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Five Ways Social Media can Boost Your Career

July 26, 2017 in Careers

Develop career using social media

Social media, nowadays, is not limited to only fun and games. Since it allows people to reach out to the global market more conveniently than any other platform, we can use this tool to realize our true potential.

As of January 2017 , Facebook has 1,870 million active users followed by Facebook-owned WhatsApp which has 1,000 million users. LinkedIn, a professional networking site has more than 500 million users.

Thus, social media presents an opportunity to connect with millions of professionals from across the world. At the same time, it makes it difficult for mediocre people to get noticed on social media.

Here are five ways you can use social media to build your career:

 Update your profile

For how long have you been staying off your social media accounts? It’s high time you got to update your profile. Updating your profile will move your resume to the top of the stack and will ultimately move your career ahead. For this, you need to curate content that would show your professional experience, skills, and expertise. While updating your LinkedIn profile stay away from these buzzwords. Rather, spend the time to create content that reflects your personality, skills, and competencies.

Participate in online communities

Participating in online communities and social media group discussions will keep you updated with the latest developments in the corporate world. Many of these communities post job postings or have career discussions that can provide valuable perspectives to boost your career.

Also, joining groups is a great way to get to know like-minded people and get noticed by recruiters. Here are a few types of groups on LinkedIn that you would like to join.

Showcase your talent

You can start your own website or blog or even a portfolio section on your social media account. If you are a designer, create a few designs for your social media accounts. Showcase your skills and expertise to your connections. By doing this, you maybe attracting experts in your field.

You can also create an Instagram profile and upload your designs. In this way, you are showcasing what you know, attracting followers who like that sort of information and also positioning yourself as an expert in that field. The same goes with other professionals as well.

Connect with people

Social media is a good platform to promote yourself to a variety of people and also to increase the odds of being able to receive job opportunities from potentially relevant people. These introductions will help you to grab more opportunities that you can add to your social network connections. Add like minded people and engage with them occasionally to expand your network.

Gain new insights

Social media can be an excellent source of new ideas and perspectives that will guide you in developing your career. Exchanging information on the challenges you face and the experiences you have with your co-workers, and also gaining insights from theirs will carve a new role for yourself in your current job and for your future roles as well.

Conclusion

These steps will play a big role in moving your career in a new direction, getting you on the right path and creating the best impression online. Although, the right key to unlock these results will be to use social media wisely.

How to Deal with Boredom at the Workplace?

July 24, 2017 in Services

how to deal with boredom at the workplace

One of the productivity killers rippling through the workplace is boredom. When you are working on a project or task that does not engage you, boredom will set in and eventually will make you feel frustrated, edgy and monotonous.

A study conducted by management-consulting firm Gallup says that 71% of American workers are not engaged or actively disengaged in their work, meaning they are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and are less likely to be productive.

According to Andreas Elpidorou, “Being in a state of boredom feels like being emotionally trapped.” So how would you handle the boredom at the workplace?

Here are some points to consider when you find yourself going stir-crazy.

Learn something new

Boredom is usually the result of the loss of curiosity. A curious mind will aid you to alleviate the boredom. So, try to find out more about your project or task, switch around different perspectives and boost your creative thinking.

Also, keeping abreast of industry changes or mastering new skills or technologies will help to restore interest in your work.

Take responsibility

If you feel you are not challenged enough at your work, ask your boss to help ease you out of your comfort zone by assigning you more responsibilities. Responsibility and leadership go hand in hand and hence it is a good way to brainstorm ideas that will help fix a problem.

A right-sized challenge can be incredibly engaging to restore your enthusiasm in the workplace and will also help you to look for better opportunities.

Keep a list

Keep a list of tasks or projects that do not require immediate attention but also hold importance viz.: cleaning out your drawer or filing away unneeded paperwork.

Finishing them off is a good way to shake yourself up from the boredom. This will help you to focus on more significant projects without getting edgy.

Head outdoors

Sometimes, a change in scenery can stimulate your creativity. So, try changing your place and move to other room or a nearby coffee shop.

Stephanie Jolluck, creative director of Coleccion Luna, suggests getting up and going for a walk when stuck in boredom. “Outdoors always provides a new energy and a fresh perspective.”

Make yourself laugh

Feeling frustrated or fatigued at work is no fun. Since laughter and boredom cannot exist simultaneously, try watching entertaining videos that will get you laughing and help brush away boredom. The more it becomes an exercise in optimism, the better results you will render.

Lend a helping hand

A Psychosomatic study found that giving support improves health by reducing activity in stress and threat related regions during stressful experiences and enhances job satisfaction.

If you notice that your coworker is disappointed with something, ask them if they need a hand and talk it out. This will create unity, improve your relationship with your co-worker and will also eliminate boredom effectively.

Bringing it all together

The more you explore ways to conquer your malaise, the higher your productivity will be. If you know to create a work environment where work seems fun, inspiring and challenging, you will be able to accomplish your objectives and that of your company.

How Great Leaders Compromise Effectively During a Negotiation?

July 18, 2017 in Services

How to compromise effectively

As a leader, you will always be involved in negotiations either with your partners, clients or your employees. Any negotiation usually results in one of three possible outcomes viz.: lose-lose, lose-win or win-win. While negotiating the big deals, you can neither have your own way now can you afford to surrender to your opponent.

Compromising in these situations is often critical to accelerate results, boost revenue and achieve sustainable growth.

Use the following tips to compromise effectively which creates a win-win situation for you as well as the other party.

Be a good listener

The ability to listen is one of the most profound influencing skills available to us. Successful listening forms a prerequisite for putting forth strong arguments. If you know where your opposing side is and listen to his or her points of disagreement, you will decipher their wants. This level of successful listening is what you need to construct a compromise.

Understand the gravity of the situation

Figure out how important this deal is to you. It depends on whether the deal is bringing in more revenue, sabotaging your reputation or is immaterial that you probably do not care enough. All of this will help you to decide how much time and efforts are to be invested in every deal. For critical contracts, you need to work proactively and prepare yourself for the worst possible outcomes.

Brainstorm with Relevant Parties

If you feel that the deal is going nowhere, start thinking of alternative solutions with the opposition to bring your deal back from the brink of failure. Introduce new terms, offers or bonuses in your contract which will be lucrative enough for both the parties.

Draw a mental line

If you are looking for compromise, you cannot think of winning the game as you have set yourself up for failure. Rather, you must have an idea of the things that can give up. Draw a mental line so that you may opt to refuse if the deal is going beyond it. Giving up everything you can, should only be the last resort to win the deal.

Know when to walk away

When you start discussing a compromise, always start by pitching your side, then gradually walk closer to an agreement where each of you has made some concessions. Deciding when to leave is critical to your success because settling for a little deal will cost you all your credibility as a decision maker.

Preserve your Reputation

No matter what the compromise results in, always remain professional and maintain your dignity. Since you might constantly be having negotiations with them in future, maintaining a strict code of conduct will only help you enhance your image and also undergird more favorable deals.

Conclusion

Following these steps every time you encounter a negotiation or an argument will make sure neither you bend on every issue, nor insist adamantly on your way. No matter what sort of compromise you are getting in, always be respectful about the other person’s point of view. The more respect you win and the more meticulous you are as a leader, the better compromises you will make in the future.

How To Spend First And Last 10 Minutes Of Your Work?

July 17, 2017 in Careers

How to spend first and last 10 minutes at work

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort”- Paul Meyer.

Productivity is critical to your success at work. It means how much work you get done in the given time. Working long hours only makes our lives dreary and mundane. The little things which we postulate as trivial are the ones that make our daily lives easier.

“Well begun is half done.” To make your work days more productive, you need to start your day slightly differently. Do these five things in the first 10 minutes of your work and you will notice a significant improvement in your efficiency:

Organize your desk
As the saying goes,”A cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind.” Half of the time you spend looking for misplaced papers is the time you could be using to complete your work. Organized desk aids help you in thinking clearly and working effectively. Use this time to limit your stationery as per your usage and file away extraneous paperwork.

Plan for the day
Use your first ten minutes to create a to-do list. Plan to finish important tasks first. Our day becomes chaotic as the time progresses, so, it is better to tackle tasks which will take up most of our focus and alacrity.
Stop checking email – Fuel your creativity
According to Ron Friedman, a psychologist,” Checking emails or texts hijack our focus and put us in a reactive mode, where other people’s priorities take center stage. They are the equivalent of entering a kitchen and looking for a spill to clean or a pot to scrub”.

Stop checking emails in the first ten minutes of your work. Instead, use your mornings to focus on learning something new or brushing up on a new skill to make the rest of your day a success.
Here is how you should spend last 10 minutes of your work day:

Update your to-do list
Ensure that you have checked off the tasks you have completed today and use your last 10 minutes to set tomorrow’s activities. Identify every item on your list with an action word to make your intentions concrete.
Having a list in hand helps you save complex thinking when you begin your next day.

Finish off small tasks
If you have used your morning to tackle big issues, you would have probably run out of energy at the end of the day. This time can be used to respond to quick emails, calls or any other small tasks which hold importance but do not require immediate attention.

Reflect on the day
Reflecting on what you have achieved makes you leave the day behind and puts you in a good mood for the rest of the evening. So you must ask yourself two questions: What was your biggest achievement of the day? What would you like to improve for a better future?

Conclusion
Sometimes, you may have to spend more than ten minutes to do these tasks. However, spending time on planning consistently will ensure great results. The more you practice, the better you will get with time.

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