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Don’t get panic relax!
Just now you have completed your education & thinking to start your career.
It is time to get organized, get focused and get busy.
Recent survey reveals lack of professionalism and appropriate etiquette will cause a number of opportunities to lose.

Job Searching Phases

1: Get some career advice
2: Get some professional training Ex: Software Testing, Web Designing (Depends on your interest &   education background)
3: Study soft skills or get training on soft skills (Finishing School)
4: Prepare your CV
5: Apply for jobs
6: Attend Interviews
*So you got a job, Excellent!

1: Get some career advice

If you are not sure what are the career options available seek career guidance from an experienced career advisor.
Search for career options available in your technical area. Check out the salary offered for different jobs
Don’t think like "One of my senior/friend has done Java course & got a job, so let me take Java training & find a job"
Never do this kind of mistakes, your friend might have good Java skills & he has very good programming/coding skills, & his skills attracted an excellent job for him. Before you take any training think if you are really interested in that training. We have seen many people doing this II!

Know your strengths & weakness; decide which job will give you happiness in your life. Don’t do a job which will not suit your life style.

Ex: A customer support job requires you to speak to customer & provide him a solution, don’t choose this job If you don’t speak more when you are with friends/family or if you don’t like talking much, 

2: Get some professional training:

Most of the companies will be looking for a specific skills like Java/Oracle/testing/SAP..Etc. So it would be good if you have attended some training.

3: Study soft skills or get training on soft skills

This is most important when you are searching for a job & even when you start your professional career life.

What are the 'soft skills' employers looking for?

Communication skills 
Making decisions
Showing commitment
Flexibility
Time management
Creativity and problem-solving skills
Being a team player
Accepting responsibility
Ability to work under pressure

Employers want to select, retain and promote Individuals who are dependable, resourceful ethical and good communicators who are willing to work.
Soft Skills help to increase employability.
Soft Skills are important for fine tuning the student's attitude to learning,motives,values.. and deal with different situations reponsibly & diligently.

Prepare Your Resume

A recent survey shows:

70 % of the job seekers fail in preparing a good CV
See our" How to write a Perfect CV”


4: Apply for jobs:

80 % of the fresh graduate job seekers don’t know how to write an email to a job advertisement

See our" How to write a perfect Email"

Some worst examples when writing an email to a job advertisement.

No Subject line
No Greetings or signatures
No Email Body (Just attaching a CV)

Worst Email Subject Lines

My CV
Sandeep CV
CV Attached
Resume
Applying for Job

5: Attend Interviews

Before Interview:

Understand the Job role & responsibilities of the job position you have applied
Go through the employer website & understand what they are in to & any recent achievements of the employer
Think about how well your experience, interests and skills fit the job and the organization.
Plan the day of the interview, especially your journey with an aim to arrive ten minutes early.
Decide what you will wear and set it out the night before.
Suits and business wear are the best option with comfortable, polished shoes.
Take a print out of at least 2 copies of your CV & any appointment letter if required.
Prepare for most commonly asked interview questions
Give yourself time to think about what unique qualities you will bring to the job position or organization.
A pen and notebook are always worth carrying with you. On the interview Day:
Arrive at least 15 Min before scheduled interview time
Greet the Interviewer: Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening
Listen carefully to questions and answer them concisely.
Highlight your strengths & job related skills in the interview.
Before you go, think about what you want the interviewer to know about you (in relation to the job) during the interviewing process
Pay attention to the way you communicate. There's evidence to suggest that non-verbal communication overpowers verbal communication
Use positive language, as Interviewers will be assessing your motivation and enthusiasm;
Ask for a feedback after the interview. 

Preparing for a telephonic Interviews

Phone interviews are quite common & used as a preliminary screen.

When preparing for the interview it's important to consider: 

Greet the interviewer Good Morning, Good Afternoon ,Good Evening
If you are using your mobile, charge it fully before the interview. 
Ensure you are enthusiastic and use positive language
Find a very quiet place for the interview, where you will not be disturbed by noise or others.
Very few people get the first job they apply for, or are interviewed for. The key thing is to learn from those experiences.
If you've been unsuccessful in an interview, don't be afraid to ask for feedback - it’s the best way to learn and you can then put what you're told into practice."

Recent research by totaljobs.com found that some 24 per cent of graduate jobseekers have been looking for work for more than 12 months - competition is fierce.

 

Be prepared for these questions.

1: Tell Me About Yourself:

This is most anticipated question from every interviewer.

The  right approach:

Most candidates find this question difficult one to answer.
In Realalty question offers an opportunity to describe yourself positively and focus the interview on your strengths.

 * Share your experience, personel qualities & areas of expertise
*  Describe how you can help employer if they hire you.
 * If you have just completed your graduation tell them about the most influential experiences you have had while in college. Give them a short synopsis of aninfluential class, your internships, students organizations.
*Impress them with your positive attitudes.

* Be careful not to overwhelm the interviewer with too much information. 
* Focus on what most interests the interviewer
* Highlight your most important achievements in your acedemic projects or in your past work experience

Example:
" I am a computer science graduate from Delhi University with 5 years experience in Software testing,Presently I am working for xyz company from last 3 years where I am involved in a protocol testing project, I have very good Dotnet & Java programming skills which will help & reduce time of testing an entrise level application .....My strengths are strong will power, confidence, hard working, quick learning"

If you are a fresh graduate:

" I am a computer science graduate from Delhi University, I have very good software testing skills both on manual & automation,I have excellent automation testing knowledge using QTP & Selenium, I have scored 90% in automation testing certification.If you hire me I am very confident that I reduce the application testing time using my java & VB scripting skills.my strenghts are hard working, quick learner, confidence"

Cover below in a short

1: Your carrer history
2: Your strenths
3: Education
4: Any achivements, awards

Should be about a two or three minutes long and briefly cover your education, your interest in the field, work history and experience.

Tell me what you know about this company.

Before attending an interview try to get as much  information about your future employer. This will help you to answer this question confidently.

2: What are your strengths?

This is your chance to shine. You're being asked to explain why you are a great employee, so don't hold back and stay do stay positive,
You could say you are a great motivator, great technical trouble shooter, or you might say you have excellent communication skills.
Remember The interviewer is looking for work-related strengths.

3:what are your achievements in your present company?

This is a time to explain your any achievements or performance, You wont expect this question if you are a fresh graduate & searching for a job.
Achievements includes if you have involved in any major activity & was sucessful by you. If you are a production support emgineer you can explain most recent major problem you have sol ved.

4:why I should hire you?

You might have covered this question in any previous question, nothing wrong in showing or explaing your strengths again.
Study the job description throughtly, and make some points of your excellent skills 

5: How much salary do you expect?

Study some average salary for your experience & skills, Have a look at the average salary for someone in your industry
Best answer: : I am looking for a salary somewhere between Rs 3.5 Lacks and 4 Lacks per year. 

Wrong Answer : How much Can I expect? ..  or any unrealistic salaries which are not in line with industry standards and best practice.

6:Do you have any questions to ask me?

"A good generic one is "how soon could I start, if I were offered the job of course."

 

Be prepared for these questions.

1: Tell Me About Yourself:

This is most anticipated question from every interviewer.

The  right approach:

Most candidates find this question difficult one to answer.
In Realalty question offers an opportunity to describe yourself positively and focus the interview on your strengths.

 * Share your experience, personel qualities & areas of expertise
*  Describe how you can help employer if they hire you.
 * If you have just completed your graduation tell them about the most influential experiences you have had while in college. Give them a short synopsis of aninfluential class, your internships, students organizations.
*Impress them with your positive attitudes.

* Be careful not to overwhelm the interviewer with too much information. 
* Focus on what most interests the interviewer
* Highlight your most important achievements in your acedemic projects or in your past work experience

Example:
" I am a computer science graduate from Delhi University with 5 years experience in Software testing,Presently I am working for xyz company from last 3 years where I am involved in a protocol testing project, I have very good Dotnet & Java programming skills which will help & reduce time of testing an entrise level application .....My strengths are strong will power, confidence, hard working, quick learning"

If you are a fresh graduate:

" I am a computer science graduate from Delhi University, I have very good software testing skills both on manual & automation,I have excellent automation testing knowledge using QTP & Selenium, I have scored 90% in automation testing certification.If you hire me I am very confident that I reduce the application testing time using my java & VB scripting skills.my strenghts are hard working, quick learner, confidence"

Cover below in a short

1: Your carrer history
2: Your strenths
3: Education
4: Any achivements, awards

Should be about a two or three minutes long and briefly cover your education, your interest in the field, work history and experience.

Tell me what you know about this company.

Before attending an interview try to get as much  information about your future employer. This will help you to answer this question confidently.

2: What are your strengths?

This is your chance to shine. You're being asked to explain why you are a great employee, so don't hold back and stay do stay positive,
You could say you are a great motivator, great technical trouble shooter, or you might say you have excellent communication skills.
Remember The interviewer is looking for work-related strengths.

3:what are your achievements in your present company?

This is a time to explain your any achievements or performance, You wont expect this question if you are a fresh graduate & searching for a job.
Achievements includes if you have involved in any major activity & was sucessful by you. If you are a production support emgineer you can explain most recent major problem you have sol ved.

4:why I should hire you?

You might have covered this question in any previous question, nothing wrong in showing or explaing your strengths again.
Study the job description throughtly, and make some points of your excellent skills 

5: How much salary do you expect?

Study some average salary for your experience & skills, Have a look at the average salary for someone in your industry
Best answer: : I am looking for a salary somewhere between Rs 3.5 Lacks and 4 Lacks per year. 

Wrong Answer : How much Can I expect? ..  or any unrealistic salaries which are not in line with industry standards and best practice.

6:Do you have any questions to ask me?

"A good generic one is "how soon could I start, if I were offered the job of course."

 

Resume writing is important for making the transition from college to the working industry.
you must focus on the practical application of your skills. Your resume often is a reflection of your self-confidence.
Writing and updating your resume forces you to take inventory of your skills, education and work history. In doing so and comparing this inventory with your professional goals.

Importance of Soft Skills:

According to a recent survey 90% of the fresh IT graduates have lack of soft skills which help them in getting  a job.

IT Graduates spend all their time on the computer, their communication is via technical networking, not people networking.

95% of the fresh IT graduates don't know how to interact with their colleagues, how to speak to each other, their body language and voice intonation is not right, 
and these skills never been taught at their college .

Furthermore, as boundaries blur in business and Indian companies hire for postings anywhere in the world, they want employees who are aware and more tolerant of other cultures.

According to a study done by Nasscom (India's national association of the IT service industry), Indian universities produce 3 million graduates, including half-a-million engineers, every year.

But most of the recruiters say many of the fresh IT graduates are "not employable".

These students have been through an education system which emphasises rote learning, they are not taught to think and speak, so the system churns out enough numbers, but not enough suitable candidates

Nayana from Bijapur says attending the finishing school has helped her become more confident: "I'm a shy kind of a girl. I never used to get up and ask a question, but today I learned that it's important for me to speak my mind."

Saba Syed, also from Bijapur, says: "As a child I learnt how to eat a chocolate, here I've learned how and where to throw the wrapper."

"Industry Ready"

Soft skills teach how to behave, how to interact and communicate with people. Communication skills are most important, and they will help me get a job."

It is not going to replace years of school and college education, but it's a quick way of correcting what's missing, like giving finishing touches to what's already there,

 

Professional Email Etiquette for Fresh Graduates & Experienced Professionals

Email Components:
Email Sender
Subject Line
Greeting Section
Mail Body 
Closing Line
Signature

Email Sender Name.
Set your email display name to show your full name
The added benefit of displaying a clear sender name is that your contact information will be properly filed by the recipient's automatic contacts sorter.

Subject Line:
Keep your subject line clear and to the point.
Include keywords in your subject line that match the content of your message; this will make it easier for the employer to sort your message and find it again later using the search feature.

Examples:

Software Testing Engineer - 5 Years’ Experience
Fresher-Software Testing Trained- Excellent Academic Record
Fresher BE 75% -Java Programmer < JOB ID, If any> 
Fresher-Web Designer-Excellent-Graphic Skills 
Application for Technical Support Position Job Code –XYZ
Network Specialist- 2 Years Exp HR Manager-MBA 8 Yrs 
Experience Windows Admin-1 Year Exp- MCSE Certified
Fresher-MCA/CCNA Certified/Network Engineer 
Technical Support-BSc- 2 Yrs Exp in Voice Support IT 
Consultant- BTech/12 Yrs Exp

Greeting Section:

<span 0,="" 128);="" line-height:1.6\\"="">Make sure your e-mail includes a courteous greeting and closing.

Some greeting Examples:
Dear Sir,
Respected Sir,
Dear Hiring Manager
Dear

E-Mail Body:

Good Opening Lines:
Examples:

With reference to your job advertisement of 8th June, I...
After having seen your advertisement in..., I would like...
I received your Email from... and would like...
Thank you for your email regarding interview schedule...
I am responding to the position advertised on the ...
Based on my skills in accounting and customer service, I am confident that I would be a great addition to your team.

Good Closing Lines:

I look forward to your reply.
I look forward to hearing from you.
If you require any further information, feel free to contact me.
Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Email  Signatures:

Some  Examples: 
Thank you
< Your Nmae > 
Email: 
Phone No: 

Best regards 
 
Email: 
Phone No: 

Thanking you 
 
Email:
 Phone No:

Sincerely 
 
Email:
Phone No: 

Yours  faithfully

Some Important Tips:

Never send a resume with a blank email message
Greet your recipient appropriately.
Treat the body of the message like a cover letter

List of Job searching websites:

Most Popular:

www.monsterindia.com
www.naukri.com
www.shine.com
www.timesjobs.com
www.indeed.co.in
www.clickjobs.com
www.jobstreet.com
www.chetanasforum.com
www.careerbuilder.com
www.placementindia.com
www.careersma.com

Others:

www.fresherworld.com
www.indiajobsite.com
www.careerkhazana.com
www.careerage.com
www.justitjobs.com

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The reason for email etiquette is to be considerate and knowing good etiquette can help you do that.

Email makes first impressions in the same way that letters and personal appearances do.

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