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  • Basic Academic Skills Mathematical and science skills, basic communication abilities and questioning. Some employers provide remedial education for applicants lacking these basic skills, but prefer to the hire more qualified. Higher-Order Thinking Skills Ability to learn, to reason, problem solving and decision making and creative thinking - to apply what is learned in school to a business environment. Personal Qualities Honesty, integrity, flexibility, punctuality, responsibility and a positive attitude. Companies value these skills since they directly lead to success and profitability for both the employer and employee. Other Important Skills Computer hardware and software, specifically word processing, spreadsheets and email. An ability to handle multiple priorities and to easily adapt to change are also very useful for most employers. Potential employees also need to have strengths in cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a highly diverse workforce quickly and effectively. Companies also seek associates who are willing and able to work as a cooperative team member.
  • To find the right job and to succeed in our career, we need various sets of skills, some of which are specific to the career that we choose and some useful to us whatever career we choose. The technical and professional skills sets that are needed in our career may vary depending on the work we do, our clients, the location where we are working, the requirements of our job, the level and hierarchy at which we work. They are career specific, each career demands a different set of them. But communication and language skills are fairly common to all careers. So it is crucial for us to learn them as they are going to be helpful to us irrespective of the career we choose.
  • To have a successful career, we must build strong communication and language skills apart from the analytical, interpersonal, professional and technical skills. The scope of this presentation is limited to a discussion of the first two – communication skills and English language skills. Communication skills are language neutral and refer to our ability to communicate our ideas confidently, correctly and fluently. English language skills refer to our ability to use – listen, speak, read and write – English language or all our career needs. Let us discuss some useful tips to develop these skills in the remaining slides.
  • Your knowledge of English and your ability to communicate effectively in English decide how far will your career take you. If you don’t know English, your career confines you to your village or maybe a few places around, offers you limited opportunity, and gets you a humble job at a low pay. On the contrary, if your English is good, you have the entire world in front of you with unlimited opportunities for big jobs and attractive pay packets. So your English language skills decide your career. It is a well known fact that anyone who has a good command over English language has more job opportunities today. It may not be an exaggeration to say that those who have not improved their English have found it nearly impossible to find a job. English not only opens up more opportunities for better jobs, but also very often earns you higher salary and gives you greater power and authority. After entering into a job too, your opportunities continue to grow and help you change roles at appropriate times.
  • Write your resume in your own words and write wisely because your answers at the interview are likely to be matched with what you have written in your resume. Use appropriate and powerful action verbs to describe your qualifications, accomplishments and experience. Action Verbs: administered, analyzed, adapted, interpreted, publicized, trained, tabulated, etc. For instance, instead of talking about your duties and responsibilities, talk about your achievements. Watch your  grammar.  Inaccurate punctuation marks, incorrect capitalization , misspelling a word or poor word choice may deny you a job.  Avoid mistakes such as “Seeking a party time position in your company,” “I enjoy cooking Chinese.” Spend some time to fix your resume up and make it look professional and to present a nice, clean, concise resume.
  • Your cover letter is a supplement to your resume. It should be top notch.
  • Make it brief and relevant. Don’t use the same stereo cover letter with every job application. Customize it to the job requirements. Take special care about spelling and grammar. Even small mistakes can cost you jobs. Using ‘it’s’ for ‘Its’ or ‘than’ for ‘then’ may be small mistakes, but they could prove very expensive to you. “ I would like to apply for the teacher” vs “I would like to apply for the position of teacher”. ‘ Thanks you for the consideration’ is enough to assess your language skills. “ I am certain” and “I am positive that I can” are positive language. “I feel” and “I think” are negative. Endeavored, attempted, tried are weak verbs. Spellcheck does not correct mistakes such as “I have all the right qualities to make an excellent manger.”
  • The self-introduction exam lasts about 4-5 minutes and gives the interviewer a chance to find out a little about you through some simple 'getting-to-know-you' questions. You will have something to talk about such as your family, your interests and where you come from. This is your opportunity to get off to a good start!
  • As a part of your recruitment, you may have to present yourself either before one person or panel of interviewers.
  • In the process of your job searching, it's important to be prepared for a phone interview, sometimes with hardly any prior notice. Be prepared and learn how to pull off your phone interview without a hitch. A job interview gives you a chance to shine and prove that you are a good fit for it. What you say and what you do is going to either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out.
  • How would you describe yourself? Your answer should show the interviewer why you are a good match for the job. For instance, you are a problem solver, creative thinker, people’s person, perfectionist, well organized etc. Give supporting arguments. What is your biggest achievement? Give an example of something you accomplished that is directly related to the job. What is your greatest weakness? Try to turn a negative into a positive. What is your greatest strength? Discuss attributes that will qualify you for the job. What motivates you? Share your enthusiasm and what you like best about your job. Why should we hire you? Give concrete examples of why your skills and accomplishments make you the best candidate for the job.
  • The interviewer may next move on to questions relating to your education and qualifications.
  • Describe your personal experience and background. Narrate your experience and convince why it is your most memorable. Who was your best teacher? Substantiate what you say. List a few activities and talk about one in detail.
  • Then there will be a few questions about your goals.
  • Don't discuss your goals for further studies or having a family, they are non-relevant and could knock you out of contention for the job. “ I see myself as a top performing employee in a well-established organization, like yours. I plan to further enhance my skills and move up into a managerial position.” How much salary are you expecting? Be realistic and reasonable. Find out how much the job and you are worth. Say the expectation is open based upon the position and the overall compensation package. Or tell the employer you would like to know more about the responsibilities prior to discuss salary. Or you may suggest a salary range based upon your research.
  • You may also be given an opportunity to ask a few questions seeking information about the employer.
  • Why do you want this job? I want this job because it seems tailored to my competencies. What can you contribute? Give examples of how your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience will make you an asset for the employer. Are you willing to travel/ relocate? Be honest. There is nothing wrong in asking how much travel is involved. Are you willing to work late hours? Be honest.
  • As a part of your recruitment process, you may have to go through a group discussion.
  • 10 most important values. Honesty/Integrity/Morality. Employers probably respect personal integrity more than any other value, especially in light of the many recent corporate scandals.   Adaptability/Flexibility. Deals with openness to new ideas and concepts, to working independently or as part of a team, and to carrying out multiple tasks or projects. Dedication/Hard-Working/Work Ethic/Tenacity. Love what you do and keep at it until you solve the problem and get the job done. Dependability/Reliability/Responsibility. Arrive to work every day on time and be ready to work, and take responsibility for their actions.   Loyalty. A strong devotion to the company Positive Attitude/Motivation/Energy/Passion. Have drive and passion – and demonstrate this enthusiasm through words and actions. Professionalism. A sign of maturity and self-confidence; avoid being petty.   Self-Confidence. If you don't believe in yourself, in your unique mix of skills, education, and abilities, why should a prospective employer? Be confident in yourself and what you can offer employers. Self-Motivated/Ability to Work With Little or No Supervision. ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.  Willingness to Learn. Jobs are constantly changing and evolving, and you must show an openness to grow and learn with that change.
  • Success consists in being successful, not in having the potential for success. Any wide piece of ground is the potential site of a palace, but there is no palace till it is built. (Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet)
  • Employability Skills

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    2. 2. Some men are born great,Some achieve greatness,Some have greatnessthrust upon them.2 mnRAJU
    3. 3. Skills necessary for getting,keeping and doing well in a job,such as –Basic Academic SkillsHigher Order Thinking SkillsPersonal Quality AbilitiesBasic Computer Skills3 mnRAJU
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    5. 5.  Communication skills  English Language skills  Soft skills  Analytical skills  Technical skills  Professional skills5 mnRAJU
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    7. 7. You are running in a race. Youovertake the second person. Whatposition are you in?In the same race, if you overtakethe last person, then you are in whatposition?7 mnRAJU
    8. 8. Divide 32 by half and add six.What is the answer?8 mnRAJU
    9. 9. Open-ended QuestionsClosed-ended Questions9 mnRAJU
    10. 10. 1. Clock time  uniform 2. Real time  relative10 mnRAJU
    11. 11. How do you rate your abilitiesand values?Attempt a SWOT analysis11 mnRAJU
    12. 12. Why only 5% to 10% are found fit to be employed by Top Rated Companies?1. Poor Communication Skills2. Poor English Language Skills3. mnRAJU
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    14. 14. 1. Improve your life2. Access knowledge3. Enlarge your opportunity4. Push your career forward5. Communicate with the world14 mnRAJU
    15. 15. “I Know English”“I Don’t Know English”  Better job  Limited  Higher pay opportunity  More authority Your own place  Easier Growth  Small job  Bigger opportunity  Happier Life  Low pay15 mnRAJU
    16. 16. 1. Resume 2. Cover letter 3. Written test 4. Self introduction 5. Interview 6. Group discussion16 mnRAJU
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    18. 18.  Write on your own Use a variety of action verbs Use powerful words Proofread spelling/grammar Use correct punctuation18 mnRAJU
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    20. 20.  Be brief and precise  Use ‘their’ words  Customize to the needs  Use positive language  Do not overuse ‘I’  Proofread carefully20 mnRAJU
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    22. 22.  Follow Instructions  Reading Skills  Writing Skills  Effective Vocabulary  Good Grammar  Correct Punctuation22 mnRAJU
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    24. 24.  Speak complete sentences  Avoid one word answers  Paint a picture of you  Give supporting examples  Ask for clarifications24 mnRAJU
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    26. 26.  One-to-one/Group/Phone Review typical questions Prepare your responses Listen carefully Seek clarifications Be relaxed26 mnRAJU
    27. 27.  How would you describe yourself? What is your biggest achievement? What is your greatest weakness? What is your greatest strength? What motivates you? Why should we hire you?27 mnRAJU
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    29. 29.  What subject did you like best/least and why?  What is your most memorable experience?  Who was your best teacher?  What extracurricular activities did you participate in?29 mnRAJU
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    31. 31.  What are your career goals? How do you plan to achieve them? What additional skills do you need? Where will you be 5 years from now? What salary do you expect?31 mnRAJU
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    33. 33.  Why do you want THIS job? What can you contribute? Are you willing to travel? Are you willing to relocate? Are you willing to work late evenings/weekends?33 mnRAJU
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    35. 35.  Attentive Listening Persuasive communication  Agree/disagree/explain/convince/intervene Correct pronunciation Right intonation 35 mnRAJU
    36. 36.  YouTube  Simple English Videos  English Central  Real English and a million others36 mnRAJU
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    38. 38. poised Be positive persuasive precise patient38 mnRAJU
    39. 39. Today is the first day of the rest of your life.39 mnRAJU
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