We receive hundreds of resumes every day. Some resumes make us eager to call the applicants for interview and others are given second priority, while the rest are unfortunately discarded.
We found during interview that many job seekers with good professional ability and good working attitude failed to highlight their strengths in their resumes, thus fell into second priority. A good resume is great tool to market yourself, but a poor one could become a stumbling-block.
We provide the following tips based on recommendations of our professional career consultants to help applicants get much more interview opportunities when seeking for employment.
A distinct resume must allow the HR managers, personnel directors or head hunters with limited time to know your work responsibilities and contributions quickly. Give complete but succinct and clear descriptions of the following points:
If you have difficulty in writing a short article, we recommend simple chronological bullet points.
Many job seekers assume that readers would be familiar with the industry and their previous employment (company) as long as the job title is mentioned.
It works when the resume is sent to the direct supervisor. However, not all readers are Jacks-of-all-trades. In addition, if you are changing career, few people would recognize your past employment regardless of the company’s reputation. There is also a good chance that the first few people who would sift through your resume are those from HR departments or head hunters rather than the direct supervisors. Therefore, it is important to concisely describe your previous job in the resume to showcase the employment history, helping employers assess if you are the right person for the job more easily.
Most job seekers use plentiful adjectives in their resumes like “responsible”, “proactive”, “cooperative” and so on. If 90 resumes out of 100 resumes received for the same position contain similar statements, which applicant would be called for interview? Specific instances should be included in personal statement to give credibility. So, don’t forget to add these to prove your characteristics described in the resume.
Resume is a way of self-marketing, but marketing or packaging should be based on facts.
There will always be unhappy moments in your career, for example: being laid off, being unemployed for more than three months or continuously having two or three temporary jobs.
Some job seekers deliberately change their reasons for resigning or terminating work, which could get them through the first round of interview. However, they will most likely be rejected eventually after successive interviews, which is absolutely a waste of time.
Most large-scale companies conduct reference check before hiring new employees. Hence, it is advisory to be honest and explain minor flaws at the very beginning rather than risk being judged “dishonest” in the end.
If you are new to the workforce, your resume may lack notable achievements and necessary job skills, here are several suggestions to improve your credentials:
If you graduated from a reputable university and academic department, congratulations, your resume can easily attract the attention of employers. If you don't have that advantage, don't get frustrated. Education is not the only factor to determine successful recruitment---an outstanding resume is very important to differentiate yourself from others.
Highlighting your personal expertise and characteristics in the resume is important to gain the interest of employers. For example, extra-curricular activities, or school contests in school could be good references for employers to assess your work attitude and personality. These activities could help demonstrate your teamwork ability is superior to others. In addition, any special talent that can emphasize one’s advantage (e.g. language ability, R&D ability, etc.) can also add value to job hunting. There was an interesting case handled by Rising. One company was looking for a General Manager secretary. There were three candidates in the final round of interview and in the end GM chose the candidate with comparatively most average academic background. We asked the general manager why he selected that applicant. He said during the interview the candidate mentioned her interest in floriculture, and then presented her work book quickly after he asked to see her work. He said “I found her very efficient and detailed when presenting her work and that was why I chose her to be my secretary”.
Remember that job hunting is a serious matter, so never use colloquial words, phonetic symbols, improper photos, etc. in the resume. These elements are considered unprofessional, making you appear incompetent.
You’d better bear the above key points in mind before writing a resume designed to market yourself properly and land an interview, whether experienced or inexperienced. A professional head hunter would explore job seeker’s advantages and disadvantages, recommending jobs while providing assistance in creating a good resume based on the principle of integrity.
Hope you can benefit from the above article and help you to write a good resume.
Job seeking requires time and efforts just like preparing for exams. However, since you have books and notes for exam preparation, what is the preparation needs to be done for job seeking? The following is our recommendation:
The following points, discussed and summarized by HR managers from different companies, are common fallacies during the interview made by job seekers who are less experienced.
We are sure enough that you can stand out from other applicants amid the fierce competition by following the above guidelines with sufficient preparations.
Hope you can benefit from the above article for interviews.
To demand a decent salary that all job seekers wish for despite of various definitions of a good job, you have to market yourself well and get a good understanding of the company’s compensation system. We offer the following salary negotiation tips:
In general, Taiwanese companies with a good compensation system are less open to salary negotiations. The only thing you can do is to strive for the best offer within the approved salary range of a given position. In contrast, foreign companies usually have more flexibility on this, namely, you can negotiate through the interview processing evaluated on your competencies vs. job requirements. In addition, you’d better check whether the vacancy is in urgent needs, applying the economic theory of supply and demand which indicates that a good salary is possible when the company has urgent needs for the position.
It is common to hear: “How much pay can I get based on my experience?” or “My friend moved to XYZ Company and got a salary increase. I wish I could have that too.”
Perhaps there are several data that identify the average salary of certain positions. However, there is no standard salary. Particularly, those with little or limited work experience cannot freely negotiate their salary unless they are professionals or highly competent. So never expect to get the same treatment as those mentioned in other cases.
Compared to those in Mainland China and Hong Kong, job seekers in Taiwan often hide their real salary expectations and accept the company’s offer during the interview, while regret their decision afterwards and demand for a salary adjustment, which imposes a negative impression on the HR manager and supervisor, or even results in dismissal if not handled well. The salary expectations should be articulated during the interview for the sake of being included in the comprehensive appraisal. This establishes good communication between both parties and helps reach a win-win situation.
Based on long-term career planning, we suggest those, who are under 30 years old and still in the process of accumulating skills, to be more flexible with salary while focusing on jobs that acquire abilities for leverage in the future. In addition, it is conducive to gather company information and understand the urgent requirements for certain positions, which can be obtained through social networks or from head hunters.
Hope you can benefit from the above article for salary negotiations.
Our careers are often faced up by various choices: To quit or not to quit? What kind of job to engage in? Which company to join?, Most candidates, especially those who are less than 30 years old and still have great expectations towards their careers, are perplexed under such circumstance. A ship without a destination would not be able to choose the most desirable routine. Likewise, a career without planning would not render the best decision. The following are our career advices:
It refers to abilities, qualities, characteristics, career goals and interests. The better you understand yourself, the better is your career planning and future goals. Abilities and qualities entail examining your professional and occupational core competencies to seek the most competitive position, while knowing your characteristics and matching them with the aspects of specific position can give full scope to your performance. With a career goal, your expectations from a job, like high salary, high position or extensive social network, etc., are clarified and to be obtained through continuous endeavors. As for interests, it is advisable to achieve a life-work balance, adding energy and fun in work.
We encourage you to value your interests, which are gifts you are completely happy and satisfied with and offer you good results regardless of whether people take notice or not. For example, I have always been interested in observing people and reading psychology books and continue to develop my skills in this area, eventually becoming a head hunter with less effort. You are more likely to excel in a field relating to your interest since it’s your innate ability.
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Hope you can benefit from the above article for career planning.