Graduate

GRADUATE

Our mission:

This page is intended to unite the graduates of the Armenian-Russian International University "Mkhitar Gosh" / MGU /, thanks to which it will be possible to create a union of MGU graduates. The MG University is always proud of its students and graduates, appreciating their support and assistance in the recognition of the university in a wider circle.

Today, when university graduates apply the knowledge they have acquired in various fields, their integration and participation in various activities taking place in university life is essential. Through this union  university graduates and staff will have the opportunity to collaborate and to be mutually informed about the many activities starting at the university. As a result of this cooperation, conferences, seminars, courses, exhibitions and events related to lifelong education will be jointly organized. Our goal is to contribute to the professional development of MGU graduates, while contributing to the development of law, economics and medicine in Armenia.

 

Our achievements:

l   promoting cooperation of graduates of MGU 

l   training courses which will promote professional development, practical lessons and seminars,

l   open discussions on key topics in which graduates are interested in,

l   charitable actions, fundraisers for various projects,

l   cultural and sports events,

l   cooperation with private and public institutions, promoting the activities of graduates,

l   promote the progress of MGU through unique ideas and programs,

l   present and protect interests of graduates

 

RULES OF EMPLOYMENT

1. Effective methods of searching job

Career center at the university: There are several areas for university graduates of searching job. One of them is the employment service at the university (employment department). As a rule, the university employment service has its own database of vacancies, where there are interesting options. Employees of the employment promotion departments organize seminars - trainings, employment lessons in order to inform students and graduates about the situation on the labor market and employment mechanisms. Almost all career centers in any region organize meetings and round tables with employers. Taking part in the work of the round table, you can ask a couple of questions during the break. If you don't know where to start, ask about the founders of the company, the range of its products. The more time you spend with people who are already working, the better you will understand what else can you improve in your behavior. In addition, at such meetings, students are invited to fill out questionnaires, resumes, applications for vacancies of participating companies.

If you are a student or graduate Armenian-Russian International University "Mkhitar Gosh" - for help in finding a job, you can contact the Department of Assistance to Employment of Graduates and Marketing of Educational Services.

Direct contact with the employer. Job opportunities and advertised vacancies are not the same thing. You have not seen a company announcement of a suitable vacancy for you, but suppose that it might be there? Then send your resume, better with cover letters.

Company presentations and job fairs. Job fairs are held in universities in autumn and spring. First, representatives of companies give presentations or conduct business games, and then you can personally communicate with them. Business games are especially useful in terms of employment. Often, after one day of teamwork, you are immediately offered an interview. There is a similar opportunity at company presentations (announcements about them are posted in advance at universities).

By participating in company presentations and job fairs, you:

1. Get the opportunity to directly meet and communicate with company representatives and HR managers.

2. You can learn about recruitment programs and internships in companies, what requirements employers have for candidates.

3. Get information about the state of the labor market: for example, it is useful to know what is the current demand for you as a specialist.

4. You can leave your resume, familiarize yourself with the list of offered vacancies and pass a mini-interview.

MEDIAs.  A number of newspapers regularly publish vacancies, including those for young professionals and students. Many newspapers have a career building section. It clarifies the intricacies of working in various companies. Sometimes it can be helpful to find out who is who in the market and choose the company you want to work for.

  Internet. On the sites you can not only find vacancies, but also leave your resume, having the opportunity to find a job not only in your region. You can also find descriptions of job descriptions of a particular specialist.

The websites of employing companies contain the latest job listings, internship application forms. You can also send your resume and cover letter by e-mail (why do you want to work in this particular company in this particular position).

Relatives, acquaintances and classmates. Having determined for yourself what kind of job you are looking for, explain it to everyone around you. The more people help you, the better. Periodically ask friends and fellow students about vacancies.

State employment centers. Here you can use the information bank of vacancies. Get an individual consultation, pass professional testing. State employment centers provide services free of charge.

Recruitment agencies.Most recruiting agencies are interested in recruiting middle and top-level specialists. At the same time, with a year of experience and a completed higher education, you become attractive to other recruiting agencies.

You should remember that there are two main types of recruiting agencies:

1. Agencies for the selection of personnel (recruiting agencies). Execute customer paid orders for staff search and selection. Such agency does not undertake obligations on employment of applicants.

2. Employment agencies. In one form or another, they take a fee from applicants who apply to the agency for help in finding a job. And companies-employers are offered free recruitment services.

2. Telephone conversations with the employer

Your phone will help you save time and effort when looking for a job. However, lack of telephone skills, lack of self-confidence or fear of rejection leads to a reluctance to use the phone, which significantly reduces the chances of finding a job.

Benefits of a phone call:

•  the phone allows you to call a large number of enterprises in a short time and find out about available vacancies;

• skillfully using the phone, even if the vacancy is already occupied, you can get other useful information, for example, find out where similar vacancies can be;

•in a telephone conversation, the applicants gets a chance to present his positive parties and create a good impression of yourself.

Talking on the phone requires certain skills and adherence to generally established rules:

1. Preparing for a conversation gives you a chance to take the initiative, lead and control the conversation, so it is advisable that the data that you will communicate by phone to the future employer is carefully thought out before the conversation starts (maybe even written down).

2. First you need to introduce yourself, clearly state the reason for your call and ask to be connected with a representative of the company authorized to negotiate the issue of hiring. Addressing the employer by name and patronymic shortens the psychological distance and creates a pleasant impression of the interlocutor and the seriousness of his intentions.

3. When talking on the phone, you should remember that the interlocutor does not see you, therefore the correctness and politeness of your speech, the pleasantness of intonation become especially important for building your image.

4. You should not rush when talking on the phone, the interlocutor assimilates new information with such interaction more slowly. Briefly report on your education, qualifications, experience, skills, personal qualities, interests. It is useful to take the initiative and find out if something needs to be repeated, dictated.

5. Having won the employer's interest, ask him for a meeting, offer him to send your resume. If they refuse, try to get information from your interlocutor about where similar vacancies may be or will appear in the near future. Offer to write down your coordinates.

6. Finishing the conversation, it is necessary to clearly understand for yourself how the negotiations ended, whether the meeting will take place in the future (where and when) or if you need another phone call (when and who will call whom).

7. Remember that whatever the outcome of the phone call, a polite goodbye will help cement a good impression of you. Thank the interlocutor for the time spent on you.

If the employer called you

If the initiative for the call does not come from you, but from the employer, and it is not comfortable to  talk at this moment, or you are simply not psychologically ready for an interview, then it is best to postpone the telephone interview. The answer can be formulated as follows: "Can I call you back at another time?" Thus, you clearly enough express your interest in the vacancy.

After the end of the conversation, be sure to ask what your next steps are: when  the result of the interview is expected. If you know the email address of the employee who communicated with you, after the conversation, you can send him a short reminder letter, in which, in addition to gratitude for the conversation, once again list your strengths as a professional.

3.University graduate resume /Summary/

This is your main document. In the overwhelming majority of cases, employers first ask the applicant to send a resume. Only after reading this document, they decide whether to meet with the person in person. Therefore, the preparation of a resume must be given the utmost attention. It is better to compose a resume separately for a specific position. If you are considering two majors, write two separate resumes. Then from previous jobs you will be able to highlight and indicate exactly those skills and achievements that relate to the desired specialty. You shouldn't list everything you did in a row.

The main purpose of the resume- make the employer want to meet with you. At the center of any good resume should be a demonstration of your own successes and achievements.

Contact and personal information. It must contain the last name, first name and patronymic, date of birth, contact information. Indicate home and mobile phone numbers, email address.

The photo: Opinions differ about photography, whether it is needed or not at all. The majority is inclined to believe that it is desirable in the resume for certain positions, such as secretary, assistant manager. But if you don't have a good photo, it's better to do without it than to post a poor quality one.

A photograph taken in the workplace or against a neutral background where your face is clearly visible is suitable. Do not post group shots, pictures with children or animals. In the photo, you must be wearing a business suit, not a sundress, shorts, etc.

Desired position. The company may have several vacancies, so it is better to indicate the position for which you are applying.

Basic education.  Indicate the years of the beginning and end of studies, the full name of the educational institution, the specialty received. If you have no work experience, it is better to describe in detail the course and results of your studies and indicate the places of internship. In the "Education" section (in addition to the main one), indicate only those courses and trainings that meet the intended goal.

In addition to the university, the period of study and specialty, indicate research projects, term papers, theses, if the topics correspond to the field of future employment.

Work experience: It is best to imagine the sequence of moving from one position to another (or from one company to another) in reverse order (start with the latter). Specify dates to the nearest month. Don't list too many jobs. It is optimal to indicate 4-5 places of previous work or for the last 10 years. It is not necessary to list your entire work biography. Focus the employer's attention on experiences that fit your current goal. Do not forget to describe your professional achievements, if any. Don't overload your resume with special terms. First of all, the recruiting manager will get acquainted with the resume, and not a specialist working in the same direction with you. Before you are invited for an interview, your resume will go through several stages of consideration. First, the resume will be developed by the recruitment manager.

What to do when experience is low? Describe ALL your experience!

If you do not have enough work experience in your specialty, you must include all work experience in your resume:

ü  Internship in senior courses;

ü summer work;

ü assistance to lecturers at the university;

ü private entrepreneurial activity;

ü temporary work in projects;

ü unpaid work (perhaps participating in the organization of conferences, work in public or charitable organizations).

You must show that you know how to work and achieve results. Highlight the experience that is relevant to the job you are looking for. One way to increase your work experience (at least in the employer's perception) is to break the job description into fragments and explain them in detail.

For example, simply saying that you were head of an office is not enough. Divide the description of this work into functions such as receiving incoming phone calls, work with the correspondence, with the company's computer database, inventory and replenishment of consumables, communication with regulatory authorities (for example, with fire control services, sanitary inspection, etc.), correspondence with government and public organizations.

If you find it difficult to compose your existing experience in this way, you can use job advertisements (they often describe future responsibilities) and published resumes of specialists who worked in similar positions as a hint.

Professional skills: When describing your personal qualities, write about those that are appropriate for the position you want, for example diligence that is appropriate for the average employee,  that's not the best description of a leader, but initiative and organizational skills will be more adequate.

Rules for describing personal qualities in the resume:

There should be no more than five useful characteristics. An approximate list of these characteristics the ability to work in a team and achieve collective goals, sociability, the ability to negotiate with people, the ability to quickly switch from question to question, organizational skills, stress resistance, learning ability, leadership qualities, the ability to generate new ideas, high efficiency, creative thinking, purposefulness etc.

Additional information.Tell only what may be useful for fulfilling the relevant job duties: knowledge of computer programs, business contacts, knowledge of foreign languages, driver's license, having a car, willingness to travel and work irregularly.

Include any positive information on your resume. Indicate awards and certificates for academic achievements. In the section "Other significant information" it is possible (and necessary) to add such items as:

l  won grants, contests ("Best Project", etc.);

l  rewarding;

l  appointments, elective positions (for example, head of the course);

l  grade point average (if higher than 4).

Knowledge of foreign language. If the requirements for the candidates show a certain knowledge of a foreign language, then the second version of the resume will not be superfluous.

4.    Interview with the employer.

You have been invited for an interview. This is undoubtedly the most exciting part of your job search. Do not refuse an offer to pass an interview, even if the proposed job does not suit you completely. This is a great workout.

Your success or failure in the interview depends, firstly, on your professional qualities (education, experience, qualifications, etc.), and secondly, on how you show yourself as a person during the interview. It follows from the invitation to an interview with the company that your professional qualifications generally meet the requirements of the employer. Therefore, personality can be crucial.

Before the interview, consider how you will be dressed. Appearance and behavior are very important and practically determine the first impression. If you are going for an interview at a financial institution, choose a conservative business dress. If you are going to an interview with a construction company or a design firm, you can afford to dress in a more casual style.  It is best for a woman to wear a formal suit or rather conservative dress for the interview. Do not use harsh perfume or cologne.

Make sure in advance that you know how to get to the company building and where to park your car. Get out of the house well in advance. It would be good to arrive 15 minutes early. This will show that you respect the interviewer and value their time. If you are still late, try to call back and warn about the delay. Remember that your ability to make a good impression during the interview will play a decisive role when choosing from several candidates with the same qualifications.

You need to prepare your dossier and take it to every interview. Treat the collection of documents carefully. Place them in any transparent or cardboard folder if you don't have a business bag.

Documents required for the interview.

l  Resume (preferably in 2 copies), even if you have already sent it by fax or e-mail.

l  The passport. Here the requirements are the same - accuracy. Even if the passport itself is pretty shabby, buy a new cover for it.

l  Diploma of education. And do not forget the insert, where there are ratings.

l  Documents about additional education, courses, etc. It is best if diplomas and certificates have worked in your favor and confirmed that you have grown and continue to grow as a professional.

l  Characteristics and letters of recommendation.

5. Rules for the conduct of the interview

l  Be polite and friendly to everyone you meet in the office. Remember to smile as you enter the interviewer's office.

l  When greeting a company representative, do not shake hands first.

l  Do not sit down until you are asked to do so.

l  Remember how important sign language is. Watch your posture, try to make eye contact.

l  If you are introduced to someone, do your best to hear and remember the person's name correctly. If you can immediately address the interlocutor by name, it will make a favorable impression. Asking again will reveal excessive nervousness.

l  If you are asked to fill out any forms, remember that everything matters: literacy, accuracy, handwriting, and clarity of wording.

6. Interview. Frequently Asked Questions

The goal of the interviewer is to get answers to three main questions.

• Will you be able to do this job successfully?

• Are you suitable for the company or department where you have to work?

• Will you be a purposeful employee you can count on (with a salary that the company can offer you)?

Tell us a little about yourself. In this case, the employer is primarily interested in the professionalism of the potential employee. So tell her exactly what you did at work, when you graduated from university.

What position do you see yourself in in a few (five) years? Do not be ashamed to answer this question. Are you planning to become a boss? You can boldly state this, but only if your qualifications, experience and knowledge allow you to hope for such a prospect. Definitely, the answer must sound right and reasonable.

Most employers value the pursuit of an employee's career advancement. On the condition that the position allows you to grow. In general, this question is more likely not about career achievements, but about the ability to see prospects, understand how you can move towards your intended goal, internal motives, the ability to plan your own life and see intermediate results.

Depending on what you are telling, it is not difficult to understand how objectively you treat yourself as a professional, whether you are interested in the profession itself or you are more interested in career growth, how accurately you correlate your own development and advancement.

Why do you want to work in our company? Answering this question requires serious preparation. Job seekers often go for an interview only because they were invited, and not at all because they want to work in this particular company. But the employer needs "dedicated fighters". And if you let him know that you don't care where to work, as long as the money is paid, this will not add points to you. Therefore, you need to get as much information as possible about the "receiving party" (for example, via the Internet). Then at the interview you will be able to show off the information you received and convince the interviewer that you made the choice consciously.

Why do you consider yourself worthy to take this position? What are your advantages over other candidates?This is the best question for a candidate to state without false modesty his main advantages over other applicants. In doing so, you must demonstrate your ability to persuade, emphasizing your advantages. It is bad if you answer this question with weak arguments and give your formal biographical characteristics.

What are your strengths? Think about your main successes and achievements in previous jobs or just in life. Now ask yourself the question, due to what quality have you achieved these successes?

Serious analysis will provide an opportunity to determine your strengths. As an illustration, it is always better to give specific situations in which the manifestation of these qualities led you to success.

First of all, it is necessary to emphasize the qualities that are required for this work.

What are your weaknesses?The recommendations for those who are looking for a job suggest presenting their weaknesses as a continuation of their strengths, for example, it is suggested to tell the employer how you cannot quit the job you have started, and leaving work on time is simply beyond your strength.

Behind this question lies not so much the desire to really learn about your positive and negative qualities, but the ability to be open, the ability to answer uncomfortable questions, and self-confidence.

Do not give out clichés, each of us has a lot of flaws that "have the right to life" - someone loses their ability to work under the gaze of ill-wishers, some cannot stand routine work, and most of us hardly get up in the morning to get to work on time.

Think about what is really inherent in you and do not be afraid to be frank. After all, only a confident person can talk about their shortcomings.

Why did you leave your previous job?It is bad if the reason for leaving was a conflict, if the candidate scolds the order that was there and his former leader. Leaving work due to conflict is an escape from difficulties, an admission of one's own defeat, which leaves an imprint on a person's self-esteem. A good candidate will emphasize what was positive in his previous work and relationships with people, and name such worthy reasons as the desire for a more interesting (high-paying, professional growth opportunity) job and the desire to fully realize his opportunities.

Describe to me the difficult problem that you faced?Great opportunity to demonstrate ­to develop their ability to solve problem situations, learn from mistakes, analyze the possibilities of behavior strategies.

It is important for the employer, rather, not just a listing of situations in which you have failed, but an understanding of what you assess as a failure, are you able to talk about it, how you overcome difficulties.

None of us is immune from failures, everyone, including the person sitting opposite you, had their ups and downs. And the value of life experience is not in the number of years that you have worked in the position, but in life experience, the ability to "get up" after failures, move forward after making mistakes, the rationality of the decisions made and the ability not to step on the same rake.

Very often the mistake of candidates is that they describe a difficult situation and then say - I coped with it. In fact, the manager is interested in the problematic area insofar as. His attention is focused on the algorithm for solving complex problems, the candidate's ability to concentrate, work under the pressure of time or circumstances, the ability to solve the problem in stages, listen to the opinions and prompts of others, flexibility in accepting and rejecting behaviors.

Will your study / personal life interfere with this work associated with additional loads (irregular working hours, long or distant business trips, constant travel)?It is worth considering if you are asked such a question. In some companies, trying to circumvent the law, they impose strict conditions, such as: not to have children for a certain time, not to issue sick leave certificates for child care, not to issue unpaid leave, etc. In any case, if you are asked: "Will study interfere with work?", It is worthwhile to weigh everything and think it over again. After all, if the company does not have the opportunity to take time off, he may try to find a more suitable place.

If you get this job, what will be your first steps?The question is often asked of applicants for managerial and administrative positions. You should show your familiarity with such situations and the ability to take initiative. Beware of proposing changes if you have not had the opportunity to become sufficiently familiar with the state of affairs.

Personal life: For some reason, all issues affecting this area also cause great confusion. In most cases, questions about your personal life do not aim to penetrate its secrets, rather, to understand the border to which you are able to talk about yourself with a stranger. How open you are and how do you keep the boundaries of your "I", are you sufficiently independent and self-sufficient, do you talk about what worries you, or try to avoid discussing personal topics. And if you prefer not to talk about your private life, how delicately you know how to do it.

What salary do you expect? A Russian proverb says: "He who does not know his own worth will always be cheap." It is best to indicate the average amount for you, while emphasizing that you hope that your wages will not be lower than its market value. It is recommended that you avoid meticulously discussing your pay before you have a chance to describe what you have to offer the company, or claiming that pay means "nothing" to you.

And more about questions: If you are suddenly asked a question, the answer to which you do not know, it is better to honestly say about it. In general, when going to an interview, you need to be prepared for the fact that you may be asked to answer some purely professional questions, to demonstrate your skills. If some questions seem tactless to you, try not to show your indignation. React softly, avoiding statements like "this is not relevant".

It is better to get away from the "unbearable" questions concerning your personal life in another way: "Can I not answer this question?" Don't forget the courtesy rules, no matter what happens. Even if you realize during the interview that this job is not for you.

It is unacceptable not to ask a single question if you are asked to ask them. In order not to be caught off guard by the offer to ask questions, prepare yourself a list of questions of interest to you in advance. Try to ask questions that would indicate your interest in this work.

Here are some of the questions you can ask the interviewee:

l What does management expect from an employee in this position?

l What results are expected during the probationary period?

l What will my daily routine look like?

l Who will I report directly to?

l How important is this job for the company?

l What education and training programs are provided?

l What are the opportunities for career or professional growth?

l What are the plans and prospects of the company itself?

l What units will I have to interact with?

Don’t try to ask all the questions you have prepared in advance. Better to limit yourself to two or three that match the previous context and mood of the interview. Keep in mind that there is no need to try to figure things out in your first interview. You will still have an opportunity to ask when they will ask you.