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LinkedIn Review

LinkedIn Review

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Resume Review

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Top tips on writing an effective resume

A resume is a very important tool for all of us – whether we are students looking to get into our dream college or professionals looking to enter our dream job. Think of the resume as a snapshot – not only of your professional accomplishments but academic, personal and community. It’s an opportunity to showcase how strong a fit you are for the school or company.
So how do you maximixe the impact the resume can make? Here are the top 5 tips:
1. Relevance: First and foremost make sure you tailor the resume to where you are applying. Highlight your relevant strengths. Additionally, make sure that you do your homework on the specific requirements the company or college may ask for. For example a an MBA application resume generally needs to be 1 page long, where as an employment resume can be longer.

2. Action Verbs: Describe each of your accomplishments with strong verbs that clearly demonstrate both the breadth and depth of experience. Additionally, avoid using the same action verb multiple times.
For example, instead of writing:
• Handled business development for….
• Handled campaigns for…
• Responsible for handling….

Replace with alternatives like:
• Spearheaded business development for
• Led campaigns for….
• Managed….

3. Quantify: Provide numbers where possible. Instead of general statements include numbers that provide specifics including time, money or amount. Read the two bullets below and decide what leaves a larger impact on you:
• Headed a project to streamline business …
• Led at team of 6 to streamline a $15,000 infrastructure project…

4. Be specific: Avoid generic statements. In addition to explaining to the reader what you did, include why and how you did it. What was the outcome. Since you have included it in your resume, the reader should be able to understand the role you played and why this activity is significant.
For example – instead of writing “Led the payment process initiative” or “Established the technical operation guidelines” explain what prompted you to do this (e.g. identified gaps in…) or how you did it (e.g. analyzed past data….) and was it successful (e.g. reduced time spent…).

5. Avoid Silly mistakes: I know this seems obvious but with stress levels high or deadlines around the corner this happens too often. Silly mistakes come in many forms including
spelling mistakes, grammatical errors or inputting the wrong word by accident. Can you spot what’s wrong in the statements below:
• Discussed growth opportunities with senior Management.
• Took a career break in 2003 to renovate my horse
• Bachelor in Science
• I’m attacking my resume for your review
• Managed the the daily operations

You cannot proofread your resume too many times. The very best of us continue to make errors like these every day. If you feel like you’ve read your resume over 50 times and there are no more mistakes - take a break and come back to it later. You will definitely see something else. Send it to close friends or family. Every eye gravitates toward and catches something different.

How can I network better and use it to my advantage

Networking is a skill that does not come naturally to everyone; people approach it with a variety of attitudes and notions. Some think of networking as manipulative or too superficial. Others are simply shy. In today’s dynamic universe where it is impossible for an individual to keep up with everything, its imperative to build a substantial network. Building a relationship based on trust and understanding is the cornerstone of developing a roster of valuable contacts who could potentially be your clients, business partners, employers, colleagues and event friednds in the future. The strong connections made, can open numerous hidden doors which would not have been possible otherwise.

Top 5 reasons to build a network:
1) Get your dream job
2) Step out of your comfort zone
3) Learn from varied perspectives
4) Find quick solutions
5) Hone your human instincts

Top 10 Networking tips:
1) Join clubs, groups and various associations that spark your interest. Be proactive about contributing to the group.
2) Organize Skype, Hangout, Twitter and Facebook meetups to develop personal contacts across geographies – distance is no longer a valid excuse!
3) Know your industry influencers and try to connect with them.
4) Learn to listen to people; Do not listen with the intention to reply.
5) Rejection is an integral part of the process. Important people are busy – keep trying!
6) Networks work both ways. Help. Help. Help. Then Ask.
7) Express the real you. Do not project a persona you think the listener might like.
8) Attending every socializer or mixer advertised, does not necessarily increase your odds of meeting someone interesting. It is the quality of networking and not the quantity that matters.
9) Citing specific examples to describe your qualities and achievements is more effective than mentioning generic qualities in conversations.
10) Keep a list of questions and your business cards handy.

We hope you apply our tips and become a master networker.
Step out. Go meet!

Letters of recommendation writing strategies

At ReachIvy, we understand that your decision to earn an Ivy League degree is a life changing experience, and one that will involve tremendous amount of effort, time and energy to get accepted.

Whether you are applying to Harvard or Stanford, a critical component of your application package is the recommendations. Schools are eager to know how individuals who have known you personally or professionally speak about your personality, work ethics, experience, discipline and intellect.

A strong letter of recommendation provides insights that cannot be deciphered by simply reviewing an applicant's scores and resume. Letters help in illustrating the qualities of an applicant in depth with specific examples. The admissions committee can understand your work responsibilities and your position within a company. They also serve as a proof in giving the committee an important perspective about your potential and credentials. Therefore, choosing the right recommenders is absolutely mandatory.

Top 5 tips for your letters of recommendation:

  • Choose colleagues, supervisors or professors who have known you for an extended time period.
  • Do not force-fit a CEO or a famous alumnus from the school who barely knows you and met you once at a party! It is more important that the recommender you choose knows you intimately.
  • Make sure that the recommenders reconfirm what you have been writing about in your application.
  • Ask the recommenders to validate their points with specific examples.
  • Do not write your own recommendation letter. The Admissions Board can quickly identify such a letter because they read several recommendations each year.
Top 10 Interview Tips
  • Make sure that you are carrying all your documents, and that what you say in the interview supports the rest of your documentation.
  • Posture should be relaxed but professional. Consistently make eye contact.
  • Answer the questions clearly and concisely.
  • Make sure you are dressed in a suitable business attire. Men: Suit, with a formal shirt and a tie. Women: Skirt or pant suit with a formal shirt/blouse. Arrive at least 15 minutes early for the interview.
  • Ensure to write a formal thank you letter/email to your interviewer/s.
  • Greet the interviewer at the beginning of the interview and thank him/her at the end of it. Focus on a confident handshake which is not too firm or abrupt, and your greeting which is cordial and disarming but not informal or uptight.
  • Carry only a folder/portfolio with some blank papers/notepad, a pen and your resume with you. There is no need to carry a laptop.
  • Keep your phone on silent or completely off.
  • Diligent preparation is the cornerstone of an effective interview. Ensure you have reviewed a comprehensive list of questions prior to the interview.
  • Believe in yourself. Always remember this.

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