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Quick Guide on Getting Hired

Quick Guide on Getting Hired

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The quick guide to getting hired.
Advice for resumes, cover letters and job interviews.
Not only will you get a job but you will get the job you want.
The quick guide to getting hired.
Advice for resumes, cover letters and job interviews.
Not only will you get a job but you will get the job you want.

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The Quick Guide to Getting Hired
Finding a job is not a very hard thing to do, but finding the right job is a totally different thing. The right job should be the perfect balance between pay, invested time, invested effort and learningpossibilities. However, there is a common pattern in the job searchingprocess and this is our main topic for the moment.Getting hired starts of course withfinding job offers. These offers can befound in newspapers, on the Internet, atunemployment offices, at job fairs and inmany other places if you are willing to hearabout them. It would be wise to combinethese sources and take advantage of any opportunity because the more you apply,the higher your chances of getting hired;further more, always remember to give yourself the chance to choose – don’t jump in to the first thing thatcomes your way – take your time to analyze and make a decision basedon your needs.So, after finding and choosing the best job offers for you, startapplying with suitable resumes. Keep in mind that there are generalrules in creating a
resume
, as well as particularities dependent on thetype of position you are aiming for. The resume is basically yourmarketing tool – you have complete control on its content and it shouldhighlight your strengths in order to convince the employer to invite youto a face to face interview. Before starting to write the actual resumetake some time to do a self-assessment. Focus on your skills, abilities,experience and extracurricular activities. This outline will help youreveal all there is to say and so you will not forget anything whencomposing the resume.
 
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The resume content – general rules:
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Contact information
– this section should have very accurate information because it is in your best interest to be found. It isimportant to include: your name; permanent and college campusaddresses, if they are different; phone number; e-mail address. Place your full legal name at the top of your resume and your contactinformation underneath it. Make sure that your outgoing message on your answering machine sounds professional and that your e-mailaddress sounds serious (even if you are a radical nonconformist, try tocreate a separate e-mail account that sounds professional). You may also include the address of your personal website, but only if its content would be relevant to the potential employer (for example, personalprojects in which you have been involved or are currently involved thatoutline some of your relevant skills or abilities).
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Objective statement -
placed immediately below yourcontact information, it tells the reviewer what kind of position you wantand may include more detail such as your best skills. This section isoptional and is most often used by recent graduates and careerchangers. Make sure that your objective is adapted to the job you areapplying for and avoid statements that are either vague or too specific.
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Qualifications summary
– it is an overview designed toquickly answer the employer’s question “Why should I hire you?” Itlists a few of your best qualifications and belongs below your contactinformation or objective statement. It is also optional, but it might be very useful, especially if you have an extensive or varied experience because it prevents the important facts from being lost among thedetails.
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 Education
– should contain all your relevant training,certifications and education. For each school you have attended, list theschool’s name and location, diploma, certificate or degree earned, along with year of completion, field of study and honors received. If you havenot yet completed one of your degrees, use the word expected before your graduation date. If you do not know when you will graduate, add
 
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in progress after the name of the unfinished degree. This sectionis especially important for recent graduates. Graduates should alsoconsider listing relevant courses under a separate heading. Listing fourto eight courses related to a particular occupation shows a connection between education and work. College graduates need not list their highschool credentials.
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 Experience
– it is usually the most relevant part of theresume and it should include your job history: name and location of theorganizations you have worked for, years you worked there, title of your job, a few of the duties you performed and results you achieved.Describing volunteer activities, internships and school projects is amust if you have little paid experience; try to stick to the relevant ones(relevance should be understood in terms of similarity of tasks or if theexperiences described determined skill perfecting). When describing your job duties, emphasize results instead of responsibilities andperformance rather than qualities because your successful experience isself-sufficient. Note any relevant data such as: promotions, progress innumbers or responsibilities or anything else that could outline your value.
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 Activities -
show initiative and can be an excellent source of additional experience; they might include participation inorganizations, associations, student government, clubs, or community activities, especially those related to the position you are applying for orthat demonstrate hard work and leadership skills.
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Special skills
– refer to specific computer, foreign language,typing, or other technical skills, and it is in your advantage to highlightthem by giving them their own category.
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 Awards and honors
- include formal recognition you havereceived. Do not omit professional or academic awards. These are oftenlisted with an applicant’s experience or education, but some list them atthe end of their resume.

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