How to get a job
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This section focuses on personal consultancy, i.e. tips and advice on the preparation for job interviews, recommendations on Jak si při pohovorech počínat, jak napsat CV or individual training of your presentation.
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HOW TO WRITE YOUR CV
- Change your CV into a promotion material
- Always make your CV tailor-made for a given job position
- Emphasize those duties, tasks and experience that are closely related to the given job
- Your CV has to look attractive at first sight (play with the form a little bit)
INDIVIDUAL PARTS OF YOUR CV SHOULD INCLUDE
1. Personal data
You want them to contact you that´s why ...
- put down a contact address should you not be available at the permanent one
- choose to share the telephone number you can be reached upon during the day and discreetly - most appropriately your mobile phone or a number on which you can pick up a message
2. Work history
- month and year of the beginning and end of your employment
- name of the employer
- title and duties of your job
- Beware! The dates should follow one another. As work history doesn´t necessarily have to cover only a full-time job, do not forget to mention your stays abroad, part-time jobs, unemployment, contract for work, secondary employment etc.
- Start with the current job and continue with the preceding ones
- month and year of the beginning and end of study
- name of school, specialization or title of the thesis
- final tests - year, subjects
4. Knowledge and skills
- list all your skills
- list all certificates you have
- state a certain level when listing your language skills
- state concrete software when listing your PC skills
Feel free to share any of your interests, preferably those relating to your job.
This is the place for any other important information that you want to share about yourself (membership in organizations, voluntary activity, non-smoker etc.) or that can be relevant in terms of your future employability.
In conclusion you can write a reference - a contact person who is able to evaluate your work performance or your personality traits. The reference should include an address and telephone number. Be professional and first ask for permission to publish them.
You can find a sample CV HERE. In case you are interested in further advice or practical training, contact us. You can find more information in the section SELF-KNOWLEDGE, SELF-DEVELOPMENT AND COACHING.
GETTING READY FOR THE JOB INTERVIEW AND THE REALITY
Have you managed to write an attractive biography you feel happy with? Has the company found it interesting too and invited you for a job interview? We will help you with another step in the job search process - getting ready for the interview.
The time you spend preparing for the job interview gives you a greater chance to succeed.
1. Find out as much information about the offered job as possible
Search for the information about the company, its activities, and products as well as about the job you are applying for.
If you know nothing about the job, you can hardly make the employer believe you are the one to be hired. You can find job descriptions on the following link: www.nsp.cz
2. Recap significant events of your work life:
Try to think about various situations in which you used your skills and knowledge and try to describe them thoroughly.
Answer the following questions:
- How did these situations happen? What preceded them?
- What did you do?
- What was the result?
- What lesson did you learn?
- How did you cooperate with the others?
- Remember your colleagues you cooperated with on different tasks. Who did you get along well with and who did you not and why?
Be ready for unpleasant questions, too, regarding your failures and weak points.
Reflect on to what extent your skills match the needs of the given job. You should be able to assess whether your skills and knowledge correspond to the needs for the given post. Try to propose how you could contribute on the given post. Do not assume the interviewers will deduce things. They will evaluate your performance on the basis of what you yourself tell them.
3. Train the course of the interview
It is no fun training the answers; however it is the best way to get ready for the interview questions. Try to act out the interview with your friend or just yourself in front of the mirror. Are you able to give all the information in a relatively short period of time? It can be useful to video-record the simulated interview so that you can subsequently see whether or not you use unnecessary gesticulation and inappropriate terms.
The most frequent questions:
- Why are you applying for this job?
- Why do you think you are the right candidate for this job?
- What were the reasons leading you to leave your previous jobs?
- What was your greatest success?
- What was your greatest failure?
- Can you describe yourself?
- Why should we employ you?
- How much money do you wish to earn? (Question regarding the salary or non-financial benefits)
Practice, practice, practice! Whichever method you choose, practicing the interview will increase your self-confidence. Of course it is not possible to know all the interview questions in advance, you can focus on the body language, though, and the impression you leave in the company. We will be happy to give you feedback. You can find more information in the section Your development.
THE REALITY OF THE INTERVIEWS
The first impression is hard to change
- Be on time, preferably a few minutes in advance - you can use the spare moments for psychic preparation and organizing your ideas.
- Greet everybody with a smile on your face - you will show self-confidence and optimism
- Shake hands shortly and firmly - your hand shake shows your partner your approach, energy and self-confidence (beware of too weak and too strong handshake)
- Dress appropriately - choose clothes adequate for the job position you are applying for. You should wear formal clothes when applying for a job in a state administration and you can get dressed casually in case of a job in an advertising agency. If you hesitate, a suit/dress will do it.
- No extravagance - another rule that should apply. Excessive make-up, strong perfume, too much jewelry, provocative clothes – that is nothing that deserves appreciation during the interview.
Do you know what impression you make on the others? Are you repeatedly told to be "the second best candidate"? Try out the Softskillers questionnaire revealing your motivation and its manifestation in your behaviour. Do you know you usually show more than you want? See section SELF-KNOWLEDGE, SELF-DEVELOPMENT AND COACHING.
HOW TO BEHAVE DURING THE INTERVIEW?
- Keep eye contact.
- Have your non-verbal communication under control - walk, body posture, facial expression and gestures tell about your self-confidence, enthusiasm and verve to work
- Be kind to everyone you meet before, during and after the interview
- Do not have tired and bored face. Let them know you really care about the job. Act naturally, look credibly and vigorously.
HOW TO PRESENT YOURSELF?
- Don´t be shy to note down the names of the interviewers and use them during the talk.
- Be aware of the length of your presentation, primarily of your answers.
- Listen carefully.
- Think your answers over.
- Give pertinent and true answers.
- Do not use broad and general terms.
- Try to stay calm - this is not a question of life and death.
- Be active. Yes or no answers or shrugging your shoulders will guarantee you a quick discussion but will not guarantee your participation in the second round. Try to be talkative; you need the future employer to get to know you a bit. Do not say "I don´t know", respond to the questions despite taking some time to think them over. If you cannot give an answer, explain shortly why - e.g. "it´s not my field but I am willing to learn should it be necessary".
- Be positive. Avoid negative attitude. Do not say bad things about your previous employer or work. Your remarks should be neutral showing your loyalty. The future employer might believe you could say the same bad things about them next time. Simply, you should stay optimistic.
WHAT TO AVOID?
- criticizing previous employers
- criticizing other job applicants
- criticizing or advocating smoking
- talking about personal or family issues
- speaking about politics or religion
- boasting about important acquaintances
- excuses, e.g. for not speaking any foreign language
DO NOT AVOID ANSWERS TO UNPLEASANT QUESTIONS
It is no good to be silent when asked "What are your weak points?" nor claim you haven´t got any. Everybody knows this can´t be true. This will only give an impression of the inability to be critical towards yourself or striking a certain attitude. We all have some weaknesses and we all sometimes find it hard to talk about them. If you mention your weak points during the interview, you should be fully responsible for them and not blame the others - "they didn´t instruct me" or "I didn´t have enough time". Although these sentences can be true, they can do you harm at the interview.
DATA FOR NEGOTIATING YOUR SALARY
- what kind of work you will perform and what responsibilities you will have
- cost of the given job on the job market
- momentary need of the company (Are they in an urgent need of en employee?)
- momentary availability of searched workers on the job market
- how much money you actually need to earn (commuting, living, food etc.), pick 2 alternatives - the ideal and minimum one
- your price on the job market (experience, knowledge, skills, ...)
Find out about the wages in the given job position in your region. You can find the information on www.ispv.cz.
BE PREPARED FOR DELICATE OR MAYBE UNACCEPTABLE QUESTIONS LIKE
- Are you a member of a political party?
- Are you a believer?
- Do you have a partner?
- Are you going to get married?
- When are you planning to have children?
- What are your family and property conditions?
Should you be given these or similar questions, it is not too tactful to sharply object to them saying that they are unacceptable. Try to be assertive and ask in a friendly tone about the reason for the question: "Is this question important for the performance? Why are you asking me?" The employer may really explain why and their answer might be acceptable for you enough to respond. These questions do not have to be based on bad intentions or discrimination. It is for you to decide but we do not recommend lie. You may have objections to other discussed topics.
- Be patient.
Sometimes the interviews may take too long, they do not start on time or it takes several days for the company to get back to you with the interview results.
- Use your notes.
It is quite all right to bring your notes with you and use them during the interview. Make a clear and organized list of them for better orientation during the interview.
If you are interested to practice your presentation and gauge your motivation and behaviour traits, go to the section SELF-KNOWLEDGE, SELF-DEVELOPMENT AND COACHING.