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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.

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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.

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.

You may dream of a career and strive hard to get into the same, but circumstances might change the situation and you end up in a career which is by chance and not by choice. This is the crucial point in your life and you cannot compromise with your career.

Having said that, your first career is always a turning point in your life and sets an example on which path you have to follow and plan the career growth accordingly. It becomes really difficult to change your career when you have already set your hands and expertise on that. However, one can always enhance their first career in order to make way to the coming opportunities and for your future.

  1. Enhance your skills: Even if you are working in a call centre, you can enhance your skills and try to move ahead in the same field. No job is good or bad, it’s the mindset and your interest towards it. Learn new skills which interests you simultaneously and try to get into the a different field in the same organization, this way there won’t be much hopping and you will stay for longer duration.
  2. Love your job: They say always love your job not your company, because you never know when your company will throw you out. SO getting too much connected with your company will not be helpful, in fact your job and your skills will make you stand away from the crowd. If you have a Resume full of skills you will never get a problem getting a job.
  3. Set a trend: Just because, you don’t like the job or the company, you can’t quit it, in fact try to survive in adverse conditions and stay in the company and the job you hate and make it fun and interesting and try to set a trend.
  4.   Grass is greener: Truly, we tend to get attracted to other people’s lifestyle and the job they do. And that in way forces us to change the career altogether and try different careers. SO one has to be satisfied with whatever they are doing and try to make it more interesting rather than trying to follow others. You know which skill you are good at and try to enhance it more and more and grow in the existing career.

 

SO, your first career always leaves an impact in your life as well as your job. The more interesting and fun you make your job, the more you will grow in the coming years. That is why they say, your first job is always a turning point, because, you are quite gullible when you join a company and any good or bad things affect you mentally as well as leaves an impact for a lifetime. SO try to keep good memories and learn lessons which will help you grow in your career and also take it forward in your coming years and careers.

Spending hours together in the portals and other sites to search for the best candidate for a particular position and once hired, if the candidate backs off at the last moment, it’s the most disquieting thing in the world. 80 % of the candidates do this. And when any such thing happens, the recruiter is back to square one and has to start from the scratch. At the same time escalations from the hiring manager and your boss is an inexplicable feeling. You just can’t help it but start all over again.

But, as a recruiter, when you have faced the situation N number of times, it is important that you take some measures to curb the last moment backing offs. Let’s discuss some of the measures that can be taken on this front, but before that lets point out the reasons of the last minute changes or backing offs:

  1. Better Offer: If a candidate has many offers in hand, it is up to them to decide on which offer they would go for and this could be one reason of backing off at the last moment. May be they got a better offer from a better company.
  2. No follow-up from the recruiter: The major reason could be, after the interview, if the recruiter doesn’t follow-up or be in touch and then at the last moment come out with the offer. The candidate gets pissed off, at the same time, makes up his/her mind to back off.
  3. Market conditions and salary offered: Any candidate when searching for the job also evaluates the market conditions and their market value and accordingly negotiates the salary. So if they feel that the salary offered is not as per their market value, they can take the offer but do not join.
  4. Unprofessional behaviour: An unprofessional behaviour on the recruiter’s side is also a reason for last moment changes.  Talking to the candidate rudely, showing apathy, not responding to their mails or calls, could make the candidate feel disappointed and can reject the offer upfront.

It’s not always that the recruiters are to be blamed, because, there are times, when the feedback from the client itself is delayed and that in turn forces the recruiter to back off from any follow-ups.

Having said that, the recruiter has to go ahead and take some necessary steps to pacify the candidate:

  1. Back up: When you are not sure about a particular candidate’s joining status, always keep a backup of the same and any last moment changes will help you close the position on time without you being affected by the escalations and thrashings from your boss. So be proactive and always keep a backup of any position you are sourcing for.
  2. Follow-up: As discussed above, the major reason of the last minute changes of any candidate can be lack of follow up from your end. A smart recruiter should always keep in touch with the candidate and the client and always follow up on the status of the candidate as well as the status of the position. If any client or candidate for that matter insinuates their status as negative, inform the same to the either party.
  3. Building a Rapport: The major factor which can hold back a candidate to accept any other offer could be your building a rapport with them. Keep talking to the candidate frequently and ask them what’s going on, just initiate a casual talk and build a rapport which will hold back the candidate.
  4. Build a network: At the same time, get other contacts from your candidate and build a strong network, so that any such opening related to the same skill, will help you close the position fast.

The recruiter is the backbone of any company and so it’s your responsibility to meet the expectations of the client, your boss as well as the candidates. A proactive recruiter always follows a proper procedure and helps close the position on time. However, the last minute backing offs or changes from the candidate is mundane and one has to be careful and take measures to curb the same.

How to write a cover letter

Posted: December 31, 2013 in Career, Interview, Job
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Your job application is in full swing and you have your resume ready, you are good to go for the interview, but you should get a call letter. Unless you have a cover letter, you won’t be considered these days. So, with every application, cover letter has become very important without which your application looks incomplete.

What is a cover letter? It is a brief introduction of you and it should be short and crisp yet compelling and appealing. Whether you are sending your resume through mail or Email, a cover letter attached shows how professional you are and that itself makes a first impression.

Having said that, don’t write a 2 page letter, because it says cover letter. It has to be a small paragraph or two and should be such that, the employer should be interested in reading.           A cover letter has to be sent for every position and it should not be the same. So this could be a tedious job, as for every job you apply for, you have to format a cover letter based on the position. But Guess that will make you a pro in writing a cover letter :). Let’s discuss some important points when writing a cover letter:

  1. Mail or Email: If you are mailing your resume, a plain white paper with a cover letter, neatly written and attached with the resume and sent to the employer. However, if you are applying via email, write the cover letter in the body of the mail along with your CV attached.
  2. Simple and short: Don’t write a whole story of your career, starting from your education to your current employer, it will take ages to complete writing for you and it will take seconds for the employer to reject it upfront. You career details have already been mentioned in your CV and they don’t want to read it again and again. A brief about, how you came to know about the opening, why you feel you deserve this job, your strengths and weaknesses are all that is required. However, the format is discussed below.
  3. Formatting: The basic format of a cover letter is this:
  • Salutation like “Dear (First Name of the hiring manager)
  • Body of the letter with first paragraph mentioning about the job you are applying for and where did you find the opening.
  • Second paragraph discussing about your qualifications which should be specific to the job requirement. You can also write a reason why you would like to apply with this company. But all these should be crisply written.
  • Then the last Paragraph should be the conclusion mentioning, you are positive with working this company and look forward to discussing your qualifications further. Don’t forget to mention your Email ID and phone number for them to contact you.
  • And Write Regards or Thank you with your name signed.
  1. Check the language and spelling: Before pressing the send button, check thoroughly the language you have used. Does it sound professional or it sounds too casual. Casual will give an impression of you being casual and not really interested in the job. SO write in a professional way, if required take the help of the experts. Also, do spells check of your cover letter several times and then send. A small typo is still acceptable sometimes, but if you’re whole cover letter has a spelling mistake that might go against you.

 

You can save this cover letter and can re- format it based on the application and postings you are applying for. So all in all, a proper and professional cover letter is indispensable to get your dream job and to crack the interview.