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How to plan ahead for the New Year?

New Year is around the corner. Most of us might have already started planning for the coming year. Some of us might have also set a few resolutions for the New Year. However, more than the resolutions, it is better to prepare plans for 2019. When it comes to the professional plans here’re a few things to consider:

  • Review the year gone by

The first step to start planning for the New Year is to assess the year gone by. Make sure you list down all your major achievements or even setbacks that happened in 2018. This will give a clear idea of ‘how’ actually 2018 was for you. Plus, this information will really help you to identify the pain areas of improvements. By proper analysis of 2018, you will be able to make ideal strategies to do better in 2019.

  • Make short-term plans first

After you are done analyzing the year gone by, start your prep for a fresh year. Start with writing down even the minutest of goals that you would like to achieve in the New Year. Something like, completing a new project on time or improving your communication skills, the goal can be anything. But, in order to achieve bigger things, start with smaller steps.

  • Allocate timelines to the goals if possible

The goals become a lot more achievable if we are able to allow certain timelines to the goals. Here, whether you have written down a short-term plan or goal or whether a long-term goal, it is always better to allocate some time limit to it. Allocation of a time limit will surely motivate you to achieve the goal faster. Also, the chances of completing the tasks or implementing plans become more if time limits are attached to them.

  • Draw the bigger picture

Writing down even the smallest of plans or goals is one thing, but at the end of the day, you should know what you want to achieve on a larger scale. Be it a job promotion, a switch to a different domain or anything else. You should always be focused on moving one step ahead in the New Year. So, make sure you realize what you want to achieve.

Setting goals and making plans is easier than implementing them or achieving them. Hence, make sure you strategize well to achieve all your aims in 2019!

 

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What to do when you don’t hear back after an interview?

Interviews are kind of a regular part of all of our lives, and the complete process is quite tiring. But, at the end of the day, the results are worth all the hard work and time invested. However, the outcome of an interview is not always on the positive side, which is also fine because we are kind of prepared for it. But, the worst situation is when the recruiter asks you to wait for the response. This is when you become anxious and confused. If you are also awaiting a reply from a recruiter, here are some tips to follow:

  • Don’t keep asking desperately

One of the things that you would definitely want to do while waiting for a reply after the interview is following up with the recruiter. To an extent it is fine, and it is kind of your right to know the answer, but if you keep asking again and again then you might look like a little desperate. So, it is better to give some time to the recruiter, however, if you have asked after a considerable amount of time, and if still you did not get any response, then forget it and move on.

  • Don’t let negative thoughts creep into your mind

When we don’t hear a yes from the recruiter, we mostly become upset, and this reaction is quite normal. However, in this situation, you are still not sure whether you have got the job or not. So, there are chances of hearing both yes and no. Thus, it is suggested to stay as positive as you can and avoid thinking negative about the interview result or anything in general.

  • Be prepared for anything

Now, this is very important. In this situation, you should be prepared for both yes or now. This means, that you should surely not stop considering other options that will come your way. It would be great if you hear a yes, but you might hear a no as well, so it is good to be ready for anything.

Interviews are a part and parcel of life. There is no doubt that interviews are important, but at the same time, you should not take the outcomes to seriously also. You should seek feedback, learn, improve and grow, but don’t be too disheartened if something doesn’t work out. Also, a recruitment process of a company tells a lot about the firm too. So, make sure you also assess them well while they assess you!

 

 

 

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How to choose between two offer letters?

Many times we face different types of dilemmas in our day to day life. But, some of the crossroads are very tough. And, we have to be very careful about making the right decision, as a lot depends on our decision. Especially, when we are facing any dilemma related to our professional life, we have to be extra cautious. So, if there is a situation where you are lucky enough to get two offer letters from two different companies, and you can’t decide which one to choose, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Compare the profiles and KRAs

We all want to do what we like. Some of us are actually very lucky, as we are able to find the jobs that we like to go to. Therefore, if you have two offer letters, the first step to take is to compare the job roles. While reading the job requirements and expectations, you will get a good idea of what you are expected to do. Though you might have read them earlier also, but this time, just compare the two options that you have. And, then based on what you like to do more, select the best option.

  • Compare the companies

The company where we work also matters. If the company is good and values employees, then we would definitely like to spend more time in that organization. Hence, make sure that you properly compare the two organizations well. You can read information on their website, and the reviews given by employees on various sites. This type of information will surely help you to know which company looks better to you.

  • Follow your heart

This may look a little preachy but it is important. At the end of the day, you have to spend a lot of time in the firm, and with the people. So, make sure you listen to your heart before deciding with your mind. Sometimes, our gut feelings strongly say something but we ignore it, so avoid doing that. If your heart is taking a side then make sure you give preference to that offer letter.

Apart from these factors like salary, manager etc. is also some of the key deciding factors. Also, if you really find it difficult to make a decision, then what better than seeking advice from the experts? They will surely help you to make the best choice!

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3 Innovative ways to boost your productivity at work

All of us want to perform outstandingly at work so that we keep growing, both in terms of hierarchy as well as the paychecks. One of the most important things that lead to our professional growth is our productivity. Any career oriented individual would definitely want to be as productive as he or she can. As, high level of productivity is required to complete our tasks well on time, and to also prepare ourselves for the upcoming assignments. If you also want to boost your productivity, here are the top ways to do it:

  • Make a daily plan of work

Most of the times, we all know what all we have to work on the next day. Therefore, it is suggested to note down all the things that we have to work on, and then follow the list carefully. This will not only help you remember all that you want to do, but will also allow you to dedicate specific time to every task, and thus, divide your time efficiently. And, this streamlining of work is definitely going to amplify your productivity.

  • Avoid multitasking

Though many of us think that by multitasking we would be able to work on plenty of things together, and this will boost our productivity. However, that is not completely true. Most of the times, if we multitask, we often end up spending more time even on the smallest of activities. Therefore, it is better to focus on one thing at the time and complete it efficiently before moving to the next one.

  • Write down your goals, and read them daily

You should always know why you are working and what you want to achieve. This will always keep you focused and determined to work. When you are aware of your aims and objectives, then you automatically get driven to work better. Whether it is the short-term goal of completing a current project or a long-term goal of moving up the corporate ladder, you should always remind yourself of what you are working for. This is something that will keep you boosted to perform your tasks.

If you want to grow professionally then it is extremely important to be highly productive. As employees who are high productivity are valued dearly by the companies. Also, high productivity is always going to personally benefit in many ways as well.

 

 

 

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Don’t judge the candidate so early

No matter how much we hear that judging is bad, but when it comes to the process of recruitment, not judging becomes a challenge. Though, ideally, recruiters and the hiring managers are trained to carefully asses the skills of the candidate. And, based on the outcome of the assessments, one has to take a final decision. But, sometimes, it becomes very difficult to get to a solution without judging. Now, ‘judging’ here doesn’t just have negative connotations to it. Judgments during the hiring process can sometimes turn out to be beneficial for the company or even for the candidate as well. But, here’s why you should take some time before making judgments:

  • Initial judgments can be wrong

One of the most prominent reasons for not passing judgments on candidates easily on is the fact that early judgments might lead to unfavorable results. No recruiter or hiring manager would like to hire the undeserving candidate or not hire the best candidate. Therefore, in order to make sure that you are only focusing on hiring the best candidate, you should think through. Take your time, don’t hurry up, and only come to a conclusion when you have carefully reviewed all the important points.

  • Initial Judgements can lead to bias

Well, it is absolutely right that no good recruiter would like to be biased during the interview process. In fact, every hiring expert tries to select the candidate only based on the true abilities of the candidate. But, sometimes, some points in your head might lead to unintentional prejudice during the recruitment process. Therefore, make sure you complete refrain yourself from holding any strong thoughts about a candidate.

  • Initial Judgements can lead to unpleasant behavior

Though, if you will ever judge the candidate very early in the recruitment process, it is certain that you will keep your views only to you. You won’t like to speak about your judgments to the candidate. But at times, if our views about someone are very strong, then unintentionally we may act a little different with the candidate. For example, if you have started disliking the candidate because of how he or she spoke to you, then automatically your attitude towards him or he won’t be good. However, as a recruiter, you have to avoid any instance of being rude to the candidate.

Recruitment is a tough job, therefore make sure you are always on the right track to hire only the best candidates for your firm.

 

 

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How to deal with a boss who doesn’t value time?

In a corporate setup, we all are supposed to directly or indirectly report to a manager or a leader. In most of the cases, your immediate supervisor is responsible for making sure that the team is able to deliver results on time. But, what if your immediate manager is not at all serious about his position? What if he or she is always procrastinating? Don’t you think this will impact your performance in a way or no? Don’t you think it will have a negative impact on the team? Well, yes, definitely it will have. But, as they say  ‘you can’t change your boss’, so here some steps to deal with him or her without affecting your performance:

  • Try and stay calm

No matter how irritated you are with your manager’s behavior, you simply can’t be rude or arrogant with him or her. After all, we are all responsible for our actions and activities. So, try and stay calm and also positive. At the end of the day, if you are doing your work rightly, no one would be able to question you. Simply, because you will have a genuine answer to give when someone will point out your commitment levels. So, make sure you are on-time with your deliverables.

  • Talk to someone higher up if needed

Though, to an extent, you would be able to handle this situation on your own by doing your work correctly. Also, if your boss won’t be able to deliver work on time again and again then somebody will automatically question him or her. However, if the situation is becoming really tough to handle, and it has started to affect your performance as well then please go ahead and discuss it with someone higher than him or her. Just make sure that you convey your message in a positive manner.

  • Don’t learn from him or her

The worst that you can do for yourself is following him or her. Never do that! Instead, do the opposite! Always be punctual with your tasks, and maybe one day he or she might learn from you. Always refrain from spoiling your performance or reputation because of someone else. At the end of the day, you are getting paid for your work and he or she is getting paid for his or her work. So, make sure you are always honest with the company and your work!

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“Pick a Boss, not a Job or Company”. Myth or True?

“Choose your boss and not your job or company” is a popular saying that all of us might have read a plenty of times. And, you might have also thought a few times that whether you should be believing it or disregarding it as a myth? Well, to an extent it is a saying that should be believed. Why? Simply, because in order to grow professionally, it is utmost important to maintain a healthy relationship with your managers. To do that, you have to do everything possible to share a good bond with him or her. This can only happen if you really like your boos. Listed below are a few other reasons to prove that it is important to choose a boss than a job or a company:

  • For your personal and professional growth

Only, when you work with a superb boss, who is not only perfect for his or her job but also a nice human being, you get the opportunity to learn a lot. Therefore, make sure that your boss is not only extremely adept at his or her work but is also willing to help you learn and grow as well. Hence, if possible, make sure that at the time of interview only you asses a few things about him or her. One of the things is his or her ability and willingness to teach you. Also, ask yourself that whether you would be able to learn from him and grow?

  • For high-quality performance

One of the other major reasons for choosing a good boss is the fact that if your manager is good, then you both will surely be able to perform better. After all, it is all about teamwork. And, only a good boss has the ability to not only set an example with brilliant work but to also motivate his or her team to perform better. Also, he or she will act as a wonderful guiding factor.

  • For your happiness

No matter how much we grow professionally, after all, we all want to be happy within (in our professional lives also). Only with a good boss, who will understand you, you will be able to stay happy. As, he or she will value you and your work more, will appreciate you more often, and you will also have high regards for a person you consider ‘good’.

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Ask a Career Changer: How Do I Pick a New Career Path When I Have Many Passions?

Are you contemplating a career change and want to move forward in pursuit of your passions as your career? You may feel you are good at a few things but lack the practical experience to go ahead with them.

You may find yourself being multi-talented, capable of writing for publications, even being a jamming musician or sports person and may also love coding. And, amidst so many talents that you enjoy, you are confused whether you should change over to a new career path? Or should you make time for your passion after hours?

If you are thinking of changing over to a new career to follow your passion, it is hard to find a situation where your passion can pay your bills. So, to help you decide, I will take you through certain steps to aid you in taking the right direction.

Make Time for Your Passion

It may be a good idea to put aside some time for your passion. Whether you are thinking of jam sessions with an amateur group or sports or coding, you may want to put aside time during weekends or even weekdays. It will allow you to discover the intensity of your desire and judge whether a small amount of indulgence is satisfying or you desire to invest in it as a full-fledged career.

So there are two things that will come out of it, one, the more time that you set aside will enable you to become better and more confident at it, and you will know what more possibilities there are for you out there. And you will meet some people who may prove to be invaluable, should you decide to take the path. And you may also find out in the network what diversion to take and make some money. This is your freelancing time and making connections and finding customers while you pursue your hobby after hours.

Eventually, you may need to invest more learning or rehearsing time. Some take off 6 months to learn or take a course or get hands-on experience as interns. Finally, when you have stepped into your passion, with formal training, some freelance work, and quality projects, you will be ready to write a new resume and make your hobby full time.

Don’t lose ground comparing to other professionals

For most stepping into a new industry means sending out lots of applications and going for interviews which may be overwhelming. This may be a good time to use your network. The projects that you did may come handy now. Also, it may be overwhelming to meet professionals who have gone to school for the profession and had a long experience with it. Try not to fall into the trap of comparing yourself. Instead, focus on the amount and how quickly you have learned. Make most of all upcoming opportunities and do not allow yourself to lose your track.

The change from passion to the profession is a different experience for all. Maybe you will freelance on the side or take up some interesting projects or even change your passion for a career. Whatever you choose connects with and appreciates the works of other talented people and you will find fulfillment in your decisions.

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Why it is important to carefully review the employer before accepting the final offer?

The process of finding a new job to joining a new company is full of various steps. Both the employer and the employee have to be careful while taking each step. Though most of the times, once, a candidate clears all the round of interviews, it is quite certain that the process of hiring is completed. However, there are a few things that the candidate has to be careful about even after he or she clears the round of interviews. And, one of the most important of all is studying the company well.

Here’s how you can review the company before joining:

  • Online reviews are always helpful

In this digital era, it is not at all difficult to find feedback about everything online. Starting from a TV to a restaurant, you can easily find other users’ reviews about various things online. And, the same is the case with jobs and various companies. Nowadays, you can easily read a lot about the company (more than what they want you to know) through online reviews and feedbacks. There are some places where you can also find reviews from the ex-employees. These kinds of details will surely help you to make the right choice.

  • Through your connections

One of the other ways to find out more information about the company is through your connections. Try to find out people who have either worked with the company before or are working with the company presently. If you can get in touch with such people then you are sure to get a lot of useful information about the company.

  • Never underestimate the power of digital profiles

Make sure you thoroughly read the company website and even the social media profiles. Everywhere you will find valuable information about the company. Especially, through social media profiles, you can certainly get a lot of interesting details. So, make sure you study them well before taking the final call.

We understand that interviews are tough, and once you get through, there is nothing better than happily and positively joining the new company. But, just to make sure that you are 100% confident of your decision, always do a complete research of the company before finalizing it. It will always give you a much clearer perspective and will help you take a wise call.

 

 

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How to say ‘No’ at work?

When we are working with an organization, we are assigned certain key responsibilities and activities that we are supposed to do. Those responsibilities or areas of function are decided at the time of joining only. But, we are all aware of the startup culture. We know that startups are all about multi-tasking. Also, when we enter a startup we should definitely expect work apart from our assigned job role or responsibilities as well. We know we have to be flexible. And, in a way this culture is as beneficial for the employee as it is for the company. As, working with different teams and working on different projects eventually helps a person grow both professionally and personally.

It’s okay to say no sometimes

There are certain times that some work assigned to us because of shortage of workforce, and we might not be interested in doing it. When this happens, we mostly think that as an employee, we are entitled to say yes to any work that comes our way. Also, we even think that by saying no, we might be disappointing our manager, and no one likes to do that.

Now here, you really need to take some time off to talk to yourself. Just ask yourself whether you would be happy doing it or not. If the answer is no, then there’s no point doing anything extra without will. It is not going to help you get anything. Instead, you would be only stressing yourself. Also, doing something against the will will only aggravate the already stressful environment.

Don’t be scared

Now that you have made up your mind to not do the task which you are not happy doing, the next step is to convey the message. First of all, always remember that no matter what, you just cannot be rude to your manager. So, make sure you hold on to your agitation, and politely convey the message. Also, be prepared to listen something that you won’t like. But, don’t be scared to, instead, calmly listen, apologize and move on. In a while, your manager will understand you and the reason of saying no.

That’s true that we are paid for working for a firm, but at the end of the day, the company is also getting benefited by our hard work and dedication. So, don’t be burdened by any situation that lowers your self-confidence, instead use your brain to tackle it well!

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