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Hot Interview Tips Which Will Always Work

January 13, 2017 in Services

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Although, people complain about unemployment in India; there are ample jobs for candidates with the right combination of degree and skills. These skills include both, soft skills and technical skills.

Here are quick tips to keep in mind while looking for a job or job change in 2017:

Hot Tip #1 Make sure you understand the job description, expectations of the hiring organization, their industry, competition, etc., thoroughly.

Hot Tip #2 Study the management and growth structure of the organization you are interested in.

Hot Tip #3 Make sure your CV is updated and in-sync with the position you are applying for. If the vacancy is asking for someone with 5 years of experience, and you mention that you have 15 years of experience, your candidature will be rejected.

Hot Tip #4 Make sure that you can explain/elaborate what you have written in your CV without looking at it. For example, if you have mentioned that you were a ‘project head,’ you should be able to ‘what was the project about?’

Hot Tip #5 Be sure of the industry or sector you want to work and grow in. Stay updated with the latest developments in the chosen industry.

Hot Tip #6 During the interview, always ask for the ‘scope of growth’ offered by the organization.

Hot Tip #7 Be a multi-tasker, without losing focus of your primary job responsibilities.

Hot Tip #8 Freshers should go for an internship (paid or unpaid) before you start your job hunt. Due to stiff competition in the job market, a large candidate pool of experienced professionals, freshers are not given job offers.

Hot Tip #9 Ask the right questions during the interview process.

IT Skills On Demand This Year

January 12, 2017 in Services

2. IT Skills On Demand This Year

#1 Web Development

Internet had touched almost every sector in the global as well local markets. Every business has to stay connected with the world for survival and growth. And the internet happens to be a convenient means to connect with customers, potentials leads, new business opportunities, etc. So, there is a rise in demand for expert web developers to establish an online presence through attractive and fully-functional websites.

#2 App Development

Technology users are not shifting to mobile devices for personal as well as professional tasks.

Every organization now requires app developers to make their services portable and error-free. Jason Hayman, Research Manager with TEKsystems, said that “Technology touches everything today, and programmers and developers — they’re the ones who make things go.”

#3 Cloud Computing

Cloud and distributed computing has been the most coveted skill for the past two years and is still in demand in many countries like France, Germany, India, Ireland, Singapore, U.S etc.

#4 Network and Information Security

Data is stored in the form of files on computers and over the internet. Safeguarding this data requires expert knowledge of network and information security systems. Data encryption experts and network security experts and others in security department are expected to get a hike of 5-7% in 2017.

#5 Technical Support

To make sure the customers have a hassle free experience of their services, the Forecast 2016 survey showed that 30% companies will look for professionals providing technical support for their products. Professionals with sound communication skills, a flair for establishing healthy public relations; along with technical know-how, will be in demand for providing customer support.

#6 Project Management

According to a survey by Forecast, about half (46%) of recruiters expect their company to increase expenditure on more projects and thus, will require project managers. Ken Grady, CIO at IDEXX Labs says they look for managers who are capable of managing diverse teams and negotiating priorities, scope, deliverables and expectations with various stakeholders.

These Factors Reduce Profitability of a Startup

January 12, 2017 in Services

18. These Factors Reduce Profitability of a Startup

Most startups have the potential to make it big but fall apart in the initial stages due to poor decisions and lack of vision.

Here are the 5 most common problems which make startups less profitable:

1. Low pricing

Most startups compromise with their pricing and suffer losses in the initial stages hoping to make profits as their popularity grows.

Set a fair price for your product as per your audience. It is OK to ask more price for better quality.

2. Ongoing expenses
Spending too much on resources that turn out to be useless. Overestimation of needs will lead you into investing in things that you don’t require. For example, spending more money for a higher speed internet connection when your startup is doing fine with the current rate is one such example.

Have a realistic planning and use the resources available judicially.

3. No preparation for unforeseen events
Most startups have an elaborate financial plan worked out which works fine in normal circumstances. You’re doing fine this month, but suddenly some of your computers require repairs which will consume your next month’s investment.

Always be prepared for any unexpected events and expenditure.

4. Competition
Despite your extensive planning and efforts, there is a possibility that you are unable to keep up with your competition. It could be due to better technology, resources or investors.

You can overcome this by distinguishing your product in at least one of the key areas: price, quality or experience.

5. No marketing or publicity
You can manufacture a perfect product, but you’ll find hard to sell it if people don’t know about it. If there is no awareness of your product (or service), it will eventually fade away.

You must invest in marketing and advertising if you have faith in your product (or service). Finally, you’ll see the investment paying off.

 

Daily Habits to Increase Your Productivity

January 9, 2017 in Services

Forget it; I’ll do it later! It is one of our favorite statement/excuses.

This ‘phenomenon,’ called ‘procrastination,’ is responsible for our laziness and low productivity at work. In the end, we only feel guilty about having wasted precious time.

So, how can one deal with this?

Here is how you can overcome procrastination and increase your productivity on a daily basis:

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1. Use your notepad:

Use your notepad or similar apps on your mobile to create things to do list for the day as well as other days for which you have postponed your work. Use reminders/alarms so that you don’t miss any tasks. It’s best to create this list in the morning, when your mind is fresh and energetic.

2. Set realistic deadlines and follow them:

You must set stringent yet realistic deadlines to complete every task. By doing so, you are less likely to procrastinate.

3. Fixed slots for entertainment/distractions/breaks:

You cannot phase out distractions like, internet, facebook, TV altogether. Instead of feeling guilty about watching TV or checking your FB accounts, it’s best that you fix a time to accommodate these activities. For example, utilize the time right after your meals or take a 10-minute break in between. This way you will not feel sorry about the break nor will it distract you entirely due to the time slot limits.

4. Prioritize well:

If you don’t prioritize, you will be messed up, and your work will be unorganized. Segregate your tasks based on urgency, deadline, etc.

Prioritization helps in time management and increasing productivity and efficiency.

5. Find your productive and unproductive hours of the day:

Like fixing a slot for entertainment, you must also know what’s your most productive time of the day. For some it may be a late night, for others, it could be early morning.

After knowing your productive times, you can focus on making the best use of unproductive hours by working on the most exciting tasks. This way you will be able to manage your tasks and work with maximum productivity throughout the day.

6. Learn the magical word ‘NO’:

We are unable to say No, especially when family, close friends, colleagues or boss expect a ‘Yes,’ from you. So, you end up compromising your tasks and exhausting yourself, first by making conscious efforts to boost your productivity and then not being able to say ‘No’ which negates your efforts.

Therefore, you must learn to decline requests or distractions politely.

If you practice the simple tips every day, you will see your productivity levels rise eventually.

 

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