08 Jul Believe in yourself and pursue the job!

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The work force! What a daunting word, what an absolute change of life!

No longer can you rely on your family for support; no, now you’ve got to get out there and DO IT YOURSELF! Goodbye to the cushy lifestyle and the pampering’s of home, hello to reality!

So where can you start? That question right there has got to be one of the hardest things you will need to come to grips with; don’t panic; we can help you! We will give you the valuable guidance and correct information that you are going to need. We’re here to build you up and to get you up and running and on the right foot, right away!The absolute and fundamental thing about finding work, is attitude! Your attitude will determine your altitude; and how far you will go. In fact, you are more likely to get a great job with the right attitude than you would if you have more degrees to your name than a thermometer!

Don’t get me wrong, qualifications are important, but it doesn’t matter what you’ve achieved in your tertiary education. If your attitude is that of a — woe is me kind of person, then you will not get very far in this world.Have a positive attitude every day, one of helpfulness and regard for others, no matter who they may be. Even though you may be educated now, and qualified . . . remain teachable; determine to be a lifelong learner.

Now we all love little silver bullets I’m sure, so I’ll give you some today, with regards to your entrance into the world of working for a living . . .

  1. Stand in front of your mirror first thing daily and tell yourself, “I am the man (or woman) for the job! This job is for me!”
  2. Determine to be a breath of fresh air to whomever comes across your path; your next point of contact could hold the key to your next (or first) job!
  3. Pursue! Don’t expect people to come knocking on your door, you have to go to their door and knock I’m sorry. Remember, we’re entering the world of reality.

If you need a hand with your CV, digital profile or hands-on advice to prepare for that important interview: get in touch for professional help ale@thekillercv.com

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29 Jun For the perfect CV, tell your story!

For the perfect CV, tell your story!

Telling a compelling and concise story is the winning formula to get noticed! Check out this interesting article written by Business insider http://tinyurl.com/nheroky. Recruiters spend 6 seconds checking out your CV, yes you heard me only 6 SECONDS! It’s a very competitive market and you have to do whatever it takes to stand out! What do recruiters look for? A bit like a search engine in those 6 seconds they crawl your CV for key words, they will focus on your most recent job and job title and likely only read the top part of your CV. If they find a match with the job they are looking to fill, only then will they read the rest. So make the first 6 Seconds count and tell your story in an easy to read way with our tips:

1) Start with a short profile, one or two short paragraphs that tell your story.

2) Start from the most recent job, the most recent is the most relevant to the job your are applying for.

3) Simplify your job titles, they need to explain what you did to non-technical readers.

4) Select your achievements, depending on what job you are applying for you may choose different ones.

5) Cool Uni projects matter, if you are just starting Uni has been your job for the past 3/4 years!

It may be helpful to make a long list and then select the ones that seem more relevant to the job you are applying for.

Remember, if you need affordable and professional help we are here for you: info@thekillercv.com

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23 Jun Get a personal brand!

A few years ago a friend of mine during an informal business lunch asked me straight out: “Ale, what is YOUR brand?”, I looked at her with amusement, I had never heard of such a concept and clearly could not answer the question as concisely and precisely as I would have hoped to. I studied marketing and building brands is what I do for a living, but when it came to MY brand I was lost for words. I spent the next weeks trying to answer that question. This gave me clarity on who I am, my values and strengths. We all have many brands depending on the job you are applying for, you may have a personal and a professional brand: your core values and strengths will be the common denominator, the words you choose to express them will adapt to the audience you are pitching your brand to. So how do you go about finding your core strengths and building your brand?

Try this exercise:

1) List the top 5 people that your admire, then try to pin point why. 

You will likely share values and aspirations of the people you admire.

2) List your top 10 goals in life. Now try to find a common theme

You should try to get to a top 3 list, these are your main drivers.

3) List the top 10 things that over the past 20 years have excited you.

E.g. trips, outings, school projects, sports events. The things that get you excited will also make you successful in your job and will likely be tied to your biggest strengths.

Now get your best friend or your mum to take a look at your answers, ask him or her to help you find common patterns. Once you’ve found those patterns build them into a story, make it snappy. Taaada, that’s your personal brand!

If you want to know more check out this Forbes article: http://onforb.es/1mcWD1A

AND if you need professional advice, give us a shout@ info@thekillercv.com. We help graduates and young professionals gets started in the corporate world!

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