Soft skills

Body Language

Whether you're going to your first job interview, you're out of practice, or you're generally nervous about interviews, make sure that your body language doesn't give away your fear and apprehension. Stay aware of these general body language tips that can help you through your interview process.

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Did you know that Body Language (non-verbal signals) are approximately five times as effective as the spoken word? And that visual 'first impressions' make the biggest contribution to an interviewer making their mind up either positively or negatively about you, usually within the first five minutes. Everything from your entry into reception to how you engage in conversation with recruiters and potential employers is being subconsciously and consciously evaluated. This is why it is important to project yourself confidently, with a positive tone.

Initial interviewer impressions include: your entrance, handshake, eye contact and physical appearance. All of these facts comprise the impression you will make, and can often convey a stronger message than what you actually say. Because once a bad impression is made the interviewer is likely to tune out or look to closing down the interview early. Your job here is to make a strong early connection with the interviewer so they want to listen to you and put you forward.

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1. Take control of your posture: Confidence is projected when you walk tall with your head up and shoulders back. Ideally your posture should embody a confident and friendly entrance into the reception and continue when you are greeted by the interviewer. During the interview, sit up straight with your bottom into the back of the chair, to project interest and alertness. You may wish to lean forward at certain stages of the conversation, but avoid taking up the interviewer's personal space or appearing too eager or even desperate.

2. Smile, and make eye contact: Looking directly at the person you are speaking to is interpreted as a gesture of intent, trust and confidence, so ensure that this is done throughout the interview. It is advisable to smile your way through most of the interview-which will have the natural effect of putting the interviewer and yourself at ease.

3. Personal Grooming: This area involves all things such as clean facial hair(men), well manicured nails, use of deodorant, light make-up and fragrance etc. Be sure your breath will be fresh smelling, however under no circumstances should you be either chewing gum or have a mint in your mouth during the interview. For cigarette smokers, ensure that your clothes and hair do not smell of cigarettes, as this can be a real negative with employers.

4. Clothes: Your interview attire is very important. The general rule is to dress conservatively and professionally. Do not make the mistake of distracting the interviewer with obvious fashion mistakes. Woman have more options than men regarding appropriate interview attire, but again the general safest rule is to think 'corporate'.

5. Make yourself comfortable:If you need some water, get it yourself or ask the interviewer to help you. You can't continue an interview with a parched throat or a breaking voice.

6. Body Language: If you are a person who uses their hands a lot for speaking, try to keep this to a minimum. This will not only distract the interviewer from your words but will break your eye contanct. The less you use your arms and hands, the more powerful you will appear. Avoid sitting with your arms or legs crossed, which can be seen as an arrogance.

Effective Resume Tips

Having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve your chances of landing that dream job. When you haven't updated your resume in a while, it can be hard to know where to start. What experiences and accomplishments should you include for the jobs you've got your eye on? What new resume rules and trends should you be following? Well,search no more : We've compiled all the resume tips at one place. Which help you land a job.

Resume writing tips:

1. Name and Contact Details: Include your Full Name and Contact Details such as Address, Phone Numbers and Email.

2. Know the purpose of your resume: Choose one objective that describes the responsibilities that your interested in taking on in the position you are applying for. Avoid using narrow job titles or a very general job objective. Employers are looking for candidates who can express clearly the type of position they want.

3. Keep it(Reverse) Chronological: There are lots of different ways to organize the information on your resume, but the good old reverse chronological (where your most recent experience is listed first)is still your best bet.

4. Keep it to a page: Making yourself keep it to one page is a good way. If you have enough relevant and important experience, then go for more pages.

5.Back up your qualities and strengths: Instead of creating a long(and boring)list with all your qualities try to connect them with real life and work experiences. In other words, you need to back these qualities and strengths up, else it will appear that you are just trying to inflate things.

6. Use right keywords: Use keywords in your resume: Scan the job description, see what words are used most often, and make sure you've included them in your bullet points. Not only is this a self-check that you're targetting your resume to the job, it'll make sure you get noticed in applicant tracking systems.

7. Experience First, Education Second: Unless you're a recent graduate, put your education after your experience. If you are a recent graduate, list your academic achievements such as good grades, recognitions and achievements.

8. Skills(Language Skills, Computer Skills, Etc.)Include Language(s) you are fluent in, Computer Program(s) Proficiency, and any other skills relevant for the position you are applying for.

9. Co & Extra Curricular Activities: To demonstrate Communication, Interpersonal and Leadership skills.

10. References: You can include the names and contact details of 2 or 3 references(write letters of reference/recommendation). Your references are people who will characterize you and your work in a positive light.