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Category Archives: Employment

Perform Well in Interviews

Presentability and Body Language:

“First impression is the best impression”. Your body language reflects your state of mind. So be as calm as you can. When you enter the interview room, greet the HR with a good morning. Thank the person for offering you to sit down. Majority of the interviewers will study your personality than technical skills for jobs related to MCA, MBA and B.Com for instance. It is only in the case of software field that technical skills will be given utmost value. We got complaints from HRs that students appear very sluggish and uninterested while talking. Whether you are really interested in the job or not doesn’t matter until you present yourself well. Keep this in mind and concentrate on your body language. Facial expressions should be serene and smile occasionally no matter what the outcome of the interview is. Finally thank the interviewer again before leaving.

Communication skills:

Having good communication skills is as much important as standing top in your field. Mumbling and stammering is the worst thing you can do in an interview. This happens if you are too much tensed or not sure of what to say. Do not think too much about the result and drive away your tension. Take deep breaths and think before you answer. You can take your time but be clear about your answer. Have a basic knowledge about what your job is and what your responsibilities will be. If the company has a website, do a small study about it before you attend the interview. It will surely help you.

For experienced students:

Experienced students may not need much of technical preparation. You are half way through the interview only because you have prior work experience. But we saw quite a few students getting rejected despite their work skills. The reason being lack of communication skills. The expectations of the recruiter changes completely in case of experienced students. It is anyway known that you can work well on technical grounds. But they will enquire whether you are ready to work on a long-term basis and whether you are able to get them good clients or not. There will definitely be series of rounds in the interview process if it an MNC. You need to be patient.

We came across many students who say they will leave the present company and join another company if they are offered more salary. These were the kind of answers given by experienced students when the interviewer asked,”how long will you work in our company?”. Firstly you left a job; you are considering a salary hike. Accepted! But it is utter immaturity to be concerned only about the salary. Even before you enter the company, if you are talking about leaving it, what good are you than a fresher? As much as freshers require preparation before the interview, you also do. Keep this in mind and prepare well.

Be Secure in Job interview

After you have chosen your area of interest, next step would be to apply for a job in that field. Once you are called up for the interview, see to it that you don’t mess things up while you are being interviewed.When you think of a job interview, somewhere down the line it takes you aback and you go through a lot of questions in your mind regarding how the interview will go. It is sure to happen with anyone even if a person has been to interview for hundred times. Not every interviewer is of the same nature at times it can go too rough and at times very smooth. In order to avoid getting into demoralising situation during the interview, it is better to go through some interview tips.

Reach in time:

Nothing is worse than getting late for the job interview which can be for reasons like traffic or parking problem. Therefore you must know the exact location of the office where the interview is going to be conducted and have some time in hand so that you can get there in time because punctuality is the best quality.

Right clothing:

For a job interview, a pair of formals would work best for you. Make sure you match the clothes properly and the combination should not go wrong. Also the fitting too matters so get something that suits your personality and enhances you appearance because looks are the first thing you are judged by.

Proper research:

It is better to know beforehand about the kind of work you will be doing and the position you will be hired for so that answering the questions gets easy. Ask the interviewer about the qualities and qualifications they’ll be looking out for and prepare yourself accordingly.

Rehearse well:

Lastly, ask yourself certain questions about the interview so that you can practice answering them. A good rehearsal can fetch good results after the interview is over.

Fail a Phone Interview

 Don’t Pay Attention to the Interviewer – Being able to conduct an interview on the phone gives both parties a certain level of freedom. Abusing this by not paying attention to the interviewer will hurt your chances of moving to the next step. Remove all distractions. Turn off the TV, put the food away, ask family members and others to remain out of the room, don’t chew gum or smoke, and make sure your landline or cell phone doesn’t start to ring in the middle of the conversation. Be Dishonest – Some interviewers will test your knowledge of the field you have applied for. If you plan to adlib and make things up as you go along, you’re not doing yourself any favors. It’s best to brush up on your knowledge before the interview starts. In case you are stumped, admit that you cannot provide a sufficient answer and don’t try to ramble on while researching the topic on Google.

 Employ Poor Body Language – You may choose to lounge in your bed while giving the interview thinking it hardly matters. But your body language creeps into the tone of your voice and that is all the interviewer has to rely on. Sit up straight and bring enthusiasm into your voice. Remember to smile, even if the interviewer cannot see it. Don’t sound laidback and casual, like you’re doing the company a favor by speaking with them.

 Offer Up No Feedback – Interviewers are not looking for office drones to do their bidding. Applicants with a fresh and open mind that enquire about job responsibilities, company policies, expected office environment, and additional details are far more likely to be remembered.

 Miss Calls Or Use A Cell Phone With Bad Reception – If you have a phone interview scheduled, you should make every attempt to be available with a landline phone at the appointed time. If you take a call while driving down the road, it will not give the interviewer a very good impression of your organizational or time management skills. And having a cell phone with bad reception can sabotage an interview and is an issue that can be easily avoided by planning head. If an unavoidable emergency does arise, calmly explain it to the interviewer and request a change in the timing of the interview.

Information of Self Background Checks

Before any employer will hire you they will do an employment screening report, essentially a background investigation, on you, in which you’ll be checked for criminal records, bankruptcies, judgments, tax liens, etc., and your college degree and past employment will be verified.

With the self-background check you offer the employer reassurance that, when they conduct their background investigation on you, there will not any surprises. It’s as simple as that, and it works.

The employer wants to be sure you are who you say you are, you have no criminal record (at least no felonies), you have the degree you claim, and you held the positions you say you did. All that’s pretty reasonable, especially since – according to some studies – as many as a third of white-collar applicants lie about their qualifications on their resumes or job applications.

Doing a self background check, or as it’s more often called, a self-check employment screening report, can indeed reassure the employer that, if they decide to hire you, there won’t be any surprises when they check you out. (Most employers use employment screening firms, such as, to handle all their background checks; few do this work inhouse.)

This is not a small matter. If a company makes a candidate an offer, then has to retract it because something negative crops up in his/her employment screening report, the company has wasted time and money, plus now has a potential lawsuit on their hands for having taken an “adverse action” against a job candidate (such suits are not at all rare).

So let’s say you’re a hiring manager and you are considering two applicants – equally qualified – for a job opening, one of which has included a self-check employment screening report (self-background check) along with his/her resume. Which will you choose? Chances are, you’ll lean toward the latter candidate. It’s just human nature to take the safer route.

But there’s yet another important reason to have a self background check done. What if employment screening companies are reporting wrong information about you? For example, what if they’re reporting that you have a criminal record when you don’t? Or that you’ve been through a bankruptcy when you haven’t?

Something like this can and does happen. And you’ll probably never find out unless you do a self background check report on yourself.

So how do you go about getting one of these reports? Well, there are hundreds of background-investigation companies online clamoring for your business. You can just pick one and pay the fee. However this is not the best idea because you’re not really looking for a garden-variety background check. You’re looking for an employment screening report, one which comes from a reputable employment screening company, which you can attach to your resume.

An employment screening report differs from a straight background check in several ways, for example, the former contains verifications – specifically, of your college degree and of your past employment. Straight background checks don’t contain this type of information.

So you need to find a reputable employment screening company – not just a background check company – to do your report for you. This is a bit harder. Most employment screening companies do not want to do self background check type employment screening reports. They are set up to work for employers, not for jobseeking individuals, and they like volume orders, not single orders. Most will turn down your request for a self-background check.

However there are a few smaller employment screening companies which will do your self-background check for you – some, of course, will do a better job than others.

Note that most of these companies will not send you a printed report. They will send you a URL address and password with which to access your report online. Then, when you submit your resume, you can inform your potential employer you have had a self-background check done, and you can supply the URL and password or offer to provide them upon request. Alternatively, you can simply print out the background report and attach it to your resume. Personally, I would use the latter method, simply because it’s more likely to have an impact.

All about Instant Resume

1. No cover letter attached

This is not a good start to any job application. Failing to include a cover letter instantly means that you have failed to put in that extra 10 minutes of effort, and this is never a good thing. A lot of recruiters delete their first round of applicants simply because they have not included a cover letter.

2. Applying for the wrong job

It happens all the time – candidates get so caught up in applying to as many jobs as possible that they accidentally send their resume sand cover letters to the wrong people. When a recruiter sees that a cover letter has been accidentally addressed to the wrong company, it will get tossed immediately.

3. A bad picture on a resume (especially an inappropriate one)

It’s true that different resume standards apply to different countries. That being said, some countries are more accepting (and encouraging) of pictures on resumes than others, however please stick to professional-looking photos only – you are applying for a job after all. There is no need to include a picture of yourself posing in a tank top or drinking with friends. Better to stick to no picture at all.

4. Providing little to no details about your work experience

Employers want you to be as specific as possible with regards to your qualifications, and therefore you should provide an adequate amount of information. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people list their job titles ONLY under “work experience”, and that will just not cut it. Once an employer sees that you’ve provided little to no detail on your experience, they will immediately delete your resume.

Tips Make HR Manager Resume Grab Attention

The fundamentals to emerge with a resume intended getting a chief HR position is to mull over the style, template, content, organization and manifestation of it.

A few guidelines that would help you to craft a resume for an HR Manager may include following- As per experts, the candidate must ascertain to make a balance between the goals of meeting the requirements of the company and the demonstration of his own credentials. In any case, acting in response to your employer’s needs and simultaneously putting your credentials on prime is more or less a prominent aspect of any job application.

Deliberate the following areas to scan yourself as an HR Manager, which may help you indeed in understanding your profile and enumerating your achievements:
o Instigation or improvement of any HR policy or process
o Any noteworthy development in employee satisfaction or retention
o Role in enhancing work spirits of the employee
o Role in commencing effective employee benefit plans
o Key contribution in building efficient strategies for vetting and hiring
o Your role in introducing any HR procedures that boosted proficiency
o Your input in training fresh and existing employees
o Involvement in organizational expansion initiatives
o Active participation in headship actions

Styles For Resume Writing

Selection of the most appropriate style depends on your experience and the type of job applied for. Two most popular styles are Chronological and Functional resumes. Let’s discuss their salient features.

1. Chronological resume: It is most familiar and popular style. In chronological resume, work experience is listed in reverse chronological order, i.e. giving your latest job experience first. It contains short description about each job you held. You should start your resume, giving essential information about your candidature in the following sequence:
a) Your contact information, with your name, mailing address, telephone/cell phone number and e-mail address. Contact information should be correctly written, to enable the interviewer contact you when required.
b) Job objective: You should give a small description about how you consider yourself suitable for the post applied for.
c) Experience: Clear indication of different positions you held in your service career, in chronological order starting with your latest job details. Give name of employer, short description of the position held and the dates of joining and leaving the job.
d) Qualification: List different examinations passed and degrees obtained. Mention each qualification with name of college/university, year, degree/percentage of marks secured and special achievement, if any. Mention if you possess any additional skill to support your candidature for the post applied for.
e) References: Although it is not essentially required information, it can help making your resume more impressive.

2. Functional resume: This style of resume writing emphasizes on the skills and major accomplishments of the applicant. In a functional resume, you don’t list your work experience in chronological order. Here you focus highlighting your strength, your skills and major achievements. You mention about your specialization in a particular field like software development, sales, management or administration. This helps your potential employer to decide quickly if you are a suitable candidate he is looking for. You mention your job experience at the end of the resume, in a simple way, without much emphasis on each position you held.

Main objective of a functional resume is to invite attention of your employer to your major skills and areas of special accomplishments. This style is helpful to those who don’t have consistent job history or who frequently keep changing jobs. This may also be useful for persons with less or no job experience. Its main disadvantage is it lacks enough details about your work experience.

About Bank Teller Resume

1. Personal Details: First of all write the personal details as your name, mobile number and your e-mail address on top of the document. You can also give the details about your current designation in your current company if you are working somewhere.

2. Career Objective: Just after the personal details, please write the career objective you have set for yourself and designation you want to apply

3. Quality Summary and Professional Experience: Following to your career objective, please write the summary of qualities you have got from your past experiences or from your college life. After writing your quality summary, please start writing the professional experience in chronological order starting from the current organization and designation. You need to include all the organizations, designation you held there and responsibilities taken care by you. It is good if you can describe the experience which is more relevant for the job you are applying.

4. Education: Educational Details are very important for the employers to know the qualification you have achieved. If you have more than five to seven years of experience, you just need to describe the highest degree you held.

5. Additional Qualities: At last, you can describe the details about the computer knowledge you have and any other additional qualities you possess.

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When searching the job of an analyst, the prime thing you require doing is writing an effective resume. While creating analyst resume, you should be alert as the data in the resume should be written very neatly and also take good care of the confidentiality of some crucial data. You should not unveil any financial data of your earlier company.

Before you begin writing a resume, you should analyse your career aspects and choose the type of job profile you wish. Make a decent research always regarding your career substitutes and good companies offering a job in your field. Try to engage your thoughts and concepts in your resume and refer to some samples and instructions for making an eye-catchy resume.

At the beginning of the resume, you must give your name and contact details followed by a small summary of your goals of life. This statement of your aim will show that how much you want to get that job and how serious you’re regarding getting succeeded in your life.

About Future of Careers

During my time, doing MBA from one of the leading Business Schools in India and then getting into a multinational was the rage and we would stick with a company for a minimum of 3 years, and changed jobs maybe 6-10 times in a career spanning 40 years. During the mid life crisis, we would contemplate an alternate career maybe in the social sector or the entrepreneur bug would bite us. The economic upheavals were more frequent, and the impact could create job deficits and layoffs. However, most organisations still believed in 3-5 year plans. We could also sense the trends and change our profile accordingly to remain employed

In the next generation of employees, the economic upheavals will be more frequent and the impact on the jobs would be more severe.

  1. Organisations cannot come up with a strategy beyond a year, as the trend cannot be predicted, due to disruptions of technology and the economy as well as ‘black swans’
  2. Companies will therefore start projects in marketing, sales and production and then shut them down if the expected results do not come through or if there is a cash crunch
  3. Companies will outsource most of the humdrum activities like payroll, administration, even some aspects of sales and production, if these activities do not have any competitive advantage or are commoditised with no value-add
  4. There will be more inorganic growth by mergers and acquisitions
  5. Companies need to have flexibility in size and operations. This means that the workforce will always have a mix of permanent employees and consultants

We will therefore sometimes be unemployed and sometimes work as a consultant. Reality is that no company can guarantee permanent employment nor are they compelled to. If the market is down and the supply of MBAs is large, we have to accept what is given, else our pride will keep us unemployed.

This creates psychological issues, as our beliefs are governed by our parents’ beliefs – that permanent employment is good. There is a stigma attached to temporary jobs or being a consultant.

We have to accept that we may not get permanent employment. Acceptance is important and allows us to move on.

We should therefore:

  1. Invest in government backed investments like Public Provident Fund for long term capital creation
  2. Create and keep a stash equal to one year’s salary as an emergency fund
  3. In our CV, focus on what we know, learnt and achieved, not what designations we held
  4. Be ready to change jobs and locations, leaving the family behind
  5. Invest in skills that can provide additional employment including transferable skills
  6. Create and use skills that can keep you self-employed (be it music, teaching or something…) and keep the home fires burning, children’s education taken care of
  7. Be mentally prepared to move sideways, not necessarily upwards