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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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Top 7 Ways to Find Your Career Path

For those who are yet to decide what career path to tread on, for those who are at the crossroads and want to change paths and those who aspire to achieve a sense of feeling fulfilled these tips on how to make the right choice by Careermarshal may come in handy.

In an ideal world, everyone is aware of their passion and hence career path and go on to become reasonably successful and highly content with what they have chosen to pursue in life. Unfortunately an ideal world doesn’t exist. There has been a seismic change in mentality towards embarking on ‘the road less taken’ and as a result many people are okay with the fact that they might change careers multiple times in their life.

Rather than just blindly following what your parents say ; “Engineer बन जाओ, बहुत scope है।“ ,you need to analyse any path that you’re going to choose carefully before proceeding.

Here are some ideas to knock around

  1. What makes you stay awake at night

Since you’re going to be doing it for the major part of your day, a career should be in something you find yourself enjoying. On the other end of the spectrum are people who dread talking about their jobs. If you don’t want to end up like that, think carefully about what excites you and try to convert it into a viable career option. Food for thought: is there something you would do for free that is economically productive and fetch you compensation?

  1. What is your skill set?

After going through the first step, two situations can arise; You may find yourself not passionate about any specific thing ― or you have multiple passions and are confused between the two. Then your skill set forms the basic differentiator between what you should choose.

  1. There are tests available

If you are not able to figure out what you’re good at or passionate about, you might find yourself feeling dejected and morose at the aspect of thinking about the future. You can avail tests at college or maybe even school level. You can also take tests like Myers-briggs personality test to figure out what career path suits you. There are also skill specific tests that can narrow down a profile from a career (think: coding), extrapolate salary according to your skills and the time you invest in a job and basically help you a lot in the pursuit of a happy career.

  1. Pick out an internship

An internship is like the trial version of a multiplayer game. Just so that you don’t have to pay for a full-version game, you can try your hand at a shorter and free simulation of it. Similarly, if you want to try out whether a field works for you, try doing an internship in it. For a duration of about 2-3 months you’ll be able to learn about what it’s like to be in a particular career and how well you can adapt to it. Internships can be paid or unpaid. Even in the worst-case scenario (if you feel that the career is a bad choice) you can always build your network which can help you later on.

  1. Look for a mentor

A mentor can form the bridge between you and your dream job by providing you insights on all steps along the way. Make sure it’s someone from the field that you wish to proceed into. If there is a particular company or job you’re eyeing, you can find out who does it and politely ask if you can shadow them for a few days to see what it is like.

  1. Ask around

A way to discover something new and interesting in terms of career is to simply ask people what they do. A big assumption whose liberty we take is that you do meet up with people from a heterogeneous sets of careers. LinkedIn is the best place to start looking for such people.

  1. Follow a plan

A search will only bear fruit if you have got a clear set of objectives and timeline for it. Have a detailed blueprint of where you want to be in next 5 years and how you are going to get there.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ways to Attract the Best Talent to Your Startup.

One of the key ingredients for a start-up to become successful is a passionate, dedicated and skilled workforce in which everyone is willing to contribute their 100%. But most start-ups are not really very famous or established enough that they can attract the best in business on just there name. Hence the dilemma that most start-ups face is attracting the right kind of crowd for hiring. Well, that’s where Careermarshal swoops in. We, at Careermarshal have curated a list of suggestions on how to attract the best when you are a start-up only.

With the new wave of AI coming through, attracting and retaining a talented workforce becomes imperative. To hire the best, some companies offer huge packages while others have a fun and relaxed work environment up their arsenal. Candidates with skill and potential for growth are the basic requirements of every company. Given below are some tips to get the best in business.

 

  1. Modern Work Environment is a must

Companies which offer a relaxed and fun work environment combined with challenging work for entry-level jobs are the cynosure of all eyes. You have heard of them as being described as ‘the place to be’. Employers have to be highly flexible when hiring freshers. A new hire brings along with them fresh perspective, high energy and a zeal to prove themselves.

A workplace that is more accepting of new ideas necessitates a quick flow of information. By collaboration with others, newcomers are able to effectively percolate ideas throughout the organization and into the right ears. All of this creates a sense of acceptance in the newcomers’ mind owing to which they area able to work more freely.

 

  1. Take the time to cultivate relationships

For an employee to feel a sense of belonging and loyalty to the cause of a company, he/she should be treated with respect and instead of simply being delegated work they should be made to feel like they are being given an opportunity that they should do. Care should be taken to give them a patient set of ear during difficult time, to celebrate with them in happier times and do thoughtful things for them. This also works as the best employee retention strategy. When salary and perks offered are largely the same, cultivating a personal relationships with employees is the greatest differentiator. Trust and creativity are upheld. The whole company benefits from such cathartic relationships and innovation is promoted.

 

  1. Don’t let Feedback be just one way

Giving constructive feedback is the best way to improve the performance of a new employee. They immediately benefit from such interactions. But the real key to getting and retaining the top talent is to give them space to offer a feedback to the company as well. This makes them feel that their opinion is heard and is very valuable. This also is a good way to improve your start-up as the best advice can be given by someone from the inside. To consistently up your game as a start-up, encourage your employees to give feedback every month or quarter. In this way a benchmark is set for both employees and the company which they both are motivated to top.

 

  1. Offer Benefits & Rewards

A strict management system coupled with poor and lethargic working environment can wreak havoc on the employees’ lives. An incentive based system where the high-achievers are rewarded is the best way forward for any start-up worth its salt.

A flexible work schedule is a must have for sure. In an ideal world, a flexible workplace, an employee need not waste their paid leaves for petty reasons. Offer monetary and in-kind incentives like free meals etc.  Entertainment options, free gifts, health and wellness programs including mental health care are some ways employee feel welcomed. Time offs, vacations, childcare leave, parental leave and also services and tuition reimbursements are instrumental to access and retain the best workforces which will eventually earn it all back for you in the long run.

 

  1. Offer ample scope for advancement in career

To get the benefit of a highly engaged and high-performance workforce, you have to do many manoeuvres and whatnots. Introduce and sustain training and educational programs for your employees to develop their human resources capital. Keep a survey to choose the courses according to what the employees want. If the employee sees a future with your company, they’ll automatically be retained. Make sure they do.

 

 

 

 

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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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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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