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  • Launching Your Graduate Career Successfully! Presenter: Michael Maeder Senior Account Manager, Direct HR MSc CEMS International Management Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
    • Senior Professionals Recruitment
    • Recruitment Process Outsourcing
    • HR Technology Development
    • Offices in Shanghai, Ningbo and Macau
    • Reviewing hundreds of resumes every week
    Direct HR 06/09/09 /23
  • Tough Times
    • CEIBS: China Europe International Business School
    • #1 MBA Program in Asia (Financial Times’ global MBA ranking 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)
    • Graduates having difficulty finding jobs
      • Industries: All
      • Average age: 29.5 (23 – 40)
    06/09/09 /23 Start Graduation Class Size Current Placement Status 2007 MBA February 2009 190 45% (full-time job) 2008 MBA February 2010 188 10% (internship)
  • Overview
    • Identify personal strengths & motivations
    • Have a clear long-term objective and map the strategy to reach that objective
    • Optimize your personal profile marketing
    • Best practices for employer interaction
    • Receive feedback from employers and follow-up
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  • Identify personal strengths 06/09/09 /23 Strength Examples Description Creativity [originality, ingenuity] Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things. Open-mindedness [judgment, critical thinking] Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; weighing all evidence fairly. Persistence [perseverance, industriousness] Finishing what one starts; persisting in a course of action in spite of obstacles. Social intelligence [emotional intelligence, personal intelligence] Being aware of the motives and feelings of other people and oneself. Leadership Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same maintain time good relations within the group.
  • Identify personal motivations 06/09/09 /23 Motivation Variables Answers Work environment Small / Big organization Managing Lead 0 / 50 people Work-life balance Work 40 / 80 hours per week Travelling Located in 1 / 3 different locations a week Language usage Chinese only / Chinese and English
  • Strategy for long-term objective
    • Example of long-term objective: To become a partner at a leading consultancy firm
    • Strategy:
    • Long-term objective matching with your motivations?
      • Work 80 hours per week
      • Lots of travelling
    06/09/09 /23 Analyst (3 years) Associate (3 years) Manager (3 years) Partner
  • Optimize your personal profile marketing
    • Apply to companies via personal network (family, friends, acquaintances)
    • Apply to companies directly (via company websites)
    • Apply to companies via Career Boards (e.g. 51Job.com / ChinaHR.com / ZhaoPin.com)
    • Leave resume on Career Boards
    • Create profile on Professional Networking Boards (e.g. LinkedIn.com / Xing.com)
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  • Best practices for employer interaction
    • Be pro-active Get in touch with the firm via the phone before you apply to clarify some details and to ask some relevant questions
    • No spelling mistakes: Double check yourself and let someone else do a final check
    • Do your homework: Research the firm you are applying for and make sure you fully understand the job description and the role
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  • Best practices for employer interaction
    • Application Email
    • Application Resume
    • Interview Tips
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  • Application Email (1/3)
    • Real name in email address:
        • [email_address]
        • [email_address]
    • Clear email subject:
    • Application.
    • John Wu applying for Junior Analyst at ABC Inc, Shanghai
    • Directed to a specific person:
    • Try to obtain the name of the person who will most likely be reading your resume.
    • Dear Sir/Madame,
    • Dear Ms. Zhu,
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  • Application Email (2/3)
    • Short email body:
        • 1 Page summary why you are the best person for the job
        • 1 Short paragraph introducing yourself and the purpose of your application
    • Example: Dear Ms. Zhu, My name is John Wu and I would hereby like to apply for the Junior Analyst position at ABC Inc in Shanghai. I am a graduate from the Nottingham University Ningbo China and I have a BA in International Business Management. Please find my English and Chinese resume attached to this e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you and I would like to thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Sincerely, John Wu --- [email_address] +86 1586 9500 123
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  • Application Email (3/3)
    • Attachments:
      • When given, follow instructions by employers.
      • Not using attachments will increase the chance that your resume will actually be read (due to spam filters).
      • If you do use attachments, make sure you: minimize size of attachments, minimize number of attachments and name your attachments clearly.
      • Resume.doc (250kb)
      • Resume_ABC Inc_John Wu_March 2009.pdf (50kb)
      • 6 Attachments (English Resume, Chinese Resume, 4x Certificates)
      • 2 Attachments (English Resume, Chinese Resume)
    • Use PDFCreator (Office Plug-in): To convert your Word Resumes into PDF Resumes ( http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/ )
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  • Application Resume (1/3)
    • Length: Employers browse through hundreds of resumes per week, keep yours short 5 Pages
    • Preferably 1, maximum 2 pages
    • Languages: As Nottingham University graduate, English is one of your major strengths – use it
    • Only Chinese resume
        • Chinese + English resume in two separate files
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  • Application Resume (2/3)
    • State job objective: Communicating to potential employers that you know what you are aiming for in max 6 words is a good sign
    • Job objective: Junior Analyst position at ABC Inc, Shanghai
    • Different job objectives at the same time? Write a different resume for each specific job objective
    • Latest data on top:
    • January 2001 – December 2003, ABC Inc., Researcher January 2004 – December 2006, XYZ Inc., Consultant
    • January 2004 – December 2006, XYZ Inc., Consultant January 2001 – December 2003, ABC Inc., Researcher
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  • Application Resume (3/3)
    • Still finalizing degree: “Bachelor’s Degree anticipated July 2009”
    • Listing hobbies and interests: Only list when somehow relevant to your job objective
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  • Interview Tips (1/3)
    • Make sure you know what the firm does
    • Make sure you fully understand the job description and the role
    • Make sure you look professional
    • Bring printed copies of your resume to face-to-face interviews
    • Prepare some questions you can ask
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  • Interview Tips (2/3)
    • Prepare a few arguments why exactly you would be great at this job
    • First impressions matter and are very important. Be positive, interested, friendly and keep eye contact with the interviewers
    • Provide a firm handshake at the beginning and the end of the interview
    • Smile!
    • Listen!
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  • Interview Tips (3/3)
    • Do you have the feeling that something (that will positively) make you stand out from the other candidates has not been covered during the interview? Try to mention it at the end without pushing too much
    • Be aware of your body language (Sit up straight!)
    • Always finish the interview on a positive note. If you are interested in the position make sure to tell the interviewer you would be interested in taking things further. Ask how many other candidates are being considered, what and when is the next step?
    • Always thank the interviewer for their time
    • Be yourself
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  • Receive feedback and follow-up
    • When rejected after interviews (telephone or face-to-face), try to find out the reason behind the decision
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  • Conclusion
    • Identify personal strengths & motivations
    • Have a clear long-term objective and map the strategy to reach that objective
    • Optimize your personal profile marketing
    • Best practices for employer interaction
    • Receive feedback from employers and follow-up
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  • Direct HR Career Opportunities
    • Direct HR Traineeship Learning the tricks of the trade in recruitment, starting as a Recruitment Assistant and become an Assistant Account Manager (Business Development) or Consultant (Candidate Sourcing)
    • Junior Software Developers Develop web applications in PHP and ASP
    • Junior Analyst Program (Internship) Minimum 6 months
    • Contact Tina Huang [email_address] +86 574 8848 7059
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  • China Recruitment Industry
    • Increasing talent shortage in China at professionals and management level causing rapid market growth
    • Online recruitment (HR Technology) in China becoming more important (expected continued growth above 25% year-on-year, expected market value of RMB 2.63bn in 2011)
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  • Thank you!
    • Go Launch Your Graduate Career Successfully!
    • Visit us at
    • www.directhr.net
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