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Five jobs that require little to no experience

August 10, 2017 in Careers

Student with question sign on the road

A common dilemma faced by thousands of college students across the country is how to get that first job when you have no experience. If you find yourself in this predicament, do not give up. There is no dearth of career options that pay you handsomely without having work experience or advanced education.

So, here are five career choices that require little to no experience.

BPO

The primary qualification that is essential to join a BPO is 10+2. BPO is categorized into

  • Back office outsourcing which includes internal business functions such as human resources and accounting, and

  • Front office outsourcing which includes customer-related services such as contact center services.

Although both the above profiles require basic computer knowledge, awareness about internet and ability to interact with the customers.

Radio Jockey
There is no formal training required to become an RJ since it is a talent-based profession. However, you can take up courses that allow you to have a better understanding of radio jockeying.
There are various leading FM channels and public broadcasters such as All India Radio (AIR) that offer job opportunities through conducting auditions.

To become an RJ, you need to have a proper diction, accurate pronunciation, and fluency in the language. You should also learn to provide modulations in your voice according to the situation. Apart from these, good sense of humor, spontaneity and an intensive knowledge of music can add value to your personality.

Stock broker
The minimum educational qualification to become a stock broker is graduation with at least two years of experience in a stock broking firm. However, you can still look for trainee positions if you do not have any expertise in this field. There are reputed training institutes offering courses in stock broking and investment that help in enhancing your job prospects. Experienced professionals can become consultants and can handle an independent group of clients.

Event managers
The essential qualification to get into the realm of event management is to be a graduate in any discipline. However, you must possess certain skills that would help you in the long run such as public relations, creativity, marketing skills, etc. These can be honed during the academic years by organizing events for your college or joining internship programs. Once you have garnered ample experience, you can either work in an event management company or set up your own event business.

Fitness instructor
It is important to get equipped with quality training from any reputed institution such as Reebok Certification program to become a qualified fitness trainer. Also, starting off as a trainee at a fitness club will hone your skills and help you move to better avenues in the job market.
This field requires you to keep abreast of the innovations in fitness sector and implement that knowledge in helping others achieve their fitness goals.

Conclusion
When you are out of college and embarking on finding a career path, it’s obvious to have apprehensions. It can be frustrating in the beginning, but with hard work, a lot of ambition, and self-confidence; you can get your foot in the door.

 

How to self-evaluate your performance at work?

August 8, 2017 in Careers

Self Evaluation

“Without proper self-evaluation, failure is inevitable”- John Wooden

Self-evaluation is an effective approach to gauge your performance and figure out the areas of improvement. It helps you stay on track and also in bridging the gap between expectations and performance. It is also an essential element of the appraisal process for many companies. Thus, a well-planned self-evaluation can boost the prospects of promotion significantly.

Here are four strategies that can help you in self-evaluation:

Take time to contemplate your career

Self-appraisal is like a work of art that builds over time. Therefore, do not skimp on the amount of time you take to evaluate yourself. Your personal, as well as career development is worth the effort. Therefore, spend time in jotting down the important milestones and your contributions in the same.

Be objective

Use this opportunity to do an impartial self-assessment by answering the questions related to your strengths and achievements.
Do not embellish your accomplishments which will make you sound like an arrogant person. Also, do not undermine them in an effort to remain modest because that might influence your boss in the same direction. Be objective and write your accomplishments clearly. Use facts and figures rather than adjectives.

Discuss challenges that had an impact on your performance and how you overcame them. Also, how you are planning to address such issues in the future.

Use examples, wherever required, to support your assertions and before submitting the copy, ensure that you spell and grammar-check the documents assiduously.

Document your achievements

List out the major goals for the year and reflect on the progress you made against them. Be specific about your accomplishments. For instance, mention the objectives your project had, how you achieved them and how it had an impact on your company’s success.

Thus, maintaining a ‘success file’ or an ‘achievement journal’ throughout the year will keep your performance right in front of your manager. Since Self-Evaluation usually affects bonuses, promotions or rewards, it will significantly increase your likelihood of receiving these incentives based on your documentation.

Focus on your career development

Do not use this opportunity to bash your boss or your co-workers because this could backfire on you. Instead, think about what you have learned this year, analyze it and then identify the ways you could have done that task better. This gives a new scope to brushing up on your skills and learning new ones. Thus, focusing on your career and professional growth will help in assessing your performance even better.

Conclusion

Self-evaluation plays a crucial role in career development, building your skills, moving your career in a new direction and also managing it efficiently. So, follow these steps to reflect on your successes and challenges constructively. Work closely with your supervisor and seek continuous guide and feedback.

How to Manage Your Reputation Online?

August 2, 2017 in Careers, Knowledge Cell

009 reputation

It takes many years to build a reputation but only a few minutes to ruin it. Since we are living in the age of social media where personal attacks and negative propaganda is the norm, it is important to maintain your reputation online. By creating your owned content, optimizing your profiles, and pushing the offensive content off the first few pages will help you to manage your reputation effectively.

Here is a brief overview of how to manage your reputation without working too hard:

Google yourself
Your first step is to search for your name or brand and see what comes up. Ideally, it would be your website, social profiles and other mentions.

Use a tool ‘Me on the Web’ by Google to set an alert for your name. It has three features: Search for yourself, Stay updated with web alerts and Review your Google+ profile.

Add names to the web alerts that people use to search information about you and set alerts to ‘once a day’. This alert feature will not overwhelm your inbox with too many alert messages and will avoid surprises as well.
Another and more useful tool you could use is ‘mention.net’. It will notify you whenever someone mentions your name. You can log in, view the mention and address it if it happens to be negative.
Google Suggests can help you find how people search for information about the keywords that matter. You can also utilize Go Fish Digital Tool to search all the complaint related to you or your brand at one place. Complete your Google plus profile by filling all the details such as full name, employment details, hobbies, interests, etc.

Refrain from posting unprofessional content
Posting photos of you at a party or using abusive language might be tempting but that will sabotage your personal reputation since your profile is the first place people visit. If someone else posts your picture that you would not want the world to see, remove the tag that identifies you or asks that person to take down those pictures.

Understand your privacy settings
Check privacy settings of all social media profiles to ensure that who can view your personal details and content. Restrict users whom you don’t want to show a specific information.
For example, on Facebook, you can go to ‘View as’ and see how your profile appears to your followers. On each segment, you can edit the audience to see a particular piece of information you have posted. On the privacy settings page, you can have a control over what other people post about you and you can also limit the audience of the same.

Put all your content in one place
If you want positive results on top of the search page, start your own blog. Use an appropriate domain name and update the blog regularly. Cross-link your blog with other social profiles. Be creative and write the content that reflects your personality.

Conclusion
You need to be conscious of what you post on the social media. It is no longer a personal space. Rather, it has become a digital identity for many. Recruiters, Customers and other prospects make their decision based on the content of your social media profile. Thus, build and manage your reputation online wisely to advance your career rather than ruining it.

 

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.

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