5 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU SEARCH YOUR FIRST JOB

For most of us the daily routine is like waking up at 6 o’ clock, then rushing towards the office, but many of us are still struggling to enter into office life. Hunting a new job is never easy. It doesn’t matter if you experience or not, the job market is full of scuffles for everybody. Whenever you are in search of the perfect job, you have to face many difficulties be patient. Now, the big question is how should you approach looking for a job??

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When we enter the job market or leave an organization, we feel overwhelmed. For a fresher this is because they are not aware of the ongoing trends and market needs experienced employees. For an experienced person, it is about falling into inactivity and not being able to support a living. The first rule of job hunt is to remain calm, stress free, and confident. Be optimistic and don’t demotivate yourself. Here are some of the things that might help you while you are hunting for a job.

  • Set targets

You need to set goals for yourself, like you must tell yourself that you’ve to get a job by the end of the month. Yeah, I agree that this is a big challenge, as finding a job in just three weeks is a big deal. But, this will give you focus and on daily basis you can set a target of being indulged in at least one meaningful conversation about a job opportunity.

  • Maintain an optimistic mindset

You can create a list of positive statements about yourself and about your approach for getting a new job. This list will help you in reinforcing a positive mindset every morning and whenever you fee negative these few statements will encourage you. You will turn yourself around and focus once again after reading a few positive lines.

Don’t dwell on the past and simply map your career. Redundancy can be an opportunity for you and this opportunity will act like reset button for you. You won’t get many chances in your lifetime and job hunting is one of them, so use it efficiently and map out the career that you want and focus on achieving your aims.

  • Network

You can create a list of your contacts, I mean all the people that can help you in job hunting like any recruitment consultant, etc. These people can potentially help you, try sending e-mails and make phone calls to them, so that they know that you are in the market. They will definitely tell you what all opportunities are available for you.

  • Shape your career story

Update your CV at first and make a list of your achievements; you should mention your expertise, knowledge and skills in it. This will help you in staying motivated and will tell the employers why you are worth the role you desire. Remain motivated and you will soon find the perfect place for you, if you keep trying to move forward. We advised you to stay focused on your aim. Believe in yourself…searching a new job might be difficult but it’s not impossible!

ALL ABOUT LEARNING NEW SKILLS

The moment you pass out of your university, you are in a rat race. You will have to compete with others to reach a level and get a job. This is never easy between there is many a slip between the cup and the lip. You may have your fancy degree with you and even then you might not be able to find yourself a suitable job. Especially nowadays, any day a backlash can take place. There can be a recession or there can be a downsizing. So, even after getting the job, employees are always in trouble. They are constantly worried whether they are going to be kicked out if there is a need. So, due to all these factors and more, people are trying their level best to stay up to date with the company’s skill requirements. If there is a skill gap that is hindering your progress, here are a few tips that will help you climb up the ladder with more ease and less hassle.

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Degrees are great but if you think that degrees are the end, then you are clearly going wrong. Even after you have your degrees you should go to university or other institutions where they are doing courses on the same topics. These courses will help you to further develop a skill which will boost your existing knowledge in the field with some practical knowledge. This increases your chances of being hired by professionals as well as it adds to your CV. Tighten your skills and get ahead win life with a better job.

Nowadays job search portals are offering online courses for students as well as professionals. The best thing about these courses is that they can be completed from the comfort of your home. All you need is a working internet connection and registration on marajobs.com to access a number of free courses available for professionals and enthusiasts of various fields.

Last but not least, there is one golden rule that you should always adhere to in all walks of life. Otherwise, you will not be able to perform the best and end giving up before the race ends. If you are planning to make a change of career, do take some time to consider the change, and its effects. Try to learn new skills according. Always remember that you are never too old and there is never an age to learning new things. You should always be game for new things. This way you will keep yourself in the game for a long time and be competitive. So, always be open to change. Keep your ears open for new possibilities.

CAREER PODCASTS YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO!

Whether you want to switch your career or just looking for a job or may just require some inspiration, there’s a podcast for you.

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You are probably pressed for time like everyone else in this job world and this can be great excuse for not getting everything done. But, when it’s about your career, you have to take some time in order to grow and get successful. This is the reason why podcast are great. You can listen them anytime even while you are doing something else, like when you are commuting or while you are cleaning around the house. You can keep yourself up to date by listening to a podcast. Here are some of the podcast that you need to listen in order to check out for your career.

If you want to boost or upgrade your career

  • Productivityist:

This is hosted by Mike Vardy and it is broadcasted on weekly basis. This show will tell you the tips and tricks, which will help you in boosting your productivity, aims and all other aspects of your life. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a change in your habits, want to concentrate on time management or simply want a makeover for your overall productivity, this podcast will fulfil all your needs.

  • Career tools:

This is also a weekly podcast and it focuses on giving your career a new transformation and advancing your career. If you are a new job seeker and is seeking for a jump start, then this podcast will certainly help you achieve whatever you want in your career life.

If you want some quick or practical tips and tricks for your career

  • This is your life podcast:

In this weekly podcast, which is hosted by Michael Hyatt, proffers you some quick and practical tips dedicated to ‘intentional leadership’. The aim of this show is to help you in living a life that is full of passion and let you lead with influence. You’ll be able to work with more passion after listening to this podcast. Topics which are covered in this show are work-life balance, how to vacation like a pro and how to lead in the face of criticism. The show has completed its eighth episode, so until new episodes begin you have a lot of material to catch.

  • The Tim Ferriss show:

Who doesn’t know Tim Ferriss, he is the bestselling author of ‘The 4-hour Workweek’. In this show, he has offered some tricks and tips to focus on your personal life, career and everything else that comes in between. He interviews some well-known people, who have made a reputation in everything from pro sports to investing in chess. Their stories are translated to provide you practical advice that you can use in your real life. With each and every episode you will get some inspiration.

  • Classy Girl Career Podcast:

This show is named by Forbes as one of the top 35 most influential career sites in the year 2014. This show offers various training opportunities, behind-the-scenes audios, interviews and even presentations in order to help you to get ahead in this competitive world. For example, in the current episode a conversation was featured about one of the guests who gave up her corporate job to start a new business. There are other topics too like how to get over the stage fear or speaking fears or when to realize that it’s time to change your career.

So, if you need a bit of inspiration or simply want to motivate yourself to start your own business, then you must not miss these podcasts!

HOW TO STAND OUT & GET NOTICED DURING JOB HUNT

When you apply to the job, it is very important that you do not appear as one from the crowd, you need to appear as the one outside the crowd for people to notice you. With the outgrowing competition between companies, firms, employees and candidates, it is almost impossible for someone to hold their individuality. The uniqueness of your talent and caliber gets somehow lost in the crowd and you become one of the thousand faces that go unnoticed every year. To make your resume and your personality stand out for your desired job, you need follow these simple yet useful advises.

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A thorough research on the company before you go for the interview will help you get an idea of what the company may be expecting. What’s the company all about? How and when was it founded? What is the total revenue of the company? What are its achievements and success till date? These are the profound questions that need your attention. Having great knowledge about the company you are interviewing in sets an impressive image of you since the beginning. It shows your commitment, loyalty and dedication to the company as an employee and how serious you are about landing that job and not just any job.

Have an online portfolio. Company likes to do a background check on their potential employees and what other source is better than social media? Provide links to your social media accounts so that your company can get to know more about your personality and interests. If you have your own page or website, that’s even better.

Customize your resume. If you seriously think that recruiters in corporative firms have time to go through each and every resume that they come across, then you have to be humoring yourself. It is advisable you make your resume in sync with the job you are applying to rather than a common general resume. Recruiters are not interested in reading your skills that are not required for the job profile you are applying for. So make sure your resume, the mentioned strength, skills and experience in it tell your recruiter why you are most suitable for the applied job and not for any job.

Right personality and right attitude can take you places where normal sheet of paper can’t. Your resume is nothing if you do not hold the right attitude to execute it in the interview. Big firms and companies already have ample of options of highly skilled, well qualified and majorly experienced candidates to choose from. So what is that they ultimately decide from? It is how you come across during your interview. How confident you are, how fluently can you answer the questions and how nicely can you sell your perks, these are the pointers any interviewer looks for in the candidate. Be confident, smiling and bold with your answers. Show them your creative side as well as uniqueness and they are bound to get impressed.

Let them know you are planning to stay with the company for the long run and how you can be a great asset to them. No one wants to invest in employees who have the potential to ditch the firm at any stage. Talk about your ideas and your expectations for the company and with the company. Discuss strategies and ideas that you plan to execute if you were an employee of the company and how such planning has worked for you in your past job.

Six ways to get a job right after university

We live in an extremely fast world. After the Internet revolution, everything happens faster than before. Under such circumstances, no one has time. Naturally, right after university, the graduate has to look for a job. She has to make some money and make a living.

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Finding a job right after college may look like a complicated affair. So, here are a few suggestions that can ease the process for you.

Write out an excellent application. Your CV should show your passion and interests. Show that employer what you are passionate about and why. Vague applications are a major turn-off. So, put all your energy to prepare the application demonstrating all your abilities and skills, and prior work experience, if any. This much should be good enough to start you off in a right path. Be enthusiastic about the industry. This can fetch you a lot in the long-term.

Graduation is the end of your college life and the beginning of your work life. This is just the first baby step that you are taking. If you are wobbly and unsure, there is nothing wrong with it. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Your first job will not determine or dominate your entire career. The world is changing. Industries are changing. So in a few years, the world of work will also change. Try to know as much as you can and leave the rest to the days to come. In the coming months, you will make it more manageable.

Master’s degree would not make you more employable. That is a fact. Unless you are planning to enter the academia, you do not really need the master’s to grab more attention from the employers. Unless your master’s is a vocational degree, the employer would not be too impressed with it. If you are pursuing a master’s degree, you will have to make sure that you gain some work experience with internships. That will come in your favor. Your internship might make you a better power-point presenter or give real data-handling experience. This will add greatly to your CV.

Social Media can be a boon in your job search. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook can be places where you can let the headhunters find you. You are smart and intelligent and have a good degree from a reputed college. Now all you need is to put up an excellent profile on social media. Try to keep your opinions to yourself and not do anything untoward that might mar your employability quotient. With the help of social media, you can access a great plethora of job options posted online by the recruiters.

Be proactive and make the best use of the job search engines. First check the industries you are planning to work in. Second, you search out for employers, without waiting for the advert. Finally, talk to the people who are already working there. With a fantastic network, you are well set to build a great career.

Last but not least, do not give up on your dream job. It can be disheartening in the beginning as it is very competitive these days. But be on the look-out and try to know the qualifications or work experience you need for your dream job. Many places would look for experienced candidates. So, start working in a good place in your desired industry, build your network and move up the ladder eventually. You are only a graduate and embarking up on your working life. You have nothing to lose. So, be adventurous and put your best foot forward.

 

Great tips to get you the promotion you deserve

Who does not want to go up the ladder, make more money and earn more respect? That seems like the most obvious goal of an adult working professional. The joy of promotion brings in a lot of positive energy to your mind and you feel motivated to work more passionately for your company. However, since promotion is everyone’s dream, there is a tough competition going on there to grab the first chance to reach a higher rank. So, in order to ensure your promotion, there are a few things that you can keep in mind to help you reach your goal.

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First of all, find a great mentor. Finding a worthy and able mentor can be your best induction into the company. Make sure that the mentor enjoys your company as well and treat her nicely with respect and love. Don’t just make the mentor meetings a purpose-driven chat. If the mentor likes you and is confident about your capabilities, she might put in a good word for you in her circle. Since she has been with the company for a long time and knows the mechanism and the people for years now, she will be your best friend as far as promotion is concerned.

In order to get a promotion, you need to have a spotless workplace review. There should not be any deviation or short-comings in your daily performance. You will have to come in time and work till the end of the day. You will have to keep a smile on your face and brainstorm your way through a workplace without being whiney about it. You should have perfect employee conduct review. There should not be a complaint about you being a foul-mouth or being loud instead of being professional. You should be a master of your work and be able to finish it within deadline. If case, you are taking too many sick leaves it might create a bad impression about you. With all these impeccable workplace ethics, you are sure in a good place to seek promotion or be considered for it.

Give out positive vibes through your positive attitude. It is important not to lose your calm when you are faced with an obstacle. Put your chin up, look it in the eye and resolve it. That should be your ideal attitude. If you are keeping that attitude, in due time you will be the common favorite and a deserving candidate for promotion.

In the corporate world, self-promotion can also be a good virtue. Positive self-promotion can help you get higher up the ladder. Talk to your manager about your ambitions and how, given a chance, you aspire to do even better. Keep a track of all the good work you have done for the company. That would tell you exactly why you deserve that promotion. During your chats, make your manager mention those things about you to your boss. This will help you found the base you need to pitch in the real request.

It is a great idea to volunteer for more responsibilities in today’s competitive workplace environment. You will get a chance to impress others with your willingness to do more. This will demonstrate your capacity to manage more and be even more productive.

Last but not least, it is a must to keep adding up to your knowledge and become more suited for the next role. Display your skills and your knowledge abundantly. With better qualifications and skills, you will surely stand out of the crowd and appear more industrious than others.

THREE CHARACTER TRAITS TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF YOUR CAREER

Consider this, you are a great guy who has got excellent degrees from brilliant places, but you feel comfortable being silent. Clearly, communications skills are not your forte. As it is with many amazing people around us, as they are smarter than most and more sensitive, they prefer silence to words and stagger along the day somehow with their introverted selves. But, that’s not the end of a professional career, where one is constantly required to break your shell and come out of it with constant enthusiasm, confidence and wit. The good part is that you can work on your communication skills. You can work on your confidence as well. And finally, once you have mastered these things, you will need the gift of time management to sail through your career path smoothly. Social skills, confidence and time management is all you need to move up on the ladder. Here are the three traits that have power to change your career:

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MASTERING COMMUNICATION:

Communicating is a great way to build friendships. Do not underestimate the power of small talk. Your chats can begin with small talks but end in long conversation about nice and lively things. There is nothing wrong with small talks as that is the only means you have to get up close and personal with a new person. Take interest in other people. Ask questions and give them time to answer. Before you speak, listen. Listen to the words the people use. This is your key to understanding them. Whether it is an email or a conversation? Whether they are using simple and straightforward sentence construction or convoluted ones? All these little things matter. They will give you the window, the point of access to reach that person.

MASTERING CONFIDENCE:

Having confidence is a having it all. It is what most people lack. But to tell you the truth, even the coolest of the lot runs short of confidence at times and have insecurities like any of us. So, ask yourself whether your assumption about yourself are valid or not and if they are indeed true, find a way to work on them. For example, if you lack confidence to speak in meetings, go prepared. To a large extent, how you come across another person matters a lot. So, make sure you carry yourself well. Do not recede into the silent corners. Be brave and be in the spotlight. If you cannot work your way through, look at others and learn from them.

MASTERING TIME MANAGEMENT:

The last thing you need to win the world is to learn time management. Manage your time well. Do not check your email as the first thing in the morning. You are actually responding to others before attending to your work. Work when you are most productive. There is a time in the day when you perform best. Utilize it. Finally, keep a priority list.

Master these three skills and let your career take an upward flight!