Is Your Resume The Right Format For You?

Have you ever been in a situation where you apply to multiple jobs but never get a call back, even though you have the perfect qualifications for that particular job? It happens to many individuals and the main reason why people are not getting interviews is their resumes. This document provides the employer all the information s/he needs to know about each candidate, based on that s/he will decide which applicants are the best for the company and the particular role. Getting a call back for your dream job wouldn’t be that hard, if you knew the correct aspects to arrange your resume. There are three different types of resume formats, chronological, functional and combination. You should select the one that works for your particular experience and the type of job you are looking for.

Is your resume the right format for you? This article will help you to understand each format and what you need to consider to select the right for you.

  1. Chronological Resume
    A chronological resume enlists your work history, going from the most recent job to the oldest one. This format is perfect for people with stable work history that means working for a company for at least three years and not changing jobs repeatedly. You can also use this format if you want to stay on the same career field, this will allow you to showcase your experience in the area.

    Here is how to structure your resume following this format:
    –  As mentioned before, first enlist your work history in chronological order. Initiate with your most recent job, follow by the ones prior to that one, and just mention your experience from the last ten years. List job titles, name of companies and length on each position including month and year.
         –  Below each job, use action verbs to give a short description of your main responsibilities. It’s also extremely important to mention your most relevant accomplishments and provide the results and impact of the same ones by numbers.
         –  After you finish with your work experience, enlist your educational background. Include name of the establishment, degree(s) earned and year of graduation. The extent of this section will depend on your situation, if you are a recent graduate this will be your main focus and you will need to enlist your accomplishments, honors and awards. But if you are an experienced professional, just the basic information will be fine.

  2. Functional Resume
    The main focus of this format is the skills you have acquired during your work experience that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Decide which areas of expertise you wish to highlight and list the responsibilities and achievements you had on each of them. Utilize this type of arrangement, if you have gaps on your work history or wish to have a career change.

    The structure for this format will be as follows:
         –  The initial part of your resume will depend on your experience. If you are a recent graduate or an individual with entry level experience, you should establish a clear career objective, this will show the employer what you want to achieve professionally. But if you are an experienced professional, mentioning the position you are submitting your resume for will be enough.
         –  After the objective or Position, you will start with the Highlights of Qualifications. Under this you will indicate the most important skills you possess that are related to the position you are applying for, it’s imperative to focus on the company requirements and qualifications.
         –  The next part will be Areas of Expertise, on this section remark all the achievements and contributions you had with past employers. Divide them by specific areas like accounting, office administration, customer service and so on. As mention before, just try to include what will be relevant to the specific role or company you wish to submit your resume.
    –  On the third section you will enlist your professional experience and volunteer work. As the chronological format you will start with the most recent job and go back just ten years. Don’t go over specifics of each work, limit the information to company name, role or roles at the company, city and province/state where the organization is located and the period you were working on each position indicating month and year.
    –  At last you will go over your Education, Training and Certificates. Indicate the name of the course, establishment where you took the course, location of the same and the year you graduated or completed the course.

  3. Combination Resume
    As the name says, this type of resume blends the two previous formats. Include the highlights of qualifications of the functional and the professional experience of the chronological. This arrangement will allow you to feature the skills you have that are relevant to the position and at the same time will give the employers the detail work history that they usually prefer.

When selecting a resume format, based your decision on the type of job you want to get and your experience. Take your time writing your resume and if it’s possible target it to each particular job you are applying for, it will take time and effort but it will increase your chances to get an interview. Regardless the format you select, your resume should always have your contact information, educational background, work experience, achievement and qualifications. It should also be visually appealing, with not grammatical or spelling mistakes. Always be sure just to mention what is relevant to your career and professional goals and when applying for jobs make sure to submit your resume just to the positions you are actually qualified for. Getting interviews depends more on your dedication and commitment to your job hunting process, than the unemployment situation as a lot of people think. There will always be companies hiring and is just in you to give a good first impression and show why you are the best for the role, selecting the right format will allow you to do that and take you closer to that goal.

 

V. Sanchez | DBPC Blog

How to Answer the Most Difficult Interview Questions

In a period where everything seems to be fast-paced, we have to be assertive enough to endure any challenges. Success comes with preparation and consistency. For interviewees, nothing is as intimidating as an employment dialogue. Passing it means possible career and stability. Everybody aims to stand out with their resumes and ace the thought-provoking meet up. Consider the following in order to be able to answer the most difficult interview questions:

Employers are definitely looking for candidates with critical thinking talents. Since this stage is demarcated as an elimination process in hiring, interviewers are set to put you in a hot seat and throw challenging queries. Now that you are given the opportunity to prove yourself, you want to prepare and guarantee a good chance of getting into the organization.

When you are asked with situations that make you divulge a weakness, you are probably into the route of saying you have no mistakes or you are a perfectionist. Obviously, you want to impress.
However, even the person you are talking to knows that it is not the truth. Even when this is counter intuitive, you should be truthful. The questioner does not really care about the faults. Rather, he/she wants to see how you succeeded the circumstances. Was it solved systematically? Did you have methods of tracing the cause of the problem? Were you mindful of any consequences it could possibly have on yourself as a team player and on the establishment?

“Tell me something about yourself.” is an overused inquiry. It’s either you have mastered your answer by simply repeating what is written on your portfolio, or you are suddenly caught off guard because it feels awkward to discuss about yourself. Avoid giving dull and expected answers. Share your greatest personal advantage as well as aspirations. Ambitious individuals are known to be assiduous. In addition, state something personal that will make them remember you. Keep it short though. They do not want to hear what happens in your house.

Mentioning about salary on the initial conference is not advisable. It is better to wait for them to do the offer than giving them the impression that it is your most imperative factor. It is a fact that remuneration matters. Nevertheless, be professional and wait for the right timing. When they ask, do not undersell yourself as this gives them an impression your capacity is tantamount to the pay. Give them a figure in the meridian range or slightly higher. A manager who sees the exceptional skills will not be held up by numbers.

Normally, executives will assess you through topics like value that you have added to your former company. They would also want to know the time-frame you could do the same, or even better to their corporation. Give a detailed account of how you were able to escalate the profitability of operations. Disclose any proposed procedures that was adopted and eventually increased savings. Your evaluator is waiting to hear statistics that you can back up. If you are not sure when you can do it for their firm, inform them of any plans that you have in mind instead. They are not expecting that you can provide positive modifications in a month in case they hire you. However, convince them that you have actual plans and you are definitely worth a try.

Now that you have idea on what happens inside those boardrooms or offices during job discussion, organize your thoughts and be ready to land on your dream job. Don’t forget the basics. Do the STAR method (situation, task, action and result). Research about the position and company. Make proper gestures like handshake and eye contacts. Last but definitely not the least, arrive on time.

Improving Professional Image

Did you know that it takes roughly 30 seconds for another individual to make an assumption about you? Did you also know that 93% of how you’re judged is based on non-verbal cues like appearance, body language, grooming, posture and 7% is influenced by verbal communication and tones? It may come across as shallow but physical appearances do matter. The professional image you present and communicate will give the first impression and if good enough, will often be the last.

The Do’s

  • Dress To Impress
    “Dress the way you want to be addressed”, as stated by Bianca Frazier, is the mantra to keep in mind when getting ready. Most workplaces will have a dress code policy in effect but for safe measure: T-shirts, jeans, flip-flops, excessive makeup, pungent perfumes, revealing, sheer and incorrect sized clothing should be avoided at all costs. The aim is to be as least distracting as possible without compromising personal style and creativity.
  • Be Socially Savvy
    A prerequisite for success in today’s highly-connected and relationship-focused environment is being socially adept. Employees wish to interact with amiable and graceful colleagues. Most individuals prefer to have a productive day, not be bombarded with bickering, badmouthing, complaining and gossiping. Ensure you are making the right impression on your fellow workers and supervisors with your knowledge, optimism, social etiquette, civility and charm. The result of practising these traits will enrich personal and professional effectiveness and self-confidence.

The Don’ts

  • Be Inflexible
    Today’s economy demands that businesses do more with less. Roles and duties are not as defined as they were in the past and have become exchangeable. You may be required to partake in a project that is not listed in your job description. That is perfectly fine, as long as you have the technical and educational competence to do so. No job is too menial to be not taken seriously. Ensure all assignments are submitted on time and are completed with the same dedication as your regular tasks. Management will notice your alacrity and, consequently, take you one step closer to reach the top.
  • Misrepresent
    Trust and integrity are exemplary principles to adopt and apply. Employers want loyal, honest and hardworking individuals on their teams. Your words are as good as you are. Be who you are and do what you say you will. This applies to the credentials, references and experience listed on your résumé. Practice restraint and discretion when on social media, do not slander your employer and expect no one to find out. The potential negative impact of falsifying information on your résumé is not worth the risk of misjudgement.

Your professional image is not solely based on impeccable outer looks, although it is a major component. It reflects and encompasses proper conduct, personable soft skills, face-to-face interactions and integrity to shape your reputation. By following the tips listed above you will lay a solid foundation for success.

 

Tabbassam B. | DBPC Blog

Bullying In the Workplace

Recognizing an office Bully
While bullying in the workplace is a form of aggression, it can also be hidden or unrecognizable. Just like the school yard, work place bullies use the same tools to intimidate and manipulate their employees or co-workers. Bullies usually possess certain traits that can easily be misinterpreted for constructive criticism when in actuality it’s another technique for torment. Distinguish between the two and consecutively ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is this person harassing you?
  2. Do they deliberately overload you with work?
  3. Is this person purposely withholding or giving wrong information that you can’t do your job accurately?
  4. Do they seem to find enjoyment in tormenting you?

If your answers to all these questions are YES, you are more than likely a victim of being bullied at work.

The Psychological Association
Bullies primarily have deep rooted psychological issues related to being in control. In most cases the issue at hand isn’t about you personally or your work performance, but more so the insecurities and anti-social disorder that consumes a bully. This in turn, encourages a childlike mentality, with a predominant antisocial tendency of getting under the skin of others. When your attacker lashes out it is no more a display of incompetence and a lack thereof. This behavior is a defense mechanism to deal with their insecurities and are usually threatened by the employees with better potentials. Although bullies and victims are on the opposite ends of the spectrum, they really are not all that different. It has been statistically proven that most bullies were once on the receiving end of this abuse.

Take Action. How to deal with Workplace Bullying?
Office bullying can be devastating for the affected employees and companies. Most corporations have a zero tolerance policy for workplace bullying. They encourage employees that are being victimized to record all incidents in full detail. It is recommended to provide the name of bully, dates, location, and also any witnesses. This structure will solidify your claim so that it can be properly presented and further investigated. Don’t ignore the fact that you’re being bullied. If you are being treated unfairly in a misappropriate amount than others, don’t hesitate to contact your Human Resources department.

The Follow-up
If the bullying still persists and becomes out of control, try other alternatives and escalate your complaint if necessary. If your manager or supervisor is reluctant in acknowledging the bullying reoccurrences, you have the right to take it further to higher management or a union personnel. In some instances complaints do not resolve in a timely manner as they should or when you expect them to. Do not get discouraged as with time and perseverance your complaint will be taken seriously. If the present evidence still hasn’t taken notice, only then a variety of options may have to be taken into consideration. Seek what’s in your best interest, whether it is relocating or consulting with a lawyer.

It is unacceptable for someone to continue with this behavior. They may have had past victims who were timid to speak up for several reasons. But one compliant can make a difference making it a comfortable environment for you and your colleagues.

 

L. Paul | DBPC Blog

7 Traits of an Effective Recruiter

A great recruiter is more than a “job filler”. Although filling an order is part of the job, recruiters should be able to sell, communicate and negotiate. Our report will outline 7 essential traits that classify an effective recruiter.

Customer Relations
Like every customer oriented job, recruiting requires communication and professionalism. A recruiter should possess outstanding interpersonal capabilities and communicate on various levels. The recruiter has to be confident and charismatic and know what client needs. Many factors will affect the completion of an order and it’s part of the recruiters’ job to demonstrate efficiency and wisdom throughout the process. A recruiter should always be accessible. Clients expect to work with someone who will keep them informed and is available when required. Finding the most qualified and suitable candidate should be paramount to both recruiter and client. The recruiter should ensure the candidate and client are compatible and the work environment and culture of the company is adaptable to the candidate. Obtaining and maintaining, the clients’ loyalty can be challenging, but it is one factor which makes a recruiters job more rewarding. Great listening skills and an open communication channel help foster great relationships.

Finding Qualified Candidates
Finding qualified candidates for a client is not an easy task. There are many steps that will impact this process. Sourcing qualified candidates starts with having an accurate depiction of the clients’ requirements. There should be a clear understanding on what kind of person he/she wants to hire and what the requirements are for the position. One of the most effective ways to have a qualified pool of candidates is through the use of tools such as assessments and interviews. An assessment allows the recruiter to distinguish between candidates that meet all the technical requirements of the position. Through an interview the recruiter becomes acquainted with the candidates’ personality, and his/her familiarity with the position. After the interview the recruiter is better equipped to decide if the candidate will be a good fit for the company. It’s also imperative to know more about the candidates’ personality, education and work experience to make an accurate match, thereby fulfilling the expectations of both parties. With the guidance of an effective recruiter, the candidate will also make the right decision regarding the job.

Sales
A vital aspect of a recruiters job is sales. It is not just about acquiring new clients, it is also selling the job to candidates.

The recruiter must know:
a) The company’s target market
b) The employers specific requirements
c) If the employer is serious about the order
d) If the candidate meets the employers requirements

Often times, recruiters lose their focus and offer services to companies that do not have any need for their service. This mistake can be time consuming and costly. A recruiter needs to know who, why, when, where and how to sell staffing services.

IT Literate
Technology is evolving very rapidly. For the most part, recruiting is conducted on computerized software. This allows recruiters to utilize various tools to connect with prospects, contact candidates and source new clients. Social mediums like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+, allow companies to connect with clients and candidates providing opportunities to increase their network.

Detail Oriented
An effective recruiter pays close attention to details. Recruiters should focus on meeting clients needs. Neglecting or overlooking minute details can harm the process, and negatively affect the relationship with clients or candidates. The recruiter has to complete an order with efficiency and accuracy.

Time Management
A great recruiter should always be aware of and consistently meet deadlines. They must be realistic on the length of time needed to fill a position, and never mislead clients. This will eventually impact future decisions for jobs with the company. Candidates also appreciate knowing the time frame for a position to be filled and to be notified when the position is filled.

Team Oriented
Recruiting requires team work, not just with co-workers but also with clients and candidates. Open communication will allow the recruiter to have a better understanding of what the client is looking for. Often times, clients are not specific with their requirements. It is the recruiters’ responsibility to get to know the client and establish a relationship where they can work together to select the best candidate for the position.

An effective recruiter will know what the candidate needs to improve on and the best candidate to choose for the job. Both candidate and recruiter should work together to ensure the candidate has a professional resume. If the candidate gets an interview, the recruiter should provide all the necessary information to prepare the candidate for the interview. Finally, the recruiter must give moral support to the candidate, as some candidates get nervous during interviews. Team work is essential to complete every aspect of the process.

There are several other traits that could be included in this article, however under our consideration, these 7 traits would make a successful and effective recruiter.

 

T. Bhatti & V. Sanchez | DBPC Blog


 

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