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If you are still looking for jobs, it means you are missing “something”. That “something” might be: your resume is not targeting the Right Job, not being able to ace that interview and land a beautiful job offer.
As international students, we have “been there, done that” and we totally understand that looking for a (better) full-time job is actually a full-time job itself. Based on our recent survey conducted to study why many then-students finance/accounting professionals are able to get their professional job within 1 month after graduation, we found the most important element is: they apply to the Right Job. Getting the right job comes down to three steps: how you present your skills/experience on your resume, make sure your resume is reviewed by the recruiter, ace that interview. Let’s look at each step in details
1a/ How to present your skills in a “sexy” way?
Let’s say you want to present your “teamwork” and “communication” skill.
Collaborated effectively with my co-workers to greet and serve customers
You should have written:
Resolved internal conflicts and customers’ feedback by effectively communicating to all stakeholders which results in trust and professionalism of the (your company) brand.
It sounds much better, doesn’t it? It shows HR managers that your actions contribute specific “results”.
1b/ Your previous job experience
The way you tell your story is only half, the content which is your work experience is the other half. There is one cold hard truth that many candidates have not admitted yet: you don’t have that required experience to impress the resume-reader. So instead of mass applying to every single job and get frustrated, you should properly assess your expectations and face reality. For example, as a fresh graduate, you want to work for a Big 4 accounting firm but you have not worked for any “recognized” brands (again, the experience doesn’t have to be accounting-related). There is a 99% chance that you are not going to land an interview, leave alone getting an offer. By “recognized” brands, I mean those national brands such as TD or Starbuck which is well-known for world-class customer service experience. But that does not mean you can not get a job at the Big 4 firm. You just need to have a realistic plan and get ready for hard work. you can read a full success story of a “detour” plan to land a job at Big 4 firm here.
The point is you need to build up your resume block by block. Those who get a job at Big 4 has been building up their resume since they are 1st year in university. If you don’t, the good news is that is not the end of the world. You just need to try to get “that required experience” with another job that equips you with all the skills you need. Your valuable time will be used wisely as you can earn money as well as building up your resume instead of mass-applying directless for wrong jobs. Obviously, you need to know where you are now before establishing a plan to get to where you want to be. Your resume is a good place to start the assessment process to see if you have enough required experience. This is key in getting the Right Job.
To conclude this resume section, having a well-polished resume doesn’t guarantee an interview as it might not even come across the recruiter desk (imagine there are 1000 applicants for 1 position at TD). However, once it does come to the recruiter, you want to make sure your resume tells a compelling story about your experience and achievements as that is the only reason the recruiter will call you for an interview.
2/ Getting your resume “reviewed”
Applying to big banks or accounting firms such as TD and Deloitte is obviously a daunting task. After getting your resume right with relevant experience (experience that these big guys are looking for), the last part which is also the most important part is to get your resume to the recruiter’s desk…
(To be continued)