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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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Udemy Inspires Industry Experts to Profit as Online Educators

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Education technology service Udemy has launched Teach2013, a new program that seeks to encourage and empower industry experts and leaders to step up and not only create their own courses, but teach them as well.

Almost a reverse of Codecademy’s “Code Year” program from 2012, Teach2013 is focused not on getting more users to take the courses, but by bringing in even more qualified professionals who have a desire to contribute back to the community. After all, it only makes sense since there are a variety of topics and industries in the world and it’s while Udemy can bring in instructors to help teach courses, there may be some courses that just are better taught by specific individuals.

Eren Bali, Udemy’s co-founder and CEO, believes this initiative could have a lasting impact: “Imagine what we could accomplish if every expert shared his or her knowledge with the world. Offline instructors are now teaching millions of people around the world. But there are so many more subjects that students want to learn. We’re calling upon every expert to join us and teach the next generation, starting this year.”

In case you’re not familiar with Udemy, it’s a learning service not that dissimilar to being in a classroom, except it’s done virtually from wherever you are. Students could choose between any number of course categories, including arts and photography, business, crafts and hobbies, design, education, health and fitness, math and science, music, social sciences, sports, technology, and others.

Snap 2013 01 08 at 17.54.25 730x426 Udemy launches Teach2013 to encourage industry experts to create and teach their own courses

Udemy has gained considerable traction — its top 10 earning instructors earned more than $1.6 million in course sale and the company has seen a 700% user growth from May 2011 to 2012. There are also more than 5,000 courses on its platform. A wide range of experts have taught courses on the site, including New York Times best-selling authors, CEOs, celebrities, and Ivy League professors. They have taught more than 500,000 students so far.

The education technology landscape is definitely a crowded one, with Udemy competing for market share from the likes of Coursera, P2PU, Khan Academy, Skillshare, Codecademy, and others.

Those interested in teaching a course on Udemy can sign up on Teach2013′s website. Once accepted, the company will provide various tools and resources to help build and deliver a course that adhere to Udemy’s “standards for course quality.” According to the company, this includes access to Udemy’s proprietary Course Creation Platform and an invitation to Udemy’s online instructor community, “The Udemy Studio”, where experts can interact and discuss best practices for building a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Some experts will also receive production assistance from Udemy.

Instructors and their courses are judged at the end according to Udemy’s “strict quality control measures”. The company scores each lesson based on its level of instructional design, production quality, and the ability to deliver on learning outcome. So even before a course is seen by the students, it’s evaluated by the company to make sure it meets its standards. Courses can either be free or paid — if it’s paid, then the instructor receives 70% of the revenue from all course purchases. Udemy points out that instructors retain full control of course content, copyright, and pricing.

In 2013, Udemy has already signed up some interesting instructors to help teach, including Lean Startups author Eric Ries, Photoshop educator David Cross, photographer Don Giannatti, Mixergy founder Andrew Warner, yoga instructor Dashama Konah, #DOMINATEFUND managing partner Ben Parr, the Founder Institute, social media strategist Damien Franco, I Will Teach You To Be Rich author Ramit Sethi, Clarity founder Dan Martell, Contently’s Director of Community Erica Swallow, and dozens of other professionals.

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