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 »

I Switched From Masters in Botany to MBA Finance. How Do I Address This Issue in the CV to Attract Interview Calls?

January 4th, 2011 by ROZEE Team

Question from the Jobseeker

I did my Masters in Botany but I did not want to do lectureship and the prospect of getting any fruitful job seemed dim so I decided to get an MBA degree in Banking & Finance. However, now every job I apply to wants a person with Accounts & Finance which I have no education in. As a result, no one calls me for an interview. I am working as a store coordinator nowadays but I want to change my job as there is no learning here. I have no time to study more. How I can manage my CV to attract Interview calls? Read More »

10 Things You Need to Avoid at Workplace

January 4th, 2011 by ROZEE Team

We all know what to do when at work, how to manage the jobs at hand, how to talk to the supervisor, how to handle clients etc, but many of us are unaware of certain things that we need to avoid when at work. There are certain behavioral patterns which are unacceptable at work and if you indulge in these practices, there is a good chance that you might lose your job sooner than later.

Here are 10 most important things which you need to avoid when at work at all costs: Read More »

8 Reasons for Not Getting Interview Calls

December 27th, 2010 by ROZEE Team

Most of the jobseekers begin the job hunt without having a proper plan in place which makes it much more difficult to find a good job opening and applying to it successfully. Listed below are some of the most common mistakes which many job seekers commit. By avoiding these common mistakes you can put your job hunt on the right path and make the best of your time.

Applying to Irrelevant Jobs:

During a job hunt, many job seekers get desperate and start applying to any and every job that is available to them. They apply to jobs which are either not relevant to their field or the level of experience and skill needed in a candidate is much above the level of the job seeker. This serves no purpose other than to irritate the employers who might add your profile to a block list which will not let you apply to any jobs in future. Avoid this conduct at all costs and only apply to jobs that are specific to your skills and education level. Read More »

How to Answer the Salary Question during an Interview without Getting Confused?

December 27th, 2010 by ROZEE Team

Question from the Job Seeker

How should we answer the question of expected salary during an interview session? Almost every employer put this question at some stage of the interview and although it is expected I get confused when they ask what salary do you expect? I often say the amount which is very lower as compared to what I should get but the nervousness makes me commit this mistake every time. How should we answer this question in a practical way?

Bushra

There are many books available which prepare individuals for the interview with suggested answers to the possible questions asked during the interview session. The problem is that if you go with the book some employers are able to identify that you have already prepared the answers and they often ask you why you answers seems rehearsed. How can one avoid this from happening?

Rashid Sardar

Answer from Rozee Team

Dear Bushra & Rashid,

Since both of you have asked interview related questions we have decided to answer them together. As far as the question of salary is concerned, it is understandable that the question brings forth some level of anxiety as one needs to be sure he is neither ask for too much nor too little. Read More »

Online Recruitment Firms Allow Us To Save Time And Give Us Access To A Large Number Of Talented Candidates, Says Mr. Awais Aslam, Manager HR Department, Vital Tech Engineering & Services

December 27th, 2010 by ROZEE Team

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

Mr. Awais Aslam: According to my point of view, the 3 basic principles for success in professional life include:

  • To be regular & punctual
  • Being innovative & creative
  • To respect the boss and seniors

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

Mr. Awais Aslam: The key factors that one needs to see in a candidate for any job posting include:

  • Must be positive, loyal and reliable
  • Must be an effective problem solver
  • Must be good listener
  • Must be experienced in the relevant field etc. Read More »

Avoid Job Interview Stress

December 8th, 2010 by ROZEE Team

As soon as we get an interview call, the first reaction is excitement and joy which is immediately followed by anxiety. There are millions of questions in our mind such as, what should be the perfect attire? What will be the interviewer like? How difficult will the questions be? The anxiety and stress a person accumulates waiting for the interview often lead to making some mistake during the interview process.

Being stressed before and during a job interview is very common and some people experience this fear of appearing in an interview even after being in the professional field for years. However, different people feel this anxiety at different levels as some only feel slight anxiety while others feel panicked and completely out of sorts. People who face mild anxiety can easily hide it and appear perfectly composed during the interview but those who face extreme cases of anxiety before the interview, often end up creating a poor impression on the interviewer.

Signs Of Extreme Job Interview Stress:

There are a few signs which can clearly indicate if you are suffering from extreme stress before or during an interview:

  • Sweating profusely, so much so that even the palms of your hands are wet
  • Dry and scratchy throat Read More »

What Is The Appropriate Answer To The “Why Should We Hire You” Question Posed By The Employer?

December 8th, 2010 by ROZEE Team

Question From The Job Seeker

I have been following your newsletter for some time now and the helpful tips provided for the job seekers have to be appreciated. It is entirely true that interview is the most important and difficult part of the job hunt and one needs to give perfect answers in order to get the job. I have given some interviews in the past and although I do not find myself ill-equipped to answer the questions posed by the employer, I face difficulty in answering one particular question. Towards the end of the interview, the interviewer once asked me to give reasons why he should hire me over all the other applicants. I find this question extremely difficult to answer as one cannot differentiate between bragging and presenting your positive points. Not all employers have asked me this question but I want to be prepared to answer this question in case it comes up during an interview again. Please help me in addressing this issue and provide some helpful suggestions as to how one can answer this tricky question during an interview.

Mudassar Aslam

Answer from Rozee Team

Dear Mudassar,

It is a very common problem faced by many jobseekers as the question often confuses them and they do not know how to answer the given question. Some of the more experienced job seekers know that they can be asked this question and have prepared an answer accordingly but others might be taken by surprise and fail to answer the questions satisfactorily. Read More »