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5 Career-Boosting New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Want to Keep

New Year is here, and Jan is the perfect month to plan your resolutions. Though not all of us always make or keep all of our resolutions, as they say, it ‘try and try till you succeed’. So, if you want to make resolutions to boost your career, here’re a few suggestions:

  • Learning is most important

The most important aspect of growth is learning. So, make sure you are learning new skills based on your career requirements. First, list down the skills that are important and figure out what all you want to learn. Then, allocate certain dates or months to specific dates and make a resolution that you will follow the timetable you have prepared. If you keep this resolution, then nothing can stop you from growing in 2019.

  • Stay abreast with the industry trends

Apart from learning new things, it is also important to make sure that you stay updated with the latest happening in your field. This is a very important element of growing professionally. Staying updated will not only help you to learn new things, but it will also help you to enhance your skillset. Also, you will find it easy to move up the ladder or get better career opportunities.

  • Make sure you set your goals

Goal setting is the first step of success. Only when you know what your goals are, you can work to achieve them. Thus, make sure that you not only set short term and long term goals but also strategize ways to achieve them. A goal can be anything like completing your current project before time or something like purposefully opting for a new and exciting project.

  • Work on non-technical skills

No matter how much we work on our technical and core job skills, at the end of the day, every job demands some key personal or non-technical skills as well. For example, something like analytical skills or communication skills may not be a part of your core job skills but quite important. And, working on such skills might really help you grow leaps and bounds.

  • Not to ignore your wellbeing

Stress is so common these days, thus, it is extremely important to make sure that you make wellbeing your priority as well. One has to be fully fit in order to become successful. Thus, make sure you make and keep a resolution to take care of your wellbeing as well.

Resolutions are important and quite useful. So, if you want to boost your career in 2019, make sure you make and follow your personalized resolutions.

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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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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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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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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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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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Is communication a key to a successful professional life?

‘Good communication skills’, this is indeed one of the most common qualities listed on everyone’s resume. Also, it is even listed on various job posts. When it comes to people specifically in communications department or people dealing roles, this quality does seem to be important. But, do you think it is ‘Good communication skills’ play a role in other field of work as well? Well, yes it does. Here’s how:

  • Communication is the key for a successful boss-employee relationship

Communication is the backbone of every professional relation, even the one that you share with your immediate manager. Therefore, it is utmost important to make sure that you interact well, and on a constant basis with your boss. This will not only make the process of work a lot smoother, but will eventually help you in performing better as well. Simply, because you will be able to understand your boss’s expectations better.

  • Communication helps develop a stronger bond with the team

Ultimately, you don’t just have to work with your boss only, in fact, you also have to work with your team. Therefore, do not underestimate the importance of communicating well with your teammates. This will not only strengthen your relationship with your team, but will also help you to understand everyone’s role better. This will even improve the sync between you and your teammates.

  • Good communicators are always up for presentations

Presentations and meetings have become an important part of a professional life. Hence, if you are a master communicator, you would love to take over the charge of any presentation or a project meet as well. This will not only help you to get brownie points from your manager, but will also help you to get more confident.

Communication is indeed a key quality that every professional should try and possess. It is not that you have to well verse with your English language only. In fact, being a good communicator means, you are able to put across your view point without hassle. Also, you are able to build stronger relations at work. Therefore, never ever underestimate the power of communication and if you aren’t a good communicator, try to be one with continuous practice. Always remember, practice is important when it comes to improving your communication skills. Also, never hesitate to seek help from the experts to improve your communication skills.

 

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You didn’t get that job offer certainly not because you’re not perfect!

Whenever we go for any interview, our main aim is always to impress the recruiter and get the job. We prepare ourselves for the interview with the sole motive of getting a job offer. However, not always we are able to impress the recruiter. It is very difficult to expect a job offer from every interview that you attend. One has to be prepared for the setbacks as well, as setbacks lead to new learnings. However, we never anticipate to hear a ‘no’ from the recruiter. But, most of the times, whenever we hear a ‘no’ we immediately judge ourselves and think that probably we are not apt for the role. Though, yes, as humans we should keep improving and learning but at the end of the day we have to never underestimate ourselves as well.

Here’re a few of the reasons behind hearing a ‘no’ from the recruiter:

  • Mismatch of their budget and your salary expectations

Though, most of the times, a recruiter only shortlists you for further screenings after knowing your current salary and your salary expectations. Also, there are some set industry standards for hikes in salary, but at the end of the day it’s all about the fulfillment of a candidate’s expectations. Sometimes, no matter how much a company likes a candidate, they are still not able to match up to the expectations of the candidate. This is one of the most prominent situations that leads to a job rejection. However, this doesn’t mean that you should not expect or demand a good hike, but it simply means that you should only ask for an amount that falls under certain standards.

  • The company might have retained their existing employee

Most of the times a company releases a job vacancy when an employee, which is already handling that job is leaving the company. But, if their existing employee is good, they will always look for ways to retain that employee. Retention takes time as both the company and the employee has to deliberate. Therefore, at times, the recruiter might find you suitable for a job, but at the end, they couldn’t finalize you. Not because you are not perfect, but because their employee decides to stay and their business requirements will be fulfilled.

So, next time when you hear a ‘no’ don’t take it to your heart. Do learn from it and improve yourself, but refrain from any negative thoughts.

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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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