Tip 1: Some basic rules for writing a resume
As a recruiter, we see a multitude of resumes.
Sometimes they are very well presented, explicit, logical. But sometimes, …. it’s a catastrophe !! Your resume is your first job passport, so do not neglect it!
I have the memory of having returned a candidate who came to submit a candidature file after a quick glance at his CV. It was just ridiculous and unworthy of a master’s resume.
A CV must be properly written to give precise information about the candidate’s career path but also professional and well presented.
There is no standard CV model but there are some basic rules to follow.
Some basic rules for writing a CV:
1) Be as specific as possible! It’s not up to the recruiter to ask yourself what you mean by this or that sentence. Details are important to know your real ability and potential.
2) Never lie: Some candidates do not hesitate to lie on their resumes and then find themselves stuck in the tests or in the situation. Your honesty will be a quality for you as a lie can not remain hidden long
3) One often falls on CVs or the candidate leaves holes of several years. But what he done all this time? What happened during all these years? Logically there may have been a lot of things during this time but why do you want the recruiter to guess in your place? Give the information chronologically regardless of what you have done. Highlight your experience even if it’s outside of your professional field.
4) Avoid presenting a disjointed CV: A recruiter does not have time to reflect on your resume. He has plenty of others to see! Chronology and harmony are very important for understanding. The CV unveils a part of yourself. That’s the first impression you get. It must allow a certain balance to appear.
5) Avoid mistakes! All sorts of language mistakes! Spelling, vocabulary, etc. !
6) Avoid familiar or too sustained language: Be careful not to fall into familiar language or not to use a street language but also try not to do too much. Stay correct and professional.
Tip 2: Do not be too greedy
A recruiter always comes up with the magic question during a recruitment interview. What is your salary expectation?
The technique often used is to look up and give a random number. But … no, it should not happen like that!
There are aspects to be taken into account in order to give a wage claim. One must take into account, among other things, the diploma and the recruiting company of course, but the most important is what you offer; your skills !
It is true, life is expensive in this country but we can not burn the stages.
What you sell are your skills and not your degrees.
Having a master on paper does not mean anything. It takes the skills that go with to qualify for a master’s salary.
Do not indulge in small jobs to make money. SACRIFY for the first few months or even the first few years after your training to acquire enough experiences. This is the only way to achieve a balance between your degree and your actual practical skills.
Tip 3: Form Rules for Writing a Resume
There is no perfect CV model. However, by following a few rules you can make your CV a passport to access all the stages of your interview.
First part :
First of all it is imperative to put at the beginning all the information concerning your identity, namely: surname and forenames, date of birth or age at the date of application, marital status. Next come the contacts: e-mail address, phone number FUNCTIONAL. There is nothing more annoying than spending time trying to reach a candidate. You applied because you need work so make sure you are reachable full-time. Answer the calls or messages that are left to you.
Second part :
In some cases, it is recommended to put the title ie your field of intervention. This allows recruiters to have a more precise idea of the profile and skills you are putting forward. It is also sometimes customary to see the candidate’s professional objective on the CV.
Third part :
This part begins with his professional career. List your diplomas by notifying the mentions or distinctions if this can represent an advantage for you. However, it is useless according to your level of training to mention the elementary degrees that will only result in lengthening your resume.
Fourth part :
This step of your resume is very important. It is at this level that you put forward your professional experiences and therefore your knowledge or practical skills. It is therefore necessary to present the companies in which you worked (internships or jobs), specifying the pos ition you have held and your missions and the results obtained. but be carefulf! A resume is not a novel or an administrative draft. Avoid making complete sentences that will make your CV miley.
At this level it is necessary to talk about the complementary skills that can bring more precision to your profile or represent an asset for your application. It could be: foreign languages spoken, mastery of some software, trainings or seminars you have had to follow
Last part : This part is the most neglected part generally but it is not less important than the others. It is this part of the resume that allows the recruiter to dig to find out what differentiates you from the other candidates. Highlight your hobbies and personal qualities. NB: It is important to: Never Lying in a Resume Choose the font and the size of the text (classic font and visible text) Do not put too much color (no color outside the headlines if necessary) Present a clear and clear CV. (Pay attention to ink when printing or photocopying)
Tip 4: Dress at an interview
Many people are unaware of the importance of physical presentation during an interview or simply disregard their dress. This is a serious fault! As a recruiter, I have been able to recalibrate or eliminate a candidate who has good potential because of his physical presentation for two reasons:
1- You are what you reflect because no one has the time to get to know you at first time in the world of work and you will not have the chance to make a good first impression.
2- Your customer buys only what you sell to him, so give yourself value
So here are some tips to make a good first impression in an interview.
1- To beginning, do not compress yourself in your clothes! Make sure you are comfortable in what you wear … And to make your interlocutor at ease by the same opportunity. Wear an outfit in which you feel good and which does not reveal more than you need especially when you are a woman.
2- Dress according to your field of activity. Depending on the field of activity, it will be necessary to be more dressed or more formal. Especially take the part between the Sunday dress, the holding of walk, the evening dress, etc … and the work clothes. For the more classical, the choice will not be very difficult. In all cases a shirt (white, blue, gray) minimum and a jacket + tie if necessary for a man and a woman, a tailor or a strict dress at your convenience. However, in any thing inquire about the dress code.
3- Be clean. Cleanliness is a very important point; Body and clothing. Wear clean clothes, be cool and feel good not to force the recruiter to shorten your interview. Do not forget to pay as much attention to your shoes. Avoid beach shoes or shoes that show poorly held toes.
Tip 5: A sense of commitment
The world of work in Benin suffers from several great evils and one of them is of course the meaning of the commitment of the employees.
Candidates for employment who take appointments and do not honor them without even taking the trouble to cancel or postpone them, employees who do not feel in solidarity with their employer and the development of the company that Employs them or nomadic employees eternally in search of “better elsewhere” …
So many things that come out of the understanding but not from the daily life of Beninese work.
Commitment is defined as “the act by which one commits to accomplish something: promise, agreement or contract by which one binds oneself”. (Larousse)
From this definition comes the verb “To bind”! From the moment you become a member of the staff of a company, you have the duty to provide a technical counterpart (knowledge + experience + competence + time) but also psychological (commitment, professional conscience, intrinsic motivation etc …).
It is important to know that your sense of commitment determines the value that will be given you regardless of the place that is yours in an organization. It is this same factor that differentiates you and it is the differentiation that makes you climb the ladder.
It is a mistake to believe that technology or knowledge is enough to make oneself inevitable in a competitive environment. Your master card is the differentiation through what you are willing to give of yourself.
An employment contract is a marriage contract. Have you ever seen a happy marriage that lasts a lifetime without mutual commitment of the partners? Make sure to give your partner (company) everything she needs to be happy and she will give you so much in return.
Tips 6: Human Resources and Compensation
Student, jobseeker and employee: face on the job market? Do not have the opportunity or the habit of being advised?
Emmac-corporation, concerned about your job and your professional future, now offers you the opportunity to be accompanied and assist according to your needs, towards a job or for your fulfillment at work. We give you effective support by combining availability and exchange in order to develop with you a relationship of trust and proximity.
To guarantee your professional success in meeting the demands of the job market, we offer you several offers to boost your job search and career.
These offers are for anyone:
* Seeking employment in relation to their skills and aspirations,
* Wishing to build or develop his career or professional project,
* Wishing to develop his managerial skills, either through personality and aptitude tests or as part of a specific accompaniment.
Our offers are as follows:
1- Writing an attractive CV:
* Your resume is your job passport.
* Take advantage of you stand out from the other lots of resume by having you attended by Emmac-corporation in writing your resume.
* Presenting a quality CV encourages reading, increases your chances of winning an interview, passes the sorting step and makes the recruiter want to meet you.
2- Know yourself to sell better:
From personality, aptitude test you have the opportunity to know all aspects of your personality and your behavioral qualities. You know your strengths and weaknesses.
Emmac-corporation analyzes these different traits and gives you personalized advice so that you can better take advantage of your personal characteristics during a recruitment interview. These tips will also help you understand the strengths you need to leverage to sell yourself and your limits.
3- Realize its portfolio of skills and know how to use it:
The skills portfolio is an indispensable tool to ensure your employability by identifying your skills. It allows you to prepare a job search, a job interview, negotiate a professional change and think about a new orientation, etc ….
First of all, Emmac-corporation will help you to reconstruct your personal and professional itinerary, identify, describe and analyze your learning and personal, social and professional experiences. Then you will learn how to leverage the skills portfolio to achieve your professional projects.
4- Re-energize your job search:
Take stock of your strengths and the difficulties encountered in your job search in order to make it more efficient. Emmac-corporation helps you define what is important for you to do first to revitalize your job search:
– Knowledge of the professional sector in which you want to work?
-Management of job search methods?
5- Inventory of your professional interests and motivations for guidance in career guidance:
This diagnosis allows you to have key elements for your career guidance.
– Understand what motivates you to work.
-Identify the key factors in order to choose the career that best suits your personality and your skills.
-Construct a step-by-step action plan to achieve the position you are targeting.
6- Simulation of maintenance:
Recruitment interviewing is a privileged moment of the recruitment process, which makes it possible to better know the candidate and to assess his suitability with the job to be filled. A thorough preparation is therefore necessary for its success:
-Training to respond to recruiters convincingly (communication and argumentation).
– Understand the expectations of the recruiter behind each question asked.
– Win in insurance against the recruiter.
To enable you to correctly conduct a recruitment interview in a “recruited” position, you are filmed during a maintenance simulation and then return to the interview for a review and examine the areas for improvement.
7- Accompaniment in a recruitment process:
Valorise your application with the recruiter by an accompaniment of the firm over a duration at your convenience. Get advice on how to prepare your recruitment interviews (argumentation, communication) whenever you apply for a job offer. Take post-interview follow-up to analyze past interviews and identify areas for improvement. Please note: this service excludes jobs from Emmac-corporation.
8- Build and carry out your professional project:
You are looking for a job, you want to evolve in your job, to change service or business, to reconvert into a new job … Emmac-corporation will accompany you according to your need, to define or specify your professional project and to Build a pragmatic action plan to make it happen. It is a complete service for the student, the jobseeker or the employee. The development of the professional project is a projection exercise whose objective is to determine at a given time what we would like to do. Building your project will, among other things, enable you to effectively orient your search for an internship or a job, or to choose a new professional orientation in a constructed and thoughtful way.
Our support allows you to:
– to build a professional project integrating personal characteristics, technical skills and knowledge of market needs.
-to be able to value and credibilize your professional project.
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