How to Prepare and Execute Phone Interview

It is 9.45 AM in the morning and you hear your phone ringing. While walking towards your phone, various thoughts cross your mind. Is it an old friend calling or a telemarketing call or perhaps a call from the recruiter’s office,to whom you had mailed your resume, few days interview

Taking the call, you hear your probable employer, who is eager to arrange a telephonic interview session for you. Yes you have made it. Your resume got through those difficult screening procedures and was sufficient to impress recruiters, that they have invited you for the next round. Congratulations on this.

Qualifying this phone interview will lead you to a face to face interview and finally you may even land your desired job role. Therefore, a first rate performance here, is your prime focus for the moment.

On one hand you feel it is easier, as you do not need to worry about your appearance during the interview. On the other hand you think that it may get a little awkward; as you are not very habituated in administering professional or business telephonic conversations.

How can you go about it? What if the phone disconnects abruptly? What if you could not get that question the first time….

Well, you get an answer to all your questions only when you start preparing yourself, the way you had prepared your resume. Every interview procedure is unique and it can only be nailed, when you know the trick. Here are few tips to prepare and execute phone interviews.

Get all your paper work done:

Can you guess one advantage of phone interviews over personal interviews? Well, it is your notebook that you cannot carry to an interviewer’s cabin; you can very well have it before you, while executing phone interviews.paper work

Have a copy of your resume and the job description, before you start with the interview. Your notebook needs to list all your accomplishments and expertise briefly. This does not mean that you read out whatever you have jotted down; rather, it is for assuring that you do not miss out some essential points. Again, having a notebook will help you to quickly jot down some important information from your recruiter’s side as well.

Keep Smiling:

This is more like a psychological preparation rather than any stereotypical practice guideline. It is said that, when we smile, it generates optimism and positivity within ourselves, that gets outwardly radiated in the form of enthusiasm and energy.smiling talking on phone

Therefore, make it a habit of smiling, when you are taking such crucial calls and talking to people you precisely have not met earlier. This will boost your confidence that will get reflected through your voice. It will help your recruiters to get a positive impression that will accentuate your chances of selection.

Choose your location:

Try attending the call from the most favorable place, perhaps your own apartment. Ensure that no background noise interrupts your conversation. This is something that is considered as bad professional etiquette and needs to be avoided at any cost.choose your location

Now, if you suddenly get an interview call when you are in a clumsy situation, you can definitely request to schedule the interview sometime later when you can be at a more appropriate position. This gives your recruiter a sense, that the applicant is serious about the interview and wants to perform at the best possible level.

However, if you have already scheduled your interview timings, you need to attend the call at the said time only. Lock yourself in one of the isolated rooms in your apartment and ensure that there is nothing or no one to disturb you. Have a glass of water on your table along with your mobile charger and all required documents. Unless, you have a very sound wireless connection, prefer using a land-line as it provides better audibility.

Avoid saying “pardon me:”

Now this is something that appears to be a very polite gesture, to show that we have missed out something that the other person said and we want them to repeat the same. However, this does not work well with interview sessions. This gives a sense that you are not very attentive or not taking the interview opportunity with due importance.pardon me on phone

Again, if you unfortunately land in some unexpected situation, that forced you to get distracted; be honest and inform your recruiter the same. Some things are out of our control and your employers do understand these scenarios. However, if you have a divided attention and your recruiter does not know the very reasons behind, he/she may consider this as something offensive.

Mock test:

Remember, how you appeared for mock tests prior to main exams as a school or graduate student. They always proved to be helpful, isn’t it? Well, you can still do the same for phone interview sessions as well.M

Prepare a set of commonly asked questions and ask someone from family or friends to take a mock call for you. Take their feedback and listen to your recording. Doing this, you will know about your pitch levels or the pause duration.

In addition, this helps you to get rid of all your “uhs”, “umms” or “u knows” that usually hinder the pace of your conversation. During the practice session, you can even dress up in some professional attire that can give you a real feel of interview sessions. Well, this may sound a little out of the box; however, try this and you will know how effective it is..

The END:

Alls well that ends well. Something that is important here, as it is for any other purpose. It is a human tendency to retain the initial and the ending conversation for a longer duration of time as compared to the middle portion. Therefore, most of your selection decision depends on this factor. So you need to reach the finish line accurately.the-end

Never forget to thank the interviewer for his/her time. Request for feedback and appreciate the same when received. Inform them that you will be be happy to be a part of their organization and use your relevant skills . This is how you again re-emphasize on your skills, so that they remain fresh on interviewer’s mind.

Well acing phone interviews is no longer that awkward. You now know how to prepare yourself and excel in similar interview sessions. Following these above mentioned tips will greatly accelerate your chances of selection. Hope you will do well in your upcoming interview and wish you all the very best.

Things to Know Before Starting Your Professional Career

The essence of success is for those who manage to take some right decisions of being at the right place and at the right time. However, how many of us can actually boast of being one such “Mr/Ms Right?” I guess very few. All of us have those cloudy evenings in our lives, where we sit and tell ourselves ; “I wish I had known this then.”starting-professional-career

Nevertheless, do you think being Mr. Right or Ms. Right is that difficult? Definitely NO. If you put this same question before Career experts, you will find different answers stating the same underlying meaning. Realizing early in life, that a moment misused is a span lost for ever – is all you need to become this Mr/Ms Right from your slightly lesser self.

Most of us consider receiving an offer letter to be the end of the game; however, it is just the beginning of your journey towards all new and varied experiences that await you in your professional life. Do you want to go unprepared there? I guess NO.

Someone has rightly said that experience is the best teacher. Having said so, gaining all bitter experiences in an attempt to be well prepared for the second time is definitely not worth it. Therefore, utilizing experiences earned by others who are at their peaks of success sounds interesting isn’t it?

Today’s discussion encompasses all things you need to know before you start your professional life. The following section has been written based on views given by veterans belonging to different career fields. This will prepare you to face those odd situations that may arise in your professional life at any point of time.

Think before you leap:

As young graduates, some may consider earning quick money to be more significant than relevant job experiences and therefore may drift from one job to other. While, some may find following passions, over lucrative career paths to be more promising. Different individuals have different focal points to emphasize. However, ultimately it is all about the outcome it yields.ThinkThere is nothing wrong in following your dreams or earning quick money. However, you need to study all pros and cons before starting up with a new career option, so that you do not regret it later.

Take it from the horse’s mouth:

Get insights from career coaches and others who are in the field; about future growth scopes in the related profile. Know about advancements taking place and prepare yourself with all recent advents and technicalities. This will help you to sustain longer on the job front, despite the rising competition.

Money Sometime speaks louder…

Research about the salary structure offered in this profession. This is important, because it may happen that you suddenly learn that you have been earning less than what you actually deserve. Your fellow mate earning more than you, while handling the same profile is seriously hurting. This is so depressing that you almost loose your interest in the job.Money

However, if you already know that you will be payed lesser in this profile and still want to continue, due to profile passion, or you have other convincing reasons to stay back; the situation turns to be all very pleasant.

Enjoy your first salary and save the rest:

At the end of the day, we are all earning to lead a comfortable life. Many young professionals behave as spendthrifts and do not intend to make any saving during the initial years of professional life. Well, this is wrong.

Many experienced professionals have agreed to the fact, that they would have saved 10 times more than what they have, only if they would have payed heed to saving in their early days of work life.first salaryThis does not mean you need to compromise with your requirements. Neither do you need to skip your small luxury items. Get a balanced life. Plan your budget and keep track of your expenses. Soon you will end up saving more than you expected.

And do not forget to pat your back on your first salary day. This is going to be one of the most cherished days of your life and perhaps the most awaited day of each month.

The art of acceptance:

Inculcating few qualities within your self becomes imperative for a harmonious day to day work life. Every day cannot be as good as you want it to be. You may fail to meet deadlines, your boss may be in a bad mood, a tiff with a co worker, worse – you may have to relocate.accept

How to deal with such situations? Giving up is not any option. All these have just a simple solution – accept your present situation and decide your future course of action.

For instance, you have made some severe mistakes in your assigned task and you are sure of getting chided by your boss. There are various tips of approaching your boss after a mistake; however, all these tips revolve around self acceptance of the fact.

Only when you realize its severity and take the entire responsibility, you will be in a position to understand your Boss’s disappointment. It comes almost miraculously, that the more you accept your flaws, instead of providing lame excuses and pointing fingers, the more you get spared by your boss.

Do not shy off from hard work and have no limitation:

Make all calculated expeditions while you are young. You may be working in a profile that you are not enjoying. There is no reason of getting bogged down now, as you have just started and there are miles to go. Work hard to land desired profiles, learn about the skills required for these job profiles and devote yourself to learning those efficiently.hard workAgain, if you are already handling responsibilities that you enjoy, don’t get stagnant there. Be content and look for other advanced prospects related to the profile. Have a futuristic approach and prepare yourself in a manner that you can stand as a tough competition for the younger workforce in the future as well.

Reports show that most successful professionals have made thoughtful career experiments during their initial years when people are more vigilant and prompt. Once you have different social and personals strings attached, making frequent changes is not possible and neither suggested.

Lastly, as they truly say that, Success is easier to achieve than to sustain, do not get inert when you reach there finally. Justify your hard work and struggle you have taken to reach this position. Know how to lead a successful professional life as you are taking your baby steps towards it.

When and How to Quit a Job

Quitting a job is a tough decision. Sometimes due to some unavoidable circumstances you cannot do much to save your present job. In other words, you leave no stone unturned to make your job work. Usually people work for 8-10 hours a day. That means you spend maximum of your time, you are awake, at your office. You might not be working in a typical office setting; you may work from home; even then you are giving that much time for your professional life. So you need to spend this valuable time happily. If your work is making your life miserable, you need not think twice. You tend to resign and that’s a wise decision.When and How to Quit a Job

As opined by many career experts, there are some circumstances that force you leave your job like:

  • You work for money. You want a salary to meet the expenses of your family. Your salary should cater to your expenses and savings. But for some reason, like you had a bad performance review and your salary expectations have not been met, you are not getting the satisfying amount. Now you can think of a job shift.
  • Work must be fun. You work to learn, unlearn and relearn. And the whole process must be an enriching experience for you. You stop having fun at workplace, you stop learning new things and gaining new experiences. It’s time to move somewhere else.
  • You do not get any positive feedback and never hear the word ‘thanks’ from your boss, seniors or colleagues. This can be frustrating. Everyone feels happy for being praised, which also gives a boost for doing better work. Not getting a simple ‘thanks’ may hurt you and your life at work gradually becomes hellish.

You may make mistakes, everyone does. But your senior or boss must tell you how to do things in a better way. If you get criticized in front of others and this happens again and again, you must quit.

  • Are you willing to test the waters? If you find yourself trapped in any of the situations mentioned earlier and yet feeling confused about whether to quit or not, you can talk with your colleagues about how you are perceived in your role. In a discussion with your manager regarding the same, if he shows his unwillingness to talk about your performances, you may understand that there is not much left for you in this job. Again if he assigns some important tasks to other team mates or has been doing so for some time, you know your services are not required anymore in this company.
  • Relationship matters a lot. If you are working with a bad manager, if your team mates are not co-operating and you have tried to mend those relationships, you need to quit. Before taking the final decision, you must try to analyze if any of your habits or behaviors have led to this uncomfortable situation between you and your boss or you and your colleagues.
  • Besides all these, getting a new secured job is one important factor behind your quitting the present job. Don’t take any big decision in the heat of the moment. Continue with the present job, with all dissatisfaction, till the point you get better opportunities.

Just as making good impression at new workplace matters, leaving your old office without burning bridges also matter a lot. It requires strategic planning to quit a job. You must know ‘how to leave a job’ once you have taken the final decision.

  • The first person to inform about your decision is your boss. You must tell your team lead or manager first because they must not know from someone else. You may use email, formal meetings or any group meeting to communicate your resignation, depending on your relationship with your manager.
  • Once you are sure about the date you want to work last, you must give a notice. A 15 day notice period is required as your company needs that much time to search for a new candidate and train him. But a notice period of 1 month is mostly appreciated. If your company policies require you to serve more than that and the new company wants you to join early, you must talk with your manager or HR authorities.
  • Be straightforward. Don’t lie about your new job or new role. Today one can connect with friends and colleagues in no time with the help of technology. If you reveal basic information, people will come to know and this fact may affect your friendship with your former colleagues negatively. Also this will help to keep your options open for future.
  • Resigning from your current job, for any reason, does not mean you start coming late to office, leaving office early, taking unnecessary leaves, ignoring your targets, gossiping over cups of coffee throughout the day. Till the last day, you must act as a professional and fulfil all your responsibilities. In this way you can mend bad relationships and make sure you get the full payment of your term and relieving letter without any hassle.
  • Be polite while talking to your manager. Don’t draw references of past disagreements. Ask him whether you can use his name for reference purpose. Your future employer may call your boss; so be graceful.
  • Your resignation letter must be short and concise. It must not be a reflection of any sort of threats, negativity or complaints. The reason for quitting must be something like “I have got something that aligns with my career objectives” or “I want to experiment with my interests and for that I have found something new challenging”. Thank your boss for his co-operation and guidance.
  • Lastly you must prepare for the exit interview. Devise a plan regarding how you want to complete your project work in the remaining days. Google through various sites to learn about typical exit interview questions and answers. Modify those according to your work experiences and skill sets and be prepared to face your boss’s questions.

Life is too short to get stuck on one phase. Move on to the next level of your career, if you find your present job unworthy. But quit gracefully and be happy about your decision.

How to Make Friends at New Workplace

Getting along with colleagues makes work fun. Some of them become your best friends and this friendship may last for lifetime. With good co-workers your post-work social life becomes exciting. Whether you are alone or with your family, friendship makes your life worth living. But you do not come across good friends all the time. Sometimes you have to take real efforts to make friendship, especially at workplace. You may be at your first job or shifting to a new job in the middle of your career; you may be working in a small company or top-notch business brand; whatever may be the case, you need to know your gig to enjoy your work.Friends at New Workplace

Knowing your co-workers helps you to learn about the corporate culture of the company, participate actively in teamwork and produce good quality work. Just think how would be your life if you are unable to connect with a single colleague? With whom you will share your lunch, gossip and free time with? Yes, it is not that easy to make friends at your new workplace. It is also not advisable to believe anybody and everybody with an innocent face. But there are some strategies to make friendship the right way and with the right people.

  • Be a smiling face: A smile on your face can change the atmosphere within your cube. When you enter the office, try to keep a happy face even if you had a bad start in the morning. Greet your co-workers with a smiling ‘good morning’ or ‘hello’. This will make them feel that you are a nice person and some of them may come up to you to start a new conversation.
  • Make friends in your cubicle: You may find your co-workers talking over cups of coffee in the cubicle. This does not mean they are ignoring you. Since you are new, you must take effort to introduce yourself. Feeling shy is okay. But you should try to say one or two sentences to introduce yourself like “Hi, I am Mary. I joined last week in editing section. What do you people do?” If this does not work, take another chance of connecting with these people during lunch break or tea-time. Ask them ‘Can I join you for a cup of coffee” or ‘Can we have lunch together?”. You will get positive response from one or the other friend.

Don’t disturb anyone if they look busy or go on narrating your background starting from birth.

  • Show interests in others’ hobbies and passions: A brilliant way of striking the right chord is paying attention to your colleague’s interests and hobbies. Have a quick chat with your cube-mate and discuss topics which are not related to work. You can learn about their likes from certain things like the coffee mugs, photo frames, table clocks or other items they keep on their desks.  Questions like “where did you buy this dress” or “where was this photo taken” can be great ways to kick start a conversation. Show genuine interest in them and their hobbies and remember some details that you can use for future conversation.

If any common hobby or passion binds you and your co-workers, you can plan for an outing on the basis of that interest. Ask them if they would like to take their friends so that you get chances to socialize with more people. Even if your cube-mate doesn’t have hobbies like those of yours, they can invite friends with whom you can share your interests. Thus you can make plan for any outing.

  • Don’t spend too much time at your desk: You are not getting positive responses from people around you. That is fine. Don’t worry. Sometimes things do not turn up as we expect or plan. That does not mean you stop blending in with others and simply log at your desk all throughout the day. Walk over to the coffee machine or water cooler or office reception and say ‘hi’ to others. One or the other person will definitely notice your politeness and willingness to talk and like to catch up with you. If they invite you out for lunch or snacks, show your eagerness to join them. Grab this very good opportunity to connect with your new gig and don’t forget to thank them.
  • Go for an office tour: In every office there is one person who is eager to help the newbies. You can ask them to show you the office and introduce you to few people.
  • Find someone like you who is new to the office: There are some offices where people work in groups, share their lunch or spend free time in groups. In such circumstances, you may feel like the odd one out. How to break the ice then? Look around you carefully. You may find one or two people who are new at this workplace and searching for some friends. Don’t shy away from making the first move and invite them for coffee or lunch.
  • Go slow: You hit it off with one or two friends and start sharing everything. Take a pause and think. Have you spent enough time with your new friends to know them well? Are you sure you don’t have any risks from them? It is better to take some time to build trust and take your casual friendship up a notch.
  • Ask your manager for help: You can ask your HR manager or project manager that you are finding it difficult to make new friends. A good manager will surely do something like taking the team out for lunch so that you get to know your friends well and vice versa.

With all these tips, you can make those friendship juices flowing. You must make yourself the person you want to be friends with. If needed, change yourself for good. Remember no relationship can bloom without small adjustments.

Year 2015: Changing Face of USA Jobs

Year 2015 has been bringing good news for the U.S. job market. The job market is back on track. This market has faced several challenges since 2001, two recessions being a major setback to the country’s economy. Again, since that time there have been many economic and demographic changes. These changes have influenced the workforce in many ways. Major national surveys show numerous changes in job composition by race, gender and age.Changing Face of USA Jobs

Thankfully, time has changed in 2014.  This year has been the country’s best year for job growth and opportunities since 1999. 2015 seems to carry forward the trend. According to the February 2015 Employment Situation Report presented by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate decreased to 5.5% and 295,000 jobs were included, thus making the job market flourish. The unemployment rate remains unchanged in March. Total nonfarm payroll employment has seen a good increase of 126,000 jobs in this month. The top trending sectors are health care, retail trade, professional and business services.

Before discussing the nature of U.S. job market in 2015, let’s have a look at the recent past. Various studies focussing on this job market from 2001-2014 reveal certain demographic changes in terms of gender, age and race:

  • In 2001, women had a share of 48% of jobs and the number increased to 49% in 2014. This means, 4.9 million more female employees have joined the workforce since 2001.
  • Even if there is a considerable growth in the number of working women over the past 13 years, however the number of women in high-paid jobs or doing different roles has not increased. Their counterparts are doing pretty good jobs in a variety of sectors. Men have occupied 72% share of all occupations.
  • In 2014, the number of teenage workers has reduced by 33% than 2001; whereas the number of older population aged 55 or above has increased by 40% than 2001.
  • The number of job opportunities for individuals aged between 22 and 34 increased by 4% and for age group 35-54, it shrunk by 1%.
  • The key findings in terms of race indicate: Asian workers have 5% of jobs in 2014 as compared to 4% in 2001; Latinos have 13% of jobs as compared to 11% in 2001; white workers have lost 2% of jobs as they enjoyed a share of 71% in 2001 and the number reduced to 69% in 2014.

So what is the changing face of USA jobs in the current year? Based on the report of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic in March 2015, we present some important categories and points that characterise the prevailing job market.

Data based on Establishment Survey

1. From March, 2014 to March, 2015 growth in employment had averaged 269,000 every month.

2. Job opportunities in mining sector have shrunk. Although this industry has added 41,000 jobs in 2014, it has lost 30,000 jobs till now in the current year.

3. There is some good news for those working in engineering and architectural services, management and technical consulting services, computer systems design and related service as job scopes have widened.

4. More than 22,000 jobs were added in the healthcare industry. In the past one year, 363,000 jobs were added. Although jobs in nursing care facilities declined, considerable number of jobs were added in hospitals and ambulatory health care services.

5. Job opportunities continue to be trending in the retail trade industry. In March 11,000 jobs were added only by the general merchandise stores.

6. Growth of job opportunities per month in food services and drinking places remained same in the first quarter of 2015 as was in 2014, per month. Again employment in this sector saw huge growth in February which was more than 66,000 and in March the number declined to +9000.

7. According to this report, the average workweek for all workers on private nonfarm payrolls declined to 34.5 hours. While the duration of work hours decreased, the average hourly earnings for all workers on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 7 cents. It reached to$24.86.

Data based on Household Survey

1. In March, 2015 total number of unemployed persons was 8.6 million. From March 2014 to March 2015, the rate of unemployment decreased by 1.1 percentage points.

2. In March, the number of unemployed new entrants, that is persons who did not work earlier decreased by 157,000.

3. There are long-term unemployed persons also, who have no job for 27 weeks or more. The number of such persons was 2.6 million in March. Not only this, the number of long-term unemployed individuals has reduced by 1.1 million throughout the last one year.

4. The household survey also focussed on the civilian labor force participation rate. Since last year April, the rate was somewhere between 62.7% and 62.9%. In March, 2015 the rate did not change as it touched 62.7%.

5. Research about part-time employees also formed a part of this survey. Here part-time employees means people who are working part-time as they are not able to get a full-time job or their job hours were reduced for some reason or other. Otherwise, these people would have chosen full-time opportunities. The rate of such persons remained 6.7 million in March, 2015.

6. Over the year there was no change in the number of persons who were marginally attached to the labor force. The number remained 2.1 million.

7. The number of discouraged workers among the marginally attached remained 738,000 in March, 2015. This scenario is not much different from that in 2014. These are the individuals who are not searching for any job presently, as they believe in the unavailability of jobs for them. The remaining 1.3 million individuals who are marginally attached to the labor force as mentioned earlier, had not looked for any job for different reasons like family issues or school attendance.

In 2015 the face of U.S. jobs is changing surely. And the seeds of this change were sown in the past 4-5 years. The workforce composition is greatly affected by diverse and changing population, which is a good sign of progress for the job market. Because studies say that companies with diverse employees can lay their foundation on innovation and inclusiveness, thereby increasing their profit margins.

How to Land a Job Overseas

Landing a job overseas may not be as difficult as many people think. If you are determined to establish your career in a foreign country, you will surely find ways to realize your dream. Working abroad has many benefits like you get to know new culture and new ways of living, meet new people, look at things from global perspectives etc. Whether your aims are long-term or short-term, you need to have clear strategies for your action.Land a Job Overseas

You might have already researched about “ways to land a job overseas” on the internet. You might also have talked with few friends and relatives who are happy with their lives overseas. Good! You do surely need concrete and useful information before making this big decision. But before all these, rewind your thoughts and pause for some minutes. Do you really think you will feel comfortable leaving your own nation, family, friends and living life elsewhere? Are you 100% determined about working outside your country? Will you be able to adjust to an altogether different world? If the answers to all these questions are “yes”, you may definitely choose to read some important tips which will help you in taking the big leap in your life.

  • Be disciplined and organized: This may seem to be a common piece of advice, but it does really matter. When you are researching jobs, companies, countries etc. you have to note down a lot of things. So maintain a diary, not just depend on your laptop or tablet.
  • Develop a plan for job-hunting: Want to avoid missing opportunities? You need to have a planned strategy before you start searching for jobs. What your areas of interests are, what companies you need to search, how to search- these three points are the most important. Before searching for companies, you need to decide whether you like public or private companies, domestic or international firms etc. In terms of job-search tools, you must consider the following:

1. Job portals

2. Networking with anyone and everyone who you think may be useful in giving you some information. Your network should not be limited to family, neighbour, friends, alumni, colleagues, former managers or supervisors and members of professional organization.

3. Foreign trade journals and newspapers

4. International career and job fairs

5. Government embassies and trade offices

6. You can also mail to certain selected companies and use company career centres to look for vacancies.

  • Stop worrying about job opportunities at home: When looking for a career outside your country, you may get to know about lucrative offers from your native companies. Be truly focused. Don’t panic yourself as you cannot step on two boats at a time.
  • Find jobs relevant to your qualifications, interests and experience: This is especially true for candidates who are new job-seekers. They dream big and their dreams are tales of travel, food, cultures and adventures. A job overseas means lots of money with which they can afford all these things. If you are one of them, you need to practically sort out the best jobs that suit your requirements. How can you do this? You need to go through your certificates and achievements, develop a profile of the types of job responsibilities that you are willing to perform and will cater to your interests. Remember, it will not be easy for you to juggle between jobs, feel dissatisfied and come back to your country to earn a living here.
  • Learn language and acquire some key job skill sets: Prepare yourself for learning some new language or skill sets. Even if you know the language of the foreign country that you are going to stay in the future, it is better to brush up your skills. Language proficiency is extremely important in the job market. For example, you might need to conduct business meetings in the foreign language. If you are a student, you may consider your college or university for the coursework you are interested in. You may go for distance-education programs. The same applies for acquiring key job skills.
  • Just do it and move: This is a daring act and depends on the person you are, your available financial resources, stage of your career and the country you choose to go. If you want to take risks, have accumulated decent amount of money and completed almost 1/3 rd of your career, you can like this strategy. Pick up your country, look for the regions that offer good job opportunities, make contacts with friends or anyone residing there, pack your bags and leave for the place. This is how it works. Examples are not few of people finding jobs in this way. Even if you don’t find jobs, you will cherish the adventurous journey. The “just go” approach can be used for aid work also.

Whatever may be the purpose, chances of you being selected increases if you are already available in the country, than you are elsewhere. According to many career coaches, you must avoid going to developing nations until you are guided and protected by any company.

  • Preparing for interviews: Armed with your language skills, you must take steps to be interviewed in different non-personal mediums like through emails, video conferencing or telephones. You may contact job interview tutorials and Google various aspects of a successful interviews. Go through numerous interview questions and answers, learn non-personal interview etiquettes and presentation skills- simply put, don’t leave any chance to impress the interviewer.
  • Make efforts to follow-up: Don’t want any potential opportunity slip through your hands? Follow up- make phone calls, send e-mails, recall and resend. Be patient and sound polite while talking over the phone or mailing. Even if you don’t get the job, you must send ‘thank-you’ notes to all the employers.

Moving abroad for job isn’t something you will like to do time and again. You need to have enough bank balance so as to make your living for the first four to six months after reaching the new country. So consider all your financial resources even before starting the job-hunt process.

Jobs that Pay $15 per Hour or More…

Temporary or part-time jobs are here to stay. Researchers say that 2 in every 5 employers in the U.S.A. want to recruit workers on contractual or temporary basis. Many people think that permanent employees earn more than temporary ones. This is not always true. You can earn pretty good amount if you devise good strategies to work sincerely. Besides, jobs which pay you on hourly basis also give you chances to explore with other opportunities. For example, if you are a hair stylist who is equally interested on writing, you can take up two jobs. If each of the jobs pay you around $20 per hour and you work for 6 hours a day, you can easily earn $120 per day. Thus, your monthly income can exceed incomes of many permanent employees. Not only this, you can add variety to your professional life and also find more time for your personal life.per hour paying jobs

Now we present here a list of jobs that pay you $15 per hour or more. These are some of the fast-growing occupations and the number of opportunities is sure to rise between 2015 and 2019.

1. Phlebotomist: A phlebotomist collects blood samples from patients and delivers these samples to local laboratories where these are tested. They are also known as phlebotomy technicians. They work in various kinds of settings like hospitals, private laboratories. Although the required educational qualifications may vary from state to state, usually you will need a state license other than your high school diploma or GED (General Educational Development). The average wage of a phlebotomist is $15 per hour.Phlebotomist

2. Radiologic Technologist: As a radiologic technologist, you are entrusted with duties like using various imaging technologies to take diagnostic imaging exams on patients. As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are going to rise by 21% through the year 2022. You can earn a decent salary of $25 or more per hour depending on your work setting. Radiologic Technologist

3. Freelance writer and editor: If writing is your passion, you must go for this job where you can have a salary of $25 per hour. You need to possess excellent language skills. Your job responsibilities include writing and editing scripts, articles, stories, advertisements etc.Freelance writer and editor

4. Server at breakfast restaurants: If you like hospitality, you may choose to be a server at a breakfast restaurant in your area. As such restaurants remain open till mid-afternoon, you can have plenty of time to rest, study or do another job in the evening. Your earning which includes wage and tips, may vary between $20 and $25 per hour depending on the area you live.Server at breakfast restaurants

5. Accountants and auditors: As the term indicates, this job requires you to deal with finances. You will prepare tax statements, analyze and maintain accounting records for companies, businesses and individuals. The average hourly wage is $30 or more.Accountants and auditors

6. Private fitness instructor: Being fit is good and pursuing a career in fitness is surely a good option. With a personal trainer certification, you can start teaching and training people by visiting their place or even staying at your own place. The more your experience, the more you can earn. But you can easily earn $20 per hour.Private fitness instructor

7. Health educator: A health educator is a person who educates people on different topics related to healthy lifestyle. They conduct programs for individuals and communities. According to the U.S Bureau of Labour Statistics, job opportunities in this profession will rise by 26%. The average hourly wage of a health educator is $30.Health educator

8. Computer user support specialist: Computer user support specialists provide technical support to computer users. Their job duties involve inspecting equipments, preparing evaluations of hardware or software, entering commands, recommending improvements of software or hardware, detecting errors, performing minor repairs to software, hardware etc. The average hourly wage of such a professional is $39 or more.Computer user support specialist

9. Massage therapist: Also known as masseuse, a massage therapist can earn a decent amount in between $15 and $30 depending on the environment and the locality they are working. After completing any particular massage therapy program, they need to obtain a license for practicing. They work in salons and spa settings, sports centres or even at home. At present there are more than 320,000 massage therapists and students in the USA and the scope for this profession is widening.

10. Remedial educator: Remedial education is also termed as basic skills education, preparatory education, developmental education and compensatory education. Whatever may be the job title, you can teach students having or not having special needs. Your students may be adults or out-of-school children who are underprepared for General Education Development test. You can earn more than $25 per hour by educating these people on adult literacy, GED or remedial education.Remedial educator

11. Driver: If you possess driving license, you can take temporary job of a driver. If you want lesser working hours, you can take up the job of a school bus driver and earn a minimum of $15 per hour. As a school bus driver, you will typically be engaged for less than 20 hours a week. Thus you can work elsewhere during weekends.Driver

Not only this, you can also choose to become a heavy and tractor-trailer truck driver. This profile will need you to transport goods and materials from one place to another. The median hourly wage is $19. Being a long-haul truck driver needs you to operate heavy weight trucks. Such truck along with passengers and cargo weighs around 26000 pounds. You need to go through a professional truck-driving course and possess a CDL- Commercial Driver’s License.

$15 and $45 per hour by working in positions like those of registered nurse, travel agent, budget analyst, audiologist, curator, customer service representative, construction labourer, management analyst, hair stylist, occupational therapist, instructional coordinator, etc. based on your educational qualifications and areas of interests.



Important Tips Before Relocating for a Job

Relocating to a new city or state is a part of professional life. It may be for a new job or a new position, whatever may be the reason- leaving one’s own place is a big decision. You have to make certain adjustments in the new place like finding a house on rent or buying one, building a social network, getting acquainted with new surroundings and establishing a place for yourself at the new workplace. All these things are new and you have to adjust to all this ‘newness’ at the same time. It is not going to be easy for anyone. If you have friends and relatives in the new place, they may help you but you yourself have to do the maximum. job relocation

No doubt, relocating for a job is stressful. And if you are relocating along with your entire family, things become a lot tougher. How to sell off your old house, find a new job for your spouse if they are working, find schools for your kids etc. will take a lot of your time, money and energy. Thus you have to make strategies for successful transition. You must address your fears and insecurities in clear ways before steering your career in new direction and stepping in your new life.

Read on to know how you can go for a hassle-free transition:

1. Take care of your finances: Shifting from one place is really expensive. You need to consider your savings and set aside a good amount for the coming times. You will need that amount during house search, paying rent, monthly expenses for the first one or two months and also for some emergency situations.

2. Gather information about the cost of living in different parts of the state: In accordance with the previous point, it is imperative that you research about the standard of living in the new place. The cost of living may be slightly higher as compared to where you are located now. Although you will be getting a better salary compared to your earlier job and the difference in the cost of living will be easily compensated, it is important that you plan your expenses accordingly.

3. Make to-do lists for every big step: You have to stay organized. And the best way to do this is to make a list of all the things. Suppose you want to search a new home. Make a to-do list of contacting brokers, contacting friends, visiting some homes virtually, paying brokerage and so on. Both for your departure and arrival, keep such lists handy.

4. Remembering old friends: Friends will always help you. You will find one friend or the other who will help you in exploring your new world. Use social networking sites in the best possible way to reconnect with old friends. Messaging and video chatting are also great options, if you are not able to meet them. If you can make the chance of meeting up with any one of them before moving, talk to them regarding what type of locality or apartment you are looking for. Thus you can explore the neighbourhood before you actually move.

5. Relocation services: Shifting your belongings from one state to other can be pricey. It is better to know what type of assistance your company is providing. Is it going to cover all the expenses? Relocation services may differ from one company to other, but almost all of them will pay some relocation cost. You can get the full reimbursement either in the form of a benefit package where the company will mention the relocation service cost or a lump sum. If your company is not providing any such assistance, you must ask for it after researching on all the probable expenses and having a detailed estimate for every category like temporary accommodation, transportation , quotes from renowned packers and movers etc.

6. The job of packing: Packing is one huge task, not many of us like to perform, since it is not for any holiday. Now that you will go through all your belongings, you need to carefully decide which things you do actually need. Try to be clutter-free while packing as this will help you in sorting out things later. Buy packing boxes of different sizes so that you can put things accordingly. Labelling should be done in detail. For example, put all your casual clothes in one big box and formal suits in another and label them with ‘casuals’ and ‘formals’ respectively. Thus you need not be exhausted and waste time in searching for the smallest thing.

If you are going to stay in a hotel or a friend’s place for the first few days till you get your permanent place, put the things in storage or use those form the boxes. Do not pack and move things twice.

7. How to find an apartment? This is probably the most difficult task. As discussed earlier, talk to some friends regarding the places they prefer. Think about your preferences, that is, what type of lifestyle you prefer and select an area based on that. For example, if you like quieter surroundings go for a locality that is in close vicinity to the edge of the city. While house-hunting, take one friend, colleague or relative who knows the area and can negotiate with the broker or owner on your behalf.

8. Say “No” to any long-term commitment: It is not a good idea to buy a home even before you have moved or just after moving. Can you guarantee your relationship with the company will be a long-term one? Are you sure you will absolutely love your new life and don’t regret your decision? You cannot predict what will happen. Don’t commit to any long-term lease before gauging all the aspects of your new surroundings and job. Renting for the first 6 months or choosing temporary corporate housing is better.

Along with all these tips, you must think about your family, kids, future of the new company, cost of living and climatic conditions of the new place etc. and then take any informed decision.