Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CV Writing: 6 Quick Tips Of How To Make You Look Good To The Eye

By Tabitha Makumi,
How do you explain what makes you reach for a certain product at Tuskys Supermarket or wherever you like to shop?  You probably are used to that product so you stretch your hand and reach for it but what about a new product? Is it the way it’s packaged? The colour maybe? The name of the product?

It’s all about creating the right first impression based on what meets the eye and that’s how most people get to experience a new product.  

Think of your CV as a product, does it appeal to the eye? Does it make the recruiter want to reach for it in a bunch of banal looking CV’s and go through it?

I am not advocating for you to go all bananas on your CV and give it some crazy looking back

Friday, March 14, 2014

4 Important Things HR Managers Search For On Your CV

A 2012 research conducted by Ladders, a career service firm, found out that recruiters took approximately six seconds to scan through CVs. The time may vary depending on the pressure and number of applications coming the HR’s way but the bottom line is your CV can get a very short time on the HR’s desk.

The focus of this study, however, was not so much on time but on what the recruiters zeroed their attention in once they got hold of your resume. The information might give you a rough idea on what to do for your CV pass the scrutiny of the HR. And knowing how HRs think and react to applications will give you a head start.

1. Layout of the CV
“The layout is important in that it makes the format appealing or not,” says Petronila Kioko, HR

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Dos & Don’ts Of Giving Resignation Letters

By Dorcas Karuana, 
Whether you hate the job or your boss is a tyrant and the pay sucks; you may be tempted to “Screw the boss” after getting a new job offer. For instance, I have seen people resign by sending an email to the boss and not reporting to work the following day, while others just walk out without a word.

This is fine at the time, but a few years down the line you never know how you may cross roads with your boss; may be in another company as a boss or even in an interview panel.

Many careers are built and broken on personal relationships, so by writing a letter of resignation when you leave a job can help protect possible future relationships. It can also ensure you receive a decent reference from your ex-employer.

Handing in a resignation is not an easy task but you should ensure you do it in a proper manner so

Thursday, October 24, 2013

5 Things That Get Your CV To The Trash

By Dorcas Karuana,
True, there are things that will get your CV noticed. Things like a clean layout, use of bullet points, use of white space and so on will get the attention that you so desperately need.

But do you have a clue what’s on the flip side?  What could you be doing to your CV that could cause recruiters to overlook your resume- or worse, toss it in the trash?

Yes the trash! Recruiters have dozens if not hundreds of resumes to go through. So, in an effort to cut them down to a reasonable amount, they’ll simply toss any that don’t meet what they’re looking for.

Here are the deal breakers.
1. You do not meet the minimum requirements.

First and foremost, review the requirements listed in the job description and confirm that you have

Monday, October 14, 2013

Cover Letter Writing: Typed Or Handwritten Which To Use

By Tabitha Makumi,
It’s not once or twice that this kind of question has hit my inbox; it reads something close to this, “What is the best form of a cover letter? Do I send a typed one or a handwritten one?

We now live in a world where almost everything is done through computers….click click the keyboard and voila!….. but wait a minute I once heard that handwritten cover letters are more effective than typed ones…..what to do??????

Martin Githaiga a HR Consultant with a leading HR Consultancy firm advises that, “If you are applying for a job where your handwriting will be a key factor to be considered as in the case with most Personal Assistant Jobs  and you are required to apply using a handwritten cover letter

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

6 Things Hiring Managers Look For In Your CV

By Dorcas Karuana,
One of the most important questions job seekers should be asking when filling out their resume is: "how do I know I have a fighting chance among the other hundreds of qualifying applicants like myself?" How can you be noticed, how can you stand out?

1. Your professional and educational achievements- Employers will always list the minimum professional or educational qualifications in a job advert. Therefore, is usually the initial step in the short listing process.  Therefore, a job seeker should use keywords, from the advert, that describe your professional areas of expertise (i.e. web design, blogging, financial planning). Also, job titles

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

6 Tips To Write A Positive Resignation Letter

Let’s assume that the guards have not been called yet to escort you out of the premises right away  and your boss still has the courtesy to tell you to hand in your resignation letter before you leave.
Maybe you hated you job, the one you just resigned from, the salary was poor and you started job hunting and what do you know you landed another one. As grown as some people may appear, some decide to just disappear and let the boss fill in the gaps.

Let’s say you just walk out, no explanation and you have an attitude that says forget that boss! You have a new job now and you decide the hell with the resignation letter.

Sounds like something a lot of people would love to do especially if the boss was a pain in the you