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Use The Internet To Land Your Post-Grad Dream Job

May 26th, 2014

Post Grad DreamjobResearch shows that 91% of all adults carry their mobile phones with them at all times. Here are 4 tips for mastering your digital image and bringing your media profile up to date during your post-grad job hunt.

Now, more than ever, post-grads are looking to begin their careers. Don’t be the one searching blindly or endlessly. The  following tips are a great place to start if you need help combining your profiles into one, complete, digital resume. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are key tools for those who wish to network and make personal ‘brands’ for themselves.

 Build Your Social Media Profile

Create profiles that represent you and your career interests. Be aware of the image you are attempting to share with others and make sure that you’re putting your best ‘face’ forward. Social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, are all impressive methods of networking and building a clientele. In addition, you can share your resume and post photos of any interesting events that you are hosting or attending.

It’s important to make sure that all of your profiles look the same and use the proper grammar, so be sure to check for continuity between your profiles. Discrepancies are a red-flag for many employers, so merge them carefully! In addition, LinkedIn has a special feature that allows others to search for you by keyword. This means that you must spend a decent amount of time picking the proper keywords, to ensure that your site will show up in the list of results. Lastly, pick suitable names for your accounts and try to list all your previous experiences in a serious manner. Be exclusive as to who you add to your ‘business’ profile. Save the wild, weekend camping trip photos for your personal page!

 Job Boards and Forums

Some companies are available for hosting online job interviews and may even hire via the internet. Others even have special sites where you can go, that are dedicated solely to finding the right individuals. The benefit to this process is being able to pick their employees and hire by proxy. The best place to find these types of jobs is on niche forum boards like our city-based network or LinkedIn groups. Look for companies that are aligned to your career goals and try to contact them for opportunities.

 Skype and Virtual Interviews

Many more employees are being hired by video interview these days, because it gives the employer a greater selection of qualified candidates to choose from. Even if the job is further away, finding the right candidate among a greater selection is usually worth the additional investment to assist with the move as well. If you don’t mind a change of scenery, consider applying for jobs via your computer and see where it takes you! 

Anyone has a chance at these jobs, but generally, you want to make sure your interview skills are top notch. If you want to practice for your interview, check out the (interview app) on your mobile device to review interview flashcards. Other tips for making your interview go smoothly include debugging your video programs, making sure you are interviewing in professional surroundings and lastly, please… please put the light in front of you, not behind you.

Use Goal Setting Websites

Use a goal-setting website to set milestones for yourself to help motivate you. It isn’t uncommon for some graduates to suffer from “post-grad blues” as they begin to transfer from the university environment back into working society. As you begin on your path to your desired career, it is always a good idea to lay out your plan so that you can begin to visualize the steps you need to take.

Lifetick.com has a highly interactive, yet user-friendly website, which allows the user to freely in put any type of goal and create due dates, times and rewards for completing the tasks. You can create a goal of any length with the program unlike some other simple ‘to-do’ apps and they are currently sponsoring a free trial.

With consistency, hard work, patience and attention to detail, you can easily update your personal image online to reflect any changes in your resume. Update potential employers immediately with changes and updates, applications or questions. Network with your peers, and make sure you really network; meet a new person once a week. Be aware of who is hosting open job fairs and interviews. The post-grad blues don’t have to affect you, too. Update your digital image and soon you will have employers seeking out you.

Let us know what your experience was like and what tips you have for recent post-graduates!

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Popular Trends in Recruitment and What You Need To Know About Them

April 23rd, 2014

 Since 2007 there have been far more job seekers than available positions. This has forced many employers to adopt new hiring methods in order to wade through the masses of Recruitment Trendsapplications many receive while at the same time ensuring that they select the best candidate for the job.

 

How can the savvy job seeker make sure that they are maximising their chances of making the sort list? Here are two emerging trends and what you need to know about them:

 

The Personality Test

Ah, the personality test! The purpose of these tests is twofold. First, they seek to determine suitability for a particular position. Second, they are supposed to predict who will be successful longest if placed in that position.

 

Clearly there are a lot of drawbacks from a candidate’s perspective to a personality test. They can produce false results if applicants are in a low mood when they take the test, when the applicant bases their answers not on their personality at work but rather their personality at home (which can be quite different), or the applicant doesn’t understand a question.

 

It makes sense, therefore, for applicants to ensure that they are in a good mood, base their answers on their behavior at work and seek clarification on any question that seems unclear. Better to risk appearing confused but get a better result than to suffer in silence and ruin any chance of making it to the next stage of the hiring process.

Resume Scanning

 

This is a popular way for some companies to sift through high volumes of applications and CVs. By using electronic documents, employers can run a digital “eye” over the data in the document, and reject any application that does not fit the job criteria.

 

In order to ensure that your CV makes the grade, tailor your CV to the job description, specifically including words used in the job and person specifications. These are the words the scanners are trying to pick up. Thus, if the job is looking for a Finance Manager, make sure that these words feature prominently on your CV.

 

 Often times the biggest barrier to finding that dream job is getting your CV in front of the right person’s eyes. Many a candidate has bemoaned the fact that they interview exceedingly well but can’t get to the interview stage.

 

 By understanding the process of screening candidates and taking appropriate steps, the savvy candidate can increase their success rate and bring that dream job a little closer.

If you found this article to be interesting please let us know and share it with your friends or colleagues! If the case, we might write a follow-up article, there are a lot more interesting recruitment trends we have noticed from interacting with dozens of companies in Europe.

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The Toughest Job In The World

April 17th, 2014

Should the toughest job get the biggest pay?

Ever wondered what is the toughest job in the world and what’s the pay for it? Here it is : Director of Operations in a very special industry.

Toughest job in the world

Imagine a job with extensive responsibilities, both mental and physical, working night shifts and on major holidays like Christmas or Easter. It also requires strong organizational and  negotiation skills, a solution-oriented approach and the ability to make compromises and reach an agreement.  Distributive attention is mandatory and, very important, all applicants need to commit to a minimum contract duration of 14 years (although if you join this company it will probably be more of  a life-commitment).

Keeping all these skills in mind, what do you think the salary for this job is? Find out how close you were in the video below!

 

 

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Why talent hits a target no one else can hit

March 24th, 2014

There is always a market for talent

Talent never goes out of style, it is timeless. Talent has a tendency to stand out from the crowd, although that is not always the case. Sadly, there are those who don’t recognize their own talent, or the talent of others. This is a shame.

What is talent? Talent is somewhat hard to define. Many people think of talent in terms of art or performance, as opposed to business. The reality is that business is a creative endeavor, and talented people know how to harness their creativity and use it to create innovative new systems that can take a business to the next level. Talent is not mediocre.

How talent helps grow business

A business that employs talented individuals benefits from their imagination and ability to creatively solve problems. Talented employees don’t just approach their tasks as something that “needs to be done.” They approach them from different angles, finding ways to infuse their projects with their creativity, making them better. People with talent take risks and think big. While being competent may get the job done, being talented is what grows a business

Cultivating talent

You may be thinking, “Well that’s great for people who are talented, but what about me?” Well, it’s time you dusted off your talent and started showing it off a bit. Talent is a quality, and while some people seem to have it oozing from their pores naturally, others may have to spend some time cultivating it. Often, people think they have no talent because they have never found out what it is that they are talented at.

Hire Talent

What is your talent?

Your talent may lie in your attention to detail, which is a valuable talent that not everyone has. Your talent may be in generating ideas, or solving problems. Your talent may lie with people. The key is to figuring out where your talents lie, and magnify them. Make sure they are being used to their fullest. It is a shame when one spends their workday on tasks that do not showcase their talents. It may take some doing to get your talents out there and noticed, you have to be vigilant in your search for opportunities to shine. When one presents itself, don’t be afraid to go for it!

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How to offer a better customer experience to mobile shoppers

September 3rd, 2013

People are increasingly reaching for their smartphones and tablets to access the web today. In our previous article we showed you the countries with the highest penetration of mobile.

But the increase in platforms and various screen sizes mean that not all websites will appear the same on every device. That’s where responsive design comes in.

“Responsive design enables a website to adapt its layout to device-specific requirements. With flexible and fluid grids, content and layouts automatically resize to fit the screens, whether it’s on a smartphone, tablet or phone.”

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I forgot my phone

August 29th, 2013

Smartphones are part of our lives. Whether we want to communicate faster, send images, find nearest locations..these gadgets have already taken over our lives. In this 13 million views video on youtube , we see how mobiles are influencing our every day life, without us evening noticing the effects.

Should there be a limit somewhere , when we should say enough is enough?

Check out the video below!

 

There are countries today where 80% of the smartphone users have used their phone to go online every day of a week (Japan) . 73% of Saudi Arabians use a smartphone, 83% of US smartphone owners use their phones in the store ..and the list goes on here.

 

The 15 Countries with the Highest Smartphone Penetration:

1. United Arab Emirates
2. South Korea
3. Saudi Arabia
4. Singapore
5. Norway
6. Australia
7. Sweden
8. Hong Kong
9. UK
10. Denmark
11. Ireland
12. Israel
13. USA
14. Canada
15. Spain

To find your country, go here http://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/mobileplanet/en/

 

 

 

 

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IT’s Timeless

March 12th, 2013

Can you imagine your life without your tablet, PC, or smartphone? The world today has changed significantly with the aid of information technology. IT helps us not only stream line our business processes but also enables us to get constant information in ‘real time’ that is up to the minute and up to date.

The significance of IT can be seen from the fact that it has penetrated almost every aspect of our daily lives from business to leisure and even society. Who could imagine his life without PC, cell phones, fax machines, emails and internet? Not only that they became an important part of our cultures, but they also play an essential role in our daily activities.

There are many advantages when thinking about the IT industry. First of all, you cannot speak about IT without speaking about globalization. IT managed to bring the world together, closer and in what concerns the world’s economy, it became a single interdependent system. Nowadays, it is so easy not only to share any information we want, quickly and effective, but we can also forget about barriers, be it linguistic or geographic. IT’s about the global village we’re all living in.

Communication is another field that has developed thanks to information technology, as quick and effective communication is vital for any business. Not only do people connect faster with the help of information technology, but they are also able to identify like-minded individuals and extend help, while strengthening ties.

Computerized, internet business processes have made many businesses turn to the Internet for increased productivity, greater profitability, clutter free working conditions and global customers. It is due to the IT industry that business has been able to make their processes more streamlined, thereby becoming more cost-effective and consequently more profitable. People are able to operate their businesses 24×7, even from remote locations only due to the advent of information technology.

Probably the best advantage of information technology is the creation of new and interesting jobs. Computer programmers, Systems analyzers, Hardware and Software developers and Web designers are just some of the many new employment opportunities created with the help of IT.

 Why is it cool to work in IT?

  • There will always be a need of IT specialists

There is no doubt that there will always be a need for IT professionals. They keep the company going smoothly and are the only people who really know the ins and outs of technology. Whether it’s a Network Engineer who looks at the company’s network or a Web Developer who designs and develops website and applications, these jobs are always in demand and growing.

  • Constant Change

In the technology world, everything is constantly changing. This makes your job even more interesting. You will always be updating your skills and changing with the industry, which allows you to always be learning and discovering your strengths.

  • Great opportunity for growth

There are many different facets of an IT department, which often provides people with a lot of growth opportunities. Whether it’s moving up to a higher position, or going from one area of IT to another, there’s a range of interesting career paths you could take. As long as you’re working for a company that allows for growth, moving to different positions or getting promoted in IT is rarely a problem.

 

And here’s a TOP 5 of the coolest jobs IT related:

1. Games tester

For young people, what could be better that being paid to play the latest games? Thousands of students and young people are doing this so that big companies will put out multi-million dollar games with the minimum of bugs.

“Quality assurance testers”, to give them their proper name, earn their money trying to break games as well as looking for those niggling faults such as spelling mistakes and walls you can walk through. In this job you need to be a bit of an expert play and have an obsessive eye for detail.

Good part: you get paid to play games before anybody else gets their hands on them.

Bad part: the pay’s generally not great and do you really want to repeat the same level over and over and over again?

2. Gadget reviewer

How would you feel if every day a courier would wake you up with the latest tech toys in return for a few words for a website, magazine or newspaper? It is true that it may not always be easy to find different things to say about 5 almost identical gadgets, but I wouldn’t give up!

Good part: being able to flash the latest toys in the pub.

Bad part: those gadgets have to be returned.

3. Formula One Control Systems Engineer

The most glamorous and high-tech of sports, Grand Prix racing employs hundreds of extremely well-qualified tech people. Travelling the world with the racing circus it’s the control systems engineer who arguably has most responsibility for ensuring that driver and machine work as one unit.

Good part: globe-trotting as a key member of the team.

Bad part: your view of the race is on a computer monitor.

4. Technology evangelist

We’ve all got gadgets and services we love. A professional evangelist gets paid to share this enthusiasm with just about anybody who’ll listen or read their blog. Arguably the first of the breed was Mike Boich who led the Macintosh software evangelism team responsible, he claims, for the enduring relationship with Microsoft.

Good part: earning a living just spreading the love.

Bad part: the heartbreak if something better comes along.

5. Inferno artist

Techies are the real stars of many Hollywood blockbusters creating the CGI effects often using Autodesk’s powerful Inferno software. That name makes the job sound so much cooler than the official title of “visual effects artist”. Either way the word “artist” is key, because this work really does bring together art and technology.

Good part: you get to retouch many Hollywood starts.

Bad part: that retouching is only virtual.

 What are your favourite jobs in IT? Share your views with us.

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You are the best brand. Make it outstanding

February 19th, 2013

“Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room”. – Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon

Most of us tend to think that if you do your best at your job, someone will notice. Unfortunately, in so many cases, this is not enough. The fact that technology and economy are in a continuous change made many people realize that they would have to market themselves if they want to get ahead, whether they are employed or self-employed.

Personal branding, self-marketing or professional development are just the buzzwords for both finding a job, build and develop your career – it is about investing in the business of YOU.

Putting theory into practice is not so hard. Let’s take for example the 4Ps of traditional marketing (even if in the last few years the 4 Ps transformed into 7 or even 8 Ps) and adapt them for self-marketing:

Product:

Even if it sounds a little impersonal, this is you. As the product that the marketers want to promote, you should be consistent and recognizable. In order to develop your self-marketing strategy, you have to determine what differentiates you from others, both personal and professional. This is how you build a brand around your core strengths, skills and experience. Nowadays, recruiters look for relevant experience more than your ability to carry out a few specific tasks, therefore you might want to focus on that.

We all know Coca-cola or Apple, but what makes us recognize a can of coke or a MacBook? In the same way you recognize a MacBook when you one, potential employers have to see what you bring on the table, what they will get by working with you.

In other words, it’s about growing your self-awareness: what are your goals? What do you know to do best? Which areas you need to improve upon?

Price:

You know your value better than anyone.

First of all you have to realize the value that you add to an organization you want to work for and decide what you are worth and what your bottom line would be, especially if you consider to freelance or become an independent contractor.

The salary is nothing but the price tag on your experiences and accomplishments. In order to decide how much you are worth, it is useful to draw a comparison between what and how you can perform and what other people from your field are performing and how much they get paid. When you go in a grocery store, similar products have more or less the same price, therefore your financial expectations should align with the industry and level of experience.

Place:

Find your niche. It’s critical to select a sphere of influence and stick to it. Define your target and be aware of where they spend most of time. Do not spread yourself across communities where your services are not needed, but focus on the areas where your skills would be rewarded. In most cases, it is very useful to go online. Have a blog or a website so that you will increase your brand awareness and people who might need your services would easily find you. With so many tools, it would not be that hard to make yourself easy to find.

Promotion:

The last, but the most important part: Communicate your brand. Now that you built your brand identity you have to let the others know that you exist. If you identified your target, you just have to find the perfect means of communication so that your message reaches them and does not get lost in the clutter.   

Networking has the same role. Be sure you have updated your resumes on LinkedIn or other similar websites. Also, you might want to send emails and stay in touch with people that you know professionally or academically. You never know when someone who knows about you might recommend you for a great job.

There are several examples of people who made career using their personal brand and became inspiration for others. Look at Oprah. She became a singular brand born from her own personality. As she said in her final show, “It doesn’t matter what your mamma did; it doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do. You are responsible for your life!”

What differentiates the “Oprah” brand from any other is her empathy, the cornerstone of her personal brand. It is in the tone of her voice, her body language, her words, and how she tells a story.

Michael Jordan is the icon of basketball. At least the NBA acknowledges him of it! “Air” Jordan won five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, and holds the record for the highest career regular-seasons scoring average of 30.12 points per game. I bet one of your friends is walking around in one of Jordan’s signature shoes, shirts, or even a basketball.

What Donald Trump did for his personal brand was to put his name on everything. Therefore more people know about him, his family, and his connection with luxury products. You need to make sure your name gets out there in the same regard. Whether it’s your Twitter profile, your Facebook page, your business cards, your resume, or a presentation you working on at work, your name should be everywhere. This creates a consistency that will remind people of who you are, and what value you can contribute.

There isn’t a recipe for success, but for sure hard work will get you there. If you develop your personal brand, potential employers will see that you are hardworking, that you invested time and energy in becoming what you are and they can only hope that you will put the same amount of energy and passion in the work you would do for them.

 

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You don’t want a job. You want THAT job

February 14th, 2013

If your job is finding your dream job, then the way you structure the information and how you plan your interview are key to your success. When the pressure is so high, you surely don’t want to miss a single detail in the preparation process, do you? We have recently come across several mind-mapping programs and found them to be a great tool that can put job search in your hands and  give you control of the situation. How do they work?

A mind map is really useful in order to sort out thoughts, define goals and come up with fresh new ideas, as making decisions can be tricky sometimes. Notes or pros and cons lists might also be helpful, but having a mind map will help you visualize your goal. Lists and words are only a small part of the brain’s thinking tool kit and if you use only this small fraction of your brain, you might come up with an incomplete solution.

 

A mind map looks like a word web, a root system or branches of a tree. The center of the map it should be represented by a picture or a symbol of your goal. From there, all you have to do is find characteristics or, depending on your goal, you can just try to answer the 6W (who, what, where, when, why and how) and place them around it. Every characteristic will be subdivided in minor characteristic, features or attributes.

Tony Buzan is the guy who invented it and it was supposed to be a learning and memory tool while he was a student, trying to take effective notes. “Central to the success of the technique is the use of colors, pictures and a non-linear structure to encourage brainstorming” — Buzan says, mimicking our brains. As a careers tool, the maps can help prepare for a job interview, reach decisions about which career to enter, how to improve promotion prospects, or whether to leave a job or change direction.

 

You can also use a mind map to prepare for a job interview. This works great for visual learners as they prefer to take in information through sight and like to learn through reading, diagrams, charts, graphs, maps, and pictures. The concepts for which you can create mind maps could include:

  • A self introduction – we all had at least one interview starting with the well-knows “Tell me about yourself” question.  You can create a mind map for this where you would include a few, very concise, points about yourself. Be sure this is sharply targeted to the job you are interviewing for.
  • Impress them! Of course you will want to speak about your experience and accomplishments, but you have to find a way so that you will not bore your audience or seem over-qualified for the position. Go through your CV and pick the most important experience that is relevant for the prospective position. You can then develop a story and summarize that experience while using the SAR format (Situation-Action-Result).
  • “Hard” skills – In some job interviews you have to point out that you have a proper technical knowledge or skills, such as accounting skills, information-technology skills, or sales-forecasting skills. Again, you can develop a SAR story for each skill, as they should understand that you have the skills and you were not afraid to “use” them.
  • “Soft” skills – all those unquantifiable skills that are in demand for performing many types of jobs – communication, teamwork, leadership, interpersonal, problem-solving, critical thinking, customer service, for example. Depending on the position you are applying for, adapt the SAR story in order to point out the way you manage your skills in the advantage of the employer.
  • Knowing your employer – You don’t want a job. You want THAT job. You have to keep in mind that they do not hire the position, they hire the person and if they read your resume before the interview, you should also have some knowledge about the employer to prove why you are the best to fit in.
  • Q&A – Most interviews end with a discussion where you are able to ask questions, which you should always prepare. This part of your mind map could include various aspects of the job, of the tasks that you would have or development opportunities.

 

But let us know why you use mind maps .. Here’s a list of mind-mapping programs we found out about:

http://www.mindmeister.com/

http://www.webspirationclassroom.com/info

http://www.xmind.net/

http://www.mindjet.com/

 

What other tools are you using?How do they help you? Share them with us.

 

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How to win

February 7th, 2013

There have been plenty of debates whether Doing what you love is the recipe for success in life or not. Have you figured it out?

Personally I wouldn’t fully bet on “Do what you love”, but I find it to be an important part of the mix. So I open the discussion with a list of questions I find relevant to the subject:

  • When we are in school, do we pick a course that will offer long-term job satisfaction or one that will provide security?
  • When we get out of school, do we neglect opportunities that appear just because they are “not my passion?”

 

While I agree that in order to do something well, you have to like it, what happens with the financial and security aspects?

Here is a model we found for you, let us know your thoughts and share with us your recipe of success:

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