Advice For Job Seekers Operating On Social Media Platform

Today, in this internet age, social media has gained quite a prominence. Everyone will agree that social media is both a boon and a bane. Boon for those, who know how to utilise it to one’s advantage.

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So, here we present social media advice for job seekers: four ways to post strategically for career advancement.

Pepper up, a little bit

Having a social media account is fine. But, it’s also a well known fact that you are probably ignoring these accounts and using them unless and until you need it, that is, in an emergency or in necessary circumstances.  This is a common mistake. As your career advances, try to make the necessary changes in your career.  Also, brag a little. Suppose, you are a little too old, then try to post a picture which shows you little more active. This will improve your job prospective

Choose your platform

Think and choose the platform you think is feasible for you. If you think one social media platform is more advantageous for you than the other and the traffic inflow in this particular platform is more, than try and be active on it.

Build a social network

Try and build a social network with your colleagues, your friends and the companies you want to connect with.  The best way to engage with people you don’t know on social network is follow them, send friendship requests etc.

Try and be consistent

While using social media, try to be consistent. You cannot possibly post with different names in different professional communications platform and expect people to find you. You cannot simply be called Laura at one place and Estella in other social media accounts, blogs, posts and resumes. If you use a name in one place, keep using it in all contexts. Consistency is the key.

On a final note, before using a social media platform make sure you are abiding by the company platform and not breaching any company rules.

 

Stay quiet and you can hear more

Listening, I guess, is an art and listening like a pro is quite a difficult task for human beings, as we are always eager to talk more and listen less. Nature gifted us with two ears and one tongue so that we listen twice more than talk. Unfortunately, we do just the opposite.

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So, why is it that some people turn out to be such good listeners while there are others who lack even minimal concentration while listening? Perhaps the following paragraph will make it clearer. So, are you really listening, or just waiting to talk? Read on…

 Listeners can be divided in the following categories:-

Marginal listener

Marginal listeners are people with less concentration and poor listening skills. They are people who simply won’t listen to what you have to say, are fidgety in nature and lack simple concentration skills. Such people generally end up saying meaningless things. The conversationalist doesn’t feel listened to. Conversations with such people usually go nowhere.

Evaluative listener

Such type of listeners are better way of than the marginal listener.  They can be termed as active listener. They listen and their level of concentration is better than that of the marginal listener. Such type of people generally tries to grasp the message, but do not fully comprehend what the other person wants to convey. They cannot empathise well and concentrate more on preparing the answer.

Active listener                        

They can be termed as the best listeners of the lot. They have maximum concentration power. Such people try to fully comprehend what the speaker is saying and do not worry about giving the message without listening.  They are what you can call pro listeners. They give verbal and non verbal cue to tell others that they are listening.  Conversations with such people is not only enjoyable, but yield results. Such people can empathise well with others.

The aforesaid paragraphs tell us the difference between different types of listeners.  Listening well, not only makes the conversation enjoyable, but at the same time the conversation seems to go somewhere. So, next time stay quiet and you’ll find that you are hearing more.

Things you can talk to your boss about career wise

Bosses are considered to be the most in-docile creatures on the planet. Now having a general conversation with them regarding your career seems to be an impossible task.  But, most of us will agree with the fact the ‘Boss’ knows all. And that’s why he is the person at the top and supervising you and not the other way round.  So, break the ice and have a conversation with him regarding your career. He will definitely help you ,for more than anything else he is human, and remember he too held your position once and ‘he has been there and done that’.

So, here we present discussing your career path with your boss and how to prepare yourself with these 5 questions:-

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Where you see yourself 5 years from now?– If you are thinking of changing careers or contemplating on pursuing some course, then be frank and discuss this point with your boss. You need not be intimidated while telling him about your priorities in life? One may ask why the boss should be interested in your plans. Then the answer is simple- he wants to see you grow. One of the reasons is if you move companies, you can at least spread the good word about the organization. This will help build the reputation of the company in the market.

Why should I take advice from my boss?- Your boss is at the top of the pyramid for a reason. As we said earlier, ’he has been there and done that’, so he knows the tricks of the trade.  He is a person who has faced similar situations, so he is a suitable person to give advice.

Would you recommend some other course of action?– Most of us will agree that as human beings we do need other people’s opinion. This is simply because of the fact that as human beings our knowledge is limited. Your boss will be the apt person to  guide you through the fact that if you require a different career path.

What kind of initiative should I take to reach my goal?– Here, you can ask your boss to guide you through your career path by telling you what you should do to upgrade your skills and qualifications.  Obviously he is a more qualified person (that’s why he is your boss), so he knows better. He can give you better advice.

Are there some projects on way?– You can ask this question  to your boss. This way you would know not only that where  you stand in the company, but at the same time it may be possible that you learn new things by taking part in the project.

Growth is an important aspect in every individual’s life. Asking  for the able advice  of your supervisor will only broaden  your career prospect.

Boost Up Your Job Search

Going on a job search is not an easy thing, especially if you are new candidate in the job market.  In such a case one needs  the assistance or advice of some other person to boost up ones job search.  Here we help you by offering you some quick tips for your job search.

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Assess yourself– This is the first and foremost step. Before you get going, evaluate yourself. Contemplate what you want from life. Fix your objective, that is. Go for jobs you actually have the skills for and want to actually do. Don’t tie down to jobs you would regret doing later on.

Create a social network -There are many instances that people get job because of references rather than job adverts. Call it a necessary evil if you will, but creating a social network works much  better than the traditional method of job hunting. It helps to talk to friends, family and people in your social circle and look out where job might be on offer.

Look out for best employers – Put your CV online, instead of going out for job hunt. This way you can save yourself lot of time and energy. This way, potential employers would come to you.

Narrow down your search – Try and hunt down companies which you think are good employers.  This would narrow down your search and you can search from the very best in your desired sector on nationwide basis.

Hidden jobs – There are instances that a job is there in the market, but it is yet to be advertised.  They are hidden jobs. You can know about these jobs from  internal recruitment’s or spread of the word techniques.

Remain positive– It’s very much possible that you don’t strike the gold at first attempt. So, if your job search is not giving you your desired results , still you should not lose heart and keep making attempts.

We can conclude that job hunt is not rocket science, little bit of  meticulous planning and agility is all that one requires.

How To Start Your Second Innings In An Interview

Getting a call for a second round after you cleared your first round of interview is not something we would say is a happy experience. If the first round was a telephonic one, then do not worry a call for second interview is nothing to worry about. This in fact, spells good news. This only means, now you have to prepare for a one on one interview and there is possibility of you getting selected. In case the scenario is something else that is, you cleared your first interview and yet there is a call for a second round, still there is nothing to panic.

This only means now you will be interviewed by some higher authority or by some higher level of the HR team. So, how to prepare for a second interview?

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If you got a call for a second interview in mail, then it is a good thing for it means now you have some time and can do some time of prepping up before you go for the interview.

You may have guessed till now, that the first round was just a warm up session and the second round may be the final round and the deciding factor in your selection by the company. Hence, this time before going in for the second interview, just brush up your knowledge little bit. This may sound not so important. But, this may be necessary for this time you do not want to be less prepared as you were before.

Do a little research on the person who you are going to meet. This, lets you know things like the position he is working in and helps you frame a dossier of questions you think you will be asked.

Dress up as you did for the first interview. Be formal in your attire and be smart and savvy in your approach.

When you are called for the second interview, you may not know what type of questions you will be bombarded with. My advice, don’t panic under such conditions and turn yourself around as the flow takes you.

So, one may see that getting a call for a second interview is not a bad thing after all, for as they say ‘life always offers you second chances, it is called a tomorrow’…a brighter tomorrow that is.

 

Career Choices and Everything In Between

Life is full of choices and these choices and decisions uplift or mar life.  This is not as intimidating as it sounds, believe me. Just a little bit of planning and correct understanding, is all that it takes to achieve your goals and get that dream job. So the question arises “how to make a new career choice?  We try to answer this question as follows:-

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First and foremost, make a safe assessment. Take out a ‘me time’ from your daily schedule. As someone said –“Take some time to think, it is a source of power”. Think and assess, those are the key words. Evaluate your goals, your dreams, your expectations from life and what steps you need to take to fulfill these expectations. These days self assessment tools are available on the internet and these tools can help you sort out your problem.

After this contemplation and self assessment, make a catalog of occupations you think you are interested in and want to explore. After making this list, tick out the more important and cross out the not so important goals. This will narrow down your search. A point to remember is if you are taking the help of some self assessment tool, then different tools can come out with different results.  To ease out this confusion, you can sort out these results and write them under one master list.

Once your search is narrowed, all you need to do is finding relevant information about these preset goals like, what kind of training and education, you need to achieve them and what and where are the institutions which offer these training. After all, you need to make yourself a capable person, before you are on your final mission.

Last, but not the least after all these steps, hopefully you can make your career choice and have your pick. Don’t pressurize yourself. If you make a choice and decide to change in the future, you are free to do so. Many people change their career more than twice in their lifetime and that’s common.

Hence, we can see that making a career choice is not as difficult a task as it may seem. Careful contemplation and little understanding is all you need.

Begin the New Year on a high note career wise

As the year 2016 passes away, bringing 2017 on its threshold, we all are set to make resolutions.  Resolutions… now I guess, we are all accustomed to making them. And breaking them? Well, before you say, that resolutions are meant to be broken, may I add, that ‘know your rules well, before you break them.’

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Making resolutions career wise may seem to be an overwhelming task for many. Everyone will agree to the fact that we all, primarily live for our careers. Hence, when it comes to the topic of career resolutions, getting sentimental is but obvious.

Fear helped no one, and so, keeping our apprehensions aside, let’s takes the plunge. Here’s presenting before you the 5 career resolutions you need to make for 2017. Read on…

Review your career– This is the prime and foremost thing you need to do. Do a general review. Take a thorough look of your achievements and your failures. If your job profile is highlighted with achievements, then buck up and well maintain it. And if there are failures, then try not to repeat them. Rectify them. Take some time off and contemplate about your pros and cons.

Keep your profile updated– Now, this may seem senseless, but the fact of the matter is this is in fact, necessary. You never know about the changes in the market. Someone may be head hunting, so try to keep yourself on par with the possible changes that may occur. Update yourself and increase your visibility on the net.

Enlarge your social network– This helps, career wise. It may seem pointless, but in fact it’s a necessary evil. Everyone knows that references work in most of the companies. You never know if there is an opening in some company and if you have the right contacts, the chances of your landing on a better job profile increases.

Improve your aptitude– Increasing your dexterity and adding on new skills helps a lot, professionally. In the ever changing market and the fast growing technical world, you don’t want be termed technically handicap and out-dated. Generically speaking.

Apprehension helped no one– Fortune favours the brave. Chuck up fear. Understand your limitations, but at the same time don’t be afraid to take challenges. Take up new projects and explore. ‘Try’; that’s the key word.

So, start the New Year on a high. You survived till now, you have another chance. A better chance to a be better you. Amen.