Am I Ready to Apply?

Whether you will get the job or not is a different matter. But the whole process of applying for the job gives a mixed feeling of joy and nervousness. You are happy that the opportunity you have been waiting for so long is up for your grab, and at the same time you are skeptical about making it or not. Unwillingly, you are compelled to don a skeptical attitude. Nevertheless, the journey of applying and going through grueling rounds of interview is enjoyable.Ready to Apply

But before seeing yourself talking to the interviewers, there is one long and tedious process you have to complete. And it’s the job application. You may have the necessary education, training, and experience for the job. Still, you cannot save yourself from getting goosebumps when filling out the job application. It’s a standard procedure all employers, regardless of technical or non-technical position follow. There is a better reason for asking candidates to complete the job applications. As you are not yet introduced to the employers, they have to know about you. And this can be done only by asking you to share information about yourself through the job application. Though candidates have to fill information about themselves, the very first sight of the job application makes them nervous. Some companies have the documents as lengthy as five to six pages. Seeing such a long document with lots of columns and check boxes makes people feel whether they can fill out everything on the job application, or is compulsory to fill them all.

Before starting using the pen on the job application, you must familiarize yourself with the contents most employers would want you to share with them.

Your interest

Though most of the employers prefer asking “Why have you chosen our company, or what is your interest in working with us?” during the interview, they still want to be sure if you are really interested in working with them. Therefore, they include one column in the job application wherein you have to express your interest.Your Interest

It is their way to analyze if you are motivated and mentally and emotionally prepared to work with them. And it is good for you also because unless you are making your mind to work with the company, you won’t be able to enjoy your tenure with them. So, decide first why you want to join the company and express your interest openly.

Education

This subheading may irritate you, especially when you have already covered it in your resume. You need to understand that the employers want to cross-check since there are people who provide false information and the details in the resume and one that provide in the job application do not match.Education

They also want to ascertain that you are honest and doesn’t cheat on others. So, ensure that the education information you have provided in the job application are similar to the ones in your resume. Besides major degree, it is necessary to include any relevant certification program attended. As some jobs are related with other in some way, the employers may utilize your education and offer you additional responsibilities. As you are handling duties other than your education, you are sure to get a promotion and salary hike than your peers.

Work Experience

This is another sub heading you may feel redundant. However, it is important to prove your candidacy and helping employers decide whether you are fit for the job or not. So even if you feel that you have already included your work history in your resume, do not skip this column and fill out completely.work experience

The information is useful for employers in assessing the kind of work you have done. You must add the work done at previous employment, projects undertaken, and special contribution. It also helps in viewing your career graph and how you move ahead from one position to another. You can also add other experience that may be utilized on the job. For example, any volunteer work done during your degree program. The company may use this experience in running a fundraising campaign or for organizing an exhibition of their products.

Eligibility for the job

It is important for employers to know the background from a legal point of view. For that, they need to know your SSN (Social Security Number). This helps in finding out about your past and ascertaining if you have been involved in any criminal cases. Further, it is also important for employers to know whether you are legally permitted to work in the United States.eligibility

If you don’t have any SSN number, you will not be qualified for the job even with experience and education you have. It’s is not just for their safety, but also of other employees. If a person with criminal mindset and charges is working with them, it can create a dent in their reputation. However, any arrests not amounting to convictions may not prove you a criminal. So, don’t hide anything because even if you do, your social security number will disclose it.

References

You have to collect references before applying for the job. Employers will ask you about people who can assert something about you and who knows you well. So, speak to people you know and have worked with you about providing their names in the reference column. Mostly, employers want references of people from the same field you are in. For people who work daily with you for years are in a better position to speak or write a few things about you. The employers will not mind even if you have provided the names of your previous employers in the reference sections. Providing names of your previous and present employers will also show employers that you have left the job on a good note and they are familiar with your attempt of job searching.references

It is always good to be prepared for applying any type of job. Whether you are experienced or not, you have to ask yourself “Am I ready to apply?” If you understand what employers want to read in your job application, you can easily convince them about your education, work experience, and eligibility for the job.

Job or Career? Choice is Yours

At least once in our lives, we all reach a crossroad where we find it difficult to choose between a job and a career. If you haven’t, then you are lucky. But if you are sailing on the same boat as others, then we can try helping you take the right decision. First of all, you need to know the difference between a job and a career. Though these words are used interchangeably, there is still a subtle difference that many of us are not aware of. Having a clear definition and understanding of the terms is necessary. It will also help in introspecting oneself and deciding whether one is a job person or a career person. So, let’s start by unraveling the hidden meaning of the two words.Jobs or Careers

Difference between a job and a career

Though a job and a career are persuaded with a motive of earning money, the meaning of both these words are not the same. The job is a term used to say the kind of work you are doing currently in order to earn some cash. It could not be permanent at the moment, and you might shift or change it in the future. It could also refer to a business exchange that is done for money. For example, if someone asks you to do a job of dropping a parcel to a particular location, and you agree to do it in exchange of money. A job of this kind may not come to you everyday and is called temporary. But you can also take a regular job in which you can earn money every week, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Job vs CareerA career, on the other hand, is something that you can pursue for a long time. The word that is more closely associated with career is ‘profession.’ So, a career is something that you want to do continuously till the time you retire. In career, you have the chance to move ahead to the next top position and keep growing your income as well as your position. For example, an engineering job can be considered as a profession or career, whereas working in an auto garage that you are going to change or possibly may shut down in any time henceforth due to some problem, could be termed as a job.

On the job, you are least bothered about the designation or job title. All you are concerned about is earning money and clear your bills. Not that you will not love what you are doing, but you would hardly put in your passion or think about moving ahead. If at all you get any free time in the job, you will utilize it in pursuing your hobby or doing things that are not connected with the work.

In the career, you are ready to put in efforts and do all the sacrifices needed to inflate your paycheck. Because you know that the hard work is going to benefit you only in a way of promotion, high pay, and good job title.

How to choose between a job and a career?

Although choosing between a job and a career is a personal preference, it is necessary to know which would be more stable for you. Moreover, the economy of a country that changes every year will also have a major role in this regard. For instance, you will be happy doing a regular job, say, of a bartender. The restaurant you are working at is doing good business as well and you are getting regular payment for the job. But the same cannot be said for the next month. There is a chance that the government would increase service tax and add additional taxes as well on those who eat and dine outside. And when the business goes down, the restaurant may start laying off and you could lose your job. Holding the job will also depend on how good employee you are. If the employer sees you as a hard worker and an honest person, you will retain your job.Job and Career Choice

Holding onto a career for long is not easy as well. To build a career, one has to invest lots of years in training and collecting experience and skills. And as you become ready to take on that career, the economy has spelled havoc on that profession and it is on the verge of extinction. If you can take extra pain and strive to hone your skills to achieve the next stage in your career, you might stabilize your career.

Where is more money – in a job or a career?

Hands down, a career will give you more money than a job. However, there are certain job that can pay you more than a career. In a career, you will have a fixed earning that is decided at the time of employment. You can also obtain in increase than the previous employment depending on your experience. Whereas, on the job, your income will change every week as the hourly rate may change according to the nature of the job.money in a job or career

However, there are some people who choose a career not just for money. They pay more heeds to their passion and interest rather than earning money. Since doing what they love to gives them satisfaction, they seldom think about earning. Even though they may not be financially sound.

So, choosing between a job or a career is solely your choice. It depends whether passion and interest are important to you or just earning a living.

Do This Before Going for an Interview

Getting a call for an interview is a happy feeling. The recipient only knows how it feels to be called for discussing the possibilities of employment. After all, the efforts put into drafting a killer resume and an effective cover letter are about to come to fruition. However, being called for an interview is not a guarantee that you will be offered the job. There are still a few hurdles to be crossed in order to get the offer letter. It will also depend on how you fair in the interview and whether the employer is impressed enough to have you in the team. If you are serious about the job position, you have to prepare thoroughly like you did in crafting the job application. At this moment, there is no space even for a minor mistake, since it can cost you the job.Before Going for an InterviewThere are many who have fumbled when bombarded with questions by the recruiters. This has happened even to the most experienced, qualified, and skilled people. If you don’t want to miss the opportunity of being hired for the company you have dreamed of working with for so long, then do these things before going for an interview.

Gather facts about the company

No matter what job position you have are going to be interviewed for, one common question the interviewer will throw at you is “what do you know about our company?” There is a better reason why this question appears in every interview. The recruiters want to know how well prepared you are. Are you familiar with the work culture or not? Do you relate to the visions and goals of the company or not? Do you know the type of business the company is in? When you are clueless about these things, the hiring managers will certainly suspect your interest in working with the company. It will also expose your unprofessional attitude. Further, it will not only put you in an awkward position, but also embarrass you. Not being prepared will surely work as a deal breaker and there will be no time for you to repent.Gather facts

Therefore, to ensure you don’t make a mockery of yourself and while away the golden opportunity you have been waiting so long, be prepared as if you are appearing for a final examination. Collect all information right from the name of the company, to the business, vision, goals, number of branches, and sister concerns. Believe it, there are a few candidates who have appeared for an interview without even knowing the correct name of the company. While we are confident that you will not commit the same mistake, a prior admonition will help you in avoiding appearing silly. Try also to know the name of the person/people who are going to interview you. When you address them by their names (of course using professional greetings), they will be impressed with you.

Read the job description thoroughly

Call it a haste or oversight, we all tend to miss the important message when going through the job description. Nowadays, companies make it clear most of the things the job position entails and the type of skills and abilities they want. This helps them to save their time as well as of the candidates. The main intention of companies in providing the job description is to have a suitable candidate for the vacant position. They want only those candidates to apply who consider themselves fit for the job.Read the job description

Hence, before going for an interview, read the job description carefully like you did when applying. It is the best homework you will be doing in order to get through the interview. Since recruiters take time for scanning resumes and calling suitable candidates, there is a chance that you might forget the duties and responsibilities of the position. Reading once again will help you to recollect the requirements of the company. Try to collect some examples from your previous employment that you can speak at length in the interview and prove yourself fit for the job.

Practice answering some basic questions

Remember, there will be some interview questions that will be not be related to your skills and experience. You may be skilled and experienced in satisfying every query of the interviewer though, but they will also need to taste your overall attitude, maturity, and professionalism. The key to impress the recruiters is to hold the abilities in answering a few of the common questions that will come to you either at the beginning or during the interview. Try to get answers to the most basic questions such as: Why do you want to join our company? What made you apply for the job? What are your good qualities and bad qualities? Why do you choose this profession? Why should we hire you? Where do you want to see yourself five years henceforth? What do you aspire for in your career? Whom do you idolize and why? Why do you want to leave your present job?Practice answering

Be ready for at least 10 questions of these types. You can get answers easily on the internet. However, it is better not to emulate them, and try to come up with your own version. Ask yourself the reasons you have applied for the job and everything that made you to choose this company as well as the profession. You can also recall any childhood incidence that influences you to become what you are now. For example, you can say, “when I was in eighth grade, I saw a horse lying attended at the roadside when coming back from the school. It was hit by a running vehicle and writhing in pain. I immediately called 911 add passed on the information. Luckily, after a few moments, an ambulance arrived and took the horse to the nearby hospital. That made me think ‘what if I had not seen the horse and called for help, the horse would have died.’ That incident had a deep impact on my mind, and I decided to become a veterinarian.’

Know competitors

Monopoly in business is a rarity these days. There are bound to be several companies doing the same business and trying to grab shares of competitors. Though the market is huge and with high potential for growth, companies that can handle the heat of competition can only survive. Consider the market like a jungle where all the predators are waiting for the right opportunity to pounce on their prey and satisfy their hunger.Know competitorsBeing a professional, you have to be aware of whom you are competing with. The competition in the market is different than that you will face in the office. For this, you must have a solid understanding of the market conditions, the marketing strategies and recent news of the rival companies. When you are familiar about the moves of your rivals, you can surely win the battle. Being cognizant about whom you will be fighting with for a business share will also show the hiring managers that you are serious about the job.

Ready your outfit

The day you receive the interview call, rush to the tailor or a shopping center to have a new outfit for the ‘D’ day. Since dressing properly is vital when appearing for the interview, you need to have a proper outfit that is neither tight nor hanging loose on your body. In case a new outfit is not within your reach at the moment, check and select the best dress you have in the closet.Ready your outfit

Try the dress a day before the interview to fix anything that needs to be amended. Check the shirt if it has all the buttons intact and there are no loose threads jutting out. Also, check if there is any old stain or mark on the shirt due to spilling of tea, sauce or any other liquid. Also, check your shoes and see if they are in mint condition to be used on the interview day. Don’t forget to have a look at the pairs of sock. A smelly and run-out socks will dampen your confidence.

Give a visit to the company a day before the interview

Knowing the location where you will be interviewed a day in advance will help in measuring the distance you need to travel and the traffic as well. As most companies prefer hotels to interview candidates, it is likely that you will not be called at the company for the interview. Even though you have been to the hotel, or know the address of the company, try to visit the location. By driving to the location you will know if you are following the right route, or whether you need to take some other route due to some construction work in progress, and if the traffic is worse than you expected.visit to the company

When starting from your home, note down the readings on the speedometer of your vehicle and the time. When you reached the location, calculate the number of miles or kilometers you have traveled and time taken to reach. As you have measured the distance, time, and discovered the route, you can start at the right time the next day for the interview. Also, have a buffer time of 30 minutes at your disposal since you are expected to reach the interview location half-an-hour early.

Going for an interview with a strong knowledge of the company, the interviewers, the competitors, the skills and experience, and the challenges to face is a perfect way to show your interest and seriousness for the job. Moreover, it will also help you to appear different from other candidates and impress the hiring managers. So, take these things seriously if you have an interview coming shortly and rest assured of securing the position.

How to Become a Star in Your New Office

So, you’ve joined the new office and are clueless as hell as to how to get along with everybody? It is quite a task to become popular in your workplace in a very short time. Moreover, it is also difficult to get used to a new environment and new colleagues in a jiffy. Unless you are an extrovert, you are in the new office due to your contacts, or you simply take to people as plants do to sunlight!become a star in the new office

Getting along with new people and fresh work concerns looks extremely daunting to a reserved person just like getting acclimatized to a new country is.

However, becoming a star employee isn’t too much of a task if you’re passionate and interested about your new work. Work becomes play when you do what you love. However, few of these thumb-rules could help you become a hit among your co-workers and colleagues. What’s more, you can surely get noticed by the top-end managers too:

Bond with people, but don’t flatter them!

Make your seniors know how badly you wished from your college times to work in this organization. But know your limits while doing so. Do not indulge in flattery and needless buttering.Bond with people

People can tell flattery from genuine praise. Go light on the sweet words. Be precise and to the point. This will save time of both the parties from getting wasted on undue sugar-coated words.

Invite colleagues for coffee:

This tip is the best way to get to know your colleagues better. Furthermore, enjoying coffee with your team members is also a nice way to break the ice between you guys.coffee

Inviting colleagues over weekend is also a great way to spend time with people whom you’d be working for the years or at least months to come. Getting to know the temperament and attitude of the people you work with is as useful.

Be the problem-solver and not the problem-creator:

Just as it is important to be in the right place at the right time, it is also important not to be the reason for problems in your workplace.Problem Solver

Try as far as possible to neither be the problem-creator nor the person responsible for the problem. Be the proactive person, ready to be the on-site trouble-shooter. Assuming responsibility for solving the problem rather than adding to it or being a passive onlooker is unwelcome and unsavory too.

Likewise, try to be the go-to-person in the office. This could be your shortcut to becoming popular among everyone in the office. Being in the shoes of a problem-solver could make you the keeper of everybody’s issues and problems in life. This could in all likelihood make you a one-stop solution for every relationship and life problem.

Improve your communication skills:

Work-life is a polar opposite of college-life. Grades and not communication mattered in the academics to be rated as a star student. In the work-life, communication and performing your duties well is what matters. Good interpersonal skills and being a master of all trades matter in work-life.communication skills

Strong interpersonal skills are helpful for the employee to know his colleagues and bosses in the new office in a proper manner. Being able to communicate with both the parties is what helps keep smooth communication and ultimately helps each employee to execute his duties well.

Ask your seniors or colleagues when in doubt:

Clear your doubts and the questions clouding you about any issue related to work. It is better to ask and clear the doubts rather than assume things. As it is rightly said, “It is better to ask and clear your doubts, rather than come across as dumb by keeping quiet.Ask your seniors

It’s completely okay to ask questions about the many things one doesn’t know related to the office owing to being new on the job. Again, not knowing every darn detail is absolutely normal being a freshman in the office.

Meet your deadlines on time:

It is absolutely essential to follow this tip to the tee for gaining status of a star employee in the office. Employees who follow deadlines and are people who take their work commitments very seriously are always priced by their bosses.Deadlines

Likewise, set targets and see that you adhere to them, come what may. Trying to make your boss’ life easier by following the deadlines, and submitting reports on time may help making the boss’s work easier. Just doing your work properly and precisely in a mistake-free fashion guarantees you get noticed by the bosses.

Organize activities in the office:

Organizing recreational activities in the office whenever the need arises is akin to a stress-buster. Doing so only helps in diverting one’s mind from the tiring work. Also, taking off a few minutes from work helps the person to return to work with a refreshed mind and body.Office activities

Making others participate in such activities could help bring out the hidden talents. And also help you show off your event planning skills.

Do not waste your time in unproductive activities:

There are perhaps countless times that you have decided to start working on something and it doesn’t really gain initiation because some other activity takes up your attention.Unproductive Activities

Similarly, do not while away your time in meaningless gossips about anybody or anything which isn’t related to your work. Instead, focus all of that attention on completing your work and gain the satisfaction of having completed your work efficiently.

Make use of pen and paper for recording details:

Even if you aren’t a pen and paper person, get into the habit of taking down details in meetings and training sessions. Committing everything to memory isn’t feasible as everyone doesn’t have an elephant’s memory. To top it, committing things to memory may only cause you to forget tiny details, which may or may not be really that important.Paper Pen

Recording details on a notepad allows you the liberty to refer it in the future, if necessary.

Maintain a positive disposition:

It is important to maintain a positive and happy persona howsoever difficult the work gets. After all, no one likes to work with a sad person, ready to crack up even under pressure.Positive

They say, “cry and the world will leave you, smile and the world smiles with you.” A sunny disposition helps you conquer the world and also keep the world in a joyous mood. Maintaining a positive and happy mood in the office is directly proportionate to the work the boss is able to squeeze out from his employees.

Be willing to put in efforts for the company:

Chipping in to help the company in times of its’ need is a very important trait an employee can inculcate. Doing the tasks irrespective of his own job description is a very valued characteristic any employee can have.

This quality helps the employee to heighten his credibility and worth to the company. He would be looked upon for being valuable to the company over a person who just does what is expected of him and packs off for the day. Putting in efforts more than what are required could also improve chances of promotion for the employee.

Starting a new job is just like exploring an exciting theme park. You get to learn new aspects as you progress further inside. Being able to shift the useful information from the useless ones is paramount while doing so. Becoming a star employee shouldn’t be the sole aim of any employee. Being able to function properly and to be of value to the company irrespective of your job description is important. It is not only important that you deliver what you are expected to but do a bit more of what is expected of you. Ultimately, you will get noticed if you perform well.

How to Follow up After an Interview

Interviews! a daunting word for many, but a breeze for some. Few people appear and also ace interviews, while there are few who just cannot conquer their fears and so never excel in them.

There are even more people having a fear of job interviews. Such fear stems from performance anxiety issues and the feeling of inadequacy in an individual. Such fear can be unnerving and totally uncalled for sometimes.Interview Follow up

Following up after the interview is a possible solution for job seekers to alleviate part of their doubts. It is also paramount for any person who is awaiting response from the company end. However this wait also can get excruciating and tough.

Taking proper follow up can help in increasing confidence of the interviewee and also reducing the phobia of interviews. Follow-ups are such that, they could either favor the applicant or make the employer reject him. A small piece of paper; thus could end up deciding the future of the job applicant.

Following some ground-rules to get follow up after an interview also provides clarity to the interviewee. Some tips regarding the same are as under:

Proper phrasing: Make a mark by being different

Instead of using phrases such as “Have i landed the job??,” using appropriate and open-ended phrases is absolutely important to extract a favorable response. Phrases like, “It was a great learning experience to interact with the bosses in your XYZ.inc” is likely to jog the memory of the interviewers.Proper phrasing

There are several interviewees appearing for a position and the interviewer won’t necessarily remember each and every candidate. So the trick will be to attract attention by being unique.

Contact recruiters through their business accounts: Professionalism works

Communicating with your recruiter through their email account is always a safe way to get in touch with them.Contact recruiters

Contacting them through any other medium (say on their personal mobile or home landline or personal email address) other than their official medium could dramatically reduce your chances to get through.

Immediacy of thank you message: Don’t hurry, but don’t delay too

This message to the interviewer needs to be sent in a day or two of the interview. The concerned message has to be such that it reminds the interviewer about you and also shows them your interest in the job.Thank You

Your contact details and the reasons you find yourself suitable for the job need to be highlighted too.

Personalized thank you note: Gratitude will work wonders

The job of an applicant isn’t over after the interview. And neither is it limited to going and appearing the interview. The thank you note in order to be effective needs to be personalized and drafted by the applicant based on his or her experience and possible role in the company in event of selection.

Precision and brevity counts: To the point is the way to go

Keeping the email short, sweet and brief is significant in maintaining the essence of the message. Brevity also ensures keeping out unwanted material away.short email

As also the fact that hiring managers are extremely busy people, be sure to come to the point quickly. There are chances that the mail would reach the trash bin if the concerned person doesn’t get the aimed message.

Poor syntax and shabby language: Get the basics right

Using wrong grammar and in a way sending across a poorly drafted thank you note not only portrays a poor academic background, but also a lack of seriousness on part of the applicant.

An email alone won’t guarantee you a response:

Taking efforts in keeping followup after the voicemail or email message to the hiring manager sent, for a couple of weeks, is necessary.

Forgetting to check your mails for any reply is unadvisable. The interest from your end should be visible. You are not really entitled to receive a response if the company doesn’t think you are genuine and interested.

Social media profiles: Positive projection increases your chances

Use your social media accounts on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter etc. to your advantage. If they project an unfavorable or negative impression of your personality, this can prove to be a hindrance towards getting a job.Social media profile

Remember that prospective employers are likely to go through your online pages while trying to get to know more about you. Online pages provide a great deal of other information about your personality which face-to-face interaction probably cannot. Be careful to project a positive and professional image in front of your prospective employers.

Limit your online sharing: Be careful, this can backfire

Be careful about what information you share online about the interview – say through a status message on Facebook or a tweet informing netizens about the same.Limit Online

Similarly sending an add request to the interviewer is not considered appropriate behavior.

Networking: Build right connections

Utilizing social media for professional purposes is a good practice for an individual in the long run. Keeping in touch with the employers through say Linkedin or Twitter can pay off for the individual.Linkedin

Sending articles to prospective employers to see your work can also help. For there are chances that the very same people would contact you for future work commitments.

Alert your references: Startling references is a big NO

It is absolutely necessary to intimate your references about your interview and also the work you’ve done in the past. This, is a necessary step if in case the interviewer is finalizing you and he decides to contact any of your references.Alert your references

The references ought to have an idea and relevant professional information required by the employer.

Patience is key: Wait, don’t panic

Hiring people for different profiles is no mean feat. Hiring managers always have a lot of things on their plate, so do not expect them to follow the exact timeline. Understanding that they are not in any way under any compulsion to answer you is helpful.

References do not guarantee the job: Clear misconceptions

Having references does not in anyway translate to bagging the job. References are just the entry tickets to any company. hence, the job seeker should steer clear of such wrong assumptions.

Reach out but avoid excessive calls: Know when to ring

Calling the recruiters for knowing their final decisions is alright. Whereas calling them too frequently could only make you a nuisance in the eyes of the employers. Likewise, calling them if there is no response post the interview in weeks is appropriate.

Avoid sending gifts: Avoid bribes

Sending gifts or calling too many times would only kill your chances if any to land a job. It is likely to be even tagged as stalking. There is no sense in reducing your own chances of landing a job by resorting to such professionally uncalled for behavior.

Prompt response: Don’t keep employers waiting

If contacted by the concerned company for a second interview, be sure that you respond in a timely and a quick manner. It could be a call for a second interview or to inform you about their positive response.Prompt response

If you happen to miss the call or have seen their message late, do call or revert through message as soon as possible.

Respond graciously even if you are rejected: Be courteous

If during the phone call, you get the bad news of rejection, do not lose heart. It is important to respond graciously and take the employer’s decision in your stride. If possible, try to ask them for feedback and the reasons of rejection. This could help you in improving your profile by sharpening your strengths and working on your weakness.

Do not visit the company to know the result: Don’t use the wrong way

Visiting the company for knowing the result of selection could put them in an embarrassing situation. It creates a wrong image and a bad impression on the employers.

There is a thin line between persistency and peskiness: Don’t go overboard

The job applicant is expected to know the minute difference between being persistent and being pesky. There is no doubt that the applicant has the right to know about his/her selection or rejection. However it is in no way correct to inundate interviewers with constant calls and messages. Applicant needs to know where to draw the line.

Know when to move on: Life has something better in store

If the company you have appeared for an interview doesn’t respond after a considerable time, the candidate ought to understand the cues. It is unwise to put all eggs in a single basket. If couple of follow-ups do not yield any response, then it is a signal for the candidate to move on.

Candidate needs to be open enough to respond to the other options available to him/her. The job market is vast and thus he/she can be able to tap other jobs if they keep their eyes and ears open.

Jobs for People Who Don’t Like People

For in solitude, there is peace. And in peace, thrives excellence.

Not all will agree to this; however, there are many who prefer being in isolation rather than in associations. Now isolation is easily achievable in our personal lives. If we don’t need people in our lives, we can shut doors (not literally though). 

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Disappearing from social media platforms and making the minimum use of our smart phones can easily take us far from the rest of the world. However, when it comes at the professional front, being a loner could be tough, but not impossible to deal with.

Many employers nowadays, look for candidates who can add value to an existing ‘team.’ Being an effective and promising contributor to teams, have become an essential hiring credentials. Amongst the multitude of career options we come across each day, hardly do we find openings that require ‘less interactive’ candidates. And again, just because we don’t come across such jobs easily, it does not imply that they don’t exist in reality.

So if you think that you being an introvert is holding you back; especially, when professional networking is suppose to drive your career growth, you’re perhaps mistaken.

For all those loners, you just need to know, that there’s a world out there that is less crowded. The only thing you need to do is to make it up to there!

Yes, looking for such jobs and landing yourself to expected careers will not be a cake walk experience. However, doing something you love can take you miles. So, if it is about finding a job where you want to work alone, let’s work to find one.

Archivist:

Archivists – Bridging between extinction and existence.

People who find mingling with others a great task to accomplish, do find this job role very suitable for themselves. Archivists work in museums, auction houses or any other place that aims at preserving objects of historical significance, work of art, documents etc. that can connect all to the foregone.Archivist

Archivists are responsible in acquiring documents from past and then arranging them into systematic records. They appraise and authenticate historical documents or any other archival material.

So, going through previous records and conducting vigorous research to connect small bits and pieces of information is what consumes a major portion of their time. Besides, they may also be required to help people in gathering and understanding various documents and relevant information. For this purpose they develop catalogs and document descriptions; thus facilitating easy access to essential information by all.

Animal Care taker:

For those who prefer four legged to bipedal companions.

People who are a less of a talker, prefer silent communications. Now, communication can never be silent unless you have your four legged companions with you. Therefore, if you too fall in this category, a career as an animal care taker can be very satisfying.Animal Care taker

These professionals are responsible in ensuring all round welfare of the animals. They take care of their food, medication and places they live. Their day to day activities include bathing them, brushing, providing medical assistance at times of injury and illness. In short, they are responsible for all round welfare of animals.

Animal care takers work with kennel boarders, pet retail stores or even for pets at home. Being an animal care taker requires aspirants to have completed a high school diploma or anything equivalent. Professionals who want to move to zoos and clinics where they are required to deal with both domestic and wild animals require further education and certification.

Botanists:

It is in Nature that you could find solace.

Greenery is what keeps us going. It is the source of oxygen, essential nutrients, fights global warming and for some, it serves as a peaceful place to be in.
Now, not all can take care of this greenery perfectly; as it is for the entire living population. So, if you have a strong desire to save, protect and enhance this existing and diminishing greenery, botanical careers could be a perfect match for you.Botanists

Botanists are mostly hired in botanical gardens; however, they may even work with pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology firms, or government and private agencies who work for environment protection.

As a botanist, you will enjoy a lot of lone time where you will be required to study plants and their relationship with environment. They study physiological aspects and origination trails of plants.

Plant study has number of domains; such as, study for agricultural use, ecological study and research for medicinal value. To work as a botanist, every aspirant needs to have a minimum of Bachelor’s degree. Thereafter, pursuing a Master’s degree or doctoral degrees can open different job opportunities for you.

Irrespective of the domain you choose, your aim of having more of a “ME” time does not suffer.

Photographer:

Photography – Capturing time till eternity.

Photography is one of the most interesting career options for people who like being all by themselves. It is a vast career option involving several diversions. No matter what type of photography you are inclined to, having an eye for beauty, and a sense of capturing the same at that perfect moment, are the two indispensable prerequisites of landing this career.Photographer

Photography is something that cannot be learned; as it relates to your inner self. Something that is within, and can only be enhanced – not acquired. Yes, fine refinement and practical exposure to different lenses is definitely required when you want to land a career in this domain. However, certifications and college degrees cannot guarantee a job; if you lack those necessary skills.

Nevertheless, attending photography schools and independent art schools can give you the required exposure. Further, you can also benefit while working under an established photographer as assistant. This would only require you to spend a couple of hours with your senior, learning a great deal; while leaving you with ample time to be spend only with your camera if your wish to.

Computer Programming:

Debug to keep all buggers off!

All software programmers, introvert or not, will agree to the fact that cutting oneself off from the rest of the world is essential to have those codes coming up frequently. It is an intense job, where technical expertise along with high levels of concentration and focus are a must.Computer Programming

It is because of this reason that these computer geeks are seldom seen in groups as most of the time they are alone drowned in an ocean of codes, bugs and debugs. Many professionals, although skilled, find this job role dissatisfying because most of the time they work alone. However, for people who love being alone, it is simply an opportunity that cannot be missed, isn’t it?

Now, programming requires huge knowledge and thereby education or certification. Keeping up with latest technologies and advents is essential. Therefore, if you are a true loner, and have some technical expertise, being in such a profession will prove apt and self satisfying.

Writer/Blogger:

Reaching worlds that are yet to be born.

Over the ages, every change that the world has seen, counts on what writers have done to bring about that necessary change. Writers or modern day bloggers are exceptionally creative minds. They can present ideas today that get appreciated tomorrow. They can change and motivate communities and change the entire world for betterment.Writer/Blogger

Writing is an excellent career option for people who like expressing views in the form of write ups; instead of speaking or communicating the same verbally. Similar to photography, writing too is a flair that you are born with. Attending graduation schools can help you get better of course.

Today, there are various forms of writing; such as, travel writing, fashion, medical, educational, current affairs etc. Therefore, choosing any form of writing entirely depends upon your choice. Travel writings are best suited for introverts as they can travel across the globe all by themselves and present their journey for others who have not made it there.

Researchers/Scientists:

If it was not them, we would have still been in the stone age.

The word Scientists somehow presents a virtual image before us, where we can view someone working intensely in a huge laboratory environment, surrounded with everything but another person to talk to.Researchers/Scientists

Scientist are known to be less of a talker and exceptional geeks. They love being in a different world away from the chaos; where they invent things that eventually find their way into the existing hustles and bustles of our day to day lives. Therefore, if you too want to be away from our noisy atmosphere, prepare yourself for this career option.

Scientists require huge study and educational certification. Not everyone end up having satisfactory careers in this domain. Therefore, if you really have that passion for learning and exploring anything and everything, research could be a great profession to choose.

Astronomer:

Stepping out of the world to enter the Universe.

One of the most lucrative as well as solitary profession is to become an astronomer. These professionals spend their working days knowing more about different celestial bodies. Depending upon the celestial body, number of specializations are available.Astronomer

They are required to gather information about our solar system and various others that exist in the Universe. They also need to write thesis on their findings for the world to know. The job role requires exceptional understanding of mathematical concepts and strong foundation of Physics. Therefore, vast education and knowledge is but essential to land this job role.

Astronomers work with research centers and observatories where they are mostly alone and do not require much of an interaction.

These were eight different job roles that perfectly match career expectations of introverts. Most of these job roles have good job growth prospects in near future. Therefore, earning handsome salaries is not at all difficult; even when you do not make those necessary professional networks. Hence, opt for any of the above mentioned profession and start preparing well to land careers of your choice.

9 Smarter Things to Do During Unemployed Phase

Unemployed? Then get self employed to become employable for others.

Being unemployed for a duration can be the most terrifying state one can go through. Things are still better if you are a fresh graduate looking for your first job. However, for those who have moved into unemployment from a regular professional life; such experiences are nothing less than nightmares. And the only solution to this is a job.Unemployed Phase

However, jobs don’t just come your way; you need to prove your worth and appear employable, so that interviewers hire you for the benefit of their business.

Being jobless can bring you better job opportunities in future. Yes, it may appear as something very weird that you have come across. However, you can find number of convincing reasons that will ultimately help you realize that you do need some time out of work to identify things that are holding you back from accelerating to greater heights of success.

Self employment mentioned above does not necessarily mean that you get into startups when not employed. It rather suggests that you need to get into self learning and preparation. Use this time to explore job markets, try researching on what the interviewers are looking for while hiring. Try inculcating the same within you. Ultimately, your efforts will help you come up with expected results.

Below is a list of things that you can do to keep yourself busy during the unemployment period. Go through this and experience the difference it can bring about in your life and career.

When unemployed – Do these to earn your dream job:

Learn acing in interviews:

It’s only in that one moment that you create the impression.

Hunting for jobs is the only thing that keeps you busy during unemployment period. However, ever thought why despite of attending number of interviews each day, earning a job offer still seems difficult?Interview

Perhaps, there is somewhere you are faltering and that’s snatching away the employment opportunity. Take a break and try learning what defines a perfect interview. This is something that will not only be beneficial now. You can use this learning experience for future job interviews as well.

Perfect interviews are not made with perfect answers alone. There is a list of parameters; such as attire, body language, tact etc. that together contribute in making interviews successful. Therefore, when you are out of job, research on these factors and prepare yourself accordingly.

Once you get these things right, building impressions and appearing as the most desirable candidate will definitely become easier than you think.

A visit to the job market:

You will never find a better time than this to explore job markets. If not now, it’s never.

Job scenarios are changing everyday. Today, you may find certain expertise adequate to land specific job roles; however, tomorrow, these become insufficient. And we are not looking for short term goals, isn’t it? We are looking for long, sustained and growing careers. job marketTherefore, in depth understanding of the job market is essential. Start learning about growing job trends and expected skills. Doing this will help you identify the areas where you lack expertise and thus you now know what to prepare.

Another point worth noting is that while you are inculcating skills, make sure that you’re growing beyond the expected and not limit to average. This will help you stand out in crowd and thus become a more desirable candidate.

Know what to ask for:

Not more not less – Ask what you deserve.

Knowing your worth and then expecting desired salaries is important. Professionals many a times miss out offers just because they don’t find them promising as far as packages are concerned. And again, being underpaid for the work you do, kills your passion and focus.desired salary

Thus, now that you are not into a vigorous job life, find some time to learn what salaries are being offered to professionals of similar caliber and skills. This will help you curve out perfect answers when interviewers put salary questions before you. These are tricky and knowing exact answers will help you prevent falling into such tricky zones. Remember, job interviews go real tricky and you may end up making wrong deals for yourself.

Look for temporary jobs:

Working as a part time employee could be the best thing to do.

Temporary jobs don’t require candidates with exceptional skill set. A little less works good for them. Therefore, while you are working to land desired jobs, get some first hand experiences from temping. These jobs will help you to enhance existing skills and add many more to that.temporary job

Besides, temporary jobs also help you to meet people within industries and therefore you grow your professional network. Thus, getting relevant references is no longer your concern. In addition to this, temporary jobs could have a number of other benefits and you can learn them here.

Volunteering can open new doors:

When it comes to getting hired – Volunteering could get you under spotlight.

Volunteering has become one of the greatest job hunt tool. It is not only the unemployment phase, many employers take volunteering as an eligibility criteria while hiring candidates. Volunteering has number of benefits; both for first time job seekers and experienced professionals. These experiences provide you with work exposure where you can learn and acquire new skills. This definitely boosts your chances of landing full time careers.Volunteering

Besides, volunteering also gives you an opportunity to meet experienced veterans from your own field or industry. Building professional relationships with them provides you an insight to the industry. You may hear it from the horse’s mouth regarding job eligibility and criteria to be met. Thus, this eases your preparation as you now know what exactly you need to prepare.

Look for any certification course that could be of some help:

Anything learned is never wasted; only if you know how to use it!

Relevant Certifications can always boost your career growth and progression. There are several vocational certifications that can add value to your resume. However, many a times our packed schedules don’t leave us with enough time where we can pursue these courses. Therefore, now that you are out of work, use this time to take up those courses and complete certifications that can later come up very handy while interviewing for jobs.certification

Besides, certification courses are designed to meet present market standards and along side they also prepare you well for future job criteria. Therefore, you not only appear as a tough competition for current job seekers, rather remain completely ready to fight well with future job seekers who are still in queue.

Just because things are tough, don’t make wrong settlements:

Who said beggars can’t make choices?

One of the biggest mistakes people make during unemployment phase is that they fall prey to wrong settlements. The period of being out of job is difficult. You have a crunching wallet and the free time simply drives out more money from your pocket.wrong settlement

Just after a period of time, you suddenly have a strong urge of getting employed once again. And it is now that you make some gross mistakes. You tend to take up any job offer that comes your way. However, what is the point of being employed, if every single day you want to quit that job?

Therefore, hold on to your patience and keep trying and never settle for the wrong things in life. Persistent trials always bring happy results at the end; you just need to wait for the right time that brings right things to you.

A quick look on your savings:

Remember someone told you that a penny saved is a penny earned.

All said and done, it is money that can keep you going through this job hunting phase. Talk about research or certifications or perhaps attending dozens of interviews, anything and everything demands money. Therefore, just when you are out of job, make sure that you count on your savings.savings

Make sure that you plan out your budget involving only the necessary and indispensable things in your life. Being a little tough with yourself now, will help you go on for longer durations. It gives a sense of confidence and boost.

It is because of these reasons that experienced people always suggest that no matter what and how much we earn, saving a part of it is essential. You never know what time has to unfold in future. So, being a little prepared for tough times can help you ease through this phase.

Take care of yourself:

Last but not the least. Never ignore yourself.

Don’t allow this phase to leave some irreversible scars within you. We are all earning to lead a happy and satisfactory life. Good and bad phases come and go. However, if we allow these to leave some significant aftermaths on our lives, we live through these difficult time all through our lives.Take care

Therefore, while you are doing everything at your end to land desired jobs, make sure that you don’t be too tough with yourself. Take care of your physical and mental well being. A bit of exercise, meditation and healthy diet are equally important. Find some time to relax and enjoy with friends and family. These give you the necessary fuel required to march till the finish.

This was all about making it through the unemployment phase. Ups and downs are part of life. However, the way we deal with these make the difference between success and failures.

Hope the above mentioned suggestions will help you land your desired jobs very soon. Good luck!

Why To Take a Temporary Job?

Temping is tempting for those who have already given it a shot. However, for us who are still new to this concept; choosing a temporary job wouldn’t be as exciting as landing full time permanent employment.

Now, this is not something weird or unusual. Over the years, this word ‘temporary,’ for reasons unknown, has tend to suggest lack of stability and perhaps a short term compromise.Temporary job

Temporary jobs are no exception to this. If at all we find individuals taking up temp jobs, they do it only to suffice some urgent need of money or because they couldn’t find anything more significant to do. However, once they make themselves comfortable with these jobs, they do have a different idea to share, that definitely is different from the much familiar notion.

Temping jobs, even though not very popularly opted for; do have loads of perks to offer. Therefore, if you too are weighing all pros and cons of temporary job, here is a list of reasons that make temporary jobs a total sense to opt for.

Top 10 reasons to opt for temporary jobs:

Know these before you reject a temporary job offer that came your way:

Temporary jobs – They don’t just pay, they train:

Just freshly out of college, hunting for a permanent job is a herculean task to accomplish. In such a scenario, if you somehow come across a temp job offer, you need to consider yourself lucky. After all, these jobs train and prepare you thoroughly and in return pay you. Isn’t that amazing?!Training

Temporary jobs not only appear beneficial for first time job seekers; professionals can also benefit a great deal from these. They present opportunities to explore other avenues which may sometimes have more lucrative scopes than their present, full time jobs. In addition, they always have those tempting salaries to offer. So, why not give it a try?

They “spice” up your job life:

Haven’t you heard people complaining about monotonous work life? Many of you perhaps would be aware about a statistical report that drove huge attention a couple of years back. The report gave an exact number of young American professionals who were quitting their jobs because they were no longer being able to deal with the monotonous levels growing taller every day.monotonous job

Once you find your job monotonous, you will never be able to give your best. Therefore, bringing about some change can be one effective solution. And temporary jobs can bring about that change you so desperately need. There are several jobs that pay you for the number of hours you are working for them. Opt for any of those that match your taste and work life schedule. This will definitely bring about a change in your life that somehow enhances your full time work as well.

Saves you from vicious unemployment depression:

Unemployment phase is a living nightmare one can go through. Landing dream jobs sometimes can take a toll on our lives. Many a times, our skills don’t match up with our dreams and no matter how much we slog to land desired jobs, our expertise doesn’t support us.unemployment depression

In such scenarios, we need to understand that dreams take some time to realize and perhaps preparation and acquiring skills will help us succeed. Therefore, take some time off and prepare yourself; however, don’t fall prey to vicious unemployment depression. This will hinder your learning process. Instead, start working as a part time employee and earn sufficient that can pay your bills and leave you with ample time where you can learn and work on relevant expertise.

Who knows, there can be a permanent job around?

Employers even though may not seem to, do prefer turning their temporary employees into permanent. They say that hiring part time employees into a full time employee has several different perks.permanent job

On the first place, they are the ones who are training them and therefore work quality is known and thus guaranteed. Secondly, no expenditure on hiring processes that calls for several selection rounds that accompany huge financial spending as well as time involvement.

It is because of this that career experts suggest that applicants always need to take their temporary jobs seriously. Many a times these land you your first break in the desired field.

You can now filter your career options:

Part time jobs allow you to wear multiple hats at a time. You may opt for short term work exposure with different groups within the industry and that could help you decide the best match.career options

Many professionals say that they had wasted a considerable time looking for correct career options during their initial professional years. Definitely you don’t want to say this for yourself after a couple of years, isn’t it?

So what’s the wait for? List out few career options you think suit your personality and choices and start working as a temporary employee within these roles. Explore all choices and this will finally help you to filter out the best amongst the ‘seems to be good options’ for yourself.

May help you achieve the work life balance:

There has been an eternal hue and cry regarding work life balance. Professionals are trying to have a harmonious balance between their personal and professional lives. However, all of those go in vain and there are hardly a few who can say that they are equally efficient at that workplace as they are with their personal commitments.work life balance

There are millions of cases where people either quit lucrative jobs to make it to their families and dear ones or have a troubled family life as they are too occupied with their work load.

Now, quitting job or family cannot be an option for any of us. In such cases, to have those dollars coming in, opting for flexible time frame that is available with temp jobs is the only suggestion you can come across. So, don’t lead a bitter personal life or an unproductive professional life when the solution is just right there!

Employers are finding temporary workers more desirable:

For reasons quite obvious, temporary workers are more preferred by employers as they facilitate cost cutting. Temporary workers are made to work on a lower pay scale as compared to permanent employees and therefore become more employable with regards to certain parameters.temporary workers

Therefore, if you too can make yourself available as a temporary employee, you will definitely be the first choice for many employers there. So, go for it!

You have a strong knitted professional network:

Effective networking skills are now weighed on same scale as relevant expertise and qualification when it comes at hiring professionals.

Opting for multiple part time jobs allows you to meet different professionals belonging to varied domains within the industry. Thus, this opens you to opportunities of meeting new people and grow your professional network. If you can truly hold on to these people, you may receive a number of career suggestions, innovative ideas and of course references from these people.

You become eligible for a variety of job roles:

Career experts always suggest that professionals need to carefully opt for part time jobs and bring about variations while choosing specific occupations. This short term experience can earn you long term perks.

Temp jobs train you in a variety of domains. Working experiences always tempt employers when it comes at hiring professionals. They see their advantage in choosing such professionals as they don’t need to invest money or time training these professionals and still get quality work done from them. Therefore, if you can make use of these learning experiences, you can find yourself eligible for a mixed bag of job roles.

A close look inside your dream company:

Many professionals who have taken up temp jobs advocate that every professional who has a dream company to work with needs to take up part time employment scopes with those companies. Nothing can serve as a better insight than these temp jobs.

People pursue dream companies in the hope that they spend a considerable time or rather the entire professional span working in that specific company. They fight various odds and leave many things behind in one hope of fulfilling their aspirations.

However, there are cases where dreams appear to be bitter in reality and that leads to a lot of frustration. Therefore, before you plunge into some drastic steps to fulfill your dreams, make sure that everything you’re doing for it is worth.

This was all about choosing temporary jobs and how they are important. Opportunities; big or small, always make significant impact on our lives if judiciously used. Therefore, while making efforts in building successful careers, never let go off those temporary jobs terming them as something trivial.

Now that you have learned how important these part time jobs are, do not waste a single more moment. Just go and grab that now!

First Job Search: A Step-By-Step Guide

It is said that one cannot learn how to swim without getting into deep water. And the same holds true for job search techniques as well. No, you don’t need to get into water literally; however, to know what exactly job search is all about, you need to go out right there and learn it for yourself.first-job-search

Again, beware that you don’t just go there unprepared. This is your first job search, don’t spoil it with too many unpleasant experiences.

Read, research and opt for effective discussions before you plunge into job search. However, the question lies where, how and with whom you can get into some quality career discussions?

Now, talking with seniors from college, families and knowing what your friends have learned about job search can definitely serve as initial steps to start with. However, these are definitely not all that you can do. Rather, if with this slightest preparation you enter the job search world, crowded with similarly skilled competitors, it will take you nowhere.

This is because, while you go into these casual discussions, you may perhaps hear people talking about a series of things to keep in mind. As for examples, resumes, or the length of resumes, unique formats and so on and so forth? However, do these help you to know what a resume should truly look like; especially when it is for your first job and you have no relevant experience?

Nevertheless, merely because you don’t get something substantial from these job talks; it does not suggest that you give up on these. They do add drops in the vast ocean. At the least, you are taking your baby step towards job search. And the early you start, the better it is. Now this brings us to one important question.

When to start looking for your first job?

The best time suggested is one year before you turn graduate.

In most cases it is seen that, serious job search begins only after candidates are completely done with their college and have relevant degrees in hand. To an extent it is correct, most of the job openings require applicants to own a graduation degree at the minimum.first job search

However, once you are done with your college and have nothing besides looking for a job, it is more than possible that candidates feel a little bogged down after two or three rejections. Once you get into this vicious cycle of rejections and depression, job search becomes extremely tenacious; breeding fear and disinterest.

On the other hand, if you start analyzing job trends, market scenario, preferred skills etc. when you still have a college to attend, you feel confident while preparing yourself. You have ample of time for the same and thus can prepare well.

Start enrolling yourself with some career guidance sessions, meet career gurus who can throw light on aspects of job search techniques. Remember, following correct techniques and focusing on the right track is more important than just putting in efforts anywhere and everywhere.

Job search – The perfect plan of action:

Here are certain suggestions to help you land your first job after college. Go through these to ease your job search processes:

Only passion with relevant skills lands you perfect jobs:

Once we get into our professional lives, jobs become an integral part of our lives. Therefore, pursuing the most suitable job is important to keep us going till the end.relevant skills

Now, why do you think that many professionals don’t remain content on the job front? Is it only poor salaries and cruel bosses that make life difficult? Well, job life is definitely not easy. Every single day opens you to newer challenges. Job pressure and work load never see a descent.

However, amidst all these, professionals who manage to land jobs that align with their personalities, passion and likes, have more number of pleasant working days.

Therefore, now that you are yet to get into jobs and are still preparing, make efforts to know what interests you the most. And that’s not the end. Research on those jobs and learn what skills you need to acquire. And if you are smart enough to have made an early start, you will definitely have ample time to prepare yourself for highest levels of competition.

Resumes – The only gimmick you own:

Employers meet, not you, but your resumes. The first lesson you learn in the entire job search journey.

Creating effective resumes should be given utmost attention and focus while preparing for job search. And how do you think your resume gets impressive from the employer’s point of view? Is it only high CGPAs?Perfect resume

Employers are not very much interested in knowing about your scores. These come into play only when you possess required skills and perhaps something more. Scores without relevant skills don’t make you employable. And if by any chance you possess those skills, they should be vividly visible in your resume.

However, now that you are new and looking for first job, it is natural that you will not have skills that your employers are looking for. Therefore, preparing an impressive resume with limited skills that you possess in a manner, so as to impress employers, is definitely the task of a professional.

Hence meeting professionals who are trained at creating resumes for non experienced applicants or freshers is extremely crucial.

Board on job boards that make the difference:

It’s not about being omnipresent; it is rather being present at the right places.

Now a days, knowing about job openings has become a very easy task to perform. You sign up with job boards and they bring you all the jobs in market. However, there’s a catch!job boardsFor reasons unknown, not all job portals provide genuine jobs for job seekers. Therefore, identifying authentic job advertisements from innumerable job scams that exists within the market is essential.

Thus, before you enroll with any job portal site, make thorough research about these portals. Talk to professionals and learn about their experiences. Remember, making your resumes available with sites that have tarnished fame in market can hamper your profile up to a great extent.

Experts say that being present in any and every job board can have no significant impact on your entire job search endeavors; if you are missing out the ones that are making the big difference.

And the presence is only the beginning:

Not the presence alone, but an effective presence is what matters the most.

It’s great if you can land yourself on popular job boards that are truly helping people to land dream jobs. However, just the presence will not earn you the desired.effective presence

Every job portal provides different tools, which when used aptly can give you a remarkable presence in the job market. However, as a new job seeker knowing about these minute yet crucial aids is perhaps not easy. Therefore, when you still have time in hand, during your graduating years, keep browsing through these sites and explore them to reveal every secret that is kept wrapped.

Just being present on promising job portals will not help you to achieve the most of it, unless you are making an optimum use of these sites and tools they provide.

Virtual visits to dream companies:

Work to make your dreams come true.

Well, all of us do have dream companies; however, a very few of us end up being integral parts of those. So, if you too have some dream company in mind, make sure you prepare, keeping their requirements in mind. And the easiest way to do that is by visiting their websites and career portals frequently.Virtual visits

Once you have an idea about their candidate requirements, you can start working towards their needs. And who knows, one fine day you may present yourself as the most desirable candidate while interviewing with them.

Come through with flying colors:

Last but not the least. Remember, graduation degrees still have “big” roles to play.

Amidst all your endeavors to land first jobs after college, don’t ignore your graduation degrees and end up with low CGPA s. Interviewers may not employ you for the scores you have, if you don’t possess relevant skills. However, they may easily reject you even when you possess required expertise, if your graduation degree looks very average or mediocre. And there’s a valid reason for this.graduation degree

Graduation degrees are sometimes taken as a factor to decide between two candidates of equal potential. Although it is a rare case to happen; however, it is important that we prepare ourselves for all scenarios – good or bad.

Again, many experienced HR managers and recruiters say that while hiring freshers, they look for candidates with good CGPA s, as this shows that they are focused and dedicated to the work they are assigned with. A candidate who is unable to score well during graduation years is viewed as someone who lacks focus and a zeal to build up bright careers.

Most of you who have gone through this post may perhaps feel that implementing all of the aforementioned career suggestions would be something quite unachievable. Graduation years are tenacious. Coping up with regular syllabus, class hours, etc., consumes most of your waking hours. However, pushing yourself a bit to accomplish something that seems unachievable today can guarantee tomorrow’s success. So, keep going today for a better tomorrow.

How to Find a Right Career Path?

Opting for a right career path is as essential as choosing your perfect life partner! I will tell you why.

Although some people say that a 9 hours work shift schedule cannot have an alarming effect on our lives; it is lame. Have you ever noticed that more than half of our working days are spent either at our workplace or preparing a travel to or back from there? It is only the remaining hours that we spend with our respective families or life partners. Thus, if you want to spend each day happy and content, a right career path and perfect life partners are both mandatory.Career Path

Professionals complain about work life imbalance or less productivity or monotony in their chosen profession. Why is this so?

Perhaps, they were too busy to work out perfect career paths for themselves and have chosen a career based on one particular factor. Earning money out of your work is not enough. To earn money while you are enjoying every moment is essential. As this is how you keep improving and remain enthusiastic about your day to day work;thus increasing productivity and performance.

Therefore, today we move ahead to discuss how job seekers can find the right career path for themselves. Lets get started!

How to find a right career path?

Listed below are few questions. Provide yourself with a clear and honest answer to all these questions and nothing can stop you from choosing a right career path for yourself.

What is my interest?

It is natural that when you work on fields that interest you, it never gets exhausting or monotonous. While you are trying to figure out career options, ask yourself what fields interest you. Is it technology, creativity, finance or something else that triggers your enthusiasm?my interest

Be very honest while deciding an answer for this question. A wrong answer can deviate you from the desired track. This may take some time and therefore go slow. Give yourself sometime so that your heart can come up with the perfect answer.

What is the job profile like?

While you are yet to get started with your professional life, you may have various fantasies related to job profiles. Perhaps, you may think that an interest in music can land you jobs of a Radio Jockey. Or, organizing parties for friends can fetch you an event manager role.job profile

However, the real world is different. Besides interests and instincts, there are many things that work in the background. Perhaps, this background is equally important for landing specific job roles. Therefore it is essential that you research on exact job roles that match your interests. This will greatly help you visualize your days working in that particular domain and thus find out if you can really carry on.

What am I Best at?

I am sure all of you are well aware about the rising competition in job markets. Therefore, just to be interested and good at fields is not sufficient. You need to be the best if you need to have a successful and promising career.Best

Thus, finding your fields of interest and researching on job roles is not sufficient. You need to ask yourself, if you are sufficiently skilled to carry out job responsibilities efficiently. Try finding out if your potentialities are sufficient to prove you as the best applicant for that particular job role.

When you get a Yes for an answer, know that you have already made the right career choice and therefore on the right track. For people who feel that they need to work on acquiring some additional skills, they can definitely go ahead with it.

I am not the best – Should I give up?

Now, everyone cannot be best fit for job roles. However, not being the best fit does not mean that you will give up or compromise with your aspirations and career goals. Rather, compromising at situations can never work for future benefits. In such scenarios, the best option is finding out ways of enhancing your skills and knowledge.Should I give up

Moreover, when you already have a great deal of passion for any specific job role, getting a chance to know and explore more in this field is tempting, isn’t it?

How to become the best?

This is very easy. Know what stops you from becoming the best and work on it. If you don’t have enough practical experience, look for internship programs. There are many institutes that offer you practical learning sessions for different vocations. Enrolling in any of those cannot be a very difficult task. Besides, internship programs and volunteering experiences are also good platforms to boost your career growth.best

Well, this will definitely consume your time. However, when you appear as a potential candidate with right skills and passion for job roles before employers; they definitely will look forward to hire you.

What else can I do?

Now, even after making thorough research and preparation to land a perfect career, you may still have some doubtful areas. There are times when you cannot figure out certain issues. Well don’t leave these unanswered and unresolved. Get help from others. Perhaps, a career counselor or someone who is handling the same profile can come as a great help for you.

Be open and clear with them. Share your knowledge about the field and your expectations from the job. They are the only ones who can show you the mirror. You can also get a realistic and practical scenario of job markets from these people. Therefore, never shy away from opportunities of getting into a thorough discussion with veterans.

Although perfect jobs are difficult to land, it is not something impossible. You can surely land a satisfying job role, only if you know how to go about it. And landing perfect jobs requires perfect and befitting career paths. Your interest, education, knowledge and above all the right path that leads to your goal, are quintessential to land perfect jobs.

Again, being content at your professional front helps to attain more satisfied personal lives and vice versa. Thus, don’t just jump into any profession that appears lucrative at the moment. Instead, try finding out if this job is either a best match for you or not. If you get a yes for an answer, this job will automatically turn lucrative for you.