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THE IMPORTANCE OF JOB REFERENCES

THE IMPORTANCE OF JOB REFERENCES

Every curriculum vitae ends with a list of “references”. But have you ever wondered how significant this seemingly trivial portion of your portfolio could be? A major fragment of the young job-seekers consider it as an inconsequential addition, that’s just there for the record. On the contrary, a references check forms the crux of every recruitment procedure because they provide the validation of every detail on your CV.

THE REFERENCES OF THE PAST

In the beginning of times, references used to be a genuine report of the individual, thus making it an incredibly important facet of the hiring process. However, with the evolution of the employment legislation, employers of today restrict a standard reference to something that simply gives the candidate’s employment history. Conversely, a reference is not merely a written report of your employment tenure; it is a gateway to judge your personality and a compatibility check between the company’s working atmosphere and your capabilities.

HOW TO EARN A REFERRAL?

How do you get yourself referred by the head of a reputed company whom you had worked under? One customary way is get a written referral from your boss. Now, let us say that you are a graduate who has interned at a specific company. Do you think that your head during this very small tenure of yours, would take some time off his schedule to write about you? Well, some might. But a majority would merely put down your period of internship and nothing more. So, what about that successful project that you’d completed during your tenure? Who is going to speak about your potentials? TeleReference will be your floor!

HOW DO YOU VALIDATE YOUR REFERENCES?

Almost every job portal in the Internet has got a section for references. But, do they verify your potentials? Predominantly no! Such references could be put up by almost anyone since they not have any mechanism for validation. This is one of the most probable reasons for the minimal number of job invites you’d got. Top-grossing companies stand by credibility and can almost instantly pick out the one with unauthentic references. So, how would you make someone develop an interest in your candidature with absolutely no human connection; but your CV? How would you prove them that your references are credible? Again, TeleReference is your answer!

ARE REFERENCES MERELY A WRITTEN VERSION OF YOUR EMPLOYMENT HISTORY?

TeleReference is an automated reference checking platform that is trending throughout the modern workforce. The automated technology provides a registered candidate with valuable references by notifying your contacts from whom you would like to get references.  The platform provides the employer with a choice of recording their reference – on audio, video or even a written reference. The platform cross checks the details with the concerning individuals for their authenticity before being put up for public view.

Our life is adapting to the aftermath of modernization. Our work approach is in a constant phase of transition, constantly adjusting itself to the urban lifestyle. Then, why should our curriculum vitae still remain something from the past? Join the bandwagon of automation with TeleReference!

SIDE-HUSTLES THAT COULD BE TURNED INTO A CAREER

SIDE-HUSTLES THAT COULD BE TURNED INTO A CAREER

Thinking about Career is important when you are in college. Regardless of whether you are a university senior or a full-time employee, a side hustle on the go is quintessential for the youth of today. Back then, during the time of millennials, we were used to opting for traditional jobs. In fact, we were so very conservative that we hardly switched through jobs. However, with the evolution of time, our workplace has started to see a transition. Numerous freelancers are now filling up the big shoes of in-office workers. And an all the more alarming fact is that this young workforce is fresh graduates or sometimes even people who’d just started college – Let’s not forget the story of Tanmay Bakshi here. What started off as a hobby can now be translated into secure financial future for yourself by churning the best results from your side hustles.

Side-hustles are an important entity in the gig economy. These short-term contracts can easily materialize into a professional career opportunity, converting your pocket money into a full-time income – making you the boss of your financial future. Here is a list of the promising hustles that you could’ve started as a hobbyist but can have the potential to be turned into a full-time career!

DEVELOPER

A developer’s job post is conceivably the most technical endeavor that one could bank. Yet, we’re often looking at several hobbyists who’ve developed a basic Android application or even a personal blog. These are the baby steps that will lead you to the developer’s desk in the corporate world. So, you might have worked on an HTML project or even a simple android application for a college project. But, that isn’t the end of it!

Now, when you successfully set up a website or an application, post your code GitHub and make yourself prominent amongst the corporates. These mini projects of yours when documented on digital platforms can escalate into enormous monetary benefits. And to beat a permanent opportunity out of it, keep yourself updated with the programming languages.  Earn some credentials via open sources Udemy, Coursera and the like. Put this feather of credibility on your crown and reach out to the corporates on HireOwl for a lifetime opportunity in the corporate community!

TRANSLATOR

Are you wondering why anyone would need a translator? Well, then there’s lots for you to know. Let’s take a look at the IT industry. The headquarters of several corporates are based in Korea, China, USA and several other countries of the world. So, who do you think bridges the communication gap between the industrialists of these nations? Translators!

For your first steps, you could learn a language of your interest from the centers around you or just log in to DuoLingo! Complete the basics and start yourself as a freelancer for small companies. Gradually build a profile for yourself and start taking the plunge into the ocean of translation and interpretation services!

CONTENT WRITER

Who knew that someone who started out right a small column for her college magazine would grow up to right the future of a company? But, yes that is what is happening out here! You do not need a degree in literature to be a writer. Some of us just have a flair for the language.

So, before you go official, write a few drafts on every niche – from health to fashion and even to academics. Build a personal blog and link your resume to all your works. Finding the first client might seem overwhelming; but trust once you’ve impressed one, your network is sure to expand! Put yourself out on our job portal and see where we take you.

PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER

In this Instagram driven age, who wouldn’t love a good picture or a great video that shows the world a beautiful side of oneself? Well, all of us have a smartphone but that which everyone does not have is a DSLR. Odds are that even if we manage to get hold of a DSLR, all of us out here might have the knack of using it, let alone editing the picture! So, if you are handy with a cam, undoubtedly, you are going places.

Wondering where you’ll find the right start? For the novice out there, start by participating in online photo contests, gradually move onto smaller parties. And, there you are building a strong profile for our recruiters!

MARKETER

The door to door marketing? Duh, no! We are the digital natives and we’ve always got an easy way out of the hardest of situations. You might be just another university graduate who has got a great social profile or you might be someone who has got a good grasp of the digital marketing tools (you might know the selling strategy behind Amazon); then you are a marketer. A digital marketer is a promising career choice because the internet is here to stay! Sign up for our portals and help our recruiters brand their products!

WHY FREELANCING IS A GREAT ARENA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS?

WHY FREELANCING IS A GREAT ARENA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS?

Full-time in-office work opportunities are presently being superseded by short-term contracts, often known as freelance work. Many misconstrue freelancers as people who had no opportunity for a real job and thus ended up picking what was left. On the contrary, only a freelancer knows how real it feels to direct one’s own professional life; to be the owner and the financial head of oneself is no easy deal! This is probably the reason behind a third of the US workforce resorting to the “gig culture” of freelancing. Very soon, these independent professionals will win over the corporate community to become the backbone of the American workforce. Here is why you need to plunge into the gig economy of freelancing while still in college:

CHANNEL YOUR FREELANCING CREATIVITY

Each one of us has a talent. But only a few of us know how to mold that talent into something that translates to money or fame. You might be a great artist, a developer or might even someone who just speaks good English. Each of this is a talent that when put on paper or on social media profiles could help recruiters reach you. So if you know a new language – be a translator, developed a simple application – well, that’s the stepping into a developer’s shoes, wrote a small story – we’ve found a content creator, have huge social media fan base – and here is a marketer with no degree or even if you helped organize a toddlers birthday party – event organizers are high on demand; put it out for the recruiters to know you and see yourself as a financially independent sophomore who pays for his/her own education!  

A NEW CAREER OPTION

Putting yourself out as a freelancer is you taking the baby into the professional world. At a time when you’ve got less or rather no experience, except for the small projects that you’d done in college; freelancing will give you a solid start. What you’d started as a hobby might soon develop into a career that defines your passion. The beginning might not be great, but once you start building a clientele, you’ve got a world of your own!

SIDE HUSTLES FOR EXTRA INCOME

The unanimous cry of every student in the university is the lack of money. Most of you out at the university may be grumbling over all the goodies that you couldn’t buy.  But then, we are on the verge of adulthood and it is high time we stopped reaching out to our parents for money. How about earning them by yourself? Sounds like a laborious task? Not at all! We are the digital natives and there is not a moment we are out of the reach of technology. So, why don’t you use them for freelancing? Set up your business profile and put yourself across the table of the recruiters on the job portals of HireOwl!

WORK FROM HOME   

Most of us out here are merely willing to attend university because almost everything we’d want to learn is available on the internet. Given this attitude about something as basic as education, one can imagine the chances a work environment would stand. Being the first generation of digital natives, we’re great with using technology for our convenience – from the automated doors to robots; we hustle within our comforts. This is probably why freelancing seems to be an attractive pursuit for all – specifically college seniors. Study during the day, work in the evenings or even over the weekends. Everything happens at your word. What is more liberating than getting to choose your employer, the place where you’d want to work and even the pay scale you would like?

 

All you need is a stable internet connection, a phone, a laptop (or you might visit a net café) and an account on HireOwl – you are all set to connect with the greats of the industry!

HOW TO BECOME A DEVELOPER

HOW TO BECOME A DEVELOPER

The millennial successors are always in search of ingenuity. Their unfading love for building a comfortable automated lifestyle has got the development industry burgeoning into a list of “The most appealing jobs of Gen-Z”. “How do I become a developer?”  This is the unanimous question that echoes in the minds of not just the engineering sophomores but almost every other teenage techno-freak who has got a passion for computers. A developer infringes into a major chunk of the IT industry and is bound to be around in the industry for as long as we cannot get rid of technology. In fact, every technical innovation is the brainchild of a developer; from a food ordering application on your smartphone to something as massive as network security, you’ve got a tech-savvy young programming geek behind it all.

But, wait! Is programming the only way to set your foot into the arena of development? Can I not become a developer without a CS degree? Here’s the answer to all your queries.

A developer is not about one thing. It is a synergy of many entities – web development, app development, software development and much more. Contradicting the familiar fancies, you can become a developer with absolutely no CS degree! Need some inspiration? Well, you sure find truckloads from the stories of these young developers – Thomas Saurez, Tanmay Bakshi, and Amanda Southworth. These young intellects are more than enough to tell you that your learning resources are not put there at college but just in your hands – in your smartphones and laptops. So, here’s how you gain the skills despite opting for a different major or even out of the sheer interest of transitioning into a different work arena!

 

1. WHAT IS A DEVELOPER?

A developer is not a programmer or a software engineer. He is a synergy of all of them who creates solutions to real-world problems with the help of technology. Now, what is the problem? Well, let’s say that you are in college and you are out looking for a job. Rather than ruffling through newspapers to find your choice you could simply log onto a website and filter your search to get the perfect pick for you. This is what a web developer does and when you build a similar application to run on your phone you become an application developer.

 

2. LEARN A LANGUAGE

Every developer has got a keen programming knowledge. Now, this does not mean that you’ve got type lines of code. Kids these days have the perk of working with automated tools where you’ve just got to learn the basics. Be it WordPress or Android Studio, the basics of any programming language (JAVA, C, Python, R) will help you build further. But pick ONE and build yourself on it before moving on to the next. JAVA preferably will give you the solid start. There is big wide internet learning world out there, just for you!

You could register and use the Audit Only option to gain access to major courses at no fee!

 

3. USE REAL TIME TOOLS

Once you’ve picked on a language and a problem domain, research and find the tools that hard-core developers use. WordPress, Android Studio or Swift; learn their workings through their online resources and find a way to connect your programming language with the tool.

 

4. CREATE A GITHUB PROFILE

A GitHub profile is mandatory for anyone who writes codes. Make your projects open source so that people can recognize your talent. Also, explore the GitHub profiles of the well-known and understand their code. Find their strategy and see if you could improvise that for your own project.

 

5. BUILD YOUR PROJECT

Now that you’ve got yourself acquainted with the resources, build your project. But wait, how will you find a project? Well, that is really easy. Look around you and find problems. Probably there’s a small store owned by the lane near your house, a simple mobile application to automate the billings at his store will save him a fortune! Now start working on how you can create it. This is how you hit upon the greatest of project ideas – find problems and create solutions

 

Once you’ve got a project, you could build a resume and start working as a freelance developer. Freelancers at HireOwl are already making a fortune with every passing hour. Collaborate with us to gain real-time corporate experience of the developing industry!

JOBS FOR THE GEN Z

JOBS FOR THE GEN Z

Move aside millennials, here comes the next generation of workers – Gen Z!

Constituting over a quarter of the American population, Gen Z is the first digital natives who are gradually transforming the work arena into a digital capsule. Although a major chunk of this generation of young adults is still in colleges and universities, they’ve elegantly begun to swipe into the corporate world.

What was the driving force behind such ingenious talent?

Their resolve to succeed stems from the economically uncertain environment they’ve been brought up in. Having grown up watching their millennial predecessors being plagued by student loans, these digital natives were determined to not put themselves through such financial insecurities. The tech-savvy gen Z is an intellectual bunch of young professionals who are eager to learn and mold themselves to meet the corporate standards.These young professionals who are just out of school work for the cause of their heart, and not just for mere financial compensation. That is probably why most of them are into freelancing, because, they bring their own luck.

So, what are the most probable jobs that our media-savvy young adults would love to do? Here are a few:

DEVELOPER

Generation-Z has no life without technology. Having been raised in a highly automated environment, technology is engrained into their survival instincts. Life today is driven by their apps, from the quantity of water intake to the hours of sleep you manage to get; these young adults have got an eye for detail and a mind that is inventive enough to develop applications that cater to real-world needs. Being a technocratic troop of youngsters, it is no great surprise to find the sophomores at college come up with innovative application-based solutions for day to day issues.

TRANSLATOR

We are a global community, a communion of different people of distinct linguistics. Yet, we’ve managed to unite across borders and to flourish as a corporate firm. Such synergy among people of different nations wouldn’t have been possible without the help of translators. A second language you’d learned in high school or a new language interest that you’d been pursuing in college, all of them give you the authenticity to take up positions in several industries. From the film making to lawsuits, the world is yours to pick!

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETER

A new brand is springing up with every passing minute. And, who can be a better influencer other than the social media-centric gen-Z? With every fragment of your lives out in public, a position as a social media marketer will be an easy click for these insanely popular young adults.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

From advertising to branding and to web design, graphic designers are an elegant ensemble of a technocrat and an artist. A new generation brings in a newer thought process with an artistic ingenuity that portrays simple aspects of a brand in an entirely newer dimension with a touch of modern technology, making the digital natives the perfect picks of the era.

13 Ways to Get Freelancing Client’s Come to You

13 Ways to Get Freelancing Client’s Come to You

One of the biggest challenges in freelancing is getting clients due to rising competition day by day. Freelancers spend more of their time in looking client than working. There are many easier ways to get client instead of spending money on paid marketing.

Below are 13 best ways to attract clients and get the project:

1. Good Work Always Pay Off (Power of Referral): If you are in online business then you must work on quality instead of quantity. As reviews given by your clients are really important for you. This brings more clients. Some time your ex-clients refer you to their groups which is really good for you. So do good work and you will get more clients.

2. Have a clear and clean profile (online resume), promote it: There are many online websites which give latest techniques of online resume or portfolio so go for it, best one is Linkedin.com. Don’t forget to market your portfolio via social media and many new SEO ways.

3. Start your blog: Nowadays Content marketing is on the rise these days. So start your own personal blog. Sharing your ideas and latest trends will surely attract many clients and they will ask you to work for them or if you are so lucky that they can ask to promote their services through your blog.

4. Go for guest blogging: When you write for others than you put yourself in front of more people. Thus this gives you more attention and hence new clients.

5. Believe in some creativity: Not only writing but there are many other ways which can increase your chances, those are
_ Illustrations
_Infographics
_Videos
_Images

6. Market through LinkedIn: LinkedIn is the best way to get clients by presenting yourself completely. It also provides us with a feature of writing blogs hence you can also showcase your skills here.

7. Keep your social media updated: Online means always express your ideas and thoughts. So for that reason always share your thoughts via your personal social media profiles.

8. Create profiles in your niche relevant websites: Your niche always brings you work. So there are many online niche relevant websites which are really good for you like for photographers is Flicker, videographers are Vimeo, developers are Github etc.

9. Attend Meetups & Conferences: Don’t miss the meetups and conferences, as there you can represent yourself personally to many clients and thus you get the high chance of impressing them.

10. Always Speak-up: Don’t feel shy or hesitate if you get chance to speak at any event or conference. Sharing new ideas with the people might impress some and thus they can pay you for your service.

11. Co-working: Co-working is like joining groups of freelancers and meeting them personally. There are many spaces available where this happens. So this is all about networking yourself and getting your work done with the help of others.

12. Join Relevant Forums: Nowadays there are many online relevant forums where you can participate in discussions and can represent yourself. The best way is with Quora. Here you have to Answer many relevant questions thus you can get a new way to work.

13. Follow the experts in your field and keep in touch with them: Always update yourself with the case studies of famous people in your relevant field. And don’t forget to reach them.

Hence, bringing client is an art and it is all about link building.

17 Tips for Writing Resumes in 2018

17 Tips for Writing Resumes in 2018

Writing resumes have always been the toughest job for a fresher or for an experience holder. So if you want a killer resume you always go with some samples. But this is where you are wrong. Always create resumes and make changes to it as per job requirement. Here are some expert-approved resume tips for nailing the job search this year, and make the process a whole lot easy:

1) Be genuine: It’s not a just piece of paper; recruiters spend seconds to read your CV, write truths. It is very essential from start to end in the hiring process. It tells about your skills and experience so in this way it helps the recruiters in deciding what kind of questions they should ask you.

2) Be assured: Be sure that you have provided the updated and authentic contact information. Avoid silly mistakes; take a time to ensure that your email-id and cell numbers are up to date.

3) Solid skill section: Look for mandatory skills for what employer is looking for. Use your analytical and critical skills in reading for what capabilities recruiter “strongly prefer”.

4) Summarize your work history: Start writing your work experience from the recent one and go on in a chronological reverse manner. Emphasize your roles and responsibilities and finally your accomplishments. It will be more readable to the employer and then he/she can easily extract more meaningful information. Formats of starting and ending dates should exactly be the same at all places. Don’t use these words that “I am managing a team of 10 people or something like this, it gives a negative impact on the employer.

5) Emphasize on your accomplishments: Instead of giving focus to your duties, more emphasis should be given to your accomplishments and rewards.

6) Quantify your achievements: It is too good to give numbers rather than using words. It provides evidence to the recruiter. In this way, your case will be given more credence. Add testimonials, recommendations, and endorsements.

7) Don’t lie: It is always good to tell the employer right information in a polite way in place of making big stories. By doing this, your relationship with the employer may get worsened.

8) Education module: Make this section concise and always write your highest degree at the top.

9) Manipulate: Send your resume to your reliable ones. Sometimes they can see what you are missing.

10) What abbreviates you: Ask yourself these questions the vision you have for your career over a couple of years? What values do you have for accomplishing your goals? What is your plan for the future? For what you are pensionable? Your strength and what contributions do you add to the organization?

11) Modern Design matters: Design of the resume should be modern. Create graphs or pie charts to represent data if any. Make it more appealing by adding testimonials or quotes. You can also add organization logos.

12) Start with luscious part: Place your strong part on the top.

13) Paragraphs and bullets: To make it more eye-catching, it is good to add paragraphs and bullets wherever necessary. Resume will be in the more readable form.

14) Be choosy: Instead of making your resume bulky, pick and choose the roles most relevant to you.

One secret you all must know, for a particular job, employers receive many resumes. Instead of going with the lengthy resumes, they select the shortest resumes that are covering their requirements. In the end, writing resumes are not that tough as most people believe, just think out of the box.

 

 

9 Things To Research Before Any Job Interview

9 Things To Research Before Any Job Interview

To turn out to be a notable applicant during the employment process, the most excellent way is to examine the company carefully. It show a lack of interview manners when you turn up completely unprepared for an interview.

So you must be wondering where to start with a preparation for a job interview.  Company research is a best way to learn about what a company does and what they look for in a candidate.

 Things one must research before their job interview

  1. The expertise and experience the company requires: First and foremost, you should know what the company looks for in a qualified candidate. This enables you to position yourself as the best candidate for the position. To discover the skills and experience the employer values, read between the lines of their job postings. You can also find out information on the employer’s career page to get an idea of the type of employees their desire.
  2. History of a company: Learning the history of the company (things like take-overs, business partners, past News stories and recruitment drives) will help you to predict the future.
  3. Notable person in a company: You should really do at least a little of research about the management team of the company.
  4. The company’s culture: Job seekers should be able to confidently say they’re good fit for the company’s culture during any job interview. You can also learn more about the company culture by following the organization on its social media networks.
  5. Mission and values of a company: As you research the employer, pay attention to what’s written on their website regarding the company’s values and mission.
  6. Latest News and events: When you go into a job interview, it’s always a good idea to be knowledgeable about the company’s latest news and updates.
  7. Documents required: You should go thoroughly through the required documents as these play a vital role in any interview.
  8. Interview questions: If you give a thorough research than you can find forums where people have shared their interview questions for the same particular company. Best is Glassdoor.com .

  9. Person who is conducting the interview: Finally, you should find out who the interviewer will be. This will give you an advantage during the interview because you’ll have a better chance of connecting with them and sparking a meaningful conversation.