Brand Identity In The Buoyant Workforce

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It is highly important for all career enthusiasts to affirm an identity & accompanying brand before beginning to conquer career professionalism. According to industry experts, the primary step to successful interviewing and job execution is creating a personal brand that … Continue reading

Net-Worthing Your Network

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Friends_by_JuliejxkIn terms of pursuing a invaluable job opportunity, the phrase “it’s not what you know, but who you know” has become as much as a professional staple as wearing appropriate business attire. However, the power behind such a saying is still and always will be validated because of one such word–network. It still holds true today, and especially in communication driven industries that individuals with the highest network strength will land the positions that are more highly distinguished. Just as it is important to build a repertoire with a diverse range of individuals, it is equally important to create impactful relationships. One might think “how to?”, but when creating networks, however, it is best to be mindful of quality over quantity.

  1. Always Assist (While this is a general rule of thumb (a.k.a–a kindergarten playground principle), people like and are able to back others that are willing to help them, from a “you scratch my back, I scratch yours” perspective. Getting in the habit of assisting others will help to create a network of loyalties.
  2. Find Friends (Recall what it means to “never meet a stranger”. In this instance, entertaining new social situations is always a sure-fire way to meet new people. This is especially convenient for extraverts and those with outgoing personalities.)
  3. Invest in Others (Being cognizant while also appreciating the time spent with others will prove professionally beneficial in the long-run. Make it a point to facilitate conversations with these individuals while also engaging them with genuine interest.)
  4. Friendly Follow Up (This gesture, which is commonly neglected by some, resonates with people while showing ingenuity.)
  5. Push Forward The Powerful (After building meaningful relationships, examine the clout and authority of acquired connections and use that to an advantage.)

Networking and net-worthing are always successful tactics in any career pursuit, whether communicative or otherwise. For further details, visit the Student Events website.

Resume Revamping

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What's your RezScore?

What’s your RezScore?

Within a countless stream of career driven professionals and college students, how well can your resume defend you? It seemed to be a lot less complicated in the pre-Internet age where handing it directly to the potential employer was seemingly the norm. However, in the day and age of interactive cover letters and even Twesumes (Twitter resumes), there is an overflow of crafty resumes oozing with designs and animations. Regardless of origin, there are methods for standing out among the liter.

“Have a hook” 

Having a hook in the beginning of the resume will give employers a phrase to identify with and is a major creative boost. Phrases that are catchy but more importantly relevant to your job search will often appear ingenious to employers.

“Use the right key words”

In terms of resume language, the only thing more powerful than descriptive words are action words. Taking the liberty of throwing more active words into past job titles will make a resume more eye-catching when an employer is reviewing it.

“Tailor it”

As every position has a different supervisor and different culture, it is just as important to customize resumes to befit a specific position as well as possible. Metaphorically speaking, if the position is the main meal then the resume must be the menu.

Follow a more detailed discussion on improving resumes on the Business Insider website. Visit RezScore.com to find out how your personal resume ranks.

Interviewing Effectively

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After creating the pressing resume and knocking about the doors and Twitter accounts of some of targeted employers, it is time to capitalize on an opportunity that many others may have missed out on–entering the interviewing stage. Reaching this point may bring forth a wide array of satisfaction, but ever-staggering anxiety. A common problem for most job seekers is not getting an employer’s attention, but reaching a job offer.

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You got the callback and now the day has finally arrived for the interview. You arrive in the lobby ten minutes before and request that the secretary notify the interviewer of your presence. Soon enough, the interviewer calls you into the office, and as you fight back feelings of anticipation and nervousness, you fight your best to make a remarkable impression.

The question is, where do you start? As suggested by several career advisors, some of the most appreciated gestures during an interview is a smile. Setting a relaxing environment is always ideal for both interviewer and interviewee, and smiling is one such icebreaker. It is helpful to get a conversation going, with small talk about the weather, news and other such things.

So moments after, small talk transitions to the actual interview. This is where heavy hitting questions arise like the common,

“Why do you want to work for this company?”

There are many ways to address such a question, but the best answers will be those that are encouraging/inspirational. An appropriate response for such a question is

“I am seeking a environment that motivates me and is intellectually stimulating.”

 

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For the interviewer, there is a constant gage for confidence and calmness from the interviewee. A lot of times this leads to inquiries about past job experience and the types of skills that can be brought to the table. As such issues of over-qualification for a position and oppositely “not having enough experience” arises, career consultants suggest answers that are reassuring.

Downplaying experience and hinting at a lower level role without overwhelming authority is ideal for candidates that are told they are overqualified.

Heightening relevant experience, even a summer internship or volunteer experience for seemingly under-qualified candidates increases the odds of being hired on.

There is an array of interviewing tips stretching across the job spectrum, with strategies for everything from how to dress to how to prepare. In an interview, as with everything else in life, it is imperative to always research, inquire and be true to oneself.

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