Monday, December 22, 2008

Japan Market update as of December 22, 2008

We expect Japan’s economic growth to remain below the potential growth rate of the

economy in coming quarters, following a prospective decline in the second quarter.


Surging energy prices and the slowdown in major trading partners’ economies will likely

cap economic activity. However, a recession appears unlikely given accommodative

financial conditions and slower but continued growth in exports.


Most key demand components probably will be soft in coming quarters. Export growth

is likely to pull back as the economic slowdown spreads from the United States to other

regions including emerging Asia. But exports to commodity producers could provide

some offset. Business investment will likely also remain tepid as corporate profits suffer

from elevated energy prices and the global slowdown. Higher energy and food prices

will also likely hit private consumption by siphoning off consumers’ purchasing power.

Residential investment also should slow this quarter as recent declines in housing

affordability in the wake of higher real property prices cap housing demand.


Core inflation (excluding fresh food) will likely exceed the 2% mark this summer,

driven by higher energy and manufactured food prices. However, renewed weakness in

consumer spending would exert disinflationary pressures on items away from food and

energy. Thus, we expect that underlying inflation will probably remain low in 2008 and

2009. Core inflation will probably edge down to around 1% again in late 2009, as

positive contributions from manufactured food and energy taper off.


We expect the Bank of Japan (BoJ) to leave policy rates unchanged at 0.5% through

2009. The BoJ is monitoring growth risks stemming from rising oil prices closely.Japan 

Unlike the ECB and the Fed, the BoJ has not shifted its focus to upside inflation risks.

We expect ten-year JGB yields to edge down gradually, as economic growth remains

below trend and market expectations for a BoJ rate hike recedes further.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Japan market outlook 

We expect Japanese GDP to continue to contract until midyear 2009, before returning to a below-trend growth track in the second half of the year. Sluggish exports and the resulting drop in corporate profits will likely continue to check overall economic activity in coming quarters. We expect core inflation to moderate rapidly and turn negative again in the middle of 2009, thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices and widening economic slack. Against this backdrop, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) will probably cut policy rates again to 0.1% by the first quarter of 2009. There should also be the moderate potential for further declines in ten-year JGB yields amid sluggish economic activity and further rate cuts by the major central banks


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Update on the hottest positions

The Hottest Open Positions as of 11/25/2008 

Greetings from Advance!

Despite the recent announcement that Japan is now officially in a recession, we are still quite active in recruiting good people for our clients.  A-Players are open to opportunities now more than ever which means candidates need to be flexible and better prepared for interviews in order to compete.  This means responding quickly, fully reading the job descriptions in detail, gathering detailed information about the company, making a resume that is logical, precise and less than 3 pages plus getting in the right frame of mind and attitude.    We are here to help with you with every step of the process. 

Here is a sampling of the current positions we are working on:

1. Regional APAC Sales Director - Cutting edge technology company seeking a qualified executive who can jump start Japan operations from scratch. Salary package: 15 million yen annual max. 

2. HR Manager - Consumer goods company. Native Japanese speaker with high level business English ability. Must have at least 10 years of solid HR experience (training, recruiting and C&B) Salary: 15 million yen annual - 

3. HR Manager - IT company. Native Japanese speaker with a higher than 700 TOEIC score and has 7 years of HR experience. Salary - Flexible 

4. General Affairs Manager - IT Company. Native Japanese speaker with higher than 700 TOEIC score and has at least 7 years of GA experience. Salary - Flexible. 

5. Telecommunication Service Account Manager - Needed by foreign-based carrier to sell VOIP/Data services (Enterprise). Salary 7.5 million yen annual base salary plus commission 

6. CFO/ Controller for real estate industry - must have at least 10 years of accounting/finance experience. CPA/MBA Preferred.  Candidates from the real estate industry are preferred. Salary: 15 million yen annual. 

7. Engineers/Project Managers/Pre & Post Sales - Software, web, application developers and telecommunications needed for various clients. 

8. Luxury Brand: Retail sales, shop manager, brand manager, watch repair technicians, merchandisers and marketing researchers. 

9. Executive Assistant, Executive Secretary and Admin Support are always in demand. 

Feel free to contact us with inquiries at 

Have a great week! 

Al Isago Parvez 
CEO & Representative Director 
Advance Inc. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Here is some good advice from Treasury Strategies Linkedin Group. I highly recommend to join this group. 

Treasury Strategies' LinkedIn Groups, we are sharing our view on the current liquidity market.

Treasury Strategies understands that recent market events are confusing and concerning - in our lifetimes, we've never experienced what we've seen over the past week.

With the Reserve Primary Fund "breaking the buck," Lehman Brothers declaring bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch being acquired and banks' share prices plummeting, we're all thinking, "Where is our liquidity safe?"

We urge our clients to keep calm when re-evaluating investment decisions. A micro-response to the day's headlines will not serve the best interests of your organization or the broader financial markets and could lead to further, longer-term market disruptions.

Industry expert Peter Crane of Crane Data said last week that the Reserve Fund is not an indicator of what's to come. "The combination of high yields, hot money and a lack of deep pockets likely will prove fatal to the first, and oldest money market mutual fund [Reserve Primary Fund]. ...we expect money market funds to soldier on with just a single case of a fund "breaking the buck."

The U.S. Treasury announced a temporary guaranty program for all eligible money market mutual funds - both institutional and retail - that can tap $50B to prevent any fund from "breaking the buck." The markets have already begun to stabilize with this news.

Corporate treasurers who stick with tried-and-true liquidity management best practices through the current chaos will come out on top. These include:
  • Know your investments - This includes knowing not only the funds in which you invest but also their underlying instruments. Consult your fund's prospectus, and regularly check with the fund provider for updated holdings reports.
  • Talk to your providers - Investment providers are holding daily client calls to ease their concerns and answer questions.
  • Diversify across all investment instruments, including individual funds - Reducing exposure to any single investment decreases risk.
  • Monitor counterparty risk - Ensure you establish appropriate risk parameters and leverage technology to monitor risks and limits.

We are advising clients to certainly revisit their short-term investment decisions, and to do so in an informed, methodical way that is proactive vs. reactive to market headlines.

Treasury Strategies, Inc.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

MBA Rankings as of 2008

FT MBA Rankings 
1. Wharton, U.S. 
2. London Business School, UK
3. Columbia, U.S.
4. Stanford GSB, U.S.
5. Harvard, U.S.
6. Insead, France/Singapore
7. MIT: Sloan, U.S.
8. IE Business School, Spain 
9. University of Chicago GSB, U.S.
10. University of Cambridge: Judge, UK
Source: Financial Times 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Six Sloppy Speech Habits

Six Sloppy Speech Habits
by Diane Diresta
Monster Contributing Writer

You may look good on paper or in your suit, but if you're looking to nail your big interview, looks aren't everything. How you sound is often more important. But many job seekers let careless speech habits sink their chances of landing that plum job.

Here are six common language mistakes and how to keep them from sabotaging your interview:

1. Non-words

Filler words such as "um," "ah," "you know," "OK" or "like" tell the interviewer you're not prepared and make you sound like a Valley Girl (or Boy). A better strategy is to think before you speak, taking pauses and breaths when you lose your train of thought. Everybody utters an occasional "um," but don't let it start every sentence.

2. "Up-Talk"

A singsong or rising inflection at the end of every sentence creates a tentative impression and makes it sound as though you're asking a question instead of making a definitive statement. You need to speak with conviction when selling yourself in an interview. Bring your intonation down when ending a sentence to avoid talking up.

3. Grammatical Errors

The interviewer may question your education when you use incorrect grammar or slang. Expressions such as "ain't" "she don't," "me and my friend" and "so I goes to him" aren't appropriate. Be sure you speak in complete sentences and that tenses agree. The interview is not the venue for regional expressions or informality.

4. Sloppy Speech

Slurring words together or dropping their endings impairs the clarity of your message. To avoid slurring and increase understanding, speak slowly during an interview. Make a list of commonly mispronounced words, and practice saying them into a tape recorder before the interview. Some common incorrect pronunciations include "aks" for "ask," "ath a lete" for "athlete," "wif" for "with" and "dree" for "three."

5. Speed Talking

While everybody is a bit anxious during an interview, you don't want your information to fly by like a speeding bullet. A rapid speaking rate is difficult to follow, and speed talkers are seen as nervous. Slow down your racing heart by doing some breathing exercises before the interview. To avoid rushing, listen to the question, and then count two beats in your head before answering. When you finish a sentence, count two beats again before continuing. Don't be afraid of silence. Pausing is an effective communication technique. The interviewer needs a few seconds to process what you just said anyway.

6. Weak Speak

Wimpy words modify or water down your conviction and in the end your position. When you pepper a conversation with "hopefully," "perhaps," "I feel," "kind of" and "sort of," the message you convey is a lack of confidence. Use power words such as "I'm confident that," "my track record shows," "I take the position that," "I recommend" or "my goal is." The language you use gives the listener an impression about your level of confidence and conviction.

The Bottom Line

You don't have to study elocution to speak well. Simply slow down, take time to pronounce all the syllables, and leave slang at home.

Companies want job candidates who are well-spoken and articulate, and recruiters won't represent a job candidate if they don't match the client's profile. According to Lori Zelman, vice president of human resources at Strategic Workforce Solutions in New York City, "The people most highly sought after are the ones who are succinct in the explanation of their work experience."

[Diane DiResta is the author of the public-speaking best-seller, Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message With Power, Punch, and Pizzazz, and the president of DiResta Communications Inc., a New York speech coaching and training firm.]

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tips to Beat Job Burnout

Here's an interesting article I found and want to share this with you.

Tips to Beat Job Burnout
by Shelly Field,

One of the best ways to defeat burnout is to make your job more enjoyable. "That's impossible," you say. Not necessarily. Sometimes you just have to change how you think.

No matter how boring or depressing your job may be at times, you have to find chances to laugh. Laughter breaks the tension of difficult situations. It helps cut the stress you feel and the tension you may be under. The more you laugh, the better you will deal with work, and the less burned out you'll be. Many people aren't aware that stress-related hormones are suppressed by laughter -- so you know what you have to do.

Try to become more social. Talk to people. Find activities to do with coworkers, friends and family members. Feeling connected to others is a great way to reduce stress and burnout.

Many people in my seminars tell me that by the time they get done working for the day, they are often so exhausted that they just want to go home and be left alone. I understand and often feel the same way.

However, a number of studies indicate that adults who have the fewest friendships and are least active socially are most likely to die prematurely. If that's not enough to make you want to get out and have fun, I don't know what is.

Listen to conversations in your workplace. You might notice that a good percentage of discussions are negative. Work on training yourself to see the positive in situations -- see the humor and knock out negative thoughts and conversation. Negativity just makes you feel worse.

Adding fun to your day will help decrease burnout. Here are several simple ideas you can incorporate into your workplace:

  • If you have a break room, consider filling it with toys and games. Coloring books will bring you back to your childhood. A puzzle will take your mind off things. Games are fun too. 

  • If you don't have a break room, get some little toys and games and keep them on your desk. You'll be surprised how many people stop for a moment to play with your Silly Putty, shake a snow globe or put the magnetic beard on the man. 
  • Consider putting up a bulletin board in a break room or employee lounge. Ask everyone from entry-level employees up to administrators and supervisors to bring in baby pictures. Post the pictures on the board. Everyone will enjoy looking at the photos and laughing at each other. It's fun to guess who's who. It also shows that no matter where anyone is in the hierarchy of the facility, everyone started out as someone's baby. 

  • Create a stress-free zone for when employees are feeling burned out. It doesn't have to be a big space -- even just a hallway outside a conference room. Consider putting in a hammock or a lounge chair and perhaps an inflatable palm tree and picture of the ocean. 

  • Schedule activities you enjoy in your day and week. Buy one perfect flower, and keep it in your workspace to view. Take a walk outside during a break. Take a mini visualization vacation and go where you want to go, even if it's only for five minutes. 
  • Plan a visit to the zoo, the movies, the gym, a spa or a local cafe. Go window-shopping by yourself or with a friend. What's important is having something to look forward to doing after work.

You can't control everything, but you can control what you are able to and forget the rest. You can beat burnout before it beats you. You just have to try.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

What's eating you? Avoid Workplace Anger's Corrosive Effects

July 31, 2008 
Here's an interesting article which I found recently. 

What's Eating You?
Avoid Workplace Anger's Corrosive Effects
by Cheri Swales
Monster Contributing Writer

What's Eating You?

Mad that you were passed over for a big promotion again? Livid that the bootlickers always seem to get ahead in your organization? Perhaps it's time to consider whether the anger itself, however legitimate, is holding you back. Evidence suggests many of us are walking around the office feeling resentful, though we may be unaware of the cumulative toll bitter actions take on our careers and coworkers. 

Workplace anger is not only potentially harmful to the organization, but it can also cause serious health problems, including chronic anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and heart disease. Learning to deal with your anger constructively will improve your well-being and make you a more desirable and promotable employee. 

Why Are So Many Employees Angry

I spoke with 12 employees from a variety of businesses about their anger at work. Each felt that one or more of the following caused the anger:

  • Employee was promised a raise, promotion or important project, and it did not happen. 

  • Employee was told to do something he felt was wrong or incorrect. 

  • Employee could not live up to a supervisor's expectations, because the expectations were too high or continuously changing. 

  • Supervisor was a micromanager and criticized employee frequently. 

  • Employee felt better qualified and skilled than his supervisor. 

  • Another employee doing the same job made more money.

Sometimes the anger may stem from outside sources. Many times, employees are dealing with stressful events in their own lives, and the resulting anger can carry over to the workplace. Divorce, a death in the family, financial pressure and serious illnesses can all cause an individual to become overwhelmed and irritated. Rarely are we taught to deal with loss and stressful situations, so we tend to bury those feelings, which can turn to anger or rage over time. 

Steps to Control Anger Constructively 

We all become irritated or angry every now and then. What can we do to control that anger and be more constructive? Donald Gibson of Fairfield University, who cowroteManaging Anger in the Workplace, offers the following strategies for controlling anger:

  • Avoid anger as much as possible. This doesn't mean suppress your feelings, but rather improve your outlook on yourself and life so there are fewer situations in which you would become angry. 

  • Think about your anger and determine if it really makes sense given the situation. 

  • Control your physical response to anger by doing constructive things, such as exercising, getting enough sleep and avoiding alcohol. The healthier you are, the more likely you are to respond appropriately to situations. 

  • Let go of unmanageable anger. Many situations will be out of your control, so it is important to let go of this type of anger. Ask yourself, "Can I resolve whatever it is that's causing this anger?" If you can't, then you need to let it go.

  • If you feel anger and are having a difficult time dealing with it, see if your company has an employee assistance program (EAP). EAP providers typically allow employees to see therapists in these circumstances. You don't have to live in a state of bitterness, anger or rage. If you deal effectively with your anger, you will increase your chances of being promoted at some point -- and of being an effective leader when the time comes.

When Anger Strikes

  • Take several deep breaths. 

  • Repeat a calming word or phrase in your mind, such as "relax" or "stay calm." 

  • Slowly count to 10. 

  • Ask yourself, "How would my favorite leader handle this situation?" 

  • Avoid tensing up your muscles. As soon as you can, close your eyes and consciously think to unclench your jaw and loosen your muscles. 

  • Listen to your favorite music. 

  • When you're feeling angry after you leave work, change clothes as soon as you get home. This simple gesture will help you change your state of mind.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Partnership for Progress 2008

Partnership for Progress 2008 

We just concluded an agreement with a reputable recruiting firm in Singapore to collaborate on positions in Asia. Our outreach to all corners of Asia is now complete and we're able to provide our candidates with career opportunities in the following markets:

  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore 

Feel free to inquire with us regarding positions in these countries. We will always ask for your permission before introducing your resume to our Alliance Partner. 

-Market update- 

Advance Inc has been selected to be the exclusive recruiting agent for a medical company to search for a Country Manager in India.  

Exclusive retained search for a Finance Director for a consumer goods company. 

Many positions for accountants (13 total) including a Financial Planning Manager are now available. 

We're always seeking qualified Project Managers, Pre/Post sales engineers, software developers, tech support specialists and Executive Assistants. 

General Manager, Operations Manager and Account Manager are needed for the real estate industry.

Vibrant activity in IT  with a steady stream of new positions from startups firms.  The subprime fiasco and the slowdown of the US economy has affected our recruiting activity in this sector with the exception of engineering professionals. Consumer goods sector remains relatively intact with a need for a new generation of Visual Merchandisers and Brand Managers. We just successfully placed a Cosmetics Trainer with a new order for a senior level trainer. We're focusing on our core strengths in IT, Consumer, Hospitality and Private Equity/Real Estate. 
Clients are more selective than they were 2 years ago and very stringent on the requirements. Candidates are needing more coaching on how to interview effectively in English/Japanese and to promote themselves aggressively during the Q&A. We will continue to provide this service to our candidates before the interview. My team continues to work hard and we are now planning to hire more staff in the coming months.  

Feel free to inquire for details. 
Thank you and have a great week! 

Al Isago Parvez
CEO & Representative Director 
Advance inc. 

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

An analyst's report

The recent run-up in oil prices has increased the downside risk to growth and an upside risk to inflation. However, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has shown its intention to pay more attention to growth concerns than to inflation risks. A further rise in oil prices could have a serious negative impact on corporate profits. 

How business investment plans will evolve in this context will be an important key to the BoJ’s assessment of the economy. We expect the BoJ to maintain the status quo in policy rates at least over the next year. 

Anemic growth in the United States and the spillover to the rest of the globe, along with a downside risk to the domestic economy emanating from higher oil prices, will likely continue to dissuade the BoJ from hiking rates.

Citigroup - KM

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Top 10 interview mistakes

Here is an interesting article I found on Career Builder.  "The Horror".  Al

Hiring managers don't want to hear a lot of things during an interview -- confessions of a violent past, a cell phone ring, a toilet flush. Yet job seekers have committed these interview gaffes and worse, according to's annual survey of the worst interview mistakes.

Hiring managers say don't offer personal details that can be controversial during an interview.

Odd behavior isn't the only way to ruin your chances of landing a job.

When hiring managers were asked to name the most common and damaging interview mistakes a candidate can make, 51 percent listed dressing inappropriately.

Forty-nine percent cited badmouthing a former boss as the worst offense, while 48 percent said appearing disinterested.

Arrogance (44 percent), insufficient answers (30 percent) and not asking good questions (29 percent) were also top answers.

To ensure your interview is smooth and error-free, follow these five tips.

• Do some research: When you walk into a job interview, knowledge of the company's history, goals and current activity proves to the interviewer that you are not only prepared for the interview, but also that you want to be a part of the organization.

• Don't lie: If the conversation drifts to a topic you're not knowledgeable about, admit you don't know the answer and then explain how you would go about finding a solution. Displaying your problem-solving skills is better than babbling about something you don't understand.

• Keep it professional: Although interviewers often try to create a comfortable setting to ease the job seeker's nerves, business decorum shouldn't disappear. Avoid offering personal details that can be controversial or have no relevance to the position, such as political and religious beliefs or stories about a recent break-up.

• Know what to expect: Expect to hear staple interview questions: "What's your biggest weakness?" "Why do you want to work here?" "Tell me about yourself." "Why did you leave your last job?" These open-ended questions are harder to answer than they sound, so think about your responses before the interview.

• Put on a happy face: The interview is not the time to air your grievances about being wronged by a past boss. How you speak about a previous employer gives the hiring manager an idea of how you'll speak about him or her once you've moved on.

Unfortunately, many job seekers are not only ignoring these tips, they're making mistakes that leave unforgettable impressions for all the wrong reasons. Here are 10 real-life examples from this year's survey:

• Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation.

• Applicant told the interviewer he wouldn't be able to stay with the job long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died - and his uncle wasn't "looking too good."

• The job seeker asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.

• The applicant smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.

• Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last boss.

• When the applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined saying he didn't want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.

• An applicant said she was a "people person" not a "numbers person" -- in her interview for an accounting position.

• During a phone interview the candidate flushed the toilet while talking to hiring manager.
• The applicant took out a hair brush and brushed her hair

Monday, April 28, 2008

Update on current job openings!

Greetings from Advance Inc!

It's been a while since I last updated my blog as it's been extremely busy. With our move to a larger office and the steady flow of new positions and new clients, it's been hectic. 

Here are just a sampling of our current openings:

Management Consulting Firm
Location: Tokyo

A leading management consulting firm is needing to hire specialists from 
the financial services, IT and the consulting industry. Positions range from
HR administrator to experienced management consultants. Please inquire
for details and job descriptions.

Security Solutions Company
Location: Tokyo
Seeking to hire software account managers with at least 3-5 years experience in software / security solutions sales.

Channel Sales Manager
Location; Tokyo
One of our top clients is seeking an experienced and qualified Channel Sales Manager. Must have at least 8 years of experience in software sales in the security manager.

Regional Marketing Manager
Location: Tokyo

The same client is seeking a qualified person to assume the role of a Regional Marketing 

Financial Analysts, Accountants, Senior Accountants and Controllers are very in demand in all sectors. There is a great need for such professionals who are experienced with J-SOX knowledge and USGAAP / JGAAP.  

Hotel General Manager sought by notable Hotel client. Must be able to relocate to outside of the Tokyo metro area and ready to take charge of a large hotel complex. Must have at least 10-15 years of experience with high level fluency in English.

Executive Secretaries needed by foreign-based clients. Must have 3-5 years of secretarial / administrative support experience.  Japanese language native fluency required with high level English fluency.

Advance Inc is seeking to hire an Executive Recruiter for its Tokyo operations so feel free to send your CV to apply.

We wish everyone a happy Golden Week and looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Al Isago Parvez
Advance Inc.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Advance update

Greetings from the Advance Team!

This is to inform you of our new location at the AIOS Meguro Ekimae Bldg. From March 20th, we will be in our new office and fully operational by March 21st.  This office is much larger than our previous one, allowing us to accomodate more staff and to better serve our clients and candidates.

Our new address:

Advance Inc.
AIOS Meguro-Ekimae Bldg 8F Room# 805
2-15-19 Kami-Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
141-0021 Japan
Tel# +81(0)3-5795-0866

Current open positions at our clients:

Country Manager -2 positions - IT industry.

Accounting/Finance postions:
  • Assistant Finance Controller - Entertainment industry
  • Senior Accountant- Real Estate / Private Equity
  • Accountant- Real Estate/Finance/Private Equity
  • Executive Assistant to the GM-Real Estate
IT positions:
  • Systems Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Pre-sales/Post-sales engineer
  • Protocol Engineer
  • Lotus Notes/Domino Engineer
  • Tech support
  • Programmers
  • Help Desk
Luxury Brand

  • Brand Manager -Watch
  • Retail Manager -Fashion
  • Sales/Marketing Admin-Fashion


  • F&B Manager
  • Restaurant Team Leader
  • Management Trainee
  • Assistant Manager -office services.
There are many other open positions which we are recruiting for so feel free to inquire with us at anytime.

More updates will be forthcoming next week.

Have a great day!

Al Isago Parvez
CEO & Representative Director
Advance inc.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Happy New Year from the Advance Team!

Happy New Year and best wishes from all of us to you for a great 2008!

2007 was a year of transition for us in creating our new brand name and vision. Now that our transition is behind us, we are ready to expand our presence and outreach into new markets. In 2007, we have developed channels and access to 14 cities in the US, 2 in China, 1 in the Middle East and several markets in Europe.

We remain committed in maintaining our high level of service to our clients and candidates and strive to be your preferred recruiter. The 2008 recruiting year is now in full swing despite the forecasted " impending doom" and downturn of the global markets. Currently, we are working on key Country Manager postions as well as venturing back to our roots in the semiconductor and telecom industries. Luxury brand/consumer goods and medical device are still active along with online media and hospitality.

Despite bearish vibes from the analysts, we are confident that the current rate of hiring will continue in Japan and Asia at least till the end of next quarter, 2008. We welcome your contact and feel free to send us your updated resume. All inquiries will be held strictly confidential.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Al Isago Parvez
CEO and Representative Director
Advance Inc.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Here's an interesting article I read on career builder.

10 Ways to Get Your Résumé Ignored

By Kate Lorenz, Editor

Writing a résumé isn't exactly a speedy process. First there's the brainstorming. Then, you have to write -- and rewrite, and rewrite -- your educational and work histories until your résumé perfectly boasts your background. Plus, there's all that proofreading.

Even though your résumé took you hours to write, hiring managers will typically spend less than one minute reviewing it. If your résumé has any glaring errors, however, employers will waste no time deleting it. To ensure your résumé gets proper attention, avoid these 10 all-too-common blunders:

1. Not bothering with a cover letter. Cover letters are so important to the application process that many hiring managers automatically reject résumés that arrive without them. Make the most of your cover letter by expanding on a few of your qualifications, explaining any gaps in employment or providing other information that will entice the employer to read your résumé.

2. Giving your résumé format a little "flair." Unusual fonts or fluorescent pink paper will certainly make your résumé stand out -- in a bad way. Keep your résumé looking professional by sticking with standard white or cream-colored paper, black type and a common font like Arial or Times New Roman.

3. Going long. Your high school job scooping ice cream probably isn't relevant to your career anymore, so there is no reason to include it on your résumé. Your résumé should be no more than two pages -- and no more than a page for most professionals -- so only include your most recent and relevant work history.

4. Focusing on duties, not accomplishments. Instead of writing a list of job duties on your résumé, demonstrate how each duty contributed to your company's bottom line. For example, anyone can plan the company fund-raiser, but if you note that your fund-raiser brought in 50 percent more money than the previous year's event, the hiring manager will be more impressed.

5. Having a selfish objective. Employers are trying to determine whether you're a good fit for their organizations, so everything on your résumé should point to your experience. A summary of qualifications that conveniently displays your accomplishment and background is far more effective than a generic objective statement ("To gain experience in...").

6. Being too generic. Always customize your résumé and cover letter for each job and employer to which you apply. This way, you can tailor your materials to show how you will be a perfect fit for the position.

7. Guesstimating your dates and titles. With the proliferation of background checks, any "upgrades" you give your titles or stretching of employment dates to cover gaps will likely get caught -- and you will be eliminated from consideration.

8. Tell everyone why you left. Never put anything negative on your résumé. If you left the position due to a layoff or you were fired, bring it up only if asked.

9. Include lots of personal information. It's fine if you enjoy fly fishing on Sunday afternoons, but unless your hobby relates to your career, it doesn't belong on your résumé. The same goes for your height, weight, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or any other facts that could potentially be used against you.

10. Assume spell-check is good enough. Spell-checkers can pick up many typos -- but they won't catch everything (manger vs. manager, for example). Always proofread your résumé several times, and ask a friend to give it a final once-over.

Kate Lorenz is the article and advice editor for She's an expert in job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

Last Updated: Monday, January 07, 2008 - 11:02 AM