8 Great Tips to Ace Your Performance Review

As nerve-wrecking as a performance review can be, it is also a great opportunity to get yourself recognized and appreciated for then work you have done in the company so far. Dreading it may come naturally, as it’s not easy to analyze oneself in an unbiased way and assess one’s strengths and weaknesses from the bosses’ perspective. However, here are some great ways to approach a performance review…Check them out!

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Evaluate yourself first

Self- evaluation is very important to understand one’s strengths and weaknesses. Work through each point in an unbiased way so that you know the issues your boss is likely to point out during the performance review. Keep in mind important accomplishments, if you were able to meet your goals within the deadlines, and if you did anything extra for a project. Also, make a list of the challenges and struggles you had to face and how you worked through them to achieve your targets. An honest evaluation can help you understand where you stand.

Back up your story with proof

Don’t forget to carry your laptop with you and keep everything ready. You should be able to show your boss with ample proof, if required, that you have been a good time manager through-out the time. Keep the number of projects you worked on ready with details of the areas you were required to put in efforts and where you succeeded.

Keep yourself calm

Times like these can be nerve wrecking, but approaching the situation with a calm and relaxed mind can solve half the problem. Keep your tone conversational, and not defensive. Also, keep your mind open and do not be afraid to put forward your opinions and talk about your achievements. After all this is the time, to get praises from your bosses and help them see you in a positive light.

Take your notepad with you

A performance review can bring to the table many topics which you were not just prepared for, but didn’t even think would matter. Keep your notepad ready and note down what the employers expect you to do during the next quarter, so that the mistakes noted by your bosses till now, can be overwritten with great work.

 Offer solutions, not excuses

Being defensive can backlash your efforts. Instead of telling excuses for not being able to perform, offer solutions and strategies on how you would tackle the problems and improve your performance in the coming time. Accepting your faults and finding ways to tackle them gracefully can also help you set goals for professional success.

End the review on a good note

It is important to end the performance review on a positive note by agreeing on the discussion with your boss on what you would accomplish in the coming months. This will help you keep a good lasting impression on your bosses’ mind. Approaching a performance review with professionalism can help you find opportunities to expand your skills and help you overcome your shortcomings.

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The Ultimate Guide to Infographic Resumes

A new trend has emerged, especially amongst graphic designers, video editors, and those creatively inclined. Infographic resumes are piling up at employers’ desks across the world, and you are still wondering what that is and whether it is useful or something you will be mocked for. The truth is we love infographic resumes, a break from the usual, a definition of your unique skills, and a great way to grab attention.

An Infographic Resume is an illustrative version of your resume, in which your professional qualification, experience, and important information is detailed and represented through a combination of text, images, icons, and timelines.

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Advantage of an Infographic Resume

These days, job seekers are not merely applying for jobs but branding themselves and marketing their skills to potential employers. Infographic resume is a great step forward towards this. The visually attractive resumes tell the professional story of a person in an engaging manner. It catches the attention of the HR Manager and compels him/her to go through it first. This is the power of this interesting device, grabbing the interest of your employer, making a lasting first impression.

  1. Create an Impression

It’s not always easy to stand apart from thousands of job seekers who are applying for the same job as you are. On the other hand, recruiters have a hard time deciding which candidate to select and which to not. Infographic resumes break the monotony and give the candidate an edge over others. It ensures a call back for a face to face interview and also impresses the employer.

  1. Brand your skills

Visually appealing CVs not only create interest but are also helpful to brand your marketing skills. If you are a designer or a video editor, or just want to show your designing skills to your next employer, infographic resumes are the way to go for it. Infographic resumes can be used by both, freshers and experienced, to land a job. This, apart from setting a sense of creativity, is a great way to get hired for designing, marketing, or blogging.

IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF INFOGRAPHIC RESUMES

Photo – Photos tend to create and capture attention like no other element. Curricular vitae with a photo are likely to get more responses than those which don’t have one. Use a flattering professional photograph of yours to catch the recruiter’s attention.

Timeline – A timeline makes the objective of the resume clear with its clean format. One can use it to show career milestones, experiences, projects worked on, educational qualifications, and much more.

Quotes – An incredible tool for building credibility with your new employer is by including some positive remarks received by you from your former bosses in your infographic resume.

Statistics- This is a great way to show off your accomplishments, successful projects, no. of years of experience, rate skill efficiency and much more.

Former Logos – A great way to highlight your experience is by including appealing logos of high brands you have worked with.

Creating Infographic Resumes

While you may be wondering what the best way to make an infographic resume is, or many are saddened by the thought that you cannot design so well, nowadays there are a number of great online platforms which can help you create one for yourself. You can check out online infographic tools such as Visualize-me that changes your LinkedIn profile into an attractive resume, Vizify that lets you transform your social media pages to a great curricular vita, or Infogr.am using which you can highlight your professional life. So start making a infographic CV today and increase your chances of getting hired by employers.

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Watch Out for The Signs of Work-Related Stress!

Stress has become a major health problem in today’s world. We spend one third of every day at office. Unfortunately, our office life defines the happiness of our daily lives and at times when we are stressed out with work, we tend to lose enthusiasm in everything else, too. Work Related Stress (WRS) may be caused by pressures (perceived or real), deadlines and inability to cope up with the amount of work. It can lead to anxiety in the working environment.

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WHO describes Work-related stress as the response people may have when presented with work demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope.

Check out these 5 signs to see if you may be suffering from work related stress..

  1. Not enjoying work anymore

Apart from the usual ups and downs of your daily life, if you find yourself lethargic and unwilling to work, and your daily performance is being affected, this may be work-related stress. It may be challenging to work on a new project, but the moment you start having difficulty completing even simple daily tasks and lose enthusiasm and energy in doing the work you previously enjoyed, and are making silly mistakes, it is time pay attention! Forgetfulness, unwillingness to come to work, and inability to finish daily tasks which you didn’t have difficulty doing before, is a sign of work related stress.

  1. Difficult coping with co-workers

Stress can lead you to isolation. A stressed person often chooses to be alone, rather than socialize and this is right for work related stress as well. If you find yourself unwilling to communicate with co-workers, or find yourself irritated in office, then you may start thinking about how to take care of this stress. Work related stress can be observed in small actions such as not talking with usual energy with colleagues, and losing enthusiasm in sharing lunch time with them.

  1. Physical symptoms, real or presumed

Have you recently started to feel tardy and want to take a long leave? If you are suffering from body aches, headaches, shoulder ache, tense muscles, rapid heartbeat, clenched jaw, upset stomach, or even if you are just calling in sick to spend the whole day in bed, it may be a sign that you are too worked up and tired. Poor punctuality, taking day offs, unwillingness to come to office in the morning, feeling sad at office, and a loss in appetite, may signs of work related stress.

  1. Feeling frustrated and agitated

It has been observed in people under stress, that they start behaving violently with others around them. Being stressed may make you agitated, most of the time when you don’t even realize that you are actually stressed. Your frustration and anger could reflect in your behavior at work, and even make you even more stressed.

  1. Losing interest in one’s appearance

If you have been losing attention to appearance then it may be a sure shot sign of work related stress. For example, you skip brushing your hair in the morning, you don’t pay attention to picking up your clothes properly, you are not polishing your shoes, and not getting your lunch, then this may suggest that you are affected by work related stress.

If you feel you have three or more of the above signs, then it is time to take some action. If left unattended, it may lead to depression, heart problems, and difficulty coping with everyday life. Start to pay attention to your health. Eating healthy, doing yoga and meditation, getting on some action such as sports or gym, talking to friends outside of work, and taking a 2-4 day leave to spend time with family or to travel to a serene location, and help you with work related stress.

 

The Best Ways To Deal With A Sudden Layoff

Nowadays, it is not surprising to read about companies getting dissolved or laying off employees in order to cut costs. Departments get dissolved in a blink of a decision. While these things can come as devastating, it is important to cope up with it in the most graceful way and look at it as an opportunity to try something new. While feeling hurt is normal, here are some ways to deal with such a condition.

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  1. Keep your feelings in check

It’s not always easy to ignore such a big and sudden change in your life. Hundreds of questions will cross your mind, whether it is about taking another job, or missing your old office and colleagues, but no matter what, it is important to keep your feelings in check. Over-thinking could not only lead to stress and depression but also discourage you from moving on and finding new opportunities.

  1. Know that it’s not your fault

It may be hard to accept such a fact, but it is important to understand that it is not your fault and you shouldn’t blame yourself for everything you are feeling right now. Rather focus on seeing this as a opportunity for you o change paths, try a new job with different environment, or do what you always had been wanting to do.

  1. Say goodbye with class and grace

Instead of blaming your bosses or the company, leave pleasantly. Complete your tasks, make proper handovers, and fulfill all the requirements for clearance. Ensure that nobody remembers you with hatred. It is hard to say bye to the people you have always worked with, but leaving with good memories may get you going on a positive note.

  1. Reach out to your support group

Your family and friends are always there to support you and help you. After a lay off, don’t shut yourself off. Connect with friends, take a little off time, and in the mean time update your social media, LinkedIn profiles as well as upload profiles on a good job search site. It is important to know that opportunities are waiting for you at every corner; it’s only a matter of getting to them and selecting the best ones.

  1. Get things in control

Feeling defeated can be the number one emotion at a time like this, but helping yourself with self-motivation can help you get right back on track. As soon as you get your emotions under control, your life will start to get under control as well.

  1. Realize that change may be a good thing

It is true that we dread change, mainly because it is unpredictable, and can take our lives in any direction whether good or bad. We may not always like it, but a change can be a wonderful opportunity to make your childhood dream come true, or to start a new business, o even to earn more and get a job at a better position. It all depends on how you see it, and what you do at that time. So, don’t feel alone or discouraged. Remember, self-motivation is the best motivation!

 

How Job Search Portals Can Speed Up Your Time To Hire

With the emergence of job search portals, it has not only become easier for job seekers to apply for a job at a wider array of companies, according to their suitable experience and skills, but also for companies who are relying on job search portals to hire the best candidates from a number of job seekers. Companies can now choose who meets their requirements can reach out to those who do.

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It is also a good way for companies to create awareness amongst job seekers about their companies, their work, and collect their CV directly through the job portal. More and more companies are choosing job search portals in order to select their employees.

Here is how job search portals can speed up your time to hire…

Offer huge candidate pools-

Job employers are not just posting vacancies on job search portals but also selecting the most suitable guys online, without the need of going through piles of CVs which were used to be on employer’s desks as job seekers were applying directly to the companies. Today, the HR can sort out candidates resume according to their skills and expertise, thanks to job search portals. A CV database uploaded on such portals help employers to store data about good candidates who are not looking for jobs at that time, but later on can be contacted.

Reduce screening time

Job search portals allow recruiters to post ads about their vacancy with specific requirements such as skills needed, experience, degree, salary being offered etcetera. The best part of searching candidates on these portals is that you don’t have to go through resumes which are not matching to your job criteria. Only relevant CVs reach the inbox, according to the minimum requirements set by the recruiter. One doesn’t have to look through resumes to find qualified employees.

Meet job seekers half-way

Job portals allow candidates as well as recruiters to get notified about each job alert or CV they get. This allows both of them to check companies and candidates according to their preferences. Job seekers get notified whenever a company meeting their requirement posts a job and similarly, employers get notified as and when anyone seems interested in their company profile. It is much easier for waiting to candidates to walk in and then finding out that he or she had no relevant experience. Job search portals alerts you only about appropriate CVs and let you download them and check them directly through the portal.

Let recruiters focus on their desired audience

Job search portals allow employers to focus their search on the right candidates only. The job vacancies posted on these portals can be sorted out based on different locations, industry, and experience level they require. This allows job seekers to sort them according to the skills they acquire, and apply for relevant jobs. The recruiters get notified once someone posts their CV for a particular job.

So, next time you look forward to adding a member to your team, just post your job vacancy on a job search portal!

 

Top 8 Qualities For Corporate Success

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

Edison’s thoughts and work have inspired many but today, in the era where patience is lost under competency and pressures, all of us only want to get success overnight. Hard work has always been the key but no one tells that there are a number of other qualities that one requires to climb the ladder of success in a corporate environment.

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Here are eight qualities that will help you unleash the corporate star that already dwells in you.

  1. Initiative:

“Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

Action is important, but action at the right time is more important! Encourage yourself to take initiatives and lead the path, because although they say that good things come to those who wait, the truth is the best things come by action and initiative.

  1. Passion:

“There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

‘Do what you love’ may sound like a cliché, but the truth is that when we are in to something which we enjoy our productivity and satisfaction levels rise, and your happiness is already ensured. Looking out for opportunities that inspire you can keep you enthusiastic and leave you surprised at how the world is directing you towards success.

  1. Resilience:

“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.” – Greg Kincaid

Sometimes the best way to learn is by allowing yourself to make mistakes. But many a time, this freedom leaves us feeling disheartened and discouraged. Remember, that one who never fail do not succeed, but those who fail yet never give up! At any given moment, you don’t know how close you are to success.

  1. Focus:

“You are more likely to acquire power by narrowing your focus and applying your energies, like the sun’s rays, to a limited range of activities in a small number of domains.” – Jeffrey Pfeffer

Focus is hard to keep and easy to lose. Sometimes, even the most passionate people, lose their focus, sometimes due to a lack of motivation and enthusiasm, and the other times due to an access of excitement and energy. It is hard to keep a balance, but the best strategy is to narrow down your focus to the most important tasks in order to ensure optimum efficiency.

  1. Compassion:

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

Compassion takes you ahead in the long run. There was an instance at the Rio Olympics 2016 Athletics Event when two of the runners fell and one got hurt. The athletes helped each other cross the finish line, and although they didn’t qualify for the next round, the world was so impressed, and pleased, that the Committee decided to give them another chance. There are a hundred small ways you can help each other, especially at work. Never lose a chance to do something for someone.

  1. Objectivity: 

“You cannot always control circumstances, but you can control your own thoughts.” – Charles Popplestown

Successful people don’t do everything perfectly, but they embrace criticism and learn from their mistakes. Evaluating our strengths and weaknesses in an unbiased way will only help us get better.

  1. Courage: 

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

To be entrusted is the biggest compliment, and to achieve this you need to be ready to act with courage, take up responsibilities, and fulfill them against all odds. Those who are ready to take up challenges are those who break the records.

  1. Simplicity:

“Simplicity is the outcome of technical subtlety. It is the goal, not the starting point.” – Maurice Saatchi

Anything can be achieved if stripped down of its complexity, and this alone is achievable with one mantra- achieve simplicity! Simplicity is not a lack of knowledge but an awareness of what’s important and what’s not. If you can understand this, you will automatically eliminate the unnecessary, coming up with the most effective solutions.

 

How To Find A Job Through Company Targeting

Searching for a new job can be tiring! Looking at advertisements, relying on friends for information on job vacancies, updating your curriculum vitae, preparing for interviews, and the list goes on…The worst is waiting, for that phone call! Almost kills you every time you are told after an interview that you will be called on whether you got it or not.

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Even worse when you walk into a company with full enthusiasm, and later realize that you don’t like the work culture there! What about choosing where to work instead of employers choosing you? Here are four great ways that can help you step up your job search game by targeting your favourite companies directly and applying to them.

  1. Be clear of your expectations

It is important to know what you expect from your workplace and keep your search criteria based on that. Whether you would want flexible work hours, a high salary, a specific kind of culture, or a particular profile or post, it is important to filter companies according to your expectations, and then applying, rather than getting disappointed later. Knowing what you want is the first step towards making a good choice. Also, if you apply at a company you like, your interview kills and the chance of getting a job will automatically increase.

  1. Make a list of companies

The second step, after figuring out what you want, is to search for companies that fulfill your criteria. This may be time taking, but a good research will provide you good results, too. If you are wondering where all you can search then of course the internet comes in handy in today’s era. Focus on the ‘Best Companies’ list. You can also check online newspapers, go to job exhibitions, Google employee reviews, go through the companies’ social media profiles, understand their services and products, and also depend on recommendations of your mentors.

  1. Seek opportunities

If you dig a little deeper into your list, you will see many work possibilities which you can focus on. Some more investigation, such as connecting with company employees through social media can help you gain further knowledge about the company and confidence in your research. Now, you need to find out if the companies on your list are actually involved in your field of interest, if they have vacancy or a potential vacancy in the coming months, what the procedure of selection is, and whether you have a shot there or not!

  1. Promote your skills on social media

Branding yourself and allowing people to see you for your skills is a great way to attract a good job especially on social media. Employers are looking on social media nowadays for candidates who are well aware and enthusiastic about their work. Promoting your skills on an online platform will not only help you overcome fear, and improve your confidence, but can also expose you to a number of opportunities you were not aware of before.