Resume Tips

Q.- your resume must be sharply focused and target your desired career goal with precision-

Job-seekers tends to forget that employers review resumes extremely quickly - often in just a few seconds. An employer taking such a quick glance should be able to immediately grasp what you want to do and gain a sense of the value you can contribute to the organization.

Q.- Your resume should be eye-catching and reader friendly-

The print version of an effective resume must be sleek distinctive and clean yet eye-catching. Your resume should feature conservative easy-to-read fonts plenty of white space a layout/design that goes beyond ordinary yet interesting.

Q.- Focus on accomplishments - not duties and responsibilities - that set you apart from other job candidates-

Right about things which portray your accomplishment what special things did you do to set yourself apart? How did you do the job better than anyone else or than anyone else could have done? What did you do to make it your own? Always remember give examples to back up our achievements.

Q.- Don't put relevant skills, such as technical and foreign-language skills, at the bottom of your resume-

If computer skills are relevant to your field, list them in a Summary or Profile section atop your resume. That way, they'll catch the reader's eye in the first third of the document. Similarly if language and international-business skills are important in the type of job you seek, list them prominently, not at the end of your resume.

Q.- Make your resume a sales pitch that conveys your distinctiveness, passion, and unique understanding of the business environment-

It must answer the employer's question: Why you are better than any other candidate? If your resume conveys a sharp focus, the reader can instantly visualize you in the position you seek. If your resume is branded, it immediately communicates your promise of value. The uniqueness factor takes your resume to the next level by portraying you as not only in the position but the best person for the position.

Q.- Quantify wherever possible-

Employers love to see numbers - metrics that provide tangible evidence of results you've achieved. Use metrics such as percentage by which youve increased sales or cut costs.

Q.- Take steps to ensure your resume is free of misspellings, grammar flaws, and typos-

Proofread it. Set it aside overnight, and then proof it again. Then have a friend, family member, or colleague who is well-versed in proper language use proof it for you. Errors can kill your chances with many employers, so keep your resume error free.

Q.- Keep your resume fresh and updated-

Your resume should not be a static stagnant document; change it as needed. If it's not working for you have it critiqued by a professional to see what you can improve. Update it the minute you start a new job. Track your accomplishments so you can add those to the document.

Dressing for the Interview

Q.- Men

1. Dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying. Your suit should be comfortable and fit you well so that you look and act your best. 2. You should wear formal Shirts and Trousers or a formal suit for the Interview a matching jacket and pants dress shirt tie coordinating socks and dress shoes. A dark-colored suit with light colored shirt is your best option. 3. Avoid loud colors and flashy times 4. Clothing should be neat clean and pressed. If you don't have an iron either buy one or be prepared to visit the dry-cleaner often. 5. Shower or bathe before the interview. 6. Make sure you have fresh breath. Brush your teeth before you leave for the interview 7. Your hair should be clean and neatly combed. 8. Do not smoke before the Interview 9. Smell good as bad odour from body is a big no no 10.Shoes should be polished and nails clipped.

Q.- Women

T,1. you should wear formal attire with a shirt and skirt or pants. In case you are not comfortable, wear a simple kurti with legging. When in doubt, be more conservative. 2. Interview clothes should be simple and colors should be pleasing to the eyes. Anything tight, bright, short, or sheer should absolutely be avoided. 3. Knee-length skirts are suggested. Very long skirts, while modest, are also considered too trendy for an interview. Do not wear animal prints, or anything lacy or low-cut. 4. Make up and Nail polish should be understated and flattering. Wear makeup which compliments your skin tone. 5. Wear minimal jewellery and hair accessory. Avoid anything which is distracting, flashy and loud. One ring per hand is the way to go. 6. Shoes or heels should be conservative and fairly low-heeled. Wear high heels only if you are comfortable and can carry it like a pro. Shoes/heels should be reasonably in a good condition, not scuffed. 7. Your clothing should always be neat, clean, and pressed. If you don't have an iron, either buy one or be prepared to visit the dry-cleaner often. 8. Shower or bathe of the interview. Make sure you have fresh breath. Brush your teeth before you leave for the interview, do not smoke before the interview. 9. Your hair should be neat and clean, and properly styled. Not more than 2 clip on your head. The idea is to look polished and professional. 10. Smell good, as bad odour from body is a big no no.

Phone Interview Etiquette

Q.- Answers the Phone yourself-

let family members and/or roommates know you are expecting a call. When you answer the phone, answer with your name i.e. Keisha or Abhinav (in a perky tone of voice) so the interviewer knows they have reached the right person.

Q.- Listen carefully to the interviewer-

Don't start speaking until the interviewer finishes the question. If you have something you want to say, jot it down on your note pad and mention it when it's your turn to talk.

Q.- Don't worry if you need a few seconds to think of a response-

Try not to leave too much dead air. If you need the interviewer to repeat the question, ask.

Q.- Keep your Resume Handy-

During the Telephonic interview, its best to keep the resume in front so it's at your fingertips when you need to answer questions.

Q.- Smile-

Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice. It can also be helpful to stand during the interview, since this typically gives your voice more energy and enthusiasm.

Do's and Don't during the Phone Interview

Q.- Do's

1. Speak slowly and enunciate clearly
2. Keep a glass of water handy, in case you need to wet your mouth
3. Take notes when possible on what questions came up
4. Give short answers
5. Remember your goal is to set up a face-to-face interview. At the end of your conversation, after you thank the interviewer, ask if it would be possible to meet in person.

Q.- Don'ts

1. Smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink.
2. Interrupt the interviewer.

Most Common Interview Mistakes

Q.- Most Common Interview Mistakes Tips

Dressing inappropriately-It's imperative to look professional and polished. Although your attire may vary based on the position you're applying's imperative to look professional and polished. Although your attire may vary based on the position you're applying for.

Arriving late-Everyone knows that first impressions are very important in landing a job. Running late not only suggests poor time management skills, but shows a lack of respect for the company, the position and even your interviewer.

Using your phone during the Interview-Before you get to your interview, silence your phone. Texting or answering phone during your interview is not only rude and disruptive, but it's a pretty clear message to your potential employer that getting the job is not your top priority

Not doing research about the Company-Don't let your potential employer stump you with the question," ""What do you know about this company? Background information including company history", locations," divisions and a mission statement are available in an ""About Us"" section on most company websites. Review it ahead of time", then print it out and read it over just before your interview to refresh your memory.

Not doing research about the Company-Don't let your potential employer stump you with the question," ""What do you know about this company? Background information including company history", locations," divisions and a mission statement are available in an ""About Us"" section on most company websites. Review it ahead of time", then print it out and read it over just before your interview to refresh your memory.

Do not lie-Avoid lying during the Interview, as most companies carry out a strict background check of their employees. If found lying not only it will risk your jobs, but even a legal action could be taken against you. Remember, if a lie can get you a job, the same lie can take it away as well.

Not paying Attention-Getting distracted and missing a question looks bad on your part. If you zone out, your potential employer will wonder how you will be able to stay focused during a day on the job, if you can't even focus during one interview.

Talking too Much-There is nothing much worse than interviewing someone who goes on and on and on... The interviewer really doesn't need to know your whole life story. Keep your answers simple, to-the-point and focused and don't ramble - simply answer the question.

Not Being Prepared to Answer Questions-Your interviewer is probably going to ask you more than just the basics about where you worked, and when. To get a feel of your aptitude for a job, your interviewer is going to take advantage of the allotted time and flesh out everything he or she needs to know about you as an employee. Don't let yourself be caught off guard. Prepare for your interview by reviewing what questions to expect, and how to answer them.

Badmouthing Past Employer-Don't make the mistake of badmouthing your boss or coworkers. It's sometimes a smaller world than you think and you don't know who your interviewer might know, including that boss who is an idiot... You also don't want the interviewer to think that you might speak that way about his or her company if you leave on terms that aren't the best.

Negative Body language-If the Interviewer is asking you Questions that may not be as per your liking, try and control your emotions and don't let it show in your eyes, or facial expression. Keep a tab on your body language as it should not give out negative signals to your potential employer.

Body Language

Q.- Most Common Interview Mistakes Tips

Make Eye Contact-This is the best way to show you're actually paying attention and engaging with the situation. Of course this doesn't mean stare blankly at your interviewer, but strive to hold eye contact for a few seconds at a time.

Do not Slouch-Sitting hunched forward, or lounging with arms and legs everywhere has the effect of looking a little too relaxed. You don't want to sit there tightly clutching your fists in your lap, but you also don't want to portray a casual, not really bothered attitude.

Use of hand-Subtly, of course. Touching your fingertips together suggests authority but, as with all things, use it in moderation. Keeping your palms facing up is a sign of openness and honesty, so keep them in your lap. Try not to clench your fists or wave your hands around to make a point, it will make you seem nervous and unpredictable. And please don't bite your nails. You'll look nervous and it's really distracting!

Do not touch your face-People who play with their hair or excessively touch or rub their noses can seem dishonest and untrustworthy. Also try to avoid rubbing your head or neck; it can give the impression of being bored or disinterested. Same goes for sitting with your arms crossed, it just makes you look defensive and unapproachable. All your personal gestures should be open and expressive. Keep your shoulders relaxed and facing the interviewer to ensure they're always involved in what you're saying.

Smile-Smile and nod where appropriate, and laugh when the interviewer does. You want to show you have a personality and you're paying attention to what's being said. It goes without saying that you should listen attentively and try not to interrupt. Focus on keeping your tone of voice even and polite. Too soft and you'll seem timid, too loud and you'll seem domineering.

Do not move around-This includes tapping your fingertips in the arm rest or jiggling your leg up or down. It's a sign of boredom and impatience. Keep both feet planted firmly on the floor to avoid the temptation. It'll help to keep your posture straight and focused on your interviewer, which in turn will make you seem more focused.

Have a Grip-Have a solid grip when you are shaking hands, and don't let the fingers slide away; at the same time it's not an arm wrestling match - you don't need to have a ferocious grip. Practice your shake in advance with a friend or relative to know what feels right.

Observe your surrounding-Don't blindly follow the recruiter or your interviewer into the interview room. Look around. If you see people looking at you, make eye contact, nod slightly and acknowledge their presence, break into a small smile or say hello. You never know who that person is - they could be your future colleague, manager, or the next interviewer!

Make yourself Comfortable-If you need some water, get it yourself or ask the interviewer to help you. You can't continue an interview with a parched throat or a breaking voice. Try and stay calm and relaxed while give your answers. Don't let panic overtake you.

Leave your mark-Don't be in a hurry to leave, but at the same time don't continue to keep sitting in your chair even after the interviewer has communicated the completion of the interview. Time yourself to get up with your interviewer and gather your belongings carefully, without any rush. Even if you drop a few things, stay composed and gather everything without making a lot of noise.