TIPS


You should devote time to create a good CV. As it is the first step in the selection process, it is crucial to create a good first impression. It is also a good idea to take a print of your CV and evaluate it meticulously. A few tips listed below can guide you in the process of CV making:


Tailor your CV


Just like a customer, an employer prefers a customized product. Your CV should reflect the skills and values desired in the job. It shows you have given time and thought to find and highlight any congruence your profile might have with the requirements.


Highlight to grab attention


Your CV has only 30-40 seconds to grab prospective employers' attention. Highlighting keywords to boost interest of the employer leads to an extension in the attention span. It might ultimately result in a call for the next round. However, be careful while highlighting, it should not exceed 20 % of the entire CV, else it defeats the purpose.



Check and review


Even if you think your CV is error-free, it is worth asking a friend to read it through. Sometimes the usage of the word is flawed which might not be visible to the creator i.e. you. It creates a bad impression and hence should be avoided at all costs.


Should you change the CV


If your CV is written backwards on pink polka dot paper and it gets you regular interviews, it is a good CV. The bottom line is that if it is producing results do not change it too much but if it is not, keep changing it until it does. If it is not working, ask people to look at it and suggest changes.

You made it. Your application made a great impression and now they want to meet you in person. It is natural to be nervous, but you will find the more prepared you are, the less nervous you will be.


What do you know about our company?


Here the interviewer wants reassurance you've done your homework and have chosen to apply to them for a good reason. Before you go to any interview you need to know the size of the organization, the scope of their range of products or services, the latest developments in the field, their history, goals, and public image have they been in the news lately?


What motivates you?


Here it is important to show you are self-motivated. Think about any challenges you decided to take on, and how rewarding it was to achieve them. It could be that you organized an event and it went well - in that case you were motivated by desire to bring happiness to others and see a job well done.



What are your weaknesses?


This is definitely one that is best to prepare for. Our advice: pick a past weakness and show how you have taken steps to improve on it. An example would be if you are not very strong at presenting. Admit to it, then say you practice at home in front of friends who video your efforts, and now you use the footage to improve.


Where do you see yourself in five years time?


Talk about the kind of career you envision for yourself and the steps you will need to get there, relating this back to the position you are interviewing for.


Do you have any questions?


This often catches people off guard, and can even be asked once you have left the interview room. Be ready with a question that shows your enthusiasm and is specific to the role and/or organization.

So you have made it to the interview stage of the application process but are you ready to show your most positive, employable side? Body language plays a huge role in how we are perceived - not slouching or crossing your arms are the obvious actions to avoid, but what about the less obvious signs? Making these small changes will certainly improve your chances of getting the job you applied for.


1. What are your hands saying?


Playing with your hair or tie, or clutching a bag or glass for longer than needed will make you look tense and nervous. Keep your palms up and open to show honesty and receptiveness and remember a firm handshake is the quickest way to establish rapport.


2. Look like you mean it


Making direct eye contact can be intimidating but the trick is to try and relax and listen. By focusing 100% on what your interviewer is saying you will naturally focus your eyes on theirs while showing interest and alertness.


3. Lean forward to listen


Leaning ever-so slightly forwards signifies you're interested and focused.



4. Go slow


Think before replying to questions and try not to rush through your answers. If you need to take a moment, take it. Pause, think, reply – it is important to be in control rather than letting yourself ramble.


5. Pick a positive role model


What media personalities do you think have particularly good body language? Check out their interviews and see if there's anything you can learn. A winning smile is usually key.


6. Dress for the job you want


Before the interview find out the company's dress code and match it. While over-dressing won't harm your chances of getting the job, under-dressing almost certainly will.


7. Practice


Stand in front of a mirror and practice introducing yourself and answering a simple interview question such as 'How do you see yourself fitting in our company?' You'll instantly realize when you need to increase and decrease your positive body language signals.

You want to make a fantastic impression on your first day. Or at least, not to get too much stuff wrong. Believe it or not, it is possible to thoroughly enjoy the experience, and build on it in the coming days, weeks and months. These tips will help you from that all-important day one.


You are what you wear


This might be just a case of checking what the dress code is, if there is one. You certainly want to be well presented as it will give you a confidence boost and help you impress all the new colleagues you're going to be meeting. You are representing yourself, your team and your new company, so be smart about it.


Get there early


This may sound basic, but work out which train or bus you need to catch, or where you can park. You do not want to be caught offering excuses because you were stuck in a traffic jam. Plan this part, and you will have one less thing to think about on the day.



Be confident


The workplace, especially if it is your first, is almost designed to make you nervous. So just remember that everyone will feel the same on their first day doing new things among new people. You're not expected to know it all, so just be friendly and start learning straight away.


Say hello


You will be introduced to people by your manager, but say hello if you meet other people too, whether you are trying to use the coffee machine or you have got lost looking for the kitchen. Keep eye contact, smile and shake their hand. If you have prepared a little intro about yourself, use it to create a good first impression.


Ask questions


The more you ask early on, the better it is. Better still; try to remember most of it. A new job is the best time to question anything you do not understand, and you will look great if you manage to pick a lot of it up.


Social media


Remember to update your title across your own social media platforms and to start following your new company and colleagues, if you are not doing that already. As you meet new people, find them on Twitter or LinkedIn.


Develop some great relationships


Be nice, be friendly, be yourself - but always remember that the best working relationships are based on respect and trust, and respect and trust are based on actions and performance, not just on words. You may not have the contacts, the ability or the experience to do a lot right from the start, but you do not need skills to be willing to help out and work hard.


Enjoy it. Really


Your first day can really be enjoyable if you plan what you can, and show you are keen to learn. No one will expect you to be brilliant right out of the gate, so don't stress about impressing absolutely everyone and remember to have fun.

It is in the human nature to want more. Keeping a level head while also ambitioning to reach the top is a mix that ensures success for you in a company. Here are a few tips on how to be successful in a company


Remember organizational values


There are many sources to get knowledge about the values of the organization. As an employee, you are expected to portray these values. While attaining the end results is important the means to do so are equally essential. And being the ambassador for the company, it will do well to you to remember and put these values in to practice.


Plan your professional journey


Employees tend to get too busy in the work they do to spare time for introspection and working towards long term goals. You can create short term and long term goals with achievable milestones for your own professional development. It also helps to have a role model inside the organization to emulate. You can keep track of how careers pan out in the organization and align yourself accordingly.



Develop a professional network


The sure shot way to become obsolete is to keep to oneself. Successful employees across organizations are cooperative, proactive and often work beyond their roles and teams. They also continuously update themselves on what is new in their field of operations and are externally focused.