Things you should not believe in as a tech job seeker

Half baked stories and myths are dangerous things for you, if you are a job seeker.  Myths and fairy tells are interesting, but believing in such parables can prove to be quite unflattering in real life.

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As tech job seekers, myths should not  be believed in and I’ll as far as to say, that they should be scorned upon.  So, here’s presenting busting the four biggest for a job seeker:-

 I don’t have the skills, hence I’m unsuitable

This is the biggest myth that tech job seekers have. They think since they do not have the necessary skills, they will not fit the bill and will be rejected right on. But, the fact of the matter is, that there is always possibility of getting trained while you are on your job.  There are always other job profiles where you could fit in.

What if I have changed jobs frequently?

Now, if this is what you have in mind and a cause of your major worry, then relax. You can always point out a valid reason for your leaving the company in your resume. Remember, when you are on the job, what matters ultimately is your working skills and nothing else.

If the company does not have online job posting, it’s not hiring

This is another popular myth among-st job seekers. It can be possible that the job is not on the online portal of the company, but it still is there. Such jobs are called invisible jobs. What one can do in such situations is develop some kind of social network in order to get first hand access to such hidden jobs.

If I’m chosen, I can bid my salary high

Now, if you are chosen, well and good, but at the same time you should be aware, getting chosen doesn’t mean you can bid salary beyond general line of expectation. Acting like this casts a bad impression and this line of action can surely backfire.

Hence, we found that myths or misconception are not good to dwell upon if you are the job seeker. They can hinder your job perspective.

 

Recognize the efforts of your employees

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

They say gratitude or acknowledgement is the parent of all virtues. When a worker toils around the year and sweats his blood and tears to achieve the company targets, acknowledging him for his efforts is vital. So, let’s study five ways to acknowledge your employees:-

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Recognize their efforts – It’s your obligation to see that your employees are duly rewarded for their efforts on a periodic basis. Praise them, when they deserve it.  Everyone expects good behavior. It’s human. Find ways to appreciate them. Praise them verbally, offer public recognition and find creative ways to appreciate them. This will boost their morale.

Reward them with incentives – When we say incentives, it does not always mean money. Of course, money counts, but more than that it’s you attitude towards your employee and your general behavior towards him that matters the most. Coming to monetary incentives, it can come in many forms such as prizes, bonus, perks etc.

Try and make them feel at home with their job – No work is enjoyable, if done with grudge. Work that is not enjoyable, turns out into huge chore. It turns out tedious. So, it’s you duty as the employer to make sure that the employer enjoys his job. Agreed motivation comes from inside, but it’s also a known fact that external factors also enhance ones desire to work for the betterment of the company.

Let the employers choose their rewards – Rewards are vital and we all know that. But, wouldn’t it wonderful if the employee gets to choose his type of incentive. A best reward is personal.   If the employee is entrusted with numerous options to choose from, this will make him feel special, and at the same time turn out to be a great motivator.

Why not celebrate success – If the employee turns out with good work, celebrate success. Give applause for his achievement. Publicly acknowledge his good performance. This will not only cheer him, but would also encourage other employees to follow on his footsteps.

‘Thank you’ is a two worded sentence, but it means a lot. As said before gratitude is perhaps the best attitude.

Choose a job according to your personality

Every human being differs from each other in temperament, demean our and physical aspect. This makes every individual bring in a different set of personality.

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Career wise speaking; having a good personality is an essential part of enhancing one’s soft skill. So, taking a personality test could be the first step to finding your dream career.

Here are some tests one can undertake to determine one’s personality type. Read on…

Aptitude test- Aptitude tests are formatted mostly in a multiple choice manner and created in such a way that one gets to know where the skills of the individual lies. Aptitude tests cover a wide range of subjects’ right from arts to the sciences, from the job of a clerk to that of a doctor.

Career test- Career test as the name suggests, helps one determine his or her career objective, the type of profession one wants to get in etc. The career tests range from quick multiple choice questions to extensive tests created by career counselors.

IQ tests- These tests perhaps are the most popular. They help in measuring the individual’s intelligence and comprehension capabilities. IQ tests are formatted by licensed psychologist and cover a wide range of subjects such as mathematics, language, memory, and logic.

Psychological tests- Psychological tests measure a person’s quality to empathize, his emotional quotient and personal characteristics. Conducting psychological tests before you go for a job search helps one in determining what type of job is suitable according to your mental capabilities.

There are many types of this test. However, one is recommended to take the advice of a counselor before going through it. He will guide you through the whole process and give you expert psychological evaluation. These personality tests should not be taken as the ultimate parameters to determine ones dream career. They only provide guidance in exploring yourself better and do not provide the ultimate answer.

Importance of growth mindset and enhancing your soft skills

Mindset can be defined as the basic thing required for existence. We all possess a certain set of temperament. A mindset can be positive or negative. Let’s do a general swot up on how to enhance your attitude and develop a growth mindset.

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Soft Skills: Do your employees have the growth mindset?

Before we answer this question, let’s just understand what growth mindset is after all? Growth mindset is what you can call as positive temperament. It can be described as the willingness to enhance your personal skills. People with growth mindset see ‘obstacles’ as challenges they need to overcome rather than path binders. They are exact opposite from people with fixed mindsets.

Growth mindset differs from fixed mindset in the following ways:-

People with fixed mindset consider their weaknesses as major flaws that hold them back. However, people with growth mindset do recognize their weaknesses and are willing to improve upon them. They are not afraid of at least ‘trying’.

People with fixed mindset consider failures as major setbacks. However, people with growth mindsets think about failures as challenges and think about ways to rise above their failures.

Now, that we have understood what is growth mindset, these are the steps one can follow to enhance the growth mindset:-

Encourage your employees- Encouraging your employees is important to keep them going. The employees are human beings and need recognition. If they work well, praise them and shower them with incentives and if they don’t, guide them and tell them where to improve.

Encourage team work- Tell your employees the importance of team work. Encourage peer to peer cohesion. We all are social beings. Coordination and cooperation is vital. This way if one falters, the other person can support and guide him.

Identify and train employees with fixed mindsets-We have already differentiated between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Now, what we need to do is identify and convert people with fixed mindset into personality with a growth mindset. We need to harness them, empathize with them and provide them with necessary guidance.

Growth mindset is important aspect of soft skill training. It’s only when we see the world in a positive light that our dreams become realities.

A general introduction to transferable Skills

If you are looking for a career change, then you need to make complete alteration in your resume. These alterations can be quite a tedious process and may look intimidating. However, the saving grace in this whole process can be your transferable skills.  So, let’s study how to sell transferable skills to new employers and land a job in a new industry?

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What are transferable skills?

They can be termed as skills you carry from one job to another and from one circumstance to another. It is because of these transferable skills that you can jump from one career to another without having any experience in the next career choice you are making.

 Where to find transferable skills?

Job adverts– It’s a well known fact that your search begins with job advertisements. Now, if the job adverts talk about qualifications that you do not possess, then you can always mention those skills that are closely related to the qualification required. For example, if there is a teacher making a transition to sales field and the new career demands her to have demonstration skills, then she can always emphasize on the daily group presentation she has given to the class.

Occupational Information Network– This is a site that provides keyword search tool. You can jot down the skills that will be required in the new occupational industry and make a search.

Industry networks– In order to know if the skills you possess are transferable or not, you should make connections with the employees in your desired field and understand the knick and knack of the industry. You need to study employer websites and various industry magazines.

Passing thoughts…

The bottom line is you should be proud of all the skills you have accumulated all over the years. If you are shifting careers, it doesn’t mean the skills you possess are wasted. You can always make use of them and transfer them to better use.

Leadership: What’s your style?

“Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.”

So, who’s a leader?  Is it someone who orders, or is it someone who lends a helping hand? A true leader, I guess is one who cooperates, empathises with and inspires his fellow men.  Now, just as every individual has different personality traits, similarly, leadership style also varies. So, what’s your leadership style?

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The trendsetter– A good leader is one who leads by example. He sets trends for others to follow. This style of leadership motivates the workers to work for the company. The trend setter leader is himself an efficient task master. He works hard himself and inspires others to follow suit. He spreads around the positive energy.

The commanding leader– An authoritative or a commanding leader dictates and gets the work done under his capable administration. He supervises the whole process. Such types of people have ample knowledge about his respective field.  He is strict and firm, both at the same time.

The empathizing leader– Such leaders are compassionate and are able to empathize with their employees. Such type of leadership style works best when the employees are under pressure. Although, one should be cautioned, to not to use this style beyond certain limit. Overuse of this style will facilitate stagnation and will only lead to mediocre performance.

The helping leader– The helping leader provides assistance to his employees. He supports them in moment of crisis and provides a helping hand. Such types of leaders believe in working as a team. This style is particularly beneficial when the leader himself lacks some skills. He gives and takes knowledge to get the work done efficiently.

The people’s leader– Such type of leader can also be termed as the democratic leader.  He does take decisions, but only after getting a consensus from the people.  His decisions have to pass a general line of affirmation from his fellow employees.

Hence, we can see that leadership styles do mar or make an enterprise. One needs to translate between these styles from time to time to keep things going efficiently and comprehensively

RESUME CREATION FOR FIRST TIME JOB SEEKERS

If you are straight out of college or a complete fresher with no relevant job experience, then creating a resume can be a challenging task. No work experience? Here is what to write on your resume:-

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How to begin- The first and foremost thing while making a resume is its presentation. Remember, first impression is the last impression. Keep the font size or the layout appropriate. It should be such, that the reader, is easily able to comprehend it and grasp the details without any difficulty. Briefly put, it should be easy on the eyes.

Add link to a professional portfolio in your resume- In this age of the internet and social media, its good if you maintain an online portfolio of your skills and maintain an online resume. In case you do so, add the link of your professional profile to your resume. While doing so, increase the security settings of your online profile so that only relevant information is revealed.

Mention your goals-While making your resume, do write about what kind of expectations you have from the company and define the type of expertise you wish to achieve while working. The goal summary will make clear the type of values you inculcate. This will help in creating an impression on the interviewer.

Include a reference to high school- Since, you do not have any job experience, do include and describe your high school in your resume. Mention the course you undertook, the awards you won etc. This will compensate for your lack of experience and cast a good impression on the employer.

Do mention your social media skills- In today’s world of Facebook and Twitter, having social media accounts does count. It does showcase your social media skills. Specifically, if you want to pursue internship in marketing, public relations, advertising, and journalism, they count on as added skills.

 We summaries it all by saying, that experience does count, but is not everything. When you are in the job what matters is ‘how you perform on the job’. That’s what makes a job satisfying for both the employer and employee. Period.