Keys to Career Development Anouk Vanhecke, Mezquita & Associates BU Brussels Alumni Gathering 4/05/2011
JOBHUNTER’S MINDSET <ul><li>Everything in life starts with knowing what you want </li></ul><ul><li>Competencies vs. Talent...
CV WRITING <ul><li>Define your objective  (on top of CV) </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to the Essence: Executive summary </li></...
CV   WRITING  (cont’d) <ul><li>Explain short periods (« job hopper ») or time gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Reason for Leaving </...
VISIBILITY & NETWORKING <ul><li>ONLINE:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social media: LinkedIn, Xing, Facebook, etc.  </li></ul></u...
APPLYING IN “ACTIVE” MODE <ul><li>Make a list of target-companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check-out their job-openings & app...
INTERVIEWS <ul><li>Be prepared: read all relevant documents, websites, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Basics: handshake, smile, ti...
INTERVIEWS (cont’d) <ul><li>Interpersonal involvement & open attitude </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interested, motivated, committ...
POST-INTERVIEW <ul><li>Follow-up with mail (+) or telephone (-) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank the interviewer </li></ul></ul...
KEEP MIND & BODY ACTIVE <ul><li>Job search can be stressful, annoying </li></ul><ul><li>Self-confidence can be harmed </li...
DON’T FORGET <ul><li>You can intimidate, surprize or amaze people  </li></ul><ul><li>by what you HAVE </li></ul><ul><li>bu...
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Keys to Career Development

  1. 1. Keys to Career Development Anouk Vanhecke, Mezquita & Associates BU Brussels Alumni Gathering 4/05/2011
  2. 2. JOBHUNTER’S MINDSET <ul><li>Everything in life starts with knowing what you want </li></ul><ul><li>Competencies vs. Talent </li></ul><ul><li>« What you are good at » vs. « what you love doing » </li></ul><ul><li>Min. 8 hours/day on the job! </li></ul>Keys to Career Development 05/24/11 TALENT
  3. 3. CV WRITING <ul><li>Define your objective (on top of CV) </li></ul><ul><li>Stick to the Essence: Executive summary </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight relevant keywords related to specific job </li></ul><ul><li>Chronology of experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Your responsibilities & achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Sector definition </li></ul>Keys to Career Development 05/24/11
  4. 4. CV WRITING (cont’d) <ul><li>Explain short periods (« job hopper ») or time gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Reason for Leaving </li></ul><ul><li>Picture </li></ul><ul><li>Date of birth ??? </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail address </li></ul><ul><li>Make it personal </li></ul>Keys to Career Development 05/24/11
  5. 5. VISIBILITY & NETWORKING <ul><li>ONLINE: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social media: LinkedIn, Xing, Facebook, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job engines: Monster, Stepstone, Vacature, Jobat, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumni website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FACE-TO-FACE : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network drinks & events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seminars in the field of your objective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumni gatherings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul>Keys to Career Development 05/24/11
  6. 6. APPLYING IN “ACTIVE” MODE <ul><li>Make a list of target-companies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check-out their job-openings & apply </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check websites of headhunters </li></ul><ul><li>Job engines </li></ul><ul><li>Check out jobs on social media (LinkedIn) </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>Keys to Career Development 05/24/11
  7. 7. INTERVIEWS <ul><li>Be prepared: read all relevant documents, websites, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Basics: handshake, smile, timeliness, grooming, cut telephone, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect the timing of the interviewer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many IV’s after office hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be relevant, complete & concise in communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggest to deepen the topic but leave the choice to IV’er </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do not lead the interview </li></ul>Keys to Career Development 05/24/11
  8. 8. INTERVIEWS (cont’d) <ul><li>Interpersonal involvement & open attitude </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interested, motivated, committed vs. « You called me » </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talking negative about current employer  CAREFUL </li></ul><ul><li>Coherent communication </li></ul><ul><li>End: ask interviewer for feedback & next steps </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t leave behind the business card of the interviewer </li></ul>Keys to Career Development 05/24/11
  9. 9. POST-INTERVIEW <ul><li>Follow-up with mail (+) or telephone (-) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thank the interviewer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforce your interest & motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for feedback & next steps if not done yet during IV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep close contact with the HR person or intermediary headhunter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make sure to have several interviews  choice! </li></ul>Keys to Career Development 05/24/11
  10. 10. KEEP MIND & BODY ACTIVE <ul><li>Job search can be stressful, annoying </li></ul><ul><li>Self-confidence can be harmed </li></ul><ul><li>Keep an active & alert mind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read, follow classes, network, remain social, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep an active & alert body </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sport, meditation, etc. </li></ul></ul>Keys to Career Development 05/24/11
  11. 11. DON’T FORGET <ul><li>You can intimidate, surprize or amaze people </li></ul><ul><li>by what you HAVE </li></ul><ul><li>but… </li></ul><ul><li>you can only move or inspire people </li></ul><ul><li>by who you ARE </li></ul><ul><li>THE BEST OF LUCK!!! </li></ul><ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul>Keys to Career Development 05/24/11

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