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.

How mindfulness meditation can boost your career

Human mind is a space full of wonder. It is incredibly potent if you know how to use it. This is an extremely fast world and everyday it is becoming difficult to cope up with the pace. With all the complications of modern life, we need to find some cure for the mental itch. People are stressed out, paranoid, anxious, and restless these days.

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After Yoga, which requires dedication for about 1 hour or so, mindfulness meditation can refresh a person’s mind and soul in just few minutes. Gelong Thubten, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, who specializes in mindful meditation, emphasis its importance.

Stressful thinking is a modern malaise from which almost every other person is suffering. But cheers to mindful meditation for offering us an excellent remedy for stressful thinking. As Thubten would claim it does not only take care of the stress but also transforms, on a more fundamental level, the way we deal with it. It is a deeper approach that is being taken here. You will not only find the cure but also know what lies at the root of the problem. However, there is a theory that in heavy-duty workplaces stress works in your favor. To that Thubten says that stress is powerful thing but letting the stress hormones reign over you throughout the day is not a good idea because it kills you fast. The stress gets you going, but once it is gone, your system switches off too. So, it makes one achieve but the victory is short-lived.

Mental clarity is one of the major advantages of mindfulness meditation. It is seen that with mindfulness meditation people can do better. These people show improved memory and can keep good focus on work. With great sense of focus, ability to manage distraction, and heightened concentration, mindful people can do better than others. Stress is negative, admit it and go ahead to remove it from it system.

The biggest gift that mindful meditation offers you is tolerance. It helps you develop self-acceptance and with self-acceptance living would be much easier, free of all the judgments and the anxious worrying thoughts. This sense of peace is necessary to your everyday office performance.

One can enjoy the benefits of mindful meditation at various levels, to have a less stressful and more fun-filled day. Unless you are at peace and happy, no good work can come out of you. So, start your day by spending 15-20 minutes on mindful meditation. Make sure to do it well and learn its techniques before starting on your spiritual journey, for a calm mind.

WHEN PERKS ARE BETTER THAN HIGHER SALARY

No one can deny the fact that money is the biggest motivation for almost anyone who is taking up a job. Once we are done with studying and have acquired our degrees, the time to take up a job comes up. It is a mixed feeling as you are going to miss out on your fun-filled college days when you had the luxury of non-office life. But, on the other hand, the prospect of earning money which will totally be your own, and the possibility of exciting things that you can do, can interest you to take up a job as early as possible. Money is the primary joy of adult life.

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However, apart from money, a job can offer you many other benefits, mainly in the form of perks. Usually most people give their prime attention to the salary package that receives the prime attention, but some, with a slightly different point of view, may be deeply interested in the perks.

No matter what job you choose, there will be a number of benefits involved like health, dental and vision insurance which can go on to cover up on a lot of ground. So, even beyond the baseline salary it is the perks and employee benefit schemes that can prove to be really enhancing for your life. So, why deprive yourself of the additional joys? Besides, when you are young it might not feel necessary to give some thoughts about retirement, but having a good retirement plan pays off well when you are old and not willing to work.

In case you are planning to save some money, take good note of the perks. Getting perks that save your money may be as good as getting a raise on your current salary. Make the most of whatever your company is offering. It may be discounts on gym membership, or cell phone plans or travel fares and so on. These incentives may not look too tempting on the surface, but in the long run they can help you save a good handful of money.

For example, if you are getting a Paid Time Off, you will not only get a good free time but also get the money worth the time. This is straightforward way to do put a price on the perk. In case it is something more intangible, and you cannot really put your finger on it, money-wise, you should still consider the perks and they should pay a key role in your decision. For example, a casual dress-code or an opportunity to do better in professional development might not be fetching you money directly, but they are letting you spend quality time and having a great life. So, be wise and do not shake it off just because it is intangible.

When perks are better than salary, you can feel that inner peace that so many of us miss these days. You may not be able to explain it to others but they will forever be wondering what the sources of your calm of mind are. Let is originate in silence and give you that internal mental serenity which strict monetary logic will not be able to follow. For your spiritual well-being, settle down with less money without a prick of conscience because, on another level, you are garnering so much more.

IS A LATE-LIFE CAREER CHANGE RIGHT FOR YOU?

Changing career late in life is an important decision that you should make with careful research and cautious foresight. Once you are set in a particular career, there comes a point when you feel too saturated with it or bored with it. You know it all too well. You have all the necessary industry knowledge and more. You have an unending list of contact and drawing a hefty sum that keeps you going without any hassle. Yes, things are in place but perhaps a little too much and that bothers you. Secretly, you are fancying the idea of a career switch, pursuing a dream that had forever been in your wish list.

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This can well be your situation. Well, of course, only with maturity we can understand our real passions and understand exactly what kind of work will keep us happy. If this is the ordeal you are also facing in your life, here are a few ideas which will help you make the decision.

First and foremost, weigh your losses and gains. You should not regret the fact that you did not make the switch, and the fact that you, indeed, did make it is proving to be a fatal mistake. So, clear your head, sit down, brainstorm, list the pros and cons and make your decision. If you find that you will have a lot of regrets if you are not making the switch, then go ahead. You only live once!

It is necessary to know exactly why you want to make that switch. If it is about money, do some research and check the earning potential in the other field you are considering. You should have a definable goal. Career assessments are a good way to identify new and interesting careers which you will be willing to join. If you are happy with your recent job, and want to find satisfaction with your next job, then you will have to do some research to know what it is like in the other field.

Before making the switch, try to know about the skills and educational qualifications necessary for the new career. There can be a skillset or two lacking with you or some university degree without which you would not be qualified for the job. Consider the extra amount of investment required and make sure that you will be able to pay it now. If that is not the case, then you need to think of other alternatives.

It is a good idea to learn about the new industry as much as possible even before entering it because you do not want to end up in a similar situation as the one you were formerly in. So, test the waters before making the ultimate leap. Contact people working in that industry, conduct informational interviews if possible to get to know more about the new industry. Do volunteer services for more firsthand knowledge. If you had fun and had got a mostly relaxed day, hop on board!

Finally, you need to face the fact that you are making a career change in a considerably later part of your life and it might take a while for you to make your mark. So, do not expect quick success. If you are planning to retire at a certain age, know the limits of your possible achievement in the new field and have fun working.

 

 

 

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!

What are soft job skills and why are they important?

It is important to understand what soft skills are in order to highlight them on your resume. Soft skills can change the game for your job search if used in an appropriate manner. While most of the soft skills depend on the company in which you are working, there are some skills that everyone must have.

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These skills cannot only help you in your professional life but also at every stage of your personal life. Some of the soft skills were learnt at school, but we hardly ever talked about them. Let’s do today and make our CVs highlight the most important traits of professionalism.

Soft skills refer to those skills that are transferable, social, or interpersonal skills. One cannot demonstrate these skills through a certificate or medal or even a test, unlike your hard skills, which encompasses your technical knowledge and experience, and are easy to measure. Soft skills, on the other hand, are the innate qualities of a person, which he has developed over a course of years with guidance from others, his own understanding, and mostly depends on personal values and principles. Here are some soft skills you need to mention, which can get you that dream job you have in your mind.

 Professionalism

One of the most important soft skills for employees and entrepreneurs alike is professionalism. It a skill set that includes many key skills which determine your attitude in a positive light and demonstrate your professional behavior. Professionalism includes being on time, i.e. punctual for meeting, etc (Time Management), being organized and prepared (Organizational Skills), and behavioral traits that define a person. These include qualities such as self-motivation, resilience, and work ethics. Stress management is also an important soft skill. These skills help you in overcoming daily challenges and tackling them gracefully and with dignity. Curiosity for knowledge, taking initiatives, and trying to excel in whatever you do can help you climb the ladder of success faster than others.

 Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills are those skills that help you form better relationships professionally. Relating to others is an essentially in this world. Everyone is connected in one way or another. How you behave with your co-workers and with customers affect both your rapport and work. Demonstrating traits such as teamwork, empathy, patience, perceptiveness, emotional intelligence, as well as listening and communication skills can help you achieve a good reputation among your peers and bosses, as well as with clients. These skills improve networking skills which benefits the company as well. Building good relationships with customers, helping your colleagues, as well as efficiently providing training’s can help get from the executive level to the manager level in lesser time than others.

 Leadership Skills

One of the most important skills to develop for the professional development in your career are leadership skills. These skills are relevant to not just managerial positions and CEOs, but also at every level of personal and professional life. Demonstrating qualities of an effective leader can help you get a job, appreciation from bosses, as well as a promotion. Leaders have critical observation and can resolve conflicts or reconcile disagreements efficiently. Delegating responsibilities in a skillful manner, taking initiative to head a project and direct the team, and identifying problems as well as implementing effective solutions are a part of leadership qualities.

One can include soft skills in the resume by mentioning that you are a good time manager, love to take initiatives, are good at problem solving, are a good listener, and so on. These small skills are easy to mention, but hard to actually follow. So, develop them and see how your career graph grows.

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