Archive for October, 2009
Friday, October 30th, 2009
Writing a resume is the first basic thing that matters a lot in getting a job
or losing it. The impression that your resume leaves upon the employer’s mind can make the real difference in deciding your career. A good written resume can get you hired, while a poor will take you no where. Is it really difficult to write a resume? Well yes it is! Since no one knows your professional experience, educational background and skills, it is not that easy to fit all that on one or two pages in a professional manner. While there are several different ways to write an impressive resume, some common mistakes can almost ruin the whole hard work. The only solution is to avoid these mistakes; let’s take a look at them:
1. Writing for yourself, not for the employer
The first most common mistake that you can commit is to write the resume as if it is for you to read. That’s not sensible at all! Your resume is about you but not for you, what’s the point in sending it out then. Write in a way that would impress the employer when reading, mention whatever the employer wants to see there on your resume. He is not pretty much concerned about your goals and objectives so do not waste too much time on that. The employer wants to see your professional experience, qualifications and skills in your resume. Therefore, arrange them in a proper manner so that they look good when displayed on the employer’s screen.
2. Not writing a career summary
Another mistake that candidates often make is that they waste time in writing career objectives, goal and ambitions right in the beginning of the resume. The employer, most of the times, is least interested in your career objectives and goals. He is mainly interested in learning about you professional experience, internships (if any), final projects, professional training and skills. So the best thing for you is to write a career summary right at the top, instead of writing objectives and goals. This allows the employer to focus more on your experience than on your goals.
3. Not proofreading the Resume
You can make typing as well as grammatical errors while writing a resume and you may not even notice those before sending the resume. When the employer sees such a resume, he would throw it away assuming that you can not even present yourself properly so what’s the point in considering for a position. Therefore, you should always proofread your resume after writing it. It is always good to get it checked with a second person as well.
4. Telling a lie
You should never tell a lie about yourself when writing a resume not only because it is a business sin but also because it won’t help you much. Your exaggeration and beautification will not impress the employer at all. Also, it is a small world and people working in the same industry often know each other. So if you lie about your age, work experience or qualification, they do get to know it sooner or later. So avoid lying when writing a resume.
5. Using an unimpressive style
The style of your resume can leave an ever lasting impression on the employer’s mind. The employer develops an image of your personality and character by looking at your resume. If written in an unimpressive style, your resume will loose the value of the content as well. Your resume should visually appeal to the employer; use fonts that are easy to read and are not fancy, use bullets and subheading, leave plenty of white space in between, always use black color.
Friday, October 16th, 2009
Do you know that content writing is one thing that can earn you good amount of money even in days of unemployment and economic crisis in Pakistan? But unfortunately, not many people in Pakistan are aware of this fact. With no job in hand or even when employed somewhere, you can still find an opportunity to write and submit articles online and earn good money. Today, more and more people are switching to internet to find better business opportunities and the main reason for that is business outsourcing from U.S.A and Europe. This increase in online business in Pakistan has created huge opportunities for talented writers to make real good amount of money by working from home. Article writing or content writing opportunities in Pakistan can easily be found at any popular job portal.
While content writing opportunities are not difficult to find, it is necessary for you to have a strong grasp of English language and good writing skills. You should also know that producing quality work is vital for building a career in content writing and since your mother language is not English, you should work even harder to produce quality. If you write well, you will be able to build a strong reputation in the market.
You may also find an opportunity to work as a freelance content writer working from home. In that case, you will have to be determined enough to do what is takes to establish yourself a freelance content writer. You should be prepared to accept average and even low rates in the beginning so that you can prove your worth and then establish your name a quality freelance writer.
Whether you work at home or in an organization, research is a vital aspect of content writing. As a content writer, you should be versatile in your writing and not limited to a specific subject or writing style. You should be able to write on a wide range of topics with different writing style depending upon the requirements of the client. Once you have established yourself in the content writing industry, you can choose a particular field of writing in which you can specialize.
Creativity is another important characteristic of a quality content writer. You should think about new and interesting ideas through which you can produce a unique piece of work. If it is interesting and you readers like it, you will earn huge profits for that and a reputation in the market.
Many people do not consider content writing to be a permanent profession and do it as a part time, they may earn good sum of money from content writing as a part time but they are certainly mistaken in realizing the growth that it offers and the career it promises. The internet is still hosting more online businesses than ever before and opportunities to work online are reaching in loads to people in Pakistan. Thus, content writing industry promises to expand and grow, creating big opportunities for talented writers.
Friday, October 16th, 2009
The thing which matters in getting hired faster or not is your approach towards searching for a job. If your approach is reactive i.e. you wait for things to happen to you then you will never get hired faster but if it is proactive i.e. you go out to make things happen then you are definitely in the direction of getting hired faster. So just be proactive and you will get hired faster. Your proactive approach does not get you hired just any where but it leads you to the right kind of atmosphere that you have been looking for. This is because your proactive approach is based on a short and to the point ‘job search program’. Here is a step by step description of a proactive job search program:
1. Provide the employer with all the necessary information along with professional references
• Provide the employer with all required information.
• Be proactive and answer the questions before they are asked.
• Validate your background and professional experience by providing the employer with at least three professional references.
• Get your recent manager or subordinate to describe your abilities to the new employer that can benefit the company.
2. Maintain a positive attitude
• Maintain a proactive and positive attitude in every interview. Remember, there is no room for a negative attitude in any organization.
• Give positive remarks to the interviewer and close each step with enthusiasm. Remarks such as “That’s great! I am interested to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Please continue…” help a lot.
3. Do a thorough research on the Company
• Get to know the whole about the company; vision, background, strength, goals, products, inner working, relationship with employees and salary range.
• If you have any questions about the company, write them down so that you and ask before accepting or rejecting the offer.
• View the company’s website thoroughly and don’t forget to read the feedback given by clients or customers.
4. Give an immediate and professional follow up
• If you receive the offer through email or by phone, respond to the employer immediately with a thank you note and confirmation. Be certain that they know you are interested.
Friday, October 16th, 2009
Sales Jobs are easily the most popular jobs offered in Pakistan and it is not difficult to understand why? With so many multi-nationals and private companies forcing into the job market of Pakistan and striving to make huge amount of profits, the competition has increased automatically. Big companies tend to advertise more to increase their amount of sales which suddenly creates a huge demand for sales jobs in Pakistan.
When you start searching for sales jobs online you will find a number of big and small companies offering a large variety of sales jobs in Pakistan. You may think that applying to all of them is a good idea because some one would definitely call back. That’s not the right way actually! You can not just go for every job you find with the word ‘sales’. Remember, if you want build a career in sales then you need find the right job for you; the one that promises an opportunity for growth and success. Switching jobs again and again will not help you build a smooth career at all.
It is pretty much understood now that your career in a sales job depends upon the organization you work for. So, when searching for a sales job in Pakistan there are few important points that you need to consider seriously:
• Search the sales industry carefully in order to dig out the right kind of organization that you want to work in.
• Look at the strength of the organization, its profits, business growth and competitors in the market.
• Read the feedback of its clients.
• Acquire about the salary range and benefits they offer to their employees.
• After taking all these things into account decide whether to apply for this job or not.
Sales jobs in Pakistan may appear to be simple and general but like every job, sales job too has its own requirements to decide whether the candidate is fit as a sales professional or not. It is important for you as a candidate for sales job to possess the following skills:
Confidence – You should be confident enough to talk to the customer what ever the situation may be.
Communication Skills – You must possess the necessary communication skills to interact with people and convince them to buy your product or service.
Vocabulary Skills – You should be able to attract the client towards what you are speaking through your vocabulary skills.
Creativity – You should be creative enough to produce new ideas and techniques that can help you sell the product.
Product Knowledge – You must have complete knowledge about your product.
Professional Appearance – Your appearance should be such that it leaves a good impression about your company.
Energy – You must have the energy and enthusiasm that is required when selling a product.
Patience – You should be able to deal with any kind of pressure or stress with patience and confidence.
Team Work – You should be able to work with the team you are assigned to.
If you acquire the above mentioned skills then you are fit for the best sales job in Pakistan.
Monday, October 5th, 2009
There is an interesting article posted in MSN today, about jobs for young at heart, meaning jobs for people who love kids and would love to turn back the clock and be kids again. The writer listed 5 jobs for young at heart.
Toy Tester Job
Since there are no known toy companies creating patented toys (Correct me if I am wrong) in Pakistan, so that job really doesn’t exist in Pakistan.
Concert Venue Worker
Well, according to our knowledge most Venues in Pakistan are multipurpose, so this job doesn’t really apply in our environment.
Camp Counselor/Director job
Usually the school/college teachers are camp counselors in Pakistan .
Now this looks like an interesting job, they mentioned kids coaching for games. But getting handsome salary for this job can be quite a challenge, it can be more of a hobby rather than a full time job.
So what are our options for full time fun jobs in Pakistan? We researched and here are our findings:
Kids clothes designers
There are many popular kids clothes brands in Pakistan, Minnie Minors, Mushrooms, Honey Beez, Colors to name a few. Working as a kids clothe designer can be fun if you enjoy creative work. Salaries are also handsome for the right talent.
Play group teachers
Do you love to be with little angels? This is the right job for you. Fun activities like drawing, coloring, games, playing is what the job requires. Elite schools are good pay masters.
Game development is quite a challenging task. However if you are a programmer at heart and love playing computer games, this can be the ideal job for you. Graphic designers also have a very important role in game development. Checkout jobs in Varsity Heroes, a promising startup in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Graphic artists are needed for every kind of business. You can land in a job with an advertising company, specializing in outdoor advertisement and print media, or you can design books for kids, or you might be designing greeting cards in some creative card design company. The best thing about graphic designing is that you can see the results of your labor right in front of your eyes, and get instant feedback from your colleagues.