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You have just completed your interview which you have been prepping for over a week and you feel relaxed and confident at the same time that the interview went pretty well. But as you come out of the interview room and see the number of people waiting outside, you start feeling the jitters. Now you feel the competition and your confidence level converts into a doubt, “How did I do the interview?”

Seconds ago you were super confident and now you start feeling nervous and want to know the result as soon as possible. Do you think calling up the recruiter and following up is a good idea? Well Yes! You can always follow-up in fact that shows how serious you are about the job.

Having said that, there has to be some tips that can be followed on the same:

  1. Don’t be desperate: I know it is very difficult to wait for the recruiter to call and you feel desperate and an urge to call them every now and then to know the status. But never show your desperation to the recruiter. It shows a negative impact on them and your desperation can become your enemy. So show your interest but not your desperation.
  2. Call/email the recruiter: The best practice as soon as you finish your interview should be email the recruiter or call them. Some find it unprofessional to call the recruiter, so you can always email them and let them know about the interview details. Having said that, don’t keep emailing every now and then, this could irritate them and it looks very unprofessional as well. A proper follow-up with regular intervals are still fine.
  3. Build a rapport: Right from the time you get a call from the recruiter, you can build a rapport with them, so post interview, it becomes easy for you to just make a friendly call or email and let them know how serious you are about this job. Also, a friendly call should be in a professional manner, you don’t have to be too casual, that again gives a wrong impression.
  4. Don’t stalk: Following up can take a negative shape of stalking. Calling up every day and asking about the feedback becomes irritating for anyone. Remember, a recruiter too has to follow-up with the client and it takes time for the client to respond. SO unless and until they don’t get any update they cannot let you know how much ever you follow-up.  SO don’t let your follow-up take a shape of stalking.
  5. Be professional: I understand you might also feel frustrated after some time, if you don’t get any update.  That doesn’t mean, you behave in an unprofessional manner. Always be polite and professional and give them the message loud and clear that, I have other opportunities as well and I am not being desperate but curious.
  6. Learn to move on: Give yourself some time, and if you do not get any mail or call from the recruiter, it is better to move on. After all, that is not the only company in the market and you can always get better opportunities elsewhere.

Also, you will come to know about the status, by the way the recruiter’s response. If they give a cold reply and say “We will get back to you”, it is clear that you are not selected. So, you are doing your job of following up, so don’t lose hope if they don’t get back and try to move on.

Getting a job itself has become quite a challenge in this competitive world. One has to have a caliber to get a dream job amidst vast competition. Some may think searching for a job is a cake walk, which is a big misconception. However, those who delve into the market and do a lot of homework get a fruitful result.

When I was a tad, People often used to ask me what do you want to become and my answer would change based on my imagination. Sometimes, I thought I would become a painter, sometimes a singer or a dancer, a scientist or an astronaut, didn’t really know what these people actually do. SO my choices were many and it seemed easy to pursue.

As we grow old, we realize that there is a vast difference between dream and reality. As a job seeker, one has to either bridge this gap or just compromise with the reality.

Having said that, there are these basic guidelines to follow if you are seeking a dream job you always wanted to pursue:

  1.  Research : The first and foremost thing one has to do is research a lot before you jump into any conclusion or before you take over a job which you know is not your dream job. This includes, what are your primary skills and which companies hire exclusively for that particular skills. Note down the name of the companies and research on what are their hiring strategies. By doing this you get a clear picture on what kind of employees they hire and what is it that you can do in order to get into those companies. If necessary, try to learn some more skills which you think is mandatory to get into these big companies. Remember apart from your primary skills learning over and above that, is always an added advantage and the more skills you have in your resume the more weightage your resume would hold over other candidates.
  2. Prepare multiple resumes: Earlier, one resume was sufficient to apply for multiple jobs. But with the growing competition, one has to create multiple resumes based on the job you are applying for. With small changes here and there one can apply for different positions simultaneously. Having said that, you don’t have to add fake experiences, it’s just that some jobs require brief about your experiences and some requires details. SO based on the need of the job description you can alter.
  3. Connect with people: Networking is very important these days. SO connect with people and involve in group discussions, Q&A sessions and enquiries about the job you are looking for. When you connect with people from the same field, you get to know a lot about the market and the companies and things which you wouldn’t have known if you do research on your own. SO research with networking makes your job search complete.
  4. Make a strategy: Before applying for any job in any company, you have to prepare a strategy for yourself like what if you get rejected? What will be your next move? If you get selected in more than one companies? How will you decide on which job to take up? Instead of panicking at the last moment, always prepare a strategy and keep a backup plan for either of the cases.

When searching a job in a systematic and planned manner, you will always hit the bull’s eye. That’s why they say there has to be a proper planning and strategy in any walk of life, be it in job search, or in your current job or in your future endeavours. SO follow these simple guidelines and you will surely end up in your dream job or dream company in no time.

I have never regretted so much while changing so many jobs, that I am doing right now after being jobless and helpless. Apparently, I wasn’t aware that my job hopping will bring me to a stage where I have to justify for each and every job change in my entire career and that is quite painful you see. And now I feel had I been to one job or two, for that matter, my career would have been far more stable and secure.

Well, I am not here to crib about my past or present, but to help people know the cons of too many job hopping. In the recent past, big organizations have become very particular when it comes to job change and they prefer more stable employees. Even if the technology is very niche, people prefer to stay long in a company for visibility and better future. The major drawback of job hopping is that, you end up in the same designations for years together, if you change so many jobs and you won’t get an opportunity you want. And in search of a better opportunity, you end up putting your whole career at risk.

The major reasons of job hopping are salary, better opportunity, promotion, brand name and similar factors which lead to retention and frequent job hopping.

SO let’s discuss ways to prevent job hopping:

  1. 1.      Prepare an impressive resume: When you know your resume will showcase you career history clearly, you have to prepare an impressive resume where all your flaws are invisible.
  2. Valid reason: You have to justify each and every job change that you have done. Only when you have a genuine reason, the employer tries to consider your resume otherwise, they will reject you upfront.
  3. 3.      Discuss things clearly:  We have already discussed the major reasons of frequent job changes. So before joining the organization discuss everything clearly like salary, stability, future and all the major things which matters to you and which can be a major reason of frequent job hopping.
  4. Stability: Juts like you want stability in your organization, similarly, the employer also expects the same and so when you have made up your mind about being stable in the organization, your employer will do their best to retain you and help you stay longer in the organization. You have to talk your heart out about the same. It should be a win-win situation for both of you.

 

So in order to prevent job hopping, one has to carefully handle the way they present their career history and try to get the best out of it. When you showcase your talent, every other thing becomes irrelevant and that’s what matters. Always be positive and move ahead with confidence and try to be loyal to your organization and get the best out of it.

Workplace discrimination is a serious offence and not only against the company policies, but is against the law and it can lead to legal complications. And surprisingly, slight apathy from the employer can lead to loss of the whole business altogether. So any complaint from the employee about gender discrimination or racism should not be ignored and has to be looked upon seriously.

Discrimination can be on the basis of race, caste, nationality, sex, disability, age and pregnancy. In order to foster the law, employee has to be made aware of the law against any such discrimination. And slight doubt about the same has to be dealt with carefully with the help of the HR. There is a proper law made on discrimination and harassment at the workplace by the state.  So it’s evocative, that an employee should not bear the discrimination and harassment, but raise their voice against the same. And in order to do so, you have to strictly deal with it:

  1. Know the law: Ideally every organization makes its employees aware about all the laws and policies of the organization. So keep a note of all the laws and when you are feeling discriminated, you can always go back to your handbook and check the process of complaining about the same.
  2. Talk to the person politely: Just to reconfirm and to personally sort out the issue, try to talk to the person directly who is harassing you, after continued polite initiative from your end, that person does not change his behavior, its time you take the next step and complain your issue to the manager and the HR.
  3. Follow up: As already discussed, any complaint on discrimination should not be over ruled and for that you have to follow up continuously. Keep a track of the progress on your complaint whether it has been taken care of or has been ignored completely. If ignored completely, you can seek government help on the same.
  4. Hire a Lawyer or seek legal help: As discussed, if you do not get satisfactory help from the organization and after continued follow up, no action has been taken, you can always hire a lawyer and seek legal help from the government.

 

Having said that, a proper process has to be followed in this case because of the legal actions involved and any mistake from your end can wreck your career as well. So keep a note of all the incidents as and when it happens when you felt harassed and discriminated. When asked for furnish all the notes and narrate each and every incident. Also keep a track of when did you file a complaint to the HR department and how long it took for them to take the process further or have they taken the complaint seriously at all.

So all these things has to be kept a note of and then deal with the harassment and discrimination.

Post retirement stage is a stage of oblivion. Especially for someone who has spent the entire life working hard and taking care of the family, they just can’t sit ideal at home. There are myriad opportunities available for people after retirement. However, some people want to explore a new life altogether. Something which they always wanted to do and couldn’t do because of the work, this is the best time to go ahead and do what they love.

Having said that, people right from the beginning of their career, try to save some penny for their future and for life after retirement, which is smart saving. They do not want to depend on their kids when they are old and they feel till the time, they have stamina and will power, they should continue to work even post retirement. SO there are glut of opportunities available these days:

  1. As a visiting lecturer or tutor: Someone who has been in the education business earlier can work as a visiting lecturer in big colleges. Rendering your knowledge to the students in need is also a part time job. Though you may not get much money, but that as philanthropy one can educate the poor in the rural areas or in the villages. This way, a poor will get education, at the same time, your time will pass quickly and you will feel satisfied as well.
  2. Librarian:  Some colleges, hire part time librarians for their colleges and this is the best job for the retired personnel, as there is no much job though, but this can help you research about all the books and your knowledge will double. There is no age for education and improving knowledge.
  3. Insurance agents: You might have retired from any job, but working as an insurance agent is a type of job mostly for the retirees. Part time agents don’t have a target as such for selling the insurance and you get commission for the same. However, this job may require you to convince the other person, which not all prefer at this age. But this is worth considering.
  4. Freelancer: For those who always loved writing and reading, this is the best job. You don’t have to step out of the house and you can work as a freelance writer or blogger and get paid for the same. The best part time job for retirees.
  5. Private organizations: There are lot of private companies, which provide wide range of job opportunities to the retirees. So one can always consider part time job in those organizations.

 

SO there are many more options and opportunities available in the market even for the retirees and one need not worry what they will do after retirement or how they will spend the life post retirement. However, some people love to do other stuff other than doing a proper job like gardening, crafting, travelling. SO it totally depends on your interest. When it comes to financial stability that is the last thing they have to worry about especially the government employees and dependency is something which they hate. SO instead, they like to keep them self busy. AT the same time, even the private employees, secure their future well in advance and that becomes an advantage in their old age.  SO never think that an old person will be a burden, because they don’t want to be one.

Quitting a job without burning the bridge is an art in itself. Whether you have another job in hand, or you simply want to quit the organization, you have to have a valid point in either case. However, one has to be very careful when explaining the boss that you are leaving. A slight miscommunication, can cause a damage which is irrevocable and you would leave the organization with a sour memory and your character and performance will all be washed out at one go, just because of a slight mistake from your end. Also, your immature behaviour will end up getting you your walking papers, instead of you quitting, which can leave a negative impact, like you might not get your relevant documents, getting a job in other companies will become difficult.

SO to avoid this entire crisis to occur, you have to leave the organization gracefully and with confidence and keeping your boss in loop, at the same time, in good terms with your boss. How to explain to your boss about the same:

  • Written resignation: Ideally, some companies have a procedure of submitting a written resignation or via Email. SO draft a proper mail about your resignation and do not mention anything which can leave a doubt or will make them feel that your resignation is due to official reason (even if it is).
  • Confidential: They say never ever disclose your salary with your colleagues. Likewise, unless and until you are not sure, never discuss your resignation to any of your closest co-workers. Because, if one person gets to know, it spreads like a fire and even before you telling your boss, he might already know it through someone else. SO you do not want that to happen. Keep it top secret and let your boss be the first person to know about the same and only when approved by your manager, you can disclose it.
  • One on one discussion: You might want to have a one on one discussion with your boss to explain the reasons. Also, arrange the meeting as per their convenience and don’t be in a hurry. Only when your boss would be free, he/she would be able to be all ears with you.
  • Proper reason: You should be able to furnish proper reason of your quitting the organization. You can’t give naive reasons like I am not well that’s why I can’t come. You have to furnish proper doctor’s certificate about the same. SO if you have a proof for the reason of your resignation. You boss will trust you and leaving on a trust is always beneficial for you and the employer.
  • Serve a proper notice period:  Whatever reason you have given for your resignation, if you serve a proper notice period, that will leave a good impact, at the same time, it will be beneficial for your next employment and you can leave without burning the bridge. SO as per the company policies, serve your notice and leave gracefully, instead of fighting to relieve you immediately.

 

You can also arrange for a replacement and give a smooth transition, this will impress your boss even more and this will leave a feeling that you are genuinely concerned about the company and will relieve you smoothly.

Remember, your professional relationship with your manager, will help you in your further employments and any slight rift between the two can leave a bad impact on your career. SO anything is going to affect your future and your employment. SO be very careful when explaining the reason for your resignation. Also, any organization you have worked with helps you in building a vast network and directly or indirectly, they help in your future endeavours. SO keeping that in mind, try to be in good terms with your boss even after quitting the job. SO all in all, you can make your resignation smooth and easy, if you handle it carefully with your boss.

Badges earned through blogs

Posted: January 7, 2014 in Career, Writing
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Writing blogs was never my cup of tea and I was always apprehensive about the same. I used to read some blogs and used to get motivated to write, but didn’t had the courage to start.  When I told my husband, “I Think I should start writing blogs”, He would give me a sarcastic look and that used to hurt me.

All my relatives used to discourage me for reason that they thought they were superior to everyone in the world and thought I am not capable enough, and would make fun of me. My husband had the same fear. More than trusting me, he would discourage me because his relatives would make fun of him. That really hurts. And I thought I should give it a try.

However, I have reached 100+ blogs now and as and when I analyse my blogs, I could see the improvement in every blogs I write. I could see, how my earlier blogs looked more novice and childish and how over a period of time it has improved.

To my surprise, I got really great responses and likes and positive comments which motivated me to keep writing. And today, my day is incomplete without writing. Then I thought why not monetize my writing and I am getting pretty descent rewards for the same, for which I am satisfied.

One day, I was just browsing through all my bogs and I saw, I have earned quite a lot of trophies for the number of likes and followers, and that gave me immense pleasure and happiness. I called my husband and he was as surprised as I was and encouraged me to write more. And when you get a little support from your family member, your urge to write increases and it doubles your confidence and energy level altogether, which is what is helping me move further.

I have blogged in different platforms, I am getting great responses and I am in cloud nine. I have decided, I will make this as a career for myself, even if I don’t get paid, It is improving my knowledge and helping me grow as a blogger. All thanks to my viewers and followers who has motivated and encouraged me to write and improve and who has bought me where I am now and the whole credit goes to all my viewers who helped me get so many badges and trophies. Also, reading others blogs is also a great learning curve. I have learnt new words and added it in my vocabulary, got more and more ideas and topics. SO all in all, a great experience so far and I continue to experience the bliss and grow in leaps and bounds.