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Job Interview Preparation (Cheat Sheet)

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Job Interview Preparation

I believe the saying “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is very appropriate when it comes to job interview success. Having said this, sometimes we just don’t have enough time to prepare for job interviews. Job interviews can be set at short notice or a busy schedule limits time.

Stuck for time, then here is some good advice. I believe it’s possible to predict many of the questions you’ll face at a traditional interview. They’ll fall into three categories – CV questions, common questions and job spec questions.

CV Questions – It’s important to review your CV – dates of employment, reason for moving jobs and key achievements/highlights. Here are some of the popular CV based questions.

Talk me through your CV?
Tell me about “x” role?
Why are you leaving current role? (Why did you leave your last role?)
What have you been doing since you left your last role? (If relevant)
Tell me about your qualifications and training?
What do you do outside of work?

Common Questions – These interview questions come up over and over again. People often call them “difficult interview questions”.

Why do you want this job? / Why do you want to work for our company?
Why should we hire you?
What you know about our company?
Do you have any questions?
What are your strengths/weakness?
What are your salary expectations?
What are your career goals?

Job Spec Questions – Prepare to be questioned about any point highlighted on the job specification. You should be very familiar with the job spec prior to interview. You should address each point on the job spec and sift up relevant examples, achievements and experience. Knowing the job spec will help you focus during interview. Sifting up examples/achievements will minimise the amount of thinking you’ll have to do during interview.

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JOB HUNTING TIPS

Monday, December 17th, 2012

JOB HUNTING TIPS

1. Set daily job search activity targets

These targets will help increase your motivation and help provide more direction. Invest more of your time on proactive job search strategies. You should spend at least 60% of your time networking and targeting companies speculatively.

2. Write a strong CV

A strong CV makes a significant difference, especially when you’re targeting highly competitive advertised jobs. You must excite the reader!! Identify and insert key achievements into your CV content. Tailor your CV content for specific roles. Get a killer CV with Professional CV Writing Service.

3. Become more active on Linkedin

You must create an impactful Linkedin profile. Then invest time into driving viewers to your profile. It is important to customise your Linkedin profile URL. Add this link to your email signature, business cards, CV, cover letter and Twitter profile. Connect with more people, engage more in Linkedin groups and post regular Linkedin status updates.

4. Become the king of networking

Networking is the key to successful job search. You must target worm leads, including friends, old work colleagues and family. You must target cold leads, by attending events and meeting new people. Remember, connecting with people isn’t enough. You must work hard to stay on the radar through subtle reminders.

5. Embrace riskier job search strategies

It’s important to record and review your job search activity. If your job search strategies are working, then stick with them. If your job search strategies aren’t working, then change them. Start taking a few risks and inject more creativity into your job applications. Need inspiration? You’ll find many amazing examples of creativity online.

6. Learn to sell yourself

Learn to sell yourself effectively. To do this, you must understand your key achievements, the value you can bring to an organisation and your unique selling points. Learn to sell yourself with Interview Coaching.

Recent Job Seeker Survey Findings

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Findajob and iReach Market Research have launched a Quarterly Job Tracker to study emerging trends for employment and jobs in Ireland. The first survey results were released September 2012. There were some interesting findings from the 2,000 responses (adults in Ireland aged 18+ to 65+). I have picked out some of the findings that caught my eye.

CV WRITING – The survey found that 60% of job seekers adapt their CV to their current job search. This means that 40% do nothing to their CV.

NOTE: You must tailor your CV for each job application. This effort will give you the best possible chance to land an interview.

JOB SEARCH - The survey found that 74% of Job Seekers use online recruitment sites, 14% using Newsprint and 5% word-of-mouth.

NOTE: 70% of jobs are not advertised. Failure to use proactive job search strategies will mean failure to access the hidden job market. Spend more time using proactive job search strategies – social media, real world networking and speculative applications.

SOCIAL MEDIA – The survey found that 38% actively build professional contacts through LinkedIn. Of these 50% wanted to establish themselves in a professional light through the network. 50% use it to keep in touch with other professionals and networks. Only 4% of job hunters would consider Linkedin to search for jobs.

NOTE: Social Media tools can enhance your job search. Utilise key tools like Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook. Linkedin is a key tool to support your job search. You must create an impactful Linkedin profile. You must also increase your activity on the site to increase your visibility.

Measurability is a leading Career & Outplacement consultancy. Key services include CV writing, interview preparation, job search coaching, Linkedin training and career coaching.

CV Tips from a Professional CV Writer

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Key sections to include in your CV

1. PERSONAL DETAILS

Your personal details will be located at the top of your CV. You should include your name, address, phone number and email address. Ensure the data is clear and accurate. Double check email addresses and phone numbers. Review your email address and ensure it is professional.

2. PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

A professional summary, when delivered well, can excite the reader. Ideally, you should write four one line bullet points. You should amend your professional summary for each job application. It should communicate how you can add value and your suitability for the role. Deliver more impact by inserting some facts and achievements.

3. EDUCATION & TRAINING

Identify your key education and training. List this information in reverse chronological order, on the first page of your CV. Non-critical training can be listed under the “Additional Information” heading, on the second page of your CV. NB: If you don’t meet the minimum educational requirements, then move this section to the second page of your CV.

4. WORK HISTORY

List work experience in reverse chronological order. Include dates, company name and job title. Use bullet points to list duties and achievements. Deliver the content in short and snappy statements. There are exceptions to the reverse chronological rule, for example, if your most relevant work experience is earlier in your career. A “Relevant Work Experience” section allows you to bring this early career experience onto the first page.

5. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This section captures other information that may add weight to your application – other training, skills and achievements. Locate this section towards the end of the second page of your CV.

6. INTERESTS

Some job seekers question the importance of including this section in a CV. I think you should! Most employers will review this section. It provides you with an opportunity to highlight relevant interests. It provides you with an opportunity to showcase key achievements outside of work.

7. REFERENCES

You can list referees at the end of your CV. Employers generally aren’t too interested in references during the CV sifting stage, so most times it is enough to state “References available on request”.

Linkedin Training Ireland – Useful Video

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Useful Linkedin Video – “How to create an impactful Linkedin Profile (part 2). Follow these simple tips and get more job search results from Linkedin.

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Outplacement Ireland – Measurability in the News

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Measurability has been hitting the headlines recently with particular focus on our Outplacement Services. There have been a range of newspapers seeking our views on the jobs market in Ireland with particular focus on Redundancy. I have commented in the Sunday Business Post and Irish Independent recently with particular focus on Employers and how the can effectively navigate redundancy. Also watch out for my regular Career Doctor posts in the Independent.

Interview, Interviews & Interviewing Tips 2009

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Before we start I would like to wish everyone a happy new year for 2009. There have been limited posts on my Blog during the latter part of 2009 as I have been working on some other websites. You will find some free resources on this sit but very little. On the whole we are about providing a professional career, CV and interview service but unfortunately this means paying!! To counteract this we have a number of sister sites offer free advice particularly around CV & Interview Tips

CV & Interviews – This is a site full of useful Interview Tips, Skills and Techniques. It covers most of the common questions jobseekers need answers to in relation to interviewing. It also contains excellent CV Tips. When you are job hunting in Ireland this resource will be of interest. If you want a paid service read more about our interview preparation service.

Careers & Jobs – This site contains loads of useful information for jobseekers. It keeps you posted on all the latest jobs news in Ireland with useful career related articles in between. HR & Recruitment is a similar site with a slant towards the employer.

Best of luck with the job hunting in 2009

Outplacement Services – support organisations and staff through redundancy

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Redundancy & Outplacement Services
Some companies and employers care for their staff and some don’t. Providing support will benefit no matter what the motives are. Outplacement Services will provide essential support for your employees through redundancy but it can also benefit your company.What are the benefits of Outplacement Services for your company?- Giving support to your staff during a difficult period
- Help reduce emotions such as anger and resentment
- Projects a positive image to customers, investors, employees and future employees
- Improves retention and increase productivity.What are the benefits of Outplacement Services for your staff?

- Help overcome the event and increase confidence and self esteem
- Support the transition into new employment, education or training
- Professional advice, career coaching, CV and interview coaching

If you are facing the possibility of making staff redundant contact us now.

Career & Employment Blogs – Free CV, Interview, HR, Recruitment advice.

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

There is much free information and advice on the internet for jobseekers and employers. Below are the names of a few blogs which are focused on the Irish jobs market

www.careersandjobs.ie – Career advice and information about the job market in Ireland

www.cv4jobs.ie – information about CV’s and interviews

www.hrandrecruitment.ie – Blog for employers on related HR and recruitment topics

www.jobsnews.ie – Jobs and news on the Irish jobs market

www.jobsblog.ie

Redundancy – End of the world or new beginning?

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

The newspapers, television and radio seem to be awash with that dreaded word – redundancy. Everywhere I turn it is doom and gloom and if I believed everything I would be like fairytale character “chicken licken” and be waiting for the sky to fall down. Why is it being covered by the media? Well that’s what we want to read, see and hear.

Yes there are an increasing number of redundancy announcements in Ireland but there are as many job creation announcements. New job announcements don’t sell papers at this present time and they are often by the way comments. “BREAKING NEWS: 400 jobs lost in Dublin as the employment market takes another bashing. Oh and by the way a US multinational will create 3000 jobs in Kildare”. The reality is new job creation is matching and even exceeding job losses. There has always been redundancy in Ireland. Remember when the IT/electronics sector crashed in 2001. Our economy is moving from its manufacturing employment base and there are also shorter product life cycles through factors like increased competition and improvements in technology. You can expect redundancy announcements at a more frequent rate. Gone is a job for life.

There are two points to make on the redundancy topic. Firstly people believe what they read and this affects their outlook and reinforces their beliefs. I met a chap through work recently and the meeting reinforces this point. He was working in a job he didn’t like. He had been made redundant, struggled to find suitable work and therefore took up his current post. He commented that there was no work in the region and he could list five recent redundancy announcements with great conviction. There was no future and everything looked grim and everyone and everything was to blame except him (this is my next point but let me finish this one). As we spoke I opened the local paper I was holding in my hand and I pointed out the new jobs announcement in the next town. This individual had not seen the article. Why? Because he was only looking for the news he wanted to see and the stories that would back up his reality.

The other point is that that people respond differently to redundancy and they have different outcomes after redundancy. Why is this? I have worked with a number of organisations that closed their doors in various locations, trying to get work for those who were let go. I have always been amazed with how different people react. Comments like “I hated that job and thank God I got the push”, “Now I have the opportunity to go traveling” and “I am going to use the few quid to set up my own business” still ring in my mind amid all the doom and gloom. I guess these people are not victims to the event. If redundancy was the determining factor everyone would be miserable but this is not the case. There are those who do not blame the event but instead they take control of what the think and what they to do to get the outcomes that they want.

Yes redundancy is not a nice place to be especially for those with financial and family commitments. There is the fear, anxiety, stress BUT if you blame the event you have no control of your destiny. If you change your responses to the event and take action what seemed like a disaster could turn into a bright new future. So is redundancy the end of the world or the start of new beginnings? – well that is up to you!!

For information about Outplacement & Redundancy Services – contact us now!!