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HRTV: Creating a winning HR resume

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Singapore – Despite having recruitment as one of their main responsibilities, some human resources (HR) leaders find it hard to create strong resumes for themselves when the shoe is on the other foot.

“When you are an interviewer, the perspective is very different from when you are an interviewee,” Joanne Chua, manager of HR and supply chain divisions at Robert Walters Singapore said. “You wear a different hat altogether.”

When interviewing for a job, Chua advised HR leaders to be succinct and to talk about recent regional or international responsibilities they may have had. “Do not spend too much time on the earlier part of your career, but highlight the past two or three roles you’ve been in.”

Chua also shared with HRTV what qualities employers want in their senior HR executives and how leaders can nurture the next generation.

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Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

April 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

Review of HR-friendly iPhone/iPad apps

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Mobile technology has made information available faster and more conveniently. These days, you no longer have to spend hours reading the tiny print of job classifieds in order to secure a job interview. Several recruitment firms have set up mobile apps which make searching for a job a breeze.

Aside from job postings, many of the current apps also feature tips and advice for both jobseekers and employers. Barclays Capital has even come up with a simulated interview game that human resources (HR) professionals in the finance sector can use to better prepare and ask relevant questions.

Under no pressure from my editor, I decided to finally use my iPad for something work-related, and downloaded a few of the HR-friendly apps available in the market. I’ve listed out the pros and cons of each, and awarded them points, with five points being the best.

Here they are, listed in ascending order of preference.

Robert Walters salary checker


Pros

  • Tailored to the Singapore market
  • Information from 21 countries available
  • Includes nine disciplines, such as accounting and finance, IT, secretarial and support, and legal
  • Caters to executives and professionals with a minimum of three years of job experience
  • User can receive updates, and international contact information is readily available
  • Employers have the opportunity to feature job vacancies
  • User can share information on Facebook and Twitter

Cons

  • Job functions under each discipline could be broader. For example, there should be more sub-divisions under the HR, engineering and IT categories, such as recruitment, IT engineering, and software design.
  • While some of the other apps reviewed allowed users to make calls to the company, RW’s app only featured double tapping on the email address to the compose an email.

Review

A potentially useful app for HR professionals, but it has to be a little bit more in depth in terms of sectors and discipline. It might also be useful if the “contact via email” function leads straight to an email service provider for faster access. 3/5

Get this app: http://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/salary-checker/id412415927?mt=8

Barclay’s Interview Skills

Pros

  • Provides tips and sample questions for recruitment professionals
  • Useful for both jobseekers and employers
  • Provides a simulated job interview with three candidates, along with video advice from real Barclays Capital employees
  • Videos are also downloadable

Cons

  • Only relevant to finance sector professionals

Review

The simulated interview process is very useful and easy to navigate. Users get to rank each job candidate, and a Barclays employee will share his take at the end of each question. However, aside from the tips, this app is only relevant to those in the finance industry. 3.5/5

Get this app: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/interview-skills/id412627594?uo%3D2%26mt%3D8%26uo%3D2

JobsDB


Pros

  • Clean user interface
  • Information from 11 countries are available, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia
  • 25 jobs sectors available, including media & advertising, health & fitness, medical services
  • User can search by position or company, and the results sorted out by date
  • Job details are extensive, and user can easily download and save the information
  • There is a quick apply button for the job vacancies, with cover letter and resume options for users
  • Users can access their JobsDb account quickly through the app

Cons

  • User can only share information via email
  • Resume and cover letters have to be saved prior on the JobsDB website

Review

Overall, a straight-forward job search app I would recommend. Excellent for those on-the-go, and for those trying to discreetly look for a new job while at the office! It could be better if users could share information through social media networks as well. 3.5/5

Get this app: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/jobsdb/id414607432?mt=8

Towers Watson

Pros

  • Information from more than 55 countries are available
  • Beautiful and interactive user interface
  • Provides information such as budgeted pay increase and talent mobility
  • Information is divided by country
  • Able to take screenshots of information and send it as a mail attachment directly from the app
  • Quick link back to Towers Watson’s website for more information

Cons

  • Detailed information isn’t available for all countries

Review

While the app was nice to look at and relatively easy to use, exhaustive information was not readily available to the use. However, the app made it easy to be redirected to the website for more details. 3.5/5

Get this app: http://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/twglobal50/id425672420?mt=8&ls=1

Adecco


Pros

  • Quick refresh button for “latest jobs” is very useful
  • Pleasing user interface
  • Users are able to share job listings on Facebook and Twitter
  • Job details and information are extensive
  • Easy for users to apply for jobs
  • Useful snippets of articles such as “Choosing your right recruitment partner” and “How well are you paid?” are provided
  • Videos are viewable directly on the app
  • Articles providing advice for graduates and job seekers are available
  • User is able to call Adecco offices through the app (provided you’re on an iPhone)
  • User is able to receive “push notifications” for preferred job functions

Cons

  • Some of the articles, while still relevant, were old
  • Only two to three new jobs are posted daily

Review

Extremely user-friendly, with a lot of useful information available right at your fingertips. The articles posted were also interesting, but the app could really have more job postings on a daily basis. 4/5

Get this app: http://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/adecco-singapore-jobs/id416549969?mt=8

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

April 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

HRTV: Small Talk on how social media affects your job

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Singapore – Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have become extensions of our real lives, so it’s no surprises than that they could affect people’s work decisions as well.

According to the quarterly Randstad Workmonitor, nearly 60% of 405 local respondents use social media to research on a potential employer. Another 60% also added they would not consider working for a company if there have been negative comments made about them on social media.

Lee Xieli and Sabrina Zolkifi discuss the influence social media has on today’s employees, as well as why letting employees go can turn out to be a good thing for some organisations.

They also talk about the possibility of bringing pets to work, and what human resources can do to help welcome more workers with disabilities into the workplace.

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