Having a job is a great blessing and when you are working somewhere at a stable position, you don’t want to think about bad times. However, the fact remains that there are no guarantees that you might still be employed next month or even the next week. The employment scenario has changed drastically after the economic recession and the number of people without jobs has increased quite a lot lately. While it is true that you cannot do much to avoid getting fired once the boss has made up his mind, there are still many things you can do when you still have a job which can help you later on. Read More »
Having a positive work environment is extremely important if you want to give your best at work. If you are working in a negative environment, it not only brings down your productivity but also has an effect on your motivation level. While most of us hope that we will be provided with a healthy and positive working environment, not all of us are that lucky.
Sometime you might find yourself trapped in a negative environment which is detrimental to the quality of work and the management might not be doing anything to change the circumstance. So what can you do in such circumstances? It is not an option to leave the job as the job market in Pakistan is already tough and those who have a job want to keep holding on to their jobs. The best option in such a situation is to make some effort of your own to create a positive working environment which will boost your productivity. Read More »
Creating the perfect CV is the first step towards getting a good job. Your CV is the first thing that reaches the employer and it is vital in making the right impression on the prospective employer. Many people do not understand the importance of the CV and end up making casual mistakes on the resume which makes a poor impression on the employer and often he throws the CV into the waste basket rather than taking a second look.
There are many common mistakes which make a resume bad and ruin the first impression of the candidate. Some of these common mistakes are:
Lack of Focus:
Having a focus is very important element in any kind of resume. It is a commonly known fact that the employer scans an average resume for not more than 20 seconds, so it is important that a resume shows the main objective and the goal of the candidate at first glance. Read More »
When you start at a new job you need to know that your new boss is going to have the most impact on your professional career at that organization than anyone else. Whether you succeed or fail is totally dependent on your new boss as he can help you grow or inhibit your growth by making it impossible for you to work. Your boss is the one person who is evaluating you from day one by establishing goals and benchmarks for your successful performance; he evaluates your actions and methods of dealing with other key players, and manages and controls all the resources that you need. Getting off on the wrong foot with your new boss can create a lot of difficulties at your new job and often you might find it difficult to continue in the job if your boss does not like you.
The key to maintaining a successful relationship with the boss is to build upon a productive working relationship. This will make it easier for you to perform the tasks that have been assigned to you without having to face problems from your boss. Read More »
When you begin your job hunt and successfully pass the various stages of an interview to the point when you are asked to quote the expected salary, most of the job seekers get confused and end up asking for too little or too much. While it is true that a job opportunity is seen as a career growth opportunity for a brighter future, it is also a fact that we wish to receive the pay which is according to our skills and experience level. A job opportunity with a good salary package is bound to attract the best candidates from the crop as job seekers are naturally interested in their financial well being as well as professional growth.
Many job seekers have no idea how they should negotiate the salary demands and often end up getting far less than what they had been hoping for. Smart salary negotiation is an art which can be learnt by practicing and researching. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »