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20 Great Tips on How To Nail Your First Job Interview in 2016

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1. 10 seconds to sell or say so long

Unless your resume catches the interviewer’s eye in 10 seconds it’s over, you’re done. So the big question is how do I catch the interviewer’s eye? Here comes the best advice on how to get a best job interview you’ll ever get. Cater your resume to the best job description! I can’t stress this point enough. It’s imperative that you cater your resume to each position you apply for. And I mean taking each line on the best job description and writing a line on your resume to reflect your experience with regard to that line.

Yes, it takes more time than sending the same resume to 100′s of best jobs, but you’re far better off applying to a fraction of those best jobs with a resume specifically written for each best job. Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes. Their best job is to hire the most qualified candidate. They’ve been given a set of qualifications to look for: aka the best job description, and that’s exactly what they’re after, so give it to them!

2. Be on time

There is no excuse for it, none! You don’t want a pissed off person interviewing you. Leave extra early, do whatever it takes. Blaming it on traffic or anything else doesn’t matter (even if it’s true).

3. Cell phone off

Obvious but easily forgotten, at least it was with 2 of the people interviewed. Double and triple check to make sure your cell phone ringer is turned off.

4. Know the company, and why you want to work there

Google the company you’re interviewing for. Learn as much as you can about the company’s mission, objectives, goals, and future plans. If you’re asked why you want to work for the company, you best answer something better then, “I like the company’s location”, which was said.

5. Bring resumes

Your interviewer(s) will likely have a copy of your resume but bring spares. It shows you’re prepared and serious about getting the best job.

6. Bring a notepad

Very few people bring a notepad with them to a best job interview. It’s a very subtle thing that makes you stand out. Take notes when appropriate.

7. Dress in a clean conservative manner

Make sure you go into a best job interview having showered and wearing clean clothes. If you like wearing cologne or perfume, don’t wear any on the day of the interview. What’s subtle smelling to you may be overwhelming to your interviewer.

8. Profiles to private

If you don’t think interviewers Google you or look you up on Facebook or MySpace, you’re crazy. Hiring managers I’ve talked to all do this, as one put it, “to weed out people who wouldn’t be a good fit in the company’s culture.” Don’t give them ammo to not like you, set your profiles to private.

9. Don’t make jokes

Too many people think they are funny when in reality they’re not. A best job interview isn’t the place to test your material. Be friendly and outgoing, save the jokes.

10. Don’t babble

When answering a question, answer the question. Don’t start out answering a question and then veer off to talk about something else. Make sure your answer directly reflects the question being asked.

11. Don’t badmouth a boss

Bad mouthing a previous boss in a best job interview is a huge negative. They may have been the worst boss in the world but expressing that in a best job interview is a huge mistake.

12. Don’t flirt with the interviewer

Common sense but needs to be stated.

13. Don’t play with your face/hair

Interviews can be a nervous experience but rubbing your chin, twirling your hair, or anything else along those lines makes you look like you’re lying or lacking confidence, both not good.

14. Less is more

Sometimes certain details of your life are better left unsaid.

15. Have good eye contact

Staring at the floor, ceiling, or wall when speaking or listening makes you appear disinterested. Again, simple and obvious but happens way more then you’d think.

16. Have goals

Maybe you don’t have any idea where you want to be in a few years professionally but figure out something to say. If you don’t and you’re asked, you appear un-ambitious, which leads an interviewer to think you’d be a lazy employee.

17. Have accomplishments

Be prepared to talk about something that you’re proud of accomplishing, whether professionally or personally (or a failure and what you learned from it).

18. Have passion

Be able to express why you want to work in that field/industry and what you do to further your knowledge (books, blogs you read). The more intelligent or informed you are the more impressive you’ll look.

19. Ask Questions

At the end of the best job interview make sure you have some questions to ask. If the interviewer doesn’t offer you a chance, ask to ask. Again, it reinforces your strong interest in the best job.

20. Send a thank you note

It’s easy to send an email but take the extra effort to mail your interviewer a hand written thank you note. It reinforces your interest in the best job. It doesn’t need to be long, just make it sincere.

There you have it. The best best job interview tips you’ll ever get. Stick to them and you’ll be on your way to getting hired!

12 Tips On How Not To Quote Too High or Too Low During Salary Negotiation Interview

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Learning to negotiate salaries during an interview can be quite a daunting task. Most people dread it since you don’t want to aim too high and lose out on the job or aim to low and risk selling yourself short.

Speaking to Mr. Tom Kamaliki HR Manager at ICAP Kenya, he shares some of the best tips on what these right ways are and what mistakes should be avoided.

To begin with, he states that all salaries are negotiable. “People have this mentality that it is only people in senior positions who can negotiate yet I myself have had to negotiate with people like drivers and cooks. So long as a job is salaried there is always room for negotiation. The only people that I can think of who don’t have the capacity to negotiate would be entry level job seekers or the likes of graduate trainees.”

In regards to what factors determine the need for salary negotiation, off the top of his head he can think of five.

One, the most obvious one is education and experience. “That will never lack in any negotiation and is a key determinant of the amount you will get”.

Two, cost of living. Should the cost of living be high, most definitely people would want a higher salary to cushion themselves.

Three, salary history. “As an employer I would want to know what you have been earning in the past so as to determine what amount would be appropriate to offer you in the future”.

Four, rare skills and industry. If you have a skill where only you and a limited number of people in your industry can perform such as nuclear physicists then that will work to your advantage.

Five, responsibilities and scope of the work. If you have a lot of duties or your job duties are major that would be a good reason for salary negotiation. For example if you have a high risk job that may involve you putting yourself in harm’s way and really adds to the value of your organization, salary negotiation would suffice.

What about mistakes? He says that,  “I have seen instances where people go out and get masters degree and then approach me that they want a salary increment since now they’re over qualified. This never ends well in their favour since I can’t give such a person a pay rise.” If you want the salary increment, that Masters degree that you’re flaunting, has to first add value to the organization. If it doesn’t, then my friend you will end up talking to yourself.

Two, people need to check the requirements of the job they have before going for further studies.“There is no point in you getting a masters in a field where an employee with a diploma can get the same job. As an employer I wouldn’t give you the pay rise you requested but would rather hire the person with a diploma. More so if he’s more qualified and experienced then you are.”

Three, the wrong perception of an organization. “Some employees leave smaller companies for bigger ones thinking they will earn more since the organization is bigger. For example if a person leaves telecommunications company A for B, since B is bigger and it made let’s say 3.5 billion before tax, it doesn’t necessarily mean that now company B will be able to offer you 1 million.”

So what tips would he give an employee negotiating their salary? One, be confident in yourself, your experience and your skills. “Don’t be desperate and blurt out that you will take any amount since the economy is bad or that you have so many problems and need the money really badly. Stay professional”.

Two, do a proper survey of how much the pay is for people in your capacity and with your skills. That way you’ll be able to gauge your range and determine your worth.

Three, don’t ignore job interviews simply because the salary they’re offering isn’t what you think it should be. “After all, isn’t that why it’s called a salary negotiation? Just attend the interview and listen to what they have to say and who knows you could get a bigger and better job with a better salary than originally offered.”

His parting shot? Be confident and be flexible. Know your worth as an employee and what you’re willing to take. If there’s some room to flex, do so and don’t be too rigid.

Source: Career Point Kenya

Top 5 Things You Should Be Doing To Survive The Unemployment Trauma

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Being a fresh graduate with no experience can be a daunting task especially when you did not study any of the professional courses. Have you applied to various organizations with no positive feedback from them? Rather than staying idle at home playing computer games or visiting friends, you can actually make yourself to get invited for an interview. In today’s corporate world, competition is too fierce and recruiters are more and more overworked.

Even qualified applicants are not getting callbacks from the interviewers. To become more employable in such fierce competition, stop applying to all jobs you see and allocate time each week to becoming more hirable. Below is how to…

1. Volunteer:

 Not only does volunteering renew your mind everyday and save you from depressive mood, it keeps you fine-tuned both mentally and otherwise to build confidence. With this you gather experience and become a better team player. Employers love volunteers. Having ” a good team player”  in your CV is  not enough but demonstrating it through volunteering automatically put you ahead of the other person. Volunteering increases your chances of being hired if you are strategic about it.

2. Learn Some Skills

Not only does this improve your mental turgidity but it places you in the recruiters/employers good book.When the big question What have you been doing for the past six months” pops up, no employer wants to hear you have been searching for a job all along but immediately you tell them you have been learning some skills, your chances of being hired automatically increase. To them, you are focused and rsult-oriented. While your job search last, make every second count.

Read Also: 5 Solid Reasons Why You Didn’t Hear Back From The Interviewers/Recruiters

3. Network

Networking has two parts: reconnecting with your old contacts and forming new ones. Get in touch with old friends who you know are in a better position to help out. Not only this, get to social gatherings and events, mix up and socialize. After-all, networking is all about socializing. Networking will basically do one thing for you: You will establish a rapport with someone who will recommend you for a position and/or tell you about unpublished openings.

4. Remain Positive

Positive mental attitude especially is important when you are combating the stress  of job seeking. Nothing else can stop your personal progress faster than a negative action. Retaining a positive attitude and a constructive outlook works like magic.

Read Also: Six Powerful Ways to Stand Out at Work

5. Stay Informed

Unemployment trauma can lead to a downward spiral but that is not enough reason not to stay informed. Staying informed embodies doing all of the above and to do this effectively, you need number 4 most. This alone will make you understand that your unemployment is just for a while.

A Final Thought

Being unemployed either as a fresh graduate or as a laid off worker can be spirit-sapping and so many of us have been there one way or the other. Rather than lose hope, you got to have a positive mindset. But then i will ask, what were you doing during this period that kept you going. You might want to share with us .

Pop Corn Business: A thriving Business You Need Venture into Today

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Popcorn business is one of the very lucrative business you can start with little amount of money and make it big with proper planning and good marketing.

Very few people knows how profitable this business is, and they are happy to keep it secret from you while they make all the money. But gone are the days of secrecy — I’m going to break it down here, show you how you can get started in simple easy steps, and get your questions answered through the comment.

Read Also: Dry Cleaning Business: A Multi-Million Naira Business Venture You Need to Start Now

The type of popcorn I’m talking about is not the regular [one spot sale] popcorn you see all over the streets — take a stroll around the major roads in Lagos, you will see the type of popcorn packages that is sold on the roads at the hold-ups. It is usually sold for N100 and people are buying it in hundreds of thousands every day. It is almost selling faster than water maybe due to the convenient packaging.

Those popcorn you see on the streets are not made by the sellers, people process them in quantity and supply to them while they sell and make profit. Pick one of them and you will see the addresses and phone numbers of the maker that is the business I am talking about! You can start processing popcorn in large quantity and be supplying to the retailers (hawkers and supermarkets) in the city.

One thing that make popcorn business attractive is because the materials involved in the production are not costly, anyone can afford them with little efforts. The product sells fast too because people just enjoy eating popcorn for many reasons.

Popcorn is one my favorite snack likewise it is to many people. We likes it due to The crispy effect in the mouth, the nutritional value, and children likes it a lot so parents buy it for their children.

Again, the profit potential is quite good and if you can take it to the next level, you will be assured of making even much more sales and profit.

If you produce 10,000 monthly and sell to the retailers at the price of (maybe) N70, the retailers will sell for N100 and make profit of N30 each.

The cost of producing a pack is not more that N40 therefore you will be making profit of N30 each as well. With this projection, 10,000 packs will give you 10,000 x N30 = N300,000 of pure profit in a month!

I’ve gone round and discovered that most people who are into this business are doing it the wrong or old way. In this article, I will try to explain what you need to do to get yours right and make all the money for yourselves.

If you can apply my strategy, I guarantee you will make more sells that anyone in the business. If you’re ready, here are the requirements you need to put in place to be in Popcorn business.

Things You Need to  Start Your Popcorn Business

Popcorn Machine – Known as popcorn maker. You will need bigger popcorn machine since you will be producing in larger quantity. Look for nice one in the market and buy two or more depending on how many hands you need in the popcorn business. I will encourage you to employ hands in this business for effective production and distribution.

Get the type of popcorn frying machine that is normally used by the eateries. Go for the type that produce salt and sugar popcorn at the same time; ET-POP6A-D or Funpop 8 oz, it is sold from N62,000. It’s bigger and process faster that the regular one.

If your area doesn’t have electricity, buy the type of popcorn maker that uses gas cylinder and electricity so that you can switch to both power sources. Prices for popcorn maker starts from N20,000. Go to the seller and negotiate the price.

If you have enough money, you can go for commercial type like the one pictured here. One of this will be able to pop all the corn you want in a day.

Commercial Popcorn Machine Andersen Ross

Sealing Machine – Manual sealing machine cost N10,000 to N15,000 in the market, find out what the exact prices are and negotiate with the seller. Buy according to the number of workers you have — more hands, more machine, and more productions.

The manual sealing machine is powered by electricity while you control the sealing manually. You just position the popcorn filled nylon on the machine and pressed the ‘handle like’ controller on the nylon edge and it will be sealed by the hot rim. You will get better information on how to operate it from the accompanying literature!

Branded Nylon – The is where the big deal is. To stay ahead of competitors in this business, your strongest selling point should be your brand. Make sure your package nylon is well branded. It’s not enough to just write your business name and phone number on the nylon, create attractive brand for your popcorn business.

Take a clue from the eateries and see how their packages are professionally branded with good and quality designed pictures and graphics, complete with professional logo. That’s what sells in business — all popcorn are the same but your brand could make yours different in the eyes of consumers.

It doesn’t cost much to get a professional branding for your business, employ a professional graphic designers to do it for you. Then use the design for all your nylons and other items like the popcorn wrappers if you are using wrapping papers.

Bags of Corn – Your major raw material in this business is corn. Buy enough bags of corn depending on the quantity you wants to produce. You can get as many bags of corn as you want in Mile-12 market in Lagos.

For corn to pop, There should be certain amount of moisture within the corn, so that when heated makes it pop from the inside out, when a corn don’t get popped from inside out, it’s called a dud, which means there was not enough moisture in that corn. Look for sweet corn that contain enough moisture.

Sugar, Salt, Butter – You need sugar and salt and butter to make your popcorn taste great. These one are difficult to get, go to any shop near you and buy as much as you need.

Note: You need to get additional training on how to mix the sugar, butter, and salt and the desired quantity. You will also need to learn how to pop the corn.

 

Free Marketing Strategy:

Target the street hawkers, they sell the product faster and in large quantity. If you can get 10 hawkers, you will be sure of supplying them about 500 daily — that is a whooping 13,000 monthly.

Talk to Supermarkets and shop owners, you will be surprised of the positive response you will get if your branding is attractive enough.

Once you have these requirements in place, you are good to go in your business and starts making good money for yourselves. Click the Facebook button below to Share this article if you like it, and Add your comment.

 

Dry Cleaning Business: A Multi-Million Naira Business Venture You Need to Start Now

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The laundry service in Nigeria is growing at an amazing rate and has become another easy means of making fast money in the country. As a neophyte, this business can be run from home if you can’t afford to rent a shop. There are recognized individuals and corporate bodies who have recorded success doing this business, you too can succeed in it as well.

Laundry involves the use of soap, detergent, and water to clean clothes. Cleanliness they say is next to godliness. Everybody wants to wear clean and neatly pressed clothes, but nobody loves to do the washing and ironing. Busy and demanding lifestyles is making more people willing to pay laundry owners to take care of their dirty materials.

For the fact that you provide the convenience needed by customers at a reasonable price, you are sure to be patronized. The profit potential in this industry is excitingly amazing on its own. You can earn profit as high as N500, 000 or more monthly if you invest in this business. Much more can be earned if you include pick-ups and deliveries to and from your customers’ homes. If you decide to invest in this business, you just made a wise choice! Interestingly, starting the business is not as capital challenging as some other service providing investments. But just before you run off to startup your own laundry business, here are the possible list of clothes customer can bring and your charges.

Complete suit   N1,000.

Shirt N400.

Traditional Attire for women N700.
Traditional Attire for men  N1000.
Wedding gown N3,000.
A piece of curtain   N400.
Bedspread  N400.
Some customers can even include their underwear, in this case you can decide  what to charge. The charges above could be higher than this it all depends on your customers’ location and yours too. Pickups and delivery attract extra charges

Reasons Laundry Services is a Viable Business  In Nigeria

  1. More Nigerians live in the high profile area because it is closer to their work place.

This is the main reason for the rising demand for convenience services like laundry. Most career women wake up as early as 4 a.m. and live their homes for work at 5 a.m. in order to beat traffic on their way to work. Many would not return home until late at night around 9 p.m. Even if they are self-employed, they are often too tired and can’t find time to do their own laundry. Their weekends are cherished for maximum rest and relaxation so they can’t sacrifice their weekends for their laundry.

  1. There are fewer housewives in the high profile area.

Most households in the high profile area are now more likely to have two working spouses. Unlike in the past when most women were considered full-time housewives, many women now work at jobs or run a small business to support the home and share in the economic burden of their partners. Even the housewives who still exist now are now more likely to pay other people to do the household laundry for their children and husbands. As a result, there is now a fast growing need to pay for their laundry chores.

iii. Special laundry needs

Another reason for the rising demand for these services is the high percentage of white collar workers in town now. They are likely to wear formal business clothes like suits and jackets which needs special laundry skills. Uniformed workers like the naval officers, military men, police men and so on needs to always wear neatly washed, starched and ironed uniforms every time.

The most interesting thing about the laundry service business is that everyone, including the rich and not-so-rich people in high profile areas are willing to pay to enjoy the convenience of having someone else do their laundry.

 

Steps Needed to Start a Laundry Service Business
Training
Just as it is obtainable in any type of business, you need to be well trained. to render laundry services, you need to go for at least 3 days training. You will be enlightened on:

  • How to wash different fabrics
  • How to iron different fabrics
  • How to fold and package clothes neatly
  • How you can manage your time
  • How you can keep records so you do not mix up customers’ clothes



Create a business name
Choose something creative. A simple, short and one that can be easily pronounced will suffice. Note, if your name is easy to remember, it will be easier to establish, maintain, and grow you client base

Register Your Business name

It is advised that you register your business name with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), this will help you to explore into the corporate world. This will cost you N20,000.
Start-up Capital
You intend to start a laundry pickup and delivery business only, your single largest capital investment will be in a durable delivery van. Clean and pressed clothes will need to be hung on racks in the vehicle during delivery to prevent them from becoming soiled or wrinkled. Since your entire business will depend on your vehicle, it’s important to ensure that it is well maintained and in good condition at all times. It will also be essential to have a plan for dealing with breakdowns and mechanical problems.

The necessary tools to start with are,

  1. Basic washing tools and equipment like

Washing machine cost N33,000

Hangers like 4 dozens cost N2,000

Tags cost N2,000

2 Pressing iron cost N4,000

Ironing tables N2,000

Nylon for packaging N1,000

A dozen of Basin N5,000

Spray starch  N1,500

  1. A Generator set of about 20 k.va N40,000.

iii. Employ few workers.

  1. You need a van to deliver and pick up customers cloth .

Your Business Location

A laundry service business may not flourish if it is established in a low profile area. People would prefer to do their laundry themselves, if they calculate how much it cost for someone else to do their laundry they will remember it can make a pot of soup for the month, so it is advised you establish your business in a high profile area.

Customer Service

If you treat and serve your customers well, they are most likely to continue using your services and will recommend you to neighbors, friends, colleagues and family. It is essential that you pick up and return their clothes on time and ensure that the clothes are impressively clean. You could also provide your own garment bags for customers to use. These garment bags can have your business name, phone number, and website address printed on it. This can serve as a good marketing tool for your business.

Please inform your customers that you don’t guarantee 100 percent result as some clothes would be brought with heavy stains, in order to avoid disputes between you and your customer state this clear to your customers.

Run A Give-away Service

This service is to promote your business, it could be in a form of wash 3 clothes and don’t pay for one, or print your name on a t.shirt and give to your customers, it could even be like this return a dozen of hanger and wash a shirt free. All of these and more will attract more customers to you.

Costs

Due to the frequent power failure in this part of the world, most businesses have to own petrol/diesel-powered generators to provide the electricity needed to run washing machines and  pressing irons.

Another major cost of the laundry business is staff costs. Unless you’re using machines (which means you’ll have fewer staff), manual hand-washing will often require that you pay your employees salaries/wages. We strongly advise that you pay some staff (especially those who do the actual laundry) based on the quantity of the clothes they wash or press. That way, the more work they do, the more they earn. But make sure you have a way of checking that they’re doing a quality job and not just going through the motions. The washing machine and pressing iron are major equipment. Make sure they’re properly maintained and serviced to avoid any unplanned breakdowns that may cost you a lot and disrupt your business. All of these tips will guide you in starting your own laundry service small and succeed into a bigger one.

We would love to hear your success story, or questions that would help you in making this business successful, feel free to leave a comment.

 

5 Solid Reasons Why You Didn’t Hear Back From The Interviewers/Recruiters

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Reasons why your interviewers never called you back
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From the moment you step out of the interview room, your eagerness and anxiety increases. You simply want to know the next step -to hear back from the Interviewers. You become more glued to your phone so as not to miss any call and your email is always the first thing you check in the morning and before going to bed. Most frustrating is the fact that you knew you ought to ask some questions in a job interview which you rightly did.
Funny enough, unless you have an inside connection in the company, you probably might never know why you were never contacted but for those who didn’t, here are five solid reasons on why you never heard back from the
Interviewers/recruiters.

  1. Mistakes in your Resume: There is no greater turn-off to an interviewer than a mistake-riddled CV/resume. No employer wants to place responsibility into the hands of an employee who can’t even write a document about themselves without mistakes. No doubt, your CV must first create an impression to the recruiter before you are even called up for an interview. If you know pointing to details is one of your weak points, it’s advisable to proof-read it well
    before the final submission or you get someone to do it for
    you.
  2. The Interviewers/Recruiters Haven’t Made Up Their Minds: Getting back to potential employees can be a daunting task to recruiters/interviews especially when all the candidates for the post all seemed to be qualified. When this is the case, be sure that the recruiters are still in doubt about the best person for the job.

3. You are simply not Qualified: Long term job search can force you to churn out sporadic CVs and resumes to positions you are not qualified for. Doing this won’t help you at all rather you can channel your energy on things you can be doing if you are unemployed

4. Poor Interview Skills: Your CV/Resume is an award-winning one. And so what? (Paying a professional copy writer to write or edit it for you is as simple as ABC. I am not saying it’s wrong. I encourage it as long as it will land you an interview). Know this, the words on the paper is not enough to land you the job the words coming out of your mouth are riddled with grammatical blunders While slang in an interview is a total no-no, try as much as possible to avoid the use of ” yeah”, ” eh eh em¦¦¦. (you would simply be perceived as not being confident and tenable to lying). This alone is enough to turn your
Interviewer(s) off and make the whole interview process
boring.

5. Your Social Media Speaks Bad About You: This might be
Strange to you. Recruiters are simply adopting ”ridiculous” means daily to disqualify applicants especially when there are two qualified candidates for a single post. A background check on your social media profile might be all the employer need to decide hiring you or not. From your LinkedIn, Facebook account to Twitter, always maintain some levels of professionalism. Using a female picture as your Display Picture when you are a male is darm unprofessional as a job seekers. You probably don’t know who is watching.

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6. Your Appearance is off the Hook: While a first impression goes a long way in endearing you to your potential employer(s) the truth remains that recruiters are continuously judging a book by its cover daily. Even though we castigate recruiters who do not do enough to see the potentials of those they are interviewing due to their shady appearance, as an applicant, try as much as possible to keep in touch with the fashion trends of your day. An eighteenth century dressing mode in this age is enough to shut the door against you.

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Six Powerful Ways to Stand Out at Work

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Great employees spend the majority of their time helping other people succeed: Their company, their employees, their customers and vendors and suppliers… the list goes on and on.

Great employees also spend some time helping themselves succeed, both for “selfish” reasons and because their success creates success for others.

To succeed you must stand out from the crowd. Here are six ways:

Be first with a purpose.

Lots of employees, managers, and business owners are the first to arrive each day. That’s great, but what do you do with that time? Organize your thoughts? Get a jump on your email?

Instead of taking care of your stuff, do something visibly worthwhile for the company. Take care of unresolved problems from the day before. Set things up so it’s easier for employees to hit the ground running when they come in. Chip away at an ongoing project others ignore.

Don’t just be the one who turns on or off the lights – be the one who gets in early or stays late in order to get things done. Not only will your performance stand out, you’ll also start to…

Be known for something specific.

Meeting standards, however lofty those standards may be, won’t help you stand out.

So go above the norm. Be the leader known for turning around struggling employees. Be the owner who makes a few deliveries a week to personally check in with customers. Be the manager who consistently promotes from within. Be known as the employee who responds quicker, acts faster, or always follows up.

Pick a worthwhile mission, then excel at that mission. People will notice.

Create your own side project.

Excelling at an assigned project is expected. Excelling at a side project helps you stand out.

For example, years ago I decided to create a Web-based employee handbook my then-employer could put on the company Intranet. I worked on it at home on my own time. Some managers liked it but the HR manager didn’t so it died an inglorious death.

I was disappointed, but the company wasn’t “out” anything, and soon after I was selected for a high visibility company-wide process improvement team because my little project made me “that guy.”

The same applies for a business owner. Experiment on a new process or service with a particular customer in mind. The customer will appreciate how you tried, without being asked, to better meet their needs, and your business will become “that business.”

Put your muscle where your mouth is.

Lots of people take verbal stands. Few take a stand and put effort behind their opinions.

Say you think a project has gone off the rails; instead of just pointing out its flaws so you can show everyone how smart you are, jump in and help fix it.

Everyone talks about problems. The people who help fix them stand out.

Show a little of your personal side.

Personal interests help other people to identify and remember you. That’s a huge advantage for a new employee or a company competing in a crowded market.

Just make sure your personal interests don’t overshadow professional accomplishments. Being “the guy who does triathlons” is fine, but being “the guy who is always training and traveling to triathlons so we can never reach him when we need him” is not.

Let people know a little about you; a few personal details add color and depth to your professional image.

Work harder than everyone else.

Nothing – nothing – is a substitute for hard work. Look around: How many people are working as hard as they can?

Very few.

The best way to stand out is to out-work everyone else.

It’s also the easiest way, because you’ll be the only one trying.

Top 10 Core Questions You MUST Ask In A Job Interview To Land Your Dream Job

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The interview process especially the oral phase is usually dreaded by not just a few job seekers especially if you are a fist time job seeker who unknowingly has been making this Heinous Job Search Mistakes. The truth remains you are probably seeing the oral phase as a one-way street with the interviewer holding all the cards. Most times as an applicant, you are qualified for the position but the interviewer/recruiter upon meeting you is disillusioned due to his inability to match the person on paper with the person in front of him.

This “habit “of not asking questions is enough to make you not to Get A Call Back From the Interview even after avoiding these top 5 CV mistakes. You are also interviewing them to see if their company is the right one for you. It is true that you are in a dire need of a job but getting any kind of job is not all that matters but one you can grow career wise same way you don’t buy any kind of car simply because you need a car.

Outside this, asking questions showcase your interest in the job and the company and a sure way to make a final impression and put yourself in a better light if you hadn’t perform well during the interview. Know this, personally, I strongly recommend that you must ask at least one or two of these questions as not doing so depicts you as someone who hasn’t done his home work. In lieu of this, Ladies and Gents, here are the first five questions you ought to ask in a job interview if you are to stand any chance of landing your dream job.

Do You Have Any Hesitations about My Qualifications?

No matter how professional and the number of years the interviewers must have accumulated, this single question must surely put an expression on their faces. A great question that really depicts you as a confident person it is. Even if your interviewers say NO, the look on their faces is the cue you need to get the right answer. With this question, you have one last chance to present yourself more hirable as you can easily tell them about your plans of improving on your qualifications if employed.

Who Previously Held This Position?

I can hear you asking yourself “what’s my business with who previously held this post”. It is your business at the same time not your business. Don’t forget you are not just there to get hired. You are also interviewing them to know if the company is the best for you. Nobody wants to work in a company that fires staff every month. This question will easily let you know if the person previously occupying the position was fired or promoted. Even if the person was fired, at this moment it’s not your business. Your business is to be employed. When employed you will definitely have the time to find out why the other person was fired and get clues on how to avoid such pitfalls.

What have You Enjoyed Most about Working Here?

I will recommend this as the first question to be asked as this allows the interviewer to connect with you on a personal term. This inadvertently makes you feel more relaxed as the interviewer discusses what he/she relishes about the company. This will also give you an insight about how satisfied they are with their job. An interviewer who enjoys his job and what he does will hardly wait for you to finish before taking over from you but in a case he or she is unwilling to talk about it, the answer is already boldly written. There is no job satisfaction. A typical example of such nice recruiters who wouldn’t mind spending the whole day to talk about what they enjoy about their work is John of Acegoals

What Core Skills and Experience Would make me an Ideal Candidate?

This is a two-way question that would simply make the interviewer state what they are looking for. If the interviewer mention something you didn’t cover yet, now is the time to wrap things up presenting yourself better. In other words, you have a live line to set things right if you previously didn’t do this.
What is the Next Step in the Process? There is no better way to wrap things up than asking this question. Even if you didn’t ask any other question, you MUST ask this. This simply show that you are interested in moving along with the process. You will also get to know if that is the only stage in the interview process and with luck on your side, you might simply hear “You are hired”

Wait !!!, Don’t Leave Yet

This is the first part in this series and definitely you have other questions interviewees do ask , sharing them with other readers would be a great idea.

Do you have an upcoming interview or you have a friend who does? why not help them boost their chances of success by sharing this post with them.

3 Critical Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Ever Resume

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It’s time for you to venture out into the work force and grab that first real job. You spent your high school and college days creating a background that you are proud of, and now you’re ready to create your first-ever resume. Not sure where to begin? This helpful tips will show you some of the pitfalls to avoid. And a Resume Builder like LiveCareer’s can help you put together a quality resume you can send out with confidence to potential employers.

So when do you need a resume?

 Your resume usually comes into the picture when you’re out of school and ready to make your mark on the world. It’s designed to show off your accomplishments, and, especially at the beginning of your career, your career potential to companies who might want to hire you. To put it simply, your resume is the document you need when you’re ready to put your foot on that first rung of the corporate ladder.

Mistake #1: Never mention your hobbies in your resume (unless they’re relevant to the job).

 The rock band you were in back in high school might have been a lot of fun, but unless you’re applying for a job at a record label, it probably doesn’t belong on your resume. But if your hobbies DO directly relate to the position you’re applying for (i.e. you worked as treasurer of the college debate club, and you’re applying for an accounting job) you can mention this–probably somewhere toward the bottom of the page.

Mistake #2: Never include filler information just to make your resume look better.

Your resume is going to be light on professional experience, which is something hiring managers expect. That is why your high school guidance counselor and college placement adviser recommended getting involved in activities outside of the class that are pertinent to your field.

Most new job hunters don’t realize how important extra-curricular activities are until it’s too late. Insignificant information about activities that have nothing to do with your career are going to hurt your resume.

Mistake #3: Never use gimmicks to try and get your resume noticed.

 Some new job hunters put more thought into resume gimmicks than they do the actual content of their first ever resume. Gimmicks are things like brightly colored paper, expensive envelopes, or a special font that is supposed to make your resume stand out. The reality is that gimmicks will get your resume ignored instead of noticed.

Let the content of your resume stand out and avoid the gimmicks that will get your first ever resume thrown in the trash.

Creating a resume the first time around can seem like a challenge. But if you’re smart about it, and avoid common pitfalls, you’ll have a leg up on other candidates in a similar spot. To give yourself an even bigger edge, LiveCareer’s professional resume builder, resume writing, and cover letter builder services are great resources to take advantage of as you take that next big step toward your first great job!

Resume Mistakes: The 5 Worst Resume Sins

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Your resume is a company’s first look at what skills and accomplishments you might bring to the job. Don’t make it their last look! Be sure to avoid these major resume mistakes:

1. YOU FAILED TO TAILOR YOUR RESUME TO THE SPECIFIC JOB YOU WANT

So, even though you have the skills that the company asked for in their advertisement or posting, you left the details out of your resume. Those specific skills must be in your resume and should be prominent, preferably at the top of your resume.

2. YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS INCOMPLETE

A professional e-mail address consists of your first and last name. Cute e-mail addresses are not professional. If you have a common name, try putting your last name first or adding numbers after your name. Avoid the numbers 1 and 0. In some fonts, they look like letters and can confuse people reading your resume. Does your johndoe1 address refer to John Doe One or John Doel?

3. YOU LIED ABOUT, APOLOGIZED FOR, OR OVER-EXPLAINED YOUR QUALIFICATIONS

If you lack confidence in your abilities, how can an employer have confidence that you are the right person to hire? A resume should describe you honestly but also show you at your best.

4. YOU DIDN’T PROOFREAD THE LAST DRAFT

A last minute change might affect your entire resume. For example, if you add a word on page one, it might force a line awkwardly onto page two or even create a blank page. Or perhaps you corrected the spelling of a company name in one place but neglected to change it in another place. Always proofread the last draft as carefully as the first draft.

5. YOU NEVER SENT THE RESUME OUT

You had so much advice from friends and relations that you became paralyzed by the chance of making a mistake. If you never send out a resume, you will never be asked to interview. In truth, no one keeps track of how many resumes you send out or how many never receive a response. All you need is one “yes.” Send your resume out today and start asking for that “yes.”