Nobody can discount the importance of a first impression. And when it comes to landing an interview, or converting one, much rests on your resume. According to various statistical sources, most recruiters spend only a few seconds to go over a resume. Hence, it is imperative that it creates a good first impression. With that said, we have few important resume tips we believe you should bear in mind.
Interview preparation is like Math! Practice, practice and more practice! However, don’t become a robot, your goal should be to communicate the best version of yourself during an interview and make sure you move to the next round (or get the offer if this is the final round).
Interview preparation at college particularly B-Schools is not something you start doing when you get the interview call. Any successful candidate will tell you that they started their interview preparation months before they even knew which companies had shortlisted them. Just like you start preparing for GMAT months before you actually take the exam. (more…)
Let us first understand – What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?
Imagine if you couldn’t understand when your co-worker was angry or when your friend was sad. This ability is referred as Emotional Intelligence. In the simplest terms, emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. There are several schools of thought regarding the origin of EQ. While some give EQ importance over IQ and suggest emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, others claim it is an inborn characteristic.
LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION.
These are three words, which each one of us has heard. Emanating from the world of showbiz; these three power words that direct the lives and actions of those behind the silver screen, those who have action-packed lives. It’s about getting the same perspective and letting these action words guide you. It’s about being the director and lead actor of your life and your career!
You can do this by asking yourself what YOU are doing in your life. What is that part of your day that you OWN and is YOUR contribution to the story of your lives?
As a student, job seeker, professional, homemaker, you are adding experiences to your life each day, it is important to understand what YOU are doing to make those experiences count. Because it is the actions YOU take that count, it is your actions that you have got to include on your profile (Resume/CV/LinkedIn Profile). When you sell yourself, you have to have things to tell, have your own story and script ready to be told. Think of the recruiter as a producer, and if as a director you’d pitch your script to him, what are the chances that he’d invest in you? Ask this yourself every now and then and then decide whether an experience is worth being added to your life or not!
Getting to business, let’s say that you have few a experiences to choose from:
Sales & Distribution Manager
Part of a sales team involved in turnaround of regional sales and distribution network
Distribution strength increased
Sales & Distribution Manager
Led a 10-member sales team in turnaround of regional sales and distribution network;
Reorganized distribution structure and incentive programme, achieved 17% market share growth within 10 months
Increased distribution strength by over 41%; added over 414 retailers within 3 months of operations
Which one would you PRODUCE? I’d produce the second script. That sounds more promising to me. So would you, I am sure! So which Sales and Distribution Manager would you recruit?
Always remember how you cannot be in a supporting role in your own life unless it is a crucial one. Even in it, strive to make a mark and soon get yourself to the next level and be the lead actor in your career and life, at large.
Life is easier and more fun & exciting when it is in your control! When you live each moment like it is a “Lights. Camera. Action.” moment, life is good, you feel like a celebrity. After all, Shakespeare has rightly said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts…” Make sure each part is your Bloody BEST!
Have an Action-Packed Career & Life ahead. And Get your Script ready!
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Hundreds of applications and candidatures are scanned before the final Accept/Decline decision is made. Often people give similar answers to the select set of questions in interviews because they don`t put due thought into the different aspects important for the role and organization and what could distinguish them.
Did you go in for an interview believing you are a FIT? When faced with a “What is it that went wrong?” situation, you have to empathize and think like the recruiter and his/her view of the BEST FIT. Your responsibility then is to try and gauge what employers look for in candidates and match the job requirements with the right kind of talent. You have to ask yourself one very simple question which is “Would you hire YOU?”
Qualities are gifted. Skills are acquired. The question is, which is better to capitalize on? Is it better to realize your qualities and make them your skills, or is it more viable to identify the work skills for resume, which the market demands, and then imbibe them?
The answer is debatable. In our opinion, it should depend on what your goal in life is, which is whether you want to become a successful SOMEONE or a successful YOU. Whether you want to earn a living or earn yourself what you deserve and what you can enjoy doing throughout your life. The much demanded Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Management Skills, Technical Skills and Leadership Skills can all be acquired but to excel at them, you need to be backed by your own intrinsic qualities. (more…)
A job is a job. Or is it?
There are two schools of thought in today’s world, or rather there are many schools of thought, but they can be put in two broad categories. One that believes that a job is just a means to an end and all “real life” is outside of work, and the other that define identity by what you “do”. Which side are you on? Regardless of which school of thought you subscribe to we all have to agree that career matters! The extent to which can be debated, and many companies now-a-days are focusing on creating policies and programs which can support their employees in having a more balanced lifestyle. However, regardless of how much we love to work or hate our jobs, we all desire to have the dream job that promises a “high” and happiness in what we do. (more…)
In recent times, the word TEAM has synonymously come to be associated with the word Manchester United. And, if it is true that people believe in observation rather than argument, then here surely is the perfect example. Their reacquisition of the premier league title without a team that could be classified as best on paper, effectively showed that the true strength and power of a fragment lies in it being a part of a whole, a TEAM.
Team Spirit, Team Player, Team Manager, Team Dynamics and Team Work are all allied aspects of the TEAM Concept. But do you wonder about the discussion around this concept while individual performance is the most spoken about means to outshine in the evolving service sector?
Edison found 1000 ways not to build a bulb. Well, he was lucky he got a 1000 chances to fail! And then fortunately, he proved a point, so let’s just congratulate him and move ahead.
I’m sure a lot of you have read the much interesting novel “The 3 mistakes of my life”. It inspired me when I sat to write this post. It’s interesting how it talks about one guy who commits 3 ordinary mistakes that end up changing his life. It’s such ordinary mistakes that the wise seek to avoid. This is why posts about “10 Mistakes your mind is making”, “10 Mistakes you might be making at work”, etc. do so well and enjoy huge readership. This is because people in general seek to be cautious, they don’t want to be reckless and want to take the right decisions. This article centers around your how to write a resume without making ordinary mistakes that could affect your candidature for your dream job or career, at large! (more…)
Career: It is one of the easiest words to write and spell, but when applied to an individual, it becomes one of the most dreaded words that one can encounter. And when it comes to career development, even the best of us are left baffled at times. This post is about taking career and personality development to the next level by doing what you care about, and not necessarily what others are doing or saying that you should do.
In all our years of giving guidance to students, job seekers, friends and family looking to pursue different careers, MBAs, or even in switching jobs, we have found that most people don’t really know what they want to achieve in their life. Rather, more often than not they are following a path they have seen others follow. In fact, even if you go to a top school whether it is Kellogg’s, Chicago, Harvard, most people define success by the kind of company that chooses to hire them. There is nothing wrong with doing so at face value and many successful people have done this at critical turning points in their career. However, this only leads to happiness if it is aligned with one’s interests and sustained strengths. (more…)