CV Tips

The purpose of the résumé is to help get you an interview.

  • And at the interview, remember that 40 percent of a hiring decision is based on personality.
  • No more than two pages. The average résumé gets read in 10 seconds
  • Avoid the fancy-schmancy layout, font, and other special effects. Stick to traditional font of Times New Roman, 9 to 12 point size
  • Use simple Word format
  • List your present, or most recent job, first, and then work backwards
  • Begin with verbs. “Managed company tax reporting, finance, invoicing, purchasing
  • Stories sell. Numbers, statistics, percentages get attention if you put in bold type.Increased profit by this 28%. Came under budget by 30%. If you were born and raised on chicken farm, note it on your résumé.
  • Use words that refer to titles- customer service, controller, manager, accountant,

Getting interviews is hard work. It requires tenacity, persistence, determination, and courage to thrust yourself upon people, even if that doesn’t come naturally to you.  No one likes being rejected. The sooner you face this reality and prepare for rejection, the sooner you will be able to find a job.

Some more tips from: Forbes

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What are you working on?

Seth Godin, in his blog asks?

“If someone asks you that, are you excited to tell them the answer?

I hope so. If not, you’re wasting away.

No matter what your job is, no matter where you work, there’s a way to create a project (on your own, on weekends if necessary), where the excitement is palpable, where something that might make a difference is right around the corner.

Hurry, go do that.”

True! I am not excited today 😦

Enternships?

Enternships.com

Enternships.com

This weekend I was invited to test Enternships.com. A site to help find work placements in Entrepreneurial ventures. To be honest I was impressed with the Private Beta Site.

Enternships will help companies/start-ups promote  opportunities to thousands of students in the UK and beyond for short term internships and full-time positions. Hopefully with success they expand to Africa soon, very soon.  I have a few friends with degrees, who are sitting at home… waiting…sadly 🙂

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To Rajeeb, Nazem, Leah and the rest of the team… all the best. South  Africa is waiting…