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Update your LinkedIn profile: 

Filling out a profile isn’t difficult, but there are some important best practices you should follow to make sure yours is as powerful as pos sible:

  1. Start with a professional photo. Go with the cleanest, most professional looking snapshot you have — and upgrade as soon as possible. And smile! Remember: That photo may be your first impression with a potential employer.
  2. Make your headline stand out. By default, LinkedIn populates your headline with your job title and current company, but you don’t have to leave it that way. Consider listing your specialty and speaking directly to your audience. If you want your profile to be searchable, include important keywords; if that’s not as big of a concern for you, consider getting
  3. away from industry jargon to stand out. Try to keep your headline to about 10 words.
  4. Fill out the “summary” field with 5–6 of your biggest achievements. Use bullets to make this easy to read. Think about your target reader and then paint a picture of how you can make that person’s life easier. You can also add media files, including videos, so if you are a speaker or presenter, an introduction video could be a great idea.
  5. Add images or documents to your experience. Did you know that you can add media files to your experience? It’s a great way to create a visual portfolio along with your standard resume information.
  6. Fill out as much of the profile as possible. That includes skills, volunteer associations, education, etc. This is the place to put all the interesting stuff that doesn’t fit on your resume, but paints you as a well rounded individual.  One quick note: if your volunteer experience directly pertains to your job search, put it in as work history, so it’s up in the relevant section, not down at the bottom.
  7. Keep your work history relevant. You don’t need to list every single job you ever had. Instead, only list the jobs that are relevant to your current career goals.
  8. Add links to relevant sites. If you have a work-related blog or online portfolio, make use of the three URLs you are allowed on your profile and link to it. Probably better to leave off the baby blog and cat videos, though. Use discretion.
  9. Ask for recommendations. Endorsements are great, but recommendations are the currency of the realm on LinkedIn. Reach out to past colleagues, managers, and associates and ask that they write you a recommendation.
  10. Use status updates to share industry-relevant content. This can help show recruiters that you are focused and in-the-know in your industry.

Make your Resume noticed:

No matter how well written, your resume won't get a thorough reading the first time through. Generally a resume gets 
scanned for 25 seconds. Scanning is more difficult if it is hard to read, poorly organized or exceeds two pages

  • Use a logical format and wide margins, clean type and clear headings
  • Format should be very easy to access, fancy formats are usually complicated
  • Start with adding an attractive profile headline and a summary about your personal and professional likings 
  • Selectively apply bold and italic typeface that help guide the reader's eye
  • Use bullets to call attention to important points (i.e. accomplishments)
  • Be short and precise, focus on what you did in the job, what were your achievements not the entire responsibility
  • Include a one or two top line job description first, then list your accomplishments in particular, specify in details, this helps the hiring manager to understand your proficiency better
  • Your University plays an important role so highlight it
  • Your Language and spellings should be correct as it shows your eye to details
  • Talk more on what the company will need and how beneficial you can be to the employer 
  • Always mention the start and end date of each job with the tenure mentioned beside it

What questions can a candidate ask the interviewer on the 1st round:

When you ask tailored questions, you’re showing the hiring manager that you’re willing to do what it takes to get the job. Psychologically, you’re proving to the hiring manager that you’re a go-getter and go-getters get hired!

General questions:
When do you expect to make a decision about this position?
  1. "I'd really like to work here-what qualities do you feel we haven't discussed that would be helpful to you as you make your decision?"
  2. "Can I follow up in a week about the status of this opening? Should I follow up with you directly?"
Position related:
  1. What specific skills or experience are the most important to be successful, in this position?
  2. What might be the greatest challenges I might face in this role if I am hired?
  3. What does a typical day in this role look like?
Company/Culture related:
  1. What are the company policy for employee training, workshops or acquiring new skills?
  2. Whom would I report to? Can I know more details about my team?
  3. What are the communication policy within the organisation?
  4. What are the expectations in terms of accomplishments in the first 60-90 days?

Interview questions based on behavioral pattern:

It’s a well-known fact that looking at the past behaviour is the best way to predict anybodies future performance. Behavioural interview questions will let you understand in detail how a candidate/ company/interviewer has acted in specific situations. First, identify the core behaviours you’d like to demonstrate. Then you can select your specific questions from the list below.

  • What has been the most stressful situation you have ever found yourself in at work? How did you handle it?
  • What have you done in the past to prevent a situation from becoming too stressful for you or your colleagues to handle?
  • Tell me about a situation in which you have had to adjust to changes over which you had no control. How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to adjust to a colleague’s working style in order to complete a project or achieve your objectives.
  • How was your transition from high school to university? Did you face any particular problems? How did you handle them?
  • Describe the project or situation that best demonstrates your analytical abilities. What was your role?
  • What steps do you follow to study a problem before making a decision? Why? 
  • What process do you use to check that you have the right details from a customer?
  • Give me an example of a time you discovered an error that been overlooked by a colleague. What did you do? What was the  outcome? 
  • When have you had to deal with an irate customer? What did you do? How did the situation end up?
  • Tell me about a time you have “inherited” a customer. What steps did you take to establish rapport with them? What did you do?
  • How have you handled a situation in the past where your client has changed the brief or “changed the goalposts”?
  • When was the last time you thought “outside the box” and how did you do it? Why?
  • Tell me about a problem that you’ve solved in a unique or unusual way. What was the outcome? Were you happy or satisfied with it?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed. How did you handle it?
  • What is the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make at work? How did you arrive at your decision? What was the result?

Impress Recruiters with Sought-after Soft Skills

The most optimistic jobseekers out there may think that looking the part and talking the talk will get them all the way, but there are certain things that hiring managers are looking out for which they may well have forgotten to mention. On the other hand, the most pessimistic jobseeker may think that they have nothing more to give, but their most valuable traits could sadly be going unnoticed.

Why soft skills are so important?
Today, having the necessary hard skills is only the starting point; as you’ll rarely be the only one capable of doing the job. So it’s worth considering what makes you the best candidate. Why will you be successful, when others similarly qualified may fail? We’re talking about the most useful soft skills that can give you the edge over other candidates in your field.

The truth is, these soft skills are not easily taught, so if you possess them from the offset you’re going to be seen as a good catch And often, recruiters recognise that some personalities generally perform better than others in certain roles. So don’t be afraid to mention in an interview what may at first seem obvious or unnecessary. It could be just what the business requires. But there are a number of soft skills that the majority of hiring managers consider to be most beneficial in today’s workplace. And Kelly’s Hiring Process Report 2015 reveals exactly which soft skills today’s candidates are most likely to require.

The top 5 soft skills:
  1. Communication Skills
  2. Self-Motivation Skills / a Self-Starter
  3. Responsible / Accountable
  4. Results Orientated
  5. Teamwork


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