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Are you a fresh graduate and planning to look for a job? Did you just recently quit your job and are looking for greener pastures? Are you unemployed and have little experience regarding ways to secure a job? Whatever your situation may be, it would be to your advantage to study the following tips:

Check your resume for mistakes

Before submitting your resume to a prospective employer, check your resume for corrections at least three times before handing it over. After researching about the job position, it is critical that you format your resume to match the needs of the company. For example, if you are applying for an accounting job, you should put in detail your accounting experience on your resume. Typographical and grammatical errors are serious no-no’s. It is also ideal to keep the length of the resume’ to at least a page and a half long.

Taking the interview challenge

A survey conducted by a staffing and consulting firm based in California which corresponded with 1,400 chief financial officers concluded that candidates for employment made most of their mistakes on their interviews. Some of the mistakes they made include: arriving late, having little knowledge about the company and the position applied for, and having a superiority complex and behaving arrogantly. The body language of the applicant must also denote that he is confident yet not overpowering. He must maintain eye contact, have a strong handshake, and avoid looking defensive by the act of crossing the arms. Wearing the right clothes is crucial for projecting a confident stance. As they say, it is better to go to an interview over-dressed than being under-dressed.

Answer questions smartly

A common mistake of interviewees is that they tend to get tense and forget the questions that are given to them, which has the effect that they are not prepared for the interview. It is important to research about the company and the position applied for to prevent being side-tracked during the interview. If you do not know the answer to the questions being asked, it is better to admit you don’t know the answer to the question and add that you can research about it. Look for the skills or expertise that the company is looking for so that when interview day comes and the interviewer asks about your strengths and core competencies, you will be able to match it to what they need.

Getting the necessary referrals

Having a referral from one of the company employees can go a long way toward landing an interview. A typical company may receive job applications in the hundreds and usually 35% to 60% of all job vacancies are filled by referrals. The odds of getting hired when you have a referral are very high if you have another 200 to 500 applicants vying for the same position. If you do not know anyone from the company that may give you a referral, it is a good idea to the alumni network of your college, trade groups, social networks, and professional associations. Remember, having a referral greatly increases your chances of getting the position.

On online application

With the current trend of technology and its merging with business processes, more and more companies are now requiring prospective applicants to submit their application online. Thus, first impressions are relayed not by your first appearance but by the quality and content of your e-mail. E-mails regarding job application should be polished and well-articulated. When applying on-line, use the following tips:

Complete your sentences and do not abbreviate.

Employers do not like when you send them application letters that seem to be too casual. It is important to make a letter that is both formal and well written. This gives a good impression regarding your capabilities and skills.

Get directly to the point

When writing an application letter, you must be concise and straightforward. Do not put a story on the letter just to get the attention of the employer, chances are he or she will just get irritated with you and this only reduces your chances of getting hired.

Consider potential issues that may hinder you from getting the job

Although there are instances wherein there is a lot of need for a job but the requirements for the position may entail training programs that may bar you from getting the position due to its highly competitive nature. Some require a lot of experian even at least 3 years of work experience. Some may have no barriers to entry but the job itself may entail a very routine work flow.

Getting the job you want may be a challenge but never lose hope. It is better to wait a while and get the job that you will enjoy rather than get a job as soon as possible but ending up dissatisfied and unhappy. Make the right decision then act on it.Image

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How to be Invited for Job Interviews

“How to be Invited for Interviews”

Once the application has been sent and the resume received the next thing that should happen is that the employer will be calling to test communication skills by means of an interview.  Allowing yourself to be given the option on which employer is best fitting the applicant is one characteristic of being pro-active.  Consider being called by multiple employers for a job interview in a day a good sign.  This means that they were really impressed with the documents you submitted, therefore, deserving a personal communication on how most likely an applicant would land the job.

Resumes can present an individual very well.  Seventy-five per cent of employers say that applicants with resumes passing their standards would definitely be invited for a job interview.  Allow two or more interviews.  How?  Here are some resumes tips that would give you not only one but more calls for interview:

1. The position that an applicant is interested in should be placed right at the start of the resume.  Having this as an objective shows that an applicant is really focused and career oriented tells that he or she knows what is exactly the perfect career for him or her.

2. One of the best significant ways to get the employers’ attention is by using words that are really powerful that denotes strong capabilities of the applicant.  An example of this is, instead of writing, “assigned to be”, write instead “in-charge of,” indicating that the applicant has active leadership skills that can be a step to the management position if there is any.

3. A bullet catches the eye of an employer at one look.  Use these in itemizing achievements, career highlights, recognition, qualifications, and skills and interests.  Words in bullet form forces the employer to read the information provided.  These also create more clear space on the paper making the application form or the resume very neat and outstanding.

4. Make sure that the resume is very selective.  Only apply for a certain position in one company or organization one at a time.  Do not submit resumes with different job interests and positions applied for at one time.  This will be a complete waste of time.

5. Ask a pro.  Resumes are written with the help of experts who can actually see the applicant’s strengths and opportunities.

Aside from preparing an impressive resume carefully follow and read all the special instructions like how many spaces are provided for a specific answer or the number of words for the answer.  Keep in mind that this is also a test to see how well an applicant can follow simple rules.  Not only does it have to follow the steps, the application form should also be neat.  Handwriting is also being considered and using a black pen will greatly add to the formality of the answer.  As much as possible, never use a liquid paper or fold and bend the application form and paper.

When answering, be careful not to leave blanks unless it really does not apply.  Use N/A only if necessary.  Be truthful with all the answers but this does not mean that you have to provide a complete or thorough answer for every question.  Always adapt the answers to the job being applied for.  Only provide the skills and recognition received that will be beneficial to the new company or employer.  However, see to it that the answers provided indicate the reason of being more qualified than the other applicants.

Choose references that can provide the applicant an objective description and information.  Teachers, friends, and previous employers can be willing and honest enough to provide that information.  The application form must be consistent with the resume.

“How to be Invited for Interviews”

Once the application has been sent and the resume has been received the next thing that would possibly happen is that the employer will be calling to test communication skills by means of an interview.  Allowing oneself to be given the option on which employer is best fitting the applicant is one characteristic of being pro-active.  Consider being called by multiple employers for a job interview in a day a good sign.  This only means that they were really impressed with the documents submitted, therefore, deserving a personal communication on how most likely an applicant would land on the job.

Resumes can present an individual very well.  Seventy-five per cent of employers say that applicants with resumes passing their standards would definitely be invited for a job interview.  Allow two or more interviews.  How?  Here are some resumes tips that would give you not only one but more calls for interview:

1. The position that an applicant is interested in should be placed right at the start of the resume.  Having this as an objective shows that an applicant is really focused and career oriented tells that he or she knows what is exactly the perfect career for him or her.

2. One of the best significant ways to get the employers’ attention is by using words that are really powerful that denotes strong capabilities of the applicant.  An example of this is, instead of writing, “assigned to be”, write instead “in-charge of,” indicating that the applicant has active leadership skills that can be a step to the management position if there is any.

3. A bullet catches the eye of an employer at one look.  Use these in itemizing achievements, career highlights, recognition, qualifications, and skills and interests.  Words in bullet form forces the employer to read the information provided.  These also create more clear space on the paper making the application form or the resume very neat and astounding.

4. Make sure that the resume is very selective.  Only apply for a certain position in one company or organization one at a time.  Do not submit resumes with different job interests and positions applied for at one time.  This will be a complete waste of time.

5. Ask a pro.  Resumes are written with the help of experts who can actually see the applicant’s strengths and opportunities.

Aside from preparing an impressive resume carefully follow and read all the special instructions like how many spaces are provided for a specific answer or the number of words for the answer.  Keep in mind that this is also a test to see how well an applicant can follow simple rules.  Not only does it have to follow the steps, the application form should also be neat.  Handwriting is also being considered and using a black pen will greatly add to the formality of the answer.  As much as possible, never use a liquid paper or fold and bend the application form and paper.

When answering, be careful not to leave blanks unless it really does not apply.  Use N/A only if necessary.  Be truthful will all the answers but this does not mean that you have to provide a complete or thorough answer for every question.  Always adapt the answers to the job being applied for.  Only provide the skills and recognition received that will be beneficial to the new company or employer.  However, see to it that the answers provided indicate the reason of being more qualified than the other applicants.

Choose reference that can provide the applicant an objective description and information, teachers, friends, and previous employers can be willing and honest enough to provide that information.  The application form must be consistent with the resume.  Since many of these employers standardize and gauge the information the applicant is providing in his application form and resume, these must be full of complete and honest information.  This will be their basis when considering to have a one on one interview to see if what they read is true enough.  Arm oneself with positive strategies and knowledge to get those invitations for interviews come after you.  Remember that this will also be a marketing tool that any applicant can use for other future job hunting experience.Since many of these employers standardize and gauge the information the applicant is providing in his application form and resume, these must be full of complete and honest information.  This will be their basis when considering having a one on one interview to see if what they read is true enough.  Arm yourself with positive strategies and knowledge to get those interview invitations coming to you.  Remember that this will also be a marketing tool that any applicant can use for other future job hunting experience.

Boston bombing: One suspect killed, manhunt underway for the second

8 Year Old Boy Killed in Boston Marathon Bombing Demanded Peace After Trayvon Martin Shooting

Martin Richard, 8-year-old killed in Boston Marathon, made demand for ‘peace’ after Trayvon Martin shooting – NY Daily News

There’s now a face on Monday’s terror attack at the Boston Marathon: A devastating photo of a now-dead 8-year-old boy holding a poster calling for an end to violence.

“No more hurting people. Peace,” is the message held by Martin Richard in his classroom last April — part of a lesson on the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a Facebook post by Richard’s teacher Rachel Moo.

The picture quickly touched people the world over.

“My prayer is that we all live by Martin’s words … by following his example,” Lucia Brawley, a friend of Moo, posted under Martin’s picture.

Eight-year-old Martin Richard, pictured above, was killed in an explosion at the Boston Marathon as he waited to give his father a hug at the finishing line. Denise Richard suffered a brain injury and his younger sister lost a leg in the blast.

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Eight-year-old Martin Richard, pictured above, was killed in an explosion at the Boston Marathon as he waited to give his father a hug at the finishing line. Denise Richard suffered a brain injury and his younger sister lost a leg in the blast.

Two members of the Richard family were also seriously injured in the second of the two deadly blasts near the finish line of the 26.2-mile marathon.

The family of five had just gotten ice cream and were on the sidelines trying to identify friends running by, Rep. Stephen Lynch, a friend of the family for 25 years, told the Associated Press.

After hearing the first blast, the Richards were scrambling over barriers to get to the street when the second bomb went off.

Martin was killed — one of three victims who died in the explosions that were described by President Obama as an “act of terror.”

Neighbors hug outside the home of the Richard family.

Michael Dwyer/AP

Neighbors hug outside the home of the Richard family.

His 6-year-old sister, Jane, lost a leg. His mother, Denise — a librarian at Neighborhood House Charter School where he Martin attended the third grade — suffered a serious brain injury. They are among the 170 injured by the bombs.

"My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries,” dad Bill Richard said in a statement. “We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin.”

Bill Richard, 42, and the oldest child, Henry, were not seriously injured, but doctors did remove ball bearings from Bill’s leg, said Lynch (D-Mass.).

“Ball bearings are meant as anti-personnel munitions,” he added. “They were trying to cause carnage here.”

"PEACE" is written on the sidewalk in front of the Richard house in Dorchester.

Michael Dwyer/AP

"PEACE" is written on the sidewalk in front of the Richard house in Dorchester.

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Bill Richard is widely known as an active member of the historic Dorchester neighborhood where he lives.

“They are beloved by this community. They contribute in many ways. That’s why you see this outpouring,” City Councilor at Large Ayanna Pressley told the Boston Globe.
“It’s surreal, it’s tragic, it’s incomprehensible. Everyone … is trying to comfort one another and be prayerful.”

A candle burned in front of the Richard home Tuesday morning.

Tammy Lynch, right, comforts her daughter Kaytlyn, 8, after leaving flowers and some balloons at the Richard house.

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Tammy Lynch, right, comforts her daughter Kaytlyn, 8, after leaving flowers and some balloons at the Richard house.

Children dropped off flowers and balloons at the front door. One little girl left pink flowers. Another carried orange, blue and pink balloons. An overturned child’s bicycle helmet lay in the front yard.

Nine-year-old twins Alejandro and Andres Calderon remembered their pal as a top-notch soccer player who once dropped a sandwich, caught it on his foot, and then ate it on a dare.

"Say you were at the beach with him on a hot day — You would have fun with him," said Andres. “He wasn’t a bully or mean to anybody."

“He had a lot of friends and I’m pretty sure all of them liked him because he was very joyful," added Alejandro. "He would joke about food coming to life."

Richard Martin, 8, who died during yesterday's explosion at the Boston Marathon.

Rachel Moo via Facebook

Richard Martin, 8, who died during yesterday’s explosion at the Boston Marathon.

The kids, like the adults accompanying them, were dejected.

"He’d try to make everyone happy but (now) he can’t because he passed away," said Alejandro.

The twins left behind a soccer ball from a game their team had recently won, a poignant tribute for a child.

"I think of him as one of the MVP’s of the team," said Andres.

This is Martin, 8. He died in the Boston bombing yesterday. He was at the finish line with his family, waiting for his dad to cross. His mother and little sister were catastrophically injured. He was the student of our dear friend, Rachel Moo. His message resonates powerfully today. My prayer is that we all live by Martin's words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immeasurably valuable life by following his example.

Lucia Brawley via Facebook

This is Martin, 8. He died in the Boston bombing yesterday. He was at the finish line with his family, waiting for his dad to cross. His mother and little sister were catastrophically injured. He was the student of our dear friend, Rachel Moo. His message resonates powerfully today. My prayer is that we all live by Martin’s words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immeasurably valuable life by following his example.

Martin’s school, where Jane was in the first grade, also was grieving.

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“He was a bright, energetic young boy who had big dreams and high hopes for his future. We are heartbroken,” the Neighborhood House school, which has a student body of 400, said in a statement.

“They are a wonderful family and represent the very best this city has to offer.”

Neighbors come to pay their respects at the Richard house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.  Martin Richard, 8, was killed in Monday's bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Neighbors come to pay their respects at the Richard house in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in Monday’s bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A teacher at the school — which was dispatching grief counselors to students, staff and families Tuesday — concurred.

“They’re just sweetest, nicest family you could meet," said Holly Moulton.

The happy kids were a common sight on their street.

Martin was "a very outgoing, wonderful little kid. He was just adorable," said neighbor Jane Sherman, 64.

Jacqueline Myers (R) and her ten year-old daughter Amira walk away after leaving a teddy bear on the door step of eight year-old Martin Richard's home in the Dorchester neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. Amira Myers was a schoolmate of Martin Richard. News reports say that Martin Richard was one of the victims of two explosions which hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday killing at least three people and injuring over 100 others.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST SPORT ATHLETICS)

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Jacqueline Myers (R) and her ten year-old daughter Amira walk away after leaving a teddy bear on the door step of eight year-old Martin Richard’s home in the Dorchester neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. Amira Myers was a schoolmate of Martin Richard. News reports say that Martin Richard was one of the victims of two explosions which hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday killing at least three people and injuring over 100 others. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES – Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST SPORT ATHLETICS)

She added that Martin, Jane and his 12-year-old brother were always playing soccer, hockey and riding bikes.

Jane is “adorable — a little tomboy. Always climbing trees,” Sherman said.

One of Martin and Jane’s fellow students at the school, Jaelyn Taylor, 11, brought a stuffed monkey to drop off at the mourning Richard home.

“It was kind of scary and surprising because it was so close," Taylor said of the attacks.

Two people leave flowers on the door step of eight-year-old Martin Richard's home in the Dorchester neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. News reports say that Martin Richard was one of the victims of two explosions which hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday killing at least three people and injuring over 100 others.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST SPORT ATHLETICS)

BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS

Two people leave flowers on the door step of eight-year-old Martin Richard’s home in the Dorchester neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts April 16, 2013. News reports say that Martin Richard was one of the victims of two explosions which hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday killing at least three people and injuring over 100 others. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES – Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST SPORT ATHLETICS)

A friend of the family said she’d remember Martin’s smile.

“What a gift. To know him was to love him,” Judy Tuttle said of the 8-year-old victim.

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She recalled recently sitting at the dining room table having tea with Denise Richard, 43, while the boy did his homework.

8-year-old Martin Richard, seen in this Facebook photo, was killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon

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8-year-old Martin Richard, seen in this Facebook photo, was killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon

“He had that million-dollar smile and you never knew what was going to come out of him. Denise is the most spectacular mother that you’ve ever met and Bill is a pillar of the community. It doesn’t get any better than these people.”

Stunned neighbors struggled to comprehend the tragedy.

One wrote the word “PEACE” in chalk on the Richards’ driveway.

“(They’re a) great family, actually,” said neighbor Wally Sorocky. “How does anyone deal with this? Hopefully (the mom) can pull through this. It’s horrible."

Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Lily Huynh said her 6-year-old daughter took singing lessons with Jane at nearby All Saints Church.

“I have small children like her and its terrible to lose a child like that — and the little one is hurt. We’re very sad," said Huynh.

She added that the attack had sullied the marathon — a rite of spring the Richard family wanted to enjoy like so many other Bostonians.

"It’s a long winter and everybody looks forward to being outdoors,” Huynh said. “It’s a cowardly act."

Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester, was killed in the blast at the Boston Marathon. His mother and sister were also critically injured.

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Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester, was killed in the blast at the Boston Marathon. His mother and sister were also critically injured.

Monday night, Sherman got a glimpse of Bill Martin coming home at 10:30 p.m. He was still in hospital scrubs.

"He looked absolutely horrendous. He was as white as a sheet," Sherman said.

“I said, ‘Bill is anything wrong?’ He didn’t answer."

A friend with William could only respond: “Martin died.”