Re­visit your re­sume

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - WORKSMART -

Prof Man­har Arora

Get­ting an em­ploy­ment is a dream come true for ev­ery fresh grad­u­ate. They all have stud­ied for more than fif­teen-years of their life to en­ter into the pro­fes­sional world.

Some of them do re­alise the tough­ness of the pro­fes­sional world, but most of the fresher's does not have any idea, how com­pet­i­tive it would be out­side the col­lege or univer­sity.

But when they found them­selves in a crit­i­cal po­si­tion while seek­ing for an em­ploy­ment, they do re­alise that they are miss­ing some­thing in them.

The most crit­i­cal thing that to­day's fresher's miss in them is in their re­sume. When­ever there is any re­cruit­ment pro­gram, can­di­dates come with re­sume, and sur­pris­ingly they all look alike.

Come on boys and girls do some­thing dif­fer­ent and present your­self distinc­tively be­fore the re­cruiter. Fol­low­ing are some sug­ges­tions and hints that you may find it ap­pro­pri­ate to im­prove your re­sume.

A first thing starts with re­view­ing your re­sume. Re­view means re­vis­it­ing your re­sume ac­cord­ing to the com­pany and job pro­file.

Sure, you know it by heart. But what would be that caught the eye of this re­cruiter or the HR pro­fes­sional? Is it a spe­cialised ex­pe­ri­ence, unique train­ing or a steady his­tory of ca­reer ad­vance­ment?

Re­visit your re­sume from the point of view of the in­ter­viewer. It may pro­vide in­sight into the com­pany's em­ployee needs - some­thing that would cer­tainly be ad­van­ta­geous to know go­ing in.

Take ad­van­tage of the in­ter­net and visit com­pany's web­site. The In­ter­net served you well in the prepa­ra­tion of per­son­alised cover let­ters tar­geted at the re­cip­i­ents' needs.

Now visit the com­pany web site again and start tak­ing notes. Cor­po­rate of­fi­cers, the lat­est press re­leases and the com­pany's an­nual re­ports. Gather as much in­for­ma­tion as you can on your soon-to-be-em­ployer.

Keep on pre­par­ing your­self about the em­ployer. Study the ma­te­rial, learn or cram it is upto you to de­cide. The more you learn about your call­back com­pany, the bet­ter you're go­ing to feel walking in that door.

Re­mem­ber knowl­edge is power. It will make you more con­fi­dent in your at­ti­tude and your an­swers. You know this stuff. You've stud­ied it! Knowl­edge of com­pany prod­ucts, ser­vices, pro­to­cols and pro­ce­dures shows the in­ter­viewer that you're proac­tive, with an eye for de­tail and an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the power of prepa­ra­tion. In other words, you'll make a pos­i­tive im­pres­sion.

Re­hearse your in­ter­view. How can you re­hearse for some­thing that doesn't have a script? Write one. You know the typ­i­cal ques­tions you'll be asked so write down some of your most in­sight­ful, witty thoughts re­gard­ing the state of your in­dus­try and pro­fes­sion.

This is not a time for false mod­esty, so don't be afraid to high­light your pro­fes­sional strengths and play down your ter­ri­ble typ­ing skills. Re­mem­ber: it's no brag if it's the truth. Ask your spouse, your child or a friend to play the role of in­ter­viewer so you be­come more com­fort­able speak­ing about your­self in front of oth­ers. Again, this is a con­fi­dence builder. The more you prac­tice, the more con­fi­dent you'll be. De­velop your list of ques­tions. Your in­ter­view shouldn't be seen as some type of in­ter­ro­ga­tion. It's a "get­ting to know you" meet­ing, so feel free to ask ques­tions.

How­ever, your first ques­tion shouldn't be "How much do I get paid?" In­stead, ask ques­tions that show you un­der­stand the job and the com­pany's needs. Be quick to pick up on the in­ter­viewer's com­ments and ask rel­e­vant ques­tions.

Dress for success. An in­ter­view is a per­for­mance with peo­ple play­ing dif­fer­ent roles. Your role is a suc­cess­ful job prospect. Play the part. Whether you're fe­male or male, the con­ser­va­tive for­mal dress is the rec­om­mended out­fit for any in­ter­view. If your busi­ness suit needs iron­ing, send it to the dry clean­ers. Prac­tice pos­i­tive vi­su­al­i­sa­tion. Pro­fes­sional peo­ple do it. So do ac­tors, yoga in­struc­tors and new age thinkers who sleep un­der makeshift pyra­mids to ab­sorb that mys­ti­cal en­ergy.

It's called pos­i­tive vi­su­al­i­sa­tion - and it works. It really does. In the days lead­ing up to the in­ter­view, pic­ture your­self sit­ting op­po­site the head of HR. Pic­ture your­self re­laxed, com­fort­able, at the top of your game.

Play that clip over and over in your mind un­til it be­comes so fa­mil­iar, it ac­tu­ally be­comes a part of your self-im­age. It sim­ply can't be stated too of­ten - your con­fi­dence dur­ing an in­ter­view should be ob­vi­ous and gen­uine.

Gather your ma­te­ri­als. The day be­fore the in­ter­view, gather your ma­te­ri­als and place them in a brief­case or at­taché or a folder. If you don't have one, buy one or bor­row one. It's an­other op­por­tu­nity to project that pro­fes­sional im­age you wear so well.

Bring ex­tra copies of your re­sume in a manila en­velop. Bring a pad and pen­cil to take notes. Bring a cal­cu­la­tor (you never know). If you've been asked to pro­vide ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion (school tran­scripts, e.g.) make sure you've got clean copies ready to hand over.

You've done it all. You've pre­pared your­self; you've built your con­fi­dence so you can look the in­ter­viewer straight in the eye. The night be­fore the in­ter­view, go to bed early. Have some warm milk, coco or herbal tea. Re­lax. Set the alarm and sleep com­fort­ably in the knowl­edge that you're as pre­pared as you'll ever be. No, not ev­ery in­ter­view will be a success. You won't get the job ev­ery time - but don't take it per­son­ally.

It's not about you; it's about the needs of the com­pany. How­ever, you can in­crease the chances of success by pre­sent­ing a pro­fes­sional, pre­pared, and con­fi­dent you to the in­ter­viewer. That's how you turn an in­ter­view into a job of­fer.

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