How Smart Are You When It Comes To Job Search Matters?

By Eleanor Ho, Inkris

My No.1 SMART approach on job searching is slightly different than what you learn from a textbook.

S – Specific

M – Money

A – Action-Focused

R – Realistic

T –  Trackable


S – You are aiming for a specific outcome. You set yourself to fail if you turn up to a job interview showing no goal but wanting a job that pays your bills.  Companies recruit for your potential, not just putting bums on seats. If you are a fresh graduate, your first year in any professional environment costs the company more than what you contribute, regardless of how smart you think you are. Do your research properly and be specific on what type of job you want – and only apply to the jobs that suit you.

M – Don’t let money be the #1 priority when you choose your career.  Remember, it’s difficult to be the best at something you dislike. You would be competing with plenty of others who are passionate about what they do. These people will go for an extra mile to learn, grow and excel whilst you probably moan about your job every day, and it brings you nothing but negative energy. Watch this video (*new window/tab will be opened)

A – Success comes to those who set clear goals and take actions given the market conditions, time period, and resources allocated. Being action-focused allows you to improve productivity and satisfy multiple goals and targets.

R – You get out what you put in, so please put what you consider to be relevant and right; something that directly associates with your goals and nothing else. Do not waste your time on irrelevant tasks, then complain about not seeing desirable results. Ultimately you make your own luck.

T – Keep track of the jobs for which you apply, the channels you use and how effective they are, then invest your time and effort accordingly until you land yourself a job you like. Having a good record with clear ideas about who may be contacting you for interviews will help boost your confidence, resulting in better interview performance.

5 Qualities Every Interviewer Looks For in Good Job Applicants


By Eleanor Ho, Inkris

Getting an interview for a job vacancy is great, but it is no guarantee that you will be given the position.

The truth is, securing an interview is just part of the process. Though you have come this far, you have quite a ways to go.

A résumé can only get you so far, and while getting the call from the HR department is a success in its own right, there are certain qualities that every interviewer looks for in a potential employee.

Without these qualities, the chances of failing to secure the job in question is extremely high, making it vital for you to follow them.

This is true for interviews for every job, whether for full-time work at a local bank to part-time employment at a local retail outlet. That’s why I have put together a short list of five of the most sought after candidate qualities.

1. Positivity

A positive attitude is essential in front of an interviewing panel. It can be shown in the answers you provide to questions, with responses that provide solutions rather that highlight problems, the best type to give. Tell the interviewer that a situation can be dealt with through staff communication or by re-thinking a strategy, not through disciplinary procedures or by abandoning plans.

2. Energy

Energy in this case does not relate to body movement. Even when you are sitting down, moving around, swaying and even changing position frequently can create a very negative impression. Instead, what I mean by energy is that you are not lethargic and inanimate. This can make you look disinterested in the job, even indifferent as to whether you are successful or not.

3. Genuine Interest

Showing interest in the job is essential. While it is possible that this interview is just one of several you face, the interviewers want to know that you are genuine in your desire to work for them. The simple thing to do is be attentive and answer questions promptly. It is even a good idea to ask for clarification. This proves you are interested by showing you want to understand what is being asked.

4. Maturity

Showing maturity is always important. Why? Because the interviewer wants to know that you can handle a range of situations, including stressful ones. Maturity is a firm indicator that this is more likely than not. This quality also suggests a positive interaction with colleagues, a preference for taking responsibility over avoiding it, and a high level of trustworthiness.

5. Good Personal Appearance 

This is probably the most obvious of them all, but it is worth highlighting again. Having a poor personal appearance can ruin the good work made in every other area. If a candidate is sloppy in their appearance, then they are likely to be sloppy in their work. It also shows a lax attitude towards work and suggests a lack of awareness of the significance of professionalism.










Break these 5 Rules of Resume Writing At Your Own Risk.

Break these 5 Rules of Resume Writing At Your Own Risk.  risk

By: Cindi Wirawan, Inkris

Are you breaking any of these rules in your resume?

RULE #1 Use an English name

If you don’t have one, you need one. And please no Pinky, Hello Kitty or fruit sounding names! Here’s how. Say your Chinese name is Zhou Da Ming, and your English name is John. Simply put John Zhou on your resume and Linkedin profile.  Westerners tend to have an aversion to calling up candidates with names that are unfamiliar or hard to pronounce. Not only are multiple names confusing, they are also hard to find in a recruiter’s database.

Why would you want to leave yourself open to potential hiring discrimination? In the past our clients have gotten over 50% increased response rate by simply following this simple rule.

RULE#2 Avoid speling spelling errors, grammar mistakes and vocabulary that reflect a poor command of English

You will be working in an English speaking environment, and the recruiter will be expecting a certain standard of English. Any hints or clues that your English is not good enough will be obvious from your resume and cover letter.

RULE #3 Always have quantifiable achievements on your resume

We can’t stress the importance of this rule, because resumes with achievements get 3x more attention! Of course every applicant will claim that they are efficient and hardworking, but where’s the evidence?

RULE #4 Keep your resume to 1-2 pages long

Recruiters and hiring managers are busy people. Even if it’s a beautifully written 3 to 5 page long resume, they will simply skim through it(if they decide to even read it) and might even miss out the important points that matter.

RULE #5 Always get your resume edited

It doesn’t matter how good your English or writing skills are, fact is, most people do not know how to write a powerful resume. Schools don’t teach you how to write in order to get a job. Even if you can’t afford a professional resume writing service, at least get your friend, family or university career centre to read your resume and edit it if necessary. Make sure they are proficient in English and ideally have some working experience. The only exception to the rule is if you have been getting 90% response rate from the resumes you sent.

Your resume represents YOU. If you’re mediocre and average then go ahead and send out your lacklustre resume. If you want to present yourself as the best candidate in the stack of resumes, you have to invest time and effort in your resume.