How to Cultivate Professional Reputation Online?

You may be well aware of the fact by now that you are available on Google search. It would be exciting to know that you can be found by simply searching with your full name in search engines. Having social reputation is an asset these days. Yes I mean it!

I know this might seem awkward to you but it is the fact that can pull you down you earth from enjoying the reputation. Your social media reputation is responsible for your career growth. It is found that 79 percent of the hiring managers and job recruiters review online reputation of the candidates applied while considering for a role.

It is recommended to have a good professional reputation online along with the personal popularity. Because your personal presence on social networks might help recruiters evaluate your nature and professional presence to evaluate your job skills.

In this article, I’m going to share with you some tips about maintaining the professional reputation apart from your personal one. Let’s see how it goes.

Join the professional networks – Join the professional networks like LinkedIn. Make connections and ask for recommendations for the skills you acquire at best. Believe me, this really works. When I try my name in Google, it shows up my LinkedIn profile at first. Here is the screenshot for your reference:

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Stay active on career oriented blogs and forums – Engage yourself on career oriented blogs and forums by commenting, sharing and playing round the discussions about the topics you expertise.

Start a blog or website in your own name – Having an own blog where you publish, talk and share your opinions and knowledge helps getting you recognized as a true professional. However giving an URL in your CV may also look impressive for recruiters.

Your own blog or website helps you expose your depth and interest in the subject you are good at. So try to have one if you you don’t had one yet.

Separate your professional profiles from personal ones – Use different email addresses, blogs, screen names for your professional and personal profiles.

An email address like firstname.lastname@host.com would look more professional than a funky junky address like loverboynickname@host.com.

Blogs or websites with your views published about the skills you acquire would prove your interest over doing job in that field.

A screen name in the format ‘Firstname Lastname’ would look professional than a funky screen name.

Manage who can access, comment or interact with you using settings of the professional network so that you won’t get plunged by some pervert’s action on your profile.

So that’s all for now. Hope that helped. Share you thoughts in comments!
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How my most embarrassing 1st Interview helped me find myself

Jobs Today have challenged me to come up with my funniest/most embarrassing interview story and here I am with it. This story is to tell you that you are not ‘the only kind’ on this planet with interview failures.

Technology, the word that inspires ever, made me choose IT in Engineering. The college was about to finish and those were the times campus placements were being conducted in our college. That was my first interview and I was a bit, no! no! a lot nervous about it. I prepared everything regarding the subject but not minded the way I should answer. First round’s written test was easy and I cracked it, the next was group discussion and I could easily manage to get into the selected list. The last round was technical interview. The round of interview for which I was feeling nervous all about. It was not about the subject but about facing the interviewer for the first time.

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I started felling butterfly-o-saurs(dinosaur kind) in my stomach suddenly. One by one were called in as fast as F1 racer and thrown out as gloomy as lazy sloth. I was waiting for my turn outside the interview room biting my nails(though my mom said it’s a bad habit). I was called in. I took a deep breath, sighed a blow of it out, put a Jim Carry smile on my face and opened the door a little.

“Excuse me sir! may I get in?”

“Yes!” was the answer from a pleasant voice.

I gently closed the door and all the pre-war(placement training) training was rolling on my mind. I thought I finished the objectives #1: Ask permission before you enter & #2: Do not leave the door bang on your back after entering the room. My foot moved forward to complete objective #3: Greet the Interviewer & ask permission if you are NOT asked to sit. The interviewer seemed to be a good guy so asked me to sit before I ask him.

Everything was fair until I saw the chair. The interviews were actually being conducted in guest room of our college. The guest room in our college was equipped with high class furniture which is heavy in weight and rich in look. After I was asked to sit, I tried to pull the chair with my all energy and my thin right bicep could only move it an inch, I tried again, it moved another inch, I tried once more, this time it moved 4-5 inch at a time making loud scratching sound on the floor. In the meantime I forgot my objective #4: Don’t make noise while pulling chair. The interviewer’s pleasant face crouched against his nose with that noise. I was started feeling embarrassing from that moment, sat in the chair in a good posture.

The interviewer asked me to tell something about myself, I started with a word about my goal in life and forgot to introduce myself in that embarrassment. He responded quickly before my second word from my mouth and said “Who are you?”

I bit my tongue without opening my mouth and introduced myself to him. That was truly embarrassing moment. It was like preparing for a war and forgetting what to do on the field.

That was the time no one would ever wish for. I was embarrassed like anything in my first interview itself. Later, I felt like the interviewer teasing me after then for every question he asked. The butterfly-o-saurs have already sucked up my throat by then, I was zombified speechless and I failed.

The interview ended up selecting eight candidates from our college. I should have been in those list if I had presented it well.

One important word

The first interview showed me how a personal face to face interview would be. It inspired me troubleshoot myself and improve my skill set. It showed me that ‘presentation’ matters. I attended many other interviews after that and got inspired more, than getting placed. I started up working seriously on blogging, one of my never ending passions. It helped me reach people of different countries and domains. It helped me set up my own business. It helped me find myself. I finally learned the art of presentation now and many of my presentations were awarded and praised.

Getting a job with all moral & professional values is not enough, there would be something else you are good at and lacking in, to excel. Fill courage to find it! may be one day you will share a story from the interviewers perspective.

All the best!
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Must Follow Tips While Applying for a New Job

The most common things you do for a applying for a job is filling out a form with all your details and attach your CV to it. Don’t be desperate while filling out the form and preparing your resume/CV before you submit your application.

 

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While filling in your application form

1. Once you receive it, take a copy or two of it to draft your responses. You will want the form that your prospective employer receives to be immaculate and not have any blots, rub outs or scribbles on it!

 

2. Read all the instructions contained upon it carefully and comply with them.

 

3. Do not be tempted to try to put a form through your computer printer and have your typed words line up into the boxes – it will take you forever!

 

4. Never, ever, EVER write in any of the boxes ‘See enclosed CV.’ It is a guaranteed way to have your application rejected. Employers use these forms for a reason; they do not take too kindly to someone who is too lazy to be bothered to fill them in.

 

5. Boxes on application forms tend to be small. Choose your words carefully. If the box simply is not big enough for what you want to tell them, attach a piece of plain paper with your script and refer to it on the form.

 

6. When listing your previous employers, ensure there are no unexplained gaps.

 

7. Try to adopt a positive attitude throughout the form. Stress achievements if you can.

 

8. If you are asked to name referees, ensure that you have sought their permission first, or if you do not want them contacted until you’ve been made an offer, indicate this on the form.

 

9. Once you are happy with your draft, transfer the detail to the original form. Always write application forms in your neatest hand and in black ink for preference as this photocopies well. Never use any other color except black or blue inks.

 

10. Once you have completed the form, photocopy it for your own records. You may wish to take it to interview with you to refer to.

 

11. Draft a covering letter to go with your form. Keep it brief and always use the term ‘Dear Mr Smith’, or whatever the recruiter’s surname is.Don’t be tempted to use their forename, even if the advert has it on, as this is over-familiar. Never write ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ as it too demonstrates a lack of attention to detail.

 

Take care of your Curriculum vitae

I will leave it to you to decide on the style and content of your curriculum vitae. There are many sources which will advise you on these aspects. Here are some brief pointers:

 

1. Use the best paper you can afford.

 

2. Use only white or off-white paper.

 

3. Do not use a fancy hard cover or binder.

 

4. Use a simple font such as Arial and use the same font in your covering letter.

 

5. Never use a generic covering letter. Be specific in its content by bringing out one or two elements of how you match what they are looking for. It is not just a wrapper for your CV!

 

6. Your CV needs to get past that first 30 seconds after the recruiter has picked it up. Imagine yours is just one of 50 or 60 or more applications received. You want your professionalism to stand and not stand out because you’ve used bright yellow paper!

 

7. Stress your achievements in your CV; not simply list your past employers and job titles.

 

8. Comply with any instructions in the adverts such as supplying your current salary – you may wish to do this within your covering letter.

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10 Strategies to Improve Your Interview IQ

Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job  interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no  second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies to  enhance your interview IQ from Monster's Career Advice.

 

 

1. Practice Good Nonverbal Communication

It's about demonstrating confidence: standing straight, making eye contact and  connecting with a good, firm handshake. That first impression can be a great  beginning -- or quick ending -- to your interview.

 

2. Dress for the Job or Company

Today's casual dress codes do not give you permission to dress as "they" do when  you interview. It is important to look professional and well-groomed. Whether  you wear a suit or something less formal depends on the company culture and the  position you are seeking. If possible, call to find out about the company dress  code before the interview.

 

3. Listen

From the very beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you  information, either directly or indirectly. If you are not hearing it, you are  missing a major opportunity. Good communication skills include listening and  letting the person know you heard what was said. Observe your interviewer, and  match that style and pace.

 

4. Don't Talk Too Much

Telling the interviewer more than he needs to know could be a fatal mistake.  When you have not prepared ahead of time, you may tend to ramble, sometimes  talking yourself right out of the job. Prepare for the interview by reading  through the job posting, matching your skills with the position's requirements  and relating only that information.

 

5. Don't Be Too Familiar

The interview is a professional meeting to talk business. This is not about  making a new friend. Your level of familiarity should mimic the interviewer's  demeanor. It is important to bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview and to  ask questions, but do not overstep your place as a candidate looking for a job.

 

6. Use Appropriate Language

It's a given that you should use professional language during the interview. Be  aware of any inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion,  politics or sexual orientation -- these topics could send you out the door very  quickly.

 

7. Don't Be Cocky

Attitude plays a key role in your interview success. There is a fine balance  between confidence, professionalism and modesty. Even if you're putting on a  performance to demonstrate your ability, overconfidence is as bad, if not worse,  as being too reserved.

 

8. Take Care to Answer the Questions

When an interviewer asks for an example of a time when you did something, he is  seeking a sample of your past behavior. If you fail to relate a specific  example, you not only don't answer the question, but you also miss an  opportunity to prove your ability and talk about your skills.

 

9. Ask Questions

When asked if they have any questions, most candidates answer, "No." Wrong  answer. It is extremely important to ask questions to demonstrate an interest in what goes on in the company. Asking questions also gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you. The best questions come from listening to what is asked during the interview and asking for additional information.

 

10. Don't Appear Desperate

When you interview with the "please, please hire me" approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Maintain the three C's during the interview: cool, calm and confident. You know you can do the job; make sure the interviewer believes you can, too.

 

[sources: Monster Career Advice]

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25 Killer Tips for Preparing Your Resume

1. Know the purpose of your resume

Some people write a resume as if the purpose of the document was to land a job. As a result they end up with a really long and boring piece that makes them look like desperate job hunters. The objective of your resume is to land an interview, and the interview will land you the job (hopefully!).

2. Back up your qualities and strengths

Instead of creating a long (and boring) list with all your qualities (e.g., disciplined, creative, problem solver) try to connect them with real life and work experiences. In other words, you need to back these qualities and strengths up, else it will appear that you are just trying to inflate things.

3. Make sure to use the right keywords

Most companies (even smaller ones) are already using digital databases to search for candidates. This means that the HR department will run search queries based on specific keywords. Guess what, if your resume doesn’t have the keywords related to the job you are applying for, you will be out even before the game starts.
These keywords will usually be nouns. Check the job description and related job ads for a clue on what the employer might be looking for.

4. Use effective titles

Like it or not, employers will usually make a judgment about your resume in 5 seconds. Under this time frame the most important aspect will be the titles that you listed on the resume, so make sure they grab the attention. Try to be as descriptive as possible, giving the employer a good idea about the nature of your past work experiences. For example:
Bad title: Accounting
Good title: Management of A/R and A/P and Recordkeeping

5. Proofread it twice

It would be difficult to emphasize the importance of proofreading your resume. One small typo and your chances of getting hired could slip. Proofreading it once is not enough, so do it twice, three times or as many as necessary. If you don’t know how to proofread effectively.

6. Use bullet points

No employer will have the time (or patience) to read long paragraphs of text. Make sure, therefore, to use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences, educational background and professional objectives.

7. Where are you going?

Including professional goals can help you by giving employers an idea of where you are going, and how you want to arrive there. You don’t need to have a special section devoted to your professional objectives, but overall the resume must communicate it. The question of whether or not to highlight your career objectives on the resume is a polemic one among HR managers, so go with your feeling. If you decide to list them, make sure they are not generic.

8. Put the most important information first

This point is valid both to the overall order of your resume, as well as to the individual sections. Most of the times your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first.

9. Attention to the typography

First of all make sure that your fonts are big enough. The smaller you should go is 11 points, but 12 is probably safer. Do not use capital letters all over the place, remember that your goal is to communicate a message as fast and as clearly as possible. Arial and Times are good choices.

10. Do not include “no kidding” information

There are many people that like to include statements like “Available for interview” or “References available upon request.” If you are sending a resume to a company, it should be a given that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested. Just avoid items that will make the employer think “no kidding!”

11. Explain the benefits of your skills

Merely stating that you can do something will not catch the attention of the employer. If you manage to explain how it will benefit his company, and to connect it to tangible results, then you will greatly improve your chances.

12. Avoid negativity

Do not include information that might sound negative in the eyes of the employer. This is valid both to your resume and to interviews. You don’t need to include, for instance, things that you hated about your last company.

13. Achievements instead of responsibilities

Resumes that include a long list of “responsibilities included…” are plain boring, and not efficient in selling yourself. Instead of listing responsibilities, therefore, describe your professional achievements.

14. No pictures

Sure, we know that you are good looking, but unless you are applying for a job where the physical traits are very important (e.g., modeling, acting and so on), and unless the employer specifically requested it, you should avoid attaching your picture to the resume.

15. Use numbers

This tip is a complement to the 13th one. If you are going to describe your past professional achievements, it would be a good idea to make them as solid as possible. Numbers are your friends here. Don’t merely mention that you increased the annual revenues of your division, say that you increased them by $100,000, by 78%, and so on.

16. One resume for each employer

One of the most common mistakes that people make is to create a standard resume and send it to all the job openings that they can find. Sure it will save you time, but it will also greatly decrease the chances of landing an interview (so in reality it could even represent a waste of time). Tailor your resume for each employer. The same point applies to your cover letters.

17. Identify the problems of the employer

A good starting point to tailor your resume for a specific employer is to identify what possible problems he might have at hand. Try to understand the market of the company you are applying for a job, and identify what kind of difficulties they might be going through. After that illustrate on your resume how you and your skills would help to solve those problems.

18. Avoid age discrimination

It is illegal to discriminate people because of their age, but some employers do these considerations nonetheless. Why risk the trouble? Unless specifically requested, do not include your age on your resume.

19. You don’t need to list all your work experiences

If you have job experiences that you are not proud of, or that are not relevant to the current opportunity, you should just omit them. Mentioning that you used to sell hamburgers when you were 17 is probably not going to help you land that executive position.

20. Go with what you got

If you never had any real working experience, just include your summer jobs or volunteer work. If you don’t have a degree yet, mention the title and the estimated date for completion. As long as those points are relevant to the job in question, it does not matter if they are official or not.

21. Sell your fish

Remember that you are trying to sell yourself. As long as you don’t go over the edge, all the marketing efforts that you can put in your resume (in its content, design, delivery method and so on) will give you an advantage over the other candidates.

22. Don’t include irrelevant information

Irrelevant information such as political affiliation, religion and sexual preference will not help you. In fact it might even hurt your chances of landing an interview. Just skip it.

23. Use Mr. and Ms. if appropriate

If you have a gender neutral name like Alex or Ryan make sure to include the Mr. or Ms. prefix, so that employers will not get confused about your gender.

24. No lies, please

Seems like a no brainer, but you would be amused to discover the amount of people that lie in their resumes. Even small lies should be avoided. Apart from being wrong, most HR departments do background checks these days, and if you are buster it might ruin your credibility for good.

25. Keep the salary in mind

The image you will create with your resume must match the salary and responsibility level that you are aiming for.
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Interview Tips To Make Recruiters Impress

An interview is the penultimate step to landing a job. Given the ratio of vacancies to candidates in most countries, it is but obvious that you will face rejection in quite a few interviews. However, you need to make sure you put your best foot forward every time you step inside an interview hall.

If you have facing rejections in job interviews, maybe you aren't doing some things right. Here are some tips that will help you impress recruiters:

Portray Confidence

Confidence can take you places. Right from the time you step inside an interview hall, you need to portray confidence. Walk straight, maintain a good posture, give a firm handshake, look them in the eye when talking etc. All that shows that you are confident and know what you are talking about.

Do not lie

HR professionals are trained to catch lies. In fact, genetically, we all are capable to catching lies. When you lie, you unconsciously make body movements that give the game away. It is better not to lie during an interview. It is understandable that you want to look good in front of the interviewer. However, lying won’t help you out much. State the facts, portray your skills and leave the rest to the interviewer.

Speak slowly and clearly

Most of us, when we are nervous, tend to speak too quickly. We also tend to blabber a lot. Both those things do not make a good impression on interviewers. In order to make a good impression, it is important to speak slowly and clearly. Keep your answers short and to the point. And do not jump to answer questions asked. Listen to the complete question, articulate your response and then speak.
Do not forget to ask questions when given an opportunity

Do not forget to ask questions when given an opportunity

Interviewers always give you an opportunity to ask questions and clear your doubts. Do not miss this opportunity to portray your interest in the organization and the profile being offered. Ask intelligent questions that will put you in a good light. You will be able to ask intelligent questions when you know about the organization. Thus, research the company well before an interview.
Do not accept a rigid attitude

Do not accept a rigid attitude 

Most of us go with a rigid mindset when it comes to salary issues. It is important not to have a rigid mindset when discussing salary issues. Always listen to the offer being made and then articulate your response. Adopting a my-way-or-the-highway kind of stance won’t get you anywhere.
Dress the part

Dress the part

According to surveys done in the field, most recruiters form an opinion of you from the moment you walk through the door. Often, it is your posture and your dressing sense which play a part in forming that opinion. It is important that you dress the part. You don’t want to be in jeans and t-shirt when going for a bank interview. Similarly, you don’t want to be too formal when going for an interview in an ad agency or similar place.
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Crack the HR Interview: Here are the FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions in HR Interview
As a Fresher, you often experience a lot of anxiety before you go to attend an HR interview. The solution to this anxiety is good preparation. You can prepare well by going through AMFAS…………

AMFAS makes you available of some interview questions which you can expect to be asked during your HR interview

  •   How would you describe yourself? Tell me about yourself?
  •  What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now?
  •  How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in team
  •  What do you consider to be your greatest strengths’ and weaknesses?
  •  How would a good friend describe you?
  •  What motivates you to go the extra mile on a project or job?
  •  Why should I hire you?
  •  Do u have any hobbies. What do you do in your spare time?
  •  Do you consider yourself as a leader?
  •  Do you have plans for continued study? An advanced degree?
  •  Do you have a geographic preference?
  •  In what kind of environment   are you most comfortable?

Don't know what to answer for the above questions? Never worry! we'll be coming up with the answers too. Subscribe to us to get updates!

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Questions to ask during HR Interview

Usually by the end of the interview the HR would ask u whether you have any questions. Under the stress of job interview, sometimes nothing comes to our mind. Isn’t it?

         The AMFAS gives you the solution by a list of useful questions to ask HR:

  •  Can you describe the work environment here?
  • Do you describe the philosophy of the company or organization?
  • What do you consider to be the organizations strength or weaknesses?
  •  Can you tell me more about my day to day responsibilities?
  •   How soon you are looking to fill this position
  •  How do my skills compare with those of the other candidates you have interviewed?
  •   Is there a structured career path at the company?
  •   If you hired me what would be my first assignment?
  •   Does the company have a mission statement? May I see it?
  •  Who are the company’s stars and how was their status determined? 


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