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Quora is amazing!

By | February 15th, 2016|Career Coaching, Get inspired|

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....

5 reasons why you should hire a career coach in 2016

By | January 20th, 2016|Career Coaching, Get inspired|

2016 is expected to be a challenging year for job seekers, with the London market becoming increasingly competitive amidst a slowdown in growth[1]. That said, the outlook for highly skilled individuals and managerial staff[2] is positive whilst at least a third of London-based firms are upbeat and expect to grow over the next 12 months. The key to securing a job in such a competitive market is to remain dedicated, prepared, and focused. The additional challenge is that most of you will also be working full-time when you embark on this journey. That is where a career coach comes in. Why use the help of a Career Coach: 1- A career coach is a qualified professional whose sole purpose is to help you secure the right job for you and whose goals are exactly aligned to yours. Relative to the potential benefits you will get from having a career you want, and the time it will save you, hiring a career coach is a small investment.  2- A coach will help you avoid many of the common pitfalls that elude so many newcomers to the UK job market. Indeed, as much as the UK market is efficient and transparent, it also relies heavily on personal networks and is very different to France and most European countries. In the UK, recruiting happens mainly through 3 avenues: personal networks/referrals, direct approaches from recruiters who specialize by industry, and through applying for advertised jobs. As you can imagine, your chances of securing a job through the first two are much higher as competition is likely to be more limited. This is just one example of the kind of tips a career coach may be able to give you. Also, a coach [...]

The Top 100 Websites For Your Career

By | November 28th, 2015|Career Coaching, Get inspired|

Interesting list to review when we are looking for a new job. Most of these websites are already quite well known and I think there are some real gems in this list: A Better Interview: Only 3 years, this site has come to fill a real gap in the job search market. Glass doors: I wish this existed in my young professional time.. Invaluable inside advice how things are really happening in the company you are interested in.. And some missing: Human Workplace: With good articles and advice on interviews, resumes, etc. Check the list: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/09/18/the-top-100-websites-for-your-career/9/  

The Key Questions To Ask At A Job Interview

By | February 11th, 2015|Career Coaching, Get inspired|

First, remember: ‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression’. Many recruiters make up their minds about a candidate within seconds of meeting them. You have the opportunity during the interview to build on that potential positive first impression or to change their mind. Part of this will involve asking intelligent and useful questions. My clients always ask me whether they should ask questions. How many question? Too many might seem to question the role and challenge the person too much specially if it is the first interview. First, try to create and build rapport. Building rapport may be more important than impressing with expertise. The interview is often less about your factual knowledge, more about “what are you like to work with?” This is easier to convey if you are in a discussion (two-way questions) rather than an interrogation (one-way questions). You can ask questions about their questions, provided they are intelligent ones and not too many. How you use your opportunity to ask questions? You need to find out as much as possible about the job and the process, including success criteria, tasks/structure, why the vacancy exists, why (if relevant) the last person left and how long they were in the job. Examples of good questions: Why is there a vacancy? What is the make-up of the team in terms of experience? What is the culture of the team? Who is your manager? And how do you work together? What interesting projects do you have planned for the next 6 months What is the most important thing I could do in the first 90 days to help What do you think makes company x stand out as an employer? What strengths and [...]

5 tricky and basic interview questions YOU need to be prepared to answer

By | November 12th, 2014|Career Coaching, Get inspired|

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, [...]

Linkedin since 2003! Never looked back..

By | February 13th, 2014|Get inspired|

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/

How coaching has impacted me: Story N#1 running 5K

By | January 24th, 2014|Career Coaching, Get inspired|

I have always admired runners I watched in the park or the ones running past me on the street. They all looked so focused, confident and content. I have started to see a coach 6 months ago. We worked together on a number of topics but one of the most important, was to help me believe more in myself. As a test to see whether I actually was, I decided to do something out of my comfort zone, that I never thought I could do but that I thought I would really enjoy! So, I have started running 4 months ago. I really couldn't run before: One minute into it and I was out of breath! I was also out of breath after a flight of stairs. I won't go into details in this article of how I have achieved it technically but as a result of beleiving-working on specific personal issues with my coach, I can now run 5K!! 4 months ago, I was really helpless at running and I am dreaming now of running marathons… Nothing is impossible! My other objective was also to reach the state of Flow, which is the ideal state you want to be when you coach! A state of absolute focus, ignoring ego, internal mental interferences and barriers. Your ideal self in a sense. Some can experience it by meditating, painting, singing, playing an instrument, or running! In general, while doing an activity you enjoy greatly and feel immersed in the process with no other external interference. You are then surely at your best at this moment. For a coach, it is about quieting all the noises around and listening attentively to your client, which should in turn [...]