Ici Londres who is read by more than 400K french in London has published my latest piece on my tips to find a job in London. Read about it here: http://www.ici-londres.com/londres-pratique/18~trouver-un-emploi-a-londres
I have recently discovered Quora and it is so amazing that it has become my bedtime read every night. It does astonish me that people from every corner in the world ask and answer questions about literally everything! You get people from senior advisers to the WhiteHouse, to Sheryl Sandberg, Mums, Poets, University professors, or Hillary Clinton, answering questions of other millions people from anywhere in the world. Quora now claims that its site receives 80 million monthly unique visits, More on: http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/quora-says-its-site-is-accessed-80-million-times-a-month/ It is more than another social tool for self-promotion and Marketing but it has also at the same time got experts to engage in its rollicking conversation and thus generating searchable and authoritative answers to thousands upon thousands of questions—then it may someday grab more pageviews than Wikipedia by filling in the gaps that no encyclopedia could ever address. It is also very addictive and I have started contributing myself to a subject that I really understand. I hope my answers get to help jobseekers in Mumbai, Casablanca, Paris or London! Here are some of my Quora answers: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-necessary-strengths-to-have-for-an-interview/answer/Kenza-Mekouar https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-prepare-for-an-interview-2/answer/Kenza-Mekouar More will follow....
Most of us are usually more prepared to answer questions about the job itself but not as much about ourselves. When you reach interview stage, candidates are more or less equivalent in experience and abilities. The big differentiator factor is the individual itself: its behaviour, story, and attitude! And how it all fits together within the company culture. I have been working as a recruiter for over 8 years and I have been asking all type of questions but it seemed that these questions are the ones who can break or make a candidate shine. There are no right or wrong answers but you should BE PREPARED and able to answer all of them truthfully and in a confident and articulate manner. So the one and only advice I give to my clients after hours of preparations and coaching is: BE YOURSELF. For the preparation bit, here is some help: 1- What do you think we have to offer you? I think this is one of the most important questions. The employer wants to hear your story. They are trying to test your fit for the role and understand why you are really interested in joining. They want the real story behind the obvious. They want the back-story. Is this a stepping-stone? Are you here just because you need a job, any job? Why are you picking this role in particular? What does it say about you? To best answer to this, is using the key characteristics of the company/ job as reasons why. Be cautious when citing advancement and great development as a reason – The company usually wants you in the job, the role description states and offering the ability to progress is important, [...]
I found today an article about Linkedin again, but among the thousands you will find, I think this one is interesting to read. The article points out again why everyone should get an online profile. Linkedin is probably the most global and popular. But most of all, how important it is to have a professional, non-arrogant, truthful profile. I have started using Linkedin in 2003, in its early beginning. As an Executive Search consultant, I was desperate to get my hand on a reliable professional global database to look for new candidates. I googled: director of sales and the first results turned out to be on Linkedin. I quickly signed up and did not anticipate that it was going to become an essential tool for me and THE headhunter go-to database! I have probably found more suitable candidates that I have successfully placed in my clients company on Linkedin than by recommendations or even by market research. Nowadays, Linkedin has become much more than just a headhunter tool or a colleague connector, it is your presentation to the business community, to your potential clients, your real you to potential employer but also to your current company colleagues and boss. It is more than just a CV. Also, People tend to lie less on Linkedin because it is online, checkable by everyone, ex colleagues, boss, friends who know you were the VP and not the Executive Director, for 2 years, not 5! I tend to trust the information on it and urge all my clients in career transitions to get or dramatically improve their linkedin profile. More in the Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robasghar/2014/02/12/your-linkedin-profile-go-big-or-get-lost/