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How To Get Your First Job

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