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1. Types and Number of Leave
Leave days are possibly one of the main benefits that potential employees look out for. Taking a closer look at your overall leave days, you should also look into the types of leave that your company offers and make sure you use them. For instance, family and childcare leave are in addition to standard leave days and can be really helpful for parents.
We are often told to “sell ourselves” in the competitive job-market. But what exactly does “selling yourself” entail? Is it just about being the most visible with a giant “Pick Me!” sign? Is it picking up your boss’ coffee every morning?
Many people would advise young graduates to take more initiative, stand taller and speak up louder. Indeed, nobody will be a better advocate for yourself than YOU. You know your own strengths the best, don’t be afraid to advertise it. Here are 3 tips on how to “sell yourself” in order to succeed in the modern workplace.
1. Show that you care
“Selling yourself” is not just about attending the most number of networking sessions possible. While maximum exposure always helps, in today’s world where we have an onslaught of easy-to-make connections and easier-to-forget acquaintances, a genuine show of concern will help you stand-out.
In networking sessions or whenever you meet someone through work, you should try to adopt a ‘giver’ mind-set. As you strive to make personal connections by helping others (instead of focusing on how you benefit), you will find that you stand to gain yourself. More often than not, our connections help us in ways we never imagined from the start. A friend of a friend, meeting someone by coincidence, old and new connections, you never how and who will come into your life to lend you a helping hand. Go out of your way to help someone whenever you can, all of these favours will stack up to help you big one day in the future.
It is natural for the human eye to be drawn to visuals and clear presentation. In addition, clean formatting helps the reader understand the information presented quickly. Candidates may also include a passport-sized photograph in their resume.
For more creative industries, you may also adopt visually-appealing resumes or provide links to an online portfolio of your work.
For university and graduate school applicants, a glowing reference letter from a work mentor or professor from school is necessary to separate you from the crowd. For internship and job applications, employers often contact referees before making the final decision on whether to hire you.
References are key to your dream school and dream job. Here are some ways to help you achieve a lasting and positive impression on your referees-to-be.
1. Get Noticed
At school, be sure to speak up and get noticed by your professor. Volunteer yourself for teaching assistant positions. Teachers or mentors for your extra-curricular activities or volunteering activities can also be potential referees.
It goes without saying that you should try your best at every internship or even part-time job, your bosses will be invaluable contacts in the future.
It is easy to write a stellar CV if you have an excellent GPA and internship experience to show for it. However, a common conundrum that many students face is when they are applying for their first internship or job and they just don’t have enough points to fill their CV. Here are 3 suggested ways to remedy this problem.
1. Quick Fixes
If you find yourself stuck with nothing to put in your CV, and you only have a couple of weeks before applications close, we can suggest a few quick fixes as follows:
Attend a course / seminar
o Most universities conduct seminars that are free to students
o There are also hundreds of online courses available, the internet is your best friend
o Bonus points if completion of the course results in some kind of certification
o There are many places can accept volunteers at a short notice (for instance here), you can also ask your local CC or library if they need extra help.
o Another option is tutoring. You can offer to tutor needy students or even your neighbour’s children.
Expand on existing points
o Be sure that you have fully fleshed out the current points that you do have, be specific wherever possible
o Another quick-fix is to list out modules where you obtained good grades
It is important to note that even if you are desperate to add filler points, you should still be careful to only showcase your best points. Including poor grades or completely irrelevant experience (e.g. winning a 100m race in primary school) subtracts rather than adds to your profile.
1. Who you are
Some applicants make the mistake of assuming that they do not need to include “basic” things (e.g. education) that are already in their CV. This is unwise and makes it difficult for the employer to assess you accurately. A winning cover letter should contain everything you want your employer to know, the main “meat” of your application with all your best and most relevant accomplishments and experience. Your CV is the backbone of your application, containing a chronological history of your experience and providing details.
Thus, a winning cover letter begins by introducing who you are, your academic background and what job you are applying for.