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  • Distinguish Yourselfin the Job market

  • Joining the dots Connect all 9 dots. With 4 straight lines. Without lifting the pen off the paperWithout going over the same line twice. Tip: Use paradigm shifting/ Change your perspective

  • Thinking out-of-the-box! If you want something more ... If you want to make a difference ...SHIFT: Strategize to Help Innovate a Focused Transformation

  • Distinction Look, Speak, Act different! SkillsExperienceAchievementsHabitsKey contributionsExercise: Write the following for yourself with 3 to 5 bullet points

  • Resume retoolingTitle guidelines: SUMMARY for initial bullet points (5 to 7 ... max 10). SKILLS for skills section. WORK EXPERIENCE for experience section.Responsibilities: Write as bullet-points with action verbs viz. designed, developed etc. Avoid using adjectives viz. good, proficient etc. Mention qualitative and quantitative aspects viz. what, how, who etc.General guidelines: Use legible Font type and minimum Size of 11. Justify the sentences to Align left and right. Keep minimum 0.5 Margin on top, bottom, left and right.Maintain a consistent story.Achievements (must for recent jobs)

  • Highlighting AchievementsWriting a Cover note: Highlight your skills/ exp. which MATCH the job req. Mention similar work done on previous assignments. Express distinctive factors (if any) that make you most suitable for the job.Use Challenge-Action-Result method to elaborate Achievements. What was the challenge/ situation/ pain/ concern/ need on the job? What was the action/ effort/ contribution by you? What was the result/ impact/ outcome/ benefit due to your efforts?Winners may not do different things, however they certainly do things differently!

  • Goal writing Write the following:Matching Job descriptionIndustries most suited for your experienceParallel (similar) industriesCompanies/Employers (names) in those industriesYour connections (portals, social sites, associates, groups etc)Make SMART Goals! SpecificMeasurableAttainableResults-orientedTime-bound

  • Keeping a Log-book Keep a log on the following (weekly/ monthly):What do I want to achieve:What is my supportive thinking which will help me to achieve:What are the activities to strengthen the above supportive thinking:What success/ victories did I get due to the above activities & supportive thinking:Rewrite your script to achieve the results you want!===8298100

    HARDWORK8118423151811

    SKILLS19119121219

    ATTITUDE120209202145

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  • ONLY 10% OF AN ICEBERG IS VISIBLE. REMAINING 90% IS BELOW SEA LEVEL.The Iceberg

  • SEA LEVELSKILLSUNKNOWN TO OTHERSKNOWN TO OTHERSBEHAVIORHARDWORKVALUES STANDARDS JUDGEMENTSATTITUDEMOTIVES ETHICS - BELIEFS

  • SEA LEVEL

    ATTITUDE

    KNOWN TO OTHERSUNKNOWN TO OTHERSBEHAVIOR

  • Interviewing TipsScreening interview Tips (with recruiters/ hiring managers):Rehearse your script.Role play with colleagues/ friends.Make it enthusiastic and optimistic.Connect, Converse and Convince!In person interview Tips:Define your strengths (in line with your work).Define your weakness (on path of improvement).Eye contact, speaking tone, facial gestures, body language.Show genuine enthusiasm in listening to the interviewer.Answer tough questions without showing nervousness.Engage in a strong conversation and maintain interactivity.Ask good questions.

  • Sample Screening questionsGeneral Questions: Tell me a little bit about yourself. (make 3 to 4 short sentences about your exp. and skills). What is your expected annual salary/ total compensation? Are you on an assignment/job or in-transition? When are you available to start?Connect, Converse and Convince!Work related Questions: Describe a little bit about your last job. (3-5 short sentences). Describe your experience in these areas _______ (3-5 short sentences). Whats your specific role in these areas/ last job? Describe any specific challenges & achievements in your last job. What was the team size and structural hierarchy?

  • Interviewing 101Structured questionsWork description, KPIs etc.Current salary, relocation, availability etc.What you see yourself doing after 6/ 12 months.Use pattern-interrupt to close the deal!Stress/ pressure cooker questionsWhat were your supervisors comments on your performance review.What comments on your performance review were not acceptable to you. Why do you consider yourself a fit for this role/ company.Describe a time when you had to convince your supervisor about your idea.Describe a time when you had a conflict with a team member. Behavioral questionsScenario: For the given scenario what will you do ...Situation: If ABC then how will you solve ...

  • More sample interview questions Describe a situation in which you took initiative.Prepare a portfolio of artifacts to exhibit Describe an incident of failure in your job. What were the lessons learned? How do you handle deadlines, difficult tasks, stringent rules? Describe a time in your job where you provided leadership/ direction to the team. Please provide a sample architecture/ plan/design/ artifact (Portfolio)? What is your ideal work environment?

  • Questions/ Concerns

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