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Tips for Getting Hired After a Career Break

We all want our resumes to be ‘perfect’ in order to get the job of our dream. However, not always we are able to maintain our resumes in a way that all recruiters want them to be. One of the key areas that bother the recruiters is a ‘career break’. Though, a career break is not always intentional, as most career breaks are circumstantial. But, it is little difficult to convince the recruiter that your break in the career is circumstantial, and a lot depends on this when it comes to getting a good job.

Listed below are some tips to get a great job even after a career break:

  • Always be truthful

One of the best ways to convince the recruiter that your career break is justified is by conveying the message truthfully. Recruiters are very smart people. Also, as they talk to several people daily, therefore, it becomes easy for them to detect a lie. Thus, the best way to justify your career break is honestly explaining it, and the recruiter will definitely understand if your reason is actually genuine.

  • Don’t go over the board

Though conveying your message is important, but refrain yourself from going over the board. Don’t give too much explanation. Rather, try and explain your reason in the briefest manner possible. Also, when we try to desperately explain something too much it looks fake, even if it is true. It is better to answer very calm and with full confidence. And, don’t get scared if the recruiters cross questions, as that’s definitely a part of their job.

  • Cover it up with some learning or project

If possible try to cover up your career break with a project that you undertook. You may also try and explain the recruiter how that break became a learning period for you. You can share the things that you have learned during that period. This will definitely create a good impression on the recruiter as he or she should think that you were doing something fruitful even during the break.

Career breaks don’t look very appealing on a resume, but most of the times, they can be justified. Thus, if you have any career break in your resume that’s bothering you too much, then instead of stressing, plan to justify it decently. This will definitely help you get a job quickly.

 

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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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4 proven ways to crack any interview like a Master!

Whenever we start looking out for a job, the first challenge that we face is ‘interview’. Interviews are already stressful, but what makes them all the more stressful is ‘halt’. While we are sitting on the chair just outside the interviewer’s room, we are not only nervous but quite frightened as well. The moment we see anybody walking in or walking out of the interview room, our heart starts pumping heavily. It is absolutely normal to feel tense, but it is always suggested to maintain a certain level of composure to make sure you step in the interview room with full confidence!

Here’re some proven tips to stay as cool as a cucumber while going for an interview:

  • Walking is relaxing

If you don’t have to wait for too long, and there is somebody who can call you when your turn comes, then there’s nothing better than walking outside the interview hall. You may also choose to listen to your favorite songs or even meditate (if possible), as it will help to keep you calm. Avoid looking too much at the interview room before your turn.

  • Don’t indulge in interview-discussions

Believe it or not, the more you talk about the interview at the time of the interview, the more you get nervous. Therefore, it is always suggested to not talk about anything related to the interview just when you are sitting in the hall. If you have some serious doubts than only clear those doubts with someone. Else, just keep yourself engaged in something else.

  • Think about the ‘good’ things

The best possible way to stay calm outside the interview hall is by distracting yourself. You may indulge in a fun game in your phone or you may also choose to talk to a friend or family member. You can even talk to the people sitting with you, but make sure you don’t talk too much about the interview. The best it to start about things that you like, for example, a vacation that you are planning or shopping etc.

  • Talk to yourself

Keep reminding yourself to stay calm. Yes! This is a great way to stay composed as well. Just keep telling your mind to stay at peace and to not over think. Also, boost your confidence by repeating statements like ‘I can do it’ or ‘I am well prepared for this interview’. This will not only boost your self-confidence but will also kick away all your nervousness.

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What to do when your boss is not happy with your work at all?

Everyone who is a part of a corporate environment wants to perform well so that he or she is able to get promotions and appraisals at the right time. Also, for an individual’s professional growth, it is utmost important to keep learning, growing and performing better. However, there are times when we give our 100%, but we are still unable to fulfill the expectations of the company or our boss. This is a stressful situation for any employee, but many us have faced it, and people who have overcome, have grown even beyond their own expectations. Here are a few things to consider if your boss is not happy with your performance:

  • Get some clarity

First of all, it is utmost important to get clarity about what is he or she disappointed with. If you are putting all your efforts, but still your boss is not happy with your performance, then first, get to the main problem area. This will only happen when you will interact with your boss. So, take the first step, and ask your manager what is that that you are doing incorrect and how can you improve your performance. If you are sincere and really want to improve then no boss will ever shy away from pointing out the problem areas. As at the end of the day, your manager will also like it if you will improve and grow.

  • Start learning and improving

If you get some inputs from your boss, then it is wonderful as you can straightaway start working on your skills. However, if you are awaiting your boss’s inputs, then, instead of wasting time, start preparing improvement plans for yourself. Your improvement plans can be related to your field of work or something else as well. Say, for example, if you want to switch your field, then it would be better to improve your skills with respect to the new field. Always remember that any type of learning will only help you to eventually grow and become better.

  • Stay as positive as you can

No matter how much you are disappointed with the constant feedback, it is extremely important to stay positive. As, only if you will stay positive, you will be able to learn and grow. Therefore, try to take every feedback in a positive way.

We all like to get praises from our bosses, but if we are getting feedbacks, then probably it is the right time to prepare strategies to improve our performance.

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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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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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