Dust off the CV. Virtual and IRL. Whether traditional paper copy or online version, I see plenty of CVs that don’t do their best to sell the individual, a lot of CVs wasn`t written by professional CV writer. That simply state facts rather than reasons to hire. A list of responsibilities rather than an explanation of what value someone can bring. Once it is updated, ask someone else to read it – preferably someone who will be totally honest with you. Ask them if they would be excited if it
landed on their desk or in their inbox. And it goes without saying (or at least it should do but often doesn’t) tailor it to the opportunity when making an application.
Clear up the digital debris. Google your own name and see what comes up. Sort what doesn’t present you well. Delete anything dubious. If your Facebook profile is full of photos of you partying then sort out your privacy settings before recruiters come looking. And they will. They say that first impressions count. And today, that first impression might well be your social media profile.
More social stuff. Make your social media profile work for you. When it comes to LinkedIn, complete your profile, make sure you have a good, professional headshot, ask for a few recommendations. Write a good summary of your skills and experience. LinkedIn now priorities profiles who have published content on the platform, so if you have something to say and you can write well, get a blog post or two up there if you can.
Network, network, network. It’s well known that plenty of jobs don’t end up on job boards. Many get filled word of mouth, through recommendations and connections. Get yourself out there, physically and virtually. Connect on LinkedIn, follow on Twitter, attend events, seminars, breakfasts. Reconnect with your professional body (you know that magazine they send you that you never read? That). Follow up face to face introductions with a LinkedIn connection. Sitting at your desk searching job boards is just a small part of your search.
Refresh. When you are in busy full time job, it is easy to let your own learning slide. If you want to rock an interview, you need to be up to speed. What is going on in your industry, your profession. Latest developments, latest updates. The good news is that this is easier than ever. Get on Twitter, read some blogs, follow some thought leaders. Let the news come to you, and consume it in your own time. But don’t read LinkedIn Pulse. It’s rubbish.
As the scouts say… be prepared. Practical stuff alert. Have your referees lined up. Make sure you have a suitable interview outfit should you get a short notice call. Research companies as soon as you make an application. Be ready to go. And importantly, keep it up. Looking for a new role, the right role, isn’t easy. The media hype might have you believe that all of the recruiters and all of the companies were sat ready to push send on all of their roles at 9am yesterday. There will be traffic to the job boards. There will be new roles advertised. But it does take time to find the right one.
Searching for a new job? Wish to ace your job interview? You simply acquire one chance to create a first impression in a job interview, what exactly you put on, the way you carry yourself, and also the image you present to the future employer are critical. Obviously, what's right for one job interview might not be right for another, so you have to personalize your approach with respect to the type of job you're using for.
Besides dressing for achievement, planning for the interview ahead of time is actually important. You will find many common questions requested of interviewees at standard job interviews. Knowing what to anticipate-and planning the way you will answer-can make the particular question-and-answer session less demanding and assist you to prepare better reactions to help you ace your job interview. Many top job interview books can offer lists of common questions requested to help you practice responding to them in advance as well as role have fun with a buddy to enable you to get much more comfortable.
It's useful to obtain advice from someone who's been on the other hand from the meeting with desk-somebody that is generally accountable for performing interviews, pre-screening programs, or choosing new employees. The information they offer might be the vital bit of information that can help you ace your job interview to begin with. They let you know a few of the things they, particularly, and you may be surprised to locate that a number of your speech designs lead towards the impression you are making within an interview. Understanding what they are and just how you are able to adjust options are a useful tip to interview more positively.
You will find specific steps you can take to impress in the interview after which inside your follow-up, for example delivering a cover letter following at interview and reacting to the demands to acquire more information on time.
Obviously, not every interview is produced equally. There might be variances for your expected actions and reactions based on regardless if you are being questioned via telephone, over lunch, by a person, or with a team or panel of interviewers. You will find also special conditions that may be hard to handle. How can you handle your first interview immediately after you graduate from college-if you have no prior relevant job experience to reference? Or how about after you have been let go?
Are you aware you will find some specific questions an interviewer might not legally request you? You need to know what individuals are-such as the subjects the interviewer might not directly broach-and just how some interviewers attempt to dodge the particular questions while eliciting exactly the same information of your stuff inside a kind of side-walking way.
Talking about cash is always a touchy factor-especially in an interview. You are dying to understand, but you won't want to take it up lest you gaze excessively eager or greedy. And when the interviewer asks you about money, you'd like to learn things to say to ensure that you do not cost yourself right from the job however, you also do not get hired at under you are worth.
Looking into it about the organization will also help you be superior prepared then sell yourself within an interview-if guess what happens to analyze. And you will find some things you need to take along for an interview that will help better sell you because the right person for that job, too.
If you wish to ace your job interview and increase your odds of obtaining the job you would like, you need to spend some time studying how you can interview effectively. You will find definite do's and don't's that may impact the end result and really make a difference. Don't get into a interview not really prepared. Should you spend your energy staring at the classifieds searching for the job and all sorts of your time and effort planning for that career you would like, it's also wise to devote significant effort and time to doing what it will require to ace the job interview and land the job.
This book didn't make me cry, but it came pretty close.
It's been awhile since I picked up a YA novel that truly made me think, made me tear up, made me clench my fists and bite my lips and flip through the pages with a ferocity that only increased as the book went on.
It's been awhile since a YA novel moved me the way this book did, made me truly feel for the characters and break my heart the way this story did.
It's been awhile since I liked a YA book so much.
I haven't been posting a Literature Analysis or reading so much YA fiction lately, because in the haze of paranormal romances and dystopian romances and contemporary romances that have been crowding the Dymocks shelves, young adult sometimes seems like a genre that cares less about the stories and more about the commercial value. Up until I picked up Saving June, I'd been hitting somewhat of a YA dead end.
Good girl meets dangerous boy. Dangerous boy declares love for girl. Repeat my previous two sentences a few thousand times and you have a standard paranormal romance. It's so, so easy for authors to fall into this trap.
Hannah Harrington didn't.
It's not to say that Saving June is perfect, or an easy read for someone who's lost a loved one to suicide. Oh, it might be totally untruthful and melodramatic.
But for me, the emotions were captured perfectly.
The road trip was written perfectly.
Lacey was written perfectly.
I loved almost all of it.
The only exception was Jake's character, why Harper let him go on the road trip, and the romance. I didn't like that, because I felt it was an unnecessary addition to what would've been a near-one hundred percent contemporary.
But I feel that I can let that element, that one element of the story, go. Because I loved the rest of it so much.
Because I fell in love with almost all of the characters.
Because it was what rekindled my interest in YA and reminded me of why I love this genre so much. I think it's a full five stars.
Oh, this book. It has to be the funniest book I have ever, ever read.
While I have to admit that Paper Towns, unlike The Fault in our Stars, had many, many faults, it was witty, hilarious, and...awesome. There's no other word to describe it. Like Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns is so much more of a coming-of-age novel than The Fault in our Stars. It's about people who are young and in love and have the freedom to pursue their dreams. It's about how young and wild and free teenagers will one day step across and become Adults with Responsibilities without actually consciously realising it. Paper Towns made me realise this, that we make journeys towards becoming Adults, and that this journey is defined by tiny moments that we may not even notice.
The big problem I had with Paper Towns was that, unlike in The Fault in our Stars where there were parts of the text I marked in my brain as John Green Philosophical Ramblings, this book was chock full-of them, rubbing against each other.
And it exhausted me to read, because (sorry, nerdfighters, but I must be honest here) it seemed like John Green forgot about the true meaning of the metaphors after a while and just started rambling for the sake of sounding philosophical. It just began blurring into long paragraph after paragraph of nonsensical metaphor. He overdid it this time.
Part 1 and 3 of the book were the best. While Part 2 felt like a tryhard author was writing it, John Green is a truly hilarious person, and what better way to represent being young and free than to have your characters [spoiler, highlight to read]go on an impromptu road trip?[end spoiler] I have to say that this book was the funniest story ever, and Margo, Q, Radar, Lacey, and Ben's adventures were terribly young and wild teenager but so fun to read about.
I liked Margo's journey, but I felt like the book built up to an awfully limp climax. And while I was kind of glad for the ending, all the same, it didn't feel right or true to this story. I'm not going to say any more as I think it will give the whole thing away, but yeah.
You know, I would recommend this book to anyone. To teenagers unsure of their identity, to adults wanting to experience youth again, and to anyone who wants to read a great story written by a great author. Paper Towns was so worth my time and I will continue to read and re-read it again and again. Four and a half stars for a book that was awesome and so full of heart.
I recently read a few self-published books and they were mostly poorly-written, poorly-formatted, and just generally unappealing. And I don't want to sound prejudiced or anything, but some of them really have issues (mainly formatting and simple spelling/grammar mistakes) that need to be fixed.
Here was not one of those books. It was really great, a wonderful read, and I'm so glad I picked it up. Everything was really professionally done, so I could fully enjoy the plot and story as I would normally do.
The story opens with the main character completely broken and shattered. Her family is wary of her and keeps their distance, and she knows that everything will never be the same again. I was incredibly sympathetic of Julia throughout the story, and as she began to heal, I did get quite angry at her family, especially her dad, for giving up on her. I thought she was a well-developed character with faults, sure, but she was quite relatable (I did think about how I would've reacted if one of my friends died, and her behaviour would've been very understandable). I did think that the adults should've reacted more appropriately, been more kind, and given her more time.
There was a love triangle in this book which I was rather wary of, and still am. I think it was a little unnecessary and the author could've elaborated on more things such as the 'other side' (I will not post spoilers, my friends!), but then again, I am a little biased against love triangles and I'm sure that other people will enjoy it.
The 'other side' in the book was also extremely interesting, and while I was absolutely fascinated. I'm not sure I could follow along fully since I did get rather confused at times, possibly due to the info-dumping and I think it's very important that authors of paranormal and dystopian stories ensure that the readers can follow along, even if it means having to spend more time on the world building and explanations.
I really enjoyed the author's writing style. It was simple but elegant and really sucked me into the story. And even though I did read different parts of this book separately which made the whole thing a little disjointed in my mind, the story is still fresh in my mind over a month later.