July 2017

Common Interview Mistakes That may Cost you the Job

Congratulations! You got the interview. Now the real fun and pressure begins!  Try not to mess things up!

Our experts at Career Marshal have jotted down some of the most common interview mistakes that can cost you the job.

  • Not Doing your Research

The most common complaint that recruiters make is that candidates don’t do their research about the job they are interviewing for and the company.  Why is this? Recruiters want to hire enthusiastic people who have initiative, and the best way to demonstrate this during an interview is to come well-versed about the company and the role being offered.

  • Being late

To put it in simple terms, don’t be late to an interview. Ever.

It is most definitely not the best way to make a first impression. To a recruiter it shows that you have lack of respect for his time. Moreover it also shows lack of organisation and preparation skills. We recommend getting in touch with the hiring manager if at all you get late for some reason. It will save your interview and looks professional.

  • Not making enough eye contact

If you don’t make eye contact with the recruiter, it seems like you are lacking confidence or maybe even hiding something. This might be a little challenging for someone who is shy or an introvert. But our experts feel that is important to make that connection.

  • Talking in clichés

Sometimes both the recruiter and the candidate can talk in clichés, such as “Tell me about yourself”, “what is your biggest weakness?”, or “I am a perfectionist”, “I’m a team-player”. But this doesn’t mean you have to answer with something obvious and very played out. Try to make this opportunity to differentiate yourself, say something they might not have heard from any other candidate. This way they are more likely to remember you.

  • Talking bad about your previous employer

Don’t say anything negative about your previous employers or former managers. This makes you look childish and petty. If you quit a job because of an issue you had with the employer, you can say so, but try to be professional and diplomatic about the same. Our experts recommend framing your answer in a way to relate it to your career and goals.

  • Playing with your phone

Put away your phone during an interview! It is highly disrespectful to be checking or texting from your phone and says a lot about your abilities at work. For a recruiter it shows that you cannot concentrate enough at the tasks at hand and you are very easily distracted.

  • Lying about something

According to a recent study more than 58% of recruiters can spot resume lies, while 30% people actually have admitted to lying in their resumes or during an interview. It’s not at all worth it if you get caught, don’t do it. Many employers do go in for background checks and if you get caught not only will you not get the job but you will burn a bridge for your future as well.

There you have it, interview mistakes that may cost you the job. Good luck from all of us at Career Marshal!

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How to Dodge Automated Resume Screening

Job postings receive an approximate 250 applications, and the recruiter often takes the help of automated resume screening to look for the desired candidate without having to read each and every resume.  Our resume experts believe that 60% of companies use some kind if automated screening process, which means that your resume needs to work twice as hard to make it through.  This one way to streamline application processes to make it easier for the hiring manager.

Here’s how to dodge this automated screening so that your resume makes it through:

  • Get professional resume writing services:

At Career Marshal, we believe that your resume is your ultimate key to get a job and it is always suggested to have the best one so that you stand out from the pool of candidates.  With each and every resume that we write, our resume experts pour in their years’ of experience and knowledge to make sure that you shine through your resume. Use our services to pry open doors to new opportunities and jobs.          `

When you get professional resume services, your resume is tailored to your specific field of expertise and we include all relevant keywords that pertain to your domain. This way your resume is never skipped during an automated screening process.

  • Match Keywords:

It is very important that when you apply for a job online on a portal, that one reads the complete job posting. The next essential step is to identify the important keywords and then to include them in your resume. Our resume experts believe that if you include these keywords, the chances of your resume getting selected increase by 10 folds.

  • Apply early:

Companies that use applicant tracking systems for automated resume scanning often discard any late applicants as they sometimes keep an upper limit to how many applications they will scan and consider for a particular position.

  • Formatting of resume:

Our experts at Career Marshal, suggest that when writing a resume it is better to stick to common fonts such as Times New Roman, Calibri, verdana, Tahoma, etc. these fonts are boring but are considered the safest. It is also better to use only one font throughout the resume. The use of colour, graphics or images is best avoided to keep it professional.

Also, avoid using any special characters in the resume or keep them to a minimum. Also, do not use tables or columns.

The above mentioned points could be a little difficult to follow, especially if you have never made a resume or if you are a fresher. It is always advisable to go for professional resume writing services to get the best out of your limited work experience.  As an entry-level applicant, you could be at a disadvantage because of your lack of experience, but our experts can help you capitalize on whatever experience you possess, using the best from the information you provide from your qualification, and other relevant skills developed from any internship or volunteer work. Our writers are competent enough to make a resume that presents you as a candidate with the most potential. So what are waiting for, take charge of your career today by signing up with us here.

 

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Trends in HR Jobs

With extremely tough competition in global talent in decades, human resources trends and the HR job market can make a difference between effective recruiting practices or just simply a game of catch-up and second place.

At Career Marshal, we know that HR positions that manage compensation and other employee benefits are key in helping employers hire candidates to fill up their open positions.

Our experts feel that now there’s a strong need for Human Resources professionals more than ever, with skills and experience with compensation and benefits to support employers’ recruiting and also retention programs.

With the growing adoption of employee engagement programs, the retention of top talent in today’s candidate-driven market requires strong HR focus.

The world of people and work is changing. This means that HR jobs are changing. Here are some general trends in HR noted by our experts:

  • Less generalists and more specialists are required
  • Marketing and HR are becoming closer than ever
  • 90% of the HR jobs will be focusing in HR Operations
  • Traditional HR jobs such as advisors and counsellors are gradually disappearing
  • HR operations can learn a great deal from the hospitality business
  • The background of people willing to work in HR is becoming more and more diverse
  • Machine learning/ AI will help to increase impact the of HR globally

Additionally, some of the latest trends in the workforce also include the likes of an increasing participation of women in HR jobs that have historically been male dominant, increase in telecommuting, and aging of the workforce.

Employers today are looking for all candidates that are skilled and experienced in analytics, and human resources is certainly no exception to this rule. Employers need people who can understand and use their business data for their success. People analytics and business data analytics are currently very hot skills because of the rise in big data in today’s times.

The HR mantra for today: work space is not merely a building, but it is a part of the HR agenda to extend the company’s culture and to ensure engagement all employees.

At Career Marshal, we have thousand of jobs in HR that are just waiting for the right candidate. We understand what it takes to build a career in this competitive industry. With our nationwide, diverse network, we are truly a one-of-a-kind job search experience in a sea of job portals. Getting you the HR job of your dreams is our true motto. We make sure that you make a move best fit for your career; with this in mind we offer recruitment opportunities as well as job consultancy all under one roof. At Career Marshal, we utilize our expertise to match talented human resources professionals like you , with recruiters to fulfil the best roles in companies throughout multiple industries. We are your end-to-end solution to finding the best job for your skills and expertise at all levels and at very attractive salary packages.

 Do sign up at Career Marshal for the best opportunities in the field of HR. We are in the people business so let’s get acquainted!

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Spot the Right Talent for your Company

The Indian economy is growing at a fast pace and showing several positive changes. More and more businesses are recruiting top talent from a pool of highly qualified candidates, which is a vast improvement from several years ago when jobs were hard to come by and top-talent candidates were extremely difficult to recruit.

The process of finding the right talent for your company is a tough task. It is a process-driven approach with an end to generate good revenue to your company and ultimately grow the business. Our experts at Career Marshal, have come up with a concise list to help you spot the right talent for your company. Let’s have a look

  1. Build an online presence to attract candidates

In the digital age, it has become an extremely common practice for prospective candidates to review a company’s website and even social media profiles prior to submitting a job application.

A hiring manager should therefore consider posting employee photos and sharing information about team building events, training, events and seminars and other company gatherings to your social media pages and profiles. This allows for a positive company culture to speak for itself. By projecting a progressive and relevant presence online, it attracts other people to your company culture and will definitely make a memorable first impression on potential candidates.

In addition to practicing the above mentioned tips on social media, a recruiter should also evaluate their website and make sure that it is user friendly. Any available positions should be clearly posted on the website and should be easy to apply for. Try working with your marketing team to create an attractive website which is optimized for positive user experience.

2.Make the most of Internet job forums and social professional networks

The first essential step to hiring top talent is finding top talent. Job forums, portals and online professional networks (such as LinkedIn) can help you target and also connect with prospective candidates who have the apt knowledge and skills sets that you’re looking for. Try to zero in on the talent that has the specific credentials and qualities you want to attract for your posting. Also, consider becoming active on LinkedIn groups to meet other like-minded professionals in your field. One of these individuals may just be your next recruit.

  1. Put more thought into nurturing your Talent brand

It’s very crucial to make sure that your employees speak highly of their time with your company. Take the time to get to know all new recruits and continually improve upon relationships with seasoned workers in your organisation. This will give you an insight into what these people are really looking for with respect to work culture, leadership, salaries, workplace perks, flexibility, benefits, vacation, etc.  Having additional perks for employees such as cell phone reimbursements, complimentary gym memberships, providing gift cards on birthdays and entertainment related extras like providing tickets to local sporting events, etc can really boost your talent brand and improve employee loyalty.

  1. Recognize the potential within

Top talent doesn’t necessary has to come from outside your organization. When you have invested in the development of your internal talent and if you then promote from within, you reap the benefits of not only having good talent but also a highly loyal talent. Another advantage here is that those employees will already know your organization at a much deeper level than a brand-new candidate. This can be a big advantage when it comes to working with staff from different departments or from different levels within your company.

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How to look for a Job when still Employed

Hunting for a new job while you’re currently employed can be very tricky, however most people have to do it at some point or the other in their career.

In fact, our Consultants at Career Marshal believe that more than 50% of the visitors to Job portals are currently employed. A vast majority of employed people are people looking to change their job. So, in the current scenario you want to change your job, but you also don’t want your employer to replace you before you’re ready to leave. How can you make the jump without losing your current one? Well, the answer is by going undercover.

Here are some covert job hunting techniques by our experts for landing that next job without tipping off your current one:

  • Update your info

You should start by listing the latest accomplishments you’ve had at your current work, any new relevant skills you may have acquired or any latest technologies you’ve learned since your last update with your resume. This will give you the info for your future as well as your current applications; this info is also great for your interviews. Prospective employers will like to hear about your achievements, as they are indicators of what you can do for them if you are hired. You can also use this information to update your resume and social networking sites.

  • Watch your wardrobe

If you work in a casual working environment and if you suddenly show up dressed in a suit, it can be a very easy giveaway that you’re going for interviews. One should be prepared to change or adjust clothes between work and the interview time. Avoid wearing jeans to work right away as pants can be the hardest thing to change en route.

  • Stay professional

You are undercover, and not a thief. So don’t put off your daily tasks at your current job just because you’re looking for a new one. We recommend never using your work system/laptop, or work email ID to look for new jobs. They belong to your present company, and they very well be monitored. Additionally it sends a terrible message to your future employers that you are willing to use your current company’s time and resources as well for your own personal work.

  • If your employer finds out

If your boss finds out about your secret, just be honest about it. It is professional to tell them that you expressed a desire to grow in your career path from the outset, as there is nothing available internally. The fact that you stay professional, and continued to do a good job, and also conducted your job search using your own time and resources shouldn’t really bother your employer. Remember to stay on good terms with your current employer, as they are a part of your professional network and also form important future references.

Although it may feel a little weird at times, just remember that you’re not doing anything wrong. There is absolutely nothing wrong in looking for work, and having updated resumes are just part of having a sensible career management. Most employers know this, and most of the candidates that they hire are already working for someone else.

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How to Negotiate Salary after a Job Offer

Salary negotiation is always a challenging task, but it is especially intimidating for freshers who are just starting their careers. Any tips and tricks on salary negotiation will only advise you to use your skills and experience to your advantage. So, how to make a strong argument for yourself when you don’t have a lot of ammunition in your kitty?

First of all – it is important to negotiate. Some studies have shown that negotiating a few thousand more can add up to a lot more in total earnings over the course of your career. Here’s what the experts at Career Marshal advice for freshers on keeping negotiation tactics professional, and friendly, timely, and data-driven when they receive their first offer.

  1. Be Enthusiastic: even if the salary offer letter is lower than your expectation, an offer is still an offer. Always be thankful, gracious, and enthusiastic even before you begin negotiating.
  2. Unless the offer is far more than your expectations. Don’t jump into negotiation if the offer is way beyond your expectations, in such a situation ask for some time to review the offer. Weigh in your options, and do some research on industry norms. That being said, don’t waste too much time as most companies need to fill up their positions as quickly as they can.
  3. Reply on the offer mail or phone number to ask about any benefits or perks in addition to your salary. But be sure to do your homework about the typical salary benefits or perks in your industry. Consider the entire package.
  4. Well, speaking of the whole package, look at leaves, allowances, bonus, etc. entry-level and even experienced recruits are offered all of these. If you think that nay of these are missing try to negotiate their addition in your salary.
  5. If you ask for more money, just don’t say that their salary package is lower than your expectation. Give examples from your industry research or any experiences with an explanation of your expectation. But be reasonable here, especially if you are a fresher.
  6. If you ask for more incentives, be prepared for what exactly you want in addition to the salary package offered. For example, if you say I want X instead of Y then give an explanation as to why you ask for it.
  7. Be thoughtful of what you ask. If you consider having a 3-4 percent increment in salary every year, and promotions typically within a 12 percent range, your negotiations should be ambitious but at same time should also be data driven. Don’t rely on any second-hand information from friends and family but request for data from the company itself about job role and responsibilities.
  8. Accept or Decline. At some point, you are going to have to accept or decline your offer. Show either enthusiasm or that you are thankful of the offer received. If things are not working out for you, bow out with grace. But remember that you just can’t close off an opportunity and come back with a counter offer.

 

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Organize your Job Search

When you are on a hunt for a job, it’s very common to be applying for multiple job postings at once. This is especially true for those who are just starting out their careers. But multiple applications mean making different versions of your resume, and many, many different deadlines to keep track of. With so many things to keep track of, it’s fairly easy to get disorganized.

An unorganized job search process can lead to embarrassing mistakes, for example lost phone numbers, and missed interviews. To help avoid these pitfalls, our career experts at Career Marshal have put together a few tips to keep your job search organized.

  • Start with clear career goals: It is very easy to just jump right in and start sending out job applications. But before you do, it’s best to take a step back and think about the bigger picture here. Where do you want your career to go? Where do you see yourself 10 years down the line?Though it may seem quite trivial, visualizing your career path is a very important step to take. How would you know where to start from, if you don’t know where you’re headed? Reflect on what you would like to do, and don’t be very specific. Once you have a general idea work your way backwards from there.
  • Create a schedule: after you’ve realised your goals, start building a schedule. Step aside time from your daily activities to look for jobs. This could be a time taking process so try to set aside at least 2 hours in a day. Sounds difficult? It’s really not. Try to reserve blocks of time between your daily activities for your job search and some extra time trying to adapt your resume towards the specific job.
  • Try to track your applications: this is where things can get messy. Applying for multiple jobs leaves you with a lot of things to manage. To look as professional as possible and to ensure your own peace of mind, our experts think that it’s important to keep track of all the details.

One of the best ways to do this is to create a list to keep track of each job application. You can start by creating a an excel sheet. Include all relevant information such as company name, job position, Hiring manager, etc.

  • Work with an expert: Working with recruitment experts like Career Marshal, can really expedite your job search process. All you have to do is upload your resume on our website and look for relevant jobs. Your resume will be directly sent to employers without having to apply separately with different emails. With our premium services like resume writing, resume highlighting, resume broadcast and job for sure features you are guaranteed to find your dream job.

During the job search process, you can often feel discouraged and overwhelmed. But by following these few simple tips on job search organisation, you’ll be ready for an effective, organized, and positive job search.

Good luck!

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What to highlight on your resume

Creating a perfect resume needs effort and takes a lot of time. Even though there are a lot of templates on the internet which are available to download for free, the resumes those stand apart are the ones on which the skills and accomplishments are highlighted and makes the job seeker’s profile look interesting. Here’s the tricky part, what do you need to highlight on your resume? You don’t want to sound like you are bragging, yet you want to clearly demonstrate that you are the right fit for the company. How do you know what skills to highlight? How do you do it effectively? We are here to help.

Identify the skills needed for the job you are applying:

The best way to decide what to highlight on your resume is to understand what the employer needs, how will you be able to fulfill them. Everything you need to know is generally available in the job description mentioned in the information about the job. If you read the job description carefully, you will have insights to what the employer is looking for in candidates. You will also be able to identify the keywords you can put on your resume. This method will assure you pass the initial computer screening of the resumes. Even a short description of the job has all the keywords.

For example consider the following job announcement:

Job description

The ideal candidate will expand the company’s brand presence by finding the target audience to distribute marketing content to. You will create and implement the marketing strategy using online methods to gain new customers. The ideal candidate is both a self-motivated individual and a positive team player.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute digital marketing campaigns
  • Monitor and analyze effectiveness of campaigns
  • Find and target audiences
  • Client servicing
  • Managing client expectations
  • Managing a team
  • Will be expected to work in the following digital marketing verticals: SEO, SEM & SMM

If you read it carefully, the employer needs someone who’s a team player and a person who is good at planning and monitoring. It’s always a good idea to mark those keywords and present them in your resume.

How to highlight your skills effectively

The best way to highlight your skills effectively is to imagine yourself doing the job. Then look at your past work experiences. Think of specific duties you performed and the benefits you provided.

Choosing keywords showing you in action

Give life to the actions you performed on the job. Express your skills in a manner that is impactful, forceful and persuasive – whatever your job may have been – by using action-oriented verbs, such as:

reduced | pioneered | targeted | designed | managed | streamlined | secured | expedited collaborated | authored | coached |increased |monitored | systemized | conceptualized

Show your benefit:

Your resume is your marketing document, and like any other good marketing document it should list out the benefits. People love numbers. Quantify the benefits your work provided to your previous employer. Things like, “Increased profits by 10%,” or “Reduced customer churning by 10%” demonstrate that your skills will benefit your future employer as well.

As you develop your list of skills, share them in a way that demonstrates that you have become more responsible and valuable as time has progressed. If at all possible, make sure the most valuable skills are highlighted under the most recent employment.

Avoid Keyword Overuse:

You are enthusiastic to prove your worth, but make sure not to overuse keyword phrases. “Track record of success” and “Introduced new products” are pretty cliché. “Team player” is even more abused. You can express the same idea, using different words.

Your goal is to showcase the right skills to win over your employer.   Make sure your efforts are also to please the computer. Don’t end up creating wording that mangles the English language. You can even take the help of a professional resume writer or a resume highlight service to increase your chances of getting the attention of employers here

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Pros & Cons of Working with a Startup

Working for a startup can be pretty awesome and pretty awful at the same time. By awesome we mean: flexible schedules, tons of responsibility, and lots of opportunities for advancement and growth. But, it can also be not-so-awesome as well. By that we mean: crazy working hours, job uncertainty, and an unclear structure in office.

If you’re just starting out or making a career change, joining a startup can be intimidating, sometimes even foreign.

Our career advisors at Career Marshal evaluate why you may or may not want to work for them.

The Pros

  • Unique experience: Startups mostly have a very favourable work environment. Their workspaces are creative and innovative to grow and favour the imagination of their employees. A stimulating workspace is always quite crucial.
  • A great learning experience: Startups usually put a great deal of responsibility on their employees. They hire them because of their skills but a company founder usually expects much more than just that. The founders and CEOs generally work directly with the employees with the absence of any middle management, so the employees learn from the best.
  • No Supervision: with the absence of middle management, there is no supervision placed on the employees. They have a license to show off their brilliance, which in turn increases their productivity and creativity.
  • A few more perks include flexible working hours, free food and even drinks at times, casual working atmosphere, work from home, etc.

The Cons

  • Heavy workload: one can expect to work very long hours with few day offs and vacations. Start-ups tend to capitalize on emerging trends and early growth for them is very vital. Thus they expect their employees to work round the clock to make it happen.
  • Job stability or security: According to a research 3 out of 4 startups fail within the first three years. So job security is a big question in such an environment.
  • The salaries are not-so-good: Being a startup, most investors don’t shell out a lot of money for such enterprises. So one can’t expect a very good salary in comparison with traditional companies. Most of their funds are actually spent on operating costs, product development, or growing a customer base.
  • Startups are usually run by brilliant founders who develop a good product or service and secure enough funding for initial investment but that does not make them good mentors. Therefore, start-ups sometimes lack strong mentoring which also affects job stability.
  • Lack of social life: working at a startup could be fun but one works hard as well. Employees are put under a lot of pressure to avoid any losses, so can be sure of missing out on any social life at work. Work and life is a balance and working long hours at work may definitely take a toll on both.

Startups fight to survive even when they have reached great heights and are more established than before. As technology changes fast, the competition becomes fierce, and even the small missteps can have big repercussions on a startup. That’s why many startups struggle even after going public.

 

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Resume Lies and How to Spot Them

As a recruitment manager, you think you are all set to hire candidates to fill in your job positions who are qualified and suitable for the job role. While you may be looking at the required qualifications and relevant work experience, should also look for honesty in the process of hiring the candidates.

Inflating the resume with the help of the all-too-familiar resume language is likely very harmless. But sometimes many candidates could also falsify a resume with the wrong information. Thus, our experts at Career Marshal advice all recruiters to be extra cautious while they intend to hire candidates for vacant job positions.

Here are some red flags to take note of while scanning resumes:

  • The school/college sounds iffy:

Although there are a many schools, colleges, and educational institutes that are not accredited by the government, there are some institutes that claim to offer educational certificates which turn out to be completely fake and often give out false degrees to their students. This is why you as a recruiter have to be cautious while interviewing candidates.

As a recruiter, if you find the name of the institute somewhat fishy and if you doubt its credentials especially coming from the candidate, be aware that the candidate must be cooking up a story surrounding it.

  • Previous employer is completely unknown

Sometimes, in desperation to take up a job, candidates often end up doing things that are absolutely unimaginable. They can even go up to the extent of faking a recruiter as well. Yes that’s true. In a given situation, while hiring potential candidates and asking questions about their previous employer, if you think that you have never ever heard about them, the chances are that the candidate is simply faking it.

It is important in this situation to do some research work before you begin with the interview process. Look up the internet and call up the company and speak to the HR person directly.

  • Overinflated Job Position

Many candidates also tend to mislead in terms of their job titles. They intentionally exaggerate their job titles in order to get a better job position. As a recruiting manager, while hiring candidates, it’s an important task to know what to ask and how to ask questions. If you sense something fishy, dig a little more and ask more technical questions related to their job profiles and titles. If the candidate is unable to come up with clear answers, then you know that they are faking it

  • Far-fetched self acclamations

It is a very common attempt to focus on acclamations during recruitment. But, in this process if you notice that the candidate’s accomplishments are a little too far-fetched – that is if they are way too much, then you must sense that there is something wrong. Too many self-inflated phrases such as – the youngest, only employee, world class leader, pioneer, first person, can turn out to be a little too dubious. If you sense something iffy, do remember to cross question the candidate.

Resume lies are becoming quite common and there have been multiple cases where candidates have been caught faking at interviews. However, there can be some that can be truly smart in terms of fabricating facts. In such cases, it is completely on you as the recruiter to go for a thorough background check of the candidate before making a final decision.

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