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Best Practices and Tips for Effective Job Search, CV Writing and Interview Preparation

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. The impression you give a potential employer via your resume or an interview is usually your only opportunity to communicate that you're the right person for the job - so make it count. While all resumes should employ a best practices approach to formatting and presentation, what you include in your resume should be customized to address the unique aspects of your career field.

While a CV is typically your first impression to a hiring manager or prospective employer, it's your interview that really counts. It your interview that convinces an employer that you truly are the right person for the job.

In this presentation, I'm sharing more about how to effectively search for a job, how to develop a resume for specific career fields and how to prepare for an interview.

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Best Practices and Tips for Effective Job Search, CV Writing and Interview Preparation

  1. 1. BEST PRACTICES FOR JOB SEARCH, CV WRITING & INTERVIEW NGNAOUSSI ELONGUE CEDRIC CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE MANAGER CHRISTIANELONGUE@HOTMAIL.COM
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES Improve CV Writing Skills Be Better prepared for interview Market yourself better to land the job you deserve
  3. 3. CONTENT HOW TO CONSTRUCT EYE-CATCHING CV & COVER LETTER HOW TO CUSTOMIZE APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR # OPPORTUNITIES HOW TO CURATE PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL NETWORKS TO SHOWCASE YOUR STRENGTHS HOW TO STRATEGICALLY GROW AND USE YOUR NETWORK HOW TO PREPARE FOR AND EXCEL IN ANY INTERVIEW HOW TO EFFECTIVELY FOLLOW UP WITH HIRING MANAGERS
  4. 4. INTRO Your skills and expertise are only as strong as you can sell them. To secure a job, you also need to know how to present yourself as an attractive employee. This session will help you highlight your skills and stand out in the crowd. You will be equipped to make a lasting impression on any hiring managers/others.
  5. 5. JOB SEARCH
  6. 6. JOB SEARCH (CON’T)
  7. 7. BESTTIPS • Being strategically social pays off. • Follow companies & job feeds • Customize your CV + Resume • Use the same profile picture on multiple SM • Volunteering: free, easy, desirable, strengthen your network • Networking : Entry level + Supervisory Level + Managerial level (who, when, where) • Stop applying, StartTARGETING.
  8. 8. 2. CV WRITING • Why: Introduce – Promote – Entice (IPE) • How : Describe Objective, Skills, Experience, Education, Achievement/awards (OSExEA) • Length : CV vs Resume? • Format : Consistency. Concise. Clear. Clean. • Structure: Education vs Experience ?
  9. 9. CV WRITING COMMON MISTAKES Grammar & Spelling Redundancy Inconsistency in formatting Not using action verbs Limited details
  10. 10. BESTTIPS • Strong actions verbs in the past tense; • Focus more on achievements and skills you used to get the desired results. • Custom-made for each individual application, priotise skills/exp. that are researched. • Let someone else proof-read
  11. 11. BONUS HERE
  12. 12. 3. INTERVIEW SKILLS
  13. 13. 3. INTERVIEWING SKILLS - BEFORE •Preparation is 99% of the success. • Time & location • Research & know the organisation • Prepare intelligent examples of expériences • Get references approval before sharing their contacts. • Practice answering common interview questions • Have in mind your salary expectation • Prepare « intelligent » questions for the interviewers • Expect the unexpected
  14. 14. INTERVIEWING – CANDIDATE QUESTIONS Why is this position open? How often has it been filled in the past five years? What were the main reasons? What would you like done differently by the next person who fills this position? What would my first 30 – 90 days look like as far as training and responsibility? What are some of the main challenges I would face in this position? What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is successful in this position? How is one evaluated in this position? What kind of person is successful within the company? What is your plan for employee retention? SAMPLE CLOSING QUESTIONS How do I compare with the other candidates you've interviewed so far? What’s the next step?
  15. 15. INTERVIEWING - DURING • Have a winner MINDSET but not arrogance. • First impression is usually the last. • Greet by title and pronounce well last name • Be respectful with EVERYONE • Bring extra resumes & turn off/silent the phone. • Clothes-wise (UBA…) • Body language and posture. • Avoid using poor language, slang, and pause words. • What can you do for the company? Market yourself as the solution to their problem. Connecting your achievements with their needs • Listen before speaking. Don’t speak before thinking. Clarify when needed. • Try to get business cards and ask for the next step. • Restate your interest for that job and offer a firm handshake with eye contact.
  16. 16. INTERVIEWING – DURING (CONT’T) 6 IN 10 MANAGERS SAY AN INTERVIEWEE’S DRESS HAS A BIG IMPACT ON THEIR EMPLOYABILITY (MONSTER.CO.UK) 33% OF BOSSES SAY THEY KNOW WITHIN 90 SECONDS WHETHER THEY WILL HIRE SOMEONE (CAREERS) IT CAN TAKE SOMEONE ABOUT A 1/10 OF A SECOND TO FORM AN IMPRESSION OF YOUR TRUSTWORTHINESS – ANDTHAT IMPRESSION RARELY CHANGES LATER (PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE) LOOKING IN THE EYE CAN HELP TO RAISE THE PERCEPTION OFYOUR INTELLIGENCE (PERSONALITY BULLETIN) COLOURS SUCH AS BLUE AND BLACK ARE A SAFER BET IN INTERVIEWS. ORANGE IS THE WORST! (CAREERBUILDER)
  17. 17. INTERVIEWING - AFTER • Write thank you letters within 24 hours to each interviewer.
  18. 18. THANKYOU MEDAASE AKPE

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