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CV writing tips and sapmles

 

The need for CV writing comes into play in the life of every individual, be it while graduating when applying for fellowship or grants, training with companies or changing jobs. The only difference being, that individuals focus on qualifications, personal details, and interests, in case of admission into universities or applying for a fellowship, the focus in the case of a job, is definitely on the skills and work experience of the individual. However, the details and information provided in all cases should be relevant to the position applied for. That will not only save the applicants and the recruiter’s time but also allow the recruiter to read through your CV in detail without losing interest. There are, however, certain practices that you must keep in mind while creating your CV.

– Being truthful is the best way to keep away from any contradicting argument or unpleasant situation with the employer during the course of recruitment.

– Make sure you to keep the content compact and brief; long sentences and overly descriptive language tend to make your CV boring.

– Avoid any grammatical and spelling mistakes, as any such thing signifies your carelessness, casual attitude, and unprofessionalism.

– Highlight your strengths or positive statements that might work in your favor and wipe away statements that signify you are not suitable for the position. Use statements that reflect the same thought and focus throughout the CV and avoid contradicting statements. Explain your reasons for leaving the previous job in a way that it does not make your ex-company or you look like the culprit.

– The font should be readable and understandable, but at the same time bold, italics and other functions should be used at proper places to emphasize on important sentences to draw the recruiter’s attention.

– The assistance of an expert is always a good idea.

– Avoid unprofessional language or jargons. “I”, “Me”, “My” gives a personal touch to your CV.

– Quantifying your achievements is important. You have to boast what your skills are and how it will benefit the company.

– Gaps in your work tenure if any can be filled by mentioning the time such as 2 years, rather than mentioning dates of the tenure.

– A CV without a cover letter holds no importance. If you send just your CV, the employer will not know what position you are applying for or why are you applying for the post.

– Always write a CV from the recruiter’s perspective and not your own.

A lot of people usually create a CV following a CV sample and tend to stick to each and every detail of the format. To have a CV that is exactly the same is not the need, one page or two pages it entirely depends on the content of the CV. The issue remains for the CV quality and being relative.

3 Major Skills You Need To Achieve Success In Your Business

There is the believe that some people are lucky no matter what they do while others are so unlucky no matter what they also do and that is not any different when it comes to your business and living your dream lifestyle. The decision is up to you to make!

If there is any truth in all that then, what if you can decide to learn how to be lucky in your business in order to be successful in accumulating wealth?

In starting any business, there are certain vital skills you need to master and develop internally in order for you to manifest success in your business externally:

1.Achiever’s attitude: When it comes to people’s perception about your business, it could be one that you may not have even thought about the fact that it can be that demotivating. It is therefore important that you have a positive attitude, have a confident self image and a winning personality. All these manifest themselves in the extent to which you believe in yourself, in the way you think and the kind of impressions you create in your business, for example, your way of dressing and how you carry yourself about as a business owner. Remember, man looks on the outside!

2.Intuition: There is at least one fact of life that nobody can deny and that is, there is a greater power than what is in the world. This greater power presents itself to us individually as a small voice which speaks with us to direct us in the right path. However, the issue is whether we decide to listen to that voice or not.

Many successful business owners and entrepreneurs will confirm to you that listening to that small voice even when it comes to their business has helped them to come that far.

The tricky part is that most of the time, what the voice says to you might be very contrary to what is normal or known in the business world and that is precisely what makes the difference between the successful and the unsuccessful business owners and entrepreneurs.

So listen to your intuitions and become successful!

3.Passion: There is no business that is smooth sailing however, you’ve got to have the spirit of commitment, self confidence and persistence to keep moving. That only is possible when you are passionate about what you are doing.

Those who love and are passionate about their business develop the attitude of strong resilience that keeps them going even when the going is tough.

When you are passionate about your business, you only look at the joy that comes from the service you render to those that need it and that is great motivation to keep you going and not to pull yourself down.

So are you ready to manifest success in your business and financial growth?

I’m looking forward to reading about it soon so please click in the comment box below and type it out!

5 Professional Communication Skills Everyone NEEDS

Excellent professional communication skills are essential to succeed in sales.

Connecting with clients or other business partners will help you to grow your sphere of influence.

Here are 5 tips to enhance your professional communication skills and build rapport with your business contacts.

Smile

You look fantastic, now you just need the final wardrobe accessory…a smile.

Always smile when you’re meeting someone, people respond better to a friendly face.

Remember Names

Repeat the individual’s name when you’re introduced.

Say it again when you’re saying goodbye. This conveys interest.

Secret tip: People love to hear their name and tend to respond better.

Firm Handshake

A firm handshake helps to make a great first impression and expresses trust.

Think back at your impression of someone who gave you a “lackluster” handshake.

I bet your first impression of that individual was less than favorable, right?

Make Eye Contact

Eye contact shows you’re interested in the individual and communicates confidence.

Find Similarities

People like people similar to themselves and in turn they’ll be more receptive to you.

One More Thought

Proper professional communication skills are essential for any salesperson to grow business.

Learning how to build rapport with your prospects will help you build strong customer relationships.

Once you incorporate these 5 tips into your interactions, you’ll find professional communications go even smoother.

Clients and business partners will bond with you and you’ll be able to grow your network and your business.

While you’re at it, why not try these tips out in your personal interactions and see how people respond?

Chances are your personal relationships will also benefit and they could result in business contacts, too.

Are there other professional communication skills, i.e. “rapport builders”, you would include?

Let me know in the comments section below, and thanks for reading!

5 Tips For Nurturing Business Relationships For Success

As normal and basic as it may seem to sound, as human beings, we all prefer to do business with people we know, like and trust.

Unfortunately it is this very basic requirement that most professionals and business owners miss all the time in their efforts to build their career and or business. And some who do, expect those relationships to develop overnight.

This has unfortunately cost many their credibility and good business partnerships which most certainly could have been avoided with the proper etiquette. As a result, networking has become a nightmare for some professionals and business owners which should not have been the case.

Here below are some guidelines for networking purposely meant to nurture business relationships for success:

1.Be strategic about whatever networking effort you make for your business.

2.Make a list of companies business people with whom you can build a mutually beneficial relationship. Remember, it’s a two-way street.

3.From your list, determine which individuals you feel more comfortable being around.

4.Build a rapport with them by finding out what interests you both have in common. Example, bowling, bird-watching, golfing, baking, playing particular instruments, doing marathons, you get the idea?!

5.Be consistent in contacting these new relationships. At least, once in a month, you can send then a PERSONALIZED message to let them know that you are thinking about them (genuinely) This helps to develop the relationship.

 

Guide to Office Protocol & Etiquette: How to Handle Office Visits?

Before visiting:

1.)    Schedule your visit with the office.

It is a very bad idea to just suddenly appear in the office of another person like a mushroom. If you will visit an office without prior notice, either you will disturb the colleague, or you will not be entertained, or both. Schedule an appointment at least a day before your visit.

2.)    Do not be late; familiarize yourself with your destination

It is important that you should not be late. A way to avoid this is to familiarize yourself on your destination: how to get there, how heavy the traffic would be, if there are alternative ways, and so on. This way, you don’t have to get lost in your way trying to find the place.

3.)    Observe proper attire

DO NOT go to an office in your casual wear. Wear business clothes if possible.

During the visit:

1.)    Be polite, smile.

During your visit, always be polite to everyone. Talk to them properly; use proper language and grammar. Don’t forget to smile. Do not speak loudly nor too soft; speak in such a way that you will not discomfort anyone. Greet everyone a good morning (or what time of the day it is). Always say ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’.

Look for your host at the reception desk, include your name and your appointment. If the receptionist is busy on something, wait for your turn. If you are on a hurry, say ‘excuse me’ and talk in the right manner.

2.)    DO NOT touch anything.

Unless it is provided to you, like magazines and something else to read,touch nothing.

3.)    Do not bring food or beverage

An office is where businesses matters are held, so eating or drinking is inappropriate.

4.)    Say thank you after the visit.

Having Guests in the Office

The same rule in receiving guests back at home is applied also in receiving guests in the office: be hospitable. Here are some tips to be a great host in an office:

Before the meeting:

1.)    Provide clear directions

If it’s your visitor’s first time, provide him or her with clear instructions. Also, tell him or her alternative routes in case of heavy traffic.

2.)    DO NOT be late

Everyone’s time is precious. You should conserve your visitor’s time as your conserve yours.

3.)    Prepare your office for the guests

Clean the office if it’s raucous. Make room for sitting. Take out something to read for your guest while they wait.

During the meeting:

1.)    Greet your visitors.

Do not forget to say ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’, or ‘good evening’. Shake their hands and smile.

2.)    Offer your visitors refreshments.

The trip to your office might be exhausting, so give them something to refresh themselves. Water, juice, coffee, tea, and other beverages will do. A light snack would be good, too.

3.)    If you have another appointment to attend to, state it directly.

Of course your visitor would understand, after all, it is a business setting. Just politely say, “I’m sorry, but I have a meeting to attend to at 1:00pm.” If your business is not finished, tell the visitor when you could meet again.

4.)    Lead your visitors to the exit.

Your visitors might get lost in the building, especially if the office is like a labyrinth. Lead them until the exit, or at least have someone do it; if these two are impossible, at least give clear directions to your visitor.

CAREER CHANGE

Career or daily drudgery? Career or a job? Too late for change?

Career, career , career…

 

Other than your family and a dream of winning a lottery, it’s hard to think of any other subject that occupies our minds to such an extent as our career. Unfortunately, it is a rare individual who gets in a great mood when the subject comes up.

 

Just think about it — if somebody tells you that their career is going great and they love their job, don’t you feel like slapping them around and yelling out:

 

 

“Wake up!!! You know you’re lying to me.” Unfortunately, with the exception of Shaq, Tom Cruise, or Bill Clinton (I would not mind his job — travel all over the world and pretend like you can solve all of the world’s problems — he seemed to have been a bit more stressed out while in the office), there are not too many people who can honestly say:

 

“I love my career, I can’t wait to get to work in the morning, I have too much time on my hands to spend with my spouse and I am having too much fun with my kid(s)and friends.” Do you know anybody like that? If you do, I bet you suspect they are lying (well, no denying it — I am rather cynical when it comes to certain issues).

I CHOSE TO BECOME FREE!!!

Guess what, I think you can do it, too (but, it is not as easy as it sounds – initially, it requires a lot of work – there is no free lunch in this world).

 

I don’t want to hear your excuses! I used them all before. To repeat – it is not easy as you think. You won’t change anything by putting in extra few hours a week into this.

The articles will focus on career in general, financial independence, career/family balance, stress management, exploring new job opportunities, negotiating skills, dealing with coworkers and bosses, occasional depression, advancement strategies, and most importantly…

It is my hope that based on my and my colleagues’ experiences as well as our extremely varied professional, personal and educational backgrounds (as for me, I lived in several different countries and I am in my late 30’s) you may walk away with some ideas that will serve you with a wake up call…

I can promise you one thing — the variety of subjects that we will cover in this magazine is likely to strike a nerve with everyone — this is a serious effort, so please visit us once in awhile for some food for thought — not only purely career-related stuff.

Good Resume

Good resume writing skills, in part, has allowed me to be in a career which I am passionate about today.

 

I was an average, if not, poor student. During my three-year tertiary education,’D’s were my faithful companions about half the time.

 

Was it difficult to secure a good job despite my results?

 

Nope. I got the job I wanted!

 

How did I do that?

 

Good resume writing provided me with that wonderful start.

 

I presented my little other achievements in a positive way, scored the interview, and convinced my interviewer to give me the job.

 

As a job seeker, I realized that a well written resume allowed me to put the focus on work experiences and achievements instead of education and grades.

 

And as a recruiter, many applicants were quickly placed in the ‘Not Selected’ pile.

 

Why?

 

Because, their resumes did not tell me clearly, why they are the right person for the job.

 

And this, despite good academic results and work experience.

 

 

Good Resume Writing =

Good Matching, Writing or Selling Skills?

 

Yes, you are right. Good Resume Writing involves all three.

 

A resume is the passport to the interview. And the interview leads you, hopefully, to the position that you are seeking.

 

So how do you use a few pieces of paper to attract the recruiter to pick up your resume, go through it with interest, and call you for an interview?

 

Simple.

 

You need to do three things when you are writing your resume

 

  1. Match

 

Match your values, relevant work experiences, skills and knowledge to the position that you are seeking.

 

  1. Customize

 

Customize and write these in clear, concise, specific and quantifiable terms.

 

  1. Present

 

Present these in a professional manner (quality print on plain white quality paper).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oral Communication Skills

Technical skills are important because you must be able to perform the functions of your position. You must begin with the basic skills and continuously learn in our environment of rapid change. Do you sometimes wonder why some individuals with excellent technical skills can never seem to get to a level above the technical technician in organizations? Do you see others with lesser technical skills rise above others and become leaders of their organization? The lack of oral communication skills has prevented a significant number of people from achieving their dreams of career success. Few individuals have natural oral communications skills that rise to the level of captivating audiences and leaving them totally satisfied or wanting to hear more from the communicator. You know, the type speakers you can’t wait for the next opportunity to hear more of what they have to say.

 

 

If you want to achieve all you desire in your career and have difficulty with your oral communication skills, make efforts to improve in this area by getting the required training. Don’t wait for a manager or leader to suggest the training, take the initiative to become better and you will increase your odds for career advancement. There are few really successful individuals who do not have good oral communication skills. I almost said none but thought of a few that would make you believe I “misspoke” due to some obvious success stories by most standards.

 

You might want to consider establishing some as goals with a timeline for completion. That can be a powerful enabler for goal accomplishment.  

  1. Career Analysis-Analyze your career progress to determine if you are on track to achieve your career objectives. Ask the tough questions and be prepared to take the necessary actions required for career success. 
  2. Skills Assessment- Most of us believe we can effectively perform all the required functions in our profession. An honest self-assessment will provide you with clues to the areas where improvements or new skills are needed. Be proactive and seek out any additional training and development that will make you better at what you do. 
  3. Resume Update- The beginning of the year is an excellent time to update your resume. Do it whether you are looking for a new position or are completely satisfied with all aspects of your current position and career. Things can change rapidly so be prepared. Who knows, that outstanding opportunity that was a distant dream just might surface. 
  4. Networking- Begin developing your network of contacts or start cultivating your existing network. This is a perfect time for that type activity because many others will be in the frame of mind to do the same thing. 
  5. Mentoring- Touch base with your mentor. If you don’t have one, get one. He or she could be your portal to success and you need every advantage you can get in this competitive career environment. 
  6. Read- Broaden your perspectives by staying in touch with current world events and reading about topics not related to what you current know. Your schmoozing ability will play a significant role in your degree of success and that requires diverse knowledge, information and technique.
  7. Continuous Learning- Make continuous learning a priority. No matter how good you are in your profession, taking a break from the learning process can make you obsolete. Seek out and take advantage of personal and career development opportunities. 
  8. Start Fresh- Clean out those old files, both hard copy and electronic. Learn from the content of those files and identify actions that would be of value. There will be some real treasures in those files, use them to your advantage and move on. 
  9. Utilize Technology- The Las Vegas technology show this year continues the trend of introducing new devices that will change how we work and live in profound ways. This field is showing no signs of slowing down and it is essential that you utilize and stay current with emerging technology in order to get or remain relevant in your career field. 
  10. Make Health a Priority- Being successful in your career without maintaining your personal health is not a winning scenario. Do the things you must do in order to maintain your body, mind and spirituality. That is the only way you can enjoy the benefits of a successful career.