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  1. 1. 2. RESUME AND COVER LETTER 4. JOB OFFER HANDLING3. INTERVIEW TIPS CONTENT 1. JOB SEARCH TIPS Page 3 - 6 Page 7 - 11 Page 12 - 15 Page 16 - 18 2
  2. 2. Job Search 3
  3. 3. 13 Tips on How to hunt for job 2 3 4 5 6 1 Make a Visual Resume Text resume is passé. Explore tools like power points and upload on slideshare or scribd to tailor your resume. Network online Platforms like LinkedIn or Facebook provide huge networking opportunities. An as they say your Network is your Networth. Review Your Online Presence If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, creating one is priority Join groups, build connections and networks Review your social accounts, profiles and history Network, Don’t Broadcast Don’t announce your job search on social networks (Face- book, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) Read up Staying updated is the best thing to do when looking for a job. List yourself List yourself on job portals. If you steer your way through spam, you might find a good one. 4
  4. 4. 13 Tips on How to hunt for job 8 9 10 11 12 7 Send mails Drop in a ‘’hi’’ to your first circle of network. Be specific so they can lead you towards the right profile. Follow Companies Follow companies from your industry, Knowing what they are up to always helps. Do it at home You don’t want to get caught looking up for jobs in your current office now, do you? Find your niche This will help you decide which companied you should apply for. Google Yourself Make sure your best shows up. If not, clean the dirty track. Run a Spell Check Spelling or grammar errors in your resume or cover letter won’t go well with your prospective employer. 13 Don’t be a miser, Pay a little Pay a consultant or a niche job portal to blast your resume to relevant HR companied. Let the pros handle it. 5
  5. 5. KEEP POSITIVITY AND CONFIDENCE A POSITIVE MINDSET AND WELL-BEING IS CRUCIAL TO JOB SEARCH AND INTERVIEW SUCCESS. WE ALL FEEL MORE CONFIDENCE WE ARE LOOKING OUR BEST FEELING ENERGIZED. Money work relax Love familysupermarket FITNESS Provides energy Reduce stress Tones body SLEEP Provide energy Reduce stress Aids concentration NUTRITION Boasts brain function Reduce tiredness Controls weight FEEL GOOD Display your achievements, they provide a feel good factor whenever you need a boost LOOK GOOD We all feel more confident when we look at our best and are well presented MIND AND SOUL Find time for something enriching and relaxing to concentrate and connect with your job search 6
  6. 6. Resume and Cover Letter 2 7
  7. 7. Browse through relevant adverts and make a list of the most important candidate requirements. Make a list to show exactly what you need to highlight in your CV. Search for your desired roles on major job website Length Ideally 2 pages Definitely no more than 3. Busy recruiters don’t have time to wade through lengthy CV’s Top Quarter Anything above this line upwards will be the first thing that reads see upon opening your CV. Make sure it is packaged with key words that your target employers will want to see, to instantly grab their attention. Format Use a simple font, break the text up and avoid using photos. Make it as easy as possible for employers to find the information that they need. FORMAT & STRUCTURE YOUR CV PROPERLY2 HOW TO WRITE AN INTERVIEW-WINNING CV RESEARCH YOUR MARKET1 8
  8. 8. STRUCTURE AND WRITE YOUR ROLE DESCRIPTIONS PROPERLY4 HOW TO WRITE AN INTERVIEW-WINNING CV WRITE A PUNCHY PROFILE3 Avoid using buzzwords and cliches as they are often generic and non-descriptive Key Responsibilities . List your daily activities to show your contribution and impact. . Use bullet points to break the information up and make it easy-to-read. Key Achievements Add some impressive achievements and use numbers where possible to Hard working Team player Dynamic Motivated Strong communication Your profile is the very first thing an employer will read on your CV, so it needs to make an impact and keep them interested. Summarize what you can offer an organization and try sticking to hard facts like industry experience, software knowledge, languages, etc. CV Outline: Summarize your role and employer 9
  9. 9. INTERESTS TO INCLUDE ONLY INCLUDE RELEVANT INTERESTS6 HOW TO WRITE AN INTERVIEW-WINNING CV DETAIL YOUR EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS5 Interests and hobbies are optional so only include interests that could have a positive effecr on your job applications. List your education, starting with your most recent – include grades and governing bodies. If you have little work experience, you should include lots of detail on your education. Experienced candidates need only to include a brief summary of their education. INTERESTS NOT TO INCLUDE Sports teams Clubs and societies Volunteering and charity work World travel Political or religious views “Socializing with friends” Anything that could be considered controversial 10
  10. 10. It only takes one mistake for employers to start doubting your credibility so make sure that you proof read your CV thoroughly. 10 TOP TIPS FOR COVER LETTER 2 HOW TO WRITE AN INTERVIEW-WINNING CV TRIPLE CHECK YOUR CV7 CHECK FOR Grammar mistakes Spelling mistakes Repeated words Messy formatting Contact detail errors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Show the company you have done some good research about them Provide evidence that you can fulfill what is requested in the job specification Address the letter to a specific (if possible) and sign it ‘Yours Sincerely’’ Make it targeted to the job role and the company Follow the format of a business letter, never use slang or abbreviations Don’t rewrite your CV make it different Make it clear, concise and to the point If emailed, put your covering letter in the body of the email Use your covering letter as an opportunity to tell the employer what you are going ton bring them Make sure you have included all your up-to-date contact details and spell check 11
  11. 11. The Interview Tips 3 12
  12. 12. BEFORE THE INTERVIEW POWERFUL INTERVIEW TIPS TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB 1. RESEARCH THE COMPANY 47% of hiring managers have eliminated candidates after an interview because they had little to no knowledge of the company. 2. FIND OUT WHO YOU’RE INTERVIEWING WITH AND RESEARCH THEM, TOO 43% of hiring managers report that cultural fir is the single most influential factor in determining which candidate gets the job. Be sure you have a clear idea of how well you’re going to relate with the people you’re interviewing with, and plan accordingly. 3. PREPARE CREATIVE, INSIGHTFUL QUESTION AND CRAFT YOUR PERSONAL STORY 13
  13. 13. DURING THE INTERVIEW POWERFUL INTERVIEW TIPS TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB 4. DRESS FOR THE JOB 70% of hiring managers say they’ve eliminated candidates after an interview because they thought 33% of hiring managers say they know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether or not they’ll make a job offer to the candidate. 5. BRING 2 EXTRA COPIES OF YOUR RESUME 7. TURN YOUR PHONE OFF AND ARRIVE 5-10 MINUTES EARLY 6. PERFECT YOUR HANDSHAKE 26% of hiring managers say they’ve eliminated candidates after an interview because their handshake was weak. 14
  14. 14. DURING THE INTERVIEW POWERFUL INTERVIEW TIPS TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB 8. USE CONFIDENT POSTURE 33% of hiring managers say they’ve eliminated candidates after an interview because of bad posture 33% of hiring managers say they know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether or not they’ll make a job offer to the candidate. 9. USE THE TRIPLE NOD WHEN LISTENING AFTER THE INTERVIEW 38% of hiring managers say they’ve eliminated candidates after an interview because of lack of smiling and engagement during the conversation 10. SEND A FOLLOW-UP THANK YOU EMAIL TO EVERYONE YOU MET WITH LATER THAT DAY THANKS YOU! 11. IF YOU DON’T HEAR BACK SOON Handwritten card for bonus points YOU GOT THIS! 15
  15. 15. Job Offer 4 Job Offer 16
  16. 16. 2 3 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ACCEPTING A JOB OFFER THE COMPANY1 THE POSITION2 THE PACKAGE3 7 It is important to think about the pros and cons after receiving your new job offer. Most companies won’t expect a decision immediately, so take your time and evaluate your situation. Discover whether the opportunity is right for you by asking yourself a few simple questions. Things to consider are the company, the position, and the package. WHAT REPUTATION DOES IT HAVE IN THE INDUSTRY? HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN ESTABLISHED? IS IT A SMALL, MEDIUM OR LARGE COMPANY? WHAT ARE THE TYPICAL PROJECTS LIKE? ARE THE WORKING HOURS SUITABLE? IS IT TEAM-ORIENTED? WHERE IS IT BASED? ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT? WHAT IS THE BASE SALARY? IS SUPERANNUATION INCLUDED? DOES THE ROLE COME WITH A COMPANY VEHICLE? DOES THE COMPANY PROVIDE A MOBILE PHONE OR LAPTOP? IS A BONUS STRUCTURE IN PLACE? WHAT IS THE HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT? DOES THE COMPANY PROVIDE MEDICAL COVER? 17
  17. 17. 2 HOW TO TURN DOWN A JOB OFFER? LET THE EMPLOYERS KNOW WHY YOUR ARE NOT ACCEPTING1 DON’T DELAY TELLING THE COMPANY THAT YOU ARE TURNING DOWN THEIR OFFER 2 LET THE COMPANY KNOW IN PERSON BY PHONE3 AVOID NEGOTIATIONS UNLESS YOU SERIOUSLY MIGHT CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT ACCEPTING 4 BE HONEST, BUT NOT TOO THE POINT OF OFFENDING SOMEONE5 BE HONEST, BUT NOT TOO THE POINT OF OFFENDING SOMEONE6 7 18 REJECT OFFER
  18. 18. ABOUT US Established in 1998, First Alliances is the largest and the most successful HR consultancy in Vietnam with a high-perfor- mance culture. We specialize in Executive Search & Selection, Staffing, and Payroll. We describe our culture as a meritocracy, a high-performance culture that promotes and rewards individuals based on the merit of their performance. As a market leader, we have high expectations of our people and invest heavily in their development. Our culture and the expectations we have of ourselves are summed up by our beliefs, which we call: • Work with passion • Expect excellent • Celebrate success Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, & Anphabe. Visit www.fa.net.vn Fun facts came from various online sources. Ho Chi Minh City Suite 1211, Saigon Trade Center 37 Ton Duc Thang Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Tel. : +848 3910 2080 Fax : +848 3910 2079 Hanoi 10th Floor, Lotte Center Hanoi, 54 Lieu Giai Street, Lieu Giai Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam Tel.: +84 4 3538 1996 Fax : +84 4 3538 1995
  1. 1. 2. RESUME AND COVER LETTER 4. JOB OFFER HANDLING3. INTERVIEW TIPS CONTENT 1. JOB SEARCH TIPS Page 3 - 6 Page 7 - 11 Page 12 - 15 Page 16 - 18 2
  2. 2. Job Search 3
  3. 3. 13 Tips on How to hunt for job 2 3 4 5 6 1 Make a Visual Resume Text resume is passé. Explore tools like power points and upload on slideshare or scribd to tailor your resume. Network online Platforms like LinkedIn or Facebook provide huge networking opportunities. An as they say your Network is your Networth. Review Your Online Presence If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, creating one is priority Join groups, build connections and networks Review your social accounts, profiles and history Network, Don’t Broadcast Don’t announce your job search on social networks (Face- book, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) Read up Staying updated is the best thing to do when looking for a job. List yourself List yourself on job portals. If you steer your way through spam, you might find a good one. 4
  4. 4. 13 Tips on How to hunt for job 8 9 10 11 12 7 Send mails Drop in a ‘’hi’’ to your first circle of network. Be specific so they can lead you towards the right profile. Follow Companies Follow companies from your industry, Knowing what they are up to always helps. Do it at home You don’t want to get caught looking up for jobs in your current office now, do you? Find your niche This will help you decide which companied you should apply for. Google Yourself Make sure your best shows up. If not, clean the dirty track. Run a Spell Check Spelling or grammar errors in your resume or cover letter won’t go well with your prospective employer. 13 Don’t be a miser, Pay a little Pay a consultant or a niche job portal to blast your resume to relevant HR companied. Let the pros handle it. 5
  5. 5. KEEP POSITIVITY AND CONFIDENCE A POSITIVE MINDSET AND WELL-BEING IS CRUCIAL TO JOB SEARCH AND INTERVIEW SUCCESS. WE ALL FEEL MORE CONFIDENCE WE ARE LOOKING OUR BEST FEELING ENERGIZED. Money work relax Love familysupermarket FITNESS Provides energy Reduce stress Tones body SLEEP Provide energy Reduce stress Aids concentration NUTRITION Boasts brain function Reduce tiredness Controls weight FEEL GOOD Display your achievements, they provide a feel good factor whenever you need a boost LOOK GOOD We all feel more confident when we look at our best and are well presented MIND AND SOUL Find time for something enriching and relaxing to concentrate and connect with your job search 6
  6. 6. Resume and Cover Letter 2 7
  7. 7. Browse through relevant adverts and make a list of the most important candidate requirements. Make a list to show exactly what you need to highlight in your CV. Search for your desired roles on major job website Length Ideally 2 pages Definitely no more than 3. Busy recruiters don’t have time to wade through lengthy CV’s Top Quarter Anything above this line upwards will be the first thing that reads see upon opening your CV. Make sure it is packaged with key words that your target employers will want to see, to instantly grab their attention. Format Use a simple font, break the text up and avoid using photos. Make it as easy as possible for employers to find the information that they need. FORMAT & STRUCTURE YOUR CV PROPERLY2 HOW TO WRITE AN INTERVIEW-WINNING CV RESEARCH YOUR MARKET1 8
  8. 8. STRUCTURE AND WRITE YOUR ROLE DESCRIPTIONS PROPERLY4 HOW TO WRITE AN INTERVIEW-WINNING CV WRITE A PUNCHY PROFILE3 Avoid using buzzwords and cliches as they are often generic and non-descriptive Key Responsibilities . List your daily activities to show your contribution and impact. . Use bullet points to break the information up and make it easy-to-read. Key Achievements Add some impressive achievements and use numbers where possible to Hard working Team player Dynamic Motivated Strong communication Your profile is the very first thing an employer will read on your CV, so it needs to make an impact and keep them interested. Summarize what you can offer an organization and try sticking to hard facts like industry experience, software knowledge, languages, etc. CV Outline: Summarize your role and employer 9
  9. 9. INTERESTS TO INCLUDE ONLY INCLUDE RELEVANT INTERESTS6 HOW TO WRITE AN INTERVIEW-WINNING CV DETAIL YOUR EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS5 Interests and hobbies are optional so only include interests that could have a positive effecr on your job applications. List your education, starting with your most recent – include grades and governing bodies. If you have little work experience, you should include lots of detail on your education. Experienced candidates need only to include a brief summary of their education. INTERESTS NOT TO INCLUDE Sports teams Clubs and societies Volunteering and charity work World travel Political or religious views “Socializing with friends” Anything that could be considered controversial 10
  10. 10. It only takes one mistake for employers to start doubting your credibility so make sure that you proof read your CV thoroughly. 10 TOP TIPS FOR COVER LETTER 2 HOW TO WRITE AN INTERVIEW-WINNING CV TRIPLE CHECK YOUR CV7 CHECK FOR Grammar mistakes Spelling mistakes Repeated words Messy formatting Contact detail errors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Show the company you have done some good research about them Provide evidence that you can fulfill what is requested in the job specification Address the letter to a specific (if possible) and sign it ‘Yours Sincerely’’ Make it targeted to the job role and the company Follow the format of a business letter, never use slang or abbreviations Don’t rewrite your CV make it different Make it clear, concise and to the point If emailed, put your covering letter in the body of the email Use your covering letter as an opportunity to tell the employer what you are going ton bring them Make sure you have included all your up-to-date contact details and spell check 11
  11. 11. The Interview Tips 3 12
  12. 12. BEFORE THE INTERVIEW POWERFUL INTERVIEW TIPS TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB 1. RESEARCH THE COMPANY 47% of hiring managers have eliminated candidates after an interview because they had little to no knowledge of the company. 2. FIND OUT WHO YOU’RE INTERVIEWING WITH AND RESEARCH THEM, TOO 43% of hiring managers report that cultural fir is the single most influential factor in determining which candidate gets the job. Be sure you have a clear idea of how well you’re going to relate with the people you’re interviewing with, and plan accordingly. 3. PREPARE CREATIVE, INSIGHTFUL QUESTION AND CRAFT YOUR PERSONAL STORY 13
  13. 13. DURING THE INTERVIEW POWERFUL INTERVIEW TIPS TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB 4. DRESS FOR THE JOB 70% of hiring managers say they’ve eliminated candidates after an interview because they thought 33% of hiring managers say they know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether or not they’ll make a job offer to the candidate. 5. BRING 2 EXTRA COPIES OF YOUR RESUME 7. TURN YOUR PHONE OFF AND ARRIVE 5-10 MINUTES EARLY 6. PERFECT YOUR HANDSHAKE 26% of hiring managers say they’ve eliminated candidates after an interview because their handshake was weak. 14
  14. 14. DURING THE INTERVIEW POWERFUL INTERVIEW TIPS TO LAND YOUR DREAM JOB 8. USE CONFIDENT POSTURE 33% of hiring managers say they’ve eliminated candidates after an interview because of bad posture 33% of hiring managers say they know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether or not they’ll make a job offer to the candidate. 9. USE THE TRIPLE NOD WHEN LISTENING AFTER THE INTERVIEW 38% of hiring managers say they’ve eliminated candidates after an interview because of lack of smiling and engagement during the conversation 10. SEND A FOLLOW-UP THANK YOU EMAIL TO EVERYONE YOU MET WITH LATER THAT DAY THANKS YOU! 11. IF YOU DON’T HEAR BACK SOON Handwritten card for bonus points YOU GOT THIS! 15
  15. 15. Job Offer 4 Job Offer 16
  16. 16. 2 3 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ACCEPTING A JOB OFFER THE COMPANY1 THE POSITION2 THE PACKAGE3 7 It is important to think about the pros and cons after receiving your new job offer. Most companies won’t expect a decision immediately, so take your time and evaluate your situation. Discover whether the opportunity is right for you by asking yourself a few simple questions. Things to consider are the company, the position, and the package. WHAT REPUTATION DOES IT HAVE IN THE INDUSTRY? HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN ESTABLISHED? IS IT A SMALL, MEDIUM OR LARGE COMPANY? WHAT ARE THE TYPICAL PROJECTS LIKE? ARE THE WORKING HOURS SUITABLE? IS IT TEAM-ORIENTED? WHERE IS IT BASED? ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT? WHAT IS THE BASE SALARY? IS SUPERANNUATION INCLUDED? DOES THE ROLE COME WITH A COMPANY VEHICLE? DOES THE COMPANY PROVIDE A MOBILE PHONE OR LAPTOP? IS A BONUS STRUCTURE IN PLACE? WHAT IS THE HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT? DOES THE COMPANY PROVIDE MEDICAL COVER? 17
  17. 17. 2 HOW TO TURN DOWN A JOB OFFER? LET THE EMPLOYERS KNOW WHY YOUR ARE NOT ACCEPTING1 DON’T DELAY TELLING THE COMPANY THAT YOU ARE TURNING DOWN THEIR OFFER 2 LET THE COMPANY KNOW IN PERSON BY PHONE3 AVOID NEGOTIATIONS UNLESS YOU SERIOUSLY MIGHT CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT ACCEPTING 4 BE HONEST, BUT NOT TOO THE POINT OF OFFENDING SOMEONE5 BE HONEST, BUT NOT TOO THE POINT OF OFFENDING SOMEONE6 7 18 REJECT OFFER
  18. 18. ABOUT US Established in 1998, First Alliances is the largest and the most successful HR consultancy in Vietnam with a high-perfor- mance culture. We specialize in Executive Search & Selection, Staffing, and Payroll. We describe our culture as a meritocracy, a high-performance culture that promotes and rewards individuals based on the merit of their performance. As a market leader, we have high expectations of our people and invest heavily in their development. Our culture and the expectations we have of ourselves are summed up by our beliefs, which we call: • Work with passion • Expect excellent • Celebrate success Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, & Anphabe. Visit www.fa.net.vn Fun facts came from various online sources. Ho Chi Minh City Suite 1211, Saigon Trade Center 37 Ton Duc Thang Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Tel. : +848 3910 2080 Fax : +848 3910 2079 Hanoi 10th Floor, Lotte Center Hanoi, 54 Lieu Giai Street, Lieu Giai Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam Tel.: +84 4 3538 1996 Fax : +84 4 3538 1995

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