How to Avoid Extra Hours At Work

October 9th, 2012 by Rozee Team

Question from the Job Seeker

How to set boundaries at workplace?

I started my job as low level supervisor in a small scale business company. With the passage of time, I was appreciated and promoted, but with it came extra responsibilities. The senior supervisor at my company was demoted and I had to carry the burden of his duties too, without any reasonable compensation. Now the situation has become worst. I am regularly called for extra shifts. I am called and emailed in the middle of the night and I am practically at work round the clock. All this havoc comes without compensation and it makes the situation even more unbearable. My boss is a tyrant and I fear losing my job if I complain.

These circumstances are brutally affecting my personal life and health. What is the best thing to do?

Amar Jajja

Answer from ROZEE.PK

Dear Amar,

The problem is not with the boss, it is with you. Employers want to get the best out of their employees with spending the possible minimum and your boss is just doing his job!
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Homework Before Going to an Interview

August 28th, 2012 by Rozee Team

Question from the Job Seeker

How to look for information about the company before going in for an interview?

I applied for a job a few days back. While applying for the job, I only focused on the job description and prerequisites. I was the protagonist in my mind. But now that I have been called for a formal interview, many questions about the company and the prospective employers are popping in my head. Where can I look for reliable and quick information?

Nasir Inam

Answer from Team ROZEE

Dear Nasir,

It is always a good idea to be accompanied with some homework while going to for interview. This will make you prepared for what lies ahead and boost your confidence. To create a firm impression, mention some of the prominent features of the company during the interview.
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How to Complain About Unprofessional Behavior Without Being a Tattler?

July 17th, 2012 by Rozee Team

I have recently stepped in professional environment. I am generally a ‘desirable’ coworker and don’t create any problem in the office environment. However, I am facing this distressing situation. A person at the workplace has an attitude problem and he is quite infuriating. When annoyed by something, he slams his keyboard in the desk, curses loudly and generally disturbs the professional air of the office. This kind of attitude does not affect directly but it definitely distracts me.

Once, a few months back, he got into a fight and was reported to the HR. The manager asked us all to be open about the office environment and report any unprofessional activity that may occur. Should I talk about it to the HR manager or let it go? I don’t want to sound childish or seem like a tattler.

Fahad Khan

Answer from ROZEE

Dear Fahad,

Being in an office requires professionalism and if you strive for it, you are on the right track! You have deemed it right; there is a thin line between complaining rightly and tattling. Let’s just see the difference. My dictionary says Read More »

How should I Handle a Bad Tempered Boss?

June 14th, 2012 by Rozee Team

Question from the Job Seeker

While working in a multinational company with handsome salary, the only issue that bothers me is a bad tempered boss. I love my job and it suits my taste and personality. It is well paid as well. But frequently, my life at office is made miserable by unjust anger from the boss. The boss is otherwise just and kind. But when things go wrong, he becomes vicious! Such situations cause stress and sometimes prove to be demoralizing. How can I deal with this problem?

Ahmed Raza

Answer from ROZEE

Dear Ahmed Raza,

Your situation is upsetting. However you seem very keen to find a solution and continue the job.

You must remember the famous proverb “A soft answer turns away wrath”. This trick works. As soon as your boss starts yelling, the best thing to do would be to stay silent. If there is little to say, keep your volume low. The person who keeps on shouting without retaliation soon starts to feel stupid and pointless. Shortly your boss will dismiss your presence! Read More »

I Have Been Posted to Another City, But it is Very Hard for me to Shift to Another City With Family and Kids. What Could be the Best Possible Move?

May 7th, 2012 by Rozee Team

Question from the Job Seeker

I have been doing great work in a Private Company and recently I was told to pack my bags and move to another city where an officer has been fired on corruption charges. It can prove to be a progress in my career but it is hard to see myself living a bachelor’s life. My kids are young; they need me, and I don’t feel like leaving my family. What to do in this dilemma?

Bilal Ahmed

Answer from ROZEE

Dear Ahmed,

It surely is a tough situation and you feel divided between your job and family. This is very natural. Don’t worry; the worst will be over soon.

Firstly, let’s see if you can afford to drop your current job? Do you have a sound resume that could pull for you a reasonable job? In the current economic situation, finding a job is not an easy task. It could take a long time to find a decent job (not to discourage you, just being realistic!), but if you think that you have got impressive skills then finding a new job and living with your family is a great idea.

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I Keep Hearing About the Term “Perchi System” and “Letter System” During Recruitment; I Despise Such Notions Myself, But How Would You Differentiate a Request From a Recommendation?

April 16th, 2012 by Rozee Team

Question from the Job Seeker

I am aware how hard it is to find a decent job; every day I see deserving people suffering and undeserving people growing. I have asked a number of my relatives to help me find a good job and most of them do have my resume as well – how can I be sure I don’t partake in this awful system?

Ali Ghazi

Answer from ROZEE

Dear Ghazi,

Yes, it is very unfortunate – seeing deserving individuals suffer and those with only “links” and “connections” making good progress. Your intentions are very noble indeed, once the resource starts avoiding the “Parchi System” this plague will eventually disappear from our society. Read More »

I Am Actively Looking For a Job and am in Contact With a Number of Recruitment Agencies. Some I Find Professional, Others Not So. Do I Need to Watch Out for Recruiters Who Might Harm My Profile?

April 9th, 2012 by Rozee Team

Question from the Job Seeker

I recently graduated as an Electrical Engineer and am having a tough time finding a suitable job. A couple of my friends were able to find good employment through recruitment agencies. I also applied to those agencies along with others. For the last couple of days, I have been hearing how agencies can spoil your profile. Is there any truth to this? And if so, how do I ensure the integrity of my profile?

Naseem Abdullah

Answer from ROZEE

Dear Naseem,

Jobs are indeed hard to come by particularly for the specialized niche such as yours; however, things are not all bad. When it comes to recruitment agencies, well, yes there are some which are more effective than others. There are a few things to observe before going ahead and applying. Read More »

What is “Professional Correspondence”? No Matter How Hard I Try, My Boss Keeps Complaining About My Correspondence Not Being Mature Enough!

March 22nd, 2012 by Rozee Team

Question from the Job Seeker

I am an MBA student and an intern at a company. My supervisor keeps telling me that my e-mails and telephone etiquette are not formal enough. I have asked him a number of times to help me with it but he always says that he is occupied. One time, when he finally did find the time, he just gave me a couple of advices and asked me to discuss it with my teachers. Can you please help me?

KhurramAlvi

Answer from ROZEE

Dear Alvi,

When it comes to formal correspondence, there are some differences to keep in mind. What we would normally call a decent conversation in some cases does not qualify as formal. It is a common issue, especially when you have just started off your career. You can improve on your correspondence very easily, as it is no rocket science. Read More »

“Birds of a Feather Flock Together” – Does that Mean I Have to do What Others do Even if it Goes Against My Values in Order to Survive in the Organization?

March 1st, 2012 by Rozee Team

Question from the Job Seeker

I come from a religious family and I’m a proud practicing Muslim; the company I work for is a multinational and being such, employs people from very diverse range of cultures and religions. We have gatherings and parties on a regular basis; however I feel like an outcast because I do not indulge in some of the activities that go on during these gatherings. Although I have not felt anything that would suggest I am being tagged as an outcast because of my values; however, I do have a fear that this will eventually catch on.

Any suggestions?

Tariq Rizvi

Answer from ROZEE

Dear Rizvi,

What you are going through is completely understandable. Divided between our faith and our careers we often start assuming things which might not even be there. One starts to anticipate negativity and eventually the negatives do materialize – to start with, stop thinking grim. Pure multinationals that have a diverse workforce do acknowledge and appreciate each and every culture that comes in along with their employees. Read More »

My Previous Supervisor was Amazing; She was Posted to Another City and a New Manager Replaced Her. I am having Serious Issues with him…How should I proceed with this?

January 27th, 2012 by Rozee Team

Question from the Job Seeker

The company I work for is highly professional; there are proper rules and regulations strictly enforced. A proper check and balance ensures a steady smooth work flow. I started having problems when my superior was transferred to another branch; with her I had absolutely no issues. We used to work together brilliantly and I could feel my productivity increased with every passing day since I used learn something new all the time. Now, there sits a new manager in her seat; he has a flirtatious attitude towards almost all the females working in the office, and particularly towards me – perhaps because I am her direct subordinate. Now, I know I have to keep my superiors happy to be successful in the company and I have all the intentions to stay and grow. However, he often suggests me to do things that go against my values. With a performance evaluation coming up, I have no idea what to do. Please help!

Anonymous

Answer from ROZEE

Dear Anonymous,

It is sad to say the least, to hear that you are suffering from an issue that plagues most of us. On the other hand you should consider yourself lucky for being at an organization that has proper policies and procedures for issues. Well, the first thing you do is Read More »