in an interview is you being prepared and positive.
We want a job! Yes! We want to have a career. That’s the reason why we go to school; why we build ourselves; why we strived hard to get a diploma. But, we all know it doesn’t end up there. Even CEOs of every company took steps for them to be in the position where they are now. Every company has this stage where they are choosing the right people to join their team, and this is the interview. Will you be chosen? In this world full of competency, how would stand out?
Base from experiences we have gathered, we’ve made a summary to show you on how to stand out in a job interview.
Know the company
Every employer is eager to know how far would you go for them, and the basic thing you can do is to research in advance what their company is all about, search for the company’s accomplishments, the core of their business. Look for what they can provide to people, to industry where they belong to, and to every employee. In this way, you can show them that you already have the care of what they do and provide. Every employer wants to feel the passion you have for their industry and how much care you could give in their organization. That’s the reason why they ask every applicant the reason why you chose their company.
Prepare – dress and arrive early
The interview is the first stage where you’re given the opportunity to showcase yourself. It is your advantage if you prepare yourself ahead. As they say, the first impression count, and so do all the efforts that will make you leave a good impression to the interviewers. From your preparation to your dress and being on time.
Prepare yourself. Get ideas! Read some of common job interview questions. This way, you can save yourself and answer some of the common questions your interviewers might ask you. They can relate to everything – from yourself to the company. When you’re prepared, you can also boost your self-confidence, and when you have the guts, you’re calm, and when you’re calm, you can deliver. It’s to your advantage if you’re prepared. The benefits of being prepared– it’s you who will earn it.
Make yourself presentable. Dress! Interviews are formal meetings where you are selling yourself. Who wants to buy your products if they are not clean right? The basic rule in selling is to make your product attractive so that people will give it a shot. And now, the product is yourself. Make yourself professional. Dress clean and neat. You can also make an impression simply by dressing yourself. [Read: The Importance of Dressing Well for a Job Interview ]
Apart from being prepared, the next thing you should value to your interviewers is time. Don’t ever make them wait nor arrive too early. Not giving importance to someone’s time is disrespectful but arriving too early might be irritating for them. Arrive on time where you can still recall everything you have searched for the company and possible interview questions; where you can make yourself relaxed and calm. Buffer yourself, make time to collect your thoughts. [ Read: https://muse.cm/23qmRV6 ]
But above all, your answers and overall presence are what matters most on how to stand out in a job interview. And here are some of the tips you can do to win an interview.
1- Build a relationship with your interviewer
Don’t forget to smile as you get in. It’s good that your interviewer/s would feel your aura as you came into their office. Greet them as a sign of respect. It’s normal to feel pressured but don’t make them see that. Bring your sense of humour if you can. It’s important that your interviewer would feel the confidence in you.
2. Listen and speak clearly
Your readiness really matters. This is your weapon on how to stand out in a job interview. As mentioned earlier, it’s to your advantage if you’re prepared. Listen carefully to every question your interviewer is throwing at you and speak your answer clearly where your interviewer could understand your point. There’s no rush for anything, if you don’t understand the question, feel free to ask for it to be repeated. Take time to think. Give examples from your experiences when necessary. State what you can do and provide to help them. Always remember to give honest and direct answers. And when you speak, speak with confidence. Those interviewers are not monster who will eat you when they don’t like your answers. Just think that they are just also ordinary people who’re looking for someone to join their team and this is your chance to make them feel and think that it is you who they’re looking for.
3. Mark your good impression as you leave
You have already exchanged conversations. Yes! You have already provided answers to all of their questions, but again, it does not end there. You will not just say thank you and walk out the door and leave.
Because every interviewer/s want to see also your interests in their company, you can ask them questions before you leave. Make them feel you’re really interested in what they do. This is also the time where you can mention some of the related experiences or accomplishments you were not able to mention. If none, say so… But don’t forget to mention your key skills and how passionate you are for the position. And before you end all of the conversations, ask them if they still need other information from you or what will be the next steps to be in this position. End the interview the way you started it. You came in with a smile and leave with a smile. Arrive and leave with positivity in you.
[Related article: How To Close An Interview To Ensure You Leave A Lasting Impression]
Now, all the tips on how to stand out in a job interview are here. The key point that will help you survive you in an interview is to be proud of yourself, be confident in your skills, have a mindset that no one else could be right for the position they want except you. Start the positivity from yourself and your plan will go the way you want it to happen.
The job market changes crazily fast and while we all want to adapt asap, we can miss a very important thing that is essential for career growth. And that is developing soft skills. You may have graduated from a well-known university with the highest possible marks, but that’s surely not enough. While hard skills can be trained easily, soft skills are not that easy to be taught or measured. It’s about self-development.
Hard Skills vs Soft skills
Let’s understand what is a soft skill and how it differs from a hard skill in the first place. As we have mentioned above, hard skills are those that can be taught and measured. You can always take a test to know your calculating, reading, typing or writing abilities. Things are different with soft skills. Well, your hiring managers can ask you to take a test and measure how getting along, listening to others or leadership skills. But how will they give you a mark on it? On the other hand, they can teach you how to do certain things like calculate or use software, but can they teach you how to be more creative? Shortly, hard skills are more about knowledge that can be gained, soft skills are more about your attitude and personality.
Why do I Need Soft Skills If I Have Excellent Hard Skills
According to this/the research made by Linkedin, “57% of leaders say soft skills are more important than hard skills” so this is serious. These leaders have a good point. Let’s imagine a leader has to fill a certain position and there are two top candidates to choose from. One is a master of the work, has a strong knowledge base and good background, but doesn’t have communication skills and is not the person that will get along with the team. The other has less knowledge but is easy to work with and can be a great team player. This leader will most likely choose the second candidate and maybe even organize some training for him or her. And this is not about one leader or two, you’ll see this in most serious companies.
What are the Soft Skills I Need
You may think that this skill is just for those who have high positions in well-known companies. Let’s look at this from another point of view. How did they get to that position? No one is born to be a CEO, they went through hard work to gain experience. Why can’t you do the same? Don’t be afraid to show your leadership skills even if you have just started your career. Putting your skills into action will help you develop them.
2. Communication and Teamwork
Communication skills are of most importance if you really want to accelerate your career. These skills will help you in building relationships with your teammates. Eventually, people will start respecting and trusting you. And when an opportunity will come your way, your leaders will trust you with higher positions easily.
3. Problem Solving and Stress Resistance
Let’s be honest sooner or later you will have to face difficulties if you want to grow in your career. No easy way ever leads to real success. You need to be strong and solve the problems you meet on your way, instead of breaking down.
We live in the era of innovations. Nowadays, it’s not easy to do or create something new. On the other hand, if you do things just like others do, you will be an ordinary worker in the office who always complains that his job is dull. This relates to anything absolutely. No matter if you want to open a small coffee shop or start/grow your career in AI, you need to be somehow different from others. Don’t be afraid to get creative and remember, almost everything we use now, including the device you use to read this article, sounded crazy some time ago.
5. Time Management
This is something everyone speaks about. Yet, all of us have to work on our time management skills. For some people, this is about not getting sleep at night or not spending any time hanging out with friends, but this is not the right way to choose. You have 24 hours a day and this can’t be changed. What can actually be changed is the way you use that time.
6. Emotional Intelligence
Keeping your own and others’ emotions under control is what we call emotional intelligence. To do so, first of all, you need to recognize these emotions and understand how to take control. Remember, people who manage their emotions by their brains can also manage other people’s emotions. When it comes to other people, you may think it’s not polite, but if you want to have career growth and be a leader, you should be able to manage how your employees feel about certain things.
7. Growth Attitude
This point may sound too simple, who doesn’t want to grow? Actually, very few people do. Let me bring an example, each of us wants to keep fit. How many of us actually do exercises, run, keep diets? This means we don’t want enough. On the other hand, if we want to have an ice cream, we do go to the kitchen, open the fridge and get our favourite flavour. Did you see the difference between “wanting” and “getting”? What you should do, is actually thinking on your career growth, understanding that you really need it and persuading yourself. Growth is an attitude.
These were the soft skills you should develop if you expect career growth. Nowadays, robots can gain knowledge faster than you do, Artificial Intelligence changes the world and if you think you can win robots with your knowledge, unfortunately, you are in the wrong way. Instead, you can win them with your skills. Don’t lose time!
The CV is your chance to make an impression on hiring managers. That’s why it’s important to create one that will get attention and get you called for an interview. Saying this, we don’t actually mean writing it in purple or putting eye-catching pictures of yours, of course. Depending on how big is the company you apply to, they can deal with tens of applicants every month. Your only choice is to stand out.
Here at TechMeetUps, we deal with a wide range of companies from different industries that want to find the best talent to join their teams. While we help them to meet that talent, we also want to help you, as a job seeker, to show all of your skills and expertise to get the job you deserve.
There are a lot of articles out there to tell you about CV tips, things you should absolutely consider including. Opinions may differ, and including all of the advised elements will make your CV a novel from Leo Tolstoy! Meanwhile, we want you to know some of the things that you absolutely should NOT include in your CV.
So here is the list of things you should avoid while writing your CV.
1. Too long intro
If you are applying for a job, it’s obvious you want to show yourself in the best possible way and present ALL your skills. Instead of listing them all in your CV, you can write a short cover letter explaining why you think you are a good fit. When it comes to the actual CVs people want to see how you can help achieve their company goals and not just your own opinion about yourself.
2. Irrelevant work experience
Yes, we all want the “work experience” part to be full, especially when we have just graduated and don’t have much to tell. However, before including your past experience in a cafeteria, think if it anyhow shows your expertise in the sphere where you hope to get a job.
3. Not professional e-mail address
No matter how many CV tips you follow from our or other lists, there is one thing that can ruin all of your efforts. Think twice before you send your CV from a less-than-unprofessional e-mail address. adg4ml@….com is not the best one you can provide. Maybe it sounds too simple, but it shows how serious you are about a job and overall describes your personality. name.surname@….com would be a great choice, plus it will be easier to remember your name or find your e-mail address in a huge list.
4.Poor format and readability
Imagine scrolling your Facebook or Twitter feed and seeing an article with an interesting title. Then you open it to find out that the page is full of text, with too narrow margins. You will most likely close the page without reading or, in the best case, will read unpleasantly. Don’t want the same to be done with your CV? Think twice before writing long sentences full of unnecessary words. Leave enough space between the lines, add spaces after paragraphs.
5.Slandering previous employers or colleagues
However much you want to show that your ex-boss was horrible or unfair to fire you, don’t ever speak about it. Not in your CV, not on the interview, not even when you get the job. It’s really not the best idea to gossip about your colleagues or tell things from your past company’s internal policy. How will the hiring manager be sure you won’t do the same to them?
6. Redundant words
Yes, people do know how phone numbers or e-mail addresses look like, no need to remind them. It’s even worse when you write the word “phone” or “e-mail address” in bold. If they look at your CV and think you are a good candidate, they’ll contact you, no need to bring additional attention.
7. Charts, tables, images
A lot of articles on CV tips could advise on making your CV memorable by adding some nice formatting or tables. However, think well before doing so. While charts may look really nice on your side, they may not appear so cool to the recruiter. If you think it’s important to include a chart, table or an image in your CV, you can send it separately. Nowadays most companies use applicant tracking systems that will just graphics them out and bring your CV into a simple text format. Eventually, the hiring managers only see whatever their system transformed your CV into.
8. Salary expectations
Obviously, one of the most important aspects you want to know is the salary, but you should keep it for the interview. Otherwise, you risk making them feel like it’s the only thing you care about. For the same reason, don’t include any information about your past salary. Who wants an employee that thinks about nothing else than the money they’ll get?
9. Personal information
Not the best idea to write about your religious views or hobbies in the CV. If you are a good professional then who cares? Well, maybe there are very specific cases when this information may be valuable, but otherwise, people don’t have time to read irrelevant information about you.
Never ever lie on your CV. Truth always comes to the surface. Don’t include past jobs you never had, colleges you never attended, achievements that were not yours. It’s not very hard to find out if you’re honest. Serious companies will always check any suspicious information before hiring. You’ll lose the job opportunity forever and tarnish your reputation. Just be honest! If you feel you have weak points, work hard to get stronger instead of telling lies.
The first impression is always important, especially when you have no chance to meet people in person. Be serious about your CV, take time and create one that you can be proud of. Hiring managers will appreciate it. You’ll increase your chances of getting called for an interview, even if you don’t have all the required skills. It’s likely they will feel you are a serious person who is ready to put time and effort into getting great results.
“I can’t get a job because I’ve got no experience, and I’ve got no experience because I’ve got no job!”
How many of us got ever stuck in this vicious cycle? It’s a common problem! Not only for those of us who are fresh graduates, but also for those people who want to turn their career around and try something new.
Getting experience suddenly looks like such a challenge. That’s why today we come to you with several ideas of where to get the precious experience to fill your portfolio with.
That’s a very, very basic idea but it works. You should always look out for internships. It may be hard to get one when you’ve got a full-time job already, but sometimes you can get companies to agree on part-time or even flexible working routine.
You can look up internships on most of the job boards, in the local newspapers and online magazines. Some of the companies post them on their websites, so make sure you keep an eye out on them too.
Reaching out to the companies
You can also get in touch with companies personally. If you know who’s working in your desired niche, you can send an email to the team and ask if they need help. This gives you a lot of flexibility in deciding what your role would be as part of their staff and what conditions both parties will agree on.
Get ready for a lot rejection though. Most of companies won’t be answering at all.
Events & Networking
Attending all sort of networking events and job fairs is an experience you shouldn’t skip. Whether you find a job or not, it’s your chance to leave your name in places and connect to people who might eventually get back to you.
Go Back To Uni
It doesn’t hurt to also get in touch with your old faculty. A lot of them have special alumni-dedicated events and activities that you can benefit from. And if not, they may have ways of helping you in some other way. Since you are their graduate, they will be far more likely to send you an answer and try finding solutions to your problem.
Get Involved In Non-profit
There are plenty of organisations out there that have no budget to cover experienced employees. Non-profit organisation frequently co-work with people who have the skill but no portfolio to back it up. Reach out to the foundations and organisations in your city or look up non-profit websites that serve the purpose of connecting job seekers with institutions.
Don’t Forget About Social Media
Facebook and Linkedin are your best bet when it comes to building your network of professional contacts. These two platforms offer one of the best functions to serve this purpose: discussion groups. From job seeker groups to industry-specific communities – you’ve got a full palette of choice where to go and who to speak to. Be vocal, active and helpful – and eventually someone will notice you.
Over To You
Being an inexperienced person in the crowded job market was never and will never be easy. But stay positive – if you put enough effort, action and heart into getting the experience, it will eventually pay off. Remember – reaching out to people is your key to success.
New Year, new you, new career? How many of you think this way? Well, if you’re unhappy with anything about your professional life, January is your month to get your big change plan in motion. There are twelve months ahead of you so make the most of them.
But what if you don’t know how to start? Don’t worry – with your success in mind, today we’ll show you how to make it all happen. Whatever it is, big or small, you can make it real by following these simple 5 steps.
Step 1: Find Your Pain Point
You won’t get anywhere if you don’t know where you’re starting. Think about what exactly makes you feel unhappy or unsuccessful. This could be anything, from your current position to low payment. It could be too long commute or really, really ugly office you’ve got to work in.
All these things can be changed with more or less drastic steps. So long you know what pains you, you’re good to set out on a journey to a better workplace.
Step 2: Identify The Necessary Changes
And now that you know what you hate most, you’re about to envision the result. What is that you’re after? What changes would have to happen for you to finally feel accomplished, satisfied and happy?
The desired result and the changes that lead to it have to be crystal clear for you. It’s like following a map somewhere – you have to know the route to reach your destination.
Step 3: Divide Your Goals Into Long and Short Term
While there are (nearly) full twelve months at your disposal, you should hardly put your focus on what’s going to happen in November. But yes, you should be aware that SOMETHING will definitely happen there. You’re just yet to define it.
Divide your goals into long and short term. This way you will know what project will take several weeks or months and a lot of effort. Doing this will clearly set it aside from things that can be completed quickly.
Remember, approaching long and short term goals is totally different. Don’t mistake these two as you plan your 2019 career goals.
Step 4: Go Detailed
With your career goals chosen and labeled correctly as long or short term, you now have to plan your path. And you have to be detailed about it because it’s easy to get lost and forget your course in the everyday buzz.
Long term goals will naturally have more steps and milestones than short term ones, but you follow the same pattern for both. Make sure you are as detailed as you can get. Write down the actions that you need to take, one by one.
Then again – don’t go too far in the future, especially in case of the long term goals. Plan nearest three steps you have to take.
Step 5: Set a Reminder and Review Often
While it’s hard to believe, we often fail to complete our career goals not because we fail at them, but because we get drawn away.
It’s easy to get lost in all the day-to-day duties you have. That’s why it’s mandatory to have some sort of a reminder that will keep in loop. It can be goal-dedicated notebook, an app or even a sticky note.
Revise your progress often. It’s important that you know what has been done and what still needs to be done. And remember to be honest with yourself – sugar-coating your progress and making excuses won’t ever let you succeed.
Take It With you
Whether your 2019 career goals are big or small, they’re all worth taking up the challenge. This five-step approach is all you need to get it right but you’ve got to devote yourself to your cause. Detailed planning and knowing just where you’re headed, followed by taking action is your recipe for success. It’s that simple!
After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.
But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.
Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.
Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.
Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.
Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.
The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.
1. Hack time to accomplish more than most
Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.
With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.
Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.
Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.
For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.
Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.
It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.
2. Set your own boundaries
Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.
Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.
Here are some important traits to consider:
- Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
- Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
- Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.
These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.
3. Continuously invest in yourself
Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.
You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.
Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.
Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.
Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.
It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.
4. Document the value you bring
Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.
To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.
A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.
Here are some ideas:
Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.
During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer
5. Hide your salary requirements
Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.
But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.
The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.
Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.
6. Do just enough research
Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.
Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.
Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.
Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones. Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.
7. Get compensated by your value
Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.
Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?
Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.
You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.
The bottom line
You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.
You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?
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