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

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

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

Look out for these signs:

1. You don’t want the weekend to end.

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

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

2. You’ve outgrown your environment.

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

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

3. You don’t love the mission.

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

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

Never abandon your current and immediate responsibility

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

 

 

Rinky3 Unmistakable signs it’s time to start looking for a new job.
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Tips to improve interview performance.

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

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

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

 

Practice good nonverbal communication

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

 

Dress for the job or company

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

 

Listen

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

 

Don’t talk too much

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

 

Don’t be too familiar

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

 

Use appropriate language

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

 

Don’t be cocky

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

 

Take care to answer the questions

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

 

Ask questions

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

 

Don’t appear desperate

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

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media (Because Hiring Managers Really Do Look at It)

“Don’t wash your dirty linen in public.” Have you ever heard of this saying? Chances are that even if you did, in this age of total and utter exposure to Social Media at an early age, you might not have followed the ideology involved too seriously and hence have ended up with a bit too inappropriate and embarrassing content in various Social Media handles. Well, fret not, the clean-up truck has arrived.

We, at Career Marshal – one of India’s leading job sites have some tricks up our sleeves to help you wither the onslaught of prying HR eyes and make your social media presence a bit more presentable.

Hiring managers are 45% more likely to tune into (read: dig up more dirt on you) your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles to know more about a potential employee. What this means is that you want all these handles as pristinely clear as a freshwater lake.

You just have to tinker a bit with your online image and not make very drastic changes to who you are online. You will need to monitor how you post or what you share (and with whom).

Here are eight tips that’ll help you project your best online self—without sacrificing your personality.

  1. Make Your Accounts Private

It is perfect reasonable to protect your privacy and hence it makes perfect sense to make your profiles private. It also protects you from the prying eyes of HR managers. Simply go to your settings and choose only “friends” to see your activity. Also, you might want to create different Facebook profiles for your friends and your professional circuit. If you don’t want the hassle of managing two accounts, Facebook also let’s you create lists of people so that you can share content accordingly. Create separate lists for friends, family and professional circuit and share stuff accordingly.

  1. Hide or Delete Any Inappropriate Posts

Remember the time when you took the ALS ice bucket challenge completely naked and completely wasted? These are the embarrassing photos that we were talking about earlier. Although you might have some attachment to that phase of your life. So these photos need not be erased completely from your profiles.  You can always archive Instagram photos, save Snapchats to memories, hide content from your Facebook timeline, or set your settings to “Only me” so certain posts are private.

  1. Deactivate Old Accounts

The world is still not ready for the impressionist review channel of yours on YouTube that you created in Class 10th. I know it hurts to hear that, but it’s so much ahead of its time. Hiring managers won’t be able to comprehend it either. Give a proper farewell to such long-forgotten accounts and delete them.

Google yourself and delete all embarrassing stuff you encounter.

  1. Add the Right Photos

Your photo is literally the first thing hiring managers see when they find you online. You don’t need to get a professional cameramen to do your photos but make sure your cover photos and profile pics are clearly visible, not inappropriate and not embarrassing to look at. Not having any profile photo shows that you’re lazy and you don’t want that. If possible, ask that friend with DSLR to click a few pictures of yours that would make for aesthetically pleasing stuff to look at.

  1. Add a Professional Bio

This is the best way to explain who you are, what makes you unique, and why you’re the perfect hire. The bio that an employer is most concerned about is the LinkedIn bio. Make sure that it succinctly summarizes your professional achievements and the domain and profile that you intend to work in.

  1. Edit Your Handles and URLs

Because a custom url takes less than a minute to create, and looks far more intentional.

  1. Post Industry-Related News, Quotes, or Articles

Post, share, or retweet anything related to the industry you’re in or want to be a part of. When a hiring manager sees that you’re invested in the industry you intend to get hired in they already see you as a better hire than those who don’t.

  1. Follow Inspiring People and Companies

Blogs, news sources, and any other website you love count, too! This tells managers what you’re passionate about, which leaders you admire, and what trends you’re up-to-date on. You are defined by whom you decide to follow. Make it an influential set of people to follow.

Lastly, make smart social media choices. Before you post something, contemplate whether it matches the online presence you wish to uphold.

Would you be able to explain your way out of it if you’re put on the spot? Don’t be intimidated by it all and just go with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rinky8 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media (Because Hiring Managers Really Do Look at It)
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5 Creative Resume Designs That Will Make Recruiters Look Twice

Your resume represents you; it is one among the many things that define you to your potential recruiters. When you send your resume to apply for a job, it’s the same as putting half of yourself out there for assessment. It is totally in your hands as to how you would like to project yourself to others. Including and highlighting details such as your contact details, education/work experiences, your core strengths and your talents are things that don’t even need any briefing anymore. It is a given that strong headlines to your resume will boost your chances to land the job. However, we at Career Marshal would like to tell you how the designs and colors you choose for your resume will best impress the onlookers to an extent that they go through it, not just once but twice!

  1. Resume with white spaces

HR/employers have to go through hundreds of resumes once they announce a job vacancy. In order to allow them an easy and relaxed read, do not try to compress everything into one page. Free the spaces in order to give more white background that will in turn give the employers a more relaxed view. It is advisable to send a neat resume that is 2 to 3 pages long rather than sending a 1 page resume with compressed fonts and details. This way, recruiters wouldn’t mind going through your resume over and over again.

  1. Play with colors

This is an apt idea to incorporate some highlighting to your resume. You can co-ordinate the colors that you use, for example yellow and green are colors that make a great combination, this design is sure to catch attention and grab some eye balls.

  1. Use of pictures

Here is where you can have some serious fun with preparing a resume for yourself. Add some pictures to your resume, use pictures that support what you have written on your resume; for instance you can use pictures of a briefcase and a coffee mug right adjacent to details of your work experience.

  1. Throw in some shapes and figures

This is for the graphic lovers. Design your resume in such a way that you put your details within different figures and arrange/align them in a way that you think would be perfect. For example, you can keep your basic information like your name and contact details within a circle shaped figure, then you can put your education qualifications and experiences in a triangle shaped figure and so on. This will show the effort you put in into making the resume.

  1. Themed resume

Transform your resume into your canvas. Pick a theme, the theme you pick could be that of a season or even the theme of an office interior. Let us take the example of an office interior; you can pick a subtle image of an office interior which will act as a light backdrop to your resume. Then you can start off by putting your name at the door image of the office and your contact number right where a telephone is stationed. You can place your core strengths in the meeting room portion of the interior and you can proceed further by mixing and matching your details with various parts of the office backdrop. Design to impress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reasons why you’re still unemployed or stuck in a wrong job!

Finding a job is a strenuous task. Simply because it includes a lot of steps and phases. Firstly, you need to make sure that you have a world-class resume to ensure that you get calls. Plus, you have to register at the right places, and keep applying for the relevant jobs to increase your chances of getting more calls. Just like these couple of steps, there are a myriad more things involved when it comes to finding a right job. Now, what if you have tried everything and still you aren’t able to get the right job? Or what if you have tried everything but still you are unable to switch your job?

Here are some possible reasons behind this:

  • Your energies are not going in the right directions

It is extremely important to start a job search process with a fresh mindset. You would not want to kick start your job search process with under confidence, or with the feeling that you cannot get a good job. Also, you need to find out the best places to find the jobs that you want. And, register to some of the best job portals like Career Marshal to get more visibility. Registering everywhere will not make a difference. It is important to register your profile at the right portal, and it is also significant to keep a track of the relevant jobs very regularly.

  • Your resume needs a complete makeover

Now, one of the other major reasons why you are not getting a job since long is the fact that probably your resume is not up to the mark. With so much intense competition in the market, you really have to spice up your resume to make it look different. Only when the recruiter will get to your resume, you will have a chance of getting the job or even a first call. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure that your resume is correctly drafted, has everything appropriate, doesn’t have grammatical errors, and meets the current trends. Also, you can always opt for the resume writing services from Career Marshal to get your resume drafted by resume writing experts!

  • You need to step up your game

This is very important. See, failure is a part of life and you have to accept it. No matter how long you have been trying and are still unable to get a job, you still need to get up and fight for it. It is very important to keep improving and learning from the failures to make sure that you shine bright, and you have more chances to come out triumphant the very next time!

 

 

RinkyReasons why you’re still unemployed or stuck in a wrong job!
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