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Strong interviewing skills and a well written CV are two things necessary for convincing employers that you have both the skills, and experience to be successful in the job. Make sure that you tailor your cover letter to the job and employer you send it to. Practice your Interviewing skills with a friend or participate in one of the workshops provided by the Career Service at Malmö University.
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Kniviga frågor på jobbinervjun

intervjudag (3)Flera studenter tog möjligheten att träna på en jobbintervju med en professionell rekryterare på Studentcentrum idag.

Vi på Karriär och Jobb hade bjudit in ett flertal rekryterare från Academic Search, ROI Recruit, Adecco och TNG. För att jobbintervjun skulle bli så lik en riktig intervju som möjligt, så hade studenterna valt ut en jobbannons, och baserat på denna skrivit både ett CV och personligt brev.

En av studenterna som var med, berättade att hon nyligen sökt en trainee tjänst på ett av FN organen på UN City i Köpenhamn. Hon hade blivit kallad på intervju och ville passa på att träna inför den riktiga intervjun nästa vecka. Efter sin träningsintervju sa hon att hon kände sig lugnare, hon hade fått flera tips som gjorde att hon också kände sig mer säker på sig själv. Vi håller tummarna för henne nästa vecka! 🙂

En annan student sa att träningsintervjun hjälpte honom att förstå vad det är man kan förvänta sig på en intervju och att han nu förstod hur viktigt det är att förbereda sig väl innan man går dit. Han ville uppmana andra studenter att göra samma sak. ”Passa på att träna nu, för när man väl slutat plugga så är det svårt att få den här servicen.”

För er som är nyfikna på vilka andra karriäraktiviteter som kan delta i fram till årsskiftet kan ta sig en titt HÄR.

LinkedIn Booster tip no. 5

Share your work… The LinkedIn Professional Portfolio

Today’s tip is a very short one. Did you know that you on LinkedIn can show case some of your work in a way that you can’t in a traditional CV. You can upload a file or even a video.

LI projet filmWith LinkedIn’s professional portfolio feature, you can now easily display your professional work via your personal profiles. This means you have ability to showcase your presentations, ebooks, blog posts, videos, portfolios (or any work really) right on your profile. The idea is to give LinkedIn users the opportunity to display their work rather than just talk about it.

If you want to find out more about each tip, join our LinkedIn workshops in English or Swedish. Click on the link to see a list of all our career workshops http://futurefinder.mah.se/events

LinkedIn Booster tip 4

Show off your experience and qualifications

In previous tips I’ve talked about your professional photo, your headline and summary. But LinkedIn gives even more opportunities to show your experience and qualifications. Add your Education, starting with your university and after that, add other relevant education.

Who_you_areUnder the Experience section you add your work history. As a student or graduate you may not have that much work experience so list the jobs you’ve had, even if it was part time. Volunteer work is another important section especially if you don’t have so much work experience. Highlighting you volunteer experience in a skills-oriented way is a great. Volunteering shows employers that you are willing to try new experiences, that you are involved in your community and it generally demonstrates a willingness to take initiatives.

There is also a section called Honors & Awards. Even if you earned a price inside or outside school, don’t be shy, let the world know about it.

If you want to find out more about each tip, join our LinkedIn workshops in English or Swedish. Click on the link to see a list of all our career workshops http://futurefinder.mah.se/events

LinkedIn Booster tip 3

LinkedIn Booster Tip no. 3 – Your LinkedIn summary statement.

First impressions count and your LinkedIn Summary is the first opportunity a potential employer has to find out who you are beyond a photo and a job title. So, make the most those precious moments. Never leave the Summary section blank!! This is the first thing that people will read about you and so it worth spending some time getting right.
Summary

You have up to 2,000 characters to describe your background, and you want to get these keywords in here as much as possible. To start with, write 4 or 5 lines that is a summary of your skills, work, studies and your aspirations for the future. Share your accomplishments, everyone likes a good story. If you can grab some attention with something about yourself that we wouldn’t know from your resume bullets, you’re heading in the right direction.
directionGood luck with writing a compelling summary!

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LinkedIn Booster Tip 2

Hello again!

Here comes our Tip number 2. Today I will talk about your headline, a very important part and you soon find out why.
Most people are not optimizing this as much as they should and there are a number of subtle tricks you can do here. The headline is completely configurable and it’s your 120 characters to hook people finding you in a LinkedIn search. It should be about what you do as opposed to what you are.

When recruiters and hiring managers are looking for candidates they use different key words. Have a think of for what the key words are that you want to be found for.

Relate your headline to your past experience if this is relevant to the roles you are targeting for example financial services.

Which of the two headlines below do think is most relevant?
Headline 1

Headline 2
Tomorrow I will give you a tip about your LinkedIn Summary!

 

 

 

If you want to find out more about each tip, join our LinkeIn workshops in English or Swedish. Click on the link to see a list of all our career workshops http://futurefinder.mah.se/events

LinkedIn Profile Booster – Tip 1

There is no doubt in my mind that LinkedIn is a useful social network and essential tool for networking, company research and for finding a job.

This is the first in a series of 10 postings, each with a short tip on how to optimize your profile and how to use LinkedIn for building your network.

How to be Ready for the opportunityBut first a short introduction and some facts about LinkedIn.

  • Number of members: Approx. 280 million
  • Number of active company profiles: 3.5 million
  • Number of job advertised on LinkedIn: 300.000
  • Number of schools (universities): 24.000
  • 98% of recruiters and 85% of hiring managers use LinkedIn to find candidates (Viveka von Rosen, author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day)

I hear friends and acquaintances say: “I’m on LinkedIn but I have no idea what to use it for.” Or: My colleagues know me already, no need to connect with them on LinkedIn.”

But consider this: LinkedIn is the only social networking site that showed higher usage among the age group 50-64 year old, than those of ages 18-29. This age group have more Membersprofessional experience, AND are the ones more likely to be in a position to hire, are on the site!

So a LinkedIn profile, done right, can be that online resume that will help ensure that the good work you do or aspire to do is publicly recognized and that there is a way for others to reach you with relevant opportunities.

If you’re still feel a bit skeptical, consider that most potential employers may find it strange if you’re not on there. Often, if you apply for a job, the person reading your CV will look at your LinkedIn profile.

So why should you be active on LinkedIn?
Professionals at all levels—entry-level, middle management and executives—use it for networking, keeping in touch with current and former colleagues, and engaging with their broader industry.Those more established in their careers also use it to promote their businesses.

Tip no 1. – Add a professional photo
Your photo is the first impression and it’s vital to have a proper professional photo. Remember, LinkedIn is not Facebook, so don’t add a holiday snap with your family or friends, or one taken while you are sitting in front of a computer with your head at an odd angle. The photo doesn’t have to be taken by a professional photographer, but you need to look professional in it, even if you are standing in your garden. I recommend a head shot photography, looking smiling and welcoming.

Look out for tip no. 2 tomorrow – and find out why your headline is so important.

If you want to find out more about each tip, join our LinkedIn workshops in English or Swedish. Click on the link to see a list of all our career workshops http://futurefinder.mah.se/events

Practice Interview News Story

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On Thursday April 24th the Careers Centre organized a mock interview day for international student at Malmö University. The event was organized to help students prepare better for an increasingly competitive job market and we invited several external recruiters. This was a great opportunity for the students to experience the challenges of a real job interview, conducted by representatives from local employers.

The students had to prepare a number of possible interview questions and then deliver a presentation selling themselves and their skills to the recruiter. The recruiters also asked the students several follow up questions, analyzed the students’ performance and gave them direct feedback after the interview.

Click on the video below to see what one of the students thought about her mock interview.MockInterviewFeedbackYTThis experience gave the students a chance to develop some of the important key skills necessary for finding a job, for example how to prepare for the interview, body posture during the interview, how to dress and how to communicate in a professional way.

The event was a great success. All the students taking part in the practice interview felt this was really valuable and that they learned a lot just by doing this one interview. Also the recruiters really enjoyed it and found it worthwhile. They also commented on how valuable it is that the Career Centre organize activities to help students develop their employability skills. On May 20th this same activity will be repeated but for the Swedish speaking students at Malmö University. More information on Future Finder.

Published by Anna Persson Career Advisor @Malmö University

Published by Anna Persson Career Adviser @Malmö University

I would like to say well done to all of you students who participated in the Mock Interviews! Careers Service also would like to say a huge thank you to all the recruiters for giving up their time in order to support our students here at Malmö University!

 

Give your Job Search a Flying Start

Jet planeWhat are the most important things you could do in order to give your job search a flying start? Make a plan!

1. Having a plan helps to provide direction and focus. One of the reasons why people fail to achieve their goal is that they don’t have one. The same things goes for your job search, it requires a plan!

Write down what it is you want out of this job experience. You should also have a good understanding of WHERE you want to work. Write down your skills and the qualities you have, that make you unique.
Don’t keep everything in your head, you will probably go over and review so make sure you write everything down.

2. Your professional profile
Now when you have a plan, make sure you have a professional profile. If you are smart, you have already created a LinkedIn profile and started networking. The recruiters are on LinkedIn and they are always on the lookout for talent. Make sure you have an optimized profile where all your skills are included (same skills that you have in your plan).

3. Learn about the companies and organizations
Start making a list of the companies & organizations you would like to work in. Add some of their competitors to that list as well. Now start learning about them by following them on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Read their Career pages and Job postings. By reading about them you will begin to understand their language. When you apply for a job opening there you know how they speak and can mirror that in your resume and your cover letter.

4. Start documenting your “stories”
Think about personal stories, examples that you can tell in the interview and that reveal the skills and qualifications you have. Write that down too.  For example if you say you are a team player, think of a time when you were part of the team and what your contribution was.
Also think about personal stories that show how you learned lessons from failures and mistakes, handled change or made choices under pressure.

handstand5. Practice
Now, think like a recruiter and come up with a number of interview questions that you are likely to be asked during a job interview. Have a friend ask you the questions. Reflect on your answers, refine if you are not happy with the answer and practice again.

 

Remember ”Practice make Perfect” and ”Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance”!

 

Preparation is key when job interviewing

After you have spent all that time working on perfecting your CV and looking for the perfect InterviewSavvyGirlsfistjob, don’t forget the most important step in your job searching process: The interview preparation. If you want that job, you need to be Interview Savvy.
It’s true that you have been called to the interview because you have the necessary skills and the right experience. But don’t make the mistake of showing up at the job interview thinking it’s enough only to be your wonderful self. It’s a much longer walk than that.

A good resume will get you the interview but it doesn’t give you the job! That’s why you need to both prepare for the interview and practice and perfect your interviewing skills.
If you’ve never practiced an interview you are missing out on a great opportunity to understand how really you perform. How do you come across, sound, act and behave when you are face to face with a person who has the power of making a decision of hiring or not hiring?

Why are practice interviews important?
They help you practice answering difficult interview questions like “Why should we hire you?” or “What’s your greatest weakness?” It’s also a great opportunity to practice questions that you would like to ask the interviewer.

How to get the most out of a practice interview
Practice with an experienced recruiter or HR professional. In addition to the feedback given to you after the practice interview, also ask for their advice and view on different interview formats, such as phone interviews behavioral interviews, case interviews, or panel interviews.

How do practice interviews work?
It could vary depending on the person interviewing you. The interviewer will listen and provide feedback on how you answer the different types of interview questions, behavioral as well as traditional, with a good result. You should also prepare before the interview by taking time to review, and come up with answers to some of the most common interview questions. Very often the interviewer will also coach you on how to make a good first impression and a good closing statement at the end of the interview to leave a positive lasting impression.

A good advice is also to come to the practice interview dressed as if it was a real interview.

Careers Service at Malmö University offers you both the Interview prep and the practice interview so make sure you take advantage of these opportunities! Join our Interview Savvy workshop and do a Practice Interview with a recruiter or hiring manager.

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