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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.

These Five Things Can Destroy your Career

July 10, 2017 in Careers

Career Killers 2

“Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light”- Bruce Lee.

You kill your career by being a stranger to the alarming signs around you. One whopping error or a series of little things can quickly make you a prey of judgment.

A new study by VitalSmarts shows that 83% of people have witnessed their colleagues making mistakes that had catastrophic results on their careers, reputations and businesses; and 69% have admitted of doing something themselves that damaged their careers.

Here are the following things that need to be taken care of:

Too much Ego

Achieving success is great. But, letting it go to your head will make you a sore loser while encountering failures. Taking compliments, success and failures in your stride will not only boost your career but will also help you in undergirding your life.

Playing Politics

People who always bring up latest gossips, start a grapevine; or incite conflicts and bad-mouth their boss either lose out on a promotion or damage their reputation. If you find yourself in this situation, open up to your colleagues and clear the air.

Low EQ

According to Daniel Goleman,” Out of control emotions make smart people stupid”. Interrupting someone, judging too quickly, being brutally honest, holding grudges, often feeling misunderstood; indicate a lack of EQ leading your career hit the downhill.

A research conducted by Harvard University, Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center has concluded that 85% of job success derives from having developed soft skills that have a foundation in Emotional Intelligence.

Over-promising and under delivering

You promise your colleagues or clients to do something in a short span of time because you believe you can pull of the task easily. They do not expect anything less than that; so if you miss the deadline, you end up damaging your reputation. Instead be realistic about the amount of time and your goals that will render great results and create a much better perception.

Complacency

If you feel you do not require polishing your skills or learning new ones, and have an uncritical satisfaction with your achievements, you might be little complacent about challenges in your career. There is always a scope of learning in anything you do. Instead of taking up new projects as and when they excite you and leaving them midway; try to prioritize one and make a continuous growth.

Fear of Change

Complacency and fear of change are closely related. Things are changing too fast, both personally and professionally to grasp onto the old methods dreading the problems it will cause. You do have to learn to start adapting to your changing workplace and stop resisting them.

Conclusion

If the above signs reflect your nature, it’s high time you got control over them before they can sabotage your career. Self-awareness and acceptance form the first two steps toward change. Identify your mannerisms when any of the above situations arise and make constant efforts either to develop or modify them.

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often”- Winston Churchill.

Five Skills Recruiters Need to have to Stay Relevant in Future

July 4, 2017 in Careers, Knowledge Cell

Top five skills for Recruiters

Recruiters or the human resources managers are fast becoming strategic partners of organisations. They no longer serve fringe functions of hiring employees and managing payrolls. With an increase in knowledge-driven job profiles, recruiters’ role has changed dramatically in the recent times. Here are the five essential skills that the recruiters need to have to stay relevant in the future.

Understanding technology

Most of the workforce now uses technology to search jobs and also perform their roles. The way the entire business and economic system operates has made technology its backbone. Accordingly, recruiters also need to keep themselves abreast with the latest developments in technology to stay relevant. Just like the advent of computers necessitated that everyone, including the HR persons, know how to use it, future technology will also present similar challenges. So, it’s critical that recruiters must know the right technology. This factor is also crucial because since the prospective employees will be required to be well-conversant with the latest technologies, the people recruiting them should also have an understanding of at least the basics of the same technologies for them to gauge the efficiency of the candidates.

Data analytics

Recruiters are inundated with thousands of applications for a few vacancies. It has made identifying the right candidates a herculean task. The recruiters are the first level of filtration where most of the applicants, who do not meet the basic requirements, are eliminated. However, with the high number of resumes, use of data analytics has become necessary. Therefore, recruiters must have knowledge of data analytics tools so that they can identify the right potential candidates within the limited time they have.

Sales

Recruiters also have to sell. With the dearth of the skilled candidates for complex jobs, there is an immense competition among the businesses to identify, hire, and attract the employees from one another. This makes the task of a recruiter highly complicated, and they have no other option but to “sell” the job prospects to the candidates so that they do not lose out to the competition.

Listening skills

Job aspirants have certain requirements, which are beyond the financial factors. They aspire for other benefits when they look for a job so that they get the right level of job satisfaction. The recruiters need to have listening skills so that they could gauge what the candidates are asking for. This way, they can project their organisation as the most suitable option to the candidates by aligning the needs of the candidates with the offerings of the company.

Emotional Quotient (EQ)

EQ is fast becoming the most indispensable skill for the recruiters. It is because prospective employees these days look for companies that understand them and help them grow in their career. They spend most of their time at work, which means they also seek emotional support from their workplace. The recruiters need to imbibe this skill so that they can ensure employee satisfaction.

The above skills are vital for the recruiters in the current times and will only become more crucial in the years to come.

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.

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