Saturday, December 17, 2005

Resume Preparation

Resume preparation on your own is possible, but, there really is no substitute for letting a resume writer do it.

It really doesn't pay to cut corners when it comes to your career.

Key elements would be missing, and a jobseeker generally doesn't discover this until a good portion of time has been poured into the job search.

A job-search campaign can stretch out for weeks or months.

Let's look at some numbers that will determine whether a resume writing service is worth the investment.

First, the salary you are seeking, say $30,000.

Now, let's divide that number by 2,080 (based upon 40 hours per week over 1 year) and you will come up with $14.42 per hour (gross).

Every day, you will lose just over $105.00, and for every week, $577.00.

Let us say your job search takes 6 months, you will lose an estimated $14,999.

Compare these with our costs and you will see that our charges are about (3) hours of your expected salary.

Is this not better rather than waiting for an interview with your fingers crossed!

Since the cover letter is what most hiring managers read first, you have less than 10 seconds in which to make your reader want to put down your cover letter, pick up the phone and call you for a job interview.

A cover letter with a concise format is easy to scan and shows respect for the reader's limited time.

If you need more room, fine, but never exceed one page.

If you still need more information, mail me, and perhaps we could discuss whether the fault lies with your resume !

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Questions likely asked during an interview

How can you help our company be more profitable?
Tell me how you would handle multiple projects in the job.

Describe a professional skill you have developed in your most recent job.
Describe a situation in which you've applied your skills to solve a problem.
Describe your ability to solve problems in the workplace.
How have your technical skills been an asset?
How much experience have you had with computers?
How well can you multi-task?
How would you rate your communication skills?
What new skills can you bring to the job that other candidates aren't likely to offer?

Are you able to meet aggressive deadlines? Any experience doing so in the past?
Can you work under pressure?
Do you like working alone or in a team environment?
Do you like working in large groups?
Do you work well under pressure?
How do you measure the success of your work?

Are you involved with any professional affiliations?

Have you taken any classes since college to bring your skills up to date?

Have you ever managed a project for your previous employer? What was the result?
Tell me about a contribution you have made to a team.
Tell me about a past achievement that you attained in your last job.
Tell me about a project you completed ahead of schedule.
Tell me about any honors or awards that you have received in the past.

How do you maintain your composure when in the hot seat?
How do you usually handle criticism?
What are your top strengths?
What is your definition of success?

How do you deal with difficult people?
Describe a situation in which you demonstrated independent initiative.
How would you define "leadership"?
How would you rate yourself as a leader?
Describe a time when you had to alter your leadership style.
How would you describe your philosophy about management?

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