Job Hunting: Tools and Techniques
Getting ready for a job search? This guide will help you on how to complete job application and become employed.
Consider your resume a job hunting tool, design your resume to catch and captivate the employer’s interest, the immediate purpose of which is to secure job interview. Take note that your resume is not just a chronological record of work experience. Its your sales ad. You have only 10 seconds, more or less, to show the reader that your resume is worth a second look.
Your resume is highly personal. Only you, can organize, write and rewrite it. It’s a boo-boo to ask somebody to write your biodata. So learn to write a power resume that is effective and can assure you of a job interview
Some pointers in writing a job-winning resume
Begin with soul searching – evaluate your past, the activities you were in, the skills you have cultivated, and the achievements you have earned.
Honesty is the best policy – state facts and only facts. Be accurate in mentioning dates. “ Find out what a man wants and make a deal with him”
Analyze data and organize them – your resume must be ‘crisp’ and must have a punch, a kick and deep impact.
No negatives- remember, your resume is your personal promo. Create the impression that you are a doer, not a somebody who just sits and waits
Edit, re-edit, and rewrite your draft – your resume should be complete, clear and concise.The style must be formal. Avoid personal pronouns like, I, me, my. Make good use of capitalization, bold types, bullets, underlining, etc.
Never send a resume with erasures – sufficient spacing between data helps create a clean impression. Single space all text, and double space every paragraph. Stay away from a long paragraphs. Always put your name on the second page if there is a second page.
Vital Parts of a GOOD Resume
NAME, ADDRESS, CONTACT NUMBERS, AND POSITION DESIRED
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
WORK EXPERIENCE (IF YOU HAD)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (interest, special activities, awards/achievements)
Note: Do not offer reference yet, you may instead state “References are furnished upon request”.
Inexperienced or young jobseekers`
Have you participated in a student government? Become one of its officers? Were you the president? Have you been actively participated in any school activities or programs? Have been a dean's lister? A staffer in school paper? Joined debates, speech, or quiz show?
Make your resume a picture of achievements and accomplishments
Preparation for a Job Interview
Learn everything you can about the company. Review your resume and your competencies. Assemble all the papers you need. Finally, a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and plenty of travel time
Arrive on time A last minute rush means you will arrive flustered and tense. The important thing is you arrive at the location of your interview about 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment.
Decide well what you wear before the day of your interview. Make sure all the buttons and zipper works. Be comfortable with what you wear. Finally, take care not to walk into the room laden with all your belongings.
Relax and appear confident. Greet the interviewer by name. Introduce yourself in a relaxed and confident manner. Do not sit down unless you are not asked to do so.
The rule of the game is to be your natural self- a little tense but willing to listen and learn, nervous but honest and hardworking.
Avoid small repetitive movements, like waggling your feet, smoothing your hair. Do not turn away from the interviewer, do not appear frozen, rigid or stiff. Relax and smile. Appear professional at all time. Do not give the interviewer that you are not listening or you are losing interest.
Common question during interview
Tell me something about yourself.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as employee?
What do you like best/least in your past job?
Describe your ideal boss.
How do you think your boss would describe you?
What area(s) of your profession do you seek to improve or develop?
Why did you apply for this job?
Why did you leave your previous job?
What can you offer this company?
What is the most important qualification you possess that would convince me to hire you?
1. What is/are your weak points that may deter you in getting a job. How would you deal with it?
About the Author:
Rebecca Mauhay Nunesca is a Professional Industrial Engineer, and an ASEAN Engineer currently connected at Batangas State University as Faculty Staff in the IE department. She is presently enrolled at Rizal Technological University taking MS Engineering Education, major in Industrial Engineering.
Marximiano, Jose Mario B., Managing Human Resources in the 21st Century, 2006 Rex Book Store Inc.