2009-12-30 14:47| 发布者: summer88| 查看: 5224| 评论: 0


It's that time of year again; the spirit of job hunting is in the air, companies are setting the table for interviews and students are padding their resumes as November marks the beginning of the job fair season.

However, in facing such intense competition, students often buy into the myths surrounding the job requirements of international companies, leaving them self conscious about their majors, language proficiency and the words "study abroad" missing from their resumes. As a result, many shy away from even attempting to apply.更多信息请访问:

But when in doubt, call in the experts. Jane Guo, a Senior Manager of Human Resources at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest multinational accounting firms, gives us an insider's look into what HR really wants from candidates, tips on how to stand out as the belle of the ball and land that ideal dream job among thousands of applicants.

Myth 1: Majors only
Many students assume that majors and academic background automatically qualify or disqualify candidates. However, Guo reveals that this is probably the least decisive element of the interview process while favoring "comprehensive ability" and "well roundedness" as major factors.
"I prefer candidates who can adapt to a new environment quickly and learn skills fast. This does not differ from major to major," said Guo.
For example, business majors might be familiar with analyzing business models, but creativity is also a valuable asset. Students majoring in other areas have advantages in seeing problems from different angles, which in turn makes that candidate's skill set more valuable.

Myth 2: Speaking in tongues
Guo explains that although basic proficiency in English is part of daily operation when working for a firm like PwC, that doesn't mean your tongue has to come certified in English to be a qualified candidate.
"If you provide great service, it doesn't matter what language you speak," said Guo.
After all, depending on the company, local clients make up for a considerably large portion of business, putting fluent English on the backburner.

Myth 3: Overseas please
Some are under the false assumption students with overseas study experience have a huge advantage in both language and academics; another myth waiting to be busted.
Some students who venture across the sea lack sufficient first-hand experience in working within the domestic market.
Besides, while applicants who studied in China spent time participating in clubs, activities and internships, students studying abroad were often occupied with merely "surviving;" the pressures of school and dealing with cultural shock are enormous time and energy burglars.
Guo explains this comes across on resumes to the trained eye.
"More often than not, students who studied abroad have outstanding academic records, good cross culture communication skill, but little evidence or experience of putting what they learned to use."

So what is HR looking for?

Applied experience
You and other applicants all have rich internship experience, but what did you get out of it? Employers are less concerned about where or what you did as an intern, but rather what you learned.
"One needs to be able to learn from everything they encounter at work use the experience in later business," explains Guo.
"Therefore don't simply tell an interviewer you 'sent faxes and collected forms all day,' but rather you 'learned how to organize, sort and manage information.'"

Being a professional doesn't mean you wear suits or heels everyday, but is more of an attitude.
However, its seems its standard practice to take as many offers as one can, spend three months weighing options, choose and not notify the other two.
Most foreign enterprises see 30 to 40 percent of job offered turned down by applicants every year.
"This reveals the lack of professionalism in Chinese mainland students. We promise them jobs by giving them offers, but they don't take this seriously," said Guo.




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