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Green Initiative

 

Although we are a small business however, environment friendly actions don't have to be large to have an impact. Consistently reducing the amount of energy, water, and paper our businesses use can make a huge difference, both to the environment and to our pocketbooks.

We promote environment friendly practices in our organisation and some of the things we encourage are

 

1. Printing Less Stuff = Using Less Paper

2. Encouraging communications by email

3. Producing double-sided documents

4. Turning off equipment when not in use

 
Candidate Helpline

We help job seekers to become better candidates in the interviews. We have taken an initiative of helping the needy candidates and preparing them for the interviews by sharing few important tips. Such as

Preparing An Effective Resume
  • An excellent resume can mean the difference between ending up in a company’s “no” file or being selected for an interview Work with your recruiter to set up either a specific time or “window of time” for the call. This will allow you to be fully prepared and commence the interview with a positive mental attitude.
  • Make sure your phone (especially if you are on an extension) is audible and in good working order. Avoid portable or cellular phones
  • If you own an answering machine or voicemail service, make sure your recording is both courteous and proffesional.
  • Make sure family members know how to answer the phone and take messages in your absence. Keep several “WHILE-YOU-WERE-OUT” pads by the phone as aids, and reinforce how important their cooperation is to your search success
  • Stand! You will be more energetic. Remember the tone of your voice is amplified three times over the phone. So be aware of any potential distractions, e.g. radio, television, background conversation, etc.
  • If you have a “call-waiting” feature on your phone, do not interrupt your conversation to answer a call. Should a call come through and there is a distinctive break in the conversation, either ignore it, or make light of the situation.
  • If you have a bad connection and/or have difficulty hearing the other party, have the person call back, adjust the phone or ask them to speak louder
  • Be fully prepared with your notes with regards to: the company, the position, yourself and resume. You then are able to come across as an organized and articulate interviewee.
Again, do not take this step in the interview process lightly. This is a great opportunity to sell yourself and to find out more about the position. Last,but certainly not least, the phone interview is the opportune time to set up your face-to-face meeting. Don't be afraid to ask for the appointment!

Have your calendar at hand so you may suggest dates that would be convenient to interview .

1.Arrive 15 minutes early to the interview
Fill out any applications or forms neatly and completely.

2.Bring at least 2 extra resumes.
In case the interviewer misplaces yours or you meet additional people.

3.Do not answer questions with a simple “Yes” or “No”.
Sell yourself and your attitude by using examples. However, be sure to answer all questions to the point and do not ramble on.

4.Do not concern yourself with salary, or bonuses on the initial interview.

5.If you have no experience in a certain area, explain a time in the past where you also had no experience with something (a specific software, account or industry) and how your supervisor empowered you. You may then detail the positive result that ensued

6.Stay positive! 
Do not make derogatory remarks about previous or present employers. If you are forced to discuss a negative situation always “flip it” by stating what you learned or why you are better because of it

7.Share stories & anecdotes that relate to the client’s hot buttons
“that reminds me of a time…” Stress what you have made, saved or achieved for previous employers that would not have occurred without your efforts

8.Be flexible and take cues from the interviewer
Not all interviewers have the best experience interviewing and may not ask you the question you have been poised to answer. Make a list of characteristics, experiences and abilities that you would like to get across during your interview to help lead the discussion

9.Tell your potential employer what you are going to do for them.
Not what they can do for you

10.Build a relationship.
Remember the goal is to hopefully be working with the interviewer(s) in two weeks.

11.Do not underestimate the power of the receptionist.
They may comment on you when you leave. Be nice to them and (if they are not too busy) warm-up your vocal chords with a pleasant conversation

12.Stay focused on the position you are interviewing for.
Do not concentrate on long-term growth, promotions, etc.

13.Always represent yourself honestly.

14.Act like you already have the position
The interview is simply a matter of explaining the details.

15.Answer questions with excitement and enthusiasm

Most importantly, have fun!

The resume is your opportunity to highlight your qualifications and make a positive first impression. Job seekers that carefully proofread their resumes, have an increased advantage because they have taken the writing process seriously

Additional tips to keep in mind when preparing an effective resume:

Consider the Format.
A chronological resume is recommended. In this format, you begin with your most recent job followed by additional work experience in reverse chronological order. List your education at the end of the resume. Research has shown employers prefer this format to the functional style that’s organized by knowledge and expertise.

Highlight your Achievements.
Describe your significant contributions at each job and if relevant, how they impacted the bottom line. Devote an extra place to skills and experience that relate to the position for which you’re applying.

Emphasize your Certification.
Be sure to mention any designations that you have earned, as well as involvement with professional associations. These demonstrate dedication to your career

Summarize your Technology Expertise.
Companies seek candidates with top-notch computer skills, so be sure to note your experience with specific hardware, software and databases.

Make it Internet & Scanner Friendly.
Use ASCII (Plain Text) format to ensure the recipient can read your e-mailed resume. Also avoid graphical flourishes which may not be translated by some resume-scanning software

Be accurate and truthful.
Never misrepresent any aspect of your work history or experience

Phone interviews are frequently a first step in the interview process. In these times of Corporate frugality and ever changing plane fares, companies often opt for an initial phone interview for screening of potential candidates. These phone conversations are, in most cases, your first contact with a company. Do not disregard the importance of this first impression.

How To Handle The Topic Of Money:

The question of compensation can be very sensitive and unnerving to reach a figure that is fair and acceptable to both the company and the individual. Some points to remember:

Resignation And Counter Offers
While resigning from your current position can be emotional and sometimes stressful, there are several things you can do to make the process go smoothly and quickly.

Providing your boss with a resignation letter is the most effective way to handle an uncomfortable situation. Put it in writing for these reasons:

1.It’s formal and will become a part of your permanent record – protecting you.

2.It helps focus on the positive aspects of your career move rather than negative aspects.

3.It relieves the pressure of having to speak first.

The sooner you can leave the better. Give fair notice but ask to be relieved as soon as possible. Remember, you’re in an awkward position; the company can get by without you and you owe your energies and loyalty to yourself and to your new opportunity.

Don’t talk about counter offers – it is the single worst thing you can do during the resignation process.

 
Reasons Not to Accept A Counter Offer

What type of company do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you are worth? Some things to consider:

  • Where is the money for the counter offer coming from? Is your next raise early?
  • All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines that must be followed and therefore these promises may not come to fruition.
  • Your company may immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price. In many cases you could be training your replacement.
  • You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day forward your loyalty will be in question.
  • When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who was not. Why would they promote someone who will simply leave when the next highest bidder calls?
  • When times get rough, your employer will begin the cutback with you.
  • The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future even if you accept a counter offer. Things about your position and company rarely change.
  • Statistics show that if you accept a counter offer, the probability of you voluntarily leaving in six months or being let go within one year is extremely high. 80% of people who accept counter-offers do not continue employment after 6 months; 90% are gone within 12 months.
  • Once the word gets out, the relationship that you once enjoyed with your co-workers will never be the same. You may lose the personal satisfaction of peer group acceptance.
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If you're a candidate seeking a new and challenging career opportunity, or a client seeking to partner with a value adding recruitment agency, you've come to the right place!
Sometimes, navigating the job market can be tricky, no matter what the industry. It can be difficult for job seekers to find a company that fits their needs and goals, and employers can have an equally hard time finding a candidate that suits all of their requirements and qualifications. As one of the fastest growing employment agencies, “First Step” is equipped to help employees and employers alike to find the fit they’re looking for.
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