Are you attending “n” number of job interviews but failing miserably? These might be the reasons
Lack of Preparation – Practice makes you perfect. Do not attend even a single interview without proper preparation. Prepare yourself thoroughly before facing an interviewer. Right from applying for a job till post interview follow ups, a great deal of preparation is required.
- Read Job advertisements (JD) carefully
- Pick the job related keywords mentioned in JD
- Include those keywords in your CV
- Re-read your CV before sending it to recruiters
- Research about the company you apply for
- List few questions to ask your interviewer
- Telephonic interviews are effective screening process. Take them seriously.
- Follow up with recruiter on interview status
Dressing Miserably – Many get it wrong when it comes to dressing up for interviews. Have a separate pair of dresses especially for interviews. Keep away from cool quotient, your interviewer is not interested in hippie dresses or casual attires. Be tidy. Match your belt with shoe color. Never attend an interview without shoes/socks. Light color dresses are always the best shot. Say NO to flashy colors and flowery designs.
Yes/No Answers – Interviewer shoots questions to assess an employee’s attitude, ability, flexibility, decision making skills, responsiveness, fit to organizational culture, subject matter expertise, technical knowledge and so on. Show your expertise in words, have detailed but to the point conversation with your interviewer. Avoid yes/no answers to land in your dream jobs.
What are you waiting for? Let your job search & success begin!
English Communication skill plays a vital role in sculpting an individual’s career path.
Globalization made most of the foreign multi nationals to step in Asian countries for setting up production and outsourcing units. Foreign companies offers millions of job offers to local talents which demands good English communication skills. Being ignorant of systematic English learning process, ESL (English as Second Language) individuals find it difficult to speak fluent English.
Here is a simple guide to speak effective English.
Follow “L S R W” concept
Listen: Listen to English language extensively. The more you listen, the more it gets into you. Remember how you learnt your mother tongue? It is through listening (observing) your parents/family/neighborhood speaking that language. Media is a great source to listen good English. Tune into to international news channels, listen to the reader at least for 30 minutes a day. In due course try to mimic the news reader.
Speak: Start speaking English with your close circle of friends. Ask your friends to rate your English communication skills at the beginning. Take their advice on the area’s that need improvisation. Constantly work on improving your grammatical skills and vocabulary. Initially you might stumble to speak fluently but don’t give up because you cannot run a marathon without taking a first step forward.
Read: Be choosy in selecting a quality English daily. Dedicate at least 30 to 45 minutes a day for newspaper reading. You need not to hurry in reading the entire newspaper at a stretch. Focus only on a single article or a single page, read slowly. Starting from headlines, try to understand what the article/paragraph is speaking about. Highlight the words you couldn’t understand, obtain meaning of those words through dictionary or thesaurus. Now, re-read the article.
Write: Practice writing small sentences then small paragraphs, essays, articles. Start a blog. Dedicate 15 to 30 minutes a day to write anything under the sun (initially) or choose a niche you are passionate about. Ensure to be a regular blogger. You are not blogging to pass time or make money. Always remember “you are blogging to make your writing better”
Learning English is fun! Follow LSRW. Share your feedback.
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee
Work Life balance is an art.
Like every art, it can be perfected by practice.
Meditation makes you feel relaxed; it clears your mind of personal worries, unwanted thoughts, work tensions and monthly target pressures,
Meditation increases concentration power, declutters your mind of all the distractions and keeps you focused on what really matters.
Here is a simple guide for meditation.
- Find a calm place where you will not be disturbed by external forces
- Sit in silence. Keep your back straight. Close your eyes. Make yourself feel relaxed
- Focus your mind’s eye on each part of your body and repeat saying “relaaaaaaaaax”
- Think about the calmness of the seashore; hear the sounds of waves and birds flying.
- Now your mind started feeling relaxed, it will have lesser thoughts.
- Start focusing on your Breath.
- Inhale deeply counting to 10, Hold your breath for 5 counts, Exhale slowly counting to 10. (Always remember this as 2:1:2 ratio)
- Repeat this breathing exercise for 10 times.
- Focus your energy and attention to the parts of your body that requires healing
- Observe your breathing (Inhaling, Exhaling)
- Keep meditating at least 10 minutes/day.
- When you feel Relaxed, open your eyes slowly. Feel the freshness
Practice meditation to have a balanced life.
Share your work-life balance tips.
Resume is a printed representation of you.
It is the key to make your first impression.
Does your resume speak for you? If not consider reworking it.
Here are some Resume Writing Tips you could use.
- Make your Resume “Crisp & Clear”
- Highlight your Strengths, Key skills, domain knowledge and expertise
- Avoid copy pasted Objective, Write your own.
- Your email id is your PR. Make sure you get a good one instead of a cool one.
- Be precise in showcasing your employment history (Present/Previous company, Tenure, Designation, Location of posting)
- Roles & Responsibilities – Present only the necessary, save the rest for direct interview
- Read Job descriptions posted by employers. Include the keywords mentioned
- Don’t mention your hobbies unless they are worth it
- Resume templates matters. Simple elegant one is fine. Never use flashy flowery template.
- Don’t over-do the design & bulletin points.
- Avoid local terms (slang). Use technical jargon only when needed
- Read, Re-read your resume till you are confident of what’s in it.
- Spell check & Grammar check
Hope these resume tips will help you create a better resume that sells.
If you still find trouble, get in touch with a professional resume writer.
“Life is half spent before we know what it is” – George Herbert
We, humans are blessed with innate passion and talents. Each one of us is good at something.
Knowing what we are good at and fine tuning it is the key to progress.
Understanding what you are good at pushes you to become good to great.
Think in silence; write down the things you are passionate about.
You might be good in singing, dancing, drawing, teaching, analyzing, leading a team, networking, helping people, solving problems, communicating, organizing an event, painting, playing music instruments, cooking, persuading, hacking/debugging computers and a lot more.
Prioritize your “Good At” List.
No idea how to prioritize? Here is a little help:
Is it what you always think about, dream about, read about?
Will you be ready to put needed effort, time and training to become good to great at it?
Would you enjoy doing it even after 10 years?
If your answer is YES to all 3 questions, Congratulations! You’ve found what you are good at!
What are you good at? Share your comments.
“We talk on principle, but we act on interest” – Quote
Prefer smart work than hard work to achieve whatever you want to achieve.
Smart work yields smart results. Smart result is the result of self-interest.
Finding what interests you and making it your career is ideal to have a happy job.
How to find what interests you?
“Write down 5 things that make you happy or 5 hobbies you cherish doing “
Make sure you aren’t writing mundane things.
List out only activities and subjects you are passionate about.
Once you are done, your list might have any or few of the following:
I like writing “mention what” e.g.: poem/blog/essay/newsletter/press release/article
I like speaking “mention about”
I like creating “mention what”
I like helping “mention whom”
I like teaching “mention what”
I like computing
I like languages
Finding your interest is your first step in finding your career path.
So, what your interests are? Share your thoughts.