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6 ways to excel as a working mother

Motherhood is the most wonderful gift that a working woman can ever wish for. However, getting back to work after maternity leave can be quite stressful. But these tips should get you to work out a plan that works just right for you.

 

Develop a relaxing routine

Twenty-four hours is not enough for minding your baby and going to work. However, some careful planning can help you get out of this squeeze. Daily baths before going to bed are perfect for a good night’s sleep and starting your next day with a flourish. Taking walks at night after your dinner are best to give you a breather from work and home. Blogging about your motherhood and work-life balance, either privately or publicly, could work wonders too. You might create a community of others who are going through the same situation. You could even join social media groups of parents and working moms to step into familiar territory to learn, imbibe and grow as a working mom.

 

Beat the morning rush

The way to do this is to plan well in advance and expect the expected. Yes, you read that right. Managing your baby’s growing years means the feeding pattern (from liquids to solids, for example) will change and thereby, the time required for it. Similarly, the throwing up while eating might decrease over time, but when the teeth begin to sprout, the vomiting will be back. Load up on wipes and diapers for every contingency. If you plan for what is to be expected, you should be able to go to sleep early, so you can wake up early. The rest of the morning routine should happen almost like clockwork: getting ready to work, having a quick breakfast, packing your office bag and stepping out to work.

 

Get to know your colleagues

Yes, you’ve known them for years now, but what you don’t know is what you missed in your 12 weeks of maternity leave. Telling them about your state of motherhood might not impress them much unless there are others who are battling the same situation. For everyone else, you could ask them what they were up to while you were gone. This will help you break the ice with them after the three-month gap but also get you up to speed with all things new at the workplace.

 

Speak to your supervisor

It’s important to understand your concerns at work and list them down before meeting your manager. Like taking leave without notice when your baby falls sick, or you taking a course to upgrade your skills. Or talking about what each of you have missed in your personal lives while you were gone, presuming that you have such a friendly rapport with your manager. Importantly, ask your superior if there is something you need to learn, inspect or watch out for to get you to do your work more efficiently.

 

Re-imagine your role at work

When you take a break from work for three months, your priorities could change. You realise you have less time for routine work and more time for specialised jobs that you are uniquely qualified for. Perhaps, you wonder if it’s time to work from home rather than go to work. Or better still, you realise that it’s best to work as a consultant for many firms rather than just one. Therefore, before you decide to rejoin your workplace, ponder over all of this and then decide to take the next step. Well thought is half done.

 

Plan with precision

It’s time to use those to-do lists on your smartphone or the post-its, if you like. Or a diary, if you still believe putting pen to paper to solidify your daily itinerary. Schedule your doctor visits (it will be monthly or even fortnightly at first and later, quarterly) in addition to picking and dropping your baby at day care, if you don’t have your mother or nanny at home. Not to mention, your breastfeeding or more specifically, your pumping sessions. You need to store your milk in a bottle to be given to the baby by the nanny at the daycare or at home if you have someone to look after your baby.

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7 Effective Ways to Delegate Work

If you’ve been a good employee and rise up the ranks, you no longer remain a cog in a big wheel. You become an essential part of the wheel itself as the manager, supervisor or team leader. However, management is an art and not all can master it. Here are seven quick ways to delegate work to your subordinates and ensure better productivity, accountability and equality.

Delegate Work

THE BIG PICTURE
Delegating work is not to make the supervisor more lazy. It’s to empower their employees and also make them learn something new. However, mundane tasks also come with the package, so the manager has to delegate tasks in such a way that there’s a good mix of the challenging and mundane. Here is where delegating an entire work load is better than giving small parcels of it. This is true in most startups and quite achievable. However, in bigger organisations, it might not be that easy. In such cases, you can give them micro tasks but involve them with the team that is supervising the overall work, so they get the bigger picture. A person who is made part of the entire story will play a more proactive role, and the quality will be way better compared to work that’s done in isolation.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
No matter how small the task, always make the employee feel important. It may be minor work, but the contribution is major. These small cogs make the big wheel, so once the subordinates are made aware of the size, functionality and scope of the wheel they are reinventing, they will be more driven to realise those goals. A task delegated without a master plan will never be as effective.

ENSURE CLARITY
Most delegated tasks don’t measure up to standards because of one weakness: the lack of proper communication and hand-holding. You have to observe and perhaps even walk through the task with the employee until they know what they are doing. Saying is one thing and doing is another. Your idea of the job could be different from theirs. When you show them, rather than tell, the execution will be that much more closer to what you had in mind.

SHOW THE BIG PICTURE
To ensure your delegated tasks are being done in just the right manner, it’s even more helpful if you show the employee what you are expecting from them. For example, the bank’s firewalls should never be breached again. Or provide an artist’s drawing and tell the mason to replicate the dome design.

AUTOMATE THE REPORTING PROCESS
Nobody likes micro managing. Once you delegate the tasks to your subordinates, make them complete the key milestones of the job at the specified time on a collaborative tool like Google Docs. This way, you can keep a track of the work in progress without asking them every time.

SUCCESS PARAMETER
Once the delegated task is completed, it’s important to go in for a performance appraisal that is free from subjectivity. And this can be achieved if you have a clearly defined checklist that the task has to fulfil. With such a measurable yardstick, nobody can accuse of being too difficult to please.

REWARD
No task should be given without a reward at the end of it. And these need not be monetary all the time. You can acknowledge the subordinate’s work in front of everyone or send a mail cc-ing everyone in the office or you can put it up on the cork board. Or you can give their name in the credit lines, if they played a key role in the corporate film or documentary you produced.
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5 ways to impress potential employers

Your first impression should be your best impression. They all say this but not everybody actually pays real attention to it due to one weakness: laziness. Just because you are in the market for a job doesn’t mean you shouldn’t research the job you are applying for. Half the time, the recruiters are only banishing the resumes to the dust bin for not meeting the basic criteria. Here are five ways to prevent that from happening…

Be the right applicant

Step into the shoes of your employer. Who would you hire? The person who meets your eligibility criteria or any layman who applies for a job? It’s crucial to understand the job specifications before applying for it. Ask yourself one question. Do you qualify? Do you have the degrees and relevant certifications? Do you have the experience? Are you under qualified or over qualified? Once you’ve answered these questions, you can never go wrong with the next company you apply for.

Work on your cover letter

Some don’t send it and some pay the least attention to it. You don’t realize that your cover letter is where you can make the first impression. A letter full of spelling and grammatical mistakes will put off any recruiter. If you are applying online, make sure you space your letter between paragraphs and use a readable font of a reasonable size. Importantly, make sure you answer the one question the recruiter is looking for: how are you best suited for the job. Show qualifications and experience that directly tie in to the job on offer. And always address the recruiter by their second name. Otherwise, ‘Dear sir/madam’ should work.

Customize your resume

One size doesn’t fit all, and this is true of the jobs market as well. This is particularly crucial when you have several qualifications and experiences to write about. No need to have such a laundry list and it’s not necessary to list all your attributes either. All you need to do is take out stuff that doesn’t suit the job and add or keep stuff that is perfect for the job you are applying for. It shows that you have properly researched for the job and it shows you are hard working and dedicated. When you can’t pay attention to customizing your resume, how can you show that you care for the company you are applying for?

Put your best foot forward

We all have our weaknesses. It’s important to talk about your strengths. If you are a fresher, your cover letter and resume can talk about your qualifications, grades and awards won on campus. If you are an experienced person, you could talk about the many milestones you’ve reached in your career before getting down to basics like qualification, experience and so on.

Get the essentials right

Don’t call HR people to ask if they’ve received your resume or ask for directions to their office. You should get that from Google Maps or ask the receptionist. Always give your mobile phone number on the resume, not your landline. Don’t apply for a job that is paying less than what you are currently earning. Stick to the script; don’t expect the company to make an exception for you unless you are ready for a pay cut because it is your dream company. If that is indeed the case, say it in your cover letter to score extra brownie points. Once you do make it to the interview, don’t forget to send a ‘Thank you’ email after it’s over, and perhaps even follow it up with a phone call. Patience, perseverance and good manners always have a market of their own.

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6 skills you need to succeed as a fresher

First impressions count. To make the best impression and to enhance your resume, you need the following skills to get hired. So before you apply for that job, enroll in courses, offline or online, free or paid, that could teach you these skills.

Skills Required

Writing emails

You might not realize the power of email until you write that first letter. Many candidates get rejected because of their sloppy writing, lack of attention to detail and the worst of them all, glaring spelling mistakes. One fashion writer was applying to a publication firm, but she wasn’t hired because she didn’t correctly spell some of the brands she had written for. Some rules of writing emails are as follows. Besides spelling and grammar, keep your communication focused on your skills and what you can do for the company. It doesn’t have to be a laundry list of all your skills. To get your foot in the door of the company you seek, get your cover letter right. Be honest, be straight forward but also be courteous and respectful. And once you get hired, you could still get fired if your business communication is up the pole. Here are the rules. Always thank the colleague or superior for the work or feedback they have given. And then, elaborate on why you did what you did, by presenting the issue logically. And if you’ve erred, apologies first. Never bring your personal angst against someone into your emails, video calls or text chats. These can work against you, sooner or later. Keep your opinion to yourself and to your closed ones. Your ideas could be misunderstood and land you in jeopardy.

Dress well and walk with confidence

Your body language can either get your hired or rejected. To gain that poise, it would be great if you work at events and the many exhibition stalls during various trade expos. Talking to strangers, convincing them about the products, managing events backstage will all give you the real-world experience and confidence you need before you graduate and apply for a job. Some candidates make the mistake of going to interviews without ironing their clothes or dressing too informally.

Computer literacy

If you are not conversant with typing and basic computing skills, you are out of luck. By this we mean, the basic Microsoft word, excel and powerpoint presentations. Any computer institute or even YouTube videos should teach you these. Get to know them while you are still in college or soon after you graduate. Even if you’ve learnt the basics at school and college, it helps to go in for a professional course and learn the many ways to use excel because the subject is vast and there are many uses of it that will come in handy when you join a company. These skills aside, what you need are good organisational skills. It’s these virtual bookkeeping skills that will help you when you are recording every conversation with a particular client, department or employee. Documentation and analysis is the backbone of every organisation. If you excel at this, it can make you an asset to the company.

Be knowledgeable

Learn to be diligent in researching everything abbot the company, client or brand that you are working with. This requires you to deep dive into search engines and extract credible information that can be useful for all the work you are doing. You should also get to know what the competitors are up to, so you have a better handle on things when the client asks you about them. You have to be thorough in your job and leave nothing to chance.

Manage your time

It’s easy to get thrown into a job and lose track of time. Here is where it’s important to prioritize your work before you begin your day. Some people come half an hour early to work just to sort out this mess. Clean up your emails, list things in the hierarchy of importance and line up meetings a day in advance and so on. Prioritizing will help you manage time and also teach you discipline and the important of deadlines. When you promise to deliver something, make sure you are either on time or before time to impress your boss.

Gift of the gab

Many people join Toastmasters Club just for this reason. They want to walk and talk with confidence and poise. You may not be grammatically accurate and you may not even be pronouncing things right, but if you convey your message effectively, you are hired. And this goes for telephone conversations as well. Learn to be polite, courteous and helpful all the time. Always try to go the extra mile and your hard work will never go unnoticed.

Good luck!

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8 future-proof contract jobs

We live in uncertain times. The speed with which information spreads is unimaginable. What takes off today arrives yesterday. What you see as trending today is stale tomorrow. And yet, there are certain jobs that have stood the test of time and will continue to do well in the future.

Product designers

The world wasn’t built in a day. It has never been built fully yet, and never will be. Things keep getting broken down to make way for something new. And here is where product designers play a huge role in shaping the future. We are talking about product designers who will make life easy for us, be it automobiles, smartphones, consumer goods and just about any material that you can buy for a fee. They can never be replaced by machines, because they lack one thing that humans have in abundance: creativity.

Sales & marketing

This is one field that knows no recession. However, just the gift of the gab won’t do. You need to know all about online sales, the newer business models, digital marketing, and mobile advertising, among others.

Data analytics

The fourth industrial revolution is all about tech and more tech. Automation will be the key driver that will throw many clerical and manual workers out of their jobs. But there is one field that will be rich with possibilities for job seekers. With so many algorithms doing the job of crunching data, there is the need for qualified personnel who can sift through the information minefield and make sense of it. According to a 2016 report by the World Economic Forum, 5 million jobs will be lost to automation, but there is the positive side to it too. There will be 2 million jobs that will be created because of automation like artificial intelligence and robotics. And here is where data analysts will hog the limelight.

Management

This is yet another field that has an evergreen demand. Even the most talented people need good managers. Without them, no organisation can prosper. And this will be particularly true when organisations undergo transitions during mergers and acquisitions or adopt a major change in strategy. Some of the fields that will see the most disruption include the information, entertainment and media industries.

Reskilling specialists and HR personnel

What happens to the existing workforce in times of change? Here is where organisations will need reskilling specialists who will retrain existing employees to remain employable. Since they already know the organisation well and are a good culture fit, upgrading their skills will not only be economical for the company but also a big boon for the aging workforce.

Legal experts

So long as there are laws, there are lawyers. This is one field, just like healthcare, that knows no recession. Different countries have different rules and regulations. It will become even more important for multinationals to hire legal eagles who can help them set up, scale and establish their operations worldwide. With technology dominating the landscape, there are cries over privacy that threaten to shut down companies. In such a scenario, it’s important to have lawyers who can navigate the company through this ever-shifting legal maze created by technology.

Architects and engineers

Yes, this tribe will continue to thrive. If we are talking about building smart cities, these are the people who will design and execute those projects. Without them, nothing can move. However, more emphasis will be in the following areas: robotics, nanotechnology and biochemicals.

IT and mathematicians

Without doubt, IT rocks and will continue to rock for the next decade at least. It’s the age of IT and therefore, the role of programmers, information security architects and software developers will only rise as time goes on. These are red-hot professions, but there are many areas of specialties you can choose from. We would urge you to pick what works for your talent, temperament and need. We can only say that anything you do in the field of artificial intelligence, energy and biotech will earn you major dividends.

One last thing. Good luck!

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6 ways to speed up decisions in big offices

Innovate or die is as much a reality for startups as it is for the big daddies of business. In the age of big data, cloud computing and digital marketing, speed is the need of the hour. Blackberry and the old Nokia are the best examples of this. So how do you infuse the startup culture in big organisations? Can there be such a thing or is it just a magic word that goes around and comes around? Well, it’s not. Here are the ways you can accomplish this, provided you have the vision and appetite for innovation.

6 ways to speed up decisions

Become a co-working space

Did you know that IBM, Honeywell, Nike and Microsoft have co-working spaces within their campus? Yes, and that’s not just because it’s trendy and makes business sense but also because different people in a different setting spark off ideas and get inspired. When it’s a beehive of activity, you are more clued in to things. There are people investing in a chair and table at co-working spaces because it provides them an opportunity to network with people from other companies. It’s like having a conversation at a water cooler but with one big difference: the entire office is one conversation canopy.

No hierarchy, please

Sometimes, hierarchy used in extreme, kills innovation and transparency. And that’s what happens in big organisations. There are so many department heads and so much red tape that the voice of the person at the bottom of the ladder never gets heard. How many companies still have a line that says, “If you have a problem, write to the CEO”? Here is where big organisations need to become more open to ideas because they can come from anywhere and anyone. Feedback, both negative and positive, is critical because you create solutions around that. Champion innovation across the spectrum of your organisation. Anybody who has a better idea to doing things should be heard and it should become the manager’s mission to extract the best ideas from everyone, without fear or favor.

No partitions, please

Cubicles and just about any separation from one desk to another kills communication. When people don’t talk, ideas freeze up. People get closed up and fight their own demons without seeking assistance from another person. Here is where an open office with rows of tables and chairs and no walls to separate them will work like magic. The workplaces should be designed in such a way that everybody becomes accountable and everybody can be seen. Not only do checks and balances happen automatically but it also kindles team building and entrepreneurial thinking. And it’s not just the workplace design, it’s also about allowing the employees to choose their workplace. They can step into a huddle room and just take a quick brainstorming session or just sit in a meditation room and meditate before that dreaded boardroom meeting. All of these help them to do more.

Invest in tech

Artificial intelligence, data analytics and every other new tech is mighty helpful. Invest in it because not only does it remove routine jobs from the hands of people, like maintaining a diary of things to do, the processes to follow, but also frees up time of the very same people to do more: T. H. I. N. K.  Yes, let the machines do the math while you can focus on the data they give you about consumer habits, employee behaviors, and so on. This will save you time on deep diving into research and development because that is being handled by tech, while you can focus on the big ideas to give your company the breakthrough they are seeking.

Fund startups

An organisation can grow when it can recognize a good idea from anywhere, even if it’s just a startup. Did you know that Whatsapp just has five employees on board and look what a success story it has become, having been recently acquired by Facebook. Funding startups or mentoring entrepreneurs is one way of showing your employees that you value innovation above all.

Open an innovation garage

Yes, we are talking about starting an incubator that can be within the organisation or separate from it in a different physical building. Usually, they compete against each other for funds, but what is really required is to set up an incubator that aligns itself to the company’s larger goal, so that the two divisions don’t work at cross purposes. Once the goal is one, the method and the medium can be different and doesn’t matter. However, remember to recognize the incubator not just an experimental gig by the company to keep up its trendy avatar. The incubator should actually be as much about creating prototypes but also about marketing them with the necessary business model, operations, distribution and so on. Here is the real innovation where the process should recognize a winner when they see it. When this kind of innovation culture sets in, out of the box products will happen automatically.

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Contract jobs: How to get recruits to excel at work through formal mentoring

Millennial are soon going to take over the workplaces as studies peg their strength at almost three-fourth of the workforce in the near future. In such a scenario, engaging and retaining them will become even more of a challenge to organisations. Here is where mentoring will play a huge role in satisfying both the ends of the spectrum: the employees and the management.

It’s a win-win formula

With mentoring, employees get to learn and develop new skills. Importantly, they will never feel bored at work or try to hop jobs for the same reason. When a company offers a formal mentor to them, it not only shows that the company cares but also that they are ready to invest in the new recruit because they believe they can trust you and your skills to develop further. Not only do the employees develop better interpersonal skills but also up their emotional quotient. This is critical to organisations as I.Q is not everything. The employee’s attitude matters most. Since mentoring is a collaborative exercise, this works wonders as recruits form relationships at work, which increases team building and engagement.

Toppers need mentors too
You are a new recruit but you have past experience. And you are a trailblazer. Do you need mentoring? Ofcourse, you do. No matter how talented you are, not only do you need a leader but also a mentor. If you have the potential to grow, you are the rising star in the company. You could benefit if the company pairs you with the topmost performers in the company. Not only will you look up to that person but also thank the firm for having put you in the right company. The idea of mentoring a talented person like you is to groom you to head a department or even the company, depending on the circumstances. By mentoring high achievers like you, it’s setting in motion a tier 2 and tier 3 leadership chain of command.

Inclusivity

There are different forms of mentorship and one such is diversity mentoring. It’s particularly crucial today because there are people from all walks of life and cultures cohabiting work spaces. Understanding them and their strengths goes a long way in building an inclusive corporate culture without any racial, gender or colour bias. The company benefits because it can retain diverse talent and also develop their skills. Importantly, it builds teams and grows companies.

Reverse mentoring

Yes, you read that right. Reverse mentoring is where youngsters train the experienced on the newer modes of communication and workplace systems. This is particularly crucial when seniors are required to upgrade their technical skills and be up to speed with workplace trends. This has another important benefit: it bridges the communication gap between the less experienced employees and members of senior management.

And finally…

Engaging and retaining employees is the biggest headache that companies are facing today. Mentoring is one way to benefit both sides of the fence. Not only does it give the millennials a clear goal to pursue but also keeps them on their toes as they are constantly being given feedback on their performance by their mentors. This form of guidance, support and setting clear targets helps freshers and young working professionals to excel at their workplace.

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How to use social media to land a contract job

Much of the candidate profiling and recruitment is happening online these days. Which is why, it’s important to ensure that you have the right profile to attract recruiters towards you. According to one survey, 70% of the employers polled in the sample study used online research to choose candidates. More significantly, 57% clearly indicated that they don’t call candidates for the next round of recruitment who don’t have an online presence.Contract Job

LinkedIn: The most used tool is this professional networking platform. If you are not here, you are in no way qualified for a job. Landing a job anywhere requires you to create an account here and keep it updated throughout your life span. Sharing posts of your dream companies and their employees is one way to get on their radar. Interacting with them is next. Just make sure you don’t it so often that they get the impression you have ulterior motives. Only comment or share if you really feel for it. Look for mutual contacts and get introduced to potential employers through your friends and friends of friends. If it’s an Inmail message, customise it to suit them and their requirements. Don’t use the default message to connect on Linkedin. That’s a definite put off unless you know them well.

Twitter: This is a great place to interact with the employees and decision makers in the company you want to work for. The best way to find them is to use hashtags and keywords in a field you are most passionate about. Following such people will not only let you understand their thinking but also give you an opportunity to engage with them by replying to their tweets and retweeting them if you agree with what they have to say. This not only helps you gain confidence in your chosen field but also offer you common talking points. Using social media to get a job is the best tool available at no extra cost to you. Imagine following a person on Twitter and engaging with them on Linkedin.

Facebook: This is where most people end up washing their dirty linen in public. By posting rabid party pictures or making offensive political or religious remarks, you are landing on the wrong side of employment. No one wants a gadfly who barks up the wrong tree. And no one wants an irresponsible person who doesn’t care about what others think. Therefore, make sure you hide comments you don’t want others to see or even better, delete all your offensive statements. And when you are out and about enjoying a party, keep your phone photos private.

Too much of anything

Don’t try to be on every social media under the sun. Most times, you end up posting a few updates and forget about them. But those stay on as you forget to delete them. If they were offensive posts, it could land you in trouble. So keep your professional presence in just a handful of networks you really enjoy and delete the ones you hardly use. If you are a freelancer or the sole proprietor of any firm, it’s important that you have a website that positions you the way you want the others to view you.

And Finally…

All of this doesn’t mean you throw away the traditional ways of landing a job. Make sure your resume is up to date and you are going to all the networking events that offer jobs, contacts and references. Before we forget, make sure you have a professional-looking photo and not one where you are pulling a face or making weird gestures. One wrong move can turn away recruiters. A headshot against a neutral background is best, so nothing distracts the viewer from you. One good way of landing a job is staring right in your face. Follow job search experts like workflexi.in. If you are looking for contract jobs, this is the best destination. So follow us and you will never be disappointed.

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Contract Jobs: Six Ways To Work Smarter Than The Others

You get better pay but you also work more. Or you are paid less but still made to work more. In either scenarios, the only way to strike the right work-life balance is to work smart. Not only will you be more efficient at your contract job but also less tired.

Take the help of tech

Even if you are tech-savvy, there are many of us who still rely on paperwork and post-its. It’s easier to just make a note and clip it on the cork board or stash it in a folder. But it’s not easily traceable or trackable. Having all of this in a digital software could come in handy. From scheduling to maintaining a calendar to ticking off the to-do lists, it’s the best way to be organised. You won’t miss an important deadline, event or instruction. Everything is readily available and in real time. Importantly, it reduces clutter. And there are automated tools that allow you to auto-schedule routine work as well. Some can even serve as your virtual assistants.

Message management

Emails, voicemails, SMSes, snail mail, bills, and other forms of messaging system like Slack, Whatsapp for Business, Google Docs and so on can take a heavy toll on your productivity. This is particularly true for creative people whose minds need to be on the task at hand. Any form of distraction will lead to an interruption in the flow. Similarly, when you are busy brainstorming over your business strategy, one email can impede the progress of your thoughts. So what do you do? Group all the messages into different levels of importance: important, not so important, can wait, delegate, delete, file, and so on. Not only will you be able to clear all your emails in a jiffy, but also get time to focus on the job at hand. Another way to do it is to come to the office half an hour early only to check all the office mail. Set the next time to check mail in the afternoon and again in the evening. If it’s really important, people will call you anyway.

Find the sweet spot

Everyone has a different time when they are the most productive. Some prefer the early hours of the day and some prefer evenings or nights. Depending on your preference, ensure that you stay off the social networks, mobile phone and water cooler conversations around that time. It’s time to be productive, not talkative.

Breaks are important

It’s not all work and no break. Getting away from work, even if it’s just for a few minutes, works like a charm. Your brain is rested and you come back with renewed energy. You could do a brisk walk, do some office errand, drink water, tea, coffee, snack, or just chat with someone who is not from the same profession as you do. Anything that takes your mind off your immediate work is a good stress buster. And sometimes, just closing your eyes or staring at the ceiling works just as fine too.

One man army

It’s great to shoulder all the burden and do everything that comes your way. But sometimes, it’s best to delegate it to someone else. This will not only lessen your burden but also empower the other person. When will they learn if you don’t give them a chance. By doing this, you can focus on the most important things and leave out the least crucial.

There’s no such thing as perfection

Mistakes happen. Everyone is human, including you. You shouldn’t over work to the detriment of your health and those of others. Don’t be tough on yourself and on others. It’s okay to be near-perfect. Never try to be perfect because that usually leads to a dip in morale, high stress, depression, micro management and energy loss and low productivity.

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Contract jobs: How to get them, the right way

Unemployment can make anybody insecure and lose confidence. The job market is tough today because there is more demand than supply. It’s become more competitive than a decade ago. So how can you stand out from the crowd and make your presence felt to the employer? Here is where the situation demands you to be proactive and inventive. No point in sitting down and accepting the rejection. If you are a job seeker, consider yourself a challenger.Contract job

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FIGURE OUT YOUR USP

Imagine yourself in the employer’s chair. Why would he hire you? Take your time to come back with an answer. Once you are sure you can confidently answer that question and show the employer that hiring you is the best return on investment he can hope to achieve, you have a winner on your hands.

GO OUT

Staying home and being the quintessential couch potato will only drive you nuts. Instead, chat up with long-time colleagues, partners, friends and associates. Go to some networking events and social get-together. You never know who might take interest in your skills or give you a solid reference or recommendation. Being out and about also makes you lose your inhibitions and become more confident. Networking events catalyze that as you meet new people and exchange positive vibes.

REFERRALS

Companies pay more importance to referrals, and so do their employees. Who wants to hire a complete stranger when they can get a friend they already know. Fewer ego issues and far better productivity. Instead of looking for a job on LinkedIn, you should search for the job you want in the ‘people’ search category. Since we add so many strangers to our network, we don’t realize that there are potential employers and employees you could work with. With this nifty tip, you will not only know the vacancies in a particular company but also a way to get recommended by one of their own employees. This will help you to filter companies that have a vacancy but not worthy enough. If your contacts had worked in that company and tell you to avoid it, you can move on to the next company instead of getting hired and regretting the decision.

CONQUER THE WORLD

Sometimes, due diligence works wonders. But for that, you also need a generous dash of confidence. Nothing can beat good old fashioned research. Find out the top 20 or top 50 companies you want to work with. Get to know their key department heads. Find out about their requirements. Fill up their application forms and send a personal cover letter to each of them with a hard copy of your resume. Make an appointment with those who acknowledged receiving your application, dress in your best and make an impression. When a candidate is so thorough, well prepared and personable, the chances of getting hired increase substantially.

SHUT OFF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Any kind of information about you on social media could be bad for you. Your political, sexual or religious leanings are best left unsaid. You never know what could trigger negativity among your potential employers. Therefore, avoid putting out any such views online. The better bet would be to not have a social media identity under your real name. It’s best to avoid the client from researching on you and finding a ton of information that could go against you. Like your feminism stance, your anti-government remarks or your penchant for travelling at the drop of a hat.

AND FINALLY…

Stay active. Remain positive. Don’t just sit at home. Mine the internet. Interact with friends and strangers. Never give up. You will be hired only if you try.