Candidate’s Zone

BUILDING RESUME’S

Format

Format to be applied for the resume with proper use of bullets, paragraphs, indents, tabular structures. Standard Font Size should be used and one should avoid using too many colors and bold.

Industry Focus

Rather than concerning yourself with the particular resumes used in the industry in which you want to work, you need to concentrate on putting together a resume that clearly highlights the skills you will need to use in your future job. You need to use some (but not a tremendous amount of) industry jargon to establish a familiarity with the industry. Using too much jargon will appear to be more flash than substance. Your resume should give the potential employer a snapshot of who you are and what you can offer to this employer.

Educational Brief

School or work related achievements and also courses that you have attended even if there wasn’t a qualification at the end of it.

Proper Employment history

Employment History should include employers name, start and finish dates, job title and summarize the role you played in that particular job

Accurate Personnel Details

• Personal Details should include
• Name
• Address
• Landline telephone and/or mobile number
• Email address (optional)

Highlight References

The final closing of your resume can read, “References on Request,” or “References Available upon Request.”

FACING INTERVIEWS

HOW TO FACE AN INTERVIEW

A good start always gets a lead during the entire race, similarly, giving a first good impression would surely give a spark to your selection possibility. So make sure you strike right at every opportunity you get…

PRE INTERVIEW

Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. This will give you ample time to catch your breath, gather your thoughts and make a quick trip to the washroom to give your appearance one final check. To avoid unnecessary stress, choose your interview attire the night before.

Be calm and composed.
Know the company’s financial position, i.e. net worth, stock price, the competitors and the product line.

Have a pen and paper ready to take notes during the interview with your resume and verify the resume experience.

DURING THE INTERVIEW

Greet the interviewer by his or her last name. If you are unsure of the pronunciation, do ask the employer to repeat it. Or better still, check it with the front desk personnel or receptionist before walking into the interview room.

Be enthusiastic during the interview. Provide direct and complete answers to all questions that are asked of you. Always research the client’s website before the interview to get an idea of the client’s business.
Anticipate what the interviewer is looking for and provide intelligent answers to satisfy the interviewer’s questions. If you have not worked on a particular product, do not answer saying “No”. Say that you have worked on a similar product or that you are a quick learner and some of the other things you would like to highlight.

Keep your answers brief, concise, and to the point.

Sell Yourself – Now is not the time for humility. It is not bragging, and no one will find it offensive if you cite your achievements or awards or describe unique business programs that you have devised.

Maintain Credibility and don’t over inflate your responsibility.

Do remember that if the situation demands it is good for you to ask some questions.

• Some typical and intelligent questions asked by you would be:

   Would you kindly tell me something about organization?
   May I know about your growth and expansion plans?
   What kind of growth opportunities does your organization provide?
   How do you promote your products?

CLOSING

Just as the first impression is important, its good to leave the interview on a good note.
Do thank the interviewer/s for their time and greet them appropriately before leaving.
Shake his hand firmly and look the person in the eyes.
Tell the interviewer you look forward to the next interview.
Say good-bye to the secretary

JOB ETTIQUITES

Etiquette can be defined simply as the grand set of all good manners. Etiquette is a language used to relate your respect and consideration to others. Therefore, the day of your interview is not the time to appear unprofessional, disrespectful or inconsiderate by violating any of the following etiquette tips.

Effective Conversation :

While conversing with your colleague or other people, always look into his/her eyes. Instead of getting into irrelevant topics and discussion, make your conversation short and brief.

Be attentive :

From the very first day, try to be attentive and listen carefully to what others say. Listening attentively is a form of art, through which you can win the heart of your seniors and colleagues. Your attentiveness and careful listening can help you learn things quickly. Hence, you can succeed in your career.

Greeting protocol :

When you are getting introduced to other people, shake hands. If you are introduced for the first time, then stand up and greet the individual.

Effective communication :

Effective workplace communication etiquette refers to using communication routes efficiently, via e-mail and phone. Important phone etiquette is to lower the volume of the cell phone or phone call, while taking a call, so that it does not offend your boss or colleagues.

On the other hand, while communicating with your co-worker through e-mails, always address the person with hi/ hello or dear, followed by a title and ending with “yours sincerely”, “yours truly”. It is better to use friendly, yet formal language.

Don’t show your laziness :

From the very beginning, try to be alert and don’t take things for granted. Don’t show your laziness, by depending on others. Rather, show eagerness to shoulder your responsibilities.

Work sincerely :

To be sincere in our workplace is another prime job etiquette, which we should maintain at the workplace. You should not take any short cuts, to finish your work or duty.

Timely delivery :

You should try to complete your work within the time schedule and deliver it according to the target fixed by your boss. Sometimes, if it is not possible to finish your work during office hours, then you can take the work home and try to finish it.

Good dressing sense :

Proper dress code is another essential element of job etiquette. You should wear neat and clean clothes, in which you feel comfortable and look good. Here personal cleanliness and professional dress code play a vital role.

Good table manners :

Once you enter your office, you need to be formal in every way. At the office lunch table, follow proper table manners that includes not talking when your mouth is full, not to make noise while eating, proper handling of fork and spoon, not to cough while eating, etc. These table manners help a person in being more civilized and respectable at the workplace.

Respect the rules of your workplace :

Workplace has its set of rules and regulations. A good employee always shows respect for those rules; this helps him/her to remain committed and devoted to his/her job.

Friendly attitude :

Friendly attitude is another element of job etiquette. Try to be relaxed, happy and be friendly at the workplace. For this, you need to be confident and have belief in yourself. Always remember that a jolly face wins a thousand hearts.

Avoiding office politics :

Avoiding office politics is another job etiquette that one needs to maintain. Always pay regards to your colleagues and stay away from all kinds of backbiting and gossiping.

Do not interrupt :

We should not disturb or interrupt our colleagues, while they are busy with their work by talking or laughing loudly. We should maintain quiet and calm atmosphere and decorum in the workplace.

Adjust yourself according to the environment :

You should be able to adjust yourself according to the environment. For this, you should have some information about the dress code and rules of work at your office and try to adjust with the environment as well as colleagues.