September 2018

5 Ways To Use Pinterest In Your Career Management.

Pinterest is a social media site that lets users to save images, links, videos and files with their network. The use and growth of Pinterest has evolved since it’s inception from people casually flipping through it for new wedding ideas to using it as a way for motivation for career management and more. Those of you who fall in the former category might want to foray into the latter and that’s what Careermarshal is here to help you do.

Here are some ways in which Pinterest can be used for career management

After making an account on Pinterest, you will see an option to create boards– Boards on which (depending on the theme) you can ‘pin’ images that are relevant. You can have as many boards as you want and can keep it secret or visible to everyone. Follow other people and the board’s, like their pins and share(re-pin) them. You can grow your popularity and influence through these boards. You can link images from other sites and your own images that you have uploaded on Pinterest directly. In case you’re stuck, they have created a guide too.

Now the first question on your mind might be, “ Okay, all of this sounds great but how is it relevant to career management? “Well you can pin boards on the theme of how to curate a good CV, some commonly asked interview questions, planning for your dream job; Pinterest can do it all. Create your own pins linking with thoroughly researched information on internet or your own computer. People engaged in creative roles might especially find Pinterest useful and make their boards visible to all to attract employers who can browse their works, interests and information.

 

Pinterest as a researching tool

A Pinterest profile can form an effective way to search about different career paths and profiles. In the navigation bar at the top, type something like career paths and you’ll get a plethora of information about various possible career path. You just might get the inspiration and the right direction into the career of your dreams. You can always narrow down your search to specific kinds of jobs.

Get guidance from experts of their domain

Now that you have been able to select your domain and career profile (hopefully), you can also avail quality guidance from experts in that very domain and career profile. Learn from the best!. Get the latest advice for various stages of your career. Inspirational quotes, posts, videos, tools and ideas are a click away. Make the most of them.

Customise your CV using Pinterest to get the best visual impact

One crucial aspect after choosing the right career is putting together a good and impactful application together. Research CVs, whether traditional or creative, new trends or the trusted methods. Make sure that you’re sure about the kinds of job you’re applying for; CVs really have to be specific to your domain.

Flaunt your creative chops through a Pinterest board

Create a board to showcase your creative side, skills and experiences using pins to visualize your tale for others to interpret. If you run a blog or are a professional photographer, create a board with all your best works summarized there. Recreate your educational and professional journey by having photos of school/college you’ve attended, companies you have worked for and any other organization you have been a part of in your life.

Flaunt your achievements in a way so that it seems you’re being a ‘humblebrag’. Make absolutely sure that the content, tone and style is not crazy and is highly professional and suited to your role aspirations. Use the captions judiciously to relate how each photo is a culmination of your efforts to make a dent in a particular field. Share with friends, link it your LinkedIn, Facebook etc and a hyperlink on your CV.

Know the companies better

Many employers are flooding to Pinterest to put on display the kind of work they have been indulging in. They also let a glimpse into their work ethics, culture and environment. Make sure you analyse it all before applying to that particular company.

Follow relevant boards from companies you are interested in especially if they offer insight into your current or aspired role. Interact with companies to get noticed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Group Interview Tips: Do’s and Don’ts

One of the most efficient and least time-consuming way to fill multiple vacancies for an organization most often seems to be the process of group interview. They are able to weed out the unworthy candidates by comparing them to their immediate competitors. Candidates are able to demonstrate how well they will fit into the team and the scheme of things but also able to show their ability to handle pressure.

We can understand that you might be jittery about your prospects of facing a group interview for the first time but they can be a catalyst for you to stamp your authority if done right. We, at Careermarshal have assembled a list of do’s and don’ts to make the right kind of impression.

Group interview do’s:

Arrive early (or on time at the very least)

When the competition is directly against a lot of people, don’t miss any opportunity to rise above the rest and also make sure to not be remembered for the wrong reasons. Aside from showing earnestness and punctuality, if you arrive before time you have the unique advantage of getting more time to impress the interviewer. You can also interact with other candidates and measure your competition in a less formal way. All of this doesn’t means that you reach before even the office opens.

Remember the icebreaker

All of the candidates will first be asked to give a short introduction. To avoid any glitch or embarrassing situation, be prepared beforehand. It would earn you some bonus points if you’re especially witty in your introduction. Make it to the point and engaging for all to hear. Before any of the actual tasks begin, you’ll almost always be asked to provide some sort of introduction of yourself (or worse, some sort of introduction for someone else in the group). To avoid embarrassing situations, always prepare your answer beforehand. Your intro needn’t be long, provided it’s pertinent and engaging. Avoid being unsure about yourself and mention your professional and personal achievement in passing.

Be alert and don’t slouch

Body language subconsciously tells the interviewers how interested and engaged you are in what is going on in the room. Slouching is a big no-no hence. You want to appear attentive and alert, not a listless bag of bones. You should and are allowed to relax as the interview proceeds. Don’t let this relaxation get in the way of an alert posture. Sit up straight and listen to all others make it obvious in your posture too.

Prepare questions

The first step to preparing for an interview is to research about the market position, works and ethics of the company in question. If you do it right, it is natural for you to have queries about the functioning of the company. When they get to the ‘any question’ part, that should be your cue. It can be entirely possible that you may genuinely have no query at all. In that scenario, don’t force out a question just for the sake of it. You might end up asking a very stupid question and that can hurt your chances too.

Interact with and include everyone

One thing that you don’t want to be associated with is hogging all the limelight and not letting anyone else speak at all. Patiently hear what everyone has to say and then respond to it in a calm and asserting tone. If anyone else is hogging the limelight, make sure you point it out. Don’t let the conversation become an echo chamber of your thoughts If you spot someone who is particularly silent, encourage them to speak their mind. It will impress everyone at the table. Praise others’ ideas, take notes, dress appropriately, smile are also things you should partake to.

 

Group interview don’ts:

Be fake

“Just be yourself.” An advice you have seen plastered over people’s Facebook pages. It might sound cheesy and cliché. Your interviewers probably can smell faking in an interview and hence it’s advisable to not indulge in it. Trying too hard may reek of desperation and will not go down too well with your interviewers. Try ingenuity as much as you can. Don’t laugh on jokes unless they are really funny. Be a bit restrained in your reactions.

 Interrupt or talk over people

This is the worst possible way to give an erratic account of yourself. When you’re in the flow of the argument and think that you are right, you tend to raise your voice to get your point across. Never allow yourself to undermine teamwork. Make so compelling arguments that you don’t need to raise your voice. Raise your bar not voice decibel.

Get drowned out

What you really need to do in the environment of a group discussion is to balance between the above pointer and getting overshadowed by everyone else in the room. There will always exist people who will try to hog all the speaking space and you might feel overwhelmed by it all. If you don’t feel that the discussion is going in the right direction, make it your responsibility to steer the conversation in the right direction. Offer your insight and opinions and let your voice be heard.

Get a bit too comfortable

There is a certain decorum that needs to be maintained inside the room. It is completely okay to appear relaxed and comfortable in there. Just don’t overdo it. Whistling incessantly, swearing, talking loudly and appearing disinterested in what’s going on is looked down upon and should be avoided.

No matter how boring the proceedings get, never lose sight of the ultimate goal of cracking the interview. Take notes, keep eye contact at an acceptable (and socially acceptable) level, smile, nod, and generally try and look enthusiastic and engaged throughout.

Don’t stare off into the space and don’t check your phone during the whole duration of the group discussion. These two statements are quite obvious but still themselves in the need of being restated.

 

 

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Tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance

Part of the corporate world that irks everyone the most is the balance of work/life or rather the lack of it. Long and irregular working hours, mounting workload and humongous pressure are all that takes a toll on people’s personal life.

This deterioration of work/life balance is common in most professions– whether they are work from home or office based. We, at Careermarshal, bring to you some tips on how to achieve this elusive balance thing:

 

Focus on your strengths

Don’t be the ‘guy who does it all’. Do what you’re good at (what you’re being paid to do) and outsource the rest to the experts. If you don’t know how to do accounts, give it to the accounts department rather wasting your time on it yourself.

Compartmentalize your time

Make a to-do list for all your tasks for the month and divide it into categories based on how important these tasks are and how immediately you need to finish them. Know when you are at your efficient best Do you work better at mornings or in nights? Depending on your answer, assign taxing and tough tasks to yourself accordingly. Always do these heavy tasks when you are at your best.

Take out some ‘me’ time

Always devote at least half an hour a day to just do anything that makes you relaxed. It could be watching Stand-up comedy, taking a stroll in the park, listening to music or something else. Take care of your personal relationships and health too.

Always follow your own schedule

Set work hours for yourself and completely stick to them unless it’s a grave situation. This gets your mind in a habit to do the work only in the stipulated hours and unwind in the rest.

Adjust your workplace to your needs

If you work in an office, you can’t really do much on your own. But what you can do is get your daily utility things according to your own needs. After all you’re going to be spending a large part of your day cooped up in there. You can ask your boss for comfortable seating arrangements and an atmosphere conducive for working. That includes getting a comfortable chair, an ergonomic keyboard, a support stand for your laptop, etc. Investing here is totally worth it.

Technology to the rescue

If possible, when you are not able to go to office for some genuine reason, use video conferencing apps like Hangouts or Skype.

Invest in making time

There are a lot of tools available that can help you keep track of how much time you expend in doing various activities like meetings, client acquiring and servicing. It will help you understand how long a particular task takes for you to do. In this way, you’ll be better allocate time to various tasks and plan everything out in advance.

Make time out for passions

There must be something you truly love – other than work – make sure you spend time doing it too. You will feel refreshed and enthused to be able to carry out the daily tasks at work.

Be realistic

Take time for introspection everyday. Analyse your day at work and ask yourself what clicked and what didn’t. Try to weed out those mistakes in the next day at work.

Get a business coach

Getting one can be a bit expensive but they are really recommended. They will help you detect early on the wrong business habits you’re indulging in and set you on the path of self-contemplation and correction.

Knock yourself out

Go to Goa with your college friend’s or Rishikesh. The point is to go to someplace every 6 months at least. Get yourself an extended weekend bonanza and have fun.

 

 

 

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How to add that little extra zing to your CV?

Now that you’re out of the school grind and having fun in college, a question that presents itself pertinently is how to improve your CV. You need to understand that there is no ‘set of rules’ to follow to add weight to those two papers of CV. What we, at Careermarshal, can do is provide a broad guideline on how to tackle the bull by its horn and get a respectable CV.

What you do in your free time is what defines who you are and defines your individuality and interests. Interestingly, it can also demonstrate to a hiring manager the plethora of skills that you possess in your arsenal.

Here are some activities that you can list in your CV that can brighten up your prospects:

Sport

A person who is active in sports gives a good account of themselves in terms of team work and dedication. It could also be a great addition to the CV. Whether you are plying your trade for the school’s cricket team, the college’s volleyball or you are the winger in the football team – make sure to highlight your skills, interests and achievements.

One thing to be very cautious about is to link this all with the role you are applying for, otherwise you might be defeating the whole purpose of adding a sport in your CV in the first place.

Skills it demonstrates: team work, dedication, fitness, competitiveness, reliability.

How to get in in the first place: Most universities, schools and colleges have teams for various sports. And you don’t have to be Ronaldo-like (football) or have a stance like Kohli to get in. Just persevere and practice hard regularly to maintain your place.

 

Music, drama & theatre

A lot of people are genuinely scared of speaking in front of the crowd and that’s why they really appreciate others who can hold their own on stage. Even recruiters love that confidence, especially when the profile requires interactions with a large number of people (e.g. leadership, sales, or customer service roles).

There is plenty to choose from in music, drama and theatre. Anything from being a singer, showcasing your acting chops to direction, instrument could be your thing. The key is to find something and persevere in that

Skills it demonstrates: confidence, self-presentation, collaboration, attention to detail, creativity.

How to get in: These particular sets of activities require natural talent, skill and hard work in equal measure. Want to form a band, learn how to play an instrument like guitar, drums or keyboard. You could try out for various societies in your college who will teach you the nuances of dramatics, dancing and whatnot if you’re selected.

 

Foreign languages

Being fluent in a foreign language can open you up to jobs in teaching, translating, tourism, and more. It can also be a big boost for your CV.

The dedication and time you invest in learning a foreign language really makes you attractive to a lot of recruited as potential part of operations. Most MNCs are looking for people who not only know their primary skillset well but also have a grasp in a foreign languages for operations in other countries.

Skills it demonstrates: lateral thinking, dedication, willingness to learn, problem solving, patience.

How to get in: If you are really lucky your university could be offering courses in foreign languages (DU does). But if not, you could look for private tutors, free apps, audiobooks and online courses.

 

Volunteering & fundraising

Most recruiters want earnest citizens who are making a difference at whatever small level they are capable of. Devote your time to teaching underprivileged students at a nearby NGO, organize book donation drives, cleanliness drives and other charitable endeavours. It displays your resourcefulness and willingness to work for things that really matter.

Skills it demonstrates: leadership, ingenuity, commitment, entrepreneurship, proactivity.

How to get in: Most NGOs have a contact option on their homepage through which you directly offer your services. Take time to research about such organizations in your neighbourhood. You could also participate in various societal wings like NSS, Enactus etc in your college.

 

Job-specific activities

Your hobbies could pave your way to a career although it might be hard to visualize it right now. Keep developing such industry specific hobbies to get ahead in the race. This is because hobbies that relate to a certain industry (e.g. media, IT, copywriting) often teach you the practical skills and experience you need to be considered for a job. So whether you write articles for a website, are a food blogger, photograph your way through college or something else; you are showcasing how industry-wide you already are and you willingness to explore.

Skills it demonstrates: writing, creativity, ability to take criticism, IT & other technical skills.

Getting in these activities is purely initiative centric. The more you go out there in search of your first break, the more likely you are to get it. Go out there, face some rejections but don’t give up.

We repeat, DON’T GIVE UP!

 

 

 

 

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5 Steps to mastering phone interviews.

After jumping through various hoops, you are now on to the last frontier in the quest for a job. The final frontier (sometimes it’s the intermediate frontier, succeeded by personal interview) happens to be a telephonic tete-a-tete over the phone i.e, a telephonic interview. It just might be a make or break deal for your aspirations to land a job. Hence, it’s imperative to get it right. We, at Careermarshal have compiled some steps to approach this frontier feeling confident and brave.
Most important things involve a phone conversation; be it courtship, friendship or something as mundane as a cold sales call. No wonder that it is important for landing a job as well. How to sound confident during a phone call becomes very important in the scheme of things.

Plan ahead and prepare hard
Everything has its pros and cons. One drawback of a telephonic conversation is the absence of face-to-face rapport and being able to judge how things are progressing by judging the interviewer’s expression. But the fact that you don’t have to rely on your memory and can use notes as a cheat sheet more than makes up for the above-mentioned con. Diligently prepare notes to better market yourself and copious amounts of info about the company to show how better-researched you have done.
Have you crafted an elevator pitch yet? Now’s the time, and once you’ve got yours, print it out and have it ready to use next to the phone.
The first step after being apprised of the interview should be to research the company, the role, and the interviewer (if possible). Doing all this will make you feel well prepared and raring to go. Start with their website, read their blog posts, and figure out their mission statement. Looking up the interviewer on a basic Google and LinkedIn search if you know their name helps you forge a common ground with them. Learn about some key facts of the company and answer to common questions like, “why this job?” and “Salary कितनी लोगे?” from 3 Idiots fame.

Choose your comfort place to make the call
As opposed to a face-to-face interview where you need to wear formal suits and be at your sartorial best to make yourself look professional and whatnot, in a telephonic conversation, anything rolls. You could straight up call from your bed if that’s your thing. Although a lot of people feel more confident when they are dressed up a bit. So, it is totally up to your discretion to dress accordingly.
Keep the cell charged and recharged (Thank god for Jio’s unlimited voice calls). Find a quiet spot with good reception so that there’s no risk of call dropping. Use a landline if you own one. Make sure that there is lack or complete absence of background noise so that you are able to focus better.
If you’re video conferencing, make sure to find a spot with a great connection, or even better, use an Ethernet connection to minimize the chance of disconnecting half-way through. Use a spot with optimal lighting. Don’t sit in the front of a window. It creates a silhouette and you’ll end up being in the shadow Find a neutral location with good lighting.

Speak confidently and clearly
You may have got a smile that poets write poetry about but sadly, you can’t dazzle the interviewer with it. So you have to contend them with a superb display of your conversational glib and oratorical skills. After judging you for median competence and ability, the phone interviewer is going to be gauging your level of interest in the role you’re applying for. Don’t let it become a monotone and dull conversation. Speak in a clear voice with enthusiasm about the role. Make sure to emphasize your major points. It may seem inconsequential but standing while doing such crucial decisions makes a world of difference to your confidence. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself.

Hang on to their important words
Only if everyone in this world was a good listener. It would make life so much easier for each one of use. This makes being a good listener who absorbs information a must have skill during a telephonic interview as well. If you listen well, you can absorb information that might come in handy later in the call or in the job, if the call goes well.
Make notes while the recruiter goes on about the details of the job, the process and the company. It is very important to know what to take note of and what not to. It will help you bring up any enquiry you might have about the role, the company or anything under the sun. Since you can’t be seen taking notes, scribble away and use this very piece of information to score some brownie points with your acute observational skills.

Be super clear on what the next step is
We know what it feels like to be left in the dark about something. It becomes particularly worse if that ‘something’ pertains to the job you’re applying for. Never– we repeat never, end the call without knowing what the next part of the process is. Just ask what the next part of the process is, or when will you get to know of the results. If you’re especially forgetful (like me), add in the notes, “Ask about the next steps”. Your cue to ask this question is when the recruiter ends his/her part of the conversation with, “Do you have any questions for us?” This offers some insight into the timeline of their hiring process and how they will plan to follow up with you.

Phone interviews can be awkward if you’re not sure what to expect, and the more uncomfortable you feel, the more trouble you’ll have convincing the interviewer you’re the one for the job. Being prepared can do wonders for you though. Just be very confident and follow the above-mentioned tips to shine through the process like a pro. In case of any queries, feel free to contact us at Careermarshal for more on this topic.
Talk your way to a job guys!

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7 Top tips on turning your internship into a job offer

Traditionally, major and majority of companies fill up their entry level positions by hiring fresh graduates from various universities and colleges. This has been the most common form of hiring for most companies. But the latest trend that has picked upwind is the ‘intern’ culture. Many companies hire interns for a short duration, say a month or two. These interns by virtue of getting in early prove their mettle and the best of them are then hired by the company on a permanent basis. The best simulation you can run to test whether a candidate is suitable for your business is make them work for you for a brief period of time.  This is what an internship is all about. Some leading corporates have altogether abandoned the conventional graduate hiring route in favour of hiring the best interns who have impressed them over the summer. So, it becomes imperative that you make the most out of a good internship to get the best possible out of it.

To give you the basic template on how to convert this internship into a credible job offer, we, at Careermarshal have curated a list of tips that you should follow:

Set your priorities straight

The primary question you should be asking yourself is: What is your end objective from this internship? Depending upon the career path that you have chosen and the stage at which you are: You might be on a commercial law vacation scheme, on an Investment Banking spring week then you might want a training contract with the firm in the former case and might want a graduate role with the bank in the latter case.

However, if getting a job with the company is not your end goal, be clear what the goal is; do you want to diversify your contacts, improve upon your skill set or just want exposure to a new experience? Work along those lines from the day one at your internship.

Take initiative and be proactive from the word go

An employee who takes initiatives is an employee who is desired at the workplace. Be that employee. To achieve the target of being proactive, ask your manager for more work if your allotted work is finished before time (it also displays that you’re faster than average and a team player), give more suggestions, new ideas for different company procedures or helping in the rearrangement of office space.

Interns have the added advantage of a fresh perspective to old problems, so bring it to the fore and contribute wisely.

Temperament is the key

Most interns are students who are just not ready for the grind of corporate life. This makes the company wary of hiring and trusting interns in the first place. You have to work against these prejudices. You are being evaluated at every stage of an internship for ‘work readiness’, so make sure you excel on all parameters. This makes for a strong case for you to be kept as a full time employee. Respect the time that is allowed for you to do something, dress according to the office culture, be enthusiastic about the company and always keep yourself organized in terms of tasks you have to do. Display how integral you can be to the operation of the team so that they will want you back.

Always take feedback from your reporting manager

Be sure to remain in touch with the manager about your workload and responsibilities. Be upfront to them if you feel that you are working too much for long hours or any other qualms you have regarding work. Communicate how you are dealing with it all and whether you are ready for more.

Even if you’re lagging behind, still talk to the manager about it. Although frame your grievances not in a complaining tone but rather talk about how you’re trying your best and how you need a bit more tips and/or time to sort it all out.

Feedback is a very important thing but it becomes crucial in internships.

Many companies have pre-decided avenues to give timely and correct feedback to their employees. Even if your company doesn’t have it, just straightaway ask for it when the time comes. Talk with your manager on 2 or 3 month cycle about how you fared and what more you could have done. Ask for constructive on how you could improve further. The manager will perceive you as someone who wants to develop and is also much grounded.

Make friends but be professional too

Most companies want to display to their interns how they are a fun place to work by organizing various events especially curated for interns. Interns, hence, have ample avenues to socialize. What you should take utmost care of is not being that person who got a bit too friendly and tipsy at the party for interns. Maintain the balancing act between being fun and not being over the top clown. Remember that these are not the parties where you get drunk and talk in embarrassing details about your non-existent love life.

Up your networking game

One of the best things about an internship is the ease with which you can build your professional network. Build healthy camaraderie with your colleagues and learn from them to grow more. Invite your senior to a coffee rendezvous so that you can communicate with them about their experiences and careers. Have good questions at your disposal to make the most of both of your time. Take cues from them on their own career and journey. Also try to interact with people who are not in your team. This gives you a fresh perspective on the company. Also try to stay in touch through mails, LinkedIn or any other medium after your internship ends. Never underestimate the ability of a person to be useful to you in the future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

You’ve had enough of your current job. The reason could be any; you are looking for a meatier role, you have found a job with better pay and/or benefits, you are relocating to a new place or yada yada.

You have updated your resume on LinkedIn; you’ve started cleaning up your desk and so on and forth. But, are you forgetting something? Fret not, that is what Careermarshal is here for. We, at Careermarshal, have curated a list on how to quit your job in the best possible manner with least collateral damage.

Back in the good old days, people on average occupied a position for 2 to 4 years and gave their resignation with a month’s notice period. Progressively that time period has reduced. Now, it is felt that immediately quitting your jobs in a movie style is really okay. This leads to loss of any shred of goodwill that you had earned at your company. That is something you don’t want. Your reputation is a culmination of your career and it is not justified that you tarnish it in such a spectacular manner. Word travels fast and maybe your new company might find a problem with such behaviour.

Follow these rules to better plan your resignation:

Think it Over Carefully: A person’s worth in the corporate world is measured by how much they earn. You are always high on the desirability scale by virtue of your job. Your ‘work’ friends are your ‘work’ friends. If you plan on leaving without a job offer in hand, you essentially don’t have any work. That implies you don’t have any ‘work’ friends. Granted that one or two of them are very close to you, but a network is not made up of two people. You really need to hold on to your contacts during this transition period. To hold onto such contacts, you need to be useful to them in some way. Only then will they be useful to you. Think of ways to be useful to such contacts.

Position Yourself As ‘the Networking guy’: Larger the number of your connections and the bigger your ability to share it with other people, the better ‘Networking Person’ you are. People really need such influencers for various reasons. If you manage to position yourself in such a way, you have a goldmine of receptive contacts with you.

Introduce Your Personal Email Early: You need to balance out the use of work and personal email. A mistake that a lot of people make is never to introduce their personal email to colleagues, clients and boss. And when such people go for job-hunting, they really don’t have many contacts who can contact them on personal email. Using work email after quitting is a strict no-no. Make sure that your network has your personal email way before you are planning to leave your job. List your personal email in your LinkedIn profile. Save a mailing template with your personal email and regularly use that template to send mails.

The Resume needs to be in top-notch condition: Since you are going to quit your job, you may have already done this. Organize your resume, cover-letter and your references properly. You need to convey your long-lived references that you are looking for a new job and whether they still would be your reference. Don’t assume that just because they were your reference then that they will be a reference now too. It will ensure that they don’t cause you embarrassment by not recommending you.

Leave on good terms: You might think that you’re not going to ever encounter your current work colleagues but that is simply turning a blind eye to a major thing. You could always encounter them at an industry event. Also people migrate from one job to another. You also need to weigh in the fact that your current company also gives out a formal or informal recommendation letter. For that letter to be a growing list of your attributes, we suggest leaving on a happy note. Give a standard two week notice, but, if possible give a 3-4 week’s notice. Make sure you offer help to your replacement.

You want to keep relations nice, and furthermore, you want to leave with your reputation intact. Explicitly mention that you are offering help and goodwill to your former colleagues so that they remember you as a helpful person.

 

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5 REASONS WHY SOFT SKILLS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

All of the formal education that you acquire during your life culminates with the acquisition of hard skills – the skills (mostly technical in nature) that you need to do your job. These are the ones that matter the most and are listed in your CV. But the current needs of the employers are more evolved. Another set of skills that are gaining importance in the current discourse are soft skills – inherent qualities that make you gel with other people well. Here are some reasons why soft skills have gained a lot of traction over a period of time:

 

SOFT SKILLS BEAUTIFULLY SUPPLEMENT HARD SKILLS

Technical skills as a standalone are never enough in the current discourse of corporate jobs. An asset growth manager with all the technical know-how in the world cannot survive the industry unless they don’t know how to efficiently manage interpersonal relation with clients and colleagues. Almost every career requires at least the basic knowledge of soft skills.

SOFT SKILLS ARE HARDER TO ACQUIRE

Hard skills are what you devote your later school and all college life to learn, master and hone. They take a long time to learn but have a set path along which you can tread to master them. Soft skills pose an entirely different problem. Since they are not taught through mainstream media, they are a harder nut to crack.

Conscious effort, regular practice, and a commitment to self-development to improve your soft skills are at the core of it all. Your CV primarily will consist of various hard skills but soft skills are the differentiator that will eventually get you the job. If all the candidates have a similar level of expertise, soft skills are the tie breaker.

SOFT SKILLS ARE ESSENTIAL PART OF MODERN WORKPLACE

Listening, collaborating with others, presenting ideas and communicating with team members are what form the essential part of the spectrum of a modern workplace. To ensure optimum levels of productivity, collaboration and a vibrant and healthy work environment, you need to ensure a competitive level of knowledge of soft skills. In the end, it is all about surviving the cutthroat competition in this world.

SOFT SKILLS NECESSARY FOR CUSTOMER INTERACTION

Modern marketplace is known to have a large number of choices through mediums such as the internet available in smartphones, laptops and computers. In such competition, prices see low and convenience is also literally at the tips of the fingers. Customer service is hence often what sways customers to different companies. You should be able to effectively communicate with customers to be an indispensable and valuable asset to your business.

THE FUTURE WORKPLACE WILL RELY ON SOFT SKILLS

Automation and artificial intelligence are already shifting the wave of jobs to heavily rely on soft skills. Due to the introduction of cutting-edge technology, more and more tasks that require hard skills are on a decline. All this again makes the knowledge of soft skills very crucial to have. Current estimates predict that almost two-thirds of the jobs worldwide would eventually rely on AI and automation and ultimately soft skills by 2030.

Since we have harped on about the importance of soft skills, it also becomes imperative on our part to define what soft skills entail. Well, here goes:

Communication (oral and written)

Creativity

Problem-solving

Collaboration

Adaptability

Positivity

Learning from criticism

Working under pressure

To improve upon these above-mentioned skills, you can opt for online and offline courses or you can go through the actual grind by networking with people inside and outside your company. Challenge yourself to take on new tasks too.

A strong set of soft skills complementing your hard skills will effectively pave your way to a competitive and successful start to the career.

 

 

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3 Unmistakable signs it’s time to start looking for a new job.

It’s quite normal to feel restive at work sometimes. Everything from your dream job to the job you just stumbled into is prone to an occasional bout of restlessness. The real reason to worry would be if this restlessness is prolonged to months. So when to know it’s time to pack up?

The first reaction of someone who to their utter horror realizes that they have lost interest in their job is panic mode. They either assume that they are in the wrong field or that they have reached a saturation point in their job. And unfortunately, they might be right too. Then, it is better to just move on. However, your instincts can be wrong too sometimes. Before you plan your resignation letter, we, at Careermarshal, would like to dwell on some common signs that you might have reached the end of the rope. We will also decipher what your next strategy must be if you really are going to quit your job.

Look out for these signs:

1. You don’t want the weekend to end.

Getting all nervous and panicked whenever Monday rears its ugly head? Don’t leave in a jiffy and try to analyse what’s really causing this rut. Some people hand in their resignation just because they are dissatisfied with a certain aspect of it, only to later realize that grass was greener on their side. If you keep getting the Monday blues; start by making a list of pros and cons list of your job. What do you still find likeable about this company? Is it the environment? Your colleagues? Salary or the perks involved? See what outnumbers what. You might still get the pros outweighing the cons, with the exception of that niggling department. This tangible piece of information is something you can act upon. Get your boss or colleagues involved to find some solutions.

Another thing that could happen is that the negatives start to blur out the positives. This is your cue to start job-hunting. This transition period between the two jobs is very crucial. Make sure that you still give the output that is expected out of you. Don’t shirk your responsibilities at this job. Complete your pending tasks before leaving and offer support to your boss and colleagues in helping your replacement get up to pace if they find one. The value of good working relationships will open up a plethora of opportunities and avenues in the future.

2. You’ve outgrown your environment.

Life is a stage and phases of life – birth, infancy, youth etc are mere acts in the play. You will get accustomed to playing different roles throughout with adept and skill. You just need to find something that makes you tick, that makes you want to be associated with for the rest of life. It could be education, sports philanthropy etc. If you are a teacher at a school/college and start feeling restless in this role; it doesn’t mean that you have to abandon education altogether, it just means that you need to move on to the next phase of your career. It might be researched in education, opening up a school or something else. You just need a new environment to thrive in.

When such a situation arises, take into aspect your current circumstances. What is the best part of your job? Can you take that aspect and run with it do something tangible and rewarding? If you manage to find the answer to this question, you are ready for the next phase of your life.

3. You don’t love the mission.

Monotony is the biggest killer of passion. Routine can make your life very dull. You may not be able to perceive your contribution to the workplace. Think about why you got in the current career of your, it could reignite the passion that you had in the first place all those years ago. Do you really not identify with the purpose of your job or is it just a fleeting moment of indecisiveness? Try to get more involved by volunteering for other department work that is associated with your profile to feel that lost sense of connection. Maybe a change in role at your current company is in order. Start working to make that happen. Get involved in the bigger picture.

If you know for sure that the spark is really honed for your career, then it is time for Introspection. Consult your family, friends, close colleagues and mentors about what your next move should be. This period of indecision should propel you to do something special with your life. Work towards finding your true calling.

Never abandon your current and immediate responsibility

Even when you’re working towards your goal of finding the new passion, never side-line your immediate concerns. You might end up hurting your professional relationship that is hard to replace. Use this time to excel at your current job too and leave on a high point. Don’t leave room for any doubt. Don’t leave room for ‘What if?’ Make every opportunity count so that you can depart without regrets and lingering doubts.

 

 

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Tips to improve interview performance.

You need to make a solid impression on the interviewer to land your dream job. We, at Careermarshal have arrived at some tips to get the interviewer to sit up and take notice of you. These tips should be followed to make a good impression on the interviewer.

After long search for ‘that perfect job’, you have finally got a call from the company who wants you to come and give an interview. A big congratulations! The real work begins now though.

Now you need to up your game no matter how skilled and qualified job seeker you are. A great first impression is something you don’t get a second chance at. Make sure that the first impression counts.

 

Practice good nonverbal communication

It’s all about the perfect body language: posture of standing, making eye contact and a firm handshake. These subtle gestures can make or break your chances of clearing the interview.

 

Dress for the job or company

Just because the dress code is more relaxed than average compared to earlier times doesn’t necessarily means that you get to dress as you please. It is imperative that you know what to wear and be well-groomed for the interview. Whether you should wear a suit or not really depends on the company culture and the position you’re seeking. Best way to go about the dress code is to call or text to ask what it is rather than wearing something that you might regret.

 

Listen

You need to take cues from the interviewer on the information that he/she is disseminating either verbally or non-verbally. It’s important that your listening and observational skills are up to the par. Not capitalizing on the information being given to you is a major blunder on your part. Match the style and pace that your interviewer follows.

 

Don’t talk too much

The interviewer is not your old college buddy (unless he/she is) and hence it really doesn’t make sense to ramble on endlessly with them. The rambling happens if you’re not prepared enough; sadly you can also talk yourself out of the job if you’re not careful. Make sure that you thoroughly read through the job posting, compare your skills to those required for the job and elaborate on that only.

 

Don’t be too familiar

Similar to the above-mentioned tip; don’t be too over-friendly. You’re there to talk business, not on a rendezvous with an old friend. Observe the interviewer’s behaviour and level of engagement – whether it is formal or informal and friendly. Now mimic that only. Energy and enthusiasm are a must for you but don’t overstep your bounds either.

 

Use appropriate language

We get it that you are a by-product of a generation that came up with LOL, ROFLMAO and FML but that doesn’t mean that you get a free pass to use these or more during a formal business setting like a job interview. Also steer clear of undue references to age, race, religion, politics, or sexual orientation – the interviewer just might LOL you out of the door.

 

Don’t be cocky

Attitude is the major parameter that you’re going to be judged against. There is a fine line between exuding confidence and being a major arrogant prick. Make sure you don’t cross it. The repercussions could be serious.

 

Take care to answer the questions

Take care to listen and understand the question very clearly before answering. Sometimes interviewer ask questions like, “Give an example of a time when you displayed excellent leadership skills.” What they are looking for is a sample of your past behaviour reminiscing the time when you were at your leadership best. If you don’t mention such an event, not only do you fail to answer the question, but you also miserably fail at a chance to display your oratory skills.

 

Ask questions

Most candidates answer in the negative when asked if they have any questions. This is a major blunder. Interview is a two-way street where you also capitalize on opportunities to get your doubts cleared. It also demonstrates an interest on your part in how the company functions. Asking questions may also give you a fair idea whether this is the right place for you. Best questions can be arrived at by listening to what you’re being asked in the interview and asking for additional information.

 

Don’t appear desperate

Be cool, calm and confident. If you appear to be begging for the job, they might automatically assume that there are some shortcomings on your part. They will be less inclined to hire you in that case.

 

 

 

 

 

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