How To Get Hired; Social Media, CV & Cover Letter


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How To Get Hired; Social Media, CV & Cover Letter

  1. 1. 1 How To Get Hired? Social Media, CV & Covering Letter Mayyil Institute of Technology, Kannur, Kerala | 14th March 2014
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  3. 3. 3 How is it possible?
  4. 4. 4 3 Stages to get hired SMART
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  6. 6. 6 When I Need To Start?  Right Now! You are already late!  Make SMART participation in social media a daily routine  Show off your abilities, qualities and achievements
  7. 7. 7 Log On To The Social World
  8. 8. 8 Welcome To The Word’s Largest Professional Network
  9. 9. 9 Why LinkedIn?  Simple! Most your Recruiters are there!  They are approachable without any appointment!  You can build a strong network of your career choice!
  10. 10. 10 How Will YOU Benefit From LinkedIn?  Anybody can see your updated detailed profile  Showcase others “Recommendations” and “Testimonials” about you  Know about vacancies before they are public  Platforms to discuss your technical difficulties with experts from across the globe  Appears in Google search
  11. 11. 11 Complete Your Profile First
  12. 12. 12 Head Line Section  The headline gives yourself a professional ‘identity’  The more robust your profile, the more you will get noticed  Provide your current status and don’t forgot to mention previous experiences  Select an industry, because recruiters often use that field to search
  13. 13. 13 Summery Section  Great way to highlight your experience  Complement your curriculum vitae (CV)
  14. 14. 14 Project Section  Showcase your projects and show-off your skills
  15. 15. 15 Experience Section  Let the people to know what you experienced
  16. 16. 16 Other Sections  Languages  Honours and Awards  Skills & Expertise  Volunteer Experience  Education
  17. 17. 17  Start to follow famous personalities around the world  Choose from your industry or your favoured career  Real life education
  18. 18. 18 Tips To Use LinkedIn Smarter 1/3  A detailed and proof read profile is a strong profile  Same information as CV  Should include a latest photo but not too casual  Don't forget to make your profile public  Take time to give LinkedIn recommendations, This will help you to get recommendations
  19. 19. 19  Ask reference for the people who don’t know  Develop a keyword strategy which suit to your skills  Provide your customized URL to get connected easily  Strategically identify people and groups you’d like to be linked  Share useful content or comment on the shared content of others  Be active in LinkedIn groups and vet a group before you join Tips To Use LinkedIn Smarter 2/3
  20. 20. 20  Do not lie about anything  Personalize LinkedIn email requests  Add LinkedIn to your email signature  Connect LinkedIn with twitter  Apply for jobs  Add media to your profile Tips To Use LinkedIn Smarter 3/3
  21. 21. 21 If You Are Out Of Work  Volunteer experience can give job candidates an edge  Volunteer work equally as valuable as paid work experience  Managers used to made a hiring decision based on a candidate's volunteer work experience
  22. 22. 22  Make a very good and professional Facebook page or user account  Maintain very good friend list and keep good posts  Highlights your achievements and awards with good photos  Share popular videos and images
  23. 23. 23  Tweet your thoughts and share your ideas along with what's happening around you  Follow famous and your favoured industry / career personalities and get inspired  Maintain a balance in following people, and the number of people follows you  Limit your tweet with important content
  24. 24. 24  If you have outstanding knowledge and very good language start to write blogs  Blogs on your new ideas, new trends in business, discussion, etc.  Don’t copy and paste  Write which is relevant
  25. 25. 25 Is Social Media, Smart Enough To Get YOU A Job?
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  27. 27. 27 Traditional & Untraditional Tools Curriculum vitae Info-graphic CV Cover letter
  29. 29. 29 How To Write A Good Curriculum Vitae?  Better plan your content  A CV is never be a thesis  Focus on highlights said by August Cohen an award winning resume writer  It’s imperative to perfect the document that sells and summarises your professional qualifications Reference: JADA A. GRAVES Use STAR Formatting Guide
  30. 30. 30 Stick To One Page  Young graduates should adhere to one page  New studies shows that even 3-4 years experienced graduates can’t exceed their CV more than one page  Older students have leeway to fill two pages  Different skills should be highlighted for different career paths you targeting  Weave keywords from a particular job’s description
  31. 31. 31 Ditch The Objective/Make Your Statement  Don’t mention I have these and these skills in objective section  The most valuable part of the resume is the top and left-hand side  Go with something that’s going to “wow” the employer
  32. 32. 32 Place Your Education Background Where It Best Serves You  If you are a fresher place your college name in CV  If you graduated from a well reputed college/university place that I a most appropriate place  Once you have a relevant work experience which suits to your targeted job place that above the education qualification
  33. 33. 33 Don’t Improvise  Try to make impression to the hiring manager but don’t be over smart  Use small techniques like info graphic CV, Cover letter, etc.  Send an email to hiring manager by thanking him  Send LinkedIn URL along with your mail  Keep the professionalism in emailing  Focus on the employer's needs, not yours
  34. 34. 34 Don’t Embellish  Not being truthful is a cardinal sin for any job seeker; Don’t lie  If scholastic achievements aren’t noteworthy or/if work accomplishments are few focus more on volunteer work and side projects  Tailor each CV to the job role you are applying to
  35. 35. 35 Never Mention  Race  Political affiliations  Religion  Salary requirements  Marital status  Reasons for leaving a past job
  36. 36. 36 Formatting Your Resume 1/2  Format your text  Set up the page  Create your heading  Decide on a layout  Call your reference people and make sure they will give you a good recommendation  Use a word format
  37. 37. 37  Use the same words as the job description (To clear ATS checking)  Spellchecker is your ally  Do not use the header and footer for important info  Do your Research  Avoid Images Formatting Your Resume 2/2
  38. 38. 38 Info-Graphic CV  Info-graphic CVs represents your CV in a colorful, graphical format, like a brochure or a marketing presentation  The purpose of an info graphic is to consolidate a large amount of information and making it easy and interesting to digest  The ATS will not be able to decipher a graphic resume  Most of the info graphic CV making websites are depending on the LinkedIn that does not really illustrate any specific skills you have!
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  41. 41. 41 Info Graphic CV Making Websites  Visualize.ME  ResumeUP  Re.Vu  Kinzaa beta  Visual CV  JobSpice  Ceevee  ConnectCV
  42. 42. 42 Cover Letter  Expertise says cover letter is important  Not sending a cover letter is a sign of laziness  It is an opportunity to distinguish yourself
  43. 43. 43 How to Write a Cover Letter? Do your research first  “Do some research beyond reading the job description”  Find out what challenges the company is facing and how your role would help address those  Knowing the company better also helps you decide on the right tone to use in your cover letter
  44. 44. 44 Open Strong  “Start with the punch line — why this job is exciting to you and why you’re right for it”  If you have a personal connection with the company or someone who works there, also mention it in the first sentence or two.  Address your letter to someone directly. “With social media, there’s no excuse to not be able to find the name of a hiring manager”
  45. 45. 45 Emphasize Your Personal Value  Drawing on the research you did earlier, show that you know what the company does and some of the challenges it faces.  These don’t need to be specific but you might mention a trend that’s affected the industry.  perhaps explain how you solved a similar problem in the past or share a relevant accomplishment.
  46. 46. 46 Convey Enthusiasm  Make it clear why you want the position  “Enthusiasm conveys personality”  Authenticity is crucial. Be professional and mature  “Use only the kind of language that the hiring manager would use with one of his customers”
  47. 47. 47 Keep It Short  It should be brief enough that someone can read it at a glance.  You do have to cover a lot of ground—but you should do it succinctly.
  48. 48. 48 When You Can’t Submit A Cover Letter  Many companies now use online application systems that don’t allow for a cover letter  You may be able to figure out how to include one in the same document as your CV but that’s not a guarantee.  You may try to find someone who you can send a brief follow-up email highlighting a few key points about your application
  49. 49. 49 How To Write A Paper Cover Letter? Add a letterhead at the top of the letter  Use professional and 14- or 16 font size is appropriate for name  Font size of your address and other contact information should be lesser than name size
  50. 50. 50 Write The Recipient’s Name, Address And Date  Better to use 11 or 12 font size with a professional font set your moderate to, and use single spacing. Be sure your font is black
  51. 51. 51 Address The Recipient  Be sure to refer to the recipient by his or her proper title (Mrs., Mr., Dr., etc.). If you’re not sure who the recipient is, write, “To Whom It May Concern:” or “Dear Sir or Madam”
  52. 52. 52 State Your Purpose In The 1st Paragraph  Tell the employer why you are writing to them in two or three sentences. State the position for which you are applying (or the one you would like to have should it become available)
  53. 53. 53 Outline Your Qualifications In The Middle Paragraph(s)  Make sure to match them to the requirements of the position. To do this, use what you have researched about the employer's background and history
  54. 54. 54 Include A Positive Statement Or Question In The Final Paragraph  Make this closing paragraph between two to four sentences. Direct the employer to your enclosed resume and make sure you specify that you're available for an interview
  55. 55. 55 Write An Appropriate Closing  It’s a good idea to thank the reader for his or her time. After that, write “Sincerely,” “Respectfully,” or “Regards,” leave several spaces, and print your name.
  56. 56. 56 Make a notation of the enclosures  If you enclose something, such as a resume, with a letter, you should indicate that the letter contains enclosures by making the notation “Enclosure” or “Enclosures” at the bottom of the letter
  57. 57. 57 “Sending out 100 CV is a waste of time. Find the few companies you want to work for and put some heart and soul into it”
  58. 58. 59  Be visible in social medias and internet  Show the people that you are still active and engaged  Take the bargaining power from employer  If you are working with a consulting company then you have to be up to date always 
  59. 59. 60 SMART People UseThis!
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