Job Hunting Tips
A CV is an official document that contains the profile, educational and career background of a person.
In our part of the world, CV and a résumé means the same thing but in other climes, they mean different things entirely. Some of us have been submitting CVs like forever and yet we don't get interview invites. The problem is that your CV is not passing what is known as the 30 seconds test. The 30 seconds test simply means that an employer or interviewer will decide if he's going to employ you or not within 30 seconds of perusing your CV.
THE DO'S AND DON'TS OF CV
Also, there's no need for your grade (First class, 2.1, 2.2, etc.) Just take it off.Professional Certification is another area that's making people lose out of job search in recent times. Under this section, most people don't have what to put and it pisses off most employers. It means you haven't done much to add value to yourself. If you are a Corp member here, try to do one or two professional courses during your service year, else you will be submitting what we call a blank CV'. For those working, you can use your weekends to achieve the same. It will help you in your next job search.
Under your work experience, you are expected to state where you worked, your job designation and your responsibilities. If you are no longer working in the firm, write your responsibilities in past tense. The current place of work can be written in present tense. However, all your work experiences need not go on your CV except the one relates to the job you're applying for. It makes your CV concise.
COVER LETTERS;What is a Cover Letter?
A cover letter is a letter used in applying for a job position. It tells the employer your achievement(s) and how you can replicate the same achievement in his firm if considered for the job. In fact, a cover letter allows you to sell yourself to an employer, making him see what he stands to gain should he employ you. The major idea behind cover letters is to enable you to seduce your would-be boss to see you as the best candidate. However, we have to be careful with our choice of words so we don't brag instead of selling our skills. We have three major types of cover letters and they all play different roles:
I WILL LIKE TO ADDRESS SOME INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND HOW TO ANSWER THEM.
I should be hired because I'm academically qualified for the job. I also have the needed experience and skills needed to carry out the task I'm being interviewed for.
What they are simply asking is, are you free to relocate from your present location if we employ you?' If it's possible, simply say 'yes'.
This question is meant to cage you to 'one corner'. I know you all know the song.
If you say 'yes', it means you can't be trusted. If you say 'no', it means you don't have the interest of the firm at heart. So what do you say?
Simply tell them, 'As a professional, I will do anything within my powers to protect the interest of my company'. 'Within my powers' is an open statement. That means if you can lie, you will. If you can't lie, you wouldn't.
This is a tricky one. Don't go self-destructive by telling them,' I have two boyfriends sir, Emeka and Peter in case Emeka disappoints me'.
They are not interested in your affairs. This is a 'perfunctory' question meant to probe your disposition. They want to know how sociable you are. So answer this way, Sir; I have many friends and if given the opportunity to work here, I will make sure they do business with this firm.
Batch 2 COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR GRADUATES
The interviewer is not interested in hearing stories; they simply expect to know your academic and professional achievements, your name and the institution you currently work for. Take a minute to introduce yourself, and state your recent academic qualification and your relevant experience (if any).
The recruiter expects you to tell them about your professional achievements and the unique skills you possess that will add value to the organization. If you are a Customer Care graduate then you should tell them that you are a good listener and patient; these are the qualities the employer is looking for.
The question is not simple as it looks. Most candidates go blank when they face this kind of question. Take your time in explaining why you can’t leave the office before you complete a task. You can also inform them how you are quick to trust a person, which in most cases makes you a victim.
The employer wants to know whether you are ambitious or you’re the kind of a person who secures a job and then you forget about yourself. Answer the question by stating how you intend to further your studies and grow professionally as you strive to meet your employer’s goals. (It is important to tie your goals to your employer's goals because no employer would be willing to hire and invest in a rookie who will leave their organization in a year or less after they have invested in training the individual)
The question is testing your personal attributes, when answering it ensure that you don’t over exaggerate? Take the shortest time possible to state the best attribute you possess that you believe will add value to the institution.
Before you enter the interview room, ensure that you go through the company website to read latest news, company profile, goals, management team, objectives, vision and mission; they will help you answer this question (where the company is unknown, do your research and be familiar with the business/industry you desire to build your career) The question expects you to briefly describe what you read on their website and not what you imagine of the company.
This is usually the last question that the interview panel asks interviewees; if you fail to ask questions, you will lose some marks, always have a question to ask no matter what! Ask them whether they have plans to expand their business, whether they support employees to further their studies and how they motivate employees. You can pull a surprise by asking when you can start, it shows confidence.
The question is tricky because as a fresh graduate you don’t have a clue what to be paid; simply ask them what they pay others of your level, if they fail to give a satisfactory answer then give them a reasonable range. Ensure you do your research before you go to the interview room because you must be asked this question.