Job search is a process that is a profession itself: it requires discipline, commitment and establishing professional contacts. This is because the most required skills by companies when selecting their candidates are precisely the same skills needed to organize a succesful job search.
Skills such as communication, organization, digital environment knowledge, creativity and analytical skills are the most demanded skills by companies and also the ones that we must implement during the job search.
Steps to be taken
The best way to achieve a succesful job search is to establish a roadmap to stick to.
First off, it is essential to define our goals, both personal and professional: What do I know to do?, What do I like to do?, What do I want to work in?, What should I learn or improve? Give a thoughtful answer to these questions will allow us to focus the search.
Once the goals are defined, we must establish action plans to strengthen those in which we need to move forward.
Then, it is recommended to create a work agenda, establishing a routine to help us achieve the goal and organize our time in the same way as when we have a remunration: an adequate workspace, a work schedule with suitable breaks … A commitment to ourselves, ultimately.
In the next post we’ll keep analyzing how you can organize the job search, ie, issues such as direct contact with the companies or the proper use of social networks, our personal brand.
Here is the second release of the tips to improve your resume. You can also read the first part we recently published in this blog:
6. PERSONAL INFORMATION. Adding your personal tastes, hobbies, etc. is not recommended unless they can clearly mean a benefit. That is, if you want to work in a company where you know for sure that there is widespread taste for sport and you are an athlete, it is something that may help you. Otherwise, knowing that you like movies but hate rainy Sundays is not relevant to future employer.
7. CONSTANT UPDATE. The CV is not a document set in stone. Check it frequently, add or remove data depending on how your career and your training evolves, update, upgrade or adapt aspects … This way you will be familiar with it and will be a useful tool.
8. CONTACT. Writing your full address does not add any value, but it does writing the city where you live if it’s the same city as the company. If it is a big city, you can also include the district or neighborhood. Regarding the other address, the email, always provide a formal one, with your name and surname and not that funny nickname by which your friends used to know you in college. This can be a good place to include a link to your LinkedIn profile so they can easily find your references.
9. FORGET ABOUT MICROSOFT WORD. A long ago we surpassed the presentation by hand or typewriter, so is with Microsoft Word. If you send your CV online, which is most likely, convert it to PDF. You will not run the risk that the receiver has a different Office version and format mismatch, and it will also take him less time to open, something that he or she will surely appreciate.
10. PUT YOURSELF IN THE COMPANY’S PLACE. To summarize all the above tips, the most useful is to put in the place of the person who will read your resume. If you received your CV and had to approve it or reject it, what kind of data you think are expendable? Would your CV really pass your filter? When the honest answer to this question is “yes”, you’ll be closer to your goal.
What should be our presentation card when introducing ourselves to the companies is often one of our greatest enemies. Usually, the human resources departments have a limited time for all the amount of curriculum vitae they receive, so the first to be discarded will be those that do not provide the information, in content and shape, that businesses expect.
To convert the CV into an ally to help us go through all filters satisfactorily there are some simple guidelines that can open many doors for us and put us in an advantageous position against other candidates:
1. PROPER EXTENSION: Before we start reading, what catches our eye is the amount of information. Don’t write three pages if you can write two and don’t write two if you can write one. Lighten the weight by telling only what is important. It is assumed that you know how to surf the Internet, omit it.
2. ADJUST THE CV: Find out about the company you want to work in and highlight those aspects of your training and experience that are more consistent with their activity. If you decide to promote all content alike, the feeling will be that you have spammed with the same document dozens of companies to try your luck.
3. MANDATORY REVIEW: It should not be something to warn about, but unfortunately resumes with spelling mistakes, syntactical errors, repetition of words or phrases… arrive everyday to the human resources departments. When you have finished writing it, review it several times. And when you’re done reviewing it several times, check it once again.
4. DO NOT LIE: It is a commonly accepted action, but in the long run is negative. If thanks to your “little lies” you pass the filter and reach a personal interview, not only you will be exposed, but it is very likely that from that moment you are banned in that company.
5. THE IMPORTANCE OF PHOTO: If you choose to include a photo, make sure it’s formal, not a cut from night party pic. It is also important to use a recent image, so attempt to change it from time to time when you update your resume.
In the next post we will offer another five tips to improve your resume.
En la próxima entrada te ofreceremos otros cinco consejos para mejorar tu currículum vitae.
If you’re looking for a new job or a change of direction in your professional life, be sure to consider these factors:
1. Self-esteem: it’s important to maintain the right level of self-esteem and a good inner perception of your professional worth.
2. Personal self-knowledge: perform an analysis of your strengths and weaknesses. What are you best at? And worst at? Look for vacancies associated with your strengths.
3. Assessment of the job: no matter how much or how little you have, highlight your experience.
4. Reasons for being unemployed: if you become unemployed, analyse the reasons that led to that situation. Learn from past experience in order to enhance steps to improve in the future.
5. Personal and professional image: look after your image.
6. Professional suitability: if you have a job interview coming up soon, try and match your strengths to the job requirements: skills, knowledge, experience, etc.
7. Jobsearch skills: enhance your skills. Contact your friends, attend forums, take part and continue training yourself. Stay active on the social media.
8. Outgoing personality: an outgoing personality is something that always helps find a job. Always maintain a positive attitude.
9. Time flexibility: it will always be easier to find a job if you have time flexibility. Never reject something you are interested in just because of the hours. If you are the successful candidate, you will always be able to re-organise yourself and find alternatives to reconcile professional and personal life.
10. Adapt yourself to the social media. Create your profile on professional networks such as LinkedIn and create your own network of contacts. (Read: “10 reasons to use Twitter when looking for a job“)
11. Languages: increase your knowledge of languages. You will always be more employable if you know a second or third language. (Read: “Language skills: a huge plus for job hunters“)
12. CV: Create your CV carefully, record a one-minute video summarising your professional experience and send it to your network of contacts. Modern mobile telephones can be used to record videos of a suitable quality.
13. Basic interview techniques: prepare for job interviews. Find out about the company, the vacancy, ask yourself questions and come up with some good answers. Assume the role of interviewer. (Read: “10 tips for a successful job interview“)
14. Networking: look after your networks of contacts and make sure everyone you know knows you are looking for a job.
15. Personal brand: Take care with what you do and the messages you post on the networks. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Remember that your digital profile can be seen by everyone and it is an opportunity to enhance your jobsearch activity.
Laura Alcaraz Escribano
ACCIONA Human Resources
Those of you who have been to several job interviews will know by now that interviewers tend to have a number of favorite questions that they use to compare profiles and come up with the best candidate.
We’ve put together three articles to help you tackle this kind of situation, come up with the right answers to these classic interview questions and come through with flying colors.
This first article looks at the questions that attempt to find out what the candidate is like.
What are your weaknesses?
A word of advice: don’t launch into a long list of your personal weak points. Keep calm and pick out two of them that best lend themselves to be turned into positive qualities for the job for which you’re being interviewed.
What are your strengths?
This is the ideal moment to highlight the things that set you apart from the crowd. Seize the potential that this question holds and focus on four or five of your personal qualities that are best suited for the job.
Do you consider yourself a successful person?
Don’t hesitate: the answer is a resounding “yes”. Being successful doesn’t mean being a control freak. Tell the interviewer about some of your main academic and professional achievements.
Why do you think you are the best candidate?
Careful, you’re not being asked for your strong points (although it’s a good moment to underline them). Start by pointing out why your training makes you the best person for the job. Be enthusiastic; show the interviewer that you really want the job. Moderate enthusiasm goes a long way. Avoid, however, comparing yourself to other candidates: concentrate on bringing out the best in you.
What do you know about this company?
Be sure to do your homework before you turn up for the interview. Browse the company’s website and gather a bit of general information—e.g. what it does, annual turnover, or where it operates—as well as specific details on the post you want. After all, the interviewer wants to know why you want to join the company. Show him that you’re totally clear in your mind.