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How to Dress for an Interview

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So you’ve got an interview for the job you are praying to get, what now? As the saying goes, first impressions last, so choosing the perfect interview outfit is crucial. Don’t freak out! The best outfit consists of being comfortable, showing personality and boosting your confidence!

#JobsTTtip – Know Your Colours!

Knowing what different colours mean can help choose your outfit to fit the job description.

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Now that you know your colours, you can piece them together! Check out some samples of how your should dress below:

CORPORATE/LAW

Corporate_Law

TECH/START-UP/INTERN

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PLUS SIZE (women)

plus size

PLUS SIZE (men)

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Follow these tips to dress for success!

5 things to do while stuck in traffic!

No matter which direction you are driving to in Trinidad, you will encounter traffic. Traffic has come apart of T&T’s culture as the highways and main roads remain flooded with bumper-to-bumper traffic during peak morning and evening hours. Sometimes you are trapped in your car for over two hours! To help you get through this lump, we have some activities for you to try!

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Meditation is all about your focus and breathing. Find something to focus on – it can be your breathing, the car’s silence or the vehicle lights in front of you. If at a standstill, you can close your eyes. If not, breathe and clear your mind. Prepare yourself for the day instead of becoming infuriated by the traffic in front of you.

 

headphones and a bookListen to an Audiobook

Plug in your phone to your car’s speakers to listen to an audiobook. It keeps your mind off your situation and helps with passing the time.

 

 

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Sing along to your favorite album

Classic albums from artists like Adele, Sam Smith or Alicia Keys include ballads that let you sing your heart out! Whatever the genre, make sure you can groove to the music!

 

plantronics-m50-user-lgCall that person you meant to call (but forgot to call)

In other words, call a parent. Or call a relative/friend that lives in another country. Just make sure that it is hands-free since you will be behind the wheel.

 

 

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If you have upcoming projects that have been stressing you out, why not sort through it. You can record your thoughts using your smartphone or even write it down on a notepad. This way is better than procrastinating until the last minute.

15 Steps to Prepare for a Job Interview

So you’ve made it to the interviewing stage and you’re wondering What to do now? The answer is simple: Prepare. This is your time to market yourself and campaign for the job position. Your resume did the ground work, now it’s time to solidify the outcome.

Business Insider’s Director of talent, Stephanie Fogle, come up with the ultimate interview guide, from start to finish.

Here is what you MUST do to be ready for the big day:

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Read the original article on Business Insider. Copyright 2016.

 

5 Skills You Can Learn To Boost Your CV

Apart from popular belief, skills aren’t as hard to acquire once you put in the appropriate time and effort. Additionally, there is an upsurge of apps and websites that cater to making learning easier, so it’s almost impossible not to have at least one skill that can help your resume stand out.

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Here are five skills you can learn to boost your worth as a job-seeker:

Languages

You can learn more than six languages using the Duolingo app. It takes minutes to download and seconds to set up. All you need to do is practice when you have some downtime. Just think in three months you can be fluent in another language!

Creativity

Do you like to write stories, take photos or paint portraits? Create an online portfolio on websites such as wix.com that have templates just to showcase your talent. This way you can highlight your dedication to your craft and confidence in your skill.

Sports

Take your interest in a sport or exercise activity to another level. For example, if you love yoga so much, why not get a certificate in it? Or become an instructor? Though it may not be a career path, it would be a great accomplishment and skill to have in your back pocket!

Charity

Voluntary positions are not a priority for a job-seeker, but it can lead to a career. Volunteering in a charity or non-profit organization can solidify your interest into a particular career field. Volunteering is also a great networking opportunity!

Skillshare

Visit skillshare.com to learn a new skill each day! This website encourages you to learn creative skills in just 15 minutes a day with bite-sized lessons you can fit in anywhere. You can join a class, watch short lessons or learn by doing. Find a skill you never knew you had!

5 Websites to help Market Yourself

City-ScapeOne of the hardest things about job searching is marketing yourself to prospective employers and network connections. Yes, you have your detailed resume but how do you sell what you do in five minutes or less? Here are some websites to aid in your marketing scheme.

Google.com

Not many people know this, but Google actually can help you build a resume. Once you have a Gmail account, Google can pull your information to easier build your CV. Follow this link https://resumebuilder.withgoogle.com/ to try it out.

But if you want to start from scratch, head over to Kickresume to find unique templates!

Moo.com

Thinking about getting business cards? Moo.com is devoted to helping you choose and print your perfect card. They’re loads of templates to choose from at a decent price. Let your business card express your personality in print!

Jimpix.com

Jimpix helps you navigate the world of usernames. In this digital age, your username becomes your identity on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. What’s cool about Jimpix.com is that the site has an option to generate a username with a word a selected word. So you can type in your name or nickname, and it gives you many options. Remember to pick a username that will good on your business card!

Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter

These social media platforms put you closer to your professional crush more than you think! Build you own profile by following or connecting with Influencers in your field. These can range from top CEOs to General Managers. Study their profiles and comment on their blog posts or status updates. BE friendly NOT creepy in your approach to inadvertently learn from them.

Wix.com

Why not own a website? Having an online resume is becoming more popular. Upload your resume, pictures and showcase your passion in your personal digital space. Think of it as a hub that just in one click a prospective employer/client can get a sense of who you are. Wix.com provides templates for online CVs that you can view and build for free!

 


 

 

What’s Your Ideal Career?

Wondering which career is right for you?

We spend most of our lives making decisions on finding a job that will both make us happy and be financially stable. It also comes down to our personalities and whether we CAN do what we THINK we can do.

It’s time to listen to your instincts and be honest about which career will truly fit into your life. Just like Jobstt, the below flow chart will help guide you to that next step. The best part? There are specific job suggestions if you’re still unsure of what you should do. Have a look!

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Read the original article on The Daily Muse. Copyright 2015.

 

How to Increase Your Qualifications

adult_studyIf you have been on the job hunt for a while, you will notice that having three (3) CXC/CSEC passes is no longer sufficient to land an entry level job in Trinidad and Tobago. Most employers are seeking five (5) or more passes for their entry level positions.

Since this is the case, job seekers have to consider entering back into school to earn and increase their qualifications. It’s not always easy between work and home life, but if you can create the time and supply the effort, having just two (2) more passes can increase the likelihood of landing the ob position of your dreams – not to mention upgrading you into a better salary bracket!

Where to start?

Adult Literacy Tutors Association (ALTA)

Here is where you begin if you need help reading and writing. The Adult Literacy Tutors Association, a non-profit organization in existence since 1992, provides the only comprehensive, structured, adult literacy programme in Trinidad and Tobago. ALTA does not necessarily provide CXC/CSEC classes, but aids in literacy to eventually write those exams. There are three (3) locations in P.O.S., Arima, and San Fernando.

Tel: 624-2582
Email: altapos@alta-tt.org


 Below are four (4) schools that provide CXC/CSEC classes for returning students, no matter what age!

Upper Level Educational Institute Ltd

ULEI is one of the leading private secondary schools in Trinidad. Its distinguished reputation and outstanding achievements have contributed to its growth and development over the years. Located in Chaguanas, Trinidad

Tel: 672-8797
Email: admin@uleitt.com

CTS College of Business and Computer Science Ltd

Over the years, thousands of students have graduated from CTS’ CXC/CSEC and GCE O’ level programmes, and some have progressed on to one of our degree programmes in Business or Information Technology, some of them have also gone on to completing their MBA. Located in Chaguanas, Trinidad

Tel: 671-2551/2872
Email: Study@CTScollege.com

Elders’ Classes

Elders’ classes provide a range of classes, including courses in CXC/CSEC after school and work flexibility. Located in P.O.S., Trinidad.

Tel: 627-8632 / 623-0935
Email: n/a

BetterGradesFast.com

BetterGradesFast.com provides the option for online video classes so that you don’t even have to leave your home. Their physical location is in Arima, Trinidad.

Tel: 308-4028
Email: n/a

 Don’t wait until you are too busy or cannot afford to improve your qualifications. Remember this investment today will provide a better tomorrow for you and your family! So take the leap now!

Brand Yourself Using Social Media

In the digital age, a person’s character and skills are quickly judged by their online presence before a real meeting. Turns out, about 92% of companies use social media for hiring – excluding LinkedIn. Your social media persona can help get the job (i.e. show creativity) or it can hamper your chances (i.e. show incompetence).

Here’s some Dos and Don’ts on how to use Social Media to your advantage!

Facebook/Twitter

  • Do choose a profile picture that is not scandalous and/or offensive.
  • Do create a user name that is close to your real name. Corrects spelling helps!
  • Don’t post everything you may find funny and/or go on a rant.
  • Don’t use offensive, racial and/or obscene language in most of your posts.

LinkedIn

  • Do choose an appropriate profile picture with a clear view of your face.
  • Do make sure you spell check your profile.
  • Don’t lie on your profile.

Personal Blog/ Instagram/ Youtube/ Tumblr/Pinterest

  • Do show your creativity, worth ethic and interests!
  • Don’t leave your profile “public” if what you post may discredit you.

Remember, every comment you make can trace back to your profile, so make sure your digital presence can impress and captivate the employer. Let them start chasing you for once!

Check out JobsTT on LinkedIn here!


 

When to Seek Feedback from an Employer

One of the many frustrations of job hunting is receiving little to no feedback on submitted applications from potential employers.

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According to a poll done by Simply Hired last week on Twitter, recruiters say a candidate should wait up to 5 – 7 days before following up on a job interview.

Following up with an employer after an application submission or interview can help you fine-tune your cover letter and CV for the next job opportunity coming your way. So to determine the right time to seek feedback, you should consider the following questions:

Have you successfully applied/interviewed for the job position?

Make sure that your application is successfully sent and delivered. If it’s an interview, note the date of the interview.

Has it been more than a week since you applied/interviewed?

From the date of your application/interview, count to see if seven (7) or more days have passed.

Is it pass the deadline date/feedback date for the job post?

Note if the application deadline or the feedback date given by the interviewer has passed.

If you have answered Yes to ALL of the above questions, then go ahead and contact the employer. The HR department should be willing to give feedback on your application/interview.

If you answered No on any of the above questions, you should consider giving the employer a few more days before seeking feedback.

Remember, whether if your feedback is positive or not, always ask how you can improve your resume or interviewing skills for future reference!

Tips to get to your next interview…

Are you disqualifying yourself from your next job interview?
When I was looking for my first job back in 1997, the internet was still a novelty to most people. Websites were slow to load, everyone had a Hotmail email account, and funny joke emails were the order of the day. When applying for a job, your printed resume and its accompanying cover letter were the only tools you had to get you noticed. Your interview was your first chance to make a positive impression.
Today, it is all too easy to make a bad first impression, without even realizing it. What we take for granted as popular culture, does not always translate into the right habits and attributes for getting hired, or even getting a first interview. Very often, a potentially good candidate may disqualify him or herself without ever realizing it. We hear it all the time; ‘I applied for a job and never heard back from the employer’. To avoid unintentionally excluding yourself from the ‘potential candidates’ list, here are some things that most HR professionals frown upon:

  • Poor Grammar: Whether you are applying for a job as a cashier or an office manager, there really is no longer any excuse for typographical errors, poor punctuation or bad grammar. If those squiggly red or blue underscores failed to grab your attention when you were typing up your application letter, then it says a lot about your attention to detail. It is always a good idea to have someone else review your letter and resume, and not necessarily your bestie or BFF.
  • Text-speak: Back when cellular phones did not have predictive text, auto-correct or full keyboards, you could be forgiven for typing ‘l8r’ instead of ‘later’, or ‘cuz’ instead of ‘because’. However it is all too common among recruiters to find text-speak sneaking into cover letters and resumes. This is completely inexcusable, and is a reflection of how seriously you are taking your job application. Again, what is acceptable among your peers in social settings, is not always acceptable in the workplace, far less when trying to make a good first impression.
  • Email addresses: After your mobile contact number, your email address is the next point of contact between you and a potential employer. Your choice of email address can make or break your job application. The ‘bigboygangster@yahoo.com’ and ‘sexybaddis69@gmail.com’ email addresses seldom get taken seriously, no matter how strong the cover letter or resume. The most attention you will likely get is a round of laughter as your email address is shared around the office. Email addresses are FREE. Do yourself a favor and create a simple, proper-sounding address that you can use for job applications.
  • Social Media: Most companies will do a reference or background check, before the make an offer of employment. However, it is very common nowadays for recruiters to do a quick google or social media search of your name, and see what turns up. It is naïve to think your social media profiles are private, and that a prospective employer will not have a quick peek. What you post on the internet, is ultimately a reflection of your personality. The old saying, ‘show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are’, applies here. ‘Show me your Facebook profile, and I will know who you really are’, is now the norm for recruiters nowadays. Most of what we post on social media is all fun and games, but the reality is you are projecting an image of who you are. Consider that the next time you upload a profile photo of you and your best buddies at the club, embracing a bottle of vodka, especially if for example, you just told the interviewer that you seldom drink, so their company car is in safe hands.
  • Linkedin is an excellent resource for creating a positive social media footprint. Do not treat it as another version of Facebook. Use it as your online resume, where prospective employers can have a look at your job history and accomplishments. As with other social media sites, your profile photo will say a lot about you. Put on a nice shirt or top, and have someone take a decent head shot of you with a smartphone. No fancy backgrounds, trendy hats, duck faces or anything else that will turn off an HR recruiter.

These points may seem trivial but the reality is that it is very easy for employers to pre-screen you for a job without you even realizing it. As long as you post information to the internet, you are giving up any privacy you may think you have. Think twice before posting other people’s views and opinions, photos and videos. Take a little extra care in crafting your job application, and be mindful of everything from your email address to what you choose to wear when you do get that call for a first interview.

Good Luck and Take Your Next Step!