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  1. 1. 1You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.uk
  2. 2. 2You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukContentsAbout The Author.................................................................................................................... 5What blogs and articles do we feature?............................................................................ 5Contact Sbabzy.com and share your stories .................................................................... 6Subscribe today ................................................................................................................... 6How to Choose a Career or Field Of Study............................................................................8Interests................................................................................................................................ 8Other Factors........................................................................................................................ 9Money Careers ..................................................................................................................... 9Careers That Do Not Need College Education.....................................................................11Research Study.................................................................................................................... 11Stuck In a Career.................................................................................................................12Doesn’t Need College..........................................................................................................12How to Get Skills for a Career without College Education .................................................14Where to Look.....................................................................................................................14Community Colleges...........................................................................................................15Armed Services ...................................................................................................................15Certification Programs .......................................................................................................15High School Vocational Programs.....................................................................................15Value of College Education? ..............................................................................................16How to Build a Good Resume or CV.....................................................................................17What to Send With a Resume............................................................................................17Defining Your Objective .....................................................................................................17Education.............................................................................................................................18Military Service ...................................................................................................................18National Service..................................................................................................................18Employment........................................................................................................................18Miscellaneous......................................................................................................................19
  3. 3. 3You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukWhere to Begin Looking For Job Openings ........................................................................20College Office - Career Services ........................................................................................20Professors ...........................................................................................................................20Alumni Networks................................................................................................................21Investment Consulting and Banking.................................................................................21New Media /Advertising ...................................................................................................22Publishing/Journalism......................................................................................................22Others .................................................................................................................................22Resume and References ....................................................................................................23Make certain this is the Company and the Job ............................................................... 23Networking......................................................................................................................... 24Why is the Interview So Important? ................................................................................ 24Preparing for an Interview................................................................................................ 25Goals of an Interview......................................................................................................... 25Research ............................................................................................................................. 25Practice ............................................................................................................................... 26Other Important Items......................................................................................................26Dress for Success ............................................................................................................... 26What to Bring..................................................................................................................... 27Summary ............................................................................................................................ 27How to Develop Good Interviewing Skills...........................................................................28Dress Appropriately...........................................................................................................28Be On-time .........................................................................................................................28Shine your personality.......................................................................................................29Be confident ....................................................................................................................... 29Be Professional................................................................................................................... 29Listen Before Speaking......................................................................................................29No Lingering.......................................................................................................................30Things to Do/Not to Do During an Interview......................................................................31Things Not To Do................................................................................................................31
  4. 4. 4You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukThings to Do....................................................................................................................... 32Have a Great Pitch............................................................................................................. 33Enthusiasm......................................................................................................................... 33Due Diligence..................................................................................................................... 34When to Follow-up on the Telephone.............................................................................. 35Losing a Job is Stressful.................................................................................................... 37Grief ....................................................................................................................................38
  5. 5. 5You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukAbout The AuthorSbabzy.com is a platform offering advice to all andproviding a forum for personal development, business tips,relationship and careers.You can share your personal stories here with likemindedpeople and share links from and to all social mediaplatforms. Sbabzy.com also offers you the opportunity ofmarketing your products to your readers, which is incrediblyuseful and can benefit your business tremendously.I hold a BA (Hons) in Business and Mathematics and an MSc in AppliedMathematical Modelling & Scientific Computing from the University ofGreenwich, London, UK. I have fought to realize my career aspirations and,although they may be different to yours, we all have goals and dreams that wemust try to realize in order to live fulfilled lives.Anyone in the world can submit articles to me, whether they are individuals,companies or groups of friends. Share tips on any aspect of your personal andprofessional life with people who have the same interests and aspirations asyou.What blogs and articles do we feature?Published articles on Sbabzy include tips for the self employed, carving out a
  6. 6. 6You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.uksuccessful career in media and the benefits of online advertising. We have alsoincluded understanding your rights for job references. Personal blogs includehow to build relationships by doing chores together as a family and findingwork as a single parent, to staying fit in five easy steps and arranging awedding reception.You can even leave a testimonial on Sbabzy.com by contacting me and leavinga message, which I will be happy to read.This blog is the perfect location to share thoughts, ideas and inspiring storiesof all kinds.I like to encourage people from all walks of life to be all they can be. I want toinspire them to be successful in their career choices and to share theirknowledge, struggles and stories on Sbabzy.com.Contact Sbabzy.com and share your storiesMany blog sites refuse to publish articles. It is difficult getting people to listento what you are trying to say; but on this blog you can write and shareinformation. Visit Write and Share section to find out how you can participateto the blog and interact with other likeminded people.Sbabzy also owns the islotterygenerator.co.uk, which is another useful site.Subscribe todaySbabzy.com will also be interviewing successful people from different business
  7. 7. 7You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.uksectors who will be sharing their expertise and tips for success with you.Subscribe to Sbabzy and reap the rewards. Listen to top professionals tell theirstories and learn how to make your life successful and fulfilling in every sense.Feel inspired by Sbabzy and communicate with interesting people here. Usetips and give advice and share your experiences with us.Please do comment in any way you wish to and make sure you leave a footprint before exiting the site.You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+Sincerely,Oluwaseun Babajide.
  8. 8. 8You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukHow to Choose a Career or Field Of StudyChoosing a career is an important decision. It is no overstatement to say, “Your choicewill affect the rest of your life.”What to study in college is also a serious decision because this will prepare you for acareer; choosing the right college to study at is one of the first steps in the process ofplanning for your future. The other step that is significant is selecting your major andwhilst many students already have some idea what they want as a major before selectinga college, others are still not sure and end up waiting until the last moments to select afield of study. Here are several of the methods that students can use to help narrowdown their selections and find the major that is just right for them.InterestsAmong the list of considerationsand probably most important isyour own personal interests.Perhaps you are the one wholikes science or mathematics.Alternatively, perhaps you hatenumbers and love art. The firststep that a student needs to do ismake a list of individual likesand dislikes. After this list, itshould be easier for a student to narrow things to a selected area or areas of study.
  9. 9. 9You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukSome students will find out that this procedure still does not give a clear choice. Inaddition, for others, too many diverse areas of interest can be vastly dissimilar to eachother. This may make the process of decision-making complex. However, withoutlimitless money and time the luxury of a double major option such as engineering andfine arts will mean that a choice will have to be made eventually.For others the choice is easy as you are the ones that have had a dream or hobby fromthe time you were in kindergarten - there is something that you have said or shown anaptitude in since the beginning of your life.Other FactorsUsually skills and interests are the main reasons behind the selection of a specific careerpath. Often other factors can also lead you down a specific path, though that path mightnot necessarily be your favourite. An example of this is if your family owns a business.Some students are daughters or sons of parents who are successful and own a businessor head a family-owned corporation. The parents might want to keep this business inthe family – so a precise major will be expected of you. Usually the field of study wouldbe business, but dependent on the type of business it could be something else.Money CareersAnother prevalent but not really a good reason for choosing a specific career path ismoney. There are students who select a major based merely on the potential for futureearnings in a specific field.
  10. 10. 10You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukBusiness, medical and law are generally considered to be the more lucrative fields; thiswill often entice students to select a field of study in one of these areas rather thanselecting a major such as liberal arts or some other field where earnings might or mightnot be as high.But the choice will have to be made and this will determine, for most individuals, thecareer they will have for the rest of their working years. Many experts will advise that ifyou are doing what you love to do - the money will come.
  11. 11. 11You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukCareers That Do Not Need College EducationThere are many economists who will be the first to tell you that college education is thebest ticket to middle class that you will be able to find.Research StudyA recent study released outlines there are 29 million jobs that offer pay in the middleclass and do not require a bachelor’s degree. Researchers were surprised in finding somany job vacancies that pay between $35,000 and $72,000 but do not require collegeeducation.One example is an individual who worked with an organisation referred to as ‘SkillsUSA’ and learned how to coordinate events that involved thousands of students. Afterthat, this individual skipped college and went straight to work at Apple. He now makesbetween $40,000 and $50,000 a year.
  12. 12. 12You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukStuck In a CareerYou do have to make a decision on a career, but you do not have to be restricted by thosedecisions of a career – making you stick to them.Many say that there are no wrong or right career decisions. What is most important is“having a go” and “exploring” in the general area that you want to enter and throughgathering information, contacts and experience then making a decision that is moretargeted. Learning, growing and adapting are more important than getting it right withthe first career decision.Doesn’t Need CollegeLearning and gaining qualifications are vital but there are a vast range of opportunitiesfor work that do not need a college education. Apprenticeships, self-employment,armed services and a range of other meaningful and challenging careers do not require acollege education.It takes many things to obtain a job that you want and that you will do well at.Qualifications are important but knowing individuals, having communication skills,motivation, personal attributes, appropriate risk-taking, problem solving and creativityare vital qualifications for having a successful job.
  13. 13. 13You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukWith College Education You Won’t Have to Start at theBottomActually where you begin when you finish college will mostly depend on wherever theemployer wants you or considers is the best place for you to study their businessintricacies. College education enlightens you with knowledge, qualifications, andcompetencies; in some instances, it also provides relevant work experience.But, in the work place there are many other skills that are needed before you cancommand a top position salary. For instance, you might need in-depth understanding ofthe business environment in which you are in, have networks inside the broaderindustry and proven leadership, accountability or responsibility qualities and so on.These are the skills that are needed in management positions and which colleges cannotteach you.Graduates cannot expect to get these types of job on day one – they have to be earned,proven through experience and results within the work place. Even then, often someonewithout a degree but yearswithin the company might bebetter qualified than you.So, there are numerousopportunities in career fieldsthat do not need collegeeducation but many will needsome type of training orcertification to get started. Ifthe idea of going to college is onethat does not appeal to you, then look up some of the other career fields that match yourinterests and make a decision from these.
  14. 14. 14You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukHow to Get Skills for a Career without College EducationEstablish a direction that you want to go in and set some true goals. Without knowledgeor skills, you will probably experience a lot of competition and possible hesitation frompotential employers. Choose a field of industry with few entry level requirements thatmatch your interest, and non-professional background. For instance, if you growflowers well, applying for positions at a local florist or gardening centre might give yougood results.Where to LookUse networks as much as possible. Job hunters who are doing this for the first timecommonly find they are in solid competition with applicants with more experience. It issignificant not to wait for one certain position during your employment search. Look foras many opportunities, in as many places as possible: career/job websites, ‘HelpWanted’ signs, community bulletin boards, local newspapers, or ask friends and familyfor leads that might have some potential. Often, finding a job is not accomplished by‘what you know’ but ‘who you know’.
  15. 15. 15You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukCommunity CollegesCommunity colleges are excellent venues to take a few classes in the field of study youare interested in or might already have experience within. These classes often look goodon a resume. For example, take classes to learn all you can about computers, or if youtake great photos enrol on some photography classes, and if you love to write, join someclasses in journalism.Armed ServicesSpend a few years in the armed services. You will learn many skills that will help you getenrolled in college when you get out. Who knows, you might have enough skills to startyour own business.Certification ProgramsThere are also numerous certification programs that can enhance your skills andprofessional credentials without getting yourself enrolled in a full-time college educationprogram. Many of these classes are available online. These programs are foraccounting, mental health professionals, business management, allied healthprofessionals, justice studies, etc - the list can go on and on!High School Vocational ProgramsIn the 1970’s the term “careereducation” first came to be popular todistinguish it from “vocationaleducation”.This was via its accent on generalemployability and skills that are
  16. 16. 16You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukflexible to many occupations, while vocational education was mainly concerned withoccupational skill training for definite occupations.The purpose of career as well as technical education is to offer skills foundations thatenable high school graduates to find employment after high school.All across the United States, there are career and technical education programs offeredin about 11,000 secondary education or high schools, several hundred high schools invocational-technical and about 1400 vocational-technical area centres. Some publicmiddle schools normally begin offering some career and technical education courses,such as consumer and family sciences and technology education.About 9,400 post-secondary institutions offers technical programs, includingcommunity colleges, technical institutes, and skill centres. Once you successfullycomplete education in some of these facilities, you have the skills for many career paths.Value of College Education?Some individuals who have talents and the entrepreneur spirit can succeed with acollege education. Two notable examples are Bill Gates, Michael Dell and people withtalent in a particular area, such as many pop entertainers. If you feel that you can startyour own business and make money, than by all means go for it, but the problem is thatit is a very ‘high-risk/high reward’ game. If your business fails, then you could beworking at Sonic, but college diminishes the risk of that happening.
  17. 17. 17You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukHow to Build a Good Resume or CVWhen should those looking for a job, use a curriculum vitae, usually referred to as a CV,rather than using a resume? In the U.S. a CV is mainly used when applying for research,scientific, or academic positions. It is mainly also used when applying for grants orfellowships.A CV is longer and can be up to two or more pages, with a more detailed synopsis of aperson’s background and skills.What to Send With a ResumeThere are different parts to a resume that one needs to take into consideration whentrying to find a job. To influence an employer, you should have a cover letter, a resume,and a list of references.Defining Your ObjectiveThe objective needs to be one to two sentences, which will be considered a ‘statement ofpurpose’. You are letting your employer know why you are interested in this job withtheir company. Your employer wants to know why you’re choosing their company, andalso about your possible contribution.
  18. 18. 18You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukEducationNext is the part of your resume where you list what schools you’ve been to and whatdegrees, if any, you’ve been granted from them, starting with high school. The next thingyou should write down is any vocational training or college education that you havereceived. You can also put any vocational training of a year in a trade that you arealready skilled in, or that you enjoy doing.Military ServiceNext is any military service – and military service that is honourable looks good topossible employers. When listing military service, make certain to put the branch youserved in, your job title and any merits you may have earned during training.National ServiceNational Service organisations such as AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and City Year are allvolunteer services that place people in areas of the country (or world, with the PeaceCorps) that are the most underprivileged. Volunteers in these organisations servearound one to two years.EmploymentEmployment is the most obvious part of your resume. Here you need to list your mostrecent forms of employment, beginning with the job you currently have now. If you havenever had a formal job, that’s OK too.
  19. 19. 19You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukIn the absence of formal job experience you should put down any experience that youmay have where you have worked for someone ‘under the table. Mowing lawns,babysitting or running errands all count as job experience for applicants seeking a job.You should only list your last 3 recent posts.It doesn’t matter what the level of work experience is, but you need to list it by puttingdown your job title with a brief description of your most important tasks while at work.Employers often like to see two to four short sentences that designate your mostimportant duties.MiscellaneousThe last part is the section of the resume to put anything else you haven’t detailed, butwhich you think would make you a good asset to any company. Anything like other skillsthat you haven’t listed should be organised by subject and placed here. This is the lastsection of your resume, as it’s typically viewed as the ‘coup de grâce’ of the resume.It does take time to develop a CV or resume but once you have done it - it is completedand does not have to be ever fully rewritten again.
  20. 20. 20You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukWhere to Begin Looking For Job OpeningsEveryone needs a job; you have finished with school and now follows the next importantstep - to begin looking for a job.Whilst many people will browse ‘Monster.com’ and ‘CareerBuilder.com’, they oftenforget the ever popular ‘Craigslist’. Craigslist seems to be a strange place to look for jobsbut there are some really good full-time opportunities that end up on Craigslist.After you have created and sent your resume to Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com,not forgetting to scan Craigslist, the hard part begins. Every industry has its go-tostarting point for job postings and you need to also check the “Careers” section ofdifferent websites.College Office - Career ServicesBecause you are a recent graduate, you need to use the benefit of one very exclusiveresource: your college. The top place to begin is youralumni links through college offices as well ascareer services.They will be the alumni office to hook you up withother alums on parallel career paths; it will alsohave openings that are new and that could beinteresting.ProfessorsA lot of those people with cool jobs got them throughtheir professors who took an interest in their future. Think about some professors withwhom you have developed special connections with and talk to them. They might havesome good suggestions for you.
  21. 21. 21You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukAlumni NetworksPeople from a certain college like to help other alumni. Networking with fellow alumniis necessary for anyone on the hunt for a job. Irrespective of what career resources youend up using, call your school’s career office before paying out any cash on any fees forsubscriptions that could pop up. Most of the time alumni offices will have freesubscriptions for students and their alumni.Investment Consulting and BankingIf it is a position in the world of finance, there are few options. Many of the high-profileinvestment firms and banks hire in cycles, so unless it is early fall or late summer, entry-level openings do not exist. That being said, Goldman Sachs, Citi, and Morgan Stanley,always take online applications, as do firms involved in consulting like Monitor, BostonConsulting Group, Bain Inc., Mercer Management Consulting, and McKinsey. It is moreproficient to apply to banks and consulting firmsthrough a Career Service during the hiring cycle,but it does not hurt to upload a resume, CV andcover letter. As well, use ‘glocap.com’, which is aspecialist financial recruiting company.Although they take a portion from your salary, atleast they will enable you to earn a salary. When the consulting and banking cycle startsup again, apply through their website or through career services at your college. Alsogive anyone you know a call (alumni or other). Although they will not promise you ajob, at the very least they probably could ensure your resume is read.
  22. 22. 22You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukNew Media /AdvertisingMajors in Computer Science are not the only individuals checking for jobs in NewMedia. Start-ups are continuously on the lookout for researchers, marketing directors,and content producers. New Media Jobs are listed on Paid Content, Ed2010, andMediaBistro.Publishing/JournalismFor careers in media or publishing, check out journalism school listings, MediaBistro,Gawker, IwantMedia’s site and even Variety which is also the best site of entertainmentjobs.OthersFor paralegal spots, go to ParalegalJobs.com, the paralegal forum at Indeed.com or‘Employment Spot’. For jobs in a lab, go to laboratory positions at Indeed.com,eLabRat.com, or jobs posted with medical schools at their affiliated university.So, this is a survey of some of the best websites for job listings. The best advice is to bemeticulous in checking these sites and follow-up in planned ways.
  23. 23. 23You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukHow to Land the Interview You WantIn order to land the interview with the company that you want to engage with takes alittle work. However, several interview techniques can help land the interview.Resume and ReferencesFirstly, always make sure you have a well-written resume – every word is spelledcorrectly and it shows exactly how your career has advanced and what skills you haveadded to the skill set you already possessed. You may also want to have someone youare close to, who works in the HR field, to go over your resume and advise if they seeanything that takes away from the final resume copy.Also make certain that you have permission from everyone on your reference list to usethem as a reference and that their contact information is correct and up to date. Theymight even offer to write you a letter of recommendation that you can use together withyour list of references.Make certain this is the Company andthe JobNext, make certain that you have what they aredetailing in their job listing as the qualifications theyare looking for.If you meet all the qualifications, do you want a positionwith the duties that they are listing? Then if it is a company that you don’t know muchabout ensure you get educated about the company to make certain that this is acompany that you really are interested in working for.
  24. 24. 24You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukWhen all of these are good with you, then go to the company’s career website and fill outtheir online application and any other paperwork that they are requesting. Even if thecompany does not require it, (if they have some way to upload your resume), – then alsomake sure to forward a copy to them. After approximately a week, call their HumanResources department to see if they have started to set up interviews with the managerthat will be hiring.NetworkingIf you know anyone who works at that company, it is time to network and callindividuals you know at the organisation or see if anyone that is an alumnus of thecollege that you went to already works there. Also, check to see if someone that youworked with at another company might be employed there. This is a person who couldmake sure that your resume gets read by the hiring manager. If by some chance youknow the hiring manager, give that person a call and let them know how interested youare in this position and that you would really appreciate a chance for an interview.Why is the Interview So Important?You are probably wondering why anyone would go to that extreme to get an interview. Itis because the job interview is the single mostimportant way of getting a job. A job interview isyour chance to show your future employer that youare quick, smart, funny, communicate well andthat you are able to handle any stress that mightcome with this position. They want to be sure thatyou are a person who is honest, hardworking and isgoing to be loyal to the company. Believe it or not, there are some people that will beable to tell all those things by spending some time one-on-one with you.But, if you never get an interview they will never know what a marvellous person youare!
  25. 25. 25You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukPreparing for an InterviewInterview preparation is also an extremely important factor. You just landed aninterview for a position that you are very interested in, and you know that when you areinvited for an interview it is a fairly good indication that they are interested in bringingyou into their company. The interview will give each of you the chance of a discussion,with enough material to decide if you represent a good ‘fit’ for each other.Goals of an InterviewThis is the interview with the person or the people who will be managing you in thefuture. Therefore, it is important that you are well prepared for this meeting. Your goalshould be to show the employer that you not only have the background, ability, andskills to do this job, but you can also fit into the culture of the organisation successfully.It is also your chance to get information about the job, the company and any futurecareer opportunity to make a decision if the position and work environment are correctfor you.ResearchIt is an advantage for you to carefully research the job and especially the company.There are many methods to do this. You may call and ask for any printed materials fromthe employer, such as job descriptions and annual reports. This is a suitable request sodon’t hesitate to make it.Use your local library and your college career centre assets. Thesedays, almost every company has a great website with a history of thebusiness. The website might also have a section called “About Us”and “Careers” which are excellent places to find information thatmight be helpful to you. Knowing about the job will also help youprepare a list of your qualifications so that you may show, point bypoint, that you are the very best candidate for a job post.
  26. 26. 26You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukPracticePrepare a concise and clear answer to each of the questions that you can find in sectionson the internet. Figure out the best answer to each of these questions and practiceanswering questions with a friend, in front of a mirror or your significant other. Askanyone who helps you to give good constructive criticism on your style of speaking,mannerisms, and general poise. As you practice, avoid phrases such as “you know”, and“like”. Make certain you do not script all your answers so they sound as if you have usedrote-learning, which can give the impression you are reading from learnt cue cards.Other Important ItemsBe certain to have the correct time and location of the interview. Be early because itlooks good and it also gives you time if you get lost. Give yourself space to read overyour resume one more time and to catch your breath and then be ready for theinterview. Once you are in the office, treat everyone you meet with respect and bepleasant to all those you come into contact with.Dress for SuccessDress professionally. During the interviewprocess, you will want to leave them with a greatfirst impression, so it is vital to dressappropriately. Women should not wear too muchjewellery or make-up. Men should wear suits thatare not too flashy as well as avoiding too muchcologne.
  27. 27. 27You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukWhat to BringCarry a portfolio notepad, bring extra resumes and have your references listed. Also,have a list of questions for the employer that you might want to ask.SummaryMost importantly is to know yourself – volunteer relevant information about you. Beable to present your experiences, strengths, education, skills, work style, and goals. Beable to supplement all your answers with examples that support the statements youmake.
  28. 28. 28You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukHow to Develop Good Interviewing SkillsTo develop good competency interview skills you first need to read all you can aboutwhat skills make a good interview. There are plenty of articles on the internet that canhelp you to identify these skills.Dress AppropriatelyDress in professional business clothes for an interview unless told otherwise. If they tellyou to dress in a casual business style you can probably dress down a little, but not toomuch. Your interview attire should always look fresh, clean, and well pressed. Having aneat appearance, together with good personal hygiene, go a long way to helping with theall-important first impression. For both males and females avoid wearing lots ofcolognes or perfumes; the person who conducts your interview could have allergies toheavy scents or colognes and it could bring to mind unhappy memories or of a personthey did not get along with sometime during their life.Be On-timeTry to be 5 or even 10 minutes early just to be on the safe side. Check out ahead of timeexactly where you are going and how much time it will take you to get there. A day ortwo before your interview travel or drive the route at the same time as your interview inorder to see what the normal traffic is like. For backup, in case something happens withyour car, confirm how often and when the buses run.
  29. 29. 29You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukShine your personalityLet your personality and positive attitude shine. If you are excited about this job, don’tbe hesitant to show it. Employers want employees who are passionate about the workthey do. Be yourself but remember to keep it professional at all times.Be confidentBeing nervous in an interview is quite normal, but don’t let your nerves overpower theinterview itself. Be calm, speak clearly and make eye contact, as these are all ways toshow your confidence.Be ProfessionalDuring the interview, relax and sit naturally, but do not slouch in your chair and neverlean on the interviewer’s desk. Don’t chew gum while at the interview and do not fidgetwith hair or with jewellery. Just be calm, cool and collected.The interview should start with a smile and a handshake that is firm. Remember, thatthis is your first introduction to this company, so be polite to everyone you meet. Andturn your cell phone off or better yet – lock it in the car.Listen Before SpeakingIf you don’t understand a question after listening carefully to the interviewer or if youhave questions, don’t hesitate to ask for further clarification. However, do this onlyafter listening carefully to the whole question and do not interrupt in the middle of aninterviewer’s question.
  30. 30. 30You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukWhen answering the questions, let the interviewer see what you will have to offer theircompany. Talk about any past accomplishments or experiences without bragging andtie those times into how they might help you contribute to their company.Although you want to be honest and open in your interview, avoid speaking about yourfinancial or personal problems.No LingeringLeave as quickly as possible after the interview is finished, making certain you do notlinger. Shake the interviewer’s hand again, briefly restate how interested you are inworking for their company and thank them for taking the time to interview you.
  31. 31. 31You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukThings to Do/Not to Do During an InterviewMost of these are ‘no-brainers’ but let’s go over them anyway! You would think thatmost of these simple rules and guidelines are known by mostly everyone – but youwould be wrong!Things Not To Do Don’t come to any interview if you have not had a bath/shower or brushed yourteeth. There are individuals who do and it generally is noticeable to almosteveryone. Don’t ever be late for an interview. Have a back-up plan for everything thatcould happen. Don’t go into an interview and not know what the company does and what yourposition with the company would be responsible for. Don’t chew gum during an interview. Dont have a clammy or limp handshake! Dont smoke, and dont smoke before the interview. You will smell like smoke! Don’t interrupt the interviewer. Dont ask about salary, bonuses,vacations, retirement, or any otherbenefits until after you have actuallyreceived an offer. Be ready for aquestion about your salary needs,but do try to postpone salarydiscussion of any type until you havean offer.
  32. 32. 32You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.uk Don’t bring up any problems with personal or family issues. Don’t bring up any negative comments about former bosses, former colleagues,or former companies.Things to Do Do make a practice drive to the company site where you are going to theinterview. Or, make sure you know where the office is and how long it will takeyou to get there. Do research and know about the job position that you are interviewing for as thiswill help you know questions that might be asked. In addition, do prepare andpractice for the interview, but don’t over-rehearse your answers. Do plan to get to the office where you are interviewing about 10 minutes early.There is really no excuse for being late. But if you are running late, do phone thecompany and let them know as soon as possible. Do treat everyone with respect and courtesy. Your first impression with thesepeople in some cases will be the only thing they may remember you by. Do fill out a job application if you are given one and make it accurate, complete,and as neat as possible. Do show enthusiasm in the company and theposition. Do bring extra resumes – better yet if you prepared ajob-skills portfolio, bring it with you to the interview. Do keep good eye contact with the interviewer orinterviewers. Do show what you can do for the company rather than what the company can dofor you.
  33. 33. 33You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.uk Do leave your cell phone locked in your car. There is nothing so important that itcannot wait until your interview is over. Do have a high energy and confidence level, but don’t be overly aggressive. Do avoid topics that are controversial areas of conversation. Do show off the research you have done on the company and the industry whenresponding to questions. Do conduct yourself as if you are confident in getting the job you are discussing.Never close the door on any opportunity unless you are sure about itThere are certain things that you can do in an interview and it will help the interviewerremember you. If you do these things and do them well – the person who interviewedyou will have a superb first impression.Have a Great PitchA good pitch is an overview of yourself that you are able to give in about 30 to 60seconds and it is who you are and what you are able to do for this company that you areinterviewing for. You can ‘Google’ a good template for a pitch. Take the template andmake it your own. Make certain that it is genuine and it goes with the interview. Havingsomething in the pitch that is unique about yourself often sets you apart from all theothers.EnthusiasmShow enthusiasm during theinterview, since only the top 10 to 20percent of candidates do. Makecertain that the interviewer knows justhow excited you are to be there andare happy to talk about yourexperience, skill set or any other
  34. 34. 34You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukcapabilities and how you can bring these skills to their company. Also, be enthusiasticabout the job that you will be placed in and what a good fit you are for that position.Due DiligenceAnother way to impress is by doing due diligence or research on the company. Thiswork beforehand will significantly lower your level of stress enabling you to performbetter. Think about your weaknesses as well as your strengths and have examples ofeach. This shows that you are self-aware, articulate and mature when discussing topicsthat are more challenging. Remember, in the process of an interview, previousperformance is strongly believed to be a sign of performance in the future; so make thatfirst impression strong and you will hopefully have the edge over most other candidates.Generally there will be no one who will know how to answer every single question withinan interview, but you need to be able to think on your feet and fashion the best answerfrom what you do know. Don’t make stuff up if you don’t have a clue! Innovativelydiscuss and appraise how you did something that was possibly only slightly different,but can still demonstrate how you work. If you need to pause to think about a response,do so. That shows maturity, composure, and intelligence.PerseverancePerseverance in business is vital. You are not always going to win the customer, make atrade that is profitable, or successfully manage your budget.Stay constant and tenacious, striving to raise the status-quo.It pays off in the end. In addition, do not be afraid to askquestions and get feedback when things do not go well. Welearn a lot when things don’t work out so don’t let thisopportunity pass you by.There are other abilities that will help you have a great interview and the interviewerwill remember you. Practice your pitch, practice going over your weaknesses andstrengths (make sure your weaknesses are not critical to the job). Practice focusing on
  35. 35. 35You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukthe question and answer it directly as many candidates can ramble off on totallyopposing paths. These qualities will all work well for you.Before the interview is over be sure to get a business card from everyone whointerviewed you. This will have their e-mail address so that you can e-mail a ‘thank you’note as soon as you get home.If you sent a thank you note after the interview you will be remembered since so manyapplicants for a job can omit this last step.When to Follow-up on the TelephoneYou do not want to be viewed as a pest, but most employers will be impressed with a jobapplicant who follows up the interview with a phone call. Many job applicants are not asassertive as they need to be in staying in touch with the employer after an interview.Here are a few tips to help you improve results when you follow up by phone calls:• Ask before the interview is over when would be a good time to make a follow upcall. Note that time on your schedule so you do not forget.• Call back when you said you would – at the time that theinterviewer told you was a good time. By that time, he or she willhave gotten your ‘thank you’ e-mail and note. This will haveprobably already created a good impression as will your call backphone call.• If there is an opening then simply ask for the job. Most applicants never simplyask for the position. Let the interviewer know why you want the job and why you believethat their company is a good fit for you and your skills.• Don’t be afraid; call back on a consistent basis. If the manager you meet withdoes not have an opening right now, ask them if you can stay in touch. Make it veryevident that you would like, on a regular basis, to check how things are developing. Thistype of contact will keep you in mind and when positions open up that match your skills,
  36. 36. 36You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukthese managers are much more likely to think of you and contemplate hiring you beforethey even advertise the position elsewhere. But this only happens if you keep in touchon a basis that is regular.• Every time you contact employers be certain to ask whether they know ofsomeone else who might have a position open for a person within your skill set. If not,ask whether they may give your name to others to contact in order to see if they haveopenings.• After every interview, jot down important items from the interview to help youplan your follow-up and start by writing a thank you note.• It does not matter whether the thank you note is regular mail or e-mail, as long asthey are friendly and are an effective way to show your good manners in creating apositive impression in the employers mind. It is said that only about 30% of applicantsfollow up with a thank you note.• In certain situations, you might want to send a follow-up letter to give themanager further information, present them with a suggestion, or clear up any concernsthat might have come up during the interview.• Keeping in touch with an employer or manager by phone is also a good way to notonly ask about the job you want, but to learnabout any future openings as well as gettingreferrals to other potential employers. It’s agreat way to network. If you want a position,and you have the skills you sometimes have todo follow-ups that you might not like doing.Experts often say these tips will work.
  37. 37. 37You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukConclusionHelp in Staying Positive When Looking For a JobWith the current negative economy and unemployment rate, it is understandable if aperson gets somewhat down in the dumps when looking for a job. It was probably mucheasier for you in the past when jobs were easier to find. In fact, this might be the firsttime that you have had any trouble finding a job. However, you cannot let this make youdepressed, as getting down can only make the job hunting process seem even harder.Losing a Job is StressfulIt’s common to feel hurt, vulnerability and angry following the loss of any job. The wayto look at this is that in spite of the stress of a job loss and unemployment, there arenumerous things you are able to do to take control over this state and keep your spiritsup. You can get over this tough period by taking care of yourself first, taking the time torethink your goals for your career, reaching out to others and rediscover what reallymakes you smile.Our jobs or work are much more than merely a waywe make money. They also are how we defineourselves as well as the way others see us. Our jobsgive us purpose, structure and meaning. This is whya job loss and unemployment is one of the morestressful periods a person can go through.Beyond the loss of income, losing a job also comeswith other main losses, some of which may be even more difficult to face: loss of yourdaily routine; loss of professional identity; loss of self-confidence and self-esteem; lossof work-based social networks, loss of persistent activity and loss with a sense ofsecurity.
  38. 38. 38You can distribute this eBook to friends or family etc, but do not sell. (Not for Sale).By Oluwaseun Babajide, visit us on www.sbabzy.com and www.islotterygenerator.co.ukGriefGrief is a normal reaction to any sort of loss and that can certainly include a job loss.Losing your job forces you to make alterations rapidly. You may still be angry, panic-stricken, hurt, scared, and rejected but you need to comprehend that these emotions areall normal. You have every right to feel the way you do and to be upset; accept thesefeelings and be easy on yourself.Also try to remember that many, if not all, successful individuals have had a major lossor failure in their careers. But these individuals turned those disappointments aroundby getting up, learning what they can from the experience and trying to turn theresulting situation into a positive outcome. When things that are bad happen to you,you will grow more resilient and stronger while you are in the process of overcomingthem.Here is a list of tips to help you remain positive:1. Keep a regular routine daily. Don’t get into the habitof watching TV all night and sleeping all day – staywith the routine that you had when you were working.2. When you don’t have anything to do – volunteer.Whether it is at your church or the animal shelter, do something to keep you busyand motivated.3. Think positive – don’t dwell on the negative. You might not believe it but thereare a whole lot of people currently in your situation.4. Support Group – look for a support group of likeminded individuals who havethe same hobbies and are in the same boat as you.5. Network – get in touch with every phone number in your address book and letthem know that you are looking for a job. Who knows what might turn up?

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