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-Five phrases that will help break the interview

Eight phrases that will help break the interview. Jooble will share them with you ....

The American portal has compiled a list of phrases that can not be pronounced in an interview under any circumstances...

I hate my former boss The former boss was, of course, a pitiful and insignificant person. He drank your blood, pulled the veins out of you, and loved to poke your brains in every possible way. That's only the future employer to know this is not necessary. If the relationship with the chief in the previous place is not kept secret, try to calmly explain which management style you like most. Who and why writes negative feedback about former employers? I do not know anything about your company At the interview it is accepted to ask what you know about the future workplace. You can not answer this question clearly - consider that the cross has already been placed on you. An employee of the human resources department, for certain, will conclude that such ignorance speaks of a lack of career motivation. And it immediately becomes clear to him that you are only interested in the size of the salary. I do not have any questions The absence of questions from the potential employee at the interview indicates lack of interest. Even if you have been told about the future work and answered all the unspoken questions, try to quickly come up with a couple of additional ones. So you show your sincere interest in the future career.

I would like to talk with you about the holiday Do not start talking about time off, sick leave and leave before the process of getting a job comes into the final stage. Ask about this only when the salary has been cleared up for a long time, and the employer has already said the magic phrase: "When are you ready to start work?" How fast can you expect an increase? The main thing in an interview is to show yourself as a single-minded person, and not to rush, as soon as possible, to get rid of a post that you have not yet received. There are ways to more tactfully ask the same question. For example, politely ask what are the prospects for growth. Another option is to ask why the position proposed to you is vacated. If the previous employee has gone to increase, you will understand in which direction your future career will develop.

 

 

 

Simple Steps to Writing a Really Good Cover Letter

 

And never submit a resume without one—or you’re likely be dismissed by a recruiter for a lack of effort.

 

Give it Personality

Avoid sounding monotonous or boring in your cover letter; recruiters will assume you’re like that in person, too. Be excited about the position (but avoid using exclamation points), and be inspired by the work you would do for the company.

Be Confident

Sign the letter “I look forward to hearing from you” rather than “I hope to hear from you and that you think I am qualified for the role.” Assume you will hear from the company in your tone—otherwise they will sense your lack of confidence and question your qualifications.

Use Proper Spelling and Grammar

The best way to turn off a recruiter is to use improper grammar or spelling. This says that you don’t have an eye for detail, that you don’t necessarily truly care to work at the company and that you’ll make the same kinds of mistakes when you come on board.

 

 

 

 

 THE FIRST IMPRESSION

 

 Presentation – address the letter to a specific person. If the advert doesn’t say, ring the company and ask who to send the letter to. Don’t forget to put the job title at the top of the letter and reference number where applicable. Avoid long paragraphs, type the letter neatly, always spell-check and never exceed one page Grammar – avoid the phrase ‘I am writing’ in your opening paragraph, as this is obvious. Also, avoid starting each sentence with ‘I’ or ‘my’. You need to focus on the company rather than yourself Personalise – the reader must know immediately that you have not sent this letter to another employer. Tailor your letters and decide how casual or formal you should make your language. Generalised letters impress no-one Content – look at the terminology the employer has used in the ad, written job description or in a conversation and incorporate this into your letter. Don’t forget to match their needs to your experience and abilities Structure – in your opening paragraph, state why you are writing, identify the position for which you are applying and indicate how you heard about the position.

Explain what interests you about the job. Your goal in the middle paragraph is to show how you can be useful to this particular organisation. Describe what strengths you have to offer by showing the relationship between your skills and experience and the vacancy. You can also describe your previous achievements and how they relate to the vacancy, and identify three reasons why you should be called to interview. Refer the reader to your enclosed CV for additional information Emphasise – find relevant achievements in your work history and quote one or two succinctly and colourfully. It’s fine if you have also included them in your CV – your letter should expand on your CV and complement your career summary Detail – you will have researched the company as part of your preparation, so when explaining why you are interested in the organisation or position, avoid general statements like ‘I am impressed with your products and growth’. Write specifically about which products, what growth and why you are impressed Why you – answer the question of ‘why you?’

What makes you worth considering? Emphasise your positive assets, such as education or skills, accomplishments and personal qualities in relation to the employer’s needs. Emphasise your strengths and experience Timing – if there’s a closing date, time your posting so that it arrives a few days after the main ‘rush’ that occurs within 4-7 days of the advertisement’s publication (but not after the closing date!). Alternatively, you may prefer to be the first to respond Closing – end the letter with a specific statement of what your next step will be. If you plan to follow up with a telephone call, say so. If you plan to wait for the employer’s response, say so as well. Conclude by saying you look forward to discussing your career with the advertiser.

 

 

More CV Thinking..

Is your CV getting you interviews?

15 SECONDS IN, THINKING  "IS THIS JOBSEEKER THE ONE?"

 
 


Linking key skills and abilities with real-life achievements when you write your CV, such as awards or work successes, is a sure-fire way to impress, according to the employers we spoke to. It’s important that everything you say about yourself on your CV is supported by concrete evidence.

 

 Your professional CV is the only thing potential employers will know about you before they meet you in person.

 

One of the things employers tell us they hate the most is CV jargon, which loosely means describing yourself as ‘a highly dedicated worker, with excellent attention to detail’ without giving any real life examples of how you’ve already demonstrated these abilities. Always make sure you back up your claims with hard evidence.

 

“Before you start to write your professional CV, write down your ten greatest achievements,” says Peter Appleby, Managing Director of Appleby Associates. “This should help you get in the right mindset, which is a marketing mindset. Your achievements demonstrate your proven abilities and what you have to offer. You’re a product being sold to a company, and the goal of your professional CV is to communicate what you can do for them. By considering your achievements first, you won’t fall into the trap of describing your skills without offering evidence to substantiate them.”You’ve found the ideal job vacancy. Now you need the ‘how to’ guide to write your professional CV. Most people are aware of the standard professional CV build: employment history, qualifications, contact details – but which key ingredients impress employers and win a place on their interview shortlist?

 

Tailor your professional CV to fit the employer. Each industry as standard CV format: Ask us about your industry. You should never send an ‘identikit’ version to multiple employers by email. Recruiters really object to being spammed by cut and paste CVs. Instead, find out as much as you can about what your recruiters want from your professional CV beforehand. Employers can be very subjective in their preferences, even if they don’t realise it. For example, Noel Marshall of recruitment agency Finance Professionals, categorically states that a personal summary including hobbies and interests gives recruiters a flavour of your personality. Whilst headhunter Andrew Baber of Planning for People believes unequivocally that personal summaries are ‘white noise’ which no-one ever reads.

 

 

Almost every employer we spoke to emphasised the need to keep a professional CV as short as possible: no more than two pages long, with plenty of white space and a good font size. A ‘stuffed’ looking CV was rated as very unappealing by employers and a warning sign that the potential employee can’t prioritise. Your goal is to communicate clearly and quickly that you’re right for the job, and this means keeping text to a minimum. “Your professional CV is a document that must be inviting to read,” says Freedman, “which means making it very easy on the eye. There should be lots of white space and you should only write what’s really necessary.” Most employment vacancies are oversubscribed, so you won’t be thanked for adding to a recruiter’s workload by sending pages and pages of CV material for them to wade through.

 

 

Essential items are clear, accurate contact details (including your email address) at the top of each page of your professional CV, details of previous employment and your qualifications. According to ‘Why You? CV Messages to Win Jobs’ author, John Lees, who carried out detailed surveys of employers, for each of your previous jobs you should write a brief overview of your position, and then a separate paragraph listing the key skills demonstrated during your employment.

 

Perhaps most importantly, get a second opinion. Must be registered to receive personal CV advice and job search advise. info@jobboard.ie

 

 

 

Don’t be desperate and apply for every job you find. That strategy is both transparent and annoying to recruiters. As frustrating as it sounds, you are much better off waiting for a job that matches your qualifications and putting all of your energy behind securing it through social networking and selling yourself. If you apply to irrelevant jobs, you’re sabotaging yourself.

 

Not getting a response from your applications? A follow up call is recommended, 

 

 

Application Advise

Take a gander… then take some action!

1.  Don’t Address Cover Letters to Dear Sir/Madam

Generic salutations are a turnoff to many screeners. “Sir”, “Madam” or “To Whom it May Concern” looks lazy – and often lands you in the reject pile. Do some research; find the hiring manager’s name or, at the very least, title.

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2.  Avoid Sending the Same Cover Letter to Multiple Companies

Employers can tell you didn’t take the time to customize your cover letter… and proves you didn’t make any effort to specifically apply for their job. This laziness will get you rejected!

3.  Realize Screeners Don’t Read Your Resume and Ask, “Is This the One?”

Recruiters, who see hundreds of unqualified applicants per day, read your resume for one reason: to see if they can put you in the reject pile. Your job: don’t give them a reason to reject you by making your resume fit the employers’ needs as closely as possible.

4.  Remove Anything on Your Resume That Predates College

Unless you cured cancer, landed on the moon or started your own business… anything you did before college is not relevant to the business world.

5.  Make Sure Your Resume Doesn’t Look Like Something from the 50’s

Put some of your own personality and voice into your resume! I use color in many resumes I create (yes, even though every one says not to do that… what can I say?) The only realy rule of resumes: make it so good they want to meet you!

6.  Complete Your LinkedIn Profile… Now

It’s like dog years: every day you procrastinate on building your LinkedIn profile, you lose 7 days of job search mojo. It’s not that scary, really! After building one client’s profile, he had a job interview the next week because they found him on LinkedIn!

7.  Before Applying to Jobs Research the Organization

How do you know if you even want to work for them? And we’re talking real research… much more than just reviewing the “About Us” page on the website! Know the industry. Research the major competitors. Read about some of the company’s top products… and learn about the company’s culture.

8.  Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Design a job search strategy, target desired employers, do your research, put together a plan and stick to it.

9.  Most Hiring Growth Is Happening in Small and Medium Sized Companies.

You’ve probably never heard of these companies. Research them, because they are a treasure trove of opportunity. I’ve seen clients network with and get offers from really good companies that I’d never heard of, and have tons to offer a young employee!

10.  Stop Spraying and Praying Online Application

All the spray and pray strategy does is get you frustrated… because nothing good ever happens.Try networking, cold calling, targeting employers, and conducting informational interviews. Mix it up.

11.  Avoid Saying “I Need a Job”

Not only do these words scare those who them, it’s too much responsibility. Spare them… and save yourself from sounding desparate. Instead, demonstrate a mindset shift by saying this: “I’m developing my job search strategy, targeting employers and will find the job that’s’ a perfect match for me, and the employer.”

12.  Stop Talking About Yourself

No one likes a broadcaster, or  spammer. Instead, get others to talk about themselves by asking good questions.

13.  Don’t Put Your Education at the Top of Your Resume

Only academics and some old-school industries (like Wall Street) place a huge emphasis on your education. Also, don’t feel compelled to include your GPA and test scores unless they are SO stellar they’re worth bragging about.

14.  Pick Up the Phone

Even if sometimes it feels as if it weighs 3,000 pounds… pick up the phone! I’ve heard numerous recruiters say, “no one calls.” So call. At the very least they’ll remember you – and your effort.

15.  Stop Using Paragraphs on Your Resume

You have somewhere between 6 and 20-ish seconds to get the reader’s attention. And recruiters don’t use that time to read long paragraphs. Instead, go with bullets, whitespace and a lovely format. Bolding here and there can help lead the eye down the page.

16.  Treat Your Internship Like a Long-term Interview

Even if it’s not the job of your dreams, work hard – every day – so you get a really great reference as well as some good interview stories from the experience.

17.  Use Numbers on Your Resume

Numbers – as well as percentage and dollar signs –are visual landing images that grab the eye when readers are scanning your resume. They tell your story better and make you look more impressive. Wherever possible, describe accomplishments and the scope of your work by quantifying!

18.  If You Don’t Know How to Interview Well, Get Some Coaching

Interviews get offers, and a live interview should never be used for target practice. Ever. The fact is, though, not all of us know how to interview well… yet. Get some help. Now.

19.  Take Care of You Durng the Job Search Process

Eat right, work out, get enough sleep and – perhaps most important –connect with warm, positive people. Work on having a positive manner and visualize taking all the right actions necessary to get the offer. In this effort, your positive attitude will be your biggest asset!

20. Stop Trying to Do it All Yourself

Sending out resumes and getting nothing? For many of us, it is sometimes very hard to tell your own story. This is a whole new skill set and process for you – and it’s perfectly natural you might need help along the way. Get a job search mentor, consultant or counselor to help you… the sooner, the better.

Okay, what questions do you have? What else belongs on this list? Let us know, info@jobie.ie!

Interview Tips

How to Stand Out During the Interview

Basic Questions

These questions are good to ask during the pre-screening phone interview or in the early stages of the interviewing process. Gathering the answers early will allow you to ask better follow-up questions later on. They will also provide you with a clearer idea of the skills you will want to emphasize.

  • What do you see ahead for your company in the next five years?
  • What do you consider to be your company’s most important assets?
  • How do you rate your competition?
  • Could you describe a typical day or week in this position? Or Could you describe the typical client or customer I would be dealing with?
  • What are the most important elements of this job?
  • Why is this position available?
  • What did the last person in this position go onto do — and what were they like?How is job performance evaluated, and how often does it occur?
  • What are the three main factors you will be using to determine the right person for this job?
  • What was it about my qualifications that most appealed to you?

Job-Related Questions

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  • What goals do you expect the person who takes this job to achieve during their first 30, 60, and 90 days?
  • Could you tell me about the way the job has been performed in the past? And, what improvements you’d like to see happen?
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  • What types of skills do you NOT already have on-board that you’re looking to fill with a new hire?
  • If I was starting in this position today, what would you advise me to learn first and do first?

Cultural Fit Questions

Finding the right cultural fit is important to you AND the employer. There are many elements to cultural fit: management style, processes and procedures, ethics/values, communication styles, levels of trust and empowerment are just a few. Listen carefully and without bias as you ask these questions. Whenever possible, ask relevant follow-up questions to gain further insight or clarification.

  • What do you like best about working here?
  • What type of work do you delegate to your staff?
  • The company may have a formal recognition program; however, what type of recognition have you recently given to one of your staff?
  • Has anyone on your staff been promoted over the last couple of years? If so, what was the reason why this person was promoted?
  • What would be the three things that your peers would say you do extremely well?
  • What opportunities do you make available for professional development and training?
  • What do employees do in their spare time?
  • Does the company welcome celebrating special occasions? What was the last occasion your department celebrated?

Trial Close

Sometimes it is a good idea to see if you’ve left the interviewer with questions or issues unaddressed. A “trial close” can be a way for you to see what the interviewer is feeling.

  • Are there any reservations you have about my fit for the position that I could try to address?
  • This job sounds like something I’d really like to do — is there a fit here?
  • Now that we’ve talked about my qualifications and the job, do you have any concerns about my being successful in this position?

Final Questions

There are no exceptions. You MUST know the answers to these questions. It allows you to plan how and when you follow-up.

  • What is the next step in this process?
  • What is your time line for getting back to candidates about the next steps?

Exuding confidence and interest in the job are two of the most important assets you can possess! Go get the next interview!

Cover Note

                                      "I Love Sales and getting the most from my experience with People"

 Hello Marius,

 

Regarding the Sales position currently advertised on www.jobdone.ie, please find attached a copy of my CV for your consideration.

 

Having worked within the industry for over 40 years, I have developed a wide range of skills that would meet, and exceed the expectations for the role.

 

In my previous roles as ................................................................................, managing a sales force and basic business accounting.

I am an Irish Citizen with the necessary PPS Number, and Driver's Licence.*is there something the recruiter might be wondering?  

 

I would relish the opportunity to bring this level of success to your company. If you would like to get in touch to discuss my application and to arrange an interview, you can contact me via ................

 

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

 

Your Good Self