Archivos: Feb 2013

Training, a key to getting a job

formacion[1]Training is fundamental to finding a job because the more training you have, the greater the chances you have of getting a job. Moreover, training linked to a good track-record is always a plus when it comes to evaluating a candidate. Good academic performance reflects perseverance, tenacity and effort to obtain good results. Companies place great store in these capabilities when it comes to deciding on an applicant for any kind of job. And that’s because this kind of applicant has already shown his/her ability to hit targets and achieve results in an academic environment.

Training provides considerable support when it comes to strengthening an individual’s interests or developing new skills. Many people tend to think in terms of the overall job opportunities that come with a particular university degree or professional training course. However it is essential for people to think in individual terms, to think about what motivates them and where their talents lie. At times, the things that most motivate us coincide with our particular talent, though this is not always necessarily the case. Each young professional must find the answer and must never lose sight of the fact that skills are generated by attitudes. In other words, motivation is a key factor to achieving the things we want to obtain, regardless of our personal qualities.

Also, young unemployed people can make the most of their time by carrying out specialist training and education or even studying for a second university degree. Another advisable option is travelling abroad to improve a foreign language – proficiency in English is valued highly by an increasing number of employers.

Young people should also be constantly on the lookout for grants and subsidies – they provide an excellent opportunity to join the labour market and to obtain practical knowledge through personal experience. At the end of the day, an employee can never learn too much and must always remain open to new ideas in order to achieve new goals.

Using social media for job-seeking

redes[1]They might seem like magic, but they certainly can’t work miracles; even so, they have the ability to position people within their sector and specialty. Social networks have been around for a while, but thanks to recent technological developments it is now easier than ever to meet people and develop connections, especially between people who share common interests.

How can social networks help you to find a job?

  1. Create your profile on the main professional networks (Linked IN, Xing, Viadeo) and add to your contacts. This way, your profile will be available for employers and intermediaries who are on the lookout for someone like you. (Bear in mind that many of these networks allow you to upload your CV/resume in more than one language).
  2. Be cautious on the internet. What results are obtained by searching your name on the Internet? Avoid publishing content that you would not like to be seen by prospective employers. Select the settings that ensure maximum privacy (particularly when it comes to photos), but be aware of the footprint that you are leaving on the Internet. You are primarily responsible for the information that concerns you. Be consistent.
  3. Networking. You have created your profiles – now you can engage in the networking that was previously limited to physical professional events and forums. There are several discussion groups wide open where you can participate, meet other colleagues and receive opportunities for collaboration.

Besides these tips, we recommend these readings:

22 ideas for finding a job, by Alfonso Alcántara.

Is it possible to find a job using social media?, by Enrique Dans.

6 tips for improving your online reputation to find a job, by Pedro Rojas (Senior Manager).

How and where to look for employment

chica_1[1]When you are looking for work, you should take into account that there are different channels of recruitment. These are some of them:

  1. The Internet has established itself as the most used tool. Employment portals such as Infojobs and Infoempleo in Spain and Monster, an international website, are the best known.
  2. Companies’ own websites are another highly useful resource. Many companies conduct their selection processes on the basis of the resumé they receive through their own websites. These resumé should be completely up-to-date and also refer to a specific interest, i.e. to an advertised position.
  3. Print media  (eg, national newspapers, especially those at the weekend), carry advertisements by recruitment agencies and companies looking for people like you.
  4. Job forums are a resource you should not neglect. These events enable you to approach stands that interest you and leave your resumé there. The people staff on the stands are normally from Human Resources departments and can answer all your queries regarding the vacancies they have open, how the selection process works, how to apply for a post, and so on.
  5. Specialist consultancies are another very important source of recruitment. They can be found through Internet search engines. They work for HR departments of companies looking for people and also help with ongoing selection processes.
  6. Finally, don’t forget to consult your network of friends who work in companies that might be interesting for you. Send them your resumé and ask them to pass it on to the HR department. You never know… with a bit of luck!

Dos and don’ts in an interview


  1. Remember that the interview is not a chat; it is a formal situation with the clear objective of obtaining specific information in a limited time
  2. The relationship between interviewer and candidate should be professional and not personal
  3. Before going to the interview, think about your positive points and those which you still have to develop. Don’t be afraid to explain your professional achievements and errors, and say what you’ve learned from them.
  4. In the interview, you’ll be asked for information about yourself. Take it as an opportunity to champion your candidature
  5. To meet his or her objectives, the interviewer must formulate questions in a distinct way. Don’t be defensive and don’t get lost in over-elaborate explanations.

How to succeed in the psychotechnical tests


  1. Arrive fresh and relaxed at the test. Get a good night’s sleep: it’s indispensable to keeping a clear head
  2. Dress smart. Although it is not a personal interview, your appearance also counts at this stage
  3. Arrive at the test several minutes before it starts. This will help you keep calm
  4. Take care with your demeanour and adopt a posture which demonstrates your interest
  5. Listen carefully to instructions. If you have a doubt, clarify it before the test begins
  6. Start to work upon the exercises immediately after the signal to start. Don’t waste precious time which you will not be able to recover later
  7. If one section is particularly difficult for you, move on to the next. Don’t spend too much time on the same problem. If, after finishing the test, you have a few minutes left over, don’t go over it all again, since nerves may make you doubt your answers; have another go at the questions you left blank
  8. Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to finish the test: the time allotted is very tight
  9. In the personality tests, get the “real you” across. Don’t try to project a false image that could spoil your chances.