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Leveraging off people
Well I suppose in a word these days that's called "networking", and networking's alive and well. From school, people have used "the old boy network", (you've heard that before), which is a sort of an incestuous networking thing. But these days networking's a much broader thing and it's much more respected by both individuals and organisations. So, I think you use your friends to talk about what do they think you're good at. So, use people you know to get an objective view about who you are and what you'd be good at and then, you've got something you can look for. So, who do they know? Does anyone know anyone in the IT industry? Who do know that works at Google? Your auntie, your brother, so ask all your relatives, send out emails to all of your friends. And the other way you can do it, which is something I really like, is if you're talking about an IT organisation, you start going along to functions that IT people go to, and you start looking for people who work in the organisation that you've targeted, that you want to join in and you say very up-front: "How do I get a job in your organisation? I've loved it forever." "Who are people that would hire a person with my skills and attributes in your organisation?" "How do I approach them? Where do they go to?" So try and meet the people out of the work environment. It's not devious, it's not being sneaky, it's just being clever. That's what networking's about: using that leverage, other people's knowledge and other people's contacts to help you get what you want, and it's not a bad thing. I don't mind when people ring me up and say "This is what I'm looking for. Do you know anyone who's can help?" It's not a big deal to help people who are asking, it doesn't take long these days to click on a mouse and forward a CV, or forward a contact or ring someone up and say, you know, "Paul Tyrrell, he's going to call you, can you please look after him?"
Why a career is important
LinkMe: So, Geoff, why is a career important? Geoff: Because it keeps recruiters in work, every time you change your job, the recruiters... No, sorry, I'll get serious. Now I think, a career, I have always had a view ever since Andrew [Banks] and I worked together that career is a critically important thing in people's lives, so I've always felt as a recruiter that we do things in the community that can help people better their lives. So, I know sounds a bit corny, but, I see our soldiers as equally important as a doctor that looks after someone's health; we look after someone's corporate health and their own personal well being and satisfaction. If someone's got a good career, and they're excited by it, they're motivated by it, they feel like they're growing, they really feel good in life. And in their, what I call a 'life cycle driver', if career is the middle of the circle, it affects your health, it affects where you live, it affects the sort of car you drive, it affects the sort of holidays you go on, it affects how you manage and help your family, it affects everything that you do in life. So, it's a key component. It's 5 days out of 7 that you're at work, so it's a critical part of your life and all the people who are there, are usually, are most of them, your best friends. So, it's a core part of what you do. So you need to make sure that you love what you do, you're motivated everyday when you get out bed and you want go to that place of work, and you feel like keep growing in that environment. Because that's what builds your self esteem and we all want to feel good about ourselves in life, we want to look in that mirror, and look at that person, looking back at you, and think 'I'm proud of you; you're doing a really good job' and if you don't feel like that everyday, you need to be looking to do something else because you deserve to have a job like that.
What a good resume looks like
Well, the number one mistake everybody makes is they put too much information in their Resume. And 99% of employers and recruiters never finish reading most resumes because they're too long. So, it needs to be concise, factual and hard hitting. A resume needs to tell me, the employer or the recruiter, why I should interview this person and why I'm keen to hire them. So it needs to target itself to me and the job that you're applying for and particularly the organisation you're looking to join. So, it needs to have those key little points in it that make me want to buy. So if I'm motivated by an organisation that's got a big vision, an open plan, and IT, then I need to see in that resume, someone who's happy to work in a team environment, I need to see someone who really passionately loves IT, not just at work, but in other parts of their life. So I need to see buying signals. And the other real key thing I need is a set of dot-points giving me what your strengths are, and what other people have said about things you've achieved in your work life, OK. Testimonials are really important. And I know that you could write whatever you want, but a good employer or recruiter will ring up and check those testimonials. So, just the key things about who you are, what your strengths are and what you're looking for in life. Honesty is an incredibly powerful tool when you're looking for work and you should use it.
Interview tips #1
What impresses me, is when I'm talking to somebody who I can really feel has researched my business, my organisation. So, gone online and done any searches they can for any articles, so they actually understand my business, they know the sort of business I'm in, and they know something about me. So I think that tells me they're interested. Someone coming and just saying "Well, I'm looking for a job as a recruitment consultant." ... well, they can get a job in hundreds of companies as a recruitment consultant, but why my company? Why me? I think that's a really important thing, to be interested enough to have done the research. Really, really good candidates know things about my business that I don't, which really surprise me. So they weave it into the interview somewhere. So that's the first thing. To know about the organisation you're applying [to]. There's just so much information out there. There's no reason or excuse that you shouldn't be able to find out something about the organisation you're applying for.
Interview tips #2
I think the second thing, that I find is really important, is 'Ok, you're a recruitement consultant, but what are you going to do for me?', 'Why are you different?' and 'What are you going to do for my organisation that other people are not going to do?'. So, think about yourself. Think about your strengths and talk to those things about why you are different, and what you are going to do for me. A lot of people don't realise they've got to have a reason to buy. An employer is the buyer, the candidate (in an interview situation) is the seller; although in very clever organisations they sell themselves to the candidate as well. But 'Why should I buy?' should be another perspective, looking at it from the candidate's point of view.
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How to handle the telephone interview (and reach the face-to-face interview stage)

So you've found an ad for your dream job and submitted a thorough and thoughtful application. What's next?

If your application makes it through the screening round, the process of securing the job is likely to involve a series of interviews, initially on the telephone, followed by a number of in-person, face-to-face meetings. Many people underestimate the importance of the initial telephone conversation: the recruiter's goal is to determine your suitability for the role, so if you don't make a great first impression, you're unlikely to proceed to the next round of interviews.

Most of the time, you'll receive a phone call from the advertiser (this could be a Recruitment Consultant or someone from the company's HR/Recruitment team). There's usually no warning of the call, so be prepared to shift into interview mode quickly. If you happen to miss the call, it is common courtesy to return the call promptly (which is also likely to help your application).

While the phone interview is relatively informal, this is still an interview. A few points to consider:

1. Be proactive. You could consider contacting the advertiser proactively - either from the details in the advertisement or through your own research into the company. This leaves no doubt about how keen you are about the role. Not all advertisers encourage this approach, particularly for roles which are likely to attract a large volume of applicants. Be prepared to be told to apply online and don't be overly pushy if this is the case.

2. Don't rush. You won't be judged for taking the time to consider the question and answer it properly. Stay calm, composed and think your answers through. If you've reached this stage, it means the recruiter genuinely wants to understand who you are and discover why you're suitable for the role. This means that even if you have a lot to say, the recruiter is unlikely to hang up on you and you don't need to worry that you're wasting their time.

3. Be direct in your answers. Being cagey or not giving the full answer doesn't help your cause. Remember that you are competing with other candidates and will likely to be asked the same questions as they are. Listen carefully for clues about whether your answer is on the right track. For example, if the recruiter needs more detail or is confused about your response, she may try to ask the same question in a different way.

4. Listen. As the saying goes: "You have two ears and one mouth. Listen twice more than you speak."

The conclusion of the call will usually be close when the questions end, and either a description of the role or being asked if you have any questions comes up. Simply enquiring about the next stage or a couple of questions about the role itself (team size, how this position fits into the team, etc.) will also be a good way for the interviewer to determine how keen you are and serve to leave them with a good impression. Both of which are key in hopefully securing your first stage interview.

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Should I have an objective statement on my resume? Are there other ways to make my resume stand out from the crowd?

Replacing the Objective Statement with a Qualifications Profile on your resume

Does your current resume begin with a generic objective statement telling the reader what type of jobs you are looking for? Let me guess that it reads something similar to this:

"I am seeking the opportunity to expand my skills, knowledge and experience in a challenging professional environment. I am honest, reliable, eager to learn and open to tackling a range of tasks. I am a strong and empathetic team player and always complete tasks to a high degree of quality and to deadlines"

If this is how your resume begins, it's time to make changes. In the competitive job environment where hiring managers may receive upwards of 500 applications for a single position, an objective statement is more likely going to lead to your resume being deleted. From a hiring manager's perspective, they are not interested in a non-specific, all-purpose statement that adds no value to the resume and provides them with no reason to want to hire you. You may have the best skills and be the perfect fit for the job however, you may never get this opportunity because your resume has already been deleted.

What is a Qualifications Profile?

A great way to introduce yourself on your resume is by creating a qualifications summary or career summary. Rather than telling the reader you are seeking an opportunity to expand your skills, rather promote what skills you actually can bring to this specific role. A targeted resume including a targeted profile will encourage the reader to continue reading the resume as opposed to pressing the delete button. For example, if you are applying for an IT job that requires programming skills, list you're programming skills within your introductory profile. That way, the reader will straight away be interested to read on as they know that you have skills that are required for this position.

How long should my Qualifications Profile be?

The last thing you want to do is turn your qualifications profile into an essay! Statistically, a hiring manager will only spend between 15 to 20 seconds when initially reading your resume. If they open your resume and see a half page profile they are more likely to be turned off as they won't be bothered to read all this information. A well written profile should be no longer than 2-4 sentences. It needs to be targeted and present value.

Final thought:

When you begin to write your new resume, don't forget the number one rule. Your resume is a marketing document. The more you can showcase your skills and achievements the greater chance you will have of being selected for the interview stage.

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