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How To Ace Your Next Interview With These Smart Tips

Quick tips to use immediately in preparation for your next interview.

Today’s post is about interviews. I am going to give you two quick tips to use today to help you prepare for your next interview.

Depending on who you ask, interviews can be either extremely intimidating and a waste of time or they can be a lot of fun and a great way to showcase your personality and your skills.

I used to struggle with interviews, and even now, I was really surprised when I found myself getting nervous during an interview. It happens. I still got the job offer.

Okay, let’s begin.

Tip #1: Write out your answers

So what I found has worked best for me for the past 10 years is preparing in advance for the interview. Instead of trying to come up with answers on the spot, I wrote down my answers ahead of time and practiced saying them. This works very well since we know that most interviews a similar pattern. The very first question is always something along lines of “tell me about yourself.” We also know that other common questions include “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, “What do you know about our company?”, “Why do you want to work here?, “Why should we hire you?”, etc

What’s great about writing down your answers, is that not only can you take the time to think about how to best answer these interview questions, but you can take the time to test out different answers, or different word choices. Maybe you can find a different adjective to describe yourself, that sounds better than your original answer. You can also take advantage of apps like Grammarly to check your word and sentence structure, so you can be confident you are speaking correctly.

Finally, you can also take your notes with you into an interview and refer back to them for guidance, just like how you would use a teleprompter if you were on stage. This way, you don’t have to memorize what your answers are. Instead, you can refer to your notes to help you answer the questions.

Tip #2: Focus on staying positive

What does that even mean? It means that every time you answer a question, you need to focus on answering the question with a good outcome. Even when the question itself is negative, or bad.

A good example is “Tell me about your weaknesses”. How do you answer this question while presenting yourself as a good candidate? I have a different few ideas about to address this. One of the easiest ways is to show what you are currently doing to work on your weaknesses.

One of my go-to answers to this question is “My weakness has been organization. I’ve noticed that I tend to focus on getting my current tasks done accurately and quickly, at the expense of not doing a good job of keeping my work organized when it is finished. The consequence of that is sometimes I need to refer to some older emails, and it takes me extra time to locate these emails. What I’ve been doing to work on this is to create separate folders in Outlook to store all my emails for a project, so when I need to locate emails for an older project, I can search the respective folder.”

Every single one of your answers is an opportunity to further sell the employer why you are the best fit for that job, that team, and that company.

Thank you. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it helps you prepare for your next interview.

 

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By JFY Content Team

How To Optimize Your Resume In 2019

A new year demands a new resume. The first quarter of the year is over and if you are wondering why is your old CV not working its magic, then it’s time you made some long-pending changes to your resume. Resume is your first introduction to a prospective employer or recruiter. A lot of prospective employees get rejected despite having the requisite qualification and experience for their inability to put across their suitability for the job in their resume.

Abhijit Bhaduri in an article on HBR Ascend says that a resume should pass the six second test. According to research, he says, that a recruiter spends an average of six seconds scanning through a resume, which is why the summary at the top of the resume is vital.

An Interesting Summary

The summary on the top of a resume is analogous to the headline on a news item, we read it only if we find the headline interesting. The summary should highlight your most important skills and achievements. To frame a good summary, read the job description carefully, note down words that match your knowledge, skills, and achievements. Make sure that your resume reflects these skills with adequate evidence. To customize your resume, you can also take clues from the company’s website about the job description and the company’s vision.

Keep The Order Right

Another important point to keep in mind while updating your resume is to get the order right, i.e., while listing out your accomplishments and job experience you should mention the relevant ones first. Amy Gallo in an article for HBR Ascend suggests adding an accomplishments section right after your opener (summary).

“After the accomplishments section (if you add it), list your employment history and related experience. See below for exactly what to include. Then add any relevant education. Some people want to put their education up top. That might be appropriate in academia but for a business resume, you should highlight your work experience first and save your degrees and certifications for the end,” she says.

Customize According To The Company

She also suggests skipping the Skills section. She also suggests that if you are applying for an informal company that emphasizes the importance of work-life balance, to include hobbies and interests and if applying to a more formal place to remove anything personal from your resume.

Length Of Your Resume

While the days when a resume had to be only one page are gone, there’s still a limit to how lengthy your resume should be. Ideally, keep the length of your resume to two-three pages. A resume more than three pages shows that you can’t edit.

Align Your LinkedIn Profile

Make sure your LinkedIn profile aligns with your resume. Do not copy paste from your resume but make sure that your LinkedIn profile and your resume represent you in the same way.

 

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By JFY Content Team

TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE TO GET A NEW JOB

Over the past decade, LinkedIn has become the most important social network for business professionals. The website has over 467 million members and is available in over 24 languages in more than 200 countries.

LinkedIn can be used by anyone who is interested in improving their career and expanding their contacts and business connections. Whether you are the CEO of a big company, working for a small a local business or a first year student, LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for new professional opportunities.


Did you know that LinkedIn has 11 million active job listings? And did you know that 97% of all HR professionals use LinkedIn in their recruiting efforts? This and other facts make it an important employment platform. Regarding this subject, we provide you with some tips on how to improve your LinkedIn profile to easily get noticed and hired!

1. Turn on Open Candidates in your career preferences
The Open Candidates
 feature allows job seekers to easily show recruiters that they are open to new career opportunities. To turn it on just go to your profile view, and click on Career interests in the Your Dashboard section. When inside the Career interests page, click on the button next to Let recruiters know you are open section at the top of the page and turn it ON. You should also fill out the rest of your career interests’ page with all the information you can provide about your job preferences. 

2. Write a good summary about you
Ideally the summary should not be longer than 3 to 5 short paragraphs and it should contain yourkey skillswork ambitionsunique qualifications and relevant work experiences
Finish your summary with a phrase related to your main professional interest. Don’t forget to always focus on what type of job you are seeking, don’t be too vague but also try not to be very specific because it can limit your opportunities.

3. Ask for recommendations
Recommendations are very important because they are one of the main things recruiters look atwhen they have found a prospective candidate.  They not only show up in the candidate profile but also on the recommendation writer’s page. 
Similar to your career summary, recommendations should include the main skills andaccomplishments you achieved in a specific activity/job you shared with the person recommending you. You can and should make a draft of what you want the person to talk about.
It also matters who the recommendations are from. Having five specific recommendations from actual clients are worth more than 20 general recommendations from acquaintances, according to the article “What Do Recruiters Think of LinkedIn Recommendations?

4. Check which connections can help you
Connections
 are the main LinkedIn backbone because they give strength to your profile and new opportunities. If you are interested in working with a specific company or companies, check if you have any direct connections who works for that company. That person can help you to find career opportunities. You can also search for relevant new connections who can help you reach yourcareer goals.

5. Be strategic about your endorsed skills
According to LinkedIn, people who list at least five skills receive up to 
17 times more profile views.  A lot of LinkedIn users have many skills that don’t help them stand out. You should reviewthe ones you have, delete the meaningless ones and add the key ones for the job or fields you are seeking.  It’s also important to reorder them so that the most important ones are at the top.  
Your profile also shows you the list of people who have endorsed each skills. This is important but not fundamental for recruiters. You can seek to have some credibility in your skills by asking relevant people to endorse them and also reciprocate endorsements. 

6. Customize your URL
A custom URL makes your profile more appealing and allows you to easily share and send your profile. If you do it, it will drive you to the top of Google search on your name.

To customize your URL you can go to your profile and choose the option on the right that says Edit Pubic Profile and URL. It is possible that an URL with your first and last name is not available. In that case add your middle name or initial or, if you don’t have one, add your main area of expertise.

 

Credit: Joana Correia | Talent Search People UK

By JFY Content Team

13 Things Ridiculously Successful People Do Every Day

Having close access to ultra-successful people can yield some pretty incredible information about who they really are, what makes them tick, and, most importantly, what makes them so successful and productive.

“Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” – Vaibhav Shah

Kevin Kruse is one such person. He recently interviewed over 200 ultra-successful people, including 7 billionaires, 13 Olympians, and a host of accomplished entrepreneurs. One of his most revealing sources of information came from their answers to a simple open-ended question:

“What is your number one secret to productivity?”

In analyzing their responses, Kruse coded the answers to yield some fascinating suggestions. What follows are some of my favorites from Kevin’s findings.

They focus on minutes, not hours. Most people default to hour and half-hour blocks on their calendar; highly successful people know that there are 1,440 minutes in every day and that there is nothing more valuable than time. Money can be lost and made again, but time spent can never be reclaimed. As legendary Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller told Kevin, “To this day, I keep a schedule that is almost minute by minute.” You must master your minutes to master your life.

They focus on only one thing. Ultra-productive people know what their “Most Important Task” is and work on it for one to two hours each morning, without interruptions. What task will have the biggest impact on reaching your goals? What accomplishment will get you promoted at work? That’s what you should dedicate your mornings to every day.

They don’t use to-do lists. Throw away your to-do list; instead schedule everything on your calendar. It turns out that only 41% of items on to-do lists ever get done. All those undone items lead to stress and insomnia because of the Zeigarnik effect, which, in essence, means that uncompleted tasks will stay on your mind until you finish them. Highly productive people put everything on their calendar and then work and live by that calendar.

They beat procrastination with time travel. Your future self can’t be trusted. That’s because we are time inconsistent. We buy veggies today because we think we’ll eat healthy salads all week; then we throw out green rotting mush in the future. Successful people figure out what they can do now to make certain their future selves will do the right thing. Anticipate how you will self-sabotage in the future, and come up with a solution today to defeat your future self.

They make it home for dinner. Kevin first learned this one from Intel’s Andy Grove, who said, “There is always more to be done, more that should be done, always more than can be done.” Highly successful people know what they value in life. Yes, work, but also what else they value. There is no right answer, but for many, these other values include family time, exercise, and giving back. They consciously allocate their 1,440 minutes a day to each area they value (i.e., they put them on their calendar), and then they stick to that schedule.

They use a notebook. Richard Branson has said on more than one occasion that he wouldn’t have been able to build Virgin without a simple notebook, which he takes with him wherever he goes. In one interview, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis said, “Always carry a notebook. Write everything down. . .. That is a million dollar lesson they don’t teach you in business school!” Ultra-productive people free their minds by writing everything down as the thoughts come to them.

They process e-mails only a few times a day. Ultra-productive people don’t “check” their e-mail throughout the day. They don’t respond to each vibration or ding to see who has intruded into their inbox. Instead, like everything else, they schedule time to process their e-mails quickly and efficiently. For some, that’s only once a day; for others, it’s morning, noon, and night.

They avoid meetings at all costs. When Kevin asked Mark Cuban to give his best productivity advice, he quickly responded, “Never take meetings unless someone is writing a check.” Meetings are notorious time killers. They start late, have the wrong people in them, meander around their topics, and run long. You should get out of meetings whenever you can and hold fewer of them yourself. If you do run a meeting, keep it short and to the point.

They say “no” to almost everything. Billionaire Warren Buffet once said, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” And James Altucher colorfully gave Kevin this tip: “If something is not a ‘Hell Yeah!’ then it’s a no.” Remember, you only have 1,440 minutes in a day. Don’t give them away easily.

They follow the 80/20 rule. Known as the Pareto Principle, in most cases, 80% of results come from only 20% of activities. Ultra-productive people know which activities drive the greatest results. Focus on those and ignore the rest.

They delegate almost everything. Ultra-productive people don’t ask, “How can I do this task?” Instead, they ask, “How can this task get done?” They take the out of it as much as possible. Ultra-productive people don’t have control issues, and they are not micro-managers. In many cases, good enough is, well, good enough.

They touch things only once. How many times have you opened a piece of regular mail—a bill perhaps—and then put it down, only to deal with it again later? How often do you read an e-mail and then close it and leave it in your inbox to deal with later? Highly successful people try to “touch it once.” If it takes less than five or ten minutes—whatever it is—they deal with it right then and there. It reduces stress, since it won’t be in the back of their minds, and it is more efficient, since they won’t have to re-read or re-evaluate the item again in the future.

They practice a consistent morning routine. Kevin’s single greatest surprise while interviewing over 200 highly successful people was how many of them wanted to share their morning ritual with him. While he heard about a wide variety of habits, most nurtured their bodies in the morning with water, a healthy breakfast, and light exercise, and they nurtured their minds with meditation or prayer, inspirational reading, or journaling.

Bringing It All Together

You might not be an entrepreneur, an Olympian, or a billionaire (or even want to be), but their secrets just might help you to get more done in less time and assist you to stop feeling so overworked and overwhelmed.

 

Credit: Dr. Travis Bradberry

 

By JFY Content Team

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out, According to HR Executives

Applying for your dream job can be stressful. And while candidates have the advantage in today’s competitive job market, it’s still hard to land coveted positions. So how do you make your resume stand out among hundreds of applicants?

Hiring managers don’t have a ton of time to thoroughly look over each resume, which means you have to be judicious about what to include. From choosing the right font to deciding whether or not to include that internship, creating a resume in 2019 isn’t easy.

Beyond the basics, a resume should be the space to communicate your story, says Julie Kim, a Senior Recruiter at Jun Group, an advertising agency based in New York City. Your resume should reflect more than just what you did. A good resume includes specifics on what you’ve actually accomplished throughout your career, says Traci Schweikert, Vice President of Human Resources at POLITICO.

If you’re looking to make your resume stand out, consider these six tips from HR executives.

Customize your resume for your industry

People are often encouraged to include personality in their resume, but unless they are applying for a job in a creative industry, they may want to rethink that strategy. “A lot of pictures and fonts and colors and a whole lot of personality just doesn’t align with the jobs we have here,” says Schweikert, whose team recruits for positions in sales, product and marketing. “If I was in an organization that, for example, was in web design, then I would want to see those design elements in a resume.”

Kim agrees that resume layout is wholly dependent on the position you are applying for. “If you are applying for a designer role, I want to see something creative there. If you’re applying for a finance role, I want to see numbers,” she says.

Include keywords from the original job posting

One of the best ways to make your resume stand out is to use the job posting as a guide. Schweikert says that she often tells people that is the first place they should look when revamping their resume.

“We’ve written the job description with certain words,” Schweikert says. “And when we see a resume with those words on it, those are the resumes that instantly get our attention.”

Some companies actually conduct keyword searches when sorting through resumes, Schweikert adds, which means those terms are even more important to include if you want to secure an interview. It may sound tedious, but taking the time to customize your resume for each individual job you apply to is a surefire tactic to stand out among the pack of applicants, she says.

Be clean and concise

It can be difficult to view your resume from a hiring manager‘s perspective — but one thing many employers agree on is that simplicity goes a long way.

For starters, you never know exactly how a hiring manager will be reading your resume; they may pull it up on their phone, or go through an applicant tracking system. Schweikert suggests sticking to clean and simple resumes, since they are legible across all platforms. Hyperlinking to your portfolio or LinkedIn profile instead of including that information elsewhere on your resume is also an easy way to preserve space, she says.

Format and font are important, too. Kim says that she likes to see all titles in bold, because they catch her eye. And again, unless you are applying for a creative position, stick to a monochromatic color palette.

When applicable, consider using numbers to back up your success. “I love seeing numbers,” Kim adds. “I am personally a big number person and it can stack up your experience better than two paragraphs explaining what you do.”

Write a pithy objective

Whether you’re switching careers or feel slightly underqualified for the job you are applying for, Kim suggests including an objective at the top of your resume. This will help hiring managers understand the thought process behind your decision to change industries or why you are applying for the job. She says you can fill the gaps in between your experience by detailing the inspiration and motivation behind your move.

This objective statement should be limited to two or three sentences explaining what you are trying to accomplish and what you can contribute, Kim says.

And don’t be discouraged by the job description: Schweikert notes that it is written for the perfect candidate — and hiring managers know that — so they likely expect that you won’t fit each bullet point on a posting. There’s also a relatively simple way to determine if you’re right for the role. “Most job descriptions are written [from] most important criteria to least important criteria,” Schweikert says. “So if you’ve got a lot of the first couple of bullets of the job posting, you are probably in a pretty good place.”

Research the company’s culture

Take the time to go beyond the job description and do your research on the company. Schweikert suggests simply going on the company’s career website to see what their values are. In addition to including your professional experience on your resume, think about including information relevant to that company’s culture.

For example, if you see that a company participates in a significant amount of charitable work and you have volunteer experience, consider adding that to your resume, Schweikert says. And even if the company doesn’t mention anything about volunteering, you may want to include it anyway — about 80% of “hiring influencers” (employees who have the ability to influence the hiring process), indicated that they believe there is a relationship between volunteering and leadership ability, according to a 2016 Deloitte survey.

Reach out to your network

Arranging informational interviews with people you are connected to can also help your resume stand out, according to Schweikert. Most applications are submitted online, and the volume of resumes that hiring managers must sift through can be overwhelming at times — so establishing a personal connection can help you get noticed, she says. Plus, if you are invited in for an official interview, you can bring up what you discussed at the informational one. “You can say, ‘hey I did a lot of research on the organization and met with Susie Q and they shared this with me,’” Schweikert says.

After your informational interview, you can reach out to that contact and ask that they glance over your resume, making sure to pose as many specific questions as possible about how you should tailor your resume to the company or specific role, Schweikert adds. For example, if you are struggling to decide whether to include your college activities on your resume, reaching out to your connection for advice can provide invaluable insight on whether that might be important to that company.

Kim also encourages informational interviews, as they are a great opportunity to learn more about an industry, company or specific role. There is also significant value in having someone else look over your resume. “A second pair of eyes can bring a lot of fresh perspective,” she says.

 

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By JFY Content Team

3 Questions You Should Never Ask at The End of An Interview

 

So, you have just spent the last 45 minutes answering countless questions about yourself and why you’re the perfect candidate for the role. As they utter “do you have any questions?”, you breathe a sigh of relief, as this is a good indication that the interview is almost over. Hold that thought – this is not the case.

Asking questions is just as important as the interview itself – done right, it’s a great way of showing your individuality and acts as a differentiator between you and other candidates. Clients will often asses the type of questions you ask as a good measure of the depth of research you have done, your commerciality and strategic thinking. Understand what makes the company different to others in their space, USPs, latest news press or acquisitions, accolades and values! Research until you find something you are genuinely passionate about as this will translate with more credibility and align yourself with their values or mission. An interview is not an interrogation, it’s a two-way conversation and in this market, you are looking for a demonstration that the business is a good fit for you, just as they are vice versa.

Before we dive into the best questions to ask to really impress your interviewer, below are some of the deadliest questions to avoid at all costs.

#1 ALWAYS ask something!

No matter how bad you think the interview went or how much you want to run a mile without looking back, asking an insightful question will always convey your hunger for the role. ‘I don’t have any questions’ is the worst possible response to have. As much as first impressions are crucial, final impressions really do count too. It’s important that you prepare some thought-out questions to show you have done your homework and are totally engaged in the company and the role.

#2 Money should never be in your interview vocabulary

Although you may be asked about your salary expectations during the interview, NEVER ask ‘how much will I be getting paid?’. Not only does it convey that you care more about how much is going into your bank account each month rather than driving company success, you may be jumping the gun. A salary can then be negotiated, dependant on your previous experience and skills – but wait until the offer comes, or at the very least, your salary expectations are asked.

#3 When can I take a holiday?

Asking for personal requests before you have even stepped through the door is treading on thin ice. Vacations, annual leave or sick pay should be avoided, (unless of course, you have a medical requirement that the client would need to know of).

Asking such questions shows a sluggish attitude and lack of commitment to the role, something no hiring manager wants to see.

Now you know what not to ask, here are some of the best questions to ask which will really impress your hiring manager.

#1 ‘Is there anything you would like me to elaborate on?’

This is a great opportunity for the interviewer to touch on anything that may have been unclear or briefly mentioned. Any reservations can be rectified, increasing the chances of getting to the next stage and putting you back in the running for your dream job!

#2 ‘What do you like most about working for this company?’

Like most people, everyone loves talking about themselves. So, when this question is brought up, you most definitely will see a smile seep across the interviewer’s face! It opens a dialogue on a more personal level – they know everything about you, so here is your chance to get to know everything about them, especially if they are potentially your future boss.

#3 ‘What are the biggest opportunities facing the company currently?’

This question is a good indication to the interviewer that you are driven and focused on becoming a valued asset to the company and you’re ready to take on opportunities from the get-go. It allows you to visualise how ambitious the company is and where it sets its sights on over the next coming months/years. It may be wise to offer up any insights you found in your research to show you have done your due diligence and are intrigued to find out more.

Finding and preparing questions to ask your interviewer is just as important as prepping for the interview itself, therefore I would recommend preparing 2-3 questions beforehand (just in case anything you may have wanted to ask has already been covered).

Overall, it’s just as important to finish strong as well as excelling the main part of the interview. Every company you apply to will work differently, so make sure you tailor your questions to fit the company perfectly. This concluding piece can really stoop some people. Close strong. Strut out of there knowing you nailed it and left a lasting impression!

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By JFY Content Team

7 signs you’ve outgrown your job

We all have bad days at work. Sometimes, it’s more like a bad month or even a bad year.

But how do you know if it’s just a temporary work rut or a sign you’ve outgrown your job and it’s time to move on?

1. There’s no room for growth

It’s hard to stay motivated and productive when you feel like you’ve hit the top of the career ladder.
In the early stage of your career, aim to get a promotion approximately every two to three years, said career coach Dana Mayer. At mid-career level, promotions tend to slow down to around every three to five years.
“If not, you’re getting left behind,” she said.

2. You don’t feel satisfied

If you don’t feel any attachment or pride in your work, it can be difficult to stay motivated.
“When you feel like you are contributing to your company and making an impact … that is one of the main reasons people love working at a company,” said Sarah Stoddard, community expert at job review site Glassdoor.

3. You aren’t getting new opportunities to learn

A big part of career fulfillment is learning new skills and tackling new challenges.
“You need to be actively managing your own career, no one else will do that for you,” said Mayer.
Don’t be shy about raising your hand to take on added responsibilities or get more training and education to expand your role.
“If you have a lot of ideas, find another outlet for them at the current company, first look at something you aren’t doing in your current organization to scratch one of those itches,” said Matt Youngquist, founder of career coaching firm Career Horizons.

4. You don’t align with the company core values

Believing in the mission and values of a company is an important part of workplace motivation.
“If you can’t really get behind the mission or you’re not relating to the people you are working with, or you are constantly disagreeing with how senior leadership is running the company, it might not be a great fit for you,” said Stoddard.

5. Your salary hasn’t budged

If you’ve been working hard, putting in extra hours and taking on projects, but haven’t seen a meaningful increase in your pay for a few years, it might be time to look for another job.
Track the current market value for your skills, experience, and location to make sure your compensation is where it should be.
“By understanding your market worth, you can determine what a fair salary bump could look like for what you bring to the table at work. For instance, for some industries, a 2% to 3% yearly salary increase may be the status quo, while others may average closer to 5% to 10%,” said Stoddard.
The jobs with the fastest pay growth this year saw increases typically ranging from about a 4% to 10%, according to Glassdoor.

6. You become a work daydreamer

We should all have big career goals and dreams, but spending a lot of time fantasizing about “what-ifs” like what it would be like if you were the boss or switched careers, could be a sign you are ready to find a new role.
Spending your days at work doing non-work related activities like playing video games or having long conversations with colleagues can also be a red flag that you need a new challenge.

7. You watch the clock

Sure, being stuck in a meeting right before lunch might have you glancing at your watch, but you shouldn’t be counting down the minutes until it’s time to go home every day.
“The most reliable sign of whether someone is engaged in something is the passage of time,” said Youngquist.

By JFY Content Team

The consequences of lying on your CV

It can seem almost acceptable to exaggerate, stretch the truth or tell lies on a CV and think that you can get away…

However, new research demonstrates that HR professionals are becoming wise to the techniques being used by some job applicants to ensure that they secure themselves an interview for that dream job.

Here, we look at the outcomes for those who get caught lying on their CV in order to get a job and we ask why some people might think that this is an acceptable way to behave in the current market and economic conditions.

There can be many reasons why people choose not to tell the whole truth on a CV. Lots of untruths revolve mainly around qualifications and career history. While you might think that qualifications are something that are quite difficult to lie about without getting caught, a lot of employers will not insist on seeing certificates or proof of qualifications.

They will look at these, together with work history and references and if you have told a ‘little white lie’ about your degree classification or the grades you achieved in your A Levels, then these may never be discovered. However, according to the research conducted by NGA Human Resources, in situations where qualifications were found to have been exaggerated or were simply untrue, these were the areas where candidates stood the most chance of being removed from the recruitment process.

Another area where people are likely to be less than truthful is on their work history. This can be a vital part of the selection process, but if you have had gaps in your employment history, then it might be tempting to try and ‘fill them’ with roles that just didn’t exist. If candidates choose to do this, then in order to avoid being caught, they would need to include experience that would be difficult to verify, such as periods of working abroad or working for companies that no longer exist.

Again, according to the research, this was one of the areas where recruiters were most likely to spot that candidates were not being truthful, but one of the least likely reasons for candidates being removed from the recruitment process.

So what happens if you lie on your CV and you get caught? According to the research, over half of the recruiters who were surveyed said that they had previously eliminated candidates from the recruitment process who were found to have lied on their CV.

The most common area to spot where someone hadn’t told the truth was in relation to their skills, while candidates who had lied about qualifications stood the highest chance of being removed from the recruitment process.

While HR departments need to be very thorough with their checking during the recruitment process, for candidates, the message is that if you lie on your CV, you are very likely to be caught out, either during the process or once you have secured a position. The potential consequences mean that it is just not worth it.

Credit: Recruiting Times

By JFY Content Team

Staying ahead in the modern workplace

Keeping your skills current and flexible is crucial to secure a good role and be successful

In an ever-changing business climate, keeping your skills current and flexible is crucial to secure a good role and be successful.

Core skills such as marketing, financials, project management, leadership, problem-solving and so on are no longer enough – a blend of additional soft skills are crucial to navigating the current business landscape.

A good communicator

The umbrella of communication covers a wide range of skills. Effective communication goes further than the verbal, non-verbal and written categories. Skills in listening, empathy, respect, friendliness and clarity are expected skills. But in any industry, employees are expected to engage with people from all backgrounds, ages, and cultures, and being able to connect with as wide a variety of people as possible is a valuable skill. Being able to adapt your communications skills to suit your customers, co-workers and in some cases, your location will widen opportunities to work within different cultures. Cultural competence is often overlooked as a key leadership skill. Developing it relies on the observation of customs and etiquette in order to do business with confidence.

Data analysis

A key skill that has expanded in recent years is the ability to analyse data. Once confined to the IT sector, these skills are now applied to sales, marketing and human resources, or any area of business that produces data. Data analysis doesn’t just help target customers, but can also be used to identify strengths to build on and weaknesses to address, to make the business stronger. If you’re looking to develop skills in data analytics, it’s advisable to enroll on a good course to get started. There are also good resources around the web to help build on this valuable skill.

The drive to keep evolving your skills

Don’t be a dinosaur. The willingness to learn and reinvent yourself is a skill in itself. Broaden your horizons, update your existing skill sets, and don’t be afraid of change. Employers are more likely to take on candidates with a flexible attitude and an appetite for developing new skills. Whatever stage you are at in your career, whether you’re just starting out or nearing retirement, the ability to adapt will help you keep pace.

It’s important to keep your skills fresh and relevant not just to the industry you’re working in, but to the general social climate, too. Whether these skills come naturally or not, don’t be afraid to do research, attend courses and gain experience. Make sure you detail them on your C.V. to market yourself when you’re applying for a new role.

 

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12 Buzzwords to Say in Your Next Interview

Slipping in a buzzword or 10 during the interview process can be key.

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A job interview shouldn’t come down to the words you use — you think. But, slipping in a buzzword or 10 during the interview process can be key. As career coach Hallie Crawford explains, “In a job interview, hiring managers are alert to certain words and phrases that convey knowledge of the position, confidence and that a person would be a good fit for the company.” And without them, you could be looked over.

So, what are those words you should always use? Here, our experts say, are 12.

Buzzword No. 1: We

“We” isn’t a buzzword per se, but it’s imperative to drop once — if not a dozen times — during an interview. Why? “Using the word ‘we’ shows that you are already thinking you are part of the team and explaining how you will collectively gain more sales, reach more clients and more,” explains millennial career expert Jill Jacinto.

Buzzword No. 2: Flexible

As in, you are flexible — and not in a yoga junkie kind of way. Crawford says that being flexible — whether with your time or your responsibilities — will show a hiring manager that you’d be easy to work with. “Of course, you don’t want to lie if there are some issues you wouldn’t negotiate on,” Crawford advises, “but stressing your flexibility shows the hiring manager that you’d [be a fit in the team].”

Buzzword No. 3: Leader

You can and should be a leader — even if you’re not applying for a boss position. “Every interviewer wants to hear about a time a candidate took charge and owned a project or led a team,” Jacinto says. “No matter what job you are applying for, this skill — and this buzzword — need to be expressed.” How to fit it in, you ask, without sounding like bragging? Something like, “I’ve enjoyed leading a team of …” will do the trick, or try out, “I’ve been a leader in many ways. For example …”

Buzzword No. 4: Plan

You don’t want to have so much figured out you can’t hear what the hiring manager has to say. But, you’ll become a much more attractive candidate if you are able to say that you have a basic plan prepared for the position. “After researching the company and position, prepare a basic 30-, 60- and 90-day plan for if you were to be hired,” says Crawford, with actionable steps you could take in those time frames. “This will show the employer what you are made of and how you would operate.”

Buzzword No. 5: Initiative

According to Jacinto, “Every single hiring manager is looking for a self-starter — no matter what a job description might say.” Why is that? Because Jacinto explains, “this is the strongest skill anyone can bring to the table.” So, here’s how to show off this skill in an interview: “Explain how you took the initiative on certain projects,” Jacinto advises. “It’s essential to winning this crowd of people over.”

Buzzword No. 6: Opportunity

As in, you would love the opportunity to work for this company. “If you really want the position, let the hiring manager know,” instructs Crawford. Of course, you can show you’re excited about the job opening in other ways — through gestures, body language and facial expressions — but at the end of the interview, you should actually say how you’re feeling. “Wait until toward the end — once you have all the details about the job and you are really sure you want the position,” Crawford says. And, “make sure that you can elaborate on details as to why you want the job.”

Buzzword No. 7: Measurable results

It’s all well and good to say that you were, for example, a successful salesperson. But, you should be able to prove your superstar skills with numbers or other measurable results. “The hiring manager wants to hear what you accomplished, and numbers certainly help tell that story,” says Jacinto. And it’s not enough to say you accomplished a lot. “Make sure to describe your responsibilities but always include how you measured the results and what they were,” she says.

Buzzword No. 8: Success

Of course, you should talk about your own successes. But, you should also ask what kind of employee will enjoy success in the role for which you’re applying, says Crawford. “Preparing a few well-thought-out questions for the manager shows him or her that you also want to make sure that the job would be a good fit for you,” Crawford says, “and you’re interested in the company and engaged in the process.”

Buzzword No. 9: Mission statement

Most companies have a mission statement. So, read up on the company’s mission statement before your interview and pay attention to what you see, instructs Jacinto. You can bring up the mission statement directly, showing that you have done your research, or pull key words from the description to drop into the interview conversation. “You’ll start to see words and phrases like ‘team’ or ‘innovate’ that you should make a note to include,” Jacinto explains, adding that “companies spend hours designing these statements and frequently refer to them.”

Buzzword No. 10: Like

You want this position — and to work for this company — because you like it. So, don’t be afraid to admit you have a crush, encourages Crawford. For example, you might want to gush that you “really like XYZ” about the company, she says. And if you need some inspiration to get the gush-fest started, “read about the company online in articles,” Crawford advises. “Learn about their values, mission, and any recent big news, so you know not just about the position but about the company as well. Bring these items up during the interview to show you’re knowledgeable.”

Buzzword No. 11: Story

Everyone likes a good story, including your prospective employer. So wow him or her by saying, “Let me highlight this strength with a story,” Crawford advises. “Make sure you can explain your strengths clearly and have several stories with a good outcome that illustrates your strength. Prepare stories about challenges you have faced and overcome, problems you’ve solved and clients you have made happy with your work.” And keep ’em quick. “Short stories highlight why you can do their job and go further than just telling them,” Crawford says.

Buzzword No. 12: Thank you

The essential words you have to say in any interview? Thank you. “You always want to leave the interview on a positive note,” explains Crawford, “and showing your appreciation is a great way to do so.” So, say thank you, and “try to articulate a couple things you appreciated about the manager during the interview.”

(By Jillian Kramer)

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