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“Explore” how WUZZUF home page can boost your career!

By | Featured, Find a Job, Grow, Job Search, Kick-start

If you recently went on WUZZUF to search and apply for jobs, then you have probably taken a couple of seconds to make sure that you’re on the right website because it looks different than what you last remember. WUZZUF has just undergone a cool and refined revamp, that aims to take you beyond just looking for a job but to also offer a multitude of career opportunities tailored to your needs!

It started with our Unlock’18 event last May, introducing the new product – #WUZZUFGedeed. It’s not just about the new look, it’s a new philosophy WUZZUF is undertaking to continue on being your leading career destination, providing you with the ultimate experience of job hunting and career growth.

For starters, all you need to do to is to sign in on wuzzuf.net to feel the cool breeze of your new home page, which incorporates three tabs: Explore, Saved, Applications.

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With a sleek, visually-pleasing yet professional look, the home page is now your new home. Your go-to place to when you need to search and apply for career opportunities specifically chosen for you. Your optimum guide through the job market. The three tabs complement each other to represent the professional you on screen. So let’s take it one tab at a time:

Keep Scrolling

The Explore feed offers a continuous stream of jobs and career opportunities that match your career interests; so the more accurate and updated your profile is, the more personal and tailored the recommendations get. Your homepage is not limited to a number of pages through which you can look for the most suitable opportunity you can apply to, but the flow goes on and on. The further you scroll, the more opportunities you can…Explore.

old dashboard to new homepageEach job opportunity on the Explore feed is described briefly, giving you enough information to interest you. Either explore its details or you “hide” it if it’s not the right fit for you. By clicking on hiding the recommendation, you choose why it is not suitable for you. This way you enhance your feed to be better accustomed to your interests in the future.

Between different job vacancies, you will find WUZZUF recommending career opportunities such as Internships, Blog, Meetups, Coaches, briefly explaining each one of them. These opportunities provide you with the optimum experience aiming to help build and grow your career.

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If you think an opportunity is worth sharing with others would benefit from it, click on the Share button below each opportunity to spread the word on different social media platforms.

Get back to it later

Sometimes you might apply to a relevant opportunity, without being completely prepared for its screening questions or your profile information is outdated. You surely don’t want to miss out on it. The solution here is not to apply to everything you come across; on the contrary, you should make sure that you specifically select the opportunities you believe fit you the most.

This is what the Saved tab is designated to perform: help you make better application choices. While going through your Explore feed, Save the opportunities you are interested in. Then at a later time when you’re at the peak of your focus, go to the Saved tab and filter out the applications that are not suitable or that you rushed the decision of saving, and complete the draft applications that highly match your career skills and experience.

explore + save old dashboard to new homepageTrack your WUZZUF applications

The third tab “Applications” is all about overseeing the application process, and knowing whether the employer has viewed your application or not. If so, whether your application is shortlisted, rejected or your contact information has been accessed for each job you applied to. If the employer did not yet view your application and the vacancy is still open, you can choose to modify your answers or withdraw your application. Through WUZZUF, you’re in the picture. You don’t just send an application and hope for the best. Knowing how your application is dealt with could give you insight on knowing how employers think and operate.

These three tabs work together to create a very personalized homepage experience that meets your interests and present career opportunities. That is why it is essential that you regularly update your profile and make sure that it is as accurate as possible, as this boosts your profile strength meter and increases your chances of having your profile being viewed by employers. WUZZUF will continuously remind you to update your profile through the “update profile” card present on the top right corner of your Explore feed, increasing your profile strength every time you do, and presenting you with insight on how many employers have checked your profile out during the past period.

The only thing that is constant is change. And we’re constantly changing, to fit your needs.

Why you SHOULD: apply for an internship this summer

By | Career Advice, Featured, Find a Job, Internship, Job Search

It is quite intimidating to conquer the business world when you barely have any experience. But there is no better way to overcome this fear than facing it. If you still think that you are not ready to start a full-time job yet, summer is full of internship opportunities. So pick yourself one, because an internship is totally worth your time.

Not convinced yet? Keep reading, and we will give five reasons why an internship is an experience you will never regret.

Be an experienced fresh graduate

As you hit your twenties, you realize that you have no time to waste and every single day counts. Don’t start from scratch after graduation. With an internship, you can be steps ahead in your career before your graduation. If you think you have lower chances of getting a full-time job as a fresh grad or undergrad student, then an internship is the option that fits you perfectly. Bear in mind that more than 70% of applicants on our WUZZUF Internship Program passed the screening phase and got interviews for the internship vacancies they applied for.

Grow in a real work environment

Although I haven’t been an intern, it was intimidating to face the real work environment with no prior experience. If you feel the same way, the only thing that can cut the fearful train of thoughts is to face that fear and be in a real workplace. Learning from a real-life experience while being an intern helps you deal with everyday challenges. Also, it is a plus to be an intern when you first get in touch with the real world. Everyone knows you are here to learn so they won’t expect too much of you, and it is your job to impress them, not the other way around. Along with the technical experience you gain, you start to develop your soft skills. Your internship experience will help to be more aware of your potential and to identify your weakness and strengths so you can improve yourself later.

Remember most of the interview questions are about your leadership and communication skills, and problem-solving abilities. These skills we don’t learn at school, but they matter for your professional success.

Increase your chances to a full-time job

Salsabeel Amr- Marketing Intelligence Specialist at WUZZUF

“My internship experience helped me put my passions to the test” -Salsabeel Amr

An internship is not only a chance to learn, but you also have a great chance to get a job out of it.  In fact, over 45% of the interns of WUZZUF Internship Program, were offered a full-time job by the end of their internships. The internship-providing institution trained you in the first place because they are basically looking for passionate, creative wizards. Even if this institution didn’t offer you a job, you are not the green student anymore.

Salsabeel Amr, who started her internship at WUZZUF in 2016, is now a full-time Marketing Intelligence Specialist. Speaking about her internship experience,”at first, my motivation was to invest in time and learn something new.” She adds,”I never imagined that I would gain all these experiences in such a short time. I never wanted my internship to end, and I was lucky I continued in a full-time position”. At a startup, like WUZZUF, Salsabeel got the chance to learn new things and grow in her career. “In a student activity, you may develop your soft skills, but in a workplace, you learn to do things professionally.”

In a student activity, you may develop your soft skills, but in a workplace, you learn to do things professionallyClick To Tweet

Make proven career decisions

You would never know what you want to do in your professional life unless you try yourself. Yet, you don’t want to waste years after graduation to find your passion, while you can start now. Even if you don’t know where to start now, you can search by the field or industry, i.e., media, engineering, software development or others, and check the available vacancies. During your internship, you will identify the areas of interest and job roles you are passionate about.

One real-life example is Salsabeel Amr’s story. Salsabeel originally planned to do postgraduate studies. However, after she started her internship at WUZZUF, she discovered her passion for different marketing roles and decided to move forward in her marketing career and do her postgraduate studies based on her professional choices.

Internship makes you a better learner

If you think that you may not be able to balance between your academic and work commitments, worry no more. Actually, an internship will help you to learn in action and achieve better in your academic assignments, especially field assignments. For instance, if you started an internship in the public relations and advertising industry, you would learn what it takes to launch a successful campaign and how to handle last-minute pre-event problems, that your university projects will be a piece of cake!  

If you are thrilled to start an internship, WUZZUF is where you can find best opportunities. Don’t let the summer pass before you seize the right opportunity.

WUZZUF Gedeed: What’s new for the professionals?

By | Break Room, Featured, Find a Job, Hiring, Job Search, Managers

On the 5th of May, 2018. We finally launched the new WUZZUF in our product launch event: WUZZUF Unlock’18.  Among the stunning talks and activities, we celebrated the new release, unlocking all the cool features we added and the updates we incorporated for a better experience for our users; professionals and employers.

What changed?

We changed!

WUZZUF new design is not just a face-lift and more colors. It’s a change of who we are, and how we think you – our beloved users – deserve. Up till this moment, the WUZZUF you knew was a job platform, the leading job platform in Egypt actually. Your destination to search for jobs and grow your career. But now, WUZZUF is starting a new era and transforming into a career destination; offering various career opportunities beyond job hunting. After years of research and analysis, we have developed what professionals and employers exactly need. Listening to your feedback and ideas all the way helped us not only to grow but also to evolve.

WUZZUF new design is not just a face-lift and more colors. It’s a change of who we are, and how we think you - our beloved users - deserve. Click To Tweet

Mobile friendly sleek design

say hello to the new wuzzufWe know how hard it is to fill your profile on a career website, we know how much you are busy and how important it is to save your precious time and give you the best experience you can get. With a mobile-friendly design and a modern-sleek design, you can complete your profile, apply for jobs and other career opportunities, and track your applications easier and more conveniently.

WUZZUF is starting a new era and transforming into a career destination; offering various career opportunities beyond job hunting.Click To Tweet

Explore feed

Previously on the old WUZZUF, you would find the latest suggested jobs on your dashboard, but now you will have an “Explore” feed of career opportunities tailored to your career level and interests. Remember, WUZZUF is not only a job destination, but it is also a career destination. You will always find something relative to your career interests happening, whether it is a job, meetup, a session, a workshop…. you name it. Also, you can save a card, -and see your saved cards on “Saved” tab- hide an irrelevant card and share an opportunity with whomever you want. And if that’s not enough. Well, we have one more new amazing feature for you!

Now, companies can “invite you to apply” for certain jobs when they see your profile fits their criteria, which increases your opportunity to get hired since the company itself sent you the invitation. When you get invited, you will get a nifty card on top of your feed giving you the choice to accept or decline the invitation. A long requested feature is here!

Now you will have an 'Explore' feed of career opportunities tailored to your career level and interests.Click To Tweet

More of an online resume than a profile

We always encourage professionals to complete their profiles so they can present themselves and their capabilities and skills in the best way possible. Hence employers can find them easily. With the new profile design, your profile is more showing than talking who you are. You can use your WUZZUF profile now as an online resume, especially that you can make it public, so even people outside WUZZUF can find it and check your profile.

And even if you are not currently looking for a job, you can always switch its privacy into closed (searchable for employers only) or even private. It’s better to go update your profile so you can make use of your new online resume.

With the new profile design, your profile is more showing than talking who you are. You can use your WUZZUF profile now as an online resumeClick To Tweet

Faster, easier sign up

The profile creation flow in the new release is a complete re-design of the old, long process we used to have. Now, the new flow helps you fill what’s essential, focusing more on your skills and experience that you need to highlight to stand out. Along with your personal career interests and work experience you are able to complete your profile faster, and in a way that helps you get better, smarter and tailored to your needs career opportunities.

So don’t waste more time and go to WUZZUF.net and update your profile -or create one if you don’t have- and let us know what you think!

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Screening Questions: What, Why, & How?

By | Featured, Find a Job, Hiring, Job Search, Kick-start, Managers

Did you know that answering Screening Questions increases your chances of having your job applications viewed? And that’s merely one of the reasons why they are an important part of applying for jobs on WUZZUF.

One of the features that we offer companies on WUZZUF is the ability to add a number of customizable questions to a job post for applicants to answer. These are called Screening Questions, and we’re going to discuss why you should answer them and how to best do it.

So what are Screening Questions?

When you apply for a job on WUZZUF, you can get redirected to a page that looks like this with the heading “The hiring team at [Company x] also requires that you answer the below questions.”

Apply for Social Media Specialist at Digital Cloud (1) screening questions WUZZUF

These are the Screening Questions. The hiring company can ask any questions about info that doesn’t appear on your profile or CV, like “What makes you the best candidates for this job?”

The company could ask a question that’s specific to the technicalities of the posted vacancy. For example, if you’re applying for a vacancy of a digital marketer, you can find a question asking about brands you like and what made them your favorite.

Another common request is a sample of your work, especially if you’re in the creative field (writing, design, etc.). Because the company wants to know about you as much as they can before making a decision regarding your application, asking for a sample gives them a great idea of what your work is actually like.

Why should you answer Screening Questions?

So why are Screening Questions important? There are a couple of reasons why they’re important and hence why you should definitely answer them.

  • “To get over a mountain, you have to climb it.” — Unknown

Answering Screening Questions increases your Matching Score. Applicants for a job on WUZZUF are ranked according to their Matching Score, and therefore the ones with the highest scores are placed at the top of the list and have the highest chances of having their applications viewed.

Using Screening Questions, companies inquire about info they otherwise can’t know without actually sitting in an interview with you. Due to the complicated logistics of hiring (the time it takes, the number of applicants a job has, the required human resources, etc.), interviewing all candidate with seemingly fitting profiles is not possible. That’s why Screening Questions are a great tool because they give you a chance to talk more about yourself and fill in any details the company wants to know about you before it decides on an interview.

Answering Screening Questions is a great way to let companies know more about you. #ScreeningQuestionsClick To Tweet
  • “Go the extra mile and you will stand out from the crowd.” — Robin Crow

Screening Questions are the first thing the company sees in your application. Use this chance to impress the company with the effort you put into answering the questions. The company you want to join took the time to ask the questions that matter to the job and that makes answering them important. So respond in kind. Do go the extra mile and take the time to answer well and show your commitment. Use the opportunity to differentiate yourself from the crowd.

How answered vs. unanswered Screening Questions look in your application

How answered vs. unanswered Screening Questions look in your application.

How to answer Screening Questions

So now that you’re going to answer the Screening Questions, how should you do it?

A good point to keep in mind is that Screening Questions are a great chance to get the person doing the screening hooked. The position of the questions means that if your answers are not good, there’s a good chance they won’t go over the rest of your application and just move on to the next one. If they do check it out, it will already have left an unpleasant impression of you.

So here are some pointers on how to provide great answers to these questions.

  • Avoid clichés

Even when the question is one of the most common ones like “What makes you the best candidate for this job?” the company is still looking for a unique answer. Never copy and paste an answer from somewhere, even if it was another application of yours.

Never copy and paste an answer from somewhere, even if it was another application of yours. #ScreeningQuestionsClick To Tweet

It helps to thoroughly read the job description, requirements, and the questions themselves before answering because only then can you focus on your strengths that are directly related to the job.

You should also be unique and true to yourself. This is the only way the company gets to know you really well.

  • Be concise

The hiring company is busy so having someone go through all the applications on a job post would be hectic. Our research shows that someone hiring on WUZZUF spends only an average of seven seconds looking at any one application. This means they won’t read long answers, at least not fully. So be concise, get to the point, and cut the fluff. But do cover the point(s) the question is inquiring about thoroughly.

not concise Screening Questions

Fluffy

  • Play the game

In its core, getting a job is a barter deal. You give the company your skills and experience and in exchange you get a position, benefits, and career progress. It’s a two-way street, but if it were this straightforward, true professionals would be equated with the rest. So you have to play the game. Don’t assume just because that someone is hiring that they’re going to accept anyone. Put the effort in and pull out all the stops.

Screening Questions too direct no elaboration

Too direct with no elaboration

Don’t go overboard though. Never beg for the job in your answers. No matter how badly you need the job, don’t let it show. Don’t add your personal info (phone number or email) in your answers either. All of this will make the company undervalue you, so even if you did end up getting hired, you probably wouldn’t be getting your true worth.

  • Review your answers

Nothing leaves a worse impression than a good answer full of typos. Go over your answers when you’re done writing. Never submit an application without checking for those pesky, little errors that usually skip our attention. Make sure you’re using good grammar and punctuation. This is even more important if you’re applying for a job where excellent writing skills are a requirement. Use a tool like Grammarly for better results.

Full of linguistic errors

Here are more examples of bad answers to Screening Questions that are sure to kill your chance at getting the job you want:

irrelevant Screening Questions

Off topic

By following the tips above, you can get an answer that looks something like this:

Bottom line: Take your time when answering Screening Questions. They are what will get your foot in the door.

Have you ever encountered any Screening Questions you didn’t know how to answer? Let us know in the comments below so we can give you some tips.

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