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AKCAREERHACKS3 : Discover your strengths to FASCINATE

We often get stumped by the first question that an interviewer asks us - Tell me more about yourself. While most people give conventional, run-of-the-mill answers, how do you provide a compelling message that stands out from the rest. After all, isn't that all about first impressions? 

Fret not. Branding expert Sally Hogshead has come up with a state-of-the-art personal branding profiling tool that will help you uncover the very words that describes your core strengths. All you have to do is hop on down to howtofascinate.com/you. 

 

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#AKCAREERHACKS2 : Match your Resume with the words in the Job Description

Ever suffered the pain of not getting the coveted interview even though you put in heart and soul to come up with the perfect resume and cover letter? Every wondered why this is so? More often than not it is because each organisation has in place an APPLICATION TRACKING SYSTEM (ATS) that tracks compatibility of the words you use in your documents with the JOB DESCRIPTIONS of the JOB AD. 

Fret not, all you have to do is learn to optimise the words you use in your resume and cover letter to align with the JOB DESCRIPTION. To check how optimal it is all you have to do is head down to JOBSCAN.COM and let the website do the counting for you.

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#AKCAREERHACKS1 : Impress and Interviewer with a Story

Don't just state the facts, insert some humor or deliver an anecdote.  You'll keep the interviewer engaged while showing that you could always relate to others easily, a sure-tick for any board of employers. 

"People always remember stories you tell them," says resume expert Rick Gillis. "Obviously, the first tenet is to be honest – do not ever make up a story or an anecdote – but if you can wrap a humorous tale around an example of how you tackled a business problem, solved it and came away with new knowledge and experience, you'll definitely make a great impression," he says.

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