Virtual Job Search: 3 Tips for Job Seekers

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In just a few short months so much has changed in the world, let alone in the UK. Industries, schools, homes, and healthcare were thrown into disarray as the pandemic took hold and spread from country to country.

Now, finally, there is light on the horizon. Hiring freezes are easing gradually as the lockdown eases and the country navigates its way into a social-distance compliant future. For job seekers, the major changes will be in the job search and job logistics. It is less likely that a job candidate will meet with a recruiter or hiring manager in person and more likely to be a virtual job search experience. Likewise, many employers are strengthening their remote workforces and hiring on a work-from-home (WFH) and work-from-anywhere (WFA) basis.

When you are looking for your new job opportunity you might find that you are invited to interviews via Zoom or a similar video conferencing software app. To get the best from a virtual job search take a look at our tips below.

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The New Virtual Job Search

There is increased competition for jobs compared to the start of the year. To stand out, make sure your CV is up to date, that your most relevant experience shines through. CVs should be easy to read, fuss-free, and each job listed should include the relevant tasks that suit the job you are applying for.

Job advertising will remain online with job sites picking up more and more new jobs over the coming weeks and months. Stay ahead of the competitors by signing up to job alerts for the roles that interest you most. That way you will have them delivered straight to your inbox.

Be ready to apply quickly for new jobs as some employers start the interview process as applications come in. Getting your application in first could see you getting in front of the hiring manager sooner than others,” says Ken Little, a career writer at Australia2Write and Write My X.

Practice Your Virtual Interview Skills

You may have been on video call during lockdown for work and fun, and would be forgiven for thinking a virtual interview would be similar. Though the technology is the same, a virtual interview will be much more formal than even the work calls you have had. When you are invited to a video interview make sure you have the all right details. You should know who you are meeting, when the interview is, and what technology is being used. Don’t assume anything, ask for details if they are not given up front.

Practising your interview skills beforehand is a must for any job process. With virtual interviews, it is more important than ever. Rope in a friend or two to play the role of interviewer and set up a mock interview video call. Mock interviews are a great way for you to build confidence and spot any nervous tics you need to manage.

Whatever the job, always dress appropriately and preferably professionally for your interview no matter where or how it takes place.

On the day of your interview, find a quiet spot in your home where you won’t be distracted or disturbed. Clear any clutter from around so there are no distractions that might catch the hiring managers eye. “Switch on your camera before you interview so you can see in advance if the space around you is clear and close the door so no pets or kids come in,” says Hugo Davy, an editor at Britstudent and Nextcoursework.

Keep An Open Mind

It goes without saying that some industries and professions have been hit harder by Covid-19. These will be slower to restart the hiring process as they try to rebuild. This means that for many people the next job move may require them to adapt or pivot in their careers or take the advice of Sheryl Sandberg and move sideways when you can’t move up. This can be daunting but can also lead to great opportunities that you maybe hadn’t considered previously.

Adapting does not have to mean changing industry or profession completely but can also mean using your skills and experience in a new way. Keep an open mind when seeking a job and be aware of all your abilities, not just those you have used in your most recent employment.

Author: Michael Dehoyos
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Michael is a job editor at PhD Kingdom and Assignment Writing Service. He assists companies in their hiring strategy concepts, and contributes to numerous sites and publications. Also, he is a writer at Origin Writings.

CV Writing Tips for Landing Your Dream Internship

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An internship could be your first step into a dream career. Unfortunately, however, places are often limited to school leavers and graduates all vying for the same positions.

To secure an interview you will need to outdo the competition with a really strong CV. Let’s take a look at some top CV writing tips to help you get that internship.

Writing a CV for an internship position

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Before you start

Before you rush off and start writing your CV, you need to do some research. Check the internship’s job description to find out everything you can about the role you are applying for.

You should check:

  1. Which keywords have been used?
  2. Which skills are needed?
  3. What experience do they want?

You will also need to know more about the company and industry in general.

Now you know what the employer is looking for, you should aim to demonstrate why you are the perfect fit by including it in your CV.

Writing your CV

When it comes to writing your CV, keep the recruiter in mind at all times. Thanks to your research, you know exactly what they are looking for — so tell them what they want to hear! Of course, you could always hire a professional CV writing service to do this for you.

Divide your CV into these five sections:

1. Contact details

Contact details are an absolute must on your CV. Include your name, address, telephone number and email so the recruiters can get back to you if (and when) you are successful.

2. Personal statement

Add a personal statement to your CV to briefly tell the employer why you will be perfect for the internship position. Don’t go over the top — a short paragraph detailing who you are, what you can offer and your career aims is enough.

3. Employment history

As someone taking their first steps into the industry, you may not have an extensive and relevant employment history — don’t worry, we’ll discuss that later.

But if you do have the industry-relevant experience, make sure to include it. Add your role, the name of the company, its location, website and the dates you were employed.

Next, detail your responsibilities and successes for each role — again, make sure to highlight any achievements that suit the role you are applying for.

4. Education and qualifications

Add your education plus any academic or professional qualifications you might have. Include the name of the institution, qualification and dates you attended.

If your recent school or university education is relevant to the internship you are applying to you can give your education more prominence, particularly if you are lacking relevant work experience.

5. Other skills

Finally, an ‘other skills’ section is a great place to include extra-curricular activities that are relevant to the internship. If you have done any volunteering that your potential employer will find attractive, then make sure to add it, highlighting the internship-relevant parts.

Overall, you should keep your CV to a maximum of two A4 pages in length.

What to do if you lack experience

The reason you are applying for an internship is probably that you want to gain more industry-relevant work experience. So what should you do to make sure your CV shines if you haven’t already worked in that industry?

  1. Highlight relevant strengths. Just because you may not have had a job in the industry, that doesn’t mean you have no experience at all. Work experience, volunteering, community and academic projects all count. Remember to highlight skills that you know the company is looking for.
  2. Push your best skills. If you are going to include more general skills, make sure you back them up with relevant examples. For example, if a company is looking for someone who is a “team player”, then you might want to highlight a time you worked successfully in a group. Wherever possible, include tangible results such as a percentage increase in sales.
  3. Utilise the layout. You don’t have to stick to the traditional method of laying out a CV in chronological order. Instead, put your most relevant experience at the top to highlight your most applicable skills to the role.
  4. Include a cover letter. Cover letters are a great way to highlight your most relevant skills and how they will benefit the company you want an internship with. Include a cover letter and let the recruiter know why you are the person they are looking for.

Conclusion: CV Writing Tips for Landing Your Dream Internship

Writing a CV for an internship and writing a CV for a job are very similar skills.

You always want to know what the employer is looking for and then demonstrate, with tangible results, why you have those skills.

Similarly, there are things in both you definitely don’t want to include. Typos are a big no-no, as are jargon, buzzwords and lies.

The main difference between the two CVs is that when you apply for an internship you may not yet have the relevant work experience. Instead, highlight other areas of your life that demonstrate why you are going to be an asset to the company during your time there.

Author: Andrew Arkley
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Andrew is the founder of PurpleCV, one of the UK’s leading CV writing providers. He has personally written over 3,000 CVs, has over 15 years’ experience in recruitment at a senior level and has conducted thousands of interviews, so he knows precisely what it takes to land a job!

 

 

How to Talk About Your Weaknesses in a Job Interview

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Job interviews and tagged , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

Interviews are known for being quite stressful. Interviewers strive to learn about the candidate as much as they possibly can. They often ask tricky questions to see how prepared and stress-resistant the candidate is. In a variety of sensitive questions, several do hit hard. One of them is a question about your weaknesses.

We are supposed to show our best skills and qualities during the interview. If you are being honest about being bad at teamwork, you will hardly land the job. Yet, lying or ‘elaborating’ the truth is also not recommended. What should you do then?

The best advice is to prepare your answer. You should know how you can answer without burying yourself in lies. How? It is far less difficult than it seems. Read ahead to find out about several ways to use the weaknesses interview question to your advantage.

Weaknesses in job interview

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First of All, Know Your Weaknesses

As a part of your preparation, think about your weaknesses. There must be something you and your colleagues find upsetting about you. Take a personality quiz if you cannot come up with any.

There are no ideal people, so you will definitely stumble across something. However, nothing is totally black or white. You can critically evaluate your weaknesses and come up with something that can help use them to your advantage.

For example, if you cannot find your work-life balance, say that you are getting too involved with every project and you cannot stop thinking about work even during your free time. Or, if you fail at working under no supervision, you can say that you are an excellent executor who sticks to the plan under any circumstance.

Watch What You Are Saying

Your answer should be neutral. What we mean is that if your position requires high attention to detail, you cannot say that paying too much attention to detail is your weakness. Instead, you can say that you may need extra time to double-check things before you are okay with the work done.

Do not destroy your chances of getting the job. You are in control of the situation. So, give a truthful answer but sugarcoat it.

Talk Positive

Even if you cannot switch your weakness to be actually your strength, there is still a hint on how to get away with the situation. You should be able to show it in a positive light.

For example, since school, you have been afraid to speak publicly. Even if you still feel uncertain about it, you should state what you do to address the weakness and improve yourself. You might have gone to some classes or practiced your speeches at home before going public.

Or, you can admit that you used to have poor writing skills. Say that it was a total disaster for you to work on your essays at school. Yet, you addressed this site and studied based on provided samples to deal with this weakness. Even though writing still makes you a bit unconfident, you now know that you can communicate whatever you are about to say.

Try to make your counterpart smile. Self-development deserves admiration.

Do Not Learn Prepared Answers by Heart

You want to be prepared for every interview question. It is good and appreciated. However, do not try to memorize your answer about weaknesses. You should be flexible in your response. If an interviewer sees that you are talking pre-studied text, you do nothing but harm.

Think of several scenarios to answer the weaknesses question. Critically analyze the situation and answer it in a way you think best. This is the time when it is more about strategy rather than tactics.

Mention Work-Related Weaknesses

One of the most common interview weaknesses is to go personal. Your own dramas usually have nothing to do with your work. Everyone has them, but they hardly have an impact on your quality as a professional.

Interviewers will consider personal answers inappropriate for the business world. In other words, it will be a huge minus to your application. HRs and interviewers look for something that would make them feel that you can handle whatever it is that distracts or keeps you from work. They want to hear that despite all of it, you make things done.

Final Words

Every job interview requires preparation. The question about weaknesses is one of the trickiest ones. You should know how to answer it in a way that actually makes you a better worker. Yet, do not cross the line where you tell lies. Interviewers have enough experience to distinguish truth from dishonesty. Pre-studied texts also do no good.

You should have several weaknesses you are ready to talk about. Be flexible with your answer and tailor it to the conversation you’ve had before. It largely helps in securing a place.

Author: Sandra Larson
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Sandra is a freelance academic writer who specializes in resume writing. She knows the slightest details of the job application process and helps applicants with their interviews. In this article, Sandra shares some advice on how to answer the question about weaknesses to ace the interview.

Job Interview Technique: Asking & Answering Questions

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If you have attended several job interviews, you may have realized there is a set of questions employers usually ask. Some of them may seem unfitting but all have a specific purpose. This is why you should know what employers want to know with these most asked interview questions and a helpful job interview technique.

What Is the True Meaning of the Most Asked Job Interview Questions?

 

  • “What can you tell us about yourself?”

You may consider it’s inappropriate because it seems way too general. You can’t cover all the aspects of your life. And it’s impossible to guess what the recruiter wants to find about your person. So, what is the true meaning of this question? Employers test your ability to interact with others. Your answer will give an idea of how you present yourself in a social setting and about the personal traits that you consider important.

  • “What is your biggest flaw?”

Nobody is prone to give an honest answer to this question. Why would you talk openly about your flaws with the person on whom your future job depends? The recruiter wants to find out if you are honest and if you are capable of overcoming your flaw. If you say that you work too much, it’s not considered a real obstacle. When giving an authentic example, for instance, if you aren’t good at multitasking, you should say what you did to manage the problem with multitasking.

  • “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

The question might seem inappropriate because no one can predict their future. It might force most candidates to give an answer related to the company in question because they feel they have to be loyal to it. But, in reality, this is your opportunity to talk about your long term goals. It gives the employer an idea of your professional plans and how you intend to progress. It’s also an opportunity to talk about your strengths and to highlight the areas where you think you’ll grow the most.

  • “Why do you want to work for our company?”

Most candidates consider that as long as you fit the job description and you go to the interview, the reasons for applying are unnecessary. But the hirer wants to measure your interest in that job. If you’re only interested in the paycheck, the company might want a candidate that’s more enthusiastic about the opportunity. The question is a way to eliminate those who apply for inappropriate reasons.

  • “Why do you want to leave your current job?”

It seems like an obvious question. You want to leave because the job is unsatisfying. But the employer wants to ensure that the reasons for making you leave your current company won’t repeat. If you say that it’s because of your boss, the recruiter might think you’re a difficult employee. It’s best to focus on how the job is not fulfilling your professional goal. Explain how the wanted job will help you grow.

Good job interview techniques are required when preparing for that important meeting. Besides the actual preparation, consulting good interview techniques might let you discover some helping details.

A Good Job Interview Technique: Asking the Right Questions

 

One good interview technique is to interview the interviewer. Of course, I mean choosing the right questions to ask the recruiter during the interview. This way you will get a full image of the company and the position. This good interview technique helps you to express how interested you are in the company and the job. It also shows if the job is suitable for you.

  • “What would be my daily responsibilities?”

Before getting a job it’s important to know what the exact duties will be. It’s possible that you’ve created an image that doesn’t correspond to reality. This is the time to clear any possible concerns. Pay attention to what the interviewer says. If they can’t give you precise information, think twice before choosing the job. Try asking further questions.

  • “What opportunities for improvement and advancement do I have?”

This question will serve you in at least two ways. Firstly, you will discover how could you advance in your career, and secondly, you will find out what skills the advancement will require. It also will show the interviewer that you are an ambitious person with perspectives for the future.

  • “What is the biggest challenge the company is facing in the present?”

Through this question, you will find out more about the company while demonstrating that you are interested in doing more than routine work. The recruiter will appreciate the question, especially if it’s well documented. In other words, if you informed in advance about the company’s objectives and problems.

  • “When did you start working for this company?”

Most people enjoy talking about themselves. In addition to this, you have the opportunity to learn more about your potential boss and the hiring company.

  • “What criteria should meet the person taking the job?”

Even though the requirements were listed in the job announcement, it wouldn’t hurt to hear them again. The recruiter might give some extra information and you will see if you fit the description.

Everyone knows how difficult it is to save face while being interviewed because everything depends only on you. In this case, you have to prepare questions to answer and ask. It can help you be yourself and behave more freely.

Author: Diane H. Wong
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Diane is a business coach with more than 5 years of experience. She likes producing articles for research paper writing help. She has her own pages on some websites where she shares her knowledge with others.

It’s Never Too Late To Change Your Career

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Working life and tagged , , , on by Andres Herrera.

The average working person is likely to change careers between five and seven times during their life, according to career change statistics. There are many reasons why a person’s career goals shift to a different perspective but, regardless of the reason, it can be a daunting prospect, particularly in later life.

What was previously set in stone that we stay in the same job for 40 or more years has changed considerably in the modern world so that, currently, revamping yourself and career is becoming the norm. The question is how to go about it to keep a work-life balance that brings both happiness and financial security to a newfound career change.

Focus on the positives

If you’re over 50, you’re in a prime position to transfer your skills to a new career move: with plenty of knowledge and working experience, there’s no need to shy away from jumping into a new profession.

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Instead of focusing on the negatives such as your age, competition from younger workers, or financial issues, capitalise on the positive attributes you have. If you’re not the retiring type, working in later life will keep your mind sharper, your body fitter, and give you healthier financial independence for when you do decide to stop working. Now you have the maturity, long term commitment, and stability on your side that younger candidates won’t have.

Take your time to research

On the surface, it can be a drastic decision to make a career change later in life but providing you do your research and avoid making quick decisions, there’s nothing to stop you from making a successful transition. Whether you choose to launch your own business or sidestep to another company with better prospects, it’s essential to prepare yourself as much as possible.

Over the years, you have probably developed numerous marketable skills so determine which ones are best suited to the new position you want to apply for. It’s also a good idea to update your CV and if necessary, get professional help to hone in on all your positive attributes.

Build up a network

With years of experience on your side, the chances are that you’ve built up a considerable amount of contacts associated with your working sector and now is the time to use them.

Reach out to anyone who you think will be able to help you further your career in a different direction, from junior to senior positions so you can make significant connections in your new career choice. There are many ways to establish a path into a new work move so it would also be advisable to join professional networks and groups to become even more in tune with people and any organisational aspects of your potential career to make things easier.

… and change your career

If you concentrate on what you really want to do, possibly for the rest of your life, you’ll eventually conclude that it’s never too late to make the change, so you should just go for it!

Author: Cassandra McNulty