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WHY IS UPSKILLING THE NEED OF THE HOUR?

Why is Upskilling the need of the Hour

Who would have foreseen the COVID-19 pandemic? It has impacted the global economy and the job market, and organizations had to change the way they work. 

A grim reality that we have had to come to terms with is whatever happens next to the global economy and job market is out of our hands. We’ve already seen the major changes that this Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon the economic landscape and, with them, the demand for new methods to call up your existing talent base.

Probably one of the most striking impacts of the pandemic has been the number of furloughed employees and high unemployment rates. The future is still unknown. The best one can do is start anticipating what may come, and start planning the next move. Now is the best time to upskill.

Upskilling is about learning additional skills that enable one to become better at a job they already know or perform. It also contradicts the need to replace you with someone new to manage any of your skill gaps as, through upskilling, you’ll be able to manage current and future changes in your job. When you have the skills to move forward in your work, you won’t have to join the unemployment line.

And as we all know at this stage, many organizations have been forced to change their way of working because of the demands that COVID-19 has laid on them. For few, this has meant having to learn new technologies after being forced to work from home. Through upskilling, challenges like these can be met, which is good news.

As technology becomes more prevalent in the workplace, focussing on your soft skills has never been more important. Technology alone cannot make a business reach heights. People who overlook upskilling interpersonal skills will often find themselves bested by their competitors.

The need for upskilling is nothing new. Whenever new technologies and market opportunities arise, there is a need for learning new ways of working to stay competitive. However, it can be said that the necessity for upskilling is more significant now than ever. 

In uncertain times like this, job security is under question for most. This is why upskilling is important. With upskilling, you will have added job security, and less need to worry about skill gaps. By upskilling yourselves with collaborative learning opportunities, easily accessible e-learning platforms, you’ll be able to achieve your goals.

 

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E-RECRUITMENT AND ITS PERKS

E-Recruitment and its Perks

What is E-Recruitment?

            E-recruitment, also called online recruitment refers to using web-based software, resources, and other technologies to track down, attract, interview, and hire new candidates for vacant job positions.

            E-Recruitment covers the entire process of finding the potential candidates, analyzing, interviewing, and hiring them, based on the job requirement. Because of this, the recruitment is carried out more effectively and efficiently.

 

Perks of E-Recruitment

  • Time-Saving
    It doesn’t matter where you are, you can post job openings anytime on the Internet. In other words, you don’t have to worry about the paperwork and entering data manually. As a result, this not only saves the time of HR managers but also by fetching data from the internet, this speeds up the processing of applications.

  • Improves the employer brand
    Highlighting your corporate culture, strategy, values, etc on your company’s website will help you attract candidates who are not only interested in the job but also charmed to join the collective experience offered by your organization. Because the candidates evaluate your firm based on the information found on the web. So it is important to maintain a good brand on various social media platforms.

  • Cost-efficient
       
    Expenses on the traditional way of recruitment are usually high as it includes advertising, travel allowances, third-party recruiter expenses, etc. Altogether, the hiring process usually consumes too much time and its expenses could be reduced by using various software which helps you to post free job vacancies on multiple social media platforms just with one click.

  • Broader scope for Candidates
    By posting job openings on social networks, and job sites you will be able to attract as many candidates as possible. With the help of recruitment software, recruiters can reach both local and overseas candidates. 

  • Filtration tools
    Recruitment software has filtration tools that help recruiters to search for the perfect candidates with skills that match their job position. Thus, the process of grouping the candidates based on their education, experience, competencies, and other requirements is accelerated by the filtration tools provided by E-recruitment software. With E-recruitment, everything is focused on helping the recruiters to follow-up applications in time.

 

            Hence while developing your recruitment strategies it’s important to take e-recruitment under consideration to reach potential candidates. Educate yourself about the various tools, strategies of recruitment with Upskill Learn. 
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Role of Social Media in Recruitment

Role of Social Media in Recruitment

The traditional methods of posting out a job vacancy and waiting for folks to come to you are a thing of the past in most companies. The advancement of the internet, and especially the rapidly-growing popularity of social media, has remodeled the way employers and job seekers interact and the way the recruitment process works in recent times. What used to be just filling an open role has evolved into a whole data-driven, professional networking and strategic line of work that makes real changes in a business.

Despite being in a market where there are plenty of candidates, finding high-caliber and skilled employees can be just tougher than they have been in the past. With thousands of resumes flooding the market, it often requires a profound and deep understanding of your domain, business, and more importantly, the difficulties of your vacant role, besides years of recruiting experience to track down that one employee who can truly add value to your organization.

While social media makes it easy to find candidates in one day, it takes a lot of effort and analyzing skills to locate the perfect match for your unique needs. More and more young people tend to spend time using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. They spend so much time on them that it becomes the easiest way to reach them compared to any other way. This generation is completely used to using digital platforms and computers, they are very versatile and easily adapt to new technologies and ideas and the best part is, they can work at any time of the day. 

Narrowing your search based on social media platforms can make your recruitment process a lot easier. Slipping your own promotional and job vacancy ads in-between the articles and posts they surf is the perfect way to reach out to them and gain their interest in applying for your job offer. This can work just like an advertisement but it go a step more than that, making certain that you don’t wait for the people to come to you but ask them if they want to work for you instead.

Social media networking sites are an opportunity that ought to be embraced. They are an additional tool to help recruiters and job seekers to seek out the job that suits them. Social Media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are used by hundreds of millions of people every day all over the world. Studies show that LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are the most popular social networks for recruiters. Google+, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest are some of the other solid niche recruiting choices.

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Need for a Targeted Resume

Need for a Targeted Resume

An appealing resume is one of your best self-marketing tools. Writing, however, is simply one aspect of a resume. In certain instances, you have to approach an opening in unique ways. What they find on the resume makes up their first impression of you. Only if an employer or HR recruiter likes the presentation style and content of your resume, only then they will shortlist you for an preliminary round of telephonic interview. CVs will be dumped if your resume does not match their requirements. You will not receive any call or message or email once your application or CV is rejected. For these reasons, resumes are often considered the most important part of the application process.

 

What is a targeted resume?

A targeted resume is a resume customized to a specific job opening. It is written to highlight the skills and experiences related to a particular job opening. A targeted resume makes it easy to show how your qualifications, skills and experience are a near match to a job’s needs.

 

Need for a Targeted Resume

While a single resume may manifest your skills and experience well, it will not be very  responsive for all open positions. A targeted resume reassures the recruiter that your work will benefit them and that you should be among the candidates to be considered for a closer look.

 

Customizing your resume provides you an opportunity to publicize your credentials, accomplishments, and particular features of your work history that match closely with the requirements listed in the job description. It will influence your chances of getting shortlisted for an interview in a job market where thousands of resumes and cover letters pass through the hands of the recruiters.

 

Even though building a targeted resume might be time-consuming, it is best that you invest your time and energies in tweaking your resume such that it suits certain job applications. Targeted resumes come in handy to the hiring team as they check whether you are the right fit for the advertised position. It demonstrates whether you are competent to meet all of their requirements. Recruiters will thoroughly check whether your key skills and experience match the Company’s job description.

 

It is often suggested by the recruiters and employers that the job seekers must know the importance of having a targeted resume and cover letter. If you disregard the importance of spending time to write a unique, well-targeted resumes and cover letters, you could risk the chance of being called for a job interview.

 

Though these targeted resumes prove helpful in impressing the employers, there are possibilities that they might end up confusing them if it is not organized or written properly. Team up with Futures And Careers and build a winning resume with us. 


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GUIDELINES FOR A VIDEO INTERVIEW

Guidelines For A Video Interview

Given the impact of COVID-19 and the current calls for social distancing, it’s likely your next interview could be a video interview. Make sure you’re ready to get in front of the camera by following these video interview tips.

Test your tech

  • Do a technical trial run to make sure your device is working correctly. Download any apps or plugins you’ll need.
  • Whether you’re using Skype for Business or another video platform, make sure you have a professional username, just as you would with your email address or social media handle.
  • Check that your computer’s camera, microphone, and internet connection are working.

Dress to impress:

  • For your video interview, you should dress professionally – the same way you would for an in-person interview.
  • To look best on camera, avoid bright colors and patterns and opt for softer colors instead.
  • If you are wearing a tie, wear a solid color rather than a patterned one.
  • If you wear glasses, adjust the lighting in the room to reduce glare from the lenses.

Charge it up

  • If you’re using a laptop or tablet, make sure it’s fully charged on the day of the interview.
  • Pick a spot that has strong Wi-Fi. If you’re using a tablet, find a way to keep it stationary. Otherwise, the screen may appear shaky if you’re holding the device.
  • Avoid using a smartphone for video interviews if possible.

Show up” A few minutes early

  • Be a well-prepared early bird. Log in 5 or 10 minutes early so you can be calm and centered when the video interview begins. 
  • Open up the program where your video interview will take place a few minutes early.
  • Close all extra windows and tabs. If you have a portfolio or anything similar you’d like to show via screen share during your interview, make sure that it’s ready in an easy-to-access, but minimized, window.

 Maintain good eye contact and body language

  • Maintain “eye contact” by looking directly into the camera instead of at the screen or your photo.
  • Make sure your face is centered and try not to move around.
  • Keep good posture, sitting with your back straight, feet on the ground, and arms resting in your lap or on the desk.

Pay attention to how you sound

  • While you practice, make note of how fast you speak, how you pause, and the tone and pitch of your voice, and ask the person you’re practicing with if any of these things make it harder to hear or understand you.
  • For the sake of any interviewer with a bad connection, be sure to speak clearly and at a reasonable pace, but keep it natural.
  • Since there’s less body language-based communication in a video interview, you also want the way you speak to help get across how you feel about what you’re saying.

Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer to repeat the question

  • Didn’t understand what a recruiter just asked you? It’s okay to pause and ask, “Can you please repeat that?” Or, if you’re in a live video conference, ask the interviewer to rephrase or clarify the part of the question that’s confusing you.
  • It’s better to ask than to not answer the question (or to answer the wrong question).

No Googling

  • No matter how stealthily you think you can type, it will always be noticed if you’re trying to Google something during the interview.
  • Have all the information you need already on the desk in front of you, or already open in your browser.
  • Keep any notes you might need in front of you. Don’t rely on them too much, but it can be reassuring to have some basic notes about your examples and achievements in front of you.
  • If you spend time during the interview looking at your screen (rather than into the camera) and typing, it’ll just look like you’re distracted and, perhaps, ill-prepared.

Close the video interview by sharing your appreciation

  • Just as you would with any interview, thank the interviewer for the opportunity.
  • Follow up with a post-interview thank-you notewithin 24 hours. In your note, briefly reinforce why you’re interested in the job and why you’d be a great match for the role and company.

 

Video interviews are like any other part of the application process. Some people are naturally better or worse at them, but those differences can be easily overcome with practice. With the usual combination of research and diligent practice, you’ll give yourself the best chance possible.

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Common Phone Interview Mistakes

Common Phone Interview Mistakes

Telephone interviews are turning out to be the prominent method of screening candidates before final selection, particularly where time and distance are issues.

 When confronted with the possibility of being interviewed for a job through phone, it is important that you get it right the first time.

Here are some common slip-ups candidates make during a phone interview.

  • NOT PREPARING ENOUGH
     Be certain about who might be interviewing you and how long the interview will last.Study the company and know the job inside out so that you can suit yourself.
  • BACKGROUND CONVERSATION:
    Try not to be in room with other people, don’t keep the TV on behind the scenes, and always apologize for any background interruption.
  • INTERRUPTING THE INTERVIEWER
    You are probably more enthusiastic and eager to answer the question immediately after hearing it, or rush into correcting a misconception you think the interviewer has, however interrupting them is NEVER a smart move.
  • TALKING IN PUBLIC/WHILE DRIVING
    If you get surprised by a call while out in public, politely mention that you’re not in an optimal setting for a conversation and ask whether you can reschedule or postpone until you make sure you’re going to be available to answer in ideal conditions.
  • NOT VERBALIZING
    You may be used to whirring on to your friends over the phone but make sure your responses are clear, and succinct and audible all times.
  • APPEARING UNINTERESTED
    It isn’t true that acting casual or uninterested will make the interviewer want to hire you more. They presumably get hundreds of applications for the same role, and if they feel that you don’t need the job they’ll simply offer it to another person. Likewise, don’t make it sound like it’s the end of the world if they don’t recruit you.
  • TALKING ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL LIFE.
    Unless the interviewer explicitly asks for it, giving details about your personal life isn’t a best thought. The interview is meant to determine your potential to do the job and whether or not you’re fit for the role you’re applying to, so keep it professional.
  • NOT ASKING WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
    Never hang up without knowing the next stage in the process. Ask the recruiter when you could meet in person. Furthermore don’t forget to follow up with a written thank you!

By spotting these common slip-ups and creating your strategy, you’re certain to score and win the job that’s suitable for you!

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