June 15, 2019

Congratulations – you’ve graduated…..

….and have your dream job.

Now you have to learn and thrive in a very different environment which high school and universities did NOT prepare you for.

Here are some tips to help you survive the first few months –

1) Start learning. Your learning has only just begun. Learn your new job and the tasks assigned to you. Learn to do them quickly, learn to do them well and then ask for more.

2) Learn about informal structure of the organisation. The people in authority (formal authority) are easy to identify but you do need to identify the influencers (informal authority). An influencer is a person who’s opinion or actions is more important to other staff than their title or position suggests.

I am not suggesting that you immediately join tribes but you do need to know the structure of the organisation and who is who.

3) Understand the culture of the organisation. Culture is quickly defined as “how we do things here”. Understand what is acceptable behavior and attitudes. You may not agree with them but at this stage you need to understand your environment.

The first few months is about settling in, learning and adapting. How you interact with your new environment is another issue.

Good luck

June 12, 2019

The Interview 

Congratulations, you made it to the interview beating perhaps 80% or 90% of all candidates who applied for the position. Now the hard work begins.

Your CV is a historical document which describes what you have done, who with and when. It doesn’t really explain the why and the how. Companies want to understand what you are capable of, how flexible you are and if you can grow with the company.

How they answer these questions will depend upon the organisation. Some companies may have 1 short interview, other companies may require multiple interviews with different people. Some companies may include activities such as presentations, role plays and group work. The interview process could last weeks.

The difficulty is that the Company will interview many, many people so you have to stand out, you have to be memorable. You need to have a very good understanding of yourself and your skills. This will give you the confidence to approach the interviews without too much stress and anxiety and to leave a positive impression with the interview panel.

EDCentral can help you with job seeking by reminding you of your skills and building your confidence. We can also help with your lack of experience – just ask us.

Good luck 

June 10, 2019

The CV 

Spare a thought for recruiting companies and the volume of CVs that they receive. One of the HCMC “Big 4” accounting firms, receives over 2.000 CVs for each of their 2 recruiting intakes each year.

It is almost impossible to deal with this volume and companies are resorting to machine learning to solve this problem. Employers are increasingly requiring candidate’s to apply online and submit their CVs electronically and are also reviewing their online profiles (Facebook and LinkedIn).

Some ways to beat this hiring algorithm is to optimize your application for the technology and

• Make sure your CV is in a format that’s been requested, eg, correct version of MS Word

• Populate your CV and social media profile, especially LinkedIn, with keywords from the job description of the role you are applying for.

• Use industry-standard job titles such as chief financial officer or payroll officer in applications.

• Don’t change jobs too often. The algorithm are increasingly looking for candidates who have remained in certain roles for a particular time. 

June 4, 2019

Getting a Job 

It could be argued, that the purpose of University is not so much about getting an education but getting a job.

Getting a job is tough and it is getting tougher - there seems to be less jobs, more candidates and employer requirements that seem to changing all the time.

Apart from your University degree there are 2 things standing between you and your dream job – the CV and the Interview. You need to have an outstanding CV and Interview to be considered.

Your CV needs to show how your skills and experience are suited to this particular job and you must have the confidence and showmanship to delivery in the interview.

You need something to help you stand out from the crowd. 

May 16, 2019

The Training Journey

It was very refreshing to hear a HR Director talk about the training journey she wanted to create for her company’s staff.

She understood that training is not a destination, a single location or point in time, but an ongoing process.

We often come across the opposite, training is a HR KPI, a box that needs to be ticked and for the staff involved, something that must be endured.

May 5, 2019

Learning & Transference

The key aspect of learning is the ability to transfer knowledge from one domain or context to another.

The ability to read is a great example. We learnt the alphabet, spelling, grammar, sentence construction so that we could read.

We learnt a system / skill that can be transferred from one book to another - we don’t re-learn reading for each new book.

With the world changing so quickly, a strong foundation of essential skills is vital

APRIL 25, 2019

Creativity & Transference

Creativity is underscored by transference.

Foodies and chefs from all cultures and cuisines travel to different locations, to see, taste and learn about new ingredients, different tastes,and  new techniques.

They bring back or transfer this 
new knowledge to their old domain and fuse, adapt or include it into what they already know or have. 

Inspiration is a term that is often used in conjunction with being creative or innovative.

Inspiration is about seeing, hearing, feeling something somewhere and then recreating or applying it in another place or context.

In other words, transference.