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6 Company Facts to Research Before An Interview

We are sure you’ve been through a number of job interviews in the past, and somehow, you know how to do your homework before the interview – knowing what you are getting into.

Although it’s given that every candidate ought to research about the company they’re applying to before an interview, it’s a little unclear what to look for! Without direction, a candidate might drown in too much data. And the ugliest part about research without direction is that you could end up drowning in irrelevant information – information that won’t help you get the job!

Before we get down to our business for the day, let’s get into the head of the hiring team who will decide your fate as a job applicant. (more…)

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The Perfect Job Description: The One That Hooks Job Seekers

Job seekers today, especially the millennials (millennial here!), are exacting, picky, and choosy. But it seems to lack sense, right? The job market is becoming more and more competitive. Can job seekers really afford to be picky?

Well, it seems so. Job applicants have become more dainty about job posts and job descriptions. This does not mean they don’t want to work, no not at all. It seems that when they are searching for jobs, they are more likely to skip job posts that are not at par with their pre-determined set of standards and requirements that a job must potentially fulfill, and then they’ll just keep looking.

Is it really necessary to give job seekers what they want, after all, it’s them who needs you? Well, to some extent it’s true they need you, but you have to face the fact that you need them, too. What if the best possible candidate for your vacancy saw your job post but lost interest because the job post lacks the information he needs. In other words, your job description sucks.

Truth be told, 99% of job descriptions you can find online are painfully long and boring – that’s bad news. But that’s good news, too! It means there is enough room to stand out (at least in terms of job descriptions), and hook any job seeker who gets to see your job posts.

So, how exactly do you do that? Take a look at this excellent examples from LinkedIn, and then we’ll break them down to the fundamentals, and see if we can come up with basic principles or guidelines for writing job descriptions. (more…)

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How Can Social Media Help You Land a Job?

In case you missed it, social media has become a key player in the job search process today. In the same way that Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ allow job seekers to know more about companies, the also allow employers to get a glimpse of who you are outside the confines of a résumé, a cover letter, or an interview.

So, how do you use these social media channels to your advantage? Let’s find out.

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Is the Resume Objective Statement Obsolete?

Is the Resume Objective Statement Obsolete?

In the old days, the most typical and ubiquitous format of resumes looks like this:

  • Contact information
  • An objective statement
  • A listing of prior jobs
  • Candidate’s education

It begins with a now obsolete objective statement with the underlying message saying, “Here’s what I’m looking for. If this is what you offer, give me a call.” These objective statements also serve as the candidate’s wishlist which more or less reads, “Seeking long-term job with excellent benefits, yearly bonus, and promotion potential at stable employer with wonderful work environment.”

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How A Cover Letter Can Cost You Your Job

Cover letters are a blessing and a curse. They can either make or break you. And you probably know how. Well, if you don’t, you better find out.

Cover letters give you room to discuss your qualifications. That is a relief from the crunched bullet point of a resume. With a cover letter, you can put forward your personal brand exactly the way you want.

However, that same freedom and that intimidating blank page to fill, it’s easy to veer off in the wrong direction. Consequently, we end up making cover letters that pretty much cost us our dream job.

You know it helps if you know the usual blunders people commit with their cover letters. Knowing where we could go wrong helps us not to walk down the path towards those shortcomings. So, here are some of the most common mistakes people make when writing cover letters. (more…)

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