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Here at DGG Week Peek, we condense 3 valuable articles we’ve found on the web every week. We provide you with key insights from each article, and some personal takeaways we’ve gathered. Read on to find out more about careers, lifestyle, personal development and more, all in one place!

 

1

Google Employees Weighed in on What Makes a Highly Effective Manager (Technical Expertise Came in Last)

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Leadership

After analyzing a large number of managerial-level employee data, Google found that technical abilities were less important than they expected.

They found other factors that were much more crucial in an effective leader:

 

1. Calm and collected leaders, especially during challenging situations:
Employees appreciate the leadership and patience from strong bosses especially in times of crisis

 

2. Collaboration with employees and personalized involvement:
Collaborative leadership and involving employees deeply in the work process is a long term investment for both the employee and the organisation

 

3. Empathy and care for employees’ personal lives:
Sincerity will be appreciated and reciprocated, and showing real concern creates significant impact in the long run

 

Despite much emphasis about the different hard and soft skills top leaders should have, it seems that the best characteristics a great leader should possess are those that simply come authentically and naturally from the heart.

 

 

2

After Giving 1,000 Interviews, I Found the 4 Questions That Actually Matter

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Organizational culture

With experience of interviewing over 1000 people, this writer found that it is essential to hire for cultural fit.

He offers four questions that hirers can ask to make it easier for the them to evaluate the cultural fit between the potential employee and the organisation more accurately:

 

1. How did the culture at the last company empower/disempower you:
Reflects how candidates think about the importance of culture, and their work motivations at the last company

 

2. What were the characteristics of the best boss you’ve ever had:
Reveals what kind of leadership the candidates thrive under, and helps bring to light whether the candidate will be able to succeed in the new company’s leadership

 

3. Describe how you handled a conflict with one of your co-workers:
Shows the character of the candidate and how he/she perceives as a reasonable way to resolve a conflict

 

4. What kind of feedback do you expect to receive in this role and how often do you expect to receive it:
Reflects the candidate’s receptiveness to feedback, and in turn shows his/her inclination towards personal development and growth

 

Culture is extremely important for every organisation, serving as a binding thread between members of the team. It also provides intangible value as a guiding light and purpose. Jobseekers, do consider your own personal characteristics, what kind of culture you would thrive in, and how you can contribute to a company’s culture.

 

 

3

Rock your next interview with these 5 secrets of body language

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Body language tips for job interviews

Many nonverbal body language cues during job interviews are very telling of our true emotions and personalities.

This human behaviour investigator offers 5 tips to prepare for job interviews. Jobseekers can use these tips to present themselves in the best light:

 

1. Handshake:
Give a handshake at the beginning and at the end of each interview, to have a good first and final impression

 

2. Confident body posture:
Helps to avoid looking insecure, and shows the readiness for the interview and the job

 

3. Fronting the interviewer:
A nonverbal sign of respect to the interviewer and the interview process itself

 

4. Authentic and natural smiling:
Shows good passion and chemistry in the topic of discussion

 

5. Appropriate eye contact:
Recommended to be around 70% of the time, reflecting strong interest and respect

 

We may all have our natural habits and tendencies, but practise makes perfect! These body language cues are definitely hard to perform naturally. Practice in front of a mirror/friends to exude confidence without looking staged.

 

 

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What You Ought to Know About Resume Designs

Posted Posted in Resume

 

There are many mysteries and age-old problems that you can’t wrap your head around:

 

Is there life after death?
Does an alternate universe exist?
What makes a great resume?

 

Well, you are probably here at this blog because you want to know the answer to the last question.

This is a question that many people (myself included) ponder about.

Having reviewed, edited and designed dozens of resumes, I do know a thing or two about great resume designs.

Distilling lessons from all my experience, here are 3 key elements that I believe differentiate an exceptional resume from the average one.

 

1. Length: When More Is Not Always Merrier

 

Remember the last time you read a book about a stranger you were not really interested in?..

 

..Well, neither do I!

 

Potential employers are not interested in reading a book about your life.

Your resume is not an autobiography, so there is no need to list every single achievement you have.

 

This will only leave the employer much less convinced and much more confused.

 

The reader only wants to succinctly and easily understand your achievements till date, decide quickly whether you are a good fit and whether to call you down for an interview.

 

Excessively long resumes simply make it hard for the reader to focus and evaluate your skills properly.

 

So, try to keep your resume to only 1-2 pages.

 

If your resume is really too long, try to think from the perspective of a potential employer:

Is all the information provided helpful for you to make a decision? Are there unnecessary parts that you would simply be uninterested in?

 

This will help you better decide what to keep, and what to remove.

 

2. Organisation: Prioritize and Personalize

Resumes are very much like our life stories:

They are unique to each and every one of us. There is no one-size-fits-all formula.

 

Resume designs and their content depend very much on each individual’s industry, stage of his/her career, and other factors.

 

Here are two examples:

 

Imagine if you were Tom, a 24 year old recent graduate.

Your resume will be focused more on the internships and committees you have been a part of, highlighting the lessons you have learnt and your eagerness to learn and contribute to the new company.

A larger focus will also be put on the educational institution you have graduated from, and academic qualifications.

 

Now imagine yourself as Chris, a 40 year old mid-career professional.

Your resume will now be focused on your contributions and leadership to the company, and the many impressive achievements he had done for the company.

The resume will also highlight your certifications and professional achievements/awards received.

 

More importantly, there should also be a logical flow to your resume. It should not make the reader have to jump back and forth to pick up clues and hints to understand your story.

 

So, think about where you are at in your own career trajectory.

 

Consider your skills and experiences, and craft your own personal story around it.

 

3. Design: The Subtle Agent of Success

 

A good first impression is half the battle won.

Great resume designs also indicate effort and sincerity in trying to secure the interview and eventually the job.

 

Think about it: Would you dress in a singlet and slippers to an interview?

 

Probably not, right?

 

So, why would you dress your resume shabbily?

Without a well-designed resume, how are you going to score the interview in the first place?

 

Do not underestimate the importance of good resume designs.

The resume design is crucial, as it can complement the good organisation and content you have put forth.

 

But this does not mean that it needs to be flashy and overly creative.

Resume designs can be effective and look professional at the same time.

 

While we may find ourselves being deceivingly familiar with resumes, familiarity doesn’t always equate to proficiency.

Now that you have found out about these simple yet often overlooked parts of a resume, have a look at your own resume!

 

Does it meet these 3 basic criteria?

 

If not, consider using some resume tips to improve your resume!

 

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