What Will Make a Recruiter Automatically Discard Your Application?

What Will Make a Recruiter Automatically Discard Your Application?

What Will Make a Recruiter Automatically Discard Your Application?

What Will Make a Recruiter Automatically Discard Your Application?

by Talentese Team 10/11/2017

Ace your Resume and Interview:

While none of us are mind readers (or are we?), it would be pretty awesome to know what’s coming our way and how to answer most frequently asked interview questions so recruiters wouldn’t automatically discard your application. How do we reach this stage? Isn’t it obvious? We need a fabulously crafted resume. Let’s see how we can deal with both these topics. One way is with the help of a career guidance counselor who also assists in resume writing and interview practice; another would be to just read this article!

Use these tips to ace your resume and interviewLet’s tackle them one at a time.

Resume tips

#1 – Format, Format, and format!

It’s extremely important to format your resume. Always start your resume with clear indents and line spacing. Keep your font size readable, ideally 11 or 12. Ensure your headings are logical and precise. Use bullets and numbering to emphasize important aspects. Catch readers’ attention with correct use of bold and italics typefaces.

#2 – Make it purposeful

Ensure your resume is a reflection of your achievements, goals and past experience. The most important task of the resume is to land you an interview. Your resume isn’t going to secure a job for you, so tailor it to get attention and connect it closely with your life. Don’t make it boring or generalized. Seek a career guidance counselor to better understand language and tonality to spruce up your resume.

#3 – Use keywords!

Keywords are extremely important. Use them liberally to attract readers’ eye and ensure that certain keywords are associated only with you. Also, most consultancies use keywords to search for the perfect fit. Change your keywords based on the job you are applying for (Forbes, 2014). Use your keywords even for frequently asked interview questions during your interview or visit a career guidance counselor to guide you and make a list of fitting keywords. Don’t emphasize ‘baking skills’ if applying for a finance position!

#4 – You are the Best Fit!

State in clear, concise language why you are the best fit. Always keep this information at the start of your resume. List your most dynamic skills and best experiences next. Give your future employers something to look forward to. Explain how you handled past projects and clients. Sum up with how you tackled issues effectively. Don’t forget a special mention of achievements received for your hard work. You know you are the Best Fit – show them why.

#5 – Don’t generalize your resume

Drive home how unique you are. Employers want to know what is extraordinary about you. Re-read the job description and blend your work experience so your resume fits the closest. This shows how you are the best prospect and that you have put in time and effort. Passion is important; don’t make your resume dry and tiresome. If you need extra assistance, visit a career guidance counselor to re-word it for you. No one likes to read different versions of the same thing. Stand out, Shine!


by Talentese Team 10/11/2017

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What Do Successful People Share?

by Talentese Team 07/11/2017

Success isn’t magic. It’s attained through hard work, determination and a strong will. Successful people are not perfect, but they strive to achieve perfection. While such people are rare, they share common behavioral patterns and habits. Most of us have set habits that we follow routinely, but the implementation of better ones is more important. Setting habits that assist in climbing the career ladder help in employee branding and motivation.

Let’s view some common habits of successful people and how you can adapt them:


Early to bed, Early to rise

Successful people are early risers. You will never hear of a successful person who has slept the whole day (unless in the case of unavoidable circumstances!). Most successful people believe that if they wake early, they will be able to finish more work in a shorter period of time. Sleeping by 11 pm and waking up at 7 am will also help in resetting your body clock to ensure you have adequate rest so that your mind and body are fresh to achieve your goals!



Almost all successful people are sticklers for timing and priorities. Prioritizing what is important and needs immediate attention, ensures that all urgent tasks are completed well within deadlines. Simultaneously, this works on your personal employee branding at work. While you do this, don’t forget to prioritize your personal life too. Former President Barack Obama also made time to have dinner with his family as often as possible.


Exercise regularly

All career guidance counselors will emphasize the importance of having an exercise routine to combat stress. Whether it’s running, jogging, or swimming, exercise helps in getting your blood pumping and keeping your body fit. Regular exercise keeps the mind alert and you can also take this time to analyze all the things that need attention. Get career counseling for experienced professionals to review your work schedules and find the right slot to exercise.


Communicate clearly

Successful people never beat about  the bush. They are clear and precise communicators. Start improving your personal and professional communication by enrolling in a course or a few sessions with a career guidance counselor. As you make the gradual shift from informal to formal modes of communication, your style of writing

and speaking will improve. Using appropriate body language and tonal modulations also help in improving your personal employee branding to push you further up your success chart!


Plan your week

Be methodical in planning your week ahead. Having a set plan will enable you to make time for all the tasks that require attention (including personal commitments). Successful people know the importance of daily goals to keep their motivation levels high.


Learn from mistakes

Successful people learn from their mistakes. You can never be successful without first making and learning from mistakes. Instead of feeling demotivated by failures, learn from them and adapt best practices to build your employee branding. Visit career counseling for experienced professionals to get the right direction from a career guidance counselor to benefit from your mistakes and achieve your career goals set out for the future.


Always have multiple incomes

If you are employed, do not depend only upon the salary as the source of income. Always have multiple sources of income to build you wealth and assets over time. Ideally, having at least three sources of income can help in wealth maximization. Investing in gold schemes and real estate are also options that can be looked upon favorably. Talk with experts to explore multiple streams to expand your annual income exponentially.


Actively pursue your goals

Just because your goals might take a little longer than what you initially thought, don’t give up on them. Successful people work towards their goals actively and review and re-assess them whenever needed. Make room for marginally adjusting time and money while planning your goals. While you’re doing this, be sure to factor in your personal goals as well. Being goal oriented also works wonders as focus increases while you achieve your milestones.


Make time for hobbies

If you read about successful people, you will realize that they routinely make time to pursue their hobbies. Having a hobby is a great way to de-stress and achieve childhood dreams. Hobbies could be as simple as painting, ballroom dancing, or learning a new musical instrument. Learning a hobby is a great way to reinvent yourself and find something you are passionate about. It is also a wonderful form of self-meditation.

Success is a path that should be achieved with hard work, passion, and commitment. Learn as you grow and adapt to changing environments. Be flexible about readjusting your goals. Treat every obstacle as a challenge and you are sure to succeed in life!

by Talentese Team 07/11/2017

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Help! I Need to Learn New Things and I Don’t Know Where to Start…

Help! I Need to Learn New Things and I Don’t Know Where to Start…

by Karin Singh 03/11/2017

No matter how rich or poor you are, remember that everyone has the same amount of time (24 hours a day) at their disposal to enhance their career (and life). The art consists in making the most effective use of this scarce resource, called ‘time’. Jeb Corliss said once ‘My time on this world is limited, but the things I can do with that time are not.

Let’s also not ignore the fact, that we are living in times in which we are bombarded with so much information, that it is often difficult to focus on the relevant things. If you believe in the power of employee branding, it is important to find your own ways to develop your career further.

Since everyone has a different approach to learning, you need to know what your preferred learning style is. Are you a visual learner who likes to see to understand, for example by watching videos? Or an auditory learner who prefers audiobooks or lectures? Are you a tactile learner who enjoys hands-on experiences and believes that doing work while learning is the best approach? Find out what for you personally is the most effective way to learn a new skill and then take action.

Now let’s imagine the following scenario:

YOU are a Content Writer and you want to apply for a new job as a Content Manager. You realise that your strength is in creating high-quality content, but for this position there are many other skills that the company is looking for. For example, having also some understanding of HTML and CSS (programming languages), design skills (for image management purposes) and social media marketing (being familiar also with the youngest social media platforms Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope).

You realise that there is a skills gap that needs to be closed to land that job as a Content Manager. You are also fully aware that you would not have enough time to learn all these new skills for taking up that job soon. You decide to invest some time in learning these skills because you want to improve your employee branding and apply for similar jobs in the future.  

As a career guidance counselor, I would give you some advice on how to learn those skills in the most effective and quickest possible way. As you know, there are lots of resources available nowadays in which you can acquire these skills. Some resources are for free, while for other resources you need to pay. In a session of career counselling for experienced professionals these are the options that I would suggest in this specific case:


Books. If you are on a small budget, consider first checking out the books that you can find in your local library. However, in the process you might realise that owning those books and thus, having them as a reference at all time would in the long term be beneficial. 


Training courses. Find out what local in-house training options several educational institutions offer in your area. If you find it more motivational or useful to learn these skills in a group environment in a class setting, then choose this route. It gives you the opportunity to get your questions answered. 


Online resources. There are lots of online resources that you can take advantage of, don’t miss out on them. For example:

YouTube – there is a wide variety of free online video tutorials on how to acquire those technical skills (programming and design) and marketing skills (social media).

Quora – this is the Q&A platform that allows you to post specific questions and get advice from others for free. If you find a past question that relates to your same topic/problem, even better. You might be lucky and come across an abundance of useful answers from others.

Udemy –  is the eLearning platform that offers several courses on your chosen topics. First, check out what courses are offered for free and then evaluate what additional value, paid courses can bring you. If you are lucky, you might come across those discounted promotions at only 10 US Dollars that occasionally are offered.

Slideshare – if you love to learn via power point presentation, then this is the right source for you to look for information. It’s free, gives you relevant information and can help you to accelerate your learning curve.

Blogs – there are lots of blogs and articles on the internet that can give you updated information about your field of interest.

Social media – Follow interesting thought leaders in those areas (social media and IT) and see what resources they recommend and talk about. 


Ask insiders. Find out how other people learnt those skills that you want to improve upon and ask them to share their experiences. Always read reviews, it gives you an idea whether it’s worthwhile choosing the same resource or not.


Whatever route you choose to improve your career, keep learning and stay updated in your specific field. Remember, if you don’t keep learning, others will do it, no matter what. Don’t make the mistake to fall behind and become a master in your field. Why not also selling your expertise by creating your own resources and then monetize from it as an additional passive income?

If you need any career counselling for experienced professionals, don’t wait any longer and get in touch with one of Talentese’s career guidance counsellors. They will help you to make the necessary chances to optimize your career.

Karin Schroeck-Singh’s passion lies in creating, translating and promoting content of high-quality in multiple languages (English, German, Italian). She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the author of several ebooks. She gained more that 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Helping businesses to optimise their online presence is her priority, no client tr project is too big or too small for her.

Stop worrying. Start outsourcing! www.hirekarin.com

Karin Schroeck-Singh


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