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Report for the first CCI seminar ‘Knowledge of Job Hunting’


By admin - Posted on 17 June 2016

On 6th June, 2016, CPN (Chinese Professionals in Norway) held a seminar on the topic "Knowledge of Job Hunting" at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. Lene Rutle, who works as senior recruitment and outplacement consultant at Frontica Advantage, was invited by CPN to be the speaker on this topic for the second year running.

Lene Rutle has more than 10 years working experiences as a career advisor and recruiter. She took the job hunting process from a recruiter’s standpoint and unveiled what the recruiters really wanted from the candidates in the job applications and interviews. She illustrated why communication should be the focus point in a job hunting process. With constructive examples and charts, she introduced to the audience a communication framework in the job hunting context - information flowing from the sender/applicant to the recipient/target company, with noise" such as information overload, sub-cultural language barriers to reduce the effectiveness in the process. The sender is responsible for choosing the correct channels, filtering out the noises, and listening to feedbacks to make sure that the receiver has got the right messages. A job seeker will not get a job because how he/she desperately needs that job but how qualified and motivated he/she is.

With the communication framework, Lene Rutle showed the audience how to 1) collect information effectively about target industries and companies, 2) map out one's own Unique Selling Points (USP) by the competency mapping using Excel, and 3) convey the information in concise and powerful ways to HR and potential employers. She also emphasized the importance of building, nurturing, and using one's network both through professional events and via social media, in particular the effective usage of Linkedin.

About 60 persons from 14 countries were registered and over 50 persons met up at the seminar. The audience responded enthusiastically to Lene Rutle's introduction and framework, and keenly interacted with the speaker during the seminar. The discussions deepened with specific questions on job-seeking in a Norwegian context, especially the implication of the Norwegian culture on networking (key learnings such as: never ask for a job directly from a contact, and think long-term when building network). The discussions gave the seminar audience invaluable insights on the Norwegian job market, which is characteristically inter-connected and where one's personal branding may travel across quickly within the sector.

The presentation for the seminar is available here.

Photos from the seminar (taken by Min Jin, Yun Wang, and Xinli Wang) can be viewed here.

Reported by Violette Qin and Xinli Wang

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