Didn't say didn't. Just as a general rule, enthusiasm translates into positive energy for these sorts of things, and that is what people pick up on. Not that you'd want to overdo it either, that may even be worse than the monotone.
On self-learning, if there's one group of people who know all about this sort of thing it's commercial pilots. Your average pilot's career will have several enforced career breaks (furloughs, as the the Americans call it) and in that downtime, many pilots will beg/borrow/steal some cash to get some additions to their licenses to make them more employable when the market is more favourable. So if they have a bare CPL + 350hrs, they'll do a CIR and some gratis meat bombing, coming back into the market with more hours and an instrument rating.
Regarding presentations, this is an area I think I am pretty good in. I enjoy speaking to both small or large groups, with PowerPoint or sans tools, to children or TV cameras etc
I am continually practicing my presentation skills but I never practice or rehearse the presentation I am going to give. However, I make sure I know the topic well. I think that is the key. For a speech or presentation to be fresh and interesting to the audience I think it has to be fresh to the speaker. Over rehearsal or, even worse, panicking about not forgetting anything suck the life out of public speaking. Once I realized this then I improved dramatically. It isn't about getting every one of your 20 points across but about engaging the audience and that needs to be done as naturally as possible. Of course, you will have prepared and have the background knowledge but appearing to confidently speak extemperaniously is powerful.
Edit - I know it sounds obvious but presentation skills are different to report writing skills. It doesn't have the depth and people don't have the attention or capacity to consume everything you say. Presentation is about knowing your key points, repeating them in a variety of ways and getting them to listen. Details can be dealt with in follow ups. It may be an oversimplification but unless you say a point 3 times then people don't remember.
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This might be a little off topic but having been in Dubai for the last 2 years I can see that this place is beginning to boom again (at least the last 6 months and it only seems to be moving up). There is a huge demand for western expats here and they can get good salary packages and the best part is that it is tax free so you get to keep everything yourself. American nationals do have to pay 10% tax on their earnings above 90k dollars (the UK nationals don't pay any tax to their govt and out of a population of 6 million here about 240,000 are British) I think so you might want to check up on your country's tax laws but the UAE is worth having a shot at if you are looking for a life with good money and a good work life balance.
You might want to try monstergulf to see if there is something you might be interested in if looking to work in the GCC region.
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My question for this thread:
So I'm a Uni student, and like all Uni students I'm pretty poor and need money to pay for the copious amounts of booze I'm supposed to consume (or in my case, pay Uni fees to avoid a massive HECS debt and save for a car).
But somehow I don't think my slightly more farsighted motivations compared to my peers is likely to score me employment. So what can a Uni student with no completed tertiary qualifications and roughly the same experience as the next guy do to stand out from the job seeking crowd?
depends what work you're trying to achieve, but even just in a bar or a shop the basics of punctuality, reliability, flexibility, honesty, loyalty and a willingness to learn and put in effort goes a long way to any job. but if you've made it this far without a job at all it's a gap already
Hit up some research groups in the field of your degree around the Uni, usually some data-entry work about the place. Can give you an in for doing more advanced work too.
Agree completely. Given they're responsible for me meeting some of the ****ing retards they give employment to in different places around the country, I've never quite been able to work out what exactly it is they do.
You'd think, in a lot of cases, the owner of a business would be better off sticking all the resumes they receive on a wall and throwing a dart at one, rather than leaving it up to HR.
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When I was in the Uni I got a small piece of advice from an experienced professional that has helped me in all interviews ever since:
If there's one personal trait that almost every interviewer is (consciously or unconsciously) looking for in a candidate that quality is 'maturity'. Never act childish, or sweet in interviews - act mature. Act like someone who can handle any project with utmost responsibility, someone who is willing to independently 'run the show'. Act as someone who hates being spoon-fed, someone who doesn't wait for manager's instructions to do something. Don't behave like you're having an important conversation with your father/uncle, behave like you're having an important business meeting with a stranger - if that makes sense. If you're nervous during an interview, use that nervous energy to bring focus. Nervous smiles are complete no-no in interviews.
That's a generic point about most job interviews, but extremely helpful IMO.
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For a career, you don't employ someone for the job they are interviewing for. You interview them for their capabilities to be snr management or a decision maker some day. In my limited experience, interviewing well - and I have had **** interviews - and showing talent for the next level is what gets you the job. Not necessarily a CV of irrelevant work exp that shows you can work hard. A pit pony works hard but you wouldn't want them running the business in 15 yrs.
Edit - I don't mean the pricks who say in the interview that they want the boss' job in 5 yrs. Drive and ambition are different beasts to talent and capability. Ambition is naked without talent.
Last edited by Goughy; 10-05-2013 at 07:41 AM.
Yeah, agreed. In career-type roles, nobody respects a resume builder. No mate, listing all 5 versions of Microsoft Windows you've used doesn't make you 'a bit of an IT geek'.
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