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Published on November 15, 2007

Author: Goldie


New Three R’s of the Career World:  New Three R’s of the Career World Relation Reputation Resume Self-evaluation:  Self-evaluation Aptitudes and abilities Interests Values Personality Work experience Job Wanted Ads:  Job Wanted Ads Study the job advertisement carefully so that you can match your knowledge, skills and abilities with the specifications required in the post. You must ensure the interviewer that you have all the qualifications needed, so you are the right sort of person they are looking for. Slide4:  We are not looking for the most outstanding people, we are looking for the most suitable and qualified staff. --Legend Slide5:  We are looking for a competent person to fill the captioned position: University graduate majors in Marketing Management. Prepared to develop career in the commercial field -outgoing personality -Able to communicate with different levels -Good knowledge in PC operations – Proficiency in written and spoken English/Mandarin Resume:  Resume University graduate with major in Marketing Having actively participated in Business club‘s activities and learned accounting and management Good in communication with people and like a lot of out door activities, know how to tackle with people from all walks of life Skillful in operating Words,Excel,Lotus1-2-3,etc Fluent in English and studied advanced level of Mandarin Recipes for Resume:  Recipes for Resume The average time spent on reading a resume is 1.4 minutes Bottom line: Certificate of Band 6, suitable major, reputation of U/C, scores in U/C, social activities, voluntary work Selling points: forceful verbs and adj Translate college experiences to job-needed skills Sample:  Sample OBJECTIVE: A challenging position in the public accounting field in the Chicago area.  SUMMARY: · More than two years of progressive accounting and auditing experience. · Auditor internship with Ernst & Young in New York City. · Magna Cum Laude graduate with BBA in Accounting. · Proficient with MS Office, Windows 2000/XP, and the Internet. Slide9:  EXPERIENCE: Auditor Internship, Ernst & Young, New York, May 2002 to August 2002 · Participated in quarterly audit of Alpha Bank Corporation · Received Employee of the Month award twice--first intern ever to win the award.  . · Developed automated monthly sales tax payment system. · Implemented Rapid Tax Refund service for individual customers. ACTIVITIES: :  ACTIVITIES: · Vice President, Student Accountancy Chapter, 2002-2003 · Treasurer, Beta Gamma Sigma honors society, 2002-2003 · Dorm Resident Assistant, 2001-2003 Slide11:  You sold yourself with your resume, now they want an interview! Telephone Interview:  Telephone Interview Normally, your 1st contact will be over the phone. Be prepared and organized. Know your resume and have a copy in front of you so you and the interviewer are both on the same page. Have a pencil or pen handy to take notes. Typical questions::  Typical questions: Tell me about yourself Why did you choose it as your major? Why did you apply for …. How did you know about… How much do you know about (investment banking)? How did you get such knowledge? Do you have any questions? Face-to-face interview:  Face-to-face interview Remember: This is a business transaction, not a criminal trial: don’t act as if you are walking down death row. Two lists::  Two lists: One dealing with technical, job-related skills (30%) The other dealing with interpersonal skills, such as communication, personality, appearance, dress, attitude, persuasive skills, assertiveness, etc. (70%) Before the interview:  Before the interview The most qualified applicants don’t always get the jobs. I would like to think that those applicants who are best prepared for the employment interview most frequently get the job. Slide17:  Research the organization: its profile, structure, existing problem, requirement, campaign, future plan, etc. Know the opponent and know yourself, and you can fight a hundred battles with no danger of defeat. How will you know if you want to work there without some research into the company? How will they know how serious you are about the job unless you have looked into it?   Slide18:  Prepare yourself psychologically and this will help you combat stress. Rehearsing the interviewing with your friends, for example, is a good relaxation exercise that can install confidence in you. Slide19:  Get plenty of sleep the night before so you're fresh & at your best. Arrive 15 minutes early. Tardiness is non-excusable. Dress appropriately; your first impression is important; make it professional. All interviews go like this::  All interviews go like this: Introduction Review of your resume Open questions Summation Introduction--Small talk :  Introduction--Small talk Remember that from this moment, everything you show up is under evaluation. Conduct yourself professionally. Smile, make eye contact, shake hands firmly and maintain your composure. Review and Interest Stage::  Review and Interest Stage: The typical first question asks you to provide some background information about yourself and explain your interest in the position. Think the above questions beforehand. Don't be too detailed with your background story; simply hit the major highlights. Question Phase: Sell yourself:  Question Phase: Sell yourself The questions are designed to reveal your strengths and weaknesses, skills and abilities as well as career goals. Not only will you be evaluated on the answer itself, but also on the manner in which you deliver your response. Remember the three C's during the question phase: calm, confident, and concise! Summation: Ask questions :  Summation: Ask questions You should think these out in advance. You may have to adjust your questions based upon what you have learned throughout the interview. Get a business card from all involved in the interview so you can write a brief follow-up letter thanking them for their time and reiterating your interest and qualifications. The last minute:  The last minute Summarize your strength Express your earnesty Thank employer for giving such an interesting chance Make sure what you’re going to do More tips:  More tips Knowledge is power. Know the company and know yourself. Be assertive (but not arrogant) Whenever you are asked an open-ended question, make the most of it. Use your reply to incorporate the personal skills and strengths that you haven't had the chance to address. Slide27:  Listen (probably the most important skill of all). Concentrate not only on the employer's words, also on tone of voice and body language, you will pick up on their style. Ask questions throughout the interview. This should be a mutual exchange of information. Slide28:  Anticipate skill-related questions and be prepared to provide real-experience examples. Enthusiasm and sincerity are a must. Honesty is always the best policy. Consider a portfolio which simply showcases some of your significant accomplishments and or projects. Slide29:  Interviewing is a game in which I deal the cards, but you hold all the aces. It’s up to you to play them. -- An employer Credential questions:  Credential questions "How long were you at . . . " "What did you learn in that class?" objective measurements on your background. Experience questions:  Experience questions What were your responsibilities in that position? What is the most rewarding thing in your job? Subjectively evaluate your background. Opinion questions:  Opinion questions "What would you do in this situation?“ "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" Subjectively analyze your response in a series of scenarios. Dumb questions :  Dumb questions "What kind of animal would you like to be?" "How many ping pong balls could fit in a Volkswagen?" Find out if you are capable of an original thought. There is not a right or wrong answer. Behavioral questions:  Behavioral questions "Can you give me a specific example of how you did that?“ "What were the steps you followed to accomplish that task?" Anticipate future responses based upon past behaviors. Slide35:  Ten Critical Success Factors Nearly Every Company is Looking For Slide36:  Positive attitude toward work Proficiency in field of study Communication skills (oral and written) Interpersonal skills Confidence Critical thinking and problem solving skills Flexibility Self-motivation Leadership Teamwork Slide37:  Every Interview is a new opportunity

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