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Lahore School of Economics Placement Guide

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Careers an Introduction

TAILORED TO YOUR TALENTS

Heading into the real world can be a bit daunting at first. We understand. We've all been there. That's precisely why we've created a series of developmental programs and strategies to help ease you into your career.

Career Paths

This is where you get to sit back and daydream a bit.
Because that actually is the first step towards creating a dream career.
Which, in our definition, is one that uses your talents to their maximum potential. So where do you shine? Finance?Human Resource Management? Maybe you're a marketing wiz. Or is it sales that gets you firing on all cylinders? Whatever your skills, you've an excellent chance of finding the path in which to channel them

All of you are completing your course work in May 2017 and YOU should be ready for the recruitment process happening in Lahore School. Each year a bunch of companies come and select students for their organizations. These companies go to collages throughout Pakistan and thus there is a large degree of competition while selecting students for the final job!!!!

What is grooming?

  • It is the process of making yourself look neat and attractive
  • The things which you do to make yourself and your appearance tidy and pleasant
  • Clothes and manners do not make a man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance
  • Whether it's real or imaginary the most important fact is that your appearance influences the opinions of everyone around you.
  • Your professionalism, intelligence and the trust people form is mainly due to your appearance.
  • Some of the perceptions people can form solely from your appearance are:
    • Your professionalism
    • Your level of sophistication
    • Your intelligence
    • Your credibility

Personal Grooming Habits

  • Grooming involves all aspects of your self
  • Overall cleanliness
  • Hair
  • Nails
  • Teeth
  • Make up
  • Clothes

Hair

  • It is your crowning glory
  • Keep it at a length & style which you can maintain
  • Wash your hair everyday or twice a week

For men

  • Hair should not fall over the ears, eyebrows or even touch the back of the collar
  • Facial hair should be neatly trimmed (moustache, sideburns) beards are not recommended.
  • Thus will present a neat appearance
  • Tie your hair in neat hairstyle with hair pulled back from the face
  • Hair if longer than jaw line, should be tied in a bun.
  • Should be well groomed with neat appearance all the time
  • Hair holding device should be plain and of natural colors.

For Women

  • Tie your hair in neat hairstyle with hair pulled back from the face
  • Hair if longer than jaw line, should be tied in a bun.
  • Should be well groomed with neat appearance all the time
  • Hair holding device should be plain and of natural colors.

Nails

  • Clip nails short, along their shape
  • A healthy body ensures healthy nails
  • Brittle or discolored nails show deficiencies or disease conditions

Teeth

  • Make sure your teeth are clean, and your breath is fresh

Make up

  • Make up should be natural looking
  • Try avoiding bright and attention catching colors for nail polish and lip color
  • Mild Fragrance
  • Women: we advise to stay away from extremely dark, bright reds and fluorescent colors.
  • Hair color should not be more than one or two shades darker or lighter than your natural hair color (avoid unnatural colors such as burgundy etc).

Accessories: Male

  • Accessories include watch, ring, handkerchief
  • A dress watch should be worn. Avoid athletic styles.
  • Avoid bracelets, necklaces and visible piercing

Accessories: Female

  • Jewelry should be kept minimal and conservative
  • Remove all facial piercing except earrings
  • The five Piece rule: Wear only 5 accessories- earring counts as 2, watch counts as 3, allowing 2 additional accessories

Shoes- Males

  • Lace up, conservative shoes are most preffered
  • Shoes should be black, brown or burgundy
  • Shoes should match your trouser or be of a darker color.
  • Avoid very old distorted shoes. Socks should match the color of your suit and cover your calves.
  • Belt should be in good condition and match the color of your shoes.

Shoes- FEMALES

  • Shoes should be pumps. Do not wear shoes with open toes, open heel, or ankle straps.
  • Shoe color should be darker than your trouser
  • Heels should be 1-2 inch

Let's remember...

  • A neat n clean attire all the time
  • Hair neatly tied up
  • No bad breath
  • Clean and washed socks with polished shoes
  • Well manicured hands
  • Usage of deodorant...

Appearance

  • Clothes must not be too tight
  • Neck line must not be plunging

Body language

  • Can reveal feelings
  • Posture is very important
  • Avoid hands and legs fidgeting
  • Composed facial expressions
  • Firm handshake
  • Eye contact is important
  • Smile

Voice

  • The moment a person speaks he or she can be judged
  • Must sound sincere and confident
  • Pronunciation is important
  • Tone of voice
  • Avoid using slang

Strengths and skills

Knowing about yourself is one of the key factors in effective career choice and planning.

We are all individuals and have different balances of skills, interests and motivations that will influence our career choice. You need to start by identifying the most important of these for yourself and considering the impact they will have on your career choice.

Some may be crucial; for example you might decide that your skills in listening effectively to others is of greatest importance and will influence your career choice accordingly. Alternatively, other factors may be less so. For example, you might decide that your strong interest in English Literature is a passion that you pursue outside your career.

What am I looking for in a career?

Answering this question will be easier if you can identify the following:

  • Your interests - how you would like to behave; how you would like to interact with others; and the problems you would like to work on.
  • Your motivations - the things you consider worthwhile in a job and that will contribute to your job satisfaction.
  • Your skills - the things you are good at and how you would like to make use of these in a job.

A good starting point might be to brainstorm the main factors under the headings given above and then to put them into order of importance to you. Remember while listing your interests, motivations and skills, to consider all your experience including academic study, previous employment, student activities, voluntary work and interests. All of these might have some part to play in influencing your career direction.

Try to focus on the positive aspects to begin with; that is, what you are good at, what you enjoy and what satisfies you. It is very tempting to start with negatives, for example 'I don't want to work in an office', but this can easily lead to a set of factors you wish to avoid rather than any positive ideas. Beginning with the positive allows you to consider a larger range of possible careers; you can narrow down these options later.

Remember also that your outlook may change over time depending on your particular circumstances and what else may be happening in other parts of your life. Career decisions that you make now will not last forever and will need revisiting from time to time.

Making a CV

What is a CV?

Whilst 'curriculum vitae' is a Latin term meaning 'the course of your life', it is more useful to think of a good CV as the 'edited highlights'.

In a CV you are not actually telling your life story - you are selling yourself!

If you remember this you will be well on the way to composing a CV that has a realistic chance of getting you an interview (which is what we are all after when we sit down to write one...).

What a CV should contain

Graduate employers have a 'shopping-list' of the knowledge, skills and experience they are seeking in candidates, so your CV is your opportunity to provide evidence of these attributes. (Their recruitment literature as well as your own knowledge of the requirements of the particular career for which you are applying should help you to do this.) Remember that you are not only seeking to inform employers about yourself but also to persuade them that you are worth interviewing.

An employer might well be reading a stack of CVs and will certainly be appraising them quickly (very quickly) so this means you should work on the presentation as well as the content.

Highlight the most appropriate information and present it in a way that has most impact. Having said all this, some essential details must be in your CV, although the exact order in which you put them depends on you:

Personal Details: Include - your name, address or addresses (if living away from home; telephone and mobile numbers; email address/es). Details such as your date of birth, nationality, gender or place of birth are discretionary and, depending on your circumstances, you may either include these or not.

Education & Qualification: Only as far back as secondary school and in reverse chronological order with more space devoted to details about qualifications that matter most, normally your degree. If you feel that the content of your degree will not interest an employer, write about the skills that you developed whilst studying it.

Work Experience: This can include paid jobs either during vacations or in term-time, paid and unpaid work placements, voluntary work - in fact, any situation in which you were working! They may all be used legitimately to show your suitability for the job in question by virtue of the particular skills and experience you developed.

Projects: This should include the most important projects or Research work done in your university. The project should also focus the area of interest you want to peruse in your career.

Relevant Skill: This section is increasingly common on CVs. Start by identifying which particular skills the employer is seeking and then give details. Use specific examples from your course, work experience, voluntary work and interests; in short, from any area of your life that seems appropriate.

Interests: These can show evidence of suitability through reference to the skills you have learnt. Being involved in sports can demonstrate team working ability, for example, or travel can show your adaptability and independence. Don't give a long list of interests but concentrate on two or three and write about what you have learnt from them.

Referees: It is normal to include two of these, unless more are requested. One should be an academic referee, probably your tutor, and the other someone who can comment on you from a different perspective such as an employer or long-standing family acquaintance. Do not use family or people whose relationship to you is not clear and always get their permission first.

Application forms

Employers often have their own application forms, either online or paper versions. There will usually be details of how or where to obtain an application form from, if in doubt contact the employer directly. However, remember that you might be making some kind of impression so be polite, positive and interested.

Before completing the form

  • Take a photocopy of the form, if possible.
  • Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to complete the form and are not hurrying through it at the last minute.
  • Read it through to ensure that you are clear about the kind of information that the employer requires.
  • Collect together all the information you can about the employer - job description, person specification, brochure, web site etc. - and identify what they are looking for (skills, experience, qualifications etc.)
  • Put together any evidence you have to show that you meet the employer's requirements. Don't ignore any part of your experience that you could bring in, such as: your course, work experience, voluntary activities and interests.
  • Decide where you will put this information on the application form; in most cases this will be obvious but make sure that you put it where it will make the most impact.
  • Pay particular attention to the questions about specific skills or where you are asked to describe your suitability for the job. These are looked at very carefully by employers and carry the most weight in the final decision.

Two of the main reasons that employers reject application forms are: a. poor spelling and grammar; b. not answering the questions.

Completing the form

  • Give careful thought to the presentation. Complete a photocopy of the form in rough first, so that you are sure that all your information will fit into the spaces provided.
  • Make sure that you obey the instructions; e.g. many employers specify the use of black ink or upper case throughout.
  • Pay attention to your spelling and grammar throughout; many employers will automatically reject candidates who are weak in these areas.
  • Get someone to read your rough copy - someone else will quickly notice mistakes that you have missed or occasions where you have not made yourself clear.
  • You may want to discuss your application form with a careers adviser.
  • Make the best of yourself but be honest: you may be required to talk at interview about what you have written.

After completing the form

Put together a short covering letter to send out with the application form. This letter enables you to set the scene for the employer and to reinforce your key strengths and reasons for applying for the job. It also allows you to deal with any issues that you were unable to deal with sufficiently on the form itself, for example, health matters, poor exam results, or international qualifications where more explanation is needed.

  • Remember: Many employers will reject applications if there is no covering letter OR if the covering letter has poor spelling and grammar.
  • Make a copy of your completed form so that if you are called for interview, you can quickly go over what you said about yourself and prepare for the interview more effectively.
  • Be prepared to contact the employer to check on the progress of your application if the closing date passes and you hear nothing from them for several weeks.

Interviewing Skills

Why should Companies hire you?

When invited to interview, express enthusiasm when accepting the offer. Get details about the interview date, location, interviewer contact information and ask what type of interview you will have (via phone or in person). If not already provided, ask if a complete job description is available and thank the person contacting you. Prepare in advance for interviewing success

  • Research the Company
  • Know Your Resume
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Analyze Yourself and Know Your Interview Goals
  • Employer's Interview Goals
  • Personal Appearance
  • Types of interviews
  • Questions to Ask Employer
  • Closing and Follow-up

Research the Company: You can research the employer by looking on their website or utilizing tools such as Career Search. You can learn information that relates to the mission and goals of the organization, size of organization, location of facilities and history of the company. You will also want to research types of clients or customers, annual or media reports and primary competitors and product lines or services. Find out the types of training offered and whether relocation/other policies important to you. Consider how the organization links to your current or future career plans.

Know Your Resume: Prepare several examples of relevant past accomplishments. Be able to articulate why you are interested in the specific position and the company. Evaluate problem areas in your background.

Practice, Practice, Practice: Know the job description: connect your background to the job. Have a thirty second introduction ready, practice in front of a mirror.Prepare 3-4 key points, prepare answers to common questions and do a mock interview

Analyze Yourself and Know Your Interview Goals: Analyze your strengths and skills; identify transferable skills. To fully understand the job, to match your skills, experience and knowledge to the critical aspects of the job to demonstrate that you are a good "fit".

Employer's Interview Goals To assess your knowledge, skills, abilities to evaluate your "fit" with the job and the organization to hire the best candidate for the job

Dress for Success First impressions count! If you are actively seeking an internship or co-op position, you will be expected to dress professionally. However, if you have a busy day on campus and cannot wear a suit all day, consider dressing in your suit just for the time that you are interacting with potential employers.

This is what an employer looks for when he interviews candidates for his organization?

  • Well groomed-presentable, SMART ( Not necessary good looking)
  • Ability to express yourself clearly, and with confidence
  • Honesty-self belief
  • Initiative & drive
  • Reliability

The list of skills which are particularly popular with employers

  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Initiative
  • Problem solving
  • Flexibility
  • Computer skills
  • Technical skills
  • How can we achieve the above?
  • Present yourself with confidence, competence, and clarity.
  • Listen to questions asked carefully, if you do not understand the question fully, say so and ask the interviewer to explain the question in more detail.

The selection / Hiring process

Tests

Cognitive: Ability of general reasoning, memory and inductive reasoning

Intelligence: measures a range of abilities like memory, Vocabulary, verbal fluency, numerical ability

Motor or physical: Finger dexterity, manual dexterity, reaction, time, Stamina (Ask for examples of jobs)

Personality: Introvert v/s extrovert Emotional adjustment, anxiety, insecurity, hostility, sociable, assertive, active, imaginative, conventional

Management Assessment centre

  • Candidates are required to react to real job like scenarios, which are similar to the jobs they are being interviewed for.
  • In basket (Reports, memos, phone calls)
  • Leaderless group discussion
  • Group without any leader is given a topic, and are asked to arrive at a group decision.
  • This helps to evaluate interpersonal skills, acceptance by the group, leadership ability
  • Management games
  • Requires solving realistic problems
  • How to advertise
  • How much working capital required

Types of Interviews

Intern/Co-op Interview
Intern/Co-op Interviews are usually conducted by an employer interviewing someone with little or no experience. The interview focuses on potential, achievements, skills, strengths/weaknesses, and goals. Displaying good communication and interpersonal skills is critical.

Screening Interview
Usually conducted over the phone by a gatekeeper such as a human resources person or recruiter. They are trying to judge whether you are a viable candidate for the position.

Initial Face-to-Face Interview
This focuses on goals, achievements, skills, strengths/weaknesses, and team fit. Displaying good communication and interpersonal skills is critical.

Behavioral Interview
Also called a situational interview, and used to determine how you might perform in their situation by looking at past experiences and behavior. Being concise and giving answers using real-world examples is the best approach.

Panel Interview
This type of interview is common in many fields. It is important to anticipate a variety of questions and personalities and engage with all members of the panel.

Supervisor Interview
This addresses how well you match the job requirements and organizational culture. Questions could target past achievements, skills, strengths and aspirations. You will be measured against other candidates and the focus may be on areas of weakness.

Pressure Interview
Used to assess your reactions under pressure using difficult questioning. The interviewer is trying to identify how well you think on your feet and react to stressful situations.

Inappropriate Questions
Inappropriate interview questions include those that could lead to job discrimination based on age, marital status, handicap, sexual orientation, national origin or religion. Questions should address your skills, experience and knowledge as they relate to the job responsibilities. If you are unclear about how a question relates to the job, ask for clarification.

Final Interview
Focus on areas of concern for either party. It may involve salary and benefits questioning. Display your interest in the job and company, and ask relevant questions.

Executive Interview
This interview is for those who have extensive work experience and may want to move up in an organization after receiving a new degree or changing careers as a result of their degree. The interview focuses on non-technical managerial skills.

General Graduate School Interview
This interview focuses on scholastic achievements, strengths/weaknesses, fit within the graduate program, exposure to the field, and career goals. Using specific examples and demonstrating knowledge of the program is critical.

Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice saying your answers out loud, in front of a mirror, with a friend, with someone from the Career Management Center, with anyone who will listen!

Be prepared to answer
Tell me about yourself - devise a 30 second "commercial" Name your strengths/ weaknesses - keep it positive! Remember: this is no time to be humble-you must say in simple, clear language what you do well and why you should be hired.

Questions You Can Ask the Employer

  1. How would you describe a typical day in this position?
  2. How much travel is normally expected?
  3. How frequently do you relocate professional employees?
  4. Why are you looking to fill this position? (Is it a newly created job? Did the previous employee leave? Why?)
  5. How many people have had this position and where have they gone?
  6. What is the average stay in this position?
  7. Outside my department, with whom will I work?
  8. How high a priority is this department within the organization?
  9. What are the prospects for advancement beyond this level?
  10. How does one advance in the organization?
  11. How often are performance reviews given?
  12. How often do the training programs begin?
  13. How many individuals go through your training program each year?
  14. How does your company's tuition reimbursement program work?
  15. What new product lines/services have been announced recently?
  16. How many people are you interviewing for this position?
  17. What are the things you like least/most about working here?
  18. If I am extended an offer of employment, how soon after this would you like me to start?
  19. What can I tell you about my qualifications?
  20. When can I expect to hear from you?
  21. Is this a new position? If not why is the last person leave?
  22. What attracted you to this organization?
  23. Where does this position fit into the organizational structure?
  24. What makes someone successful in this position?

Closing and Follow-up
Summarize qualifications and express enthusiasm for the position
Ask about post-interview procedures
Follow up with a thank you note
Do a personal debriefing and evaluate your performance

General Guidelines
Answer questions from the employer's perspective
Maintain positive attitude; show enthusiasm
Keep answers as job-related as possible
Don't ask about salary/benefits during the first interview
Never say anything negative about a previous employer or job
Ask each interviewer for a business card at the end of the interview

Process of Placements at Lahore School

Following is the code of conduct which must be followed by each student:

  • All students must get their registration done with the Placement Office (FH6) before a company comes.
  • Students should read all the mails from the placement office carefully and follow the instructions. If there are quires contact the Placement office.
  • The placement process starts in January when the companies start coming in for presentations and interviews and continues throughout the year. The job fair is held in February/March.
  • MBA II is eligible for applying for the management trainee positions.
  • Following resumes won't be included in the profile book
    • Students not sending their resumes on time
    • Resumes not in Lahore School format.
    • Resumes with poor English and grammar
    • Resume with incorrect pictures
  • Cheating is unacceptablein the Organization Tests. Anyone found cheating will not be allowed to sit for the test.
  • All students to be seated in the presentation room 10 minutes before the company arrive. Do not talk once the presentation starts as it will give you and your university a bad impression. If any question needs to be asked than raise your hand and wait for your turn to come. Do not speak out of turn. Do not leave the presentation in the middle. Sit properly.
  • The internship Process takes place in summers when the students are off from the Summer Semester. All students from BBAI/BBAII/BBA III/MBAI are entitled to do internship every summer. The internship should opted every year should be chosen keeping in mind the areas of interest of the student.Those internships are considered of value that have a definitive outcome, i.e. are project based and lead to achievements which interns can highlight on their CV.
  • Internships play a vital role in getting a good job Later on, so plan it right. Apply for a field that is relevant to studies, and go for the right exposure. Get the most out your experience. Be serious and professional, offer help for extra tasks, and do your best in assigned duty. Do not restrict yourself to just the project that is assigned, learn about other functions as well.
  • By time you graduate you should have a clear career path and should be aware of which direction in which you want to go, than you should be selective in applying to those companies that you know you can contribute positively to. Prioritize your preferred employers, and gradually work down your way. Thus you should do research (visit website) on the companies in which you want apply to know their backgrounds.

Organization That Have Recruited Lahore School of Economics Graduates in The Past

Pakistan

  • AC Nielson Pakistan
  • Adamjee Insurance
  • Agha Khan Rural Support Program
  • Albaraka Islamic Bank
  • Alfalah Securities
  • Alfalah Bank
  • Allied Bank
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Askari Commercial Bank
  • Atlas Bank
  • Az Guard 9
  • Bank Al Habib
  • Bank of Punjab
  • Barclays Bank Pakistan
  • Beconhouse National University
  • BMA Capital Management
  • Chevron Pakistan Limited
  • Citibank N.A
  • Coca Cola Beverages Limited
  • Crescent Investment Bank
  • Cupola Pakistan Limited
  • Descon Chemicals
  • Dubai Islamic Bank
  • Emirates Global Islamic Bank
  • Engro Foods Limited
  • Ericsson Pakistan Limited
  • Express News
  • Fast University
  • Faysal Bank
  • GEO TV
  • GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan
  • Google Inc. Pakistan
  • Habib Bank Limited
  • Honda Atlas Cars
  • HSBC Bank Middle East ltd. Pakistan
  • ICI Pakistan Limited
  • IGI Securities
  • JS Bank
  • JWT Asiatic
  • Kashf Foundation
  • Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Limited
  • KASB
  • Lakson Tobacco Group
  • Levi Strauss & Company
  • Lahore School of Economics
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Makro Habib Pakistan
  • Meezan Bank
  • Mobilink GSM
  • Muslim Commercial Bank
  • Nestle Pakistan
  • Netsol Technologies
  • NIB Bank
  • Nishat Chunian
  • Nishat Group of Companies
  • Novartis Pharma Pakistan Limited
  • OSIM
  • Orix Leasing
  • Packages Limited
  • Pakistan State Oil
  • Pakistan Tobacco Company
  • Pildat
  • Pizza Hut Pakistan
  • PTCL
  • Pepsi Cola International
  • PICIC Commercial Bank
  • Princeton Review
  • Procter & Gamble Pakistan
  • Red bull
  • Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
  • Samsung Pakistan
  • Sapphire Group of companies
  • Saudi Pak Commercial
  • ShaukatKhanum Memorial Hospital
  • Shell Pakistan Limited
  • Siemens Pakistan
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • State Bank of Pakistan
  • SMEDA
  • Telenor
  • Tetra Pak Limited
  • Tri Pack Flims Limited
  • The Resource Group (TRG)
  • Total PARCO Pakistan
  • U-Fone GSM
  • Unilever Pakistan
  • United Bank of Pakistan
  • US Denim Mills
  • Warid Telecom
  • WateenWateen
  • Well & Will Group
  • XIS Media
  • Zong