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 »

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 »