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This approach may land you your next job!

Oluseun Akinrinoye

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If you have been looking for a job without success, there is a likelihood that you are going about it wrongly and that may have prevented you from getting interview invitations. In todays job market, you have to be strategic in your job search so you can get a call from the recruiter. More people are graduating daily and the jobs do not seem to be increasing.

You can adopt my Optimized Targeted Search (OTS) strategy.

Consider doing the following;

  1. List about 10-20 companies you intend to work with

You should have an idea of the kind of companies you intend to work with and you should have a list in order of your preference. Take your time to sit down, get your jotter and list all the companies out. You may start with 10-20 companies and you can keep updating the list as time goes on.

  1. Research on how they recruit

You need to carry out a research on how the companies recruit. You have to know whether recruitment is online, through employee referrals or through submission of hard copy resume. If the recruitment process is online, visit their websites at least once a week so that you do not miss any job opening.

If the company recruits through employee referrals, reach out to those in the company to drop your resume on your behalf and make sure you do not become a nuisance while trying to follow up with them. If you need to submit hardcopy resumes, go to the office to submit and politely seek an employee that you can follow up with.

  1. Know the recruitment requirements

You need to know what the recruitment requirements are for the company. Do they have a particular grade or particular course they usually hire, do they have any age restrictions etc. Knowing the requirement will enable you to check if you have those requirements or not. It will also help you in channeling your efforts to the right companies. 

  1. What additional skills or certifications do you need

Knowing the requirements of the company will help you to ascertain If you need to add new skills or certifications to join any of the companies you have listed out. Do not feel that you are too old or it will take time to do anything required, just start and remove any hinderance that may prevent you from getting that job in the company.

  1. Is there any aptitude test involved

If the recruitment process requires writing a test, reach out to people that have gone through it and seek guidance on what you should expect. Confirm whether it is aptitude test such as GMAT, SHL, test of computer knowledge or technical test relating to the role. Give the test preparation your best, take it as more important than your final college exams.

  1. Leverage on internal contacts/network in the company

Identify about three people that have probably worked or currently work with the company. Speak to them about your plans to join the company and learn from them on what you need to do to be successful. A five minute discussion with them may make the whole process easier than surfing the web for information that do not exist.

  1. Apply for jobs that you meet the criteria

Many people keep applying for jobs where they do not meet the requirement criteria. This turns out to be wasted efforts most times, as the resumes are usually thrashed. Stop wasting energy on jobs you are not qualified for, only apply to jobs that you possess about 60-70 percent of the job requirements. Concentrate on those and give it your best, remember, looking for a job is a full time job.

All the best in your job search efforts.

 

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CAREERS[Dissecting Your Resume And CV] – Part IV – Training / Skills / Education

Babatunde Aloba

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The final part of the series is finally here.

There are those who believe the “Education” section should come first, while others opined it should be the last based on how many years of experience you have.

It all depends on preference. But please don’t spoil a good thing. My preference will be – if you attended a good school – irrespective of your experience – you can put it first. But if you feel the university you attended will be of disadvantage to you, please put it at the bottom. There is usually preference for the top schools irrespective of what you are bringing to the table. Do not knock yourself out of the race when you still have a chance.

Your experience coming before your university will surely sway some sentiments towards you. If you are proficient with financial packages such as SAP or Oracle financials and HR can see all this before they get to the “Education” section, then you have a chance against others who went to the best schools. Use your resume to your advantage NOT to your own detriment.

Below is an example :

EDUCATION

2008                                                    Bachelor of Science in Accounting – Boston  University [CGPA 4.42 out of 5.00]

2007                                                    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

TRAININGS ATTENDED

Investment Policy Statements – CFA Institute

QuickBooks Pro Advisor

Corporate Finance Essentials

Open Universities Australia – Certificate of Achievement – Financial Planning

BLOOMBERG FINANCE L.P – Bloomberg Aptitude Test – Score:520

Oracle Financials Training – Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payable and General Ledger

 

COMPETENCES & SKILLS

Technology:   Technically savvy with the use of Oracle Financials ERP, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Microsoft Excel [Pivot Tables, V Lookup], International Money Management System, Wall Street Office, Clear Par Documents System, Global Cash Management, Work Flow Tool, Microsoft SharePoint, OnBase, Practice Engine.

Team oriented and strong interpersonal skills, Basic familiarity with GAAP/FASB, Sarbanes Oxley Act and GAAS standards, Effective written and oral communication skills, sufficient technical skills to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

This concludes the series – Dissecting Your CV.

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Tackle Your Next Career Fair With These 5 Tips

“Understand that you have the qualifications that they are searching for, and effectively communicate this to company representatives. Be confident that you have what it takes to get the job, because YOU DO.”

Precious C. Price

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So you’ve found yourself back on the market searching for your next fulfilling position at your dream company. Between professional networking events, informational interviews, and countless job application submissions online, you’ve come to the point where you must attend your local career fair.

Either way, sooner or later, you will have tackle your career fair woes.

Check out these tips that will help you to completely TACKLE your next career fair, and land your resume right in the end zone of recruiters.

 (1) It ALL begins with confidence. 

The aura that you exude to anyone is the energy that they will bounce back to you. Understand that you have the qualifications that they are searching for, and effectively communicate this to company representatives. Be confident that you have what it takes to get the job, because YOU DO.

 (2) Research is imperative. 

Go into the career fair with a outlined plan of the companies you would like to target – DO NOT simply walk up to any and every company table with small talk such as, “So what do you guys do?”

Do your research on your target companies to understand things such as the organizational culture, open positions, recent initiatives they’ve been working on, news articles, etc.

 (3) Have questions. 

These questions are what you want to go up to the recruiters to speak about, along with your background and experience, paying careful attention to actually link your experience to what they are looking for in a candidate.

It’s also common to ask representatives about them about their experience at the company, or just about them in general. But again, DO NOT ask them about what the company does, or what jobs they have. From your research you should already know this information. Asking them will show them that you may be lazy or simply did not do your research.

(4) Ask for a business card. 

This shows your ambition and also tells them that you will follow up.

So with that, ensure that you follow up (within 24 hours) on what you and the company representative spoke about. You want to reiterate the skills you have that are related to the position you are seeking in the follow up email. In order to remember your conversation, jot down the high-level topics you both spoke about on the back of the business card between table visits. If you’re spreading your net wide with seeking positions (which you should be), then it can sometimes become difficult to recall what topics came up with each person.

Oh yeah,

 (5) DRESS TO IMPRESS.

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Answers to tricky Interview Questions

Smile as much as you can. Relax. A whole lot of interviews are just as simple as it is – getting to know you and a bit about your competencies

Babatunde Aloba

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Interviews are usually an opportunity to sell yourself. Go with the flow of your interview and never derail from it. The interviewer wants you to be settled and will ensure the environment is conducive enough for an interview. You may be asked if you want water or coffee. Smile as much as you can. Relax. A whole lot of interviews are just as simple as it is – getting to know you and a bit about your competencies. Never speak with fear in ANY interview. See some questions below:

  1. How do you prioritize your workload? Answer : I list out the tasks in order of priority in my daily to do list and ensure they are completed accordingly. this has worked for me significantly
  2. How do you manage stress? Answer: Whenever I feel stressed, I take a 3 minutes’ walk and also drink water to relax and calm down. From my experience, i feel refreshed anytime i do such.
  3. Why should we hire you? Answer: I am hardworking and always ready to improve on given tasks. Not only in accomplishing set goals but also getting a new way to do it better. My experience and technical background has prepared me for this role and i believe I have the mental and physical strength to succeed in this role.
  4. What value can you add to this job and the company? Answer: I have a great work ethic in achieving set tasks and duties. If hired, I hope to contribute to set organization goals and also streamline processes by introducing new time effective systems.

Finally at the end of the interview, do not forget to send a thank you mail to the recruiter or the interviewer as the case may be.

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