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Overused Terms You Should Avoid on LinkedIn Profile

June 27, 2017 in Careers

Linkedin-Mistakes

Millions of professionals are active on LinkedIn with each one of them seeking to attract better career opportunities. It is this desire which encourages them to use seemingly attractive words in their profiles. However, a significant number of them often end up using terms that have now become fairly common and do not contribute to making their profiles better.

If anything, these overused terms push them further into the background and make their profiles look a part of the herd. So, to make your LinkedIn profile look better rather than seem a part of the pack, here are few of the overused terms which you need to avoid:

Specialised

This is the most commonly used word. But what does it actually mean and how does it add any value to your profile? As a professional, you specialise in some of the tasks assigned to you. But does it mean you won’t do anything else in which you aren’t specialised or unwilling to specialise in new things? Avoid this word as it restricts you. Instead, give examples of what exactly you’ve achieved in some of the roles where you feel you have achieved specialisation.

Leadership

Although leadership is a desired skill, how would you justify it with by just stating it in your profile? Leadership is something which is demonstrated and not propagated. Instead of using this term in your profile, subtly mention the examples from your professional life where you led a team to achieve outstanding results.

Passionate

It’s good to be passionate but not so good to highlight it. Your prospective employers will be interested in you achieving the results, with or without passion. So, this word is something they would ignore.

Strategic

“Strategic” is another overused term that renders little value to your profile. Almost everyone on LinkedIn these days uses this term, which has made it very common. Firms that seek to hire you will not pay much attention to you being strategic or not. They will look for someone capable of following the strategy of the company. So, give them examples of how you structured your execution to match the strategy of your current and previous organisations.

Experienced

The number of years you have worked and responsibilities you have handled reflect your experience. You don’t have to highlight it in your profile. Those looking at your profile are smart enough to gauge your level of experience. Instead of using this word, show something that demonstrates how you have achieved something positive from your experience, such as rewards and recognitions throughout your career.

Other overused words

These include focused, expert, certified, creative, and excellent. None of these means anything unless you have examples to show. You are an expert only if your employer acknowledges it, so do you have any testimonials from your superiors and peers to prove it? The same is the case with the other words.

The above overused terms do not contribute to making your profile any better. To the contrary, they only make it look monotonous and boring. Instead, mention your achievements and testimonials from other LinkedIn users, especially your current and ex-bosses.

How to Work Less and Get More Done

June 26, 2017 in Careers

Increase Productivity

Almost everyone feels pressed for time. Only a few always seem to have time for everything, including leisure activities. So how do they have so much time available? Don’t they have anything to do? The answer is simple. They manage their time better.

Often, people equate working long with working harder. This is a misconception that most in the corporate world have. But, various researches and studies have stated that the maximum anyone should work mustn’t exceed 50 hours a week. As a matter of fact, working for 70 or even more hours a week doesn’t result in any more productivity than working for 55 hours.

So, the key to achieving maximum output is to do more while working less. Let’s find out some of the key factors that will help you to achieve it.

Get rid of distractions

That’s the first thing to do while working. An alert on your mobile of a message or an email or constant notifications on your computer of emails distract you. Instead, allocate specific time to check the messages and emails. Don’t respond to each one of them as and when they arrive in your mail or message box. It would only drag your mind out of your work and hamper your productivity. Ultimately, you’d feel you’ve spent so much time and yet achieved a little output, whereas, in reality, you spent most of the time checking out messages rather than working. Avoiding distractions will allow you to have a complete focus only on the task at hand.

Disconnect from work

Disconnecting from work every day in the evening and on the weekends is as important as working with a complete focus on the task at hand. You can only concentrate if you have the mental strength and energy. And, it can only happen if you disconnect from the work and give your mind the necessary rest it deserves. If a complete disconnection is not possible, fix up specific slots on weekends to check messages or respond to something very critical.

Prioritise

Not everything is equally important. The principal of 80:20 states that 20% of the things we do have 80% importance, while the remaining 80% things constitute the remaining 20%. So, to do more with less, focus on that 20% which will deliver your maximum value.

Introspect

Introspection allows you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. It enables you to check what you’re good at and what needs improvement. Do it when you’re disconnected from the work so that your mind will not be distracted by more pressing matters.

Wake up and sleep at the same time

Your mind and body will perform optimally only when you follow a schedule for waking up and sleeping at the same time every day. Also, ensure that you get adequate sleep.

The above methods are some of the most useful ways to increase efficiency and keep you focused on work. By practising them, you will be able to generate maximum output with the minimum input of time and efforts.

How to Begin a Career in Data Science?

June 12, 2017 in Careers

003 Careers in Data Science

Traditional IT domains have matured and offer little opportunity for IT professionals in terms of a sound career path. Data Science offers a lucrative career opportunity. But it also entails numerous challenges that require a sound logic and scientific temperament to solve.

A data scientist is not just an IT professional. The presence of the word scientist in the job title implies that it has actually something to do with science. To embark on a successful carrier in this field, you have to be a scientist. Merely considering it a technology field will not be enough.

Here, we take a look at some of the key qualities that will help you begin your career in data science.

Develop the right mindset

As discussed earlier, a data scientist is a scientist. This profession is not a regular IT job role where you can sit and code. Learning data science tools such as matplotlib, R, pandas, and scikit-learn is good but not enough.

These are just the tools, so do not confuse them with the entire domain of data science. What you need is to have the right mindset that will help you look at things from a scientific perspective. Only then, you will be able to solve complex problems that data scientists have to deal with.

Gain the right knowledge

While it is okay to learn a few data science tools, what is even more important is to gain the right education and knowledge. A large number of enterprises prefer hiring data scientists that have a PhD.

However, not everyone has to get a PhD to become a data scientist. You need to make sure you have the right academic credentials by obtaining the right degree. But, merely obtaining a degree will also not be enough. You need to have a thorough knowledge of what is taught in your academic course.

Focus on solving complex issues

As a data scientist, you will be expected to solve numerous complex issues that do not have a straightforward solution. You might have to deal with several permutations and combinations before you can make a choice.

Using resources such as Kaggle Competitions might not fetch the right results as it would hardly test your skills as a data scientist. All you would rely upon are the permutations and combinations tried by others in this competition. The participants’ sole objective is to score more points rather than solving a complex issue. Trying to resolve a complicated issue will be your job as a data scientist, and you can’t wish it away by trying it get it done through a shortcut method. So, develop the problem-solving skills instead of relying on something like Kaggle Competitions which only make complex issues look easy instead of finding the best solution.

Learn to deal with ambiguity

A key function of a data scientist is to deal with ambiguity. With a large volume of data, there would be several instances when there is no perfect solution. You would have to address conflicting logics.

Conclusion

To launch your career in data science, it is critical that you imbibe the above factors. They will inculcate the qualities in you that enterprises hiring data scientists require.

How to Fight with Yourself to Deal with Tough Situations?

June 7, 2017 in Careers

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We all have tasted times of bitter anguish and in those moments all but envisioned ourselves to emerge stronger. The fact is, life is a series of valleys and peaks. Sometimes you find yourself at the pinnacle tasting success, and the next moment you find yourself torn by the heels of despair.

A look into the lives of the stalwarts of society reveals that all of them have at some point in their life faced rejection, dejection, and have gone broke before they succeeded in their ventures. This just goes to prove that no one is immune to failure.

In life, there will always be situations that are beyond our comprehension and those that will leave us distraught and hazed. It is difficult to see the light of day during such times but persevering in our goal can make a huge difference. As Friedrich Nietzche says, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

While change is inevitable, adapting yourself to the change is the right attitude to help you cope with the stress. Here are ways you can fight your inner demon and emerge victorious in the long run.

Pain is a part of life

The good part about pain is that it makes us alive. Experiencing tough situations makes us aware of our strengths. The next time you feel out and in the dumps remember, it is the pain that has made you who you really are.

Realize you are not alone

It might give you some solace when you realize you are not alone. Somewhere in this big wide world, someone is experiencing the same things as you. Stop victimizing yourself and your situation. Instead, work through and around your situation to find a breakthrough.

Keep your options open

Don’t give up if plan A doesn’t work out as planned. Keep a backup plan B and a plan C if needed. Realize that no matter what happens; you always have a choice in how you react to the situation. If you choose to let the situation affect you, it will. Remember it is all about the law of attraction – you get what you ask.

Objectify the situation

Avoid attaching an emotion to every situation. Very often, we let situations go out of hand because we attach way too many emotions to it. Get rid of the emotional baggage and view the incident as an object. It will help you mold your behavior around the situation.

Focus on your strengths

Take your mind off the stress by concentrating on your strengths. Action creates empowerment and brings possibilities. By taking an active part in the situation, you force yourself to be a conscious creator.

Identify the lesson

Once you overcome the obstacle, it is easier to gather experiences. Every situation provides you with a learning opportunity. Sift through the negative thoughts you overcame to come to a conclusion.

When hard times hit, and the challenges you face are great, you can either let your situation define you, let it destroy you or let it strengthen you. The choice is yours to make.

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