Dealing with Job Stress

February 8th, 2011 by ROZEE Team

In last week’s article, we highlighted the top 10 signs of job related stress which not only affect a person’s performance at work but also has a negative impact on his physical and mental health. Many readers requested that we also share the ways to deal with this job related stress effectively. There are a lot of methods and techniques which when adopted by the employees can reduce the stress to a great level and improve the overall performance.

Stress management is the key to long term career success and professional growth. When an employee is stressed out, he or she cannot perform to the best of his capabilities, and in the end, the frustration of failure leads to a burnt out very early in life. Once you have identified the symptoms of stress appearing in your everyday life, it is time to address the problem and try out the various techniques mentioned in this article to eliminate stress from your daily routine. Read More »

I have been working at the same position for 3 years. How do I ask for a promotion?

February 8th, 2011 by ROZEE Team

Question from the Job seeker:

I have been working in a multinational company for over 3 years now and I have been steadfast in my performance. I have worked very hard to make sure that the employer has no complaints regarding my performance and to to date, my manager and superiors have never had a problem with me. I also get along with my colleagues very well and have maintained a cordial relationship with all of them. Moreover, I have never participated in office politics and I am quite punctual. According to all the norms of professionalism, I think I can safely say that I am the perfect employee. However, my dilemma is that I have not been able to gain a single promotion or a pay raise during the 3 years that I have been working here. People who have been working here for lesser time than me, have been promoted to senior positions or have left the company after getting better offers. I have not received any offer from any other company and the current job that I have has turned into a no growth, dead end job. Is there anything wrong with my work ethics? Please help me as I am totally clueless as to what I am doing wrong.

Saleem Asif

Answer from the Rozee Team

Dear Saleem,

It is true that the situation you have mentioned above indicates that you are a very good and valuable employee for the company. Read More »

Mr. Salman Bashir, HR Manager, Chase Up, Shares His Strategy on Achieving Work Life Balance

February 8th, 2011 by ROZEE Team

Q. 1. What are the 3 principles of success in professional life?

Mr. Salman Bashir: According to me, the 3 basic principles of success in the professional life are:

  1. Hard Work
  2. Positive Attitude
  3. Discipline

Q. 2. What key factors you look for in a candidate during an interview session?

Mr. Salman Bashir: The key factors that we look for in any candidate during the interview session are:

  • Professional Competence
  • Integrity
  • A Good human being Read More »

Staying Focused At Work

January 31st, 2011 by ROZEE Team

When we arrive at our work station in the morning, there are many things which distract us from performing the tasks at hand. We often start checking emails, visiting social networking site etc and end up wasting a lot of time. Distractions and lack of focus contribute towards lower performance level and the quality of work also goes down.

Many employees are not even aware of the fact that they often waste hours in chatting with coworkers, checking emails and news websites, sending messages on the phone, arranging folders in the computer etc. All these distractions reduce the efficiency of the employee as he or she ends up working to a maximum of 5 hours whereas they stay at work for at least 8 hours or more. Read More »

I Have Done My Masters From UK, Should I Come Back To Pakistan For A Job?

January 31st, 2011 by ROZEE Team

Question from the Job Seeker

I completed my MBA Finance from COMSATS Islamabad in 2007 and then I went on to get a degree in MSc Financial Management from the UK. After completing my M.Sc, I went back to Pakistan and applied to almost every job opening which I saw online as well as on the Internet. No one called me for an interview apart from a few companies like EOBI and one other bank which declined my job application after the interview.

I was disappointed and went back to the UK where I started working as a receptionist which is not at all satisfactory. I will be going back to Pakistan at the end of this year, where  and which companies  should I apply to? I am very worried about my future, is it even worth it to go to Pakistan?

Manzar Abbas

Answer from Rozee Team

Dear Manzar,

It is a fact that getting a job in Pakistan is not easy as there are many issues such as lack of investments, political instability, poor security situation, etc. Read More »

10 Signs of Work Related Stress

January 31st, 2011 by ROZEE Team

Work related stress is a very common problem faced by many employees and can eventually lead to a complete burn out. Many employees are even unaware of the fact that they are suffering from job related stress and hence fail to address the issue.

Given below are 10 signs which indicate that you are stressed out at work and need to address the situation in order to avoid a burn out:

Losing Focus:

If you feel that you are having problems in focusing on your work and often get distracted, it is a classic sign of job related stress which can lead to failure in performing the tasks assigned to you. Read More »

Target Your Job Search for Effective Results

January 20th, 2011 by ROZEE Team

Target Your Job Search for Effective Results

When you are job hunting, there are a lot of factors which affect the outcome of your job search. If you are constantly being unsuccessful in your job hunt, it might be that you are doing it the wrong way. There are many job seekers who have no idea of how one should begin or conduct a job hunt. The result is that even after spending weeks and months applying to hundreds of job opening, the person is still jobless.

Job hunt needs to be a properly organized and managed process which helps in getting results by clearing the problems and minor glitches that any job seeker has to face when he is on a job hunt. The most important thing to remember when you are job hunting is to make sure that you have a properly targeted and streamlined job hunting process. Having a proper job search strategy maximizes the output for the effort you put into the job hunt and increases your chances of getting a better job at a fast rate.

For a successful job hunt, you need to run a targeted job search campaign which means you should apply to jobs that best suit your qualifications and job descriptions. Applying to random job openings serves no purpose other than detracting you from your job search. Read More »

Career Exploration: The Way Forward

January 20th, 2011 by ROZEE Team

Zehra Roofi Budhwani

Career exploration is the process of collecting and analyzing information on career related issues. The purpose of career exploration is to help individuals develop a greater awareness of self and the environment so that realistic goals can be established and appropriate strategies are developed. Knowing yourself, understanding the work environment and being adaptable and flexible in responding to environmental changes are essential aspects of managing a successful career.

By engaging in self-exploration, information is sought about a variety of personal qualities and attitudes relevant to career decision making. Personal qualities include values, interests, personality attributes, talents or abilities, lifestyle preferences and any other weakness or shortcoming. Read More »

Regretting Switching From a Private Sector Job to Public Sector, Is There Any Way Out?

January 20th, 2011 by ROZEE Team

Question from the job seeker

I have a degree in MBA Marketing from Bahria University, Islamabad. I graduated in September 2007 and appeared in numerous interviews for marketing positions, but could not land a decent marketing job. I eventually had to start working in a Bank. I was hired as an MTO at Allied Bank Limited in January 2008. I worked in the bank for 1 year and 8 months, but I never had my heart in this job as I was always interested in the Telco industry. I kept on trying for a job here and there. I appeared in two recruitment tests, State Bank in SBOTS scheme and Wapda / PEPCO as an Assistant Manager (Admin) BPS-17, was dropped after the interview at SBP but was selected at PEPCO and I joined without thinking what I was getting myself into.

I have worked in PEPCO for 1 year and 3 months now, but I am already feeling burned out because of the way of working of the public sector (files system, dull and boring work, difficult boss etc.). I apply to jobs online and the ones that I see in newspaper, but I don’t get called. Is it due to my age (29 years) or the lack of consistency and continuity on my CV? Will a foreign degree be of any good? Will the private sector ever take me back? Does my CV look bad because of Marketing, Banking and now Admin & HR? How can I improve my chances of landing a better job in the private sector? Please address my questions as I am under a lot of stress because of this.

Sher Afgun Khan

Answer from the Rozee Team

Dear Sher Afgun,

Facing problems during the early phase of career is indeed stressful but nevertheless quite normal. Read More »

Communicate Effectively at Work

January 4th, 2011 by ROZEE Team

Being able to communicate effectively at work is essential to any professional’s success regardless of which department he is working in. Most people do not pay much attention to their communication skills and as a result get easily overlooked at the time of annual promotions. Communication skills are not only important for interacting with the clients but also when interacting with co-workers and the boss.

Each and every day an employee has to interact with dozens of people, both inside the office and out of it. These people might be clients, colleagues, superiors, juniors, vendors, etc. Interacting with all of these people requires some level of communication skills as one has to interact with each person differently in order to get the best results. Read More »