Guide To Choosing Your Job

The topic ‘how to select a right company for your career growth’ itself reminds me of a story. The story of an employer who eagerly wanted to hire an individual who was interested to work with them.

When the employer of a reputed IT web development company called him, he politely replied “Sorry, but I’m not interested. It was certainly the most essential and a big step from his current role, and he had all the right skills and qualifications.

The recruiter continued to convince him until he said something that really confused him. The candidate replied that he “already made it to the top”.

The employer was quite acquainted with his current company and looked at his resume again.

The employer wondered, he (the candidate) is not somewhere on the top. He would have needed a telescope to see the top. While at the same time, he was just a mere a pathfinder, not a manager.

To the perplexed recruiter, he explained that “making it to the top” for him meant he loved the exact work he did each day, he loved his company, he was treated fairly and with respect, he made enough money to be comfortable, he had excellent benefits, he had flexibility, and most importantly to him, he’s never missed a single Little League game, dance recital, parent-teacher conference, anniversary, birthday, or any family event.

He knew what taking the next step in his career meant. More time, travel, and sacrifice. “Not worth it,” he said.

Brilliant, isn’t that?

But the traditional thing followed by every employee is –

*Phone rings*

*You are selected for the job*

*High Package*

*Jumping with happiness*

*After a week*

The happiness of getting a job transformed to concern as you realize that you have accepted the job without thinking, and the honeymoon period is over.

The moment you feel wouldn’t it be great if you can ask questions which would show the blacks in the grays about being a potential bad fit for the company?

The story we read, clearly tells that for a deserving job aspirant a decent job opportunity is not just about a good pay package but it is about several things including designation, work pressure, career growth and also the workplace environment. Yes, the place where one spends a better part of the day should boost the morals of working and encourage the employee to give the best of his abilities.

So how as an employee you can decide about an ideal workplace? How can you decide about the workplace that contributes to the development of your skills and capabilities? Maybe asking right questions will improve the chances that your next strategic career step will be witty.

Here are some of the most important considerations when evaluating your ideal workplace.

  • Personal Growth

Personal growth is a sum total of career growth and on job learning as well as skill development. Obviously, both are closely related and your career growth can only be ensured with right skill development and on-job learning. Taking the right step towards the right direction in your career depends on your abilities as well.You should always choose a workplace that offers pretty expansive opportunities to sharpen your skills and abilities besides opening up opportunities for career growth. Just think whether the job role would help you evolve and become better equipped for bigger roles in your career? A perfect workplace instead of making your position stagnant and static propels your career growth.

Just like mentioned in the above story, the definition of making it to the top is all about your growth rather than the one defined by society or anyone else.

  • Passionate Seniors

The second most important thing is the passion of your seniors and upper levels in nourishing your skills and guiding you professionally. Instead of a routine stuck clerical mentality seniors must push for creative pursuit and innovative output from the workplace and this does not happen without a passionate approach. If your seniors lack passion, you are likely to have less passion as well.

  • Company Growth And Competitive Position

You cannot find yourself on the growth track if your company is experiencing severe growth challenges. So, for every would-be employee company’s growth and prospect is equally a major competitors. You are likely to experience better career prospect if the company is competitively ahead of others.

  • The Future Prospect Of Growth

Even if a company is just beginning its journey, you can still find to be ideal for your career growth if it is involved in breakthrough projects or has several innovative projects under its command. Even a small startup can have a big prospect thanks to the innovative potential. Being part of a phenomenal growth story from the very beginning is undoubtedly a rewarding endeavour.

  • Company Stability

Finally, is your company you are going to stable? Does it have a solid foundation in respect of financial strength and market reputation? Can it withstand and overcome market setbacks? These considerations are important to ensure your stability as an employee.

  • Vibes You Feel When You Come For Interview

Lastly, you need to be observant of the typical vibe in the workplace when you come in for an interview. Does it give you the impression of a happy and vibrantly energetic workplace? If yes, at least you could be assured of one positive sign of your future workplace.

How To Get Great Impression On First Day Work

Landing a dream job is not so easy. You had struggled a lot to find the dream job. You had faced many rejections from the interviewers. Finally, you had cracked the interview at your dream organization. So, what are your plans for this precious day? We know that most of you are figuring out what to wear and how to impress boss and colleagues. Right? You are aware that first impression is crucial to stand out on first day at work. Now what next?

Are you ready for your new job? You are excited for this day. Perhaps, you will be stressful and somewhat nervous. It may be scary just like first day of school or college. But do you know that it is normal to feel tensed and excited.

We bring to you fifteen tips that will help you to prove your skills at work and make yourself productive on day one.

Keep Your Documents Ready

Your first day may spend in completing all the formalities – filling up forms, induction, submitting documents, etc. So, it would be better from the human resources department to ask all the necessary documents in advance that you have to submit. Once you get a list, just keep them together in the document folder to avoid any last minute hassles.

Learn About Your New Employer

Before attending an interview, you had researched a lot about your company. But your learning should not end here. You should try to gather as much as information about your company. Just read its brochures or check LinkedIn/Facebook company’s page etc.

Dress Appropriately

No doubt, a person is always judged by his/her outfit. So, a newcomer should select his or her attire carefully. You should try to understand what outfit would be appropriate for your industry. It would be great, if you know the dress code and HR policies. If your company has a dress code, you should follow it.

Be Punctual

On day one, you should reach office on time – neither too early nor too late. Leave your place early as you don’t know the route or traffic chaos. There are many people in all over the world who reach office late. The main reason is that they don’t realize the impact of punctuality. If you arrive your workplace timely, you can garner attention and respect from your seniors.

Carry A Pen and Paper

Seriously! It is essential! The chances are that you will get stationary like pen and notepad from your new employer. But you should prepare yourself with your own stationery. You can jot down all the important points quickly which are shared by other people. Don’t forget to review all the notes at the end of the day.

Think Positive

Being a new employee, it may possible that you have to face a lot of challenges during the first week of joining. But don’t be disappointed at this point. We all know that nothing is impossible in the world as ‘impossible’ world itself says ‘I am possible’. So, just keep trying and you will surely overcome this situation.

Listen carefully

During first weeks, you should be a good listener. The good listening skills will let you grasp the things quickly and avoid mistakes. It is the time when you can absorb as much as information you can. However, many questions will haunt in your mind. But you should choose them wisely and ask from others with full confidence.

Work Proactively

Many companies assign their new employees small projects so that they can easily handle. So, if you have finished your work timely and have some extra time, then you can ask from your boss some work. It will help you create a good image in the company.

Be Socialize

At your workplace, your colleagues will invite you lunch or coffee. So, you should join them. We will not suggest you to hamper your work. But you should try to make new friends and fit yourself in the new environment.

Stay Away from office politics

Mind your business! Yes, absolutely right! When you join a company, you just know your seniors and co-workers, but not much. The time changes when office gossip starts. Some people will share their personal feelings about the company and notice your impressions. Keep yourself neutral in this case. If there is something which bothers you, then it would be great to ask from your senior or human resource department. For example, if you want to know about your salary beak-up, then go directly to the concern person to understand your salary breakup, salary structure and its components.

Don’t Hesitate to Ask Questions

When you join a new organization, you will come to know about their projects. You will get a chance to learn new things from your seniors. If you have any query regarding your work, then don’t hesitate to ask. Nobody will expect from you stellar performance from day of joining. So, it is better to clarify all the doubts to complete the given task without committing any mistake.

Maintain Office Decorum

Being an employee, you ought to maintain office decorum – whether it is wearing ID cards, maintaining silence or taking breaks. There may be chances that you will not get all the facilities at your new workplace just like your old office. But there is something that makes you determined to switch.

Stay Yourself Organized

Just set up a system to track all the appointments, meetings, project deadlines, and assignments. You can use online calendar to set up reminders for all the deadlines. Either, you can make a to-do list at the beginning and end of the day.

Keep Personal Business Limited

According to a study, every person conducts personal business during official timings such as shopping online, making reservations, texting, checking WhatsApp messages or personal emails. So, you should conduct limit amount of time. Just focus on your work. If there is some urgent phone call, then just step away to attend. Learn 16 ways to maintain work-life balance!

Relax

Last but not least – be relaxed. Keep smiling J and have a great experience. Remember that everyone has first day in the workplace. So, they probably will understand the situation and help you to fit in the environment.

Hope above mentioned tips will help you create good image in new organization from day one! All the best!!

Why Taking Vacation Is Important

Summer has arrived and with it, our most popular vacation season. Nevertheless, a surprisingly large number of American workers, whether full-time employees who receive benefits, business owners, or other self-employed professionals, will not take time off to relax and get away this year, in summer or any other season.

There are many of us who apparently feel that stepping away from work responsibilities now and again signals a lack of discipline or commitment to our jobs. Many of us brag about the number of hours we work each day and more is always better. Could it be the legacy of the Puritan work ethic?

Furthermore, U.S. companies on the whole are stingy about granting paid time off, as compared to their counterparts in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Latin America. Even in Great Britain, birthplace of the hard-working, pleasure-avoiding Puritans, employers large and small traditionally grant to their full-time employees three paid holidays at Christmas, while U.S. companies typically grant only one paid holiday.

Easter is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar, but in predominantly Christian America, there is no paid holiday for Easter. In contrast, paid holidays for Good Friday and Easter Monday are standard in Latin America, New Zealand, Australia and European Union member countries.

The Center For Economic and Policy Research reports that 25{c5b35dafdfbf8f37ea89a8e4b1ce4ba533309cdeccf6af5270a9dda6c7da91e9} of U.S. workers receive no paid time off of any kind—sick time, holiday, or vacation time. An increasing number of companies that employ primarily low-wage workers restrict the number of hours that their employees receive, to keep benefits out of reach for as many as possible.

U.S. workers are ourselves complicit in the anti-vacation time practice. According to the jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor, 75{c5b35dafdfbf8f37ea89a8e4b1ce4ba533309cdeccf6af5270a9dda6c7da91e9} of employees who are eligible to receive paid vacation time do not use all of their benefit days in a given year. Sadly, there may be a method to the madness.

The global forecasting organization Oxford Economics (part of Oxford University) found that 13{c5b35dafdfbf8f37ea89a8e4b1ce4ba533309cdeccf6af5270a9dda6c7da91e9} of managers are less likely to promote staff who use all of their vacation days and that employees who take fewer vacation days on average earn nearly 3{c5b35dafdfbf8f37ea89a8e4b1ce4ba533309cdeccf6af5270a9dda6c7da91e9} more pay than employees who use all vacation time granted.

Yet Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, is considered the thought leader of a trend that advocates for offering unlimited vacation time to employees. He believes that leaders should trust their employees to make wise decisions about when and how much vacation time to take, and balance the companys’ needs and their personal needs.

Full Contact, a Denver, CO software company, now offers a $7500 bonus to employees if they actually leave town when on vacation. Conditions apply. Those employees must refrain from using tech gadgets such as mobile phones or computers and refrain also from sending emails and texts. Employees cannot work while on vacation.

Finally, Jim Moffatt, CEO of mega consulting firm Deloitte, extols the benefits of vacations, stating “By taking a break from day-to-day operations, not only was I spending more much-needed time with my family, but also I was able to focus on the bigger picture of where we (Deloitte) were and where our business was going.”

Are you convinced yet? It’s not easy for independent business owners and Solopreneurs to take time off, but make it a point to get out of town for a weekend trip or two this summer, if possible. Your clients will be better served when you are rested and ready to deliver the solutions that they need.

Thanks for reading,

Kim

Tips To Get Your Job Opportunity

As a manager, I’m always on the look-out for the performance of my team and also the opportunity to add someone new that might take our companies and brands to a higher level. I happen to be one of those executives that are never satisfied and is always striving to achieve higher results.

All of this means that I have the opportunity regularly to meet new people who could potentially join my team. At any given time, I could be in the process of interviewing anyone who could enter into my team as a junior member and even seasoned professional. Recently, I’ve been hiring experienced professionals, and they’re doing an excellent job. A lot of the reason this is happening is because I’m always on the look-out for qualities that go beyond their resume and work experience.

If you’re thinking about your next job opportunity, you should be aware of the qualities that managers are looking for when they hire.

Confidence

It doesn’t matter if someone who just got out of high school or has been in the business world for decades; it’s essential to believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else? I’ve seen people whom I’ve interviewed, and they have not appeared nervous, and the only tell was when I’ve gotten up to shake their hand, which was perspiring, after the interview. That’s fine. Fear or nerves are a natural part of life, but confidence comes from the knowledge that you will overcome this challenge and anything else that you face and so you’re comfortable in your skin.

Personality

One of my recent hires had a lot to do with personality. I had a gut feeling that this person was going to do well with the other members of my team. This individual’s character was warm and engaging. It doesn’t matter to me if someone is an introvert or an extrovert. I happen to have both types of people on my team, and they each bring different qualities to the table, which work well. However, even if they are one way or another, they all know our ethos revolves around momentum, excellence and getting the job done at the highest levels. These elements are a natural part of the personalities of the people on my team and what many managers seek in their hires.

Leadership or Initiative

Let’s face it, not everyone on your team can be a natural leader. The world takes all kinds of people, and you need the followers as well as the leaders, but everyone has to have initiative–even the followers. In my team, I want to be informed about almost everything, especially before we have to make critical decisions or something can develop into a crucial situation. When someone takes the initiative to speak up and propose something that can help us do our work better, sees a problem in the making, or offers a new idea, that initiative is leadership.

Intelligence

By intelligence, I don’t necessarily mean formal education. Candidly, I never attended college and yet became a very successful business, and we know there are countless others like me. Intelligence comes in many forms. When I speak to someone who could potentially work in my team, I’m looking for a person who demonstrates a sharp intellect in areas such as common sense, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, etc. One of the essential aspects of knowledge is curiosity. If I see someone who is naturally curious, asks questions and wants to know, learn and discover, that tells me the person in front of me is smart. I can’t tell you how often I have a candidate sitting in front of me who has not bothered to even look at my company websites. An intelligent person takes that time to do their due diligence and homework.

If you’re in the process of looking for a new work opportunity, take the time to read other articles about what managers want to see in their employees. A significant activity to do is to speak to someone who is an experienced professional and ask that person to provide you with a critique of your interviewing style. Take the time with this person to practice your interview skills, especially if you’ve never done it or are rusty.

Many people looking for a job take a lot of time reviewing and redoing their resumes, but it’s just as important to work on yourself. Stay motivated and in a positive place because that energy flows through and is sensed by others in a heartbeat. Never forget that first impressions only come around once and you want to be able to knock it out of the park.

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Tips To Get Career Coach

Trying to search for the right career coach but feel overwhelmed with the proliferation of coaches in the market? How to identify a good coach who has a real-world experience? Worry not, check out these amazing tips to follow when choosing the right coach for you-

  1. Credentials

If the career coach holds a certification with a leading global organisation that provides formal training and adhere to general standards of professionalism, be sure you have got the right catch.

  1. Work experience

In order to help someone in achieving work-related goals, A great coach must himself have a real-world work experience. It has been observed that are plenty of career coaches who excel in life coaching but have few practical suggestions. If a person has not been through different working conditions, how can he help you?

  1. Authenticity of references

If the coach is willing to provide references from his past clients, nothing can beat the authenticity. Go by the references offered to you by your friend, relative or any acquaintance. One of the best ways is to look at the ratings and reviews on social media.

  1. Credibility

Choose a coach who is renowned and recognized for his success stories and achievements. Is he visible in the industry? Any published articles or books? Has he ever been a part of professional conferences? Your chosen coach must be 100{c5b35dafdfbf8f37ea89a8e4b1ce4ba533309cdeccf6af5270a9dda6c7da91e9} dedicated and committed to the profession.

  1. Goals

A great coach should know the art of determining your overall goals. He should understand the specific milestones and able to tell you what might results look like beforehand. Always try for one-to-one sessions.

  1. Great match

Coaching is not less than a partnership between two persons who are thriving to achieve the same goals. Comfort trust, openness are some of the apt parameters that should be followed by both parties. In short, there is a good fit before moving ahead.

  1. Fee

It is perfectly fine to think about the cost involved. Some coaches provide sessions that may last an hour or a whole day, some provide reading material and crucial books, some wants to meet you just once or twice- so you must know how much you are expected to pay and for what? But avoid being penny wise and pound foolish. Do not just select the coach because he is charging the least.

  1. Consultation

Make the most of your first meeting. Try out your best to figure out whether the coach is capable enough to help you realise your goals. The first meeting should be free. Anyone who charges consultation for it, he is nothing.

  1. Guarantee

Despite of all your hard work and dedication, you reach nowhere so what to do in certain situation. Be aware whether the coach will give refund or extra time to fulfil your purpose. It is better to research about how often the person has had to give someone refund and under what circumstances.Discovery session is an ultimate way to evaluate a career coach!

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Tips To Get Suitable Job

Finding a suitable job after a break may be challenging. Most employers would not consider your work experience prior to the career break and consider you as an entry level once again. But don’t lose heart, you still have a chance to land your dream job after a break. Here are some tips on how to find a suitable job after a career break.

Assurance. You have to assure your employer that you will be staying with them to work and not go on a break once again. Employers need assurance that they can rely on you to do the task, complete it and not abandon it. This means that you have to explain clearly during the interview the reason why you had a break. A well-explained rational reason is acceptable and takes away the doubt from the employer’s mind.

Knowledge and Skills. You have to be able to show that you still have the knowledge and skills that you have prior the career break and even better after the career break. You should be able to improve your knowledge and skills even during the break. This means that even though you are not working on your career, you are still learning new things and developing your skills. You still have to be updated on the latest things happening on your industry.

Adaptability. You should be able to adapt to new technology and development that occurred while you are on break. You cannot expect that the same tools you were using prior the break would still be the same ones that you will use when you make a career comeback. With the rapid changes in technology and computers, everything gets upgraded to become a better version of the original or prior versions.

Flexibility. You should be flexible enough to take on new roles after the career break. Roles can be related to or not to your prior work experience. You can change roles and engage in a career that is related to the skills you developed while on break. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be coming back to the same career you had prior to the break.

Networking. You should be able to keep in touch with former colleagues and bosses even during your career break. These people can help you once you are ready to come back. They can rehire you or recommend you as they already know your skills and attitude towards work.

Confidence. You should be able to exude confidence that you are now ready for a career come back. No trace of regrets should be shown on having a break rather a positive outlook that there are good reasons for the break and you have benefitted from it. The experiences you had during the career break could actually contribute to your next career.

These are only a few things to keep in mind when planning a career break or while at the middle of a career break or even after a break in the career. What’s important is the decision to come back and face new challenges.

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Tips To Survive After Firing

If you’re working a job these days, it’s pretty likely for one reason or another that you’ll face either getting fired or being laid off. In days gone by, you could rely on being employed with a company for as long as you wanted to work there. Not so much nowadays; you’re doing well to be with an employer a minimum of a year or a little more. Well, how should you handle being fired or laid off besides the inevitable emotional reaction? Next time you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, try the following 3 tips to make your transition to the next phase in your life smooth and positive:

1. Don’t Burn Bridges
Although you work a job and have a boss, you’re ultimately in the ‘people’ business. Here’s the focus: don’t just concentrate on doing your job everyday and staying only to yourself. Get to know your co-workers (including your supervisor and / or boss) within your department and in other areas of the company. Relate to them as people that have lives outside of work. In other words, be a friend.

BE NICE… ALWAYS… NO MATTER WHAT! Here’s the best advice I’ve ever received when dealing with others especially when on the job: it’s not about what someone did and or say to you… it’s all in how you respond. Now, being fired or laid off doesn’t necessarily bring warm and positive feelings to mind, but you do have a choice in how you respond. Choose wisely. Keep labor disputes professional and never make them PERSONAL.

2. Know What’s In Your Personnel File
Always have the end in mind from the beginning. When you are hired, please understand what’s in the employment offer. So many times, we get overjoyed from being hired and we typically rush through the hiring paper work. This is a huge mistake and come back to haunt you in the unfortunate event that you’re fired or laid off. Take your time and ask questions for everything in which you need more clarity.

Request to review your personnel file at least once a year. How many of us have never even seen our personnel file until we’re fired or laid off? Again, this is another huge mistake especially when it comes to being up to date on annual work evaluations. Stay informed about how the company views your work and what (if any) negative remarks are in your personnel.

3. Stay Associated and Aware of the Bigger Picture
You are not your job and your job does not define you. In other words, your job should not define you as a person. You’re a human being rather than a human doing. Here are some ways to grow from a personal development standpoint:

  1. Join an association or networking group in your industry
  2. Obtain an industry recognized credential or certification
  3. Take the time to invest and build your personal network by volunteering, writing, and or mentoring individuals in your industry

Tips To Increase Sales Profit

Prepare your start strategy

1. The first impression is key.
You will never have a second chance to make a good first impression. Therefore, from the beginning focus on satisfying the customer’s wishes and do not concentrate only on submitting an offer. If your start is weak, the end will be the same. Take advantage of the first meeting so that your consumers are convinced – through a good deal – that you are their best option and, of course, that they are also important to you. Otherwise, later you will have to work hard to change a bad first impression.

2. Draw a plan to win customers.
Planning the actions you will perform will give you great advantages to offer a service of excellence. Create a general plan before dealing with new customers and a special one for your main accounts. Profile each of your prospects based on general data and specific needs you observe. The purpose is to develop specific actions aimed at filling these gaps. Remember that the plan is only a starting point that must be adapted according to the case, because each client is different.

3. Listen first and anticipate.
Once you’ve charted a plan, the second step is called “anticipate.” How to do it? It allows the client to explain in detail what they want. Sometimes, words are not a sufficient resource to express what we really feel, so it also takes into account facial expressions and gestures. When it is your turn to speak, use all the information you got to present the characteristics of your product or service as the exact solution to the demands made.
Conclusion: Anticipate and go further.

4. Choose a good place for your business.
The location is a fundamental point for customers to enjoy going to your business with pleasure and without complications. Take into account the communication routes to get to your place and the type of area, that is, that is not too conflict, dangerous or difficult to access. Also consider it a priority to have your own parking or make an alliance with a nearby one and offer a special rate for your buyers. It would be useless if the design of your store is spectacular and you have the best products at competitive prices if you can not get people to come to you without major obstacles.

Meet your client

5. Study your market.
Invest time to be an expert knowledgeable about your market. Attend trade shows and events that your consumers consider important. There you can live closely with them. Also take the opportunity to observe what your competition is doing and to detect what kind of products and services are most in demand. Another option is to keep up to date on market trends through specialized publications and by getting involved and participating in chambers and trade associations.

6. Put yourself in your client’s shoes.
A serious mistake is to think that customer service is a standardized activity and that the same tactics will work to meet everyone’s expectations. The people are unique and special. Put yourself in the shoes of the other party and ask yourself the following question: how would I like to be treated: right or wrong? Then it offers a deal, at least, good. Better yet, excellent. Start with a general plan of attention and, as the case may be, design specific strategies to create a “different” experience for each client.

7. How to start with the right foot?
The secret is to ask the right questions at the beginning and end of the conversation you have with a client. Thank you for the time you have given and then ask: “Just out of curiosity, why did you accept this appointment?” Most will tell you about their experiences with different products and companies. You just concentrate on listening. This fact will show that, on the one hand, you have an interest, while you will obtain valuable information and the communication channel will be open for when it is your opportunity to present your proposals.

8. Ask the right questions.
A common mistake is to question customers incisively. For example: What goals would you like to achieve in your company? Even if you receive an answer, it may not be entirely true. Another mistake is asking: are you satisfied with the sales of your business? The answer will be “yes” or “no”, ending with the conversation. Instead, consider this position.

I hope you are good to go with these at the moment and if you implement them positively then I guess you will be the best seller in the future.

Signs of Perfect Time To Look The Job

Experts Agree: When You Already Have One. Most of us don’t look for a new job until we lose the one we have. We get the bad news, we panic a little (sometimes a lot) and we run off to polish our resumes, brush up our LinkedIn profiles and start looking at job advertisements. That makes sense, of course: nobody likes looking for work, so why would we do it when we don’t have to?

Sometimes what seems to make sense really doesn’t, and this is one of those times. Employment specialists stress that the best time to look for a new job is while you are working. If that sounds illogical, listen to some of the reasons behind the conclusion.

First, recruiters and managers prefer to hire candidates that already have jobs. There are many reasons for this, but in the HR profession, it’s almost universally agreed to be true. Liz Ryan, writing in Forbes, states: “employers prefer to hire currently-employed job applicants over applicants who aren’t working.” Executive Recruiter Harry Urschel, writing in Job Hunt, agrees: “it’s easier to get a new job while you’re in a job, rather than when you’re unemployed.” Peter Harris at Workopolis chimes in: “you’ll have a better chance being hired while you’re working.”

Second, you’ll have the chance to be selective. If you’re looking for a job when you’re unemployed and living on savings, there’s overwhelming pressure to take the first offer you get, even if it’s not very appealing. That’s a good way to end up in a job that has little potential or that you don’t even like. If you’re hunting jobs while employed, you can afford to choose only the best options. If an offer isn’t as good as your current job, pass it up. If it looks like you won’t have advancement potential, or you don’t get good feelings about the team, keep on looking. It’s a lot easier to do that when you’re not desperate.

Third, your future matters. The real dream jobs don’t come up every day, and they may not come up at all during your windows of unemployment. By keeping one foot in the job market at all times you assure that you’re available and paying attention when the position you really want opens up.

That’s three powerful arguments pointing to the same conclusion: the best time to look for a job is when you already have one.

Don’t Overdo It

Looking for a job while you’re working is a good strategy, but you’ll need a careful approach. When you’re out of work, the job hunt is the center of your life, and it takes most of your time and attention. You obviously don’t want to put that kind of energy into job hunting while employed! You wouldn’t have time to do your job, and your employer would very quickly figure out what you’re doing.

Your job hunt needs to be a lot more subtle if you have a job. You’re keeping one foot in the employment pool, not swimming laps in it. You want to keep your resume polished and up to date. You don’t need to search job advertisements every day; a quick scan once a week is fine. Only look closely at the very best jobs, the ones with quality employers that are the best fit for your skills and experience. Only apply if you’re convinced that the opportunity could be a major break in your career.

Round out your effort to stay available by keeping your networking efforts active, though not aggressive. Let friends and associates that you trust know that you’re willing to entertain offers, follow up new business contacts, and stay active on LinkedIn and other online professional venues.

When You Really Need to Look

It’s best for any working person to stay in the job market, even with a passive strategy. There are cases that justify an active job search, even while employed. If you’re in one of these categories, you need to step it up a notch.
• You’re not earning what your skills and experience should command;
• Your job imposes unhealthy mental or physical stress;
• You have to deal with toxic bosses or coworkers in your current workplace;
• You’ve gone too long without a promotion and you see little chance of upward mobility;
• You’re bored at work;
• Your company is in trouble. Declining revenues, overdependence on one customer or revenue source, poor business decisions, or legal issues are signs that it’s time to look elsewhere.
• There is illegal or unethical activity at the Company;
• You hate Mondays and dread going to work.

These conditions may not justify an immediate resignation, but they do mean you should be actively looking for new work opportunities. Don’t wait until things become intolerable or your employer collapses. If you see signs of trouble written on the wall, it’s time to take action.

Is It Fair to Your Employer?

Loyalty is admirable but ultimately looking after your career is your responsibility, and you need to take proactive steps to make sure you’re moving forward. If you’re reluctant to explore new options out of loyalty, ask yourself if the Company you work for would show the same loyalty to you if circumstances made it practical to replace you with someone else or discard your position.

There’s nothing wrong with discussing your workplace issues with your employers and trying to keep on good terms. There’s nothing wrong with telling your employers you have an offer and giving them the chance to match it. Unless you already have the perfect job, though, loyalty is a poor reason for stagnation. There’s always a chance to do better, and you owe yourself the opportunity to take a better deal if it comes along.

What You Need to Do

How do you go about maintaining that vital presence in the job pool? Step one is to keep your resume polished and up to date, including your latest accomplishments at your current job, and make sure it’s optimized to pass the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that major companies use to screen applicants.

“Your resume is the public face of your job search. If it’s not up to date, compliant with ATS and current trends, and optimized for the job you’re applying for, your chances of getting an interview drop dramatically.”

You can find hundreds of resume templates online, along with extensive advice on how to prepare a modern resume. If you’re not a professional writer, you may be better off hiring a professional writer or resume writing service to prepare this vital document. It’s easy to find freelance resume writers online, but you’ll need a personal referral and careful research to be sure you’re dealing with someone competent.

Once your resume is ready, you watch and wait. Select a few prime sources of job ads and scan them once a week. Keep reasonably active on LinkedIn and maintain your online and personal professional networks. You’re looking for exceptional opportunities, not blanketing the city with applications. This is about being a sniper, not a machine-gunner! When you see a possibility that excites you, do some research on the company, prepare a tailored cover letter, and get to work!

The Bottom Line

Looking for a job when you already have one may seem like a waste of valuable time, and to some, it might even seem like you lack loyalty to your current employer. Don’t let those superficial reactions close you off to the idea. If your current job is secure, you’re happy, and your chances of advancement are good there may be no need to look for other options. Not many of us fit that description, though, and most workers should at least consider the idea of staying permanently active in the job market. You’re more likely to get the job you apply for, you’re in a position to be selective, and you’re more likely to be on the spot when the position you really want opens up. That winning combination deserves your attention.

Benefit Studying Informatics Technology

Information Technology is one of the most sought-after industries in the present scenario. Pursuing courses with specialization in IT is all the rage since the field offers a host of opportunities to the skilled candidates. Management is another discipline that is immensely popular in the business schools. The course imparts technical skills related to IT with the know-how of the managerial sphere. Here are top five reasons to study this course:

1. Variety in the career choice

IT management takes your career in a number of different directions. You can become a computer network architect, a database administrator and many more. This course allows you to take your career in different directions and become successful. There are several success stories about people who had chosen this field and now holding managerial positions in top organizations. Hence, it is a great career option.

2. It is a practical course where you can perceive what you are studying

IT management course is an amalgamation of theoretical and practical study. The candidates are taught via case-studies and practical, so the students can understand the applicability of the concepts through real-life examples. The things you learn while perceiving are learned quicker and remain in the mind for a longer time.

3. The course entails problem-solving skills

Companies are aware that technology changes with the changing environment. So, those candidates are preferred who are well-versed with latest trends and can even solve the problems that emerge from time to time. It is important to know how to increase your thinking process and face all obstacles without dropping your objective. This course focuses on enhancing problem-solving skills.

4. You will earn enough remuneration

Since the course entails two useful concepts together- management and information technology, so successful candidates can anticipate handsome salaries. The young candidates can expect to receive good starting salaries post the course. On the other hand, the working professionals can escalate their chances of promotion or witness a tremendous hike in their salaries. Highly skilled candidates can even take up the high-paying and esteemed position of a project manager.

5. Always in demand

IT is a field which will always be in demand since digitalization is the present and the future. IT combined with management is a killer combination that offers a pool of opportunities. This field provides you with an unparallel opportunity to use your technical skills and generate innovative ideas to increase the company’s reputation. Being innovative and knowing how to tackle problems can make you a good IT manager.

Tips For Interim Consultant

In my experience very few people get treated any differently day-to-day in interim roles than “permanent” employees… the fact that you’re an interim won’t be a big issue but the expectations of you as an interim can sometimes be higher.

You might be expected to be an expert on more things, and you’ll probably be expected to have a measurable impact – perhaps more quickly than a new full time employee would be.

You could also get more latitude to challenge the orthodoxy, not be expected to navigate the company politics so carefully, and have your change agenda considered more dispassionately.

So how do you make sure you’re successful in your first interim consultant role?

The first (and maybe obvious) point is to choose the right role.

Don’t set yourself up for failure by taking an interim role with a team size, company culture or business model you’re not absolutely confident you can add real value to.

Ultimately what you “sell” is your reputation and track record – don’t be tempted to risk it by taking on a role you’re not 100{c5b35dafdfbf8f37ea89a8e4b1ce4ba533309cdeccf6af5270a9dda6c7da91e9} right for.

Once you have found the right role, and before you start, make sure you are very clear about the brief. Make sure you really understand what success will look like in the potential role.

Sometimes companies want a change agent, but sometimes they just want someone to “act like they got the job for real” and do their “sensible best”.

Make sure you understand whether you will need to be a good cultural fit or being counter-cultural is one of the reasons why they want to hire you.

When you start get the basics right..always arrive on time and dress similarly to the prevailing dress code in the team.

At the early stages of any assignment make sure you don’t write cheques you can’t cash by promising un-achievable things. There is no surer way of destroying your credibility (and making enemies of other people) than by promising things that can’t be delivered. It’s a subtle situation though..you may have been brought in to increase urgency and delivery so any goals you agree need to be ambitious but achievable.

So..what is the most important thing to do when you arrive?

It is to listen..never make the mistake of joining with a “here’s the solution..now tell me about the problem” approach.

In your first week try and meet as many people in the team as possible.

It’s important for you to get to know the team, and them to get to know you, so scheduling 30 minute interviews with each team member to ask the sort of questions below will very quickly create a picture of what you’re walking into.

Example Interview Questions

Are you enjoying it here at the moment?
What are our key responsibilities as a team do you think?
As a team, what do we do well do you think?
What do we need to get better at?
Who are our stars?
Does anyone in the team need help to be more successful?
How could we get more customer outcome focused?
How could we move faster?
Would you recommend working here to a friend?
What three things would you do if you were me?
Anything else we should talk about?

After the interviews an interesting exercise is to allocate any team member mentioned as a “star” in question 5. a +1 and any struggling team member mentioned in 6. a -1. Adding up all the scores will give a quick but surprisingly accurate team talent map.

Question 9. can also be used create a quick team “NPS” score.

We like to end the first week of a new assignment with a “Week One Playback” with the person that sponsored the appointment. It’s a great opportunity to discuss the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) found so far and calibrate it against what the sponsor wants.

Remember to add value to your client in any way you can as well. It’s not just about the goals. Doing things like sharing their job postings on LinkedIn, mentioning them in any interviews you do, retweeting their tweets, liking their Facebook page, and so on, all help.

Don’t “penny pinch” the client either. What “goes around comes around” so if taking a phone call or sending a quick email in non-client chargeable time helps solve a problem or keep momentum up then do it. You’ll be judged on your impact at the end of the day.

The last thing to remember is… to know when to move on.

You know when you’ve achieved your goals or hit the diminishing returns point on the value curve.

Don’t wait to be replaced. Proactively suggest a new way to add value to the client if one is appropriate, or move on to your next challenge with another successful engagement under your belt.

So there you have it. To be a successful interim consultant you need to choose the right role, deliver as much value as you can, and then move on as soon as you’ve done it.

We summarise it with our motto of “Be Of Value”. If you do that at all times you will be successful.

Being an interim consultant won’t be for everyone but if you get your sense of accomplishment from delivering business impact and enjoy variety and challenge then maybe it’s for you?

The Value of Integrity

Early in the career of a young man, the dream job of traveling the world and learning about a high-tech industry happened. The imagined opportunities to experience different cultures, stay at the finest hotels, eat exquisite cuisine, and get paid to do it became a reality! An added benefit was that the three other men in this field engineer group were all older and experienced and willing to train and guide this young man. Does it get any better than this?

The new trainee accompanied each of these men on at least two trips and soon realized most international travel was not fun for them. Guess who happily volunteered for all the overseas trips? The technical and administrative parts of the job were just a matter of textbook learning, but other “gray” areas arose that employees had to determine for themselves.

One of those gray areas was expenses. Maximum amounts for meal costs were predetermined for each day and did not require receipts. All three men gave the same instructions on what was to be recorded as the daily per diem for meals – overcharge to get some extra cash.

The new guy in the group was uncomfortable with lying about the cost, but wanted to fit in so gave in to the peer pressure. Compromise in one area soon led to a decision to continue down that path or make integrity a priority. When confronted by the manager about the meal expenses, the young man admitted to overcharging on the expense report. Fortunately, the manager was understanding and challenged the young man to be honest and not give in to the outside pressure to conform.

A valuable lesson was learned because that young man kept integrity a priority from that point on. Verification of this story is easy, because that young man was myself. The beauty of being a person of integrity is that it is simple. Just be honest and a person that keeps their word. However, simple does not mean easy.

There is a price to pay for being honest. Some property damage was done in a camping area by the boys in a program I supervised unknown to my staff or the camp ranger. Later after leaving the camp ground, one of the boys confessed. The right thing to do was report the incident even though it was likely the privilege to camp there again would be lost. A very convenient place to camp was gone, but personal and organizational integrity was maintained.

The price of losing a convenient place to camp was minimal. The cost of not being able to look troubled boys in the eye and say, “do the right thing” would have been huge. These contrasts are a matter of core values. Building a reputation of integrity takes years and is solidified when the right thing is done despite paying a price of inconvenience, monetary loss, or embarrassment.

Reality TV has good and bad examples of integrity. Survivor involves lying, cheating, back stabbing, and people selling their soul for a million dollars. The winner is determined by the participants already voted out. Ironically their decision is based on the person that could be trusted… at least a little.

Contrast that with Undercover Boss where owners of companies are disguised as regular employees. The most touching moments occur at the end when the boss is revealed. Owners of companies are deeply touched by people with integrity and who do a fantastic job even when seemingly nobody is watching. The workers are moved because somebody, especially the boss, recognizes their integrity and hard work.

Establishing virtuous core values at an early age is the ideal, but anytime is a great time to work on integrity. A key part of integrity to start with is honesty. Your word is the only thing you can both give and keep. Be faithful and honest in little things and people will trust you with bigger things.

These simple, but not easy core values serve society well and lead to a conclusion. Integrity is not only a priority, but a necessity that cultivates authority and authenticity as well.