Time for some self assessment

Self evaluation means assessing your performance and how you have contributed to the growth of the company. So, what points should you cover while doing a self evaluation or rather how to write a self evaluation? Here are some tips-

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Write down about your performance. Give a brief account of the type of productivity you showed towards the company you were or are working in. Be brutally honest. Your productivity is something which is subject to scrutiny and you will be marked according to your performance. If your productivity was below average, then tell the truth for if the companies find them to be in genuine in the future, then your reputation in the market will be hampered.

Share your knowledge with others. If you learned new skills while working in the company, add that. This will only make people learn that how efficient you were while working in the company.

If you did something, which was beneficial to the company and added to the goodwill of the company in the market, then share that with the people. This will make people know that how you can work as an asset for the company.

Take your time to jot down your self appraisal or self evaluation. You are worth the trouble. Tell the people your story. Your highs and lows in life and how you overcame the difficulties. Speak up, we are interested and we are listening.

Don’t hurry to complete it as quickly as possible, slow down the process. Be assertive in your approach and don’t try to finish it in one go. Take this as a piece of art which requires time and patience to build up. You want to cast the right impressions, don’t you?

So, you may see that self evaluation is in a way beneficial not only to the company, but also profitable for you. Self evaluation helps you study your problem areas and strengthen your stronger points. Assessment is an integral part of life and allows you know your flaws and strengths. It makes you into develop into a better person.

MATCHING UP YOUR SKILLS WITH YOUR JOB

The employers take all precautions to see that they get the best candidate for the job. But you too as a job applicant need to see through few things before getting the ideal job. Are you and your job a match? Do you have the set of skills required to get the job? How do you find that? We answer these questions in the subsequent passages…

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The first and foremost step is checking out or analyzing the job postings. Job postings are broken up into several fragments. Some start with the job description, followed by skills and duration of experience. While some job postings are brief, there are others which are explicative in nature.  Take your time and see through what the employer wants from the candidate.

The secondary step would be to harmonize your skills with the employer’s requirements. Make a list of the skills you possess with the skills required. If the job listing is a feasible, there are all plausible chances that you will be able to find a match.

Try to accumulate as much information as you can. Some of the job descriptions are so brief that you are not able to know what the job requirements are. In such a case try switching to the organization’s website. Another very practical solution is try searching on various online job portals.

While searching for the job you may find, that apart from the key skills, the job listings asks for some additional qualifications. You can make a list of these additional skills and incorporate these extra qualifications along with the main skills in your resume.

One can ask for advice from the experts in case you are a sceptic. The experts or professionals can tell you what steps need to be taken. They can tell you about your pluses and minuses. An expert will inform you about the skills you possess and the skills you can add.

Last, but not the least, review your resume. Go through it and add the necessary headliners. You can subtitle the added skills and explain them. This will ease out the interview process. A good resume clarifies your skills to the employer. At the same time, all the hard work you put in creating the resume can land you in a good job position.

 

HOW TO RISE TO THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID

How to climb up the ladder of success or rather how to get a promotion? Here are some tips you can follow-

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If you want to grow up, then, first thing first. Choose the right company. This is important because if the company is not good, then all your efforts would be to no avail. Select a company which provides employee benefits and ensures you that you and your efforts will be cared for.

Give your best shot. Work to your full potential. Have a good attendance and maintain punctuality. Being on time definitely helps and being five minutes earlier is excellent. Complete the projects assigned to you on time. Good work never goes unnoticed.

Maintain a good rapport with your team mates. Be humane in your approach. Good manners, good communication skills and a quality to empathize with your colleagues help you in the long run.

Be sure that your performance is being evaluated. It will be beneficial to you in the long run. If you achieved the targets and are being overlooked by the HR people for some reason or other, tell them about it. It’s your legal right.

Try and be an all rounder. If the company needs help in other department, then try to assist them in their problems if you can. This will accentuate your value in the company and the HR team may offer you some kind of appraisal or the other.

Maintain good relationship with your boss as well as your juniors. The reason being if you have a good rapport with your superior, you can look forward to his help when in need. Having a mentor helps a lot in the long run. Similarly, you need to groom a junior and maintain good cordial relationship with him, so that when you leave the company for some reason he or she can fill into your shoes.

Hence, we can see that getting a promotion is no rocket science, but just requires little bit of meticulous planning and common sense.

JOB HUNTING WHEN YOU ARE CURRENTLY WORKING

Juggling. The dictionary describes it as ‘to cope with adroit balancing’. This act of balancing is something most of us practice every day. You may have seen a career woman juggle her career with her household duties or you may see a child balancing out his academics with his daily sports routine. That’s the key word to excellence-‘balancing’.

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Consider a real life situation. You are working in a company which offers you one of the best salaries in the industry. Still… you want a job change. There may be many reasons for this. May be the company environment doesn’t suit you. You are not comfortable working with a particular employee. May be you are looking out for better avenues. There a reasons aplenty.

So, how to job hunt when you can’t leave your Job yet? Well… this is the time when the word ‘balancing’ holds relevance. You have to balance your current job while exploring other job avenues. So, what measures should be taken when you are job hunting, while holding you current job position? Read on….

When you are job hunting you need to reveal to someone you’re secrets. Telling your boss about this, I don’t think is a good idea, until and unless, of course, you think, he is someone you can hold confidante. If he is someone you can completely trust then, no problem. However, if that’s not the case then holding up your secret is a necessary evil you must harbour.

Don’t look out for the job during your working hours. This hampers your current working scenario. Not only, is there a risk of losing your current position, but at the same time one may not be able to search out for his future job efficiently. Do the job search after office hours or during off days. This eases out a lot of pressure from under your shoulders.

Never use your company e-mail address or your company’s phone number in your professional account or in your resume. This is strict no-no. One can imagine the consequences after you commit this blunder. The other companies will start contacting you on your given contact details and your current job may be in danger even before you leave it.

Last, but not the least, update your current resume. After you joined the current job, it may be possible you didn’t do that. If that is the case then updating your resume means adding new qualifications to your existing CV. This in a way enhances your resume and makes it hold more relevance in the job market.

 

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR APPRAISAL?

Appraisals –the golden word with a capital A is all that everyone wants; but unfortunately not everyone gets. Slogging around the whole year and getting nothing is not and can never be a good idea. I don’t know what type of company you are working in , but if your appraisal is not up to the mark , then take the following steps:-

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Evaluate your performance-Scan your performance. See through the whole process; where you faltered. Not everything wrong with you can be everyone’s fault. Evaluate and rectify, don’t repeat your mistakes for as they say one who did no mistakes ever learnt anything new.

Have a candid discussion with your manager- As this line says do the same; discuss. Have an open chat with your manager. Tell him if you are dissatisfied and ask him the reasons for your downfall if any. Also ask him how and what you can do to solve the problem. Try to rectify the problem areas.

If you have received your rating and the stars are not in your favour, keep calm and go to the HR manager and have discussion about your problem. Tell him to go through your performance again and evaluate your performance. Tell him about your situation and that how your performance is just what they expected. Very much possible that your ratings improve and your stars brighten up.

Last and important, be quick. It’s very much important to hurry up. Act before the deadline goes away i.e. have a meeting with your boss as soon as possible. Tell him that you performed well and deserve an appraisal, be courteous.

In this world where income gaps are increasing and more and more people in poverty line, where work harassment is rampant, HAVE A VOICE, SPEAK YOUR MIND, ASK FOR YOUR RIGHTS…

 

Here’s why you never hear back from interviewers

Getting a new job is like a dream come true for it means fulfillment of all those wishes you had harbored for such a long time, maybe it means buying your dream house, the car you had fancied for such a long time, the clothes you wanted to buy, the responsibilities you always wanted to fulfill  etc. But are all these things that easy? Is getting the final offer letter from the interviewer a piece of cake as it sounds. Don’t think so.

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This time when you have given the perfect interview and you think you have nailed it, you go home thinking of getting a call from the company the following day. The next day you run every time the mobile vibrates, but to no avail…for every time you pick up the phone, it’s everyone else except the company. So why do companies chicken out. Here is why:-

  1. Maybe they are simply rude- Some companies are actually not good and have a bad reputation in the market them self, so they don’t care to respond back to the applicant. In such a case, don’t loosen heart, be brave and mentally strong and let bygones be bygones.
  1. Maybe the vacancy was not there after all- Its very much possible that the company is hiring from within the company and some internal candidates may have popped up which means the vacancy has been filled. In such a case, don’t lose hope and start looking for other avenues. You can still follow up the company. It’s very much possible that something good comes up next time.
  1. Some interviewers don’t open up- Maybe the interview was not a good one and the Hr team just didn’t know how to respond back. In place of inappropriate feedback, they choose to keep their mouth shut.
  1. The interviewer may not be the deciding person after all- It is very much possible that the person who took the interview was not the deciding person after all, perhaps the manager or the higher authority was. This may be one of the reason you were overlooked or were not hired.

 

A fun way of hiring helps break the ice and understand a jobseeker better

For those who understand the employment market, hiring as a process needs to be done in an innovative and interactive manner, for one has to attract the best in this limited pool of talent. So, a non-contemporary and non-conservative way of hiring comes handy. So how does creativity helps break the ice and makes hiring a fun process? Read on…

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In this digital age where media is playing such an important role in helping all of us stay connected and with so many Facebook users, the employers as well as the employees need to know about the importance of this platform. The employer can create a buzz around the job and make it more interactive for the job seeker. In its job portal sites, the company can tell the candidate about the company features, the staff, the perks the salary offers etc. Various videos can be added to make the job portal more interesting.

When it comes to one on one interview if the interviewer asks the candidate to come out with out of the box job ideas, then not only is the candidate more interested, but at the same time the company is able to find fresh talents.

Now if you want to separate the wheat from the husk, this time do something different. How about adding another layer? How about creating an open house discussion between the applicants during an induction process? This not only would make the job processing more interactive but at the same time the candidates would come to know about each other’s opinion too. They would come to know about their weak and their strong points. And from among-st this crowd, one can fish out real talent. According to ‘Wall street journal’; a consulting agency ‘I love rewards Inc.’ out of 1200 members were able to pick out 400 members through open house discussions.

So, forget the various online portals, one has adopted new innovative ways to stand far away from this madding crowd and hire new talents.