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!

 

 

Technology Tools for Recruitment: Why Businesses Need Them

This entry was posted in Advice for recruiters, Articles, Job interviews, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

Businesses looking to hire new talent or fill in gaps in their processes should integrate technology in their daily activities. Technology alleviates some of the burdens on recruitment teams. They also help to report on the hiring process for possible areas of improvement. Here are different technology solutions that recruiters and businesses can use when hiring new employees.

recruitment technologies

Applicant-tracking software

Recruiters who are looking to increase their hiring efficiency can implement cloud-based applicant-tracking software. This software aids recruiting teams with tracking candidates throughout the recruitment process.

Recruiters can use this software to store candidate data and information, track where individuals are in the process, and pull reports on a candidate’s hiring experience. Cloud-based human capital management systems allow stakeholders to access information from anywhere with an internet connection. At the end of the hiring process, these tools can also help recruiters improve future hiring processes by understanding the path taken by successful candidates.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Recruitment

The leading benefits of using AI in the recruitment process are faster responses and management of simpler tasks. AI-powered software can automate the candidate search process by locating people who match a certain set of criteria or assessing candidates’ fit based on their resume and application responses. LinkedIn Recruiter is a popular AI-enabled tool currently being used by hiring teams.

Chatbots are another example of AI technology. They automatically respond to people’s questions and reduce the recruiters’ workload. Quick responses provide candidates with a positive experience while saving precious time for businesses.

Video Interviewing

Video interviewing can connect people seamlessly, regardless of location. Additionally, businesses with remote workers can use the technology to include them in candidate discussions. Video interviewing also helps companies pull from the global talent pool. For example, a business located in New York City can use video conferencing to interview candidates that are continents away. Tools like HireVue allow businesses to schedule and execute remote interviews.

Looking to the Future

As technological advancements and abilities increase, companies and their hiring teams will shift away from mundane tasks to higher-level assignments. AI and other technological advances will reshape how recruiters go through their daily tasks.

Targeted advertising for positions are already showing up in job seeker’s web and social media feeds. But further automation allows advertisers to deliver the right messages at exactly the right times. Natural language processing (NLP) could be implemented into interviews for analysis on fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary usage, and the progression of ideas.

Closing Thoughts

Recruiters have a new teammate in technology tools. Technology will amplify and augment current recruitment practices: AI assists hiring departments with mundane tasks, and applicant tracking software helps recruiters understand where a candidate is in the hiring cycle. Video interviewing assists in bringing in people from across the world together in one central, digital location.

In the future, continued developments and advancements will bring in additional solutions for recruiting teams. Operations will include opportunities for reaching job seekers in new ways, like through social media. Additionally, AI solutions will aid candidate verification and interview. Overall, technology will help recruitment teams with speeding up processes or handling easier tasks.

Author: Henry Garrett

Looking for a Job Abroad? 5 Things you Need to Know

This entry was posted in Articles, Employment trends, Uncategorized, Working life and tagged , , , on by Ixone.

If you think applying for a job locally is difficult, expect something exponentially more challenging if you are aiming for a job abroad. The experience can become frustrating and discouraging if you are not prepared for the process. The following are five essential information you must know as you seek employment opportunities in a foreign country.

1. Mindfulness of the time and schedule differences go a long way.

You are the one looking for a job, so you should be the one making the adjustments. Set your time based on your potential employer’s schedule. The time difference factor is not something you should only consider when you actually land a job. You need to be mindful of it when setting interviews or making yourself available. Just because it’s a non-working holiday in your country does not mean the prospective employer should also defer an appointment with you. Job Copyright: Vasin Leenanuruksa

When you are hired for the job, there’s no way you can expect an employer to honour the holidays and work times followed in your country. Even if it’s a telecommuting setup, you will eventually be bound by the schedule set by the company that hired you.

2. Mastery of internet tools is a must.

Technological advancements have created numerous benefits for job seekers. It would be ridiculous to refuse to take advantage of the online tools or services that aid job search. It bears emphasising, however, that you should not only be using these Internet tools; you need to master them.

  • When using job search sites, take the time to learn about their different features. On JobisJob, for example, don’t simply browse through the job opportunities posted. Sign up for an account to get regular updates on relevant job listings. Build your credibility with the job listing site by carefully crafting your resume, list of experiences, and skills set. Use the advanced job search filters. Participate in the forums. Use the JobisJob app to easily check the most recent job postings and access other useful features such as the ability to save job listings so you can submit your application for them later on.
  •  When it comes to interviews, you will likely be asked to do an interview online. Make sure you know everything important about using a chat or messaging service such as Skype. Know how to set up your camera and microphone so you wouldn’t make the interviewer wait, and so you can easily troubleshoot camera and microphone problems if they occur as you are doing an interview. Get acquainted with file sharing, group chats, and teleconferencing.
  • The web browser is also an important software you have to be familiar with. Know how to bookmark pages, add note-taking plugins/extensions to your browser, and use hotkeys (shortcut keys).
  • Be familiar with file formats and digitalisation. Don’t be clueless if the interviewer asks you for documents in PDF, XLS, JPG, TIFF, GIF, MP4, and other file formats. Be sure that you know how to convert a physical document into a digital one.
  •  Additionally, practice your keyboard skills. Aim for a typing speed of at least 65 wpm. There are many online tools that can help you train your fingers to type faster. Being comfortable in using your computer keyboard can be very useful in looking for jobs and doing interviews online. In general, mastering the use of modern tools and services is useful not only in looking for a job but also in becoming an efficient employee especially in an office setting.

3. Localisation is advisable.

Thinking of applying for a job in a country with a totally different language and culture? Consider localising your résumé. You may need to change your spelling or choice of words. When applying at a company in a country that uses US English, remember to switch to the local spelling and terminology (examples: colour>color, lift>elevator).

It is recommended doing this to avoid having your resume tagged for simple “mistakes.” Some companies may automatically cull a list of several applicants by examining the résumés they submit. Those with numerous spelling errors, typos, and other issues may immediately be trashed.

Localisation also applies to your attachments or pages you want to submit along with your application. For example, if you are submitting your portfolio of art or literary works, consider having your attachments or site localised. If you are not sure how to do it properly, you can turn to providers of localization services. It’s going to cost you some amount, but it’s a worthy expenditure for boosting your chances of getting hired.

4. As much as possible, don’t be too adventurous.

If your goal is to build a happy professional and personal life, make sure you choose a foreign workplace that you really like. Choose a place you believe you are professionally and personally suitable. Some people desire to work abroad to experience a new environment without taking important factors such as culture and growth opportunities into account. Eventually, they end up relocating or looking for a “better” workplace.

Do your research. Participate in forums for foreign workers in the area you are considering. Ask for insights from friends or acquaintances. Plan everything and don’t go to a new place without knowing the basics about it. Working abroad is not a tourist adventure. The wrong choices can lead to lifelong adverse repercussions.

5. Foreign transfer and telecommuting can open opportunities to work abroad.

Working abroad does not mean having to leave your job immediately. Your company may provide the option for relocation. If you are one of the best-performing employees, you may be given the opportunity to transfer to a branch or subsidiary overseas. Companies may also do rotational assignments. Inquire how you can access these opportunities.

Telecommuting is also an option. You can work for a company online and eventually earn the chance to step up as an office-based employee abroad if you are able to show that you have a lot to contribute to the organisation.

Be prepared and plan your way into a job abroad. Luck is a factor, but it does not mean there’s nothing you can do to improve your chances of landing a good overseas job. Also, remember that you will have to adapt to new people, a new culture, and possibly a new language.


Author Bio: Sean Hopwood loves languages and connecting people separated by the language barrier. That’s why he launched Day Translations, Inc., a company that provides a comprehensive range of language services for clients across the world. In his free time, Sean engages in activities that demonstrate his passion for education, progress, and positivity. Know more about him at his website and his Facebook.

10 tips on how your resume should look like in 2019

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You made your list with all the changes you want for 2019? If one of these changes is to find a better job – that means that it is worth making the best of your chances. The good news for you is that year after year, employers look after people ready to adapt and have a touch of creativity; the only thing you need to do is to use this in your advantage and find your desired job.resume tipsSource: Unsplash

When we are referring to look for a new opportunity or changing the current job, the CV, namely what it looks like and what it contains, is extremely important. And if you manage to make it attractive to recruits, you are likely to be called for job interviews in a fairly short time. And although the structure of a CV does not differ greatly from one profile to another, what differentiates you from other candidates is what your CV contains! Now let’s see how a resume should look like.

1. Revise your resume’s look and feel

Sending the same old CV, with nothing update from a couple of years can be a real problem in getting your dream job. As you already know, this first interaction can make your employer to call you for the interview or to find another candidate.

Candidates often abstain from specifying their professional goal in their resume, but in 2019, they should not miss. It’s enough to say a few words about yourself, who you are, what you can offer to the company, and what are the goals of your career. Also, here, do not forget to adjust your goal depending on the role you are applying.

2. Amend your header and Choose your words carefully

May sound pretty simple, but you will be surprised how many forget to check their resumes before sending them. That’s the way you need to read it multiple times and don’t forget about grammatical mistakes. A clear mind is always welcome – why don’t you ask a friend or an acquaintance, who have some free time, to help you and check how good is your work. There is no excuse for spelling mistakes in your CV.

Don’t forget to follow some basic structure:

- Try to answer this simple question: How do you want to look like in front of your possible employer through a paper?
- Show the required skills through some specific activities you had in other professional experience
- Keep everything simple – don’t try to make your presentation too hard to follow

Too many words = agglomeration = confusion = refusal. It does not matter how impressive you are doing at work if it’s impossible for you to sum it up on a page. Eliminates all the details in addition and keeps the essentials, cut out mercilessly both from the sections where you organize your resume and the words you use. For each thing you write you have to ask yourself: will this improve the way the employer sees me?

3. Choose simple font

These details are an important aspect which many employers look at. In this case, you should try to be careful at this and use a classic font – you will never fail with this!
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4. Respect your reader

Don’t be, in your way to keep the resume as simple as possible, too modest. Details regarding your experience, your firm name, address and some information about your position held there are equally important.

Let’s take, for example, the situation in which you are working for a very well-known firm – like Google, Apple or Amazon; in this case, you must describe your position over there as not many know how these things work. Moreover, you can give some numbers regarding your firm evolution/status and if you helped in this matter. For sure, people like to see how important you can be and if you can give 100% to another employer as well.

In your way in creating the best resume ever, try to avoid the most common mistakes you can make – like spelling/ grammar errors.

5. Building a resume for a specific career

An ideal CV should contain up to two pages, but for sure you already know this information. Anyhow, try to leave some details for the job interview. Practically, with your CV you should attract the recruiter so that he wants to know you better and contact you for a face to face meeting. If you are applying for a change of career then you need to build your CV in this matter – even if your professional history is not in that domain, for sure you did some projects which used that specific field of activity.

6. Offer the best first

Have you been rewarded for your hard work in your professional life? Then don’t forget to write about that! If you were a speaker, an event moderator, or just received a diploma; write that down. Any employer wants to see that a possible employee worked for developing his/her skills, and they will do the same.

7. Bolster your Key Skills and Technologies section with new additions

Hard skill or soft skill? Why don’t you try to say how good you’ve become in the last few years? If in your resume format keep these details which will make you shine. If you are just finishing college, then don’t worry – for sure you’ve been part of some important project, you won some medals, or you’ve been the best in some class.

8. Include your current position

Although your previous jobs are important to the recruiter, however, the last job you have had is the most relevant for a future employer. And here you should adapt the role to the one you have applied to, namely, to specify what you did at the previous job and what is appropriate for the job that the company was doing.
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9. Create an online portfolio

Living in an ingrowing online development you need to be sure that you can be there if an employer is looking for their future employee. So, in this matter start creating an online portfolio – if you have any questions how to make a resume you can look for a UK essay writer. The numbers of people using this kind of interaction are growing, year after year, and statistic say that 71% of firms have been influenced in their decision by this small, but important aspect.

10. Consider your cover letter

You didn’t think that there is a possibility to be selected if you have a cover letter? Then, you should know that those who send a cover letter, even if this is optional, had bigger chances of being selected. Being clear, but respecting the structure and the topic, you can catch the firm attention.


Author’s Bio Harry Southworth

Being in the field of the employer for more than ten years, he knows what aspects are the best to follow when it comes to getting a job. Harry Southworth was one of the best HR managers and that’s why he knows all the secrets from the employer point of view. He succeeded to choose the right people and he never regretted his choices.