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The 10 Qualities of a Smart Working Resume.

Be The Best You

Does your resume have what it takes to breach the 6-seconds barrier?

“Recruiters spend an average of six seconds before they make the initial ‘fit or no fit’ decision on candidates” – The Ladders, online career portal.

In an aggressive marketplace, average resumes get lost in cyberspace while smart resumes rise above the crowd and grab attention instantly. So what makes a resume great? And, will your resume win the six seconds battle?

Here are the top ten ways a smart resume immediately draws attention, positions you positively, communicates your value with aplomb, and sets you up to receive the interview call.

1. Makes a dramatic entry with a strong top one-third.
The eye is naturally drawn to the top third of the page and that’s why what you say in this section is very important in those crucial first few seconds.

The top third of your resume should contain the most impressive and noteworthy information about you. Ideally:

  • Your name, followed by the desired job title.
  • The basic contact information – preferably just the email ID and cell phone number along with an online link.
  • A compelling one-line brand statement that communicates your unique value and relevancy to the job opening.

2. Includes a link to your online profile.
It is becoming common practice for recruiters to anyway look up candidates online and review their profiles, so why not make it easier for them? Providing a link to your online profile, preferably your LinkedIn, blog or website URL, directs the hiring manager to the right place to find more relevant information about you.

3. Replaces the Objective Statement with a Value Proposition.
Think about this. What is the point of including a done-to-death, generic objective that claims “Energetic professional seeking challenging opportunities to leverage my skills in a dynamic organization” when it’s not adding any value whatsoever.

Why not replace it with a powerful value proposition or an executive summary – your ideal ’30-seconds elevator pitch’ that details who you are, what you’re great at, and how your skills ideally fit the job role.

4. Leverages the right keywords relevant to the job posting and your industry.
With the advent of the ATS (Applicant Tracking System), many companies use it or some other screening process to shortlist the first set of candidates. To make it to the first cut, make sure your resume features the right keywords, terminology, and key phrases that show up in job descriptions and are commonly used in your particular industry.

5. Quantifies your achievements.
Numbers are easy to remember. Don’t vaguely talk about the money you saved or brought in for your company, the projects that you delivered on time or the deals that you helped close. Add a numerical value to as many achievements and contributions as you can, in each major role mentioned in your resume.

6. Draws attention with white space and easy-to-read bullet points.
The best way to format information is to do it in a way that makes it easy to scan and train the spotlight on your key skills and relevant qualifications.

By avoiding dense blocks of text and by listing strengths, skills and achievements in three to five bullet points per job, you can automatically create white space and add elegance to your resume.

7. Uses reverse chronological order.
A dynamic profile followed by your key skills followed by your most recent job accomplishments draws the reader in and keeps him/her focused. Resumes written in this style are favoured by hiring managers because they’re able to do a quick scan and see what you have accomplished in the recent past.

8. Formats accomplishments in the STAR format.
Great story tellers often follow the STAR format – Situation, Task, Action, Result. This format also allows you to engage the recruiter by highlighting your skills and the result of your actions. Here’s an example to state an accomplishment:
“Revitalized the Client’s website with refreshing, SEO-rich content. The new site
leverages Web 2.0 and has witnessed web traffic increase by 60%”.

9. Avoids saying “references available upon request.”
The space on your resume is limited so make sure you don’t cloud it with phrases and lines that don’t add real value. Recruiters anyway know that you will provide references if they request so why state the obvious?

10. Avoids crazy fonts, colours, images or headers and footers.
As mentioned earlier in Point 4, companies use the ATS to shortlist candidates. So make sure your resume is ATS and mobile-friendly. This means, stick with basic black and white colours and regular fonts, such as Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, or Calibri.

For the same reason, also avoid headers and footers, embedded tables, pictures, or other images in your resume. They may all look fine when you view your resume on your PC but could often get scrambled when put through an Applicant Tracking System.

Skills Employers Want: 10 Ways Newcomers Can Be Job-ready

Executive Interview

Although you may be able to tick off many of the skills that are mentioned on any given job posting, there may still be other transferrable skills that employers expect from you. Once you know what employers are actually looking for, you can easily customize your resumé, cover letter and even your job interviews to let them know that you understand their needs and that you possess the range of skills they expect.

Here are the top 10 skills hiring managers look for in today’s hyper-competitive workplace.

1. Communications expertise
No matter what the job, hiring managers continually seek candidates who possess great writing, speaking and listening skills. The ability to communicate effectively is definitely a most preferred skill and, if you can demonstrate your mastery in that, you definitely have an edge over the competition.

How you can excel:
> Make sure your resumé, cover letter and Linkedin profile communicate your proficiency in communications, with examples and testimonials. Be prepared to talk more on this subject at the interview.

2. Analytical and research skills
The ability to optimally assess a situation, gather relevant information and identify multiple perspectives is crucial to progressing in your career. Every employer is looking to hire candidates who can help him or her solve problems.

How you can excel:
> In the interview rounds, make sure you showcase your ability in coming up with multiple solutions to complex problems.
> Make sure you have some good “real story” snippets ready of how you have analyzed and solved complex problems in the past.

3. Internet, digital and social media mastery
Regardless of your industry or background, just about every job today requires a basic understanding of the internet and, more and more, social media, in addition to your prowess with word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and email.

How you can excel:
> Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was built every day. Increase your social media proficiency day by day and regularly keep polishing your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles.
> Make sure you optimize the use of keywords and highlight your capability in these areas on your resumé and within your cover letter.

4. Flexibility and adaptability to manage multiple priorities
Your ability to adapt to rapidly changing conditions, set priorities and manage multiple work assignments is absolutely critical in almost every field. This skill has become an integral part of corporate life so make sure you articulate it at every opportunity.

How you can excel:
> You should stress that not only are you a successful multi-tasker, but that you also thrive in an environment of change.
> Demonstrate through testimonials that you have the capabilities to effectively prioritize and juggle multiple projects simultaneously.

5. Interpersonal abilities
This relates specifically to your ability to relate to colleagues, clients, customers and others, and how you share ideas, inspire others to participate, manage conflict and more.

How you can excel:
> In your resumé, include information regarding your initiatives, collaboration with co-workers, group participation and facilitating teams in previous work environments.

6. Leadership and management skills
The ability to motivate and lead others is a skill that companies definitely value in the workplace. Every employer desires a goal-driven leader who maintains a productive climate and confidently mobilizes others to meet high performance standards.

How you can excel:
> Share your top leadership and management success stories that demonstrate your ability to take charge and manage co-workers, meet goals and deliver to high standards.

7. Multicultural awareness
The Canadian workplace and society in general are becoming more diverse than ever before. If you can demonstrate your astute understanding of other cultures, you can be truly successful in the long run.

How you can excel:
> Showcase your understanding of workplace diversity and dealing with other cultures.
> Exhibit any multicultural or diversity campaigns that you have been involved in, places where you have volunteered in multicultural settings and your ability to build rapport with people from diverse walks of life.

8. Planning and organization
The ability to plan, organize, set goals and get the work done in a realistic timeframe is a must-have skill for job candidates old and new. It’s critical that you know how to take unorganized information and deliver it in a meaningful and concrete manner.

How you can excel:
> Demonstrate that you are a results-driven achiever with exemplary planning and organizational skills, along with a high degree of detail orientation.
> Share examples of how you determined the best course of action by evaluating all options, resulting in creating intelligent solutions.

9. Problem-solving, reasoning and creativity
The ability to think logically and solve problems creatively will make you a very valuable member of any team. From negotiating with clients to handling customer complaints and more, these skills are a must. Organizations daily face internal and external issues that affect the workplace. And every manager wants to hire people who can help him or her solve these problems.

How you can excel:
> In cover letters and during the interviews use the STAR Formula (Situation, Tactics, Action, Results) to show that you are an innovative problem-solver who can generate workable solutions and resolve complaints.
> Keep a set of case studies ready to exhibit your ability in finding solutions to problems using your creativity and reasoning.

10. Teamwork
Most jobs require people to work effectively in teams, so employers certainly look for previous examples of teamwork in your profile. As a potential employee, you must communicate and demonstrate that you have the ability and experience of working effectively with other people in a professional manner to achieve common targets and goals.

How you can excel:
> Show how you have been a resourceful team player in your previous assignments. Have references and testimonials of people appreciating you for building trusting relationships with customers and colleagues.

15 Winning Strategies to Find the Perfect Job via LinkedIn

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With more than 225 million members in more than 200 countries, LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network continues to attract two new members every second. Did you know that your LinkedIn profile is one of the first things that recruiters see when they look you up on Google? What impression is your current profile conveying to potential recruiters, employers, clients or colleagues?

Take Control
If you haven’t given your LinkedIn profile the attention it deserves, it’s time to take charge of your online professional identity. With a refurbished LinkedIn profile, you can:
• Establish your skills, experience, career information and current position
• Explore new opportunities and offer your job candidacy
• Find experts and ideas to resolve a unique business challenge
• Follow hiring information for your interesting companies
• Grow your network of contacts
• Drive more traffic to your business
• See detailed statistics on a company’s business page
• Get recommendations to make your profile more trustful
• Follow fresh topics on different unique professional groups

That said, a complete profile doesn’t mean just replicating your resumé. Here are 15 step-by-step actions to take your LinkedIn presence from OK to extraordinary.

Step 1:  Picture Perfect
Always upload a professional picture. Nothing impacts like a perfect headshot.

Step 2: Just the Name
First impressions last. Keep the name section clean and concise.

Step 3: Strong Headline
Create a strong, unique, “benefits-loaded” headline that captures attention with rich keywords that you want to be known for.

Step 4: Status Updates
Update your status frequently, weekly, even daily. Post helpful content for your target market.

Step 5: Recommendations
Contact your ex-colleagues and seniors on LinkedIn to get at least 10 recommendations. This is key for building credibility.

Step 6: Connections
Keep building your connections to up to 500 people or more. It’s not what you know, rather who you know.

Step 7: Rich Keywords
Ensure that your Summary and Profile are loaded with the right keywords. Strategically place them throughout both.

Step 8: Speak Directly
Keep it direct and address your target market with benefit statements. Every word should be positioned with that goal in mind.

Step 9: Offer Value
Offer something that appeals to your target market. Give them a free report, white paper or something of value to download.

Step 10: Promote Projects
An excellent avenue to showcase projects, products and your portfolio. Promote free reports and articles for others to download.

Step 11:  Blog Boost
Add the WordPress application to your Profile. This is a great addition to showcase your most recent blog posts.

Step 12:  Add Videos
Add the SlideShare Application to your Profile to feature videos. Introduce yourself with your own voice and face.

Step 13:  50 Skills
Think about the skills you possess and upload up to 50. Skills and Expertise should be filled with keywords.

Step 14:  Join Groups
Join groups relevant to your profession and industry. You can join a maximum of 50 groups on LinkedIn.

Step 15:  Honours and Awards
Add all Honours and Awards you have received. Use this section to promote your media or press attention.

And lastly, it’s important to constantly keep updating your profile as LinkedIn has done away with old features like Signal and introduced new changes to their platform for both professional profiles and company pages, in the last few months.

Remember, a great LinkedIn profile not only ensures you are always putting your best foot forward, it also puts you ahead of your competitors, making it possible for recruiters and great opportunities to find you faster!

10 Hot Emerging Job Trends and Tips

Hit The Ground Running , Land Your Dream Job Faster. 
The constantly evolving nature of social media, introduction of  applicant tracking systems, enhanced use of mobile phones for recruitment, heightened awareness of apps, the rise of video recruitment and many more are all contributing to the changing landscape of the recruitment industry.

Now you can hit the ground running by taking advantage of the 10 prominent trends that can truly give you the edge!

1. The rise of social recruiting. 
There is now more sophisticated use of social media to actively engage with potential candidates and determine fit than before. With social recruiting evolving to higher significance, recruiters are beginning to use social media in newer ways, including passive recruiting to identify top candidates.

This means, you as a job candidate will need to spend more quality and creative time to manage your digital footprint and make your profile searchable across all platforms.

2. The rise of mobile hiring. 
With the influx of more millennials, it is only natural for mobile phone hiring and mobile apps to find greater acceptance. Both candidates and recruiters are finding that the power of mobile is allowing them to connect with each other, any time, any place, even on the go.

Your Android or Apple device can be a powerful tool to reach out and communicate with recruiters through traditional phone calls, emails, text messages and social media. Even recruiters are texting potential candidates and both find the process easier and more convenient for themselves and also consider it professional.

3. The rise of the part-time workforce.  
Consultants, freelancers and part time workers unite. In an economy fraught with uncertainty and the recession still hovering over our heads, job seekers should keep an open mind about freelancing and temporary positions, while constantly working on opportunities to help them find a permanent job role down the road.

Although you may be longing for full-time positions, position yourself to find a suitable short term position or projects to help you keep your skills fresh, gain relevant industry experience and generate a healthy cash flow.

4. The rise of the referral. 
With recruiters being flooded with more and more resumes each day, they simply don’t have time to consider each candidate. To shortlist their ideal fit, many recruiters admit that a majority of their candidates are found through referrals.

That’s why networking is more important than ever. Making connections with industry professionals should become a healthy habit. It’s also important to ask your connections for further referrals as it is a necessary part of today’s job search.

5. The rise of the keyword. 
In 2016 more than ever, technology will play a big part in screening applicants, so it’s prudent to customize all communications with the relevant keywords gleaned from the job description or what’s current in your industry.

In other words, make sure you customize each resume based on the precise needs of the potential employer. While non-customized submissions that do not meet the criteria may get rejected, your customized resume and online profile will help you stand out – and demonstrate why you are the best fit for the role.

6. The rise of the industry thought leader. 
Not long ago, recruiters would spend 20–30 seconds to review resumes. Now, according to more than one industry survey, six seconds is the maximum a candidate can hope to get. In other words, you have six seconds to demonstrate how you can be the expert who can solve an employer’s problems.

That’s why, it’s often smart to project yourself as an industry expert, by engaging in online communication about recent trends in your industry.  Blogs are another way to attract recruiters. You can post valuable articles and also join online communities, to share valuable inputs and engage with other industry thought leaders.

7. The rise of LinkedIn. 
LinkedIn has now become more robust with the capability to link PPTs through Slideshare (slideshare.net), project files, videos, portfolios, and other useful information. This helps you project a profile that is richer, deeper and more intimate than a resume by making multimedia presentations, projects, and videos more common elements of your LinkedIn profile.

8. The rise of Facebook. 
Spend sometime surfing the net to read about the power of Facebook Graph Search and you can understand how to use this incredibly powerful platform in your job search.  Today, employers scan Facebook profiles more closely and even a job seeker’s “likes” on Facebook can provide recruiters with an accurate snapshot of his or her personality. Make sure you adjust your privacy settings correctly, so you can manage the content that you do not wish to share with recruiters.

9. The rise of Twitter.  
Twitter continues to emerge as a powerful and easy-to-use tool for job seekers and employers alike. Practice and perfect your 140-character communication line to reach out to employers and engage in industry observations. Use hash tags to help you get found. Follow important leaders in the companies and fields you are interested in. And don’t miss out on regularly looking up ‘TweetmyJobs’ – this is where many employers and even other job seekers tweet links to job.

10. The rise of YouTube. 
It’s no surprise why YouTube is becoming a favourite tool for both candidates and recruiters. A video is a great opportunity to tell a compelling story about you to attract top recruiters. Plus, the average user spends 15 minutes a day on the site and this also includes the hiring manager that you are targetting. Many organizations, educational institutions and even the military successfully use YouTube to hire candidates.

Here’s wishing you quick job success – with the many refreshing new ways to engage with employers, get noticed, and unearth new job opportunities.

5 Steps to Develop Your Unique Personal Brand for Lasting Career Success

 

Personal Branding

New to Canada and at your wit’s end trying to land a job? Amazed and dismayed at the difficulty of the entire job search process? Shocked that you are not even receiving email acknowledgments, let alone a call for an interview? Been there, done that.

The many challenges that you face while seeking job openings can be resolved by developing a strong, unique personal brand. A personal brand makes you noticed for all the right reasons, reinforces your strengths and give the employer ample reasons to hire you. It takes understanding and some work to develop your brand, but the payoff is highly rewarding, as has been proven by thousands of successful immigrants in Canada.

I like to say that our lives are the result of what we “absorb,” what we “comprehend” and how we “excel” based on that information. I call it the ACE Principle. Let’s see how it applies to personal branding for career success.

When You Absorb:
Personal branding is the most powerful self-marketing strategy for achieving career auccess. It differentiates you so you can stand out, get noticed and get hired. Branding makes you more memorable. Think about how the Nike Swoosh or the McDonald’s golden arches stand out in memory even in the midst of advertising clutter.

What You Comprehend:
Branding is not about getting your target market to choose you over the competition. It is about getting your prospects to see you as the ‘”only one that provides a solution to their challenge or fills an immediate need.” For instance, instead of posting numerous resumés online, create a compelling online presence and optimize it, so that recruiters will not only find you, but want to interview you. Change the rules of the game, attract your audience, instead of pursuing them.

How You Can Excel:
Here are five proven steps to building your authentic personal brand.

1. Self-Reflection
Before you start, you need to know what you’re beginning with. Take a moment and write down your top three attributes/selling points/unique strengths. If you can get an employer to associate three positive traits with your application, you will easily rise to the top of the applicant pool.

2. Continuous Learning
Always stay on the cutting edge. You can add a degree or a certificate to your existing credentials. Seek out a mentor who can advise you. If you are already employed, check with your employer to see if there is a budget to support your professional development.

 3. Consistent Marketing Strategy
Everything you do, or choose not to do, can communicate the value of your brand. The resumés and cover letters that you format; the emails you send; the words you speak; the clothes you wear, the way you conduct yourself in meetings … everything matters.

4. Build Relationships
Keep in good contact with your network and always make sure your network knows of any recent successes. Search out new professional associations or online communities to add to your network. Find opportunities to weave your personal mission/vision statements into conversation with your network

5. Follow-Up
Good follow-up will create a positive association with your brand. Return employers’ calls immediately (establishes trust). Respond to all requests (shows responsibility). Write a thank-you note after an interview (demonstrates courtesy). Write acceptance/decline letters upon accepting/rejecting a job. And always keep your network updated.

Evolving Brand
Building your personal branding is a constant thing and should continue to evolve  throughout your career. Remember, a successful personal brand is not about pretending to be something you are not. It is about demonstrating your unique value to prospective employers and getting recognized, chosen and rewarded for it. There is only one unique you in the entire world. Now let the world know about that!

Begin Your Resumé With a Compelling Top One-Third to Get Noticed

 

Be Empowered

A growing notion among recruiters is that the “Career Objective” statement found at the top of a resumé is becoming more and more outdated in today’s job market. They feel instead of focusing on his or her objective, the primary responsibility of the candidate should be to quickly impress upon the recruiter what he or she can bring to the table in the organization. And so an ideal resumé today replaces the “This is what I want” objective statement with a “This is the value that I offer” branding statement today.

Especially in a world where the resumé needs to get past the applicant tracking system (ATS) and score high on the preferred keyword-focused formatting, it is imperative to write something compelling and valuable in the top one-third of your resumé to stand out.

Brand yourself

A bold entry with a strong personal brand within the first five seconds, framed around your unique value and strengths, can open more doors for you.

Here are a few examples that could go right under your name.

>  Dynamic Customer Service Representative

>  Passionate Marketing Sales Head

>  Seasoned Mechanical Engineer

>  Accomplished Project Manager

>  Experienced QA/QC Analyst

The combination of a powerful job title headline followed by a positioning statement that connects your experience to the position, telling a potential employer what you can do for them, can literally make you unbeatable.

Because recruiters and employers generally spend most of their time looking at the top portion of a candidate’s resumé, you must be strategic with the content you place at the top — it should excite them to move beyond the first few lines and devote more time to reading the rest of it.

When drafting your personal brand statement, keep it tight enough to interest them, quantify your skills — mention the number of years of experience  — highlight the key areas of expertise, insert keywords that are appropriate for the job position and definitely sizzle with personality.

Here are a few examples:

> Accomplished business supplies and equipment professional with proven record of training teams and leadership development.

> High-performance, results-driven sales specialist with 8 years’ professional immigration consultation expertise.

> Energetic, passionate IT networking technologist with demonstrated skills in hardware software applications.

> Passionate sales and marketing manager with 10+ years’ successful experience in finding new leads and growing markets.

> Passionate and dynamic sales specialist with a focus on building effective relationships and driving clients to action.

> Performance-driven and self-motivated banking professional with high integrity and commitment.

Accomplished marketing, business development specialist with tested experience in diverse markets.

Sharp resumé extras
Think of your resumé as one of the arrows in your quiver. If it’s dull at the tip, you’re less likely to hit the mark. To make it sharper, it is also advisable to add a QR Code or a link to your LinkedIn profile or portfolio website link or any professional social media page — right at the top along with your email and phone number. Make sure that you make your hyperlink live as your resumé could most likely be viewed on a computer or mobile media.

At the end, it is totally your choice whether to start with an objective, summary, brand identity line or a value statement. Whatever you term it, I recommend opening the resumé with your name, the coveted job title that indicates the position you are looking for, followed by a well-defined brand slogan that sets you apart from others.

 

Communicate with Clarity and Confidence.

 Communicate with clarity

 

4 Ways to Ace Every Interaction with
Excellent Communication Skills.

By Murali Murthy

This should be easy. Think of the one skill every Canadian employer specifies in the job description irrespective of the industry sector or position. You guessed it right.
“Excellent communication skills” is one of the most sought after attribute desired by recruiters and also essential for you to achieve career success in Canada.

Remember, good communication encompasses the whole package – the spoken word, the written word, the non-verbal cues through body language and the way you dress, among many other things. Here are a few key tips in all four primary areas to express yourself with clarity and confidence and transform your communication style into a powerful personality trait.

> The Spoken Word.
> The Written Word.
> Non-Verbal Cues.
> Dress to Impress.

The Spoken Word
Be it face-to-face or over the phone, messages delivered in easy-to-comprehend short sentences, in a clear and articulate manner, with a strong, powerful voice, go a long way in exuding self-confidence even when you may not feel that way.

  • Speak powerfully. People with strong, dynamic voices are perceived as having more self-confidence, so make sure you talk with power in person or over the phone.
  • Modulate your speech delivery, breathe regularly and if needed slow down your rate of speech. This will add impact to the words spoken and improve overall speech quality. 
  • Take ownership of your ideas and deliver them with the importance they deserve. When you speak with determination, it shows you are in control of what you are saying, and influences the listener to process what you are saying.
  • Eliminate filler sounds, words and phrases like “um”, “uh”, “like”, “right?”, “well”, “maybe”, “you know”, “I mean. These contain no real meaning, but are often used to keep the speech flowing. Be conscious of how many times you use them and reduce them slowly. 

Hope you enjoyed it so far. You can read the rest of the article at:
http://welcomepackcanada.com/blog/communicate-with-clarity-and-confidence/

 

The Rise and Rise of Mobile Recruiting.

8 amazing tips to use your smart phone to get hired on the go.

Rapidly changing technology is impacting our lives everywhere. In the age of the millennials, tablets and smartphones have now taken over our daily lives.  Not to be left behind, the job-search process too has evolved from Print Ads to online postings to mobile recruiting.

Yes, mobile job search and hiring are the in-thing now and will continue to grow given the fact that by 2020, millennials will compose 40 percent of the workforce. In fact, currently more than 90% of hiring managers and job seekers use their mobile phones at some point of the recruiting cycle. As mobile surpasses desktop, hiring managers expect candidates also to keep pace.

Here’s what organizations are doing.

Many companies now offer branded, mobile-optimized career sites that match their overall web theme. Some have even created customized mobile apps for job search.

With talent on the move, companies are keeping it simple with a ‘one-click’ apply option. They have made sure that all links are easy to follow with a functional search facility, concise job descriptions and the option to apply using a LinkedIn profile without the need for cover letters or resumes.

Automated text messages have become an instant and effective way of leveraging the benefits of mobile technology by acknowledging applications, updating candidates on their progress and scheduling interviews.

Many companies add a personal touch by sending reminders to candidates on the day of their interview and confirming the time and names of the hiring panel.

Some are providing relevant mobile optimized content with optimized emails, and job postings for mobile interfaces.

A few companies have even gone a step ahead and are offering relevant and regular updates on developments and careers within their company. This not only helps them grab the attention of talent but targets the concerns of their prospective candidates by addressing topics such as culture, leadership and individual career development opportunities.

Here’s how you can adapt:

1: Keep pace with advancing technology. As mobile technology advances and becomes more popular, recruiters expect candidates to complete every stage of the process, from the search to the application through their smart phones and tablets. Make sure you stay updated with all developments. As with everything else, trial and error processes can make you an expert in no time.

2: Visit renowned online job boards. Craigslist, Monster, SimplyHired and many others have created mobile portals and apps for recruiters and job seekers to be involved in the hiring process anytime and anywhere they want.

3: Download some of the leading Android & iOS apps. These include Indeed, Intro, LinkUp, Simply Hired, Switch, Snagajob, Monster and of course LinkedIn that help you to track job listings and apply through your device.

4: Identify opportunities on the go. Start by browsing the career sections of company websites. Many of the sites have been redesigned and formatted to be easily browsed on the go with a mobile device.

5: Develop a short form resume. You can create an abridged version of your resume that just touches on career highlights and can be easily scanned and just. Your primary purpose is to generate interest. You can also use a document format that can be easily opened.

6: Update social media profiles. You can adjust your social media profile with all the basic information an employer will want to know. Although you may gain the interest of employers with a brief mobile friendly resume, they will still want to know your qualifications and history.

7: One click application.  Master the art of applying for job positions in one click that can be accomplished in a minute or so from a mobile device. Many companies have created simplified applications that job seekers can easily complete from their devices without getting frustrated. Others are enabling candidates to use their LinkedIn or other social profiles to complete sections of the application.

8: Follow-up with ease. Beyond applying and setting up the first interview, you can also display your mobile mastery by scheduling second interviews and follow-up meetings using e-mail, SMS, WhatsApp and other tools.

The rise of mobile recruiting has everything to do with convenience and immediacy. Go ahead – embrace the power of mobile and enhance your job search with speed, convenience and on-the-go access.

 

Do the Job Before the Job. The FREE Project – Gets You Hired!

The Pre-Employment Project – The smart, fast way to get hired.

‘FREE’. 
Don’t we all just love the word? It’s a great door opener and relationship-sweetener in every part of the world, cutting across generations and indeed across civilizations.

When it comes to your job search, you can use the same tactic to get hired faster. You may present an effective, balanced resume with the right combination of skills and experience but your job application still hasn’t answered the classic ‘WIIFM’ – ‘What’s In It For Me?’- the invisible sign hanging on every employer’s neck.

Today you need do something new, something different and over and above the conventional norm. I call it the classic ‘buy one and get one free’ approach. Why not impress the hiring manager by bringing to the table a complimentary project along with your resume? Even Harvard Business Review endorses this approach. [Google: HBR.org – “Projects Are the New Job Interviews”].

The only reason the job opening exists is because the organization has a problem that you can solve or a need that you can fill.  If you can deliver a Free Project that proves to them that you have the relevant skills, you instantly separate yourself. In other words, ‘do the job before you get the job’. You may not have the relevant ‘Canadian experience’ but a complimentary, pre-interview project can easily help you overcome that very hurdle.

Here are a few ‘stand-out’ suggestions:

Marketing: 
If you’re applying for a sales or marketing role, a good side project could be demonstrating how you could market or actually selling some of the company’s products and presenting a document about it.

Design: 
If you’re applying for a web or graphic designer related role, you could mock-up some new designs for the company and present in the ‘before-after’ format and rationalize why you recommend your new designs.

Sales: 
Maybe the company is looking to simply increase sales or reduce costs. Your ability to do either will certainly make the hiring manager or the company CEO take notice.

Why not take with you a 30-60-90 day plan to demonstrate that you can help generate money, save money or both.

IT / Product Development: 
If you are applying for product development related positions, you can run quick usability tests on the company’s products, document your strategy and approach, support it with some implementation suggestions and share at the time of the interview. And if you are keen in entering the game development field, you can showcase a portfolio full of work in game development.

Do remember that credentials and, certifications and paper qualifications do matter for industries like law, finance or medicine, but for most other fields you can stand out by working on some side projects.  Choose a project which you find interesting, and which you feel has a depth or complexity that you can explore.  You can read through the Job Position to get an understanding. Now that you know what the company expects you to do day to day, you can actually do it ahead of time and prove to them that you can solve their problems.

You don’t have to always do projects in isolation. If you work with any other individual or in a group, it will show an employer that you can work in a team and collaborate.

You can upload a Power Point Presentation on free sites like Slideshare.net and share on your LinkedIn Projects page. Or better still create a free, themed website through portals like Branded.me, Wix.com or Strikingly.com.

The pre-employment project is an excellent way to showcase your soft skills – your ability to take charge, be driven and creative, conduct proper research and put together a project with enthusiasm – all these valuable traits do influence the hiring process positively.  So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, take up a project and make a definitive, distinct statement without saying a word!