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Writing a resume

Resume is a brief account of one's professional or work experience and qualifications. It is a concise self-marketing tool, which effectively sells your skills and positive credentials to a potential employer and gets you an interview call for a job.

An employer will usually spend only a few minutes reviewing your resume, so the content of your resume must be clear, concise and targeted to the type of job for which you are applying.

Your resume should contain the following details:

Your Contact information

Begin your resume with your name, contact address and your email id. Ensure that you have a proper email id and use a funny email id you have created for online chatting purposes.

Interviewing tips

Things to keep in mind before an interview:
  • Research the company in advance. Call and ask for public information, browse through their website, read online news articles on the company and if you know ask people who work there.
  • Get all the documents ready that you will need to furnish during the time of the interview, such as, resume, marks sheet, reference letters, and other certificates that will help you present your skills and qualifications. Keep them in a neat order so that you are able to find them when asked for and don’t fumble around.
  • Dress in a manner appropriate to the culture of the company.
  • Come at least 10 to15 minutes early but not earlier than that, be polite at the reception and look composed and relaxed. Anxiety and nervousness will not do any good to your job prospects.
Things to keep in mind during the interview

Networking for a job

In the context of a job search a network means “an extended group of people with similar interests or concerns who interact and remain in informal contact for mutual assistance or support.”

A large component of a job search is networking. Networking skills will help you throughout your career in identifying new opportunities for career growth. Networking involves meeting people and talking to them about your field of interest or industry in an attempt to get information, such as locating possible job vacancies.
Networking is not a process of making cold-calls to people you do not know. It is a process of talking to people you do know or asking them to introduce you to others they know.

Fundamentals of Effective Job Search

Looking for a job is essentially a hunt for information. Everything you know about how to look for information is of use to you in your job-hunt. Following steps will provide a framework that will help you in finding a suitable job:

Assess yourself by identifying your own skills, talents, and interests:
Know yourself. Have a strong sense of who you are. Know your assets and how to market them to employers.
To know more about assessing yourself click here to go to the section ‘Identifying your Calling’.

Research businesses and job trends:
Make a list of possible occupations which you would like to pursue, write them down and list information for each career area. The information collected on each career should include:
  • Job titles
  • Job Descriptions
  • Qualification Requirements (Degrees, skills etc)
  • Responsibilities and activities
  • Work environment
  • Accessibility factors (Location, assistance in the form of assistive technologies, etc)
  • Growth opportunities
  • Employment trends in the past years

Make use of library resources, and read trade and business publications, find out about the advantages/disadvantages associated with the field.

Arrange for a meeting with a person who is already in the field you want to get in:
An interaction with a person who is already working in the field will give you an opportunity to get a glimpse of what you would be getting into once you get the job. Always prepare yourself with questions you want to ask and doubts you want cleared. Questions should be focussed, like how to prepare yourself to get in the field, what are the entry-level positions and what type of skills and abilities one requires to get the job done, what opportunities are there for professional development, etc.

The object of this meeting is to forearm yourself with relevant information that will enable you to get a better insight of the proposed career you want to get into.

After the meeting don’t forget to write a thank you note.
With clarity in your mind about the career prospects and your interest in the field still prevailing, you are now set to chart your way ahead.

List potential employers
List down the names of organisations and people you would like to contact for possible recruitment. The best places to look for organisations in your preferred work area are – directories, trade associations, newspapers, public documents, and internet.

Making the Call:
Next step is to call on the people and organisations you have listed. You can make calls through -

1. Intermediaries – Placement consultants are a good channel for approaching your preferred organisations. They provide you with expertise in dealing with such organisations and may also provide value added services such as help in writing your resume and preparing you for the interview.

Two such intermediaries are Anubhuti HR Solutions for Differently Abled and Enable India

2. Cold Calls – Over phone or email you can directly contact a relevant person in the organisation, whom you don’t know, like the Human Resource Manager in a chosen company and enquire about job openings.

3. Networking – Contact people you know and inform them that you are looking for a job so that they can keep a lookout for a suitable opening in the organisation they work in or in their own network.

Anubhuti HR Solutions for Differently Abled
Contact Person: Ms Anubhuti Mittal
Post Box – 3619 Lajpat Nagar Post Office,
New Delhi 110 024,
India.
Tel: From within NCR: 95-124-5567055
Tel: From any other place: 0124 – 5567055
Cell: + 91 – 9811607754
Email: amittal@anubhuti.in

Enable India
Contact Person: Ms Shanti Raghavan
Address: #694, 6A Cross, Koramangala 3rd Block, Bangalore 34
Tel: 080 511 01390 / 98453 13919
Email: shanti@enable-india.org, enableindia@yahoo.co.in
Website: www.enable-india.org

Identifying your Calling

Determining the kind of work you want to do is essential for getting a job that excites you, a job where you will not only earn money but also enjoy yourself. Taking up a job without mapping it with your interests may be financially rewarding in the short-term but in the mid to long term it may ruin your happiness because you simply hate it.

The process of choosing a suitable occupation requires research. The following steps, which contain various brainstorming exercises, may help you in this decision-making process.

Deciding what you want to do is the first and the foremost thing that needs to be done by you before you set out to look for a job. You need to introspect about your interests and also research your external environment about that one thing you really want to pursue.

Job Resources

This section provides information that will help you in your search for a preferred job.

Identifying your calling

Determining the kind of work you want to do is essential for getting a job that excites you, a job where you will not only earn money but also enjoy yourself.
Go to Identifying your calling page

Fundamentals of effective job search

Everything you know about how to look for information is of use to you in your job-hunt.
Go to Fundamentals of effective job search page

Networking for a job

A large component of a job search is networking. Networking skills will help you throughout your career in identifying new opportunities for career growth.
Go to Networking for a Job page

Interviewing tips

You need to keep few things in mind before going for an interview and during the interview.
Go to Interviewing tips page

Writing a resume

Resume is a brief account of one's professional or work experience and qualifications. It is a concise self-marketing tool, which effectively sells your skills and positive credentials to a potential employer and gets you an interview call for a job.
Go to Writing a resume page

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