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, CareerBuilder.com 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 CareerBuilder.com. She's an expert in job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

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