As a recruiter, I've seen thousands of resumes ranging from veryqualified and capable candidates all over the nation. These candidatesspan from every industry and from administrative professionals to Clevel corporate executives. Each time I review a resume, I would reviewit under the eyes of the hiring manager. Through their eyes, I tried toget a sense of who the candidate is and how they are wired. The goal isto see if the candidate (communicated through a resume) capabilitieswill drive a degree of success in a particular capacity. Research hasshown that a typical hiring manager or recruiter will only look at aresume for approximately 15 seconds so bearing that in mind, I performthis resume critique under three basic guidelines. If you want to benoticed and receive the proper consideration, following thesesuggestions will help improve your chances of landing an interview.Building Your BrandThis is your professional identity and perhaps the most importantelement that most resumes fail to develop. You can establishing yourbrand and increase your marketing collateral by ensuring that yourresume is concise, clearly identifying your professional traits anddemonstrate how you will fit into the position and the company corporateculture, captivating, grammatically perfect and of course free ofspelling error. It needs to flow, easy to read and pact with richcontent organized in a format which screams "HIRE ME! Succeed here andyour resume will be pushed forward in the process. Fail here and yourresume will be filed away.Differentiate YourselfWhatever you do, do not copy someone else's objective statements. Writethem yourself or with the help of an expert. The more unique yourprofile is, the higher the chances of a full review on your resume. Aneffective profile should be brief and encapsulate your background whilehighlighting your capabilities and accomplishments. Always tailor yourprofile to fit the position so do not use the same profile for everysubmitted resume.ValueHow will you add value to the position? This is the first questionhiring managers or recruiters look for in a candidate. After all, that'swhy they are hiring in the first place. You can demonstrate your valuebuy quantifying results. Describe how you helped a company increasedrevenue, lowered cost and increase productivity. Don't be afraid to usenumbers even if they are not exact.ConclusionMaximizing your brand will help identify and articulate yourprofessional skills to the decision makers the immediate value andbenefit that you bring to the company. This is your chance for goodfirst impression and believe me, first impressions are everything duringyour job search campaign. Differentiate yourself will give you acompetitive advantage so revise your profile to create a powerfuleffective 15 second pitch. Finally, quantify your success and showdecision makers how you can contribute to the companys bottom-line. Ifyou take the initiative to embrace these three essential elements indefining your resume, you will recognize greater results in your searchefforts.Have an expert put together an organized, engaging and compelling coverletter that's poised for high impact. An expert can tailor our message,convincing the reader to proceed to review your resume. Sadly, firstimpressions count so unless you have an effective cover letter, nomatter how stunning your resume is, it will not be considered. Workone-on-one with an expert to determine the approach that will get youthe interview. An expert can help you identify your uniqueness, uncover your qualities and build your brand.
I often hear teachers complain that employers issue contracts and then ask them to do more than the contract requires. From the other side of the fence, employers sometimes feel that teachers are too rigid in their interpretation of the terms of the contract. It is certainly a tricky area, so what can you do to make sure that the contract offers proper protection for both teachers and the employer? My suggestions are as follows:The first point to consider is your own attitude to the contract. It is a document that binds both parties, so as employers you should ensure that it contains only clauses that you can honor. It is hardly fair to the employee to issue a contract that binds teachers and then expect to be able to break its terms yourself.The second point is that teachers cannot be expected to know the legal requirements of a contract in a foreign country, as these can vary enormously. You should, therefore, explain to the teacher exactly how the contract reflects current employment legislation in your country and for your sector. Some countries stipulate that the contract must be written in the home language. If this is the case, your teachers will need a clear and accurate translation into English. Some countries require the contract to contain full details of the teachers visa and employment permits. There may be restrictions on the number of hours a teacher can work and on the number of hours overtime permitted. Whatever the specific legal framework in your country, it is essential to both adhere to the legal requirements and explain these to the teacher. Even if your country does not require a written contract at all, it is worth thinking about the kinds of problems that could arise if you do not have a clearly drafted understanding of all aspects of the job: the rights and responsibilities of the teacher and the rights and responsibilities of the employer.Legal considerations apart, the contract should cover number of class contact hours, number of admin hours and number of preparation hours. If you have a basic 38 hour week and you expect teachers to spend 25 hours in the classroom, two on admin and the remaining 9 on preparation, dont think of the preparation time as a free pool from which you can ask teachers to do extra teaching. If you need teachers to do extra contact hours to cover for an absent colleague or a sudden influx of students, build the terms of the required flexibility into the contract. For example you may say that could be expected to do up to two extra teaching hours per week to cover emergencies. If further hours are required, offer to pay them as overtime. List any additional duties, such invigilating exams, designing teaching materials or socializing with students.Be as precise as possible in every area. If you offer accommodation, make it quite clear how this it to be provided and describe it accurately. State whether teachers will be expected to travel to other branches or to companies and explain how such travel arrangements will be made. Make sure you are clear about sickness insurance and medical treatment: what would happen if a teacher had to be repatriated because of an accident, for example, or suffered long-term illness?Specify holiday entitlement, grievance and disciplinary procedures, and notice terms. Above all, try to make the contract a reader-friendly document rather than one that is full of dense legal terminology. Before you issue a contract, it might be a good idea check with a lawyer to ensure that it is comprehensive enough to satisfy your local legal requirements.
1. Determine what you are trying to accomplish.Make sure you have a clear goal in mind. Hiring managers are too busy to try to figure out what you want to accomplish.Writing a general, one-size fits all resume wont cut it in todays competitive job market. You have to make an effort to stand apart from everyone else.If you dont know what you want to do, STOP and figure it out. You cannot create an awesome, knock-your-socks-off resume without a goal. If you are struggling with this, enlist the help of someone to brainstorm with you.2. Find out the industry keywords that are "hot" in your career field and put them into your resume.Why do this? Because more and more companies are using automated databases to store resumes. When they need to hire someone, they find potential candidates by utilizing key word phrases (sort of how you search on google using a keyword). If you are using the right keywords, your resume will be included in the top contenders.You can find the keyword phrases by searching monster.com or hotjobs.com for the job you want to apply to. Read several postings from all regions of the county and look for the qualifications and duties.For instance, I looked up "executive assistant" and found the following phrases that seemed to be repeating:"Microsoft office proficient""Setting up appointments""travel arrangements""correspondence, presentations, and reports""Prepare/edit executive PowerPoint presentations""arranging travel, scheduling meetings""prepare high quality presentations and reports""proficient to expert level of ability in the MS Office suite"As you can see, there is emphasis on the MS Office programs, scheduling, and presentations. So you MUST include those words in your resume.3. Always include a cover letter detailing the exact position you are interested in, where you saw the job listing, and why you are interested, not just that you are interested.Doing this will automatically make you stand apart from everyone else and will make it clear to the hiring manager what you have to offer and what you are seeking.
Most people do not prepare properly for an interview. A lot of time, energy and money are spent in preparation for the chance to have an interview meeting with a prospective employer. However, little to no preparation is done for the interview itself. Most professionals spend an incredible amount of time preparing their resume, and even make a considerable investment to have their resumes prepared by skilled professionals so as to increase their chances of getting the interview. Ironically, many of these same professionals will then spend minimal time or investment in making certain that their interview skills are fine tuned. Dear job seeker here is 25 years of collective business experience and wisdom boiled down into this piece of advice. Don't prepare for the interview, IF you don't want the JOB!Having an employer ask you to interview is not the ultimate goal; it's the second to last step in the overall job search process. The candidate interview is only one of several steps along the way. Being the very best candidate during the interview will typically result in the candidate landing that dream job offer. Many professionals make the same mistakes during the "job search" process. Amazingly, these well educated, highly skilled and experienced professionals keep repeating the same mistake and yet, expect different results or outcomes from candidate interviews. Often professionals treat the interview as something that is a forgone conclusion. Somehow the confusion develops from thinking that the interview is the same as the job offer, let me reassure everyone taking a few minutes to read this article, in a word WRONG! So, if your goal is not landing the job of your dreams, then all you have to do is make the same critical errors outlined for you below. I promise you that if you consistently make all of the common mistakes listed the only job you land is the one you don't want; an eternity of searching for your next job.Far more interviews are lost than won. There are things that will work to your advantage in an interview, and then again there are things that will absolutely kill your chances. Here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid, if you want that job. Your chances for success vastly improve by not doing what others do.1. Don't Conduct Any "Pre-Flight" Planning!This is the single biggest mistake you can make. There is a direct correlation to preparation and performance. Many professionals are walking into their interviews ill-equipped and unprepared and expecting to make the right impression. These professional are not walking away from the interview with job offer and unfortunately become doomed to repeat the process until the lesson is learned.Good preparation means doing intensive research so that you know what you need to know about the hiring authority, knowing your capabilities and what you specifically can offer the hiring authority in the position they seek to fill. You must prepare and then practice so as to be able to respond to nearly any question thrown in your direction.2. Don't Be Dynamic, Be Passive During The Interview!You do not need to conduct the interview. However, this is your time to shine. You are in the spotlight. It's your opportunity to prove that you are the best candidate. It is not the interviewer's job to pull the information from you. Many people mistakenly believe that it's up to the hiring authority's interviewer to figure out if you're the best candidate. As the candidate, it is your responsibility to make the interviewer aware of your capabilities and why you are the best candidate to fill the open position.Your goal is to make certain as you complete the interview, the interviewer knows all of your qualifications and how you will make positive and powerful contributions in your new position. By taking responsibility for your actions and accepting that you must convey your skills, experience, talent and persona in the most positive manner, it changes the way you prepare and how you conduct yourself during the interview. It separates your candidacy from the competition.Often professionals "wing it" during the interview process. The problem is, if you do that you are leaving your career to chance and letting someone else take control of your destiny. If you want to succeed in an interview, you have to be proactive and think on your feet. An interview is the starting gate of a competitive race - there's only one winner. You should be thinking about what you need to say and do during the interview to be recognized as the best candidate to fill the position. What does the interview seek to find in a candidate? What do they want to hear from me? How can I be the candidate they select? Don't get caught up in the mindset of not preparing for the interview, think it through and plan for all possibilities so that you can beat the competition.3. Why Make A Good First Impression? I Can Always Make A Second One, Right?Wrong! Here's the fact - it only takes a few minutes for the interviewer to assess his/her first impression of you. You only get one chance to make a first impression. If you make a great first impression, the interviewer will automatically look for more positive contributions throughout the remainder of the interview to justify their first impression. The reverse is true. If you make a bad first impression, the interviewer will look for bad things to justify their first impression. It is either a Win-Win or Lose-Lose proposition with no middle ground. Your first impression must be good. You must start out strong and maintain the strength.Starting strong means greeting the interviewer with confidence, being personable, and conducting yourself professionally at all times. No matter how formal or informal the interviewer may appear during the interview process, you must exude confidence and professional demeanor.Maintaining strength means nailing the first couple questions and all the subsequent questions thrown out at you. One of the most difficult questions can also be one of the easiest to answer. Most interviewers want to hear a strong answer to these four words, "tell me about yourself". Often these four words may be the most important question asked during an interview. Consequently, the question becomes the most important one you need to know how to answer.4. Value? Value? We Don't Know Our Stinkin Value!Knowing your specific value relative to the hiring authority is a big part of your preparation. More important is the ability to articulate your value in a concise, professional and intelligent manner. It boils down to good verbal and non-verbal communication skills. A couple of different ways to improve your communication skills in an interview: 1) prepare yourself - know your value, memorialize it through documentation and then practice. 2) ask for help -a professional sounding board being either a qualified (recruiter) friend or career professional, i.e., search recruiter or career coach, and 3) reflect on your self figuratively and also in the mirror (remember to smile and relax your words will flow smoothly) and then practice some more.You will leap ahead of other the other competing candidates as they will most likely stumble their way through the interview process. You will be the coherent, articulate, intelligent candidate clearly expressing why you are the best choice. You'll be remembered for all the right reasons unlike your competition.5. Fake It Until You Make It?Everyone going through a job search and interview process experiences a time when there may be at least one qualification that you don't have - maybe its lack of industry experience, lack of a degree or a specific accreditation they've asked to see from you, it could be anything. If you do lack something they want or need, you need to be ready to address it and do so with confidence. Whatever you do always be direct and honest. Unfortunately, during interviews we are often times screened out for something we lack rather than the other way around. So interviewers need to convinced that if you don't have exactly what they seek, you can learn it quickly, or you'll get it, or you have another skill that makes up for it. Don't give them the opportunity to make a big deal out of something you lackbe poised and confident without showing any signs of being nervous. Find an answer that eliminates their concern and most likely they'll select you based on what you can offer rather than eliminate you for something they deem important that you don't possess.Remember, a superior resume is valuable because it gets you the interviewbut superior interviewing skills will get you the job! Improve your interviewing skills, learn the best practices and strategies to succeed, and you will consistently get the offers you want.Wishing You All Job Search and Interviewing Success!
When high school students spend hours playing video games, parents often say it's a waste of time. However, these video game players, or "gamers," can now find professional opportunities to complement their interest. The relatively young academic specialty of computer game technologies has grown in response to the popularity of the skyrocketing video game industry. According to the NPD Group, Inc., a global leader in sales and marketing information, video game sales have grown from $6.6 billion in 2000 to $9.4 billion in 2004.Building on the success of the game and simulation programming (GSP) bachelor's degree program offered at 11 of its campuses nationwide, DeVry University announced it will offer the degree program online beginning in spring 2006. "Game development technologies will play an important role in shaping many aspects of the entertainment and defense industries for years to come," said Steven Riehs, vice president and general manager of DeVry University Online. The campus-based GSP degree program was met with enthusiasm by students, faculty and employers and it's expected that the online GSP program will allow even more students to pursue degrees in this growing industry. According to Jesse Schell, former chairman of the International Game Development Association, the number of individuals looking to enter the gaming industry has grown tremendously in the last 10 years. He stresses that the gaming industry is not about theory, but the application of real technology and notes that individuals with hands-on experience developing games are most likely to succeed in these careers. The university's game and simulation programming degree program features course work in the math and physics of games, programming fundamentals, game design, modifications (MOD), massively multi-player online game programming (MMOG), two- and three-dimensional graphics programming, simulation and game engine design. Graduates will be qualified for positions as programmers, software engineers and project coordinators in the computer game technology industry, as well as similar positions in simulation design and programming. Examples include tactical and strategic military simulations and training, automotive design and testing, training for health care workers, crime scene reconstruction and flight simulation. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level gaming programmers/engineers with three years' experience can expect to earn an average annual salary of $54,300.