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The Path to a Successful Job Hunting

The path to any success begins with the first step. In job hunting, it starts with looking for the right job that fits the jobseeker's qualification and interests. Thanks to internet technology, the jobseeker can now easily do a search from the comfort of his home, surfing the web for the job that fits his situation and interest. As soon as he lands on a web page that offers the ideal job, it immediately asks him to apply and submit a resume. But without a resume handy, the job search comes to a screeching halt. Nothing happens until a decent resume is produced and submitted. If  completed on time, the resume is uploaded and the job seeker waits for the result. Otherwise, the job posting would expire and the jobseeker would have to search the web all over again.

Resume

What is a resume?  Also known as the curriculum vitae (CV), a resume is a written documentation of the job seeker's combined information of all his or her skills, qualifications and job experiences over the years. It is usually written in a couple of pages or less, to make it easier for the prospective employer to read. Its sole objective is to secure an interview from the prospective employer. Resumes are used by prospective employers to screen for ideal candidates for the job. If the information is well presented, the resume becomes the passport to more job interviews.

Job opening posted on-line generate hundreds if not thousands of resumes. To screen for the right candidate(s), resumes are scanned for keywords that match those found in the job descripitions. Hence, in order to increase one's chances of winning an interview, the resume must be carefully and deliberately written to include the right keywords that fit the job description and/or job requirements. Otherwise, it may end up in the wrong file (e.g., Trash or Reserve).  At Jobs Annex we are ready to provide you with assistance and tips in writing a compelling resume. Click on the Resume Writing icon on the right to read more about it.

Cover Letter

Unless told otherwise, resumes must always be sent out with an eye-catching cover letter to the prospective employer. A cover letter is a one-page letter addressed to the hiring manager that briefly summarizes the job seeker's main qualifications for the job. It's main objective is to catch the hiring manager's attention and to get him or her to contact the job applicant to schedule an interview. Keywords found in the job description, when properly mentioned in the cover letter always catches the attention of the recruiter or hiring manager. Hence, to increase one's chances of getting a phone call from the prospective employer to schedule an interview send out the resume with a cover letter. Click on the Cover Letter Writing icon on the right side for more information.

Job Interview

When the jobseeker finally gets a call from the prospective employer, there are caveats or pitfalls that one must be aware of before jumping in for the interview. Prepare by getting more information about the interviewer. The more information you have the better. Rehearse the answers to common interview questions. Repeat them several times until your answers become second nature. Decide early what to wear. Practice your handshakes. Know when and where to stand or sit. These are some of the few do's and don'ts that will help  create a good impression of you. Click the Interview Tactics icon on the right to learn more about what to do or not do in a job interview.

 

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