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CV vs. Resume: The Difference and When to Use Either

by champions1 20/12/2016 0 comments

Ever wondered why a Brit applies with a CV and an American with a resume? And why does an Aussie apply with both? There are a few differences between the two types of application documents and this article will straighten out your queries as well as tell you where in the world you are likely to use which document. Let me kick off the bonanza by introducing the contender in the blue corner…


A CV (Curriculum Vitæ, which means course of life in Latin) is an in-depth document that can be laid out over two or more pages and it contains a high level of detail about your achievements, a great deal more than just a career biography. The CV covers your education as well as any other accomplishments like publications, awards, honours etc.

The document tends to be organised chronologically and should make it easy to get an overview of an individual’s full working career. A CV is static and doesn’t change for different positions, the difference would be in the cover letter.


A resume, or résumé, is a concise document typically not longer than one page as the intended the reader will not dwell on your document for very long. The goal of a resume is to make an individual stand out from the competition.

The job seeker should adapt the resume to every position they apply for. It is in the applicant’s interest to change the resume from one job application to another and to tailor it to the needs of the specific post. A resume doesn’t have to be ordered chronologically, doesn’t have to cover your whole career like and is a highly customisable document.


As stated, three major differences between CVs and resumes are the length, the purpose and the layout. A resume is a brief summary of your skills and experience over one or two pages, a CV is more detailed and can stretch well beyond two pages. The resume will be tailored to each position whereas the CV will stay put and any changes will be in the cover letter.

A CV has a clear chronological order listing the whole career of the individual whereas a resume’s information can be shuffled around to best suit the applicant. I would say the main difference between a resume and a CV is that a CV is intended to be a full record of your career history and a resume is a brief, targeted list of skills and achievements.

Let’s revise:

CV – long, covers your entire career, static
Resume – short, no particular format rule, highly customisable

Usage around the world:

A resume is the preferred application document in the US and Canada. Americans and Canadians would only use a CV when applying for a job abroad or if searching for an academic or research oriented position.

In the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, a CV is used in all contexts and resumes aren’t used at all. The CV prevails in mainland Europe and there is even a European Union CV format available for download.

In Germany, the CV is more commonly known as a Lebenslauf (true to the latin origins) and is only one of many application document the poor German job seekers must produce to get an interview.

In Australia, India and South Africa, the terms resume and CV are used interchangeably. The term resume is used more for jobs in the private sector and CV is more commonplace when applying for public service positions.


So what gives if you apply for an American company in Europe or vice versa? The jaded folks in HR will accept both types although I would recommend you use the local version. It’s not that hard to convert your document after all and if you hit a brick wall, just ask me for help.

Which do you prefer, the CV, the resume, both, none? Please share your experience in the comments below!

By Jörgen Sundberg

Founder of Undercover Recruiter & CEO at Link Humans, an employer branding agency.

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Essential skills needed for careers in the IT sector

by champions1 08/12/2016 0 comments

So, you’re looking for a job in IT. It’s a great field to go into. There are always new opportunities opening up, with more and more businesses depending on it, and the number of specialisms developing means that there’s something to appeal to everyone. But what do you need to know to be noticed by IT recruiters? What are the essential skills you simply cannot do without?

Proving you can do it

One of the great things you should know about IT is that you can do it without a degree. Formal qualifications can be very useful and will open many doors, but what really matters is simply that you can prove your competence, and there are many ways to do that. Due to the ever-changing nature of the field, employers are more interested in recent experience than old qualifications. If you can’t find paid work straight away, find opportunities to volunteer and build up your CV that way.

Essential skills

When you go for a job in IT, the first non-specialist skills most employers will be looking for are the following:

  • Organisation – Even if your technical skills are superb, employers won’t want you if you don’t seem organised. This is because IT workers often have to work unsupervised. It’s why a well-organised CV and a thorough approach at interview are particularly important.
  • Web development – The first thing most IT outsiders think of when they hear the term is the web. Building a few good websites for yourself, your friends or local charities means you have instant calling cards.
  • BI data – It doesn’t matter how good your work is if you can’t translate it into terms people in other departments can understand. Specialist agencies often handle BI data recruitment, precisely because skill in this area is hard for most business owners to assess.
  • Cloud computing – With an increasing number of businesses managing tasks and data sharing through the cloud, employers want you to be able to hit the ground running in this area. Make sure you can talk the talk and, ideally, demonstrate your skills at interview using your phone.
  • Data mining – With data mining and analysis such a big deal in business today, it’s great to have some project work in this area that you can point to in order to prove what you’re capable of.
  • Teamwork – If you’ve studied alone, it can be difficult to demonstrate your ability to work effectively with others – something employers prize highly. Try taking a course that involves team projects or taking on a volunteer project together with local computing group members.

If all this leaves you worrying that you’re never going to make the grade, don’t despair. There may be a lot to learn in IT, but there are also many ways to learn, and many of them are free. If you’re prepared to make the effort then there’s no reason why you can’t turn yourself into a well prepared IT professional.

By Suzanne Whitby

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5 Essential CV Writing Rules You Can’t Ignore

by champions1 02/12/2016 0 comments

An attractive CV can be your gateway to your next big career move, but many job seekers CV’s fall short and fail to get responses from their applications. Writing an interview-winning CV can be difficult if you don’t fully understand what recruiters and hiring managers expect to see. StandOut CV has laid out their 5 essential CV writing rules that all candidates need to follow if they want to land the job interviews they want and progress to offer stage.

1. Give your CV a narrow focus

The most important CV writing rule is to pick out a very specific job type and tailor your CV towards that market only. If you create a very broad CV in an effort to appeal to many different employers then you will likely find that you end up appealing to nobody. Organisations hire employees to carry out specific functions and therefore, suitable candidates will need to possess specific requirements to do so. For this reason, you should target one type of role and make sure that your CV only contains the important skills needed for that role. Cut out any irrelevant information as it will not add any value to your applications.

2. Make an instant impact

With many job posts receiving hundreds of applications from hopeful candidates, it’s crucial that your CV makes an instant impression from the moment it is opened. Many recruiters will skip past your CV if they do not see the skills they need within the first few seconds. So head your CV up with a punchy and persuasive profile that will capture readers attention and show them that your CV is worth reading in full. Tailor the entire CV to reflect the requirements needed for your target roles and include a bullet pointed core skills list to give employers a quick snapshot of your most relevant attributes.

3. Be flawless

In today’s job market it’s not good enough to have an OK looking CV, you need to have an exceptional CV in order to stand out from the crowd and land job interviews. It only takes one mistake for recruiters to start doubting your credibility. Use professional language and formatting throughout your CV to prove that written communication skills are up to scratch and triple check your CV for spelling and grammatical errors. When including your email address, do not use a nickname as it will look hugely unprofessional. If you are unsure about your email, then set up a new address for your job search using just your full name.

4. Prove your value

Employers invest heavily in their staff so they like to see the sort of return they can expect from their staff. Bear this in mind when writing your CV and use achievements, facts and figures to show the value you can bring to an organisation. Whether you’ve generated revenue, saved money or delivered a big project, be sure to detail it in your CV and use numbers to quantify your value.

5. Make reading easy

The easier you make your CV to read, the better recruiters will be able to navigate it and pick out the information they need. So ensure that your CV is extremely easy to read if you want to land job interviews. Start by using a clean simple font and avoid anything too elaborate that may give readers a headache. Break text up into small chunks and use bullet points throughout your roles in order to make the information easy to digest.

Andrew Fennel is an experienced recruiter, founder of CV writing service StandOut CV and author of The Ultimate CV Writing Guide.

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3 Essential Steps For Career Change Preparation

by champions1 18/08/2016 0 comments

Career changes are common in today’s society. Most people change careers due to dissatisfaction with their current job or because of major life changes. Some examples include getting married, having children, or taking care of aging family members. Whether a person is changing careers for financial or other reasons, there are several important steps to take to be fully prepared:

1) Financial preparedness:

One of the most important steps is becoming financially prepared for a career change. In most cases, a person must go back to college to earn a different degree or take several classes in order to make a change. This requires money for tuition and books. Some people may be able to pay out of pocket, and others will require student loans or grants. Financial counselors at an educational institution can advise prospective students about their options.

For those who prefer to stay out of debt, a strategic budget will be necessary. This is especially true if work hours must also be cut in order to allow ample time to study. People who have families to support must think about how the budget changes will affect family members. Financial experts suggest adults returning to school take the following steps to save money:

  1. Relative plans – Look into plans that allow relatives to contribute gift money toward educational expenses.
  2. Research education tax benefits – Adults who are repaying past student loans can deduct the interest they pay to contribute toward a refund or lower their tax liabilities.
  3. Research state tax benefits – Some states have better benefits for college savings plans than others. Reviewing the guidelines and using tax-advantaged options can help cut costs considerably.

2) Social preparedness:

Many people who are looking to change careers may find that the extra time required for studying cuts down on their time to socialize. It is easy to give into the temptation to put off coursework in place of socializing.

While some socializing is good, it is important to set limits ahead of time. People who have commitments that are not necessary but are likely to be a hindrance should back out of those activities in advance to ensure they will not become problematic.

For those who have families, this step can be a major challenge. It is important to put family before social commitments when returning to school, but it is also crucial to find the right balance of studying, work, and family time.

3) Mental preparedness before career change:

Financial and social preparedness are important, but they will not be fail-proof without mental preparedness. Career transition experts point out that one of the most vital parts of being mentally prepared is having the proper motivation. People who are not sure if they want to make a completely different career change can always request to switch departments at a job. This may still require some additional training.

For those who are unsure, experts recommend considering whether the job tasks or the supervisors and coworkers are the problem. If the problem involves other workers, a transfer to another department may be not only possible but also more favorable.

As is true with most types of changes, there are risks and rewards to consider with switching careers. Some of the risks may include a reduction in salary, possible job dissatisfaction, or inability to find a job after receiving training. To avoid these risks, it is important to work with an educational adviser who can recommend growing fields and jobs that suit personal needs or preferences. Assuming they are made for the right reasons, the rewards have fewer limits than the risks associated with job changes. It is impossible to put a universal value on job satisfaction, lowered stress, more money, a better schedule, a job that is less physically demanding, or being able to spend more time with family members. These are all common benefits.

When making a career change, the key is to make sure the absolute benefits of the change outweigh the possible negatives.

Author: Alex Espenson is a writer and blogger

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Job Hunting In the Digital Age: Reputation, Resumes & Video Interviews

by champions1 08/08/2016 0 comments

Whether we like it or not, we all have to make a living. Job hunting is one of those harsh realities of life that just cannot be avoided. Now, everyone will tell how to prepare for a job.

Know Your Resume By Heart:

The problem with the resume is that it is necessary but everybody knows it. So, everybody finds out how to make a good resume nowadays. It does not make you stand out. However, if you do not do it, you will stand out in a negative manner. So, you need to put some serious thought behind it. Do remember that the resume is not only for the recruiter to glance through and shortlist people for interview. Once you appear in the interview, they will ask questions based on the resume to learn more about your qualification and experience. So, you need to be very clear about every point you write and prepare to explain and defend the same. Also, do not include exaggerated details because eventually you won’t be able to defend them at a face to face interview.

Develop Other Online Properties:

In the digital age, you also need to go beyond the resume. You will have to create an entire online presence because the recruiter can always Google your name and try to see what other information is available. If you already have some achievement that made news, they will find it and will be impressed. Even otherwise, you should make sure that your own online channels such as social network accounts and blogs are in good shape. Keep your private information private, I.e. make sure that they are visible only to your friends and family while other more important aspects should be readily visible to whoever is searching it. You can also consider uploading a video introduction of yourself in YouTube so that people can have an idea about your whole personality.

Collection Information about the Employer:

In this day and age, any information can be found online. If your potential employers are finding out about you, you can do the same too. Spend some time to research about your potential employer. This will help you understand what they prefer and enable you to prepare your answers accordingly. Moreover, recruiters prefer candidates who are informed and knowledgeable. They would like the fact that you know enough about the history of the organization you are applying for.

Keep Networking:

Furthermore, in the digital era it pays to network. Get to know people and keep in touch with them because you never know when they would come handy. For instance, you might have made good rapport with some professionals during your internship. Keep in touch with them via LinkedIn and someday someone might help you get a job. However, do note that you have to be subtle and smart in it. DO not just go and ask for help straightaway. Be smart and build an impression.

If you are still looking for a more detailed approach, you can follow this infographic and try to follow the steps mentioned. Or jump straight to job hunting.

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10 Ways To Be More Proactive At Work

by champions1 29/07/2016 0 comments

Proactivity, as defined by Organizational Behavior, is behavior that is “anticipatory, change-oriented, and self-initiated behavior in situations, rather than just reacting.”

When a person is proactive, they are acting in advance of a future event. Proactive employees typically don’t need to be asked to do something, and will usually require less detailed instructions.

Organizational Citizen Behavior

Proactive Behavior is applicable to either ones own role, or to ‘extra role’ responsibilities. Within ones own role, for example, a person may find a more efficient way to complete one or more of their responsibilities. Extra role responsibilities (i.e., those tasks outside of your stated job description) speak to an employee’s organizational citizenship behavior (OCB). The proactive employee would, for example, initiate an offer of help to their co-workers before they are asked to assist by either their colleagues or their manager.

Ways To Become More Proactive At Work

The steps you can take to become more proactive at work apply to both your formal role and your part of the scope of the OCB within your team, your department, and your overall organization.

There are variations on the theme, however, the following behaviors are a common foundation within all of the theories:

Organize | Take Stock | Be Positive

Proactivity requires that you be organized. That includes your mindset, your space, and of course, your schedule! Organizing your time helps you approach tasks more efficiently and allows you to be more open to opportunities. This scheduling needs to include ‘downtime’ for those activities that keep your life in balance.

A positive attitude is right up there on any list. Approaching tasks from a positive perspective encourages you to look for the best in every situation. It helps you become the employee who is ‘ready, willing, and able,’ who can always be counted on. A team player who is reliable and available will become the go-to person, the problem solver.

Take stock of your current responsibilities:

  • What are your tasks?
  • What are the priorities?
  • What can be consolidated, eliminated, shortened?
  • What can you do to stay ahead of less urgent tasks?
  • How do you solve problems?
  • Can you prevent them by planning ahead and developing alternative processes in anticipation?
  • What are the things you still need to know?
  • Can you automate any of your tasks to make them more effective and less time consuming?

Communicate | Connect | Network

Find a role model by observing the leaders in your company. When possible, spend time with them to gain insight from their behaviors. Try out their techniques. Some will work for you, others will not. You’ll need to fine tune what you acquire so that you are able to build your own repertoire.

Let others know that you want to be more involved. You’ll need to create your own opportunities. Don’t wait to be asked – present your ideas to your management team.

Goals | Persistence | Excellence

Set goals for yourself. Write them down! List everything that you want to accomplish! Set Deadlines! Once you have the end in mind, you can achieve your desired outcome. A series of small goals leading up to the completion of a large goal keeps tasks from becoming insurmountable.

Stay the course on how you want to accomplish your goals. This may require overcoming your fears and rising above obstacles or setbacks. You’ll need to step outside of your comfort zone and become increasingly resilient.

Strive for excellence from start to finish. Commit yourself to always presenting your best work – your completed project with no loose ends. Be passionate about what you do. Give it your all. No matter what the role you are assigned, you will be more effective when you put your full energy and effort into it.

Celebrate! | Be Flexible!

Celebrate your successes, big and small, as you move along your path to becoming more proactive at work!

Be Flexible! You can’t plan for every outcome, so being able to react to the unexpected is an important trait for the proactive person. It is about the awareness of the existence of choices, regardless of the situation or the context.

By Anne Marie Cooley is a Management Services Professional with 25+ years of experience helping others succeed by finding their strengths!

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Before Making a Midlife Career Change 5 Things to Think About

by champions1 25/07/2016 0 comments

Transitioning to a new career can be difficult at any age, but making a midlife career change comes with additional challenges. For many reasons, changing your career when you are in your 40s and 50s is much harder than doing it when you are in your 20s or 30s. When you are middle-aged, you have more responsibilities, like a mortgage and your children’s college tuition, to consider. You may be hesitant to risk a stable career for something uncertain.

After spending, at least, a couple of decades in one career, you may have an established reputation. It will be hard to start at the bottom again. Here are five things you should think about before you make a midlife career change.

1. How Much Education and Training Will You Need?

You may have chosen a new career that requires very little retraining. If you can simply transfer your current skills to your new occupation without having to acquire any new ones, all you will have to focus on is your job search.

When you are looking toward entering a career that requires a whole new skillset, however, you will probably have to go back to school or undergo some other kind of training. Are you willing to put your energy into it? How long will it be until you can actually start working? When you are in your 20s, or even your 30s, that may not be a big concern, since you have many years ahead of you to work. If you are in your 40s or 50s, you must ask yourself how long you want to keep working. Will you have to spend a great deal of time training for a career that you will only work in for a short time? Will the return on your investment be sufficient?

2. Can You Withstand the Financial Costs of a Career Change?

A career change can be costly. If you have to continue your education, tuition is very expensive. Even if you can afford it, balancing work and schoolcan be difficult. You may have to cut your hours at your job to complete school in a timely fashion. Are you ready for a pay cut? A new career often means starting at the bottom. That could come with a much lower salary than the one you are currently earning.

3. Do You Have Your Family’s Support?

Going through a major transition like a midlife career change requires a lot of support from those around you. If your family isn’t on board, it will be difficult to succeed in this endeavor. Before you embark on such a big change, talk to your spouse and children. Everyone will have to pitch in to make this transformation possible. There may be less disposable income for doing things like taking vacations and buying new things. Your spare time will be taken up with preparing for your new career. Family members may have to help with household chores.

4. What Is the Typical Age of People Working in the Field You Are Considering?

Some industries are filled with very young workers. The only people even near midlife, may be those in management. Will they be willing to hire you for an entry-level position if you are in your 40s or 50s?  Sure, age discrimination is illegal, as it should be but that doesn’t stop those in charge of hiring from committing it. Your only recourse will be to file charges against those employers who refuse to hire you. That is probably not what you had in mind when you decided to embark on a career change. You wanted to enter a new career, not a battle. Before you move forward, thoroughly investigate the occupation you are considering and the industry or industries that would employ you. Talk to people who work in it to find out if you have a decent chance of getting hired.

5. How Long Will It Take to Become Established in Your Desired Career?

When you begin a new career, your first job will likely be an entry-level one. After doing that for a year or two, you will probably be able to apply for a higher level position. Your prior work experience might help you advance faster than your much younger colleagues who are just starting out, but it may not. Your experience in this new career may be all that counts. It may take quite some time until you are able to do the type of work you wanted to when you made the decision to switch to this career. Ask yourself if you will be satisfied with that. Your answer may depend on how far away you are from the age you want to retire.

By Dawn Rosenberg McKay is a career planning professional with two decades of experience. She is the author of several books on this subject.

You can read more about Dawn at her Google Profile: Dawn Rosenberg McKay


Dawn has been the Career Planning Guide on since 1997. She ran a job and education information center at a large public library for over five years, working with clients who were going through career transitions, such as career change and job loss. Dawn also assisted new high school and college graduates during the transition from school to starting a career. She has led workshops on resume writing, job interviewing, networking and job searching on the Internet. Dawn is a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA). She is also the author of The Everything Practice Interview Book and The Everything Get-a-Job Book, both published by Adams Media, as well as several civil service test preparation books that were published by Peterson’s and Pearson Education.


Dawn completed the Career Development Facilitator Certificate Program at Hofstra University in 1999. She also earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hofstra and a Master’s Degree from the City University of New York – Queen’s College.

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A significant part of our lives revolves around work. Through the Career Planning Site, I will provide you with resources that will help you have a career that is satisfying and fulfilling.

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10 Tips To Choose the Best Job Offer

by champions1 21/07/2016 0 comments

As the job market shifts to a “candidate driven” atmosphere, you could find yourself in a position to be selective about your next job.  Job seekers who are in high demand fields and employees who have a strong track record of career success are often are in the enviable position of being able to choose their next job from multiple opportunities.

If you have the right skill set and experience, you can afford to be picky. You will be able to leverage your advantage to land a job that’s closest to your ideal position. You’ll be able to choose a job which is the best fit for your personal circumstances and career goals.

You don’t have to take the first job offer you get. Rather, take your time and make sure your next job is exactly what you’re looking for. Here’s how to optimize your chances of choosing the best possible job when you have the upper hand.

10 Tips for Choosing a Job in a Job Seeker’s Market

1. Stay in job search mode. Keep yourself in “continuous job search mode” so you’re ready for opportunities as they arise.

Keep all your job search documents up to date, especially LinkedIn.  Document your successes in your current job on at least a monthly basis and incorporate them into your resume. If your skills are in high demand, employers will often come after you, so be ready to respond to appealing options.

2.  Create a profile of your ideal job. It will help you identify attractive positions and pass on other jobs that you don’t think would be a good fit. To do this, think about the elements of your current and past jobs that you have enjoyed the most and write them down.

Ask yourself: Which activities are most satisfying about your current job?  What might you like to avoid in your next job? What do you want in terms of work-life balance? What is your ideal company culture?

3. What else would you like in a job? You can also consider on what might be missing from your current job.  For example, if you enjoy planning events, are you doing enough event planning in your current role?  Perhaps your current job offers insufficient opportunities for advancement, or your boss is too autocratic and you’d like more freedom to make decisions and plan your workflow.

4. Consider your perfect job. Take some online career assessments to help you to identify other values, interests or personality traits that you might want to tap in your ideal job. You might also want to enlist the help of a career counselor if you are struggling to identify key aspects of your ideal career.

5.  Know your worth.  One of the advantages of being in high demand is the opportunity to upgrade your compensation.  Research the going rate for your job through salary sources online, surveys by your professional organization and informal networking with fellow professionals. Review these tips for determining how much you’re worth.

6. Do you want more money? If you think you should be making more, consider asking for a raise or target other jobs that have higher compensation.  Many employers will match an offer from another organization. In some cases, a competing offer or changing jobs may be the only way to secure a substantial increase in pay.  Be careful that you don’t issue an ultimatum to your current employer if you aren’t ready to change jobs.  You don’t want to lose the job you have before you’re ready to move on.

7. Get more skills.  If the next job you’d love to have requires skills or knowledge that you don’t fully possess, or you want to expand your current responsibilities into new areas, explore whether you can incorporate or build upon these skills in your position. Your employer may be more flexible than you think in modifying your job if you are a highly valued employee, and they don’t want to lose you.  Also, investigate classes and training opportunities to acquire the right background for your next job. Your employer might even agree to pay.

8.  Help recruiters find you. When there are worker shortages, employers become more proactive in recruiting passive candidates.  They will be more likely to utilize search firms to fish for candidates and mine prospects from LinkedIn.  Consider utilizing a recruiter to help you find your ideal job but make sure that you don’t let them redefine your goals to meet the supply of jobs that they are promoting.  Develop a complete LinkedIn profile and keep it up to date and your next job might find you before you find it.

9. It’s okay to say no thanks. Don’t be afraid to turn down a job offer that seems less than ideal.  If you are in high demand, other offers will come your way.  You might be better off staying in your current job until you find something very appealing. Excessive job hopping can be a red flag on a resume, even for workers in high demand. Here’s how to turn down a job offer.

10. Tap your connections. Reach out to contacts for information, advice and suggestions about jobs.  Share your profile for an ideal job and ask them to recommend positions within their sector. During worker shortages, companies often pay employees a bonus for candidate referrals and recommendations from current staff are usually given careful consideration under any circumstances.

How to Decide Which Job to Take

It can actually be harder to make a decision when you have more jobs to choose from. You may have to juggle multiple job offers, which can be stressful. Take the time to evaluate each offer and to carefully compare employee benefit packages. It’s not all about the money – the benefits and perks you’re being offered are important too.

When you’re job hunting in a buyer’s market, you’re in the driver’s seat, and you can pick and choose between jobs to find the one that’s the best match. Don’t rush into a decision. Take the time to carefully consider all options. Forget out the ones you didn’t take once your decision is made and get ready to start your new job.

By Alison Doyle. Alison has been the job search expert for since 1998.

Alison Doyle is one of the industry’s most highly-regarded career experts, with all the know-how to help you with job searching, interview skills, resumes, cover letters, personal branding, social networking, leaving your job, employment trends, and even more!

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Top 7 Skills Employers Look For In Job Applicants

by champions1 19/07/2016 0 comments

What skills are most important for companies that are hiring? There are some skills and qualities that employers require of all applicants for employment, regardless of the position they are hiring for.

These are called soft skills, and they include the interpersonal skills and attributes you need to succeed in the workplace.

In addition, there are the more tangible skills you need in order to do the job effectively. These are called hard skills, and they are the specific knowledge and abilities required to do the job. Here’s information on the difference between hard skills and soft skills.

You’ll need both for most jobs, and it’s important to show employers that you have the skills they need when you’re applying and interviewing for jobs.

Top 7 Skills Employers Seek in Job Applicants

Here are some of the skills that employers consider as most important when recruiting and hiring employees. In order to get your application noticed be sure to incorporate the skills you have that are required for the position for which you are applying in your resume and cover letter.

Also highlight your most relevant skills during job interviews.

1. Analytical
Employees need to be able to figure things out, so you will need to have some analytic skills to succeed in the workplace. The skills you need and the level of skills required will vary depending on the job and the industry. In conjunction with being able to analyze, employees are expected to be able to organize, plan and prioritize effectively.

2. Communication
The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, is essential, no matter what job you have or industry you work in. You will need to be able to communicate effectively with employees, managers, and customers in-person, online, in writing and/or on the phone. Ceogem

3. Interpersonal
Interpersonal skills, also known as people skills, are the skills you use to interact and engage with people. I just heard about someone who was hired because of his ability to connect with people. That trumped the other skills the employer was seeking, so be sure yours are up to par. Your interpersonal skills will be evaluated during your job interviews, so it’s important to prepare for the interview so you are as comfortable and confident as possible when interviewing.

4. Leadership
When companies hire for leadership roles they seek employees who can successfully interact with employees, colleagues, clients and others. Even if you’re not applying for management jobs, leadership is a valuable skill to bring to the employer.

5. Positive Attitude
Attitude might not be everything, but it’s extremely valuable. Employers want employees who are positive, even in stressful and challenging circumstances. They want to hire applicants with a “can do” attitude, who are flexible, dedicated and who are willing to contribute extra, if necessary, to get the job done.

6. Teamwork
Regardless of the job, employers want to hire people who are team players who are cooperative and work well with others. They don’t want employees who are difficult to work with. When you are interviewing be sure to share examples of how you worked well on a team.

7. Technical
The technical skills you need will vary, of course, depending on the job. However, most positions require at least some technical skills.

Showcase Your Skills

To be sure you are showing your top skills when you’re job searching, make a list of the skills and qualities that best are best reflected in your background. Incorporate them into your resume and cover letters.

Also think of examples of how you have applied these skills to achieve success on the job, in the classroom or in volunteer work. Share the examples with your interviewers so they know exactly how much of asset you will be if you’re hired.

Need Skills?

Skillsharing has become increasingly popular, allowing people to connect online or in their communities and exchange useful tips, valuable information, and invaluable skills. Here’s how skillsharing can help you upgrade your skills.

Transferable Skills
If you’re switching jobs or industries, you’ll need to focus on the skills that are transferable from your old position to the new.

By Alison Doyle. Alison has been the job search expert for since 1998.

Alison Doyle is one of the industry’s most highly-regarded career experts, with all the know-how to help you with job searching, interview skills, resumes, cover letters, personal branding, social networking, leaving your job, employment trends, and even more!

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How To Request For A Job Recommendation

by champions1 18/07/2016 0 comments

When you are job searching, solid recommendations are always important. Asking the right people in the most effective way for a reference can greatly impact the ultimate quality of your recommendations.

Review these tips for asking for – and getting – a good job recommendation.

Be Selective About Who You Ask for a Recommendation

The most important step is to make sure that you choose enthusiastic supporters as reference givers. A common mistake is subtly pressuring reluctant writers. This can be a fatal error when you are furnishing confidential references, but can also backfire even when you get to see a recommendation that appears to be positive.

That’s because employers will often follow up with your references. Probing questions during a conversation could reveal damaging information from reference givers who may have doubts about your qualifications, but didn’t mention them in writing.

The best strategy is to give your prospective reference writers an out.

Let them know that you are looking to assemble a strong set of recommendations and ask if they are comfortable supplying a highly positive reference.

Use Email to Request a Recommendation

When asking someone to recommend you, send an email request. This way reluctant writers can carefully choose the wording for their response and don’t have to look you in the eye in order to decline.

You might say: “Do you know me in a way that would allow you to write a really positive recommendation”? With your initial request, you should also mention that you will provide some additional background information to help should they choose to write for you. Here are sample email letters and messages asking for a recommendation.

What Information to Provide

When a prospective writer confirms an interest in acting as a reference, you should provide them with as much information as possible, including the following:

  1. A copy of your resume will provide the person giving you the recommendation a comprehensive summary of your background.
  2. A copy of your cover letter if they are writing a recommendation for a specific job. Your cover letter will show them how you are framing your case and might spur them to build upon some of the themes you have presented.
  3. The address to your LinkedIn profile especially if you have included some highly laudatory recommendations and skill endorsements. Your recommenders may be more comfortable praising you after seeing these positive comments.
  4. A detailed summary of the duties and accomplishments which relate to their exposure to your work can help them to be more specific and convincing as they write for you. This will be especially useful if some time has passed since you have worked with them.
  5. A copy of the job advertisement so they can see what the employer is expecting and tailor their reference to the position if they would like.
  6. Supply a copy of your personal statement if you are applying for graduate school.

By  Alison Doyle. Alison has been the job search expert for since 1998.

Alison Doyle is one of the industry’s most highly-regarded career experts, with all the know-how to help you with job searching, interview skills, resumes, cover letters, personal branding, social networking, leaving your job, employment trends, and even more!

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