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DGG Interviews: Uncovering the Passion of a HR Avenger, Sam from People Mentality Inc

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People Mentality Inc (PMI) operates as the Avengers of HR where we deliver progressive HR solutions through an ecosystem of HR Practitioners, HR Tech Partners and Trainers/Facilitators.”

 

While many show strong passion for their profession, it is not an everyday occurrence that you hear someone proclaiming a company as an Avenger.

 

Indeed, Sam is a unique individual who demonstrates a great passion for the HR profession. Despite having a well-established HR career, He admirably made the jump to build his own business, People Mentality Inc and further his passions.

 

Working In The Corporate Sector

 

In his first 6 years after graduation, Sam worked for Keppel and Changi Airport Group in different HR roles.

 

These experiences have shaped him in many positive ways. As a hungry learner himself, he not only excelled in his own role but constantly pursued other work scopes as well.

 

“I offered to take on more roles than I was expected to take on, and even beyond my scope of work because I really wanted to learn more. I thought I wanted to explore and stretch myself to see if I’m good.”

 

And stretch himself he did. His passion for learning was evident in the additional work he pursued.

 

In Keppel, while he started as a generalist in recruitment and staff engagement, he was later given opportunities to manage the Keppel Care Foundation and took on Keppel Volunteers role, among others.

 

It was also these additional opportunities that truly piqued his desires to do more, outside of the corporate world.

 

“My experience in the corporate sector was a large part when I started thinking ‘Hey I want to give back more, I want to make more difference to not just the company itself, but the community at large, the organisations and the society at large’. That’s where the more altruistic kind of perspective came about, because of my interactions outside of work.”

 

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Start of People Mentality

 

Motivated from his time in the corporate sector, Sam finally built People Mentality Inc in 2016. This was aimed at making a greater impact on the HR profession and community.

 

As Sam explains, “At People Mentality, we are a HR advocacy firm. The sole purpose of the platform is really to showcase what HR is all about and its impact on business that goes beyond just transactions.”

 

With this purpose in mind, Sam set out to pursue HR advocacy through different channels:

 

  1. Consultancy

“Through consultancy work, I work on actual cases and build stories around it to advocate what HR is all about.”

 

  1. Public Speaking and Training

“There’s also public speaking, training with different kinds of platforms where I get to communicate to a larger audience what I am doing and some of the success stories that I have.”

 

  1. Content Development

“The last part of course is content development, in terms of my blogs. People Mentality TV is coming up, it’s a Youtube channel that I’m starting end-May 2018, to showcase some of the good practices in the market by interviewing business leaders, HR leaders.”

 

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Development of People Mentality Inc

 

As People Mentality Inc worked towards its goals, Sam is also well aware of the different stakeholders and factors that have played key roles in his professional journey.

 

Luck

“First and foremost, I was definitely lucky to some extent, where I was given opportunities to try this and that, and of course good bosses along the way who made things happen.”

 

Family

“Family support I think is something that is very important, having a family behind you. So you don’t have to worry but know that in any case, if something fails, you have something to fall back on. Family support to me is my drive.”

 

Mentors

“I’m lucky to also have really good mentors, that guided me along the way, about the direction of my career. They were ones who showed me the path, the ones who helped me think through again what I want and encourage me towards the purpose.”

 

Community

“There’s also the community at large. After being involved in various HR communities, it started to get me feeling that I’m not alone in this battle, that I want to make a difference, and there are many people in the market that wants to as well. I feel this support, and it’s a very nice and warm feeling, something that is pushing you ahead, support so that you can go further.”

 

Partners

“There are also partners in the market, for example firms such as HRM Asia that have helped quite a bit from the start. From the beginning when I was a nobody, they helped publish my articles and invited me to become a regular blogger and that’s where more people paid attention to what I said. That’s probably a partner that helped me grow my career and one that I’m grateful to as well.

 

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Career Advice

 

With his wealth of experience and knowledge in HR, Sam also revealed some career tips that will definitely be useful for students and fresh graduates alike.

 

  1. Being Future-Proof

When it comes to decisions in education and careers, one has to aim for the future instead of the present.

 

Sam first advises that to be future-proof, one has to look beyond the ever changing trends and instead focus on oneself.

 

“First, it is important to look inside rather than look outside.  Looking inside means understanding your strengths first, what are you good at, what are you passionate about, which are the areas you really think you can make a difference. Then there you can choose your options.”

 

  1. Having Mentors

Next, he also emphasizes that having mentors are key as they have walked the path before.

 

“They can advise you and help you see things that you don’t quite see yet. Sometimes as a fresh graduate you can be overly optimistic about everything without knowing everything. These mentors kind of put a reality check, which is important to some extent. These are people that can be your sounding board, your support network which you need when things get a bit tough on this journey.”

 

  1. Communities

He also encourages looking for communities to broaden one’s mindset and knowledge.

 

“(Communities help you understand that) there is more than what you see in the organization, helps you break away from the silo mindset and helps you know that there are like-minded people around that you can speak to, collaborate and learn from and collectively grow together.”

 

  1. Giving Mindset

 

Fresh graduates tend to focus on showcasing themselves, high salary, and what the companies can offer.

 

Instead, graduates should think about what they can give, what value they can contribute, which ties in nicely with the previous point about looking inside oneself.

 

“From my experience, when you are able to give, people see the value. Without you even expecting it, a lot of people value you and a lot of help comes to you. My giving mindset, this accelerated my growth quite a lot in my career.”

 

Personal Branding Tips

 

Sam also delved deeper into personal branding for young job seekers, and shared tips on how they can differentiate themselves among job seekers today.

 

In addition to having a good resume, Sam offers that giving back is perhaps the best way to differentiate oneself and grow a personal brand.

 

Giving back allows for people to “know you for something” and to “know what kind of value you bring”, building a personal brand as a result.

 

“For example myself, people always see me as someone who is always giving back in HR communities… To me actions speaks louder than words, it’s not just you telling people that ‘Hey, I’m an enthusiastic guy’, people don’t see it. You need to showcase your actions by giving.”

 

Another important aspect about branding that he emphasized is storytelling. This is related to how one relates his personal day to day examples through simple stories and values that he/she shares.

 

“That’s really powerful, because stories are unique to individuals; no one experiences exactly the same stories. So these are unique to yourself, and through stories you can build unique stories that stand out of the rest.”

 

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Future Goals

 

Sam also outlined three key goals for People Mentality Inc in the future. While his ultimate goal as a HR avenger is naturally to educate what HR is really all about, he breaks it down to a few smaller goals.

 

“First of all is to showcase that HR is not destined to be a support function, we can also be one that works together with the C-suite level to make a real difference to the organization.

 

Second is to showcase (that) Asia-wise we also have good practices and practitioners that we can showcase to the rest of the world.

 

Third, to showcase to younger people who are considering a start or a switch, that HR is not a boring support function; by going to conferences, starting a Youtube channel, writing articles, pursuing partnerships, just to showcase the point that HR can be fun. There are many possibilities beyond. There are many different ways to grow this as a career.”

 

Finally, Sam leaves with perhaps his most important advice.

 

“Give before you think about taking. Because when you give, that’s when a lot of special things happen.”

 

 

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Guide to Making The Best Of A Career Fair [updated 2018]

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’Tis the season to go to career fairs!

 

Career fairs are always great places to start finding jobs or internships.

There are always many companies present from various industries, specialising in different areas.

Isn’t this exciting for any jobseeker?

 

While there is undeniably a large supply of companies, there is also another problem: There is also a huge demand for the jobs!

Among the many faces an employer will see, and the many conversations an employer will have, how can one stand out and make the best of a career fair?

We’ve got you covered!

 

Here is a quick guide with 4 simple steps to help you get ahead and perform well in your career fair in no time!

You don’t want to go into the career fair blindly without first reading this guide!

 

Career Fair Step 1

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‘I’m just going to the career fair to explore my options!’

This thought probably crossed your mind at some point.

If you are treating the career fair and the companies lightly as options, employers will similarly treat you as an option among the hundreds of jobseekers!

 

There are going to be many different companies of all types and sizes at the career fair.

Without doing any prior homework, the career fair might seem overwhelming. You can easily get lost amidst the throngs of people and companies!

So, it is important to do your homework about the companies participating in the career fair.

 

Prioritise some industries and companies that you are interested in, and actively prepare for them!

Do your preparatory homework. Find out about their latest news and trends, roles they are looking for, among other details.

Be sure to also pay attention to the skills and culture they value, and think about why these companies appeal to you.

 

Career Fair Step 2

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The old adage holds true, ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!’. You cannot go into a career fair unprepared.

Here are a few things you have to prepare for:

 

Your elevator pitch

Start the conversation with potential employers with a good and short self-introduction, otherwise known as the elevator pitch.

As defined by Investopedia, an elevator pitch is a term ‘used to describe a brief speech that outlines an idea’.

In this scenario, you want to outline your past achievements and present yourself as a potentially amazing candidate.

Try to keep the pitch within 20-30 seconds. As this is not a one-sided lecture, introductions any longer may run the risk of the employer losing interest.

To do so, think of your unique propositions as compared to your peers.

 

A good question to ask yourself would be as such:

“Within 20-30 seconds, what can I tell the potential employer to help me stand out, and make him/her interested in me as a candidate?”

Consider what makes you stand out amongst your peers, and what would be relevant and attractive in the eyes of a potential employer.

 

It is also important to selectively choose “highlights” among all the achievements you have, to present yourself in a way that you want to be known for!

 

Preparation of questions

Armed with the knowledge from your homework, you are also ready to ask good questions during a conversation at the career fair.

After a good elevator pitch, you can start raising questions naturally in the flow of the conversation.

This is where your prior homework done comes in handy!

 

Questions will typically fall under a few categories:

Role specific

  • What skills and experiences do you look for for a candidate in [XYZ] position?
  • Are there any specific educational background you are looking for in [XYZ] position?

 

Personal experience specific

  • What are some of your favourite things about working at [ABC] company?
  • What about your biggest challenges in the company?
  • Why did you choose to work for [ABC] company?

 

Company specific

  • What is the work culture like in [ABC] company?
  • What is a career trajectory a candidate can expect in [ABC] company for [XYZ] position?

 

Keep these questions as a guide, but exhibit knowledge of the company and industry whenever appropriate during the conversation!

 

Career Fair Step 3

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After doing your homework, practising your self-introduction and having your questions down pat, what’s next?

Now, don’t forget the other small details essential to performing well at the career fair!

 

Dress attire

Do dress professionally!

First impressions matter a lot, so dress smartly to the career fair with at least with a regular work attire.

If you are unsure, it is always better to overdress than to underdress!

 

Bring your resume!

Dressing does not only include the clothes you wear, but also the important things you bring along with you!

In this case, remember to bring copies of your latest updated resume to the fair. This helps potential employers to scan through your job experiences during the conversation.

If you need help with updating and optimising your resume, contact us here for a free evaluation and review!

The last thing you want is have a good conversation go awry with a erroneous resume, right?

 

Career Fair Step 4

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Now, with good preparation and practice, you are ready to go to the career fair itself! Is there anything else you should look out for?

Here are a few useful tips to take note of:

 

Time management

If possible, it is always good to arrive early to the career fair. The benefits are twofold:

The employers will be much fresher earlier in the day, since they have not met and conversed with most of the students.

For yourself, you can take the chance to approach your top-priority firms first before the crowds swarm into the fair during peak hours.

With less people with each potential employer, you have a better chance of having a longer and more meaningful conversation!

By arriving early, you also allow yourself more time to be flexible. You can also find out more about other organisations that you were not interested in before.

 

Listen and Learn

At the career fair, make sure to also pay close attention to what potential employers tell you and try to learn and extract as much information as you can.

If you are genuinely interested in the company, remember to demonstrate your interest verbally!

Also, remember to try and get their name cards and contact details to follow up after the career fair.

 

Take notes if needed after the conversation. Talking to many employers in a short span of time, it can be easy to lose track of the details you have gathered.

Nowadays, some career fairs are even accompanied with talks, networking opportunities and professional photobooths!

Besides just talking to employers, make sure to make full use of these additional resources as well!

 

If you have made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back! You are now more well equipped to perform and make the best of your upcoming career fair!

Now go follow the steps in this guide closely, and approach your career fair with confidence!

 

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9 Tips to Help You Survive Networking Events

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Networking, the word we have all come to dread.

 

Along with public speaking and interviews, networking is definitely on the top of my list of ‘Things that I hate to do, but I have to’.

 

It just doesn’t feel natural trying to connect with strangers at first sight.

 

Well, turns out, I’m not alone. If you’re reading this now, you probably share the same sentiments.

 

And this is precisely the purpose of this article today.

 

No, this article is not going to turn you into a networking god.

 

But I believe that this article will give you a better idea on how to approach networking events.

 

I started writing this article with the intention for it to act as a guide for myself, giving me tips and pointers to keep in mind as I go for networking events in future.

 

Now, I would also like to share these tips with you, to help all of us become more ready and confident in these networking events.

 

Pre-Networking

 

As the old saying goes,

 

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With good preparation, half the (networking) battle is won.

 

Just like how preparing for an interview is paramount, preparing for networking is no different.

 

While you cannot prepare for many unforeseen situations, what you can do is prepare for common situations that come up in most networking events. Here are a few that you can explore:

 

1. Giving Your Self-introduction

 

A self-introduction is definitely the first thing to prepare.

 

As you first meet a potential connection, it is important to introduce yourself and your work succinctly and interestingly. The last thing you would want to do is to bore the listener as you rattle on about all your life stories!

 

You can take reference from these few questions while crafting your self introduction:

  • What are your skills and specialties?
  • What interesting work have you done thus far?
  • What are some of your future plans in your career?

 

2. Preparing Insightful Questions

 

Of course, a meaningful conversation cannot be a one-sided monologue from your part.

 

You will also need to ask good questions to spark the connection’s interest, and to explore his/her skills and background as well.

 

If this sounds like a tall order, consider some of these questions to help you along:

  • What do you enjoy most in your work?
  • What are some of your future career plans?
  • What is the most challenging part of your work?

 

3. Research industry trends

 

Suppose that you are going for an networking event on the E-commerce industry. Most of the participants there will be in touch with the latest news and trends of the industry.

 

Naturally, the best way to connect is to talk about these topics of interest to them!

 

These can be great conversation starters that allow you to dig deeper and learn more insights from an industry insider.

 

Furthermore, demonstrating knowledge in these industry trends also reflect how invested you are in the industry.

 

Your ability to introduce and discuss these topics well will definitely leave a lasting impression amongst connections.

 

4. Game plan

 

If you go into the session blindly, you might often find yourself aimlessly wandering about.

 

This aimlessness can be rather draining and discouraging, and you might find yourself leaving the event earlier than expected.

 

A useful way to resolve this is to develop a networking game plan beforehand.

 

As many of us are goal-oriented, a good way to do this is by developing manageable goals to work towards. Here are some that you can consider:

 

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This helps to provide a direction to work towards, and likely spurs greater focus on reaching the goals you set for yourself.

 

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Now that you have gotten all the preparation out of the way, you are ready for the main event: the networking event itself. What should you take note of during the event?

 

5. Early bird gets the worm

 

A common worry when going for networking events is seeing many groups of people already engaging in active conversations.

 

It can be hard to try and join in and participate in the conversation naturally, so you might find yourself out of the circle.

 

An easy fix would simply be arriving to the networking event earlier!

 

This way, you can start smaller, more meaningful conversations before all the hustle and bustle begins. You will also have less competition for people’s attention and interest!

 

6. Listen

 

With so much prior preparation (see above), it would be understandable if you wanted to share everything about yourself and what you know to your potential connections.  

 

But relationship building is a two-way street.

 

To build a meaningful relationship during the networking, you need to be genuinely curious about what the other party has to say as well.

 

Only by listening fully, can you also ask meaningful questions that will actually benefit yourself.

 

Probe into his/her experiences, lessons and other details that you normally will not have access to.

 

7. Asking for his/her contact

 

After having a good time sharing both your stories, do not forget this one last vital note: Asking for the connections contact details.

 

This is possibly the only way for you to continue and build this professional relationship even outside of networking events.

 

Do give the person options to choose from, so that he/she can give you a means to contact that he/she is comfortable with. This can range from mobile numbers, email addresses, or even adding on LinkedIn, just to name a few.

 

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Post-Networking

 

After the networking event, give yourself a nice pat on the back if you did manage to achieve the goals you initially set.

 

But the work doesn’t stop there.

 

8. Take notes

 

After talking to many connections, it can be hard to keep track of all the new names, new faces and all the topics discussed.

 

As the conversations are still fresh in your head, jot down some notes to help yourself structure your thoughts, and keep track of your discussions.

 

9. Follow up

 

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As the memories and impressions you made are still fresh in your mind, take time to follow up with the new connections made during the networking event within 1-2 days.

 

You can remind them of yourself and the topics you discussed. You can also remind them of the problems he/she was sharing, and perhaps offer valuable insights to these problems that they might be facing.

 

Hope these tips have helped you better understand what to expect at networking events, and what to keep in mind before going for one.

 

Remember to go with an open heart. Try to learn and explore new areas you are unfamiliar with, and build genuine connections in the process!

 

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3 Strategies To Help You Prepare For A Job Interview

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As you’ve go through our content here at DGG Resume, you’ve probably understood what makes an effective resume, and made use of the simple tips to boost your resume from our previous posts.

 

Perhaps you’ve also landed yourself a job interview! Congratulations!

 

But after completing the resume, here comes another nerve-wracking part of the job application process:

 

The Interview

 

Most people fear the interview process, myself included.

In fact, studies have shown that a whopping 92% of American adults are anxious about job interviews!

 

To help you get through the interview process successfully, here are some key tips to guide and inspire you as you prepare for a job interview.

 

1. Experience the Company’s Products/Services

I was having a phone interview with an E-Commerce company, when the interviewer asked if I’ve ever tried using their platform.

Looking to impress, I confidently answered ‘Yes’.

 

Naturally, she then followed up by asking about my most and least favourite parts of the platform.

But this  question caught me off guard. I had only used the platform once, and that happened many years ago!

 

I spewed out generic characteristics of good E-Commerce platforms, but the damage was done.

Needless to say, I failed to advance to the next round of the interview.

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This tip might sound obvious, but it may surprise you how many people overlook this.

As candidates prepare for a interview, many simply focus on their own achievements, skills and strengths, and simply forget to consider the company they have in mind.

 

What better way to understand a company than to experience the company’s product/service offerings!

 

Whether it is a retail storefront, online-based business or any other business that is possible for you to try their offerings, try it!

 

Bonus tip: While experiencing the company’s offerings, don’t forget to take down notes on your reflections: what you like and dislike about the products, things you might be curious about etc.

These are first-hand reactions that could be useful during the interview process!

 

2. Do Storytell, Don’t List

Do you have that friend that likes to go over all his/her life stories and experiences, every time you meet up?

Does he/she keep on rambling over his/her fun times and expect you to be similarly excited and happy over them?

Now, you don’t want to be that friend, do you?

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As discussed earlier, candidates that prepare for a job interview often fall into the trap of self-focus.

Candidates often only consider their own skills and achievements and can’t wait to share them with interviewers.

 

This does not sit well with interviewers.

Although they might be interested in your experience, they are mainly interested to evaluate how:

1. You can contribute to the company.
2. You can fit with the culture of the company.

 

As such, listing your experiences and achievements since you were 13 in chronological order simply will not cut it.

 

Instead of simply listing, Storytell!

 

As you prepare for a job interview, try to recollect your different experiences and think of the overarching theme(s).

 

Let me give you an example:

 

1. You have struggled with your academics earlier in your life, but took on roles in your CCA and organisations outside of school.
2. While studying in university, you started on external courses and received certifications for different skills.

 

Both these experiences can represent how you are a curious and keen learner, not afraid to always continue exploring new skills and roles and expanding your horizons.

 

When sharing your past experiences with the interviewer, try to also focus on the overarching themes that represent you, rather than just listing out your achievements.

 

This requires a deeper thinking and reflection over your life, so do take time to sit down and reflect upon your personal overarching theme(s), to better storytell your life achievements.

 

3. Ask Good Questions

A key element in having a good conversation is the ability to ask good questions.

 

When you ask good questions to the interviewer, it reflects a few things about you:

 

1. You show genuine interest in the company, pondering over company and industry related issues.
2. You are well prepared for the interview and have put in effort to research information about the company and industry.
3. You show strong critical thinking skills that will be useful in future.

 

By now, you might be thinking to yourself:

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Here are some tips:

  1. Primary research

As discussed at the start of this post, trying out the company’s offerings can be a great way to start.

By trying the offerings first hand, it can better inspire some questions or areas about the business you might be curious in.

 

  1. Secondary research

Find out the latest news on the company by gathering information on the web:

Do they have any latest developments related to the job or responsibilities you might be involved in?

Do they have any news that you might be curious about?

 

Bonus tip: You can also do research on the industry and related trends and developments, and how they might affect the company. This will reflect a more mature and in-depth consideration of the issues of the industry at large.

 

 

Preparation is key

 

Now equipped with these 3 tips to prepare for a job interview, be sure to use these tips wisely and most importantly, RESEARCH & PRACTICE for the interview!

 

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Learn 3 Simple and Practical Tips to Craft a Great Resume!

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Resumes usually not on our minds, but when we need them, we are often left scrambling.

But that’s to be expected, when are ever thinking about our resumes?

  1. When we are thinking of switching jobs and looking for a new job
  2. When we lose our job and are looking for a new job
  3. When we are about to enter the workplace and are looking for a new job

 

That’s pretty much it, right? No wonder we have no clue on how to craft a great resume!

 

Have you seen a dream job advertisement, only to desperately scramble and scour through the internet trying to find tips and guides to improve your resume? Scramble no more.

Now, you don’t need to be an expert to develop your own effective resume.

 

Here are 3 effective ways that you can use right now to help you optimize and craft a great resume!

 

 

1. Know Yourself, and Know the Company

You might have had a long list of achievements in your life, and probably can’t wait to share them all in your resume!

You probably expect your potential employer to be similarly interested and impressed by them as well!

 

But reality strikes and you realise that they aren’t all that interested.

Recruiters often make a decision within 6 seconds.

 

So the potential employer probably isn’t interested if you participated and excelled in your secondary school club.

 

While this might be painful, it is a necessary revelation.

 

So what do you do now?

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Connect your skills to company’s needs

 

A first good step is to be absolutely clear of what you have achieved in the past.

Next, understand what the company is about, and what kind of candidate it is looking for.

Now, simply use your achievements and lessons learnt to show how you are a wonderful fit for the job and the company!

 

Simply put, connect what you have to offer, to what the company needs and is looking for!

 

 

2. Action! Words that highlight your achievements

Action words are words that help demonstrate strongly and exactly the achievements you have listed on your resume.

Using these effective action words just helps you highlight your experiences and achievements to a whole another level.

 

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Making use of effective action words

 

Take for instance, these 2 examples here:

  1. Helped with social media postings, providing information about the company to the public.
  2. Managed the company’s social media account, engaging in promotional efforts that reached over 1,000 people.

Which of the 2 sounds more convincing and impactful?

 

While both convey similar information, I’m sure we all agree that example 2 appeal to us more.

The first example comes off as more vague and uncertain, while the second example shows a more confident reflection of the candidate’s past achievements.

 

These effective action words can come in the form of strong, convincing verbs such as ‘Establish’, ‘Lead’ and ‘Negotiate’.

 

Other equally effective tools include quantitative figures.

Rather than describing your past job responsibilities, show them how much of a contribution you made by trotting out the numbers.

It has been proven scientifically that quantitative figures simply provide more persuasion and reliability to readers.

So use them whenever applicable to boost your credibility!

 

 

3. Standing out from the crowd

Many people use free resume templates from anywhere they can find online.

This can be a simple way to organize all your information.

 

But it is simply not enough to stand out from the crowd and appeal to the potential employer. (within 6 seconds, no less).

 

Instead, making use of appropriate visuals can help!

Visuals not only help people to digest the content faster and more effectively, they also help recall of your content!

So consider making use of simple icons, bars and different graphics to make the resume look more presentable, yet not lose its professionalism.

These simple graphics can also help the reader refocus his/her attention, and not get lost amongst the sea of words.

 

 

The job search process today is tough, tedious and competitive.

But it need not be this way.

You can simply read our other blogposts to learn more about career development!

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