How To Get Your First Job

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How To Get Your First Job

  1. 1. Ahmed Farouk Software developer Asset technology group Vodafone DWH Team How to get your first Job
  2. 2. Agenda : <ul><li>Cover Letter </li></ul><ul><li>How to write a dynamic CV </li></ul><ul><li>Interview types </li></ul><ul><li>Interview Skills </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cover letter <ul><li>the main purpose of your CV cover letter is : to make clear all points from your CV along with some additional information to potential employer or reader. </li></ul><ul><li>takes you one step close to the interview. </li></ul><ul><li>There must be something by which you can grab the reader's attention towards your resume </li></ul><ul><li>Cover letter should explain the reader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>why you applied for this job position ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>why they should hire you ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how you are an ideal candidate for this job position ? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Format for CV cover letter <ul><li>Opening: write a letter to specific person only . </li></ul><ul><li>First paragraph: Here you should mention the position and how you heard of the openings/vacancies (e.g. from ad in newspaper or website or reference). In addition, here you can tell about your interest in company. </li></ul><ul><li>Second paragraph: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Summarize your qualification, experience and skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain briefly why they should hire you, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what extra qualities you have, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>how you are the right person to the company. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>work experience related to the job position </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Third paragraph: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask directly for interview. Here you may ask for the date and the time relevant to an employer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You should thank the employer for his/her time and consideration. Tell them that you are waiting for reply. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finally : </li></ul><ul><li> give them your contact numbers (telephone numbers or mobile numbers) and make it easy for them to contact you. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cover letter Example <ul><li>Dear Mr. Manager : Because of the great progress of your company in software developing, I think it is the company where I can utilize my programming skills in J2SE (Java 2 Standard Edition) & J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) and my personal  abilities to : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work in groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to work under pressure in both time and work requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage small groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perfect adaptation to new technologies               ·        </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional capabilities are listed in the enclosed resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you have any question, I can be reached at the number listed above in my resume .thank you for your attention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regards , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your Name </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. How to write a dynamic CV <ul><li>Make your CV always updated </li></ul><ul><li>Common CV Mistakes : </li></ul><ul><li>Poor spelling and grammar. It has to be perfect. </li></ul><ul><li>Too lengthy . </li></ul><ul><li>Multi Objectives (Be specific on your objective) </li></ul><ul><li>Complex formatting and gimmicks. Avoid shading, boxes, tables, columns, highly Stylized fonts </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>don’t put your Photo on CV ( put it only when the company needed ) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Writing ( ‘I’ and ‘my’ etc). This informal style is fine for your covering letter, but less professional sounding in your CV. </li></ul><ul><li>Heading it with ‘Curriculum Vitae’ OR CV. head it with your name instead . </li></ul><ul><li>No personal profile (career background, areas of expertise, key skills , little of your personality) </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience written like a job description : This section should show : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>how well you do your job, quantify your achievements and demonstrate the benefits of employing you </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Information in the wrong order </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of unnecessary or negative information For example: reasons for leaving jobs ,Salary…. Etc </li></ul><ul><li>full details of your technical skills need to be on page one. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Interview Types <ul><li>Behavioral Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Exit Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch and Dinner Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Group Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Video Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone Interviews </li></ul>
  12. 12. Traditional Interview <ul><li>Practice ( next slide ) </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Get Ready </li></ul><ul><li>Be On Time </li></ul><ul><li>Stay Calm </li></ul><ul><li>Show What You Know </li></ul><ul><li>follow-up with a thank you note </li></ul>
  13. 13. Common Interview Questions <ul><li>Tell me about yourself ? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your greatest strengths / weaknesses ? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you leaving your current position? </li></ul><ul><li>The “Silent Treatment” </li></ul><ul><li>Why should I hire you? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you see yourself five years from now? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me honestly about the strong points and weak points of your boss </li></ul><ul><li>Give me an example of your creativity (analytical skill…managing ability, etc.) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Thank You

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