1) Job Searching >> b) Preparation of Job (Resume building and Job Interview)
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Your resume is a list of your education and all of your previous work experience. It allows the employer to see if you are qualified for the job. Be detailed!

Your resume should include the following:
Education – Include any education that you have, including diplomas and degrees.

Work experience – List the previous jobs you have had. Include the name of the company, your job position, and the period of time you worked there. Describe your job duties using action verbs in simple past tense. You may optionally include your reason for leaving the job.

What is an action verb? An action verb is a verb that describes the task you did. For example, if you were a sales cashier, you can say Served customers at sales counter . If you worked in a team, you can say Coordinated with team members to improve service .

Skills – Include a list of your skills. Language and computer skills are the most common. Try to include skills that are appropriate for the job position.

References – A reference is someone from a previous job who can say something good about you. You can list 1-3 references in your resume. Contact your reference first and get their agreement before you put them on your resume. Include their name, their relationship to you (manager co-worker, etc.) and contact information such as telephone number or e-mail address.

A resume is a document that you should submit with your job application. A resume shows your education and work experience. Companies use your resume to see if you match the job requirements.

No work experience? Do not worry! If you are still in secondary school or have only graduated recently, this is quite normal. Think about any activities you did in school. If you were a good student in school, include your GPA.

You can also use the resume to list your abilities. Do you know more than one language? Are you good with computers? Do you have any degrees or certificates?

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Use the information to help build your resume. Do not worry if you cannot fill out all the boxes!

Job Interviews

If you get a job interview, you should feel great! It means the employer liked your resume and wants to find out more about you. There are some things that you can do to improve your chances of getting the job.

1.      PLAN AHEAD – Find out the address of the interview location. Make sure you know where it is. If you are not sure, visit the place BEFORE the interview, so you won't get lost on the day of the interview.

2.      BE ON TIME – Plan to arrive at the location of the interview 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time, in case there is some traffic delays  Some employers do not like it if you show up early, so try to show up at the exact time or just a few minutes before the scheduled time. DO NOT BE LATE.

3.      DRESS APPROPRIATELY – You want to make a good first impression on your employer. You should dress according to what type of job it is. For example, if it the job is working in a business office, you may want to wear a business suit. If it is for a restaurant or a store, then you should wear smart-casual, which means shirts with collars, khaki pants, and business shoes. DO NOT wear trendy clothes, sandals that show your feet, shorts or short dresses.

4.      HYGIENE – Take a shower before the interview. Do not wear perfume/cologne. Brush your teeth, cut your fingernails, shave (if you are a guy). Have a short haircut. Do not chew gum during the interview or smoke before the interview. Do not wear jewelry.

5.      BODY LANGUAGE – Practice your body language (how you move your body) before the interview. Having good body language can make a good impression on the employer. It is common to be nervous before an interview. But you don't need to show your nervousness. Before the interview, try to relax. Take deep breaths and try to be calm.

a.) When you meet your interviewer, shake hands and introduce yourself.
b.) During the interview, keep your back straight. Try to smile. Make eye contact every few seconds with your interviewer (However, do not stare for too long at your interviewer's eyes).
c.) Answer the questions in a clear and strong voice. Your voice should not be too loud and not too soft.
d.) If you need to think for a few seconds before answering, it's okay.
e.) Try to show that you are eager to work and that you are a good fit for the job.
f.)  At the end of the interview (after the interviewer stops asking questions), you should ask one or two questions. This shows you have thought about the job and are interested in it. You can ask questions like “What are the job duties?” or “What are the working hours of the job?”
g.) When you leave, shake hands again with your interview and thank them for interviewing you. You may also ask them when they will contact you about their decision.

Job Interview Questions

One way to prepare for the job interview ahead of time is to practice. Job interviewers will usually ask you some questions about yourself. If you are prepared and can answer the questions quickly and thoroughly, it will show the employer you are well-prepared and will be a good worker.

When you answer the interview questions, try to answer in a positive way. Never answer in a negative way. For example, the employer may ask you for the reason you left your old job. You may want to say something negative about your previous boss or your previous working conditions. Instead, you can say something positive – you want to find a new opportunity, or you are looking for a job that can be a better match for your skills.

For more information about job interview questions, including sample interview questions, you may visit the following website: http://www.jobinterviewquestions.org/


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