The term soft skills are referred to very minor abilities that we have and by polishing these effective skills we could move up the ladder more quickly and efficiently. Now you must be thinking of what are these skills and how can we improve them? Well the term soft skills are the minor things that we often do at our work place and use it in our daily lives. For example personal attributes and qualities such as dealing with people, communication skills, punctuality etc.
I am very sure that you must be thinking of how we can improve our professional environment; let me pin point the importance of these minor things that we could do to actually improve your work environment. You may be skilled in the work that you are basically appointed for but work ethics is also something that is very important. Working effectively is all your employer needs from you, when your employer asks you to work effective; it doesn’t mean you need to do is work. In fact he is referring to your professionalism at work and if you are following all kind of policies and regulations of the organization.
We have listed some of the soft skills that you could groom yourself and by doing this I am sure you would actually impress your superiors and employees.
This is one of the important factor when you need to be diplomatic and an effective decision maker. When you are in authority of a team in any organization you are reliable and responsible, you can’t actually entertain everyone. Managing a team is essential and is valued by any organization. It is simple that you need to tackle conflicts with diplomacy, however your communication both written and oral are highly marked. You have been for interviews and mostly in interviews a question is raised if you are a team player and this is only raised because team management is highly rated.
How we discussed earlier about effective communication, this term is all about your behavior with your coworkers at work. How you convey your messages across to superiors and colleagues. It is all about how you can communicate under pressure because your tongue takes you places.
Time Management Skills
Time is money and we all know that! When we are hired at any organization all we do is sell our skills and abilities. However when you sell anything you put in precious time, Time management is the key to success. Working hard is not the key, working smart is and time is your key to success.
At all times you should maintain a positive around you at work and your personal lives because the more positive approach you have the more positive energy you spread around. If you are down and out always learn how to motivate yourself and stay focused. The more you do this the better your work results would be.
The ability of working in different environments and adapt upcoming new ideas is important. Many human resource reps have come across employees who have the ability to work with different environments are more productive, which actually increases their output and helps them progress better.
These are the skills you need to polish and success would knock itself on your door. Always believe in yourself and never let someone stick a finger in your face, trying to own you.
This article is written on account of how you could actually groom yourself for an interview and what would be the necessary methods used in training yourself for an Interview? Certainly over the years standards have changed from a human perspective, Pakistan has advanced so much over the years and it could never be done without the subject human resource. The study of this particular subject is very interesting because it teaches you a part of human behavior. The skills that you can acquire are tremendous and very helpful in our daily as well as professional lives.
Human resource has several categories and various sections; however all operate and play a specific and important part in a business module; however with a very different approach. We are all living in a very competitive world and seeking a career is any industry choosing a profession is very crucial.
If applying for jobs that would suit your career, I am sure you would go for a hundred interviews till you land on one which is a successful interview. Often job interviews are so complicated that you may never know when and what to say and most of the time you are stuck in a dilemma. We can say this is the perfect example of how you could face excitement and pressure at the same time. Sometimes it feels like your nerves are going to pop out. This kind of intense situation simply turns you into a more lack of confidence state.
No one in this entire world is perfect and the interviewer is always looking out to see his interest and would try and put you in a box, if you let him. This way you can never ever express your true self and never could show you abilities, capabilities and skills, all you need is to relax, take a chill and go with the flow.
There are some rules that one should follow to avoid a major disappointments at an interview.
- There is a wise saying that your first impression is your last impression and if you are scheduled for an interview you need to be on time, because your time and your employer’s time are important. Well always make arrangements to reach on the scheduled time, get up early, stay focused, clothing should be formal and ironed, make sure you are presentable in all time.
- Never forget your resume; this leaves a very bad impression because usually employers could misplace your resume and it seems you are empty handed. In any condition there could be a mishap make sure you have your resume printed before you head out for the interview.
- Wardrobe it’s all about how you present yourself, remember whenever going in for a interview your need to be properly dressed. Formal clothing with a tidy hair cut and clean shoes passes you fifty percent of your interview. Employers always like their employees to carry themselves appropriately at all times.
- It’s always better to be prepared about the company’s portfolio, it gives you an edge. Employers love people who are present minded and like people who know a bit about the company. Research should be done at all times before appearing for an interview.
These are some major points that I consider essential and should be followed at all times, although there are some things that you are not suppose to share and there are as follows:
Never to discuss anything that could trigger your boss for example
- Religious or political issues.
- Never to say that how badly you need this job.
- Personal life should never be discussed.
- Never disgrace the former company or your boss.
- Never say NO you don’t know about the company.
- Never talk about promptness.
- Never demand.
These are some major don’ts you should avoid at an interview. Give us your feedback it is highly appreciated.
Often people are distracted from work and don’t know how to stay focused, although some people visit doctors and take medications to find ways to stay focused at work. There are many people in the society who always are seeking for a solution to this problem and whenever someone tries to research they often get distracted by some other activities. We have tried to research from the web, however you sign up at any website using an email address for the solution and you end up getting hundreds of emails from there, they might be three to four emails that would be informative. But when you do actually go through those emails and when you are close to find an answer the activities come again. Damn it’s irritating how we can have a solution to this problem.
We have researched about the issue and we would give you 8 ways on how you could exercise your brain to respond and fight back with the problems, we are sure you will find a way to stay focused at work. First let me tell you this that this is completely normal and you don’t need any kind of medication to focus.
It usually happens that you are almost done with a task that was assigned to you and almost at the end there is an extra task that comes up and you get distracted, well you are not exactly distracted, in fact you give attention to the second task!
Don’t do that take one thing at a time, if you do cater to the second task and if you are looking to complete the second task before the first one than; you might end up making mistakes. When you come and resume you may notice that all things have been disturbed you wouldn’t even possibility know where you left from? This way you waste more time. I am listing the points below and I hope they work out for you:
- Always find what you do inspiring and fun: any task that is assigned to you, before you start, make sure you analyze the task and ask yourself the question why should you be doing it? With the answer you receive you will definitely have the output. Then find ways how to make it fun and always let your creativity flow into your work, in this way you will stay focused.
- Choose a great chair and table: why do you think this is the second key tool? I am sure you do have the answer because staying comfortable also keeps you focused at work. This way you can work more and be less distracted.
- Cleanliness and neat workstations: in order to stay focused you need to have a clean and hygienic desk. A well organized desk always reduces stress because the more things around you are more going to distract you from your work.
- Make a daily work list: this will help you to manage your work and schedule your time accordingly.
- Let others know your strict do not disturb policies: they will not disturb you at all.
- Put on the life saver headphones: music keeps you going and will always keep you motivated.
- Socializing stay away: well this is one key thing you need to do so, stay away from all networking sites and electronic gadgets which could distract you.
- Organize your emails: very important, stay away from all the scam, jokes, forward emails.
Just remember you are surrounded with people always respect your colleagues, but stay focused at work. This is what will work out for you!
In the present world we live in; is moving with a very fast pace, many of us look forward for success. Anyone would want a lavish life that consists of working or owning a business, to make it more fruitful aspect would owe a luxurious car, a house built on the sky with recognition throughout his work place. Absolutely you can achieve career success and it is possible if you follow five keys and you could achieve a successful career in which ever field you are currently in progress with. There are mentioned below:
- Positive attitude.
- Decision making.
- Believe in yourself.
If you are keen to have a successful career you will have to make the right decision and choices, you will need to be very diplomatic and analyze yourself every time. When you work for a professional organization you need to organize yourself and analyze every move you make that could lead towards prosperity. A professional classed person would analyze every step which could help him improve and progress in his near future.
Here are some question one should ask himself looking at all aspect towards his professional grown in any organization.
Do you love your job?
Ask yourself that question about a million times, on how? Why? Do you love your job because this will determine your success in the organization. There are several business tycoons in the world who quote that to love your work, if you do your love doesn’t remain work; it becomes more of a game.
Do you have a Goal?
It is very important to have a GOAL! It helps you to remain focused. In fact my suggestion to you is mark everything you want into a goal and I am sure it becomes easier to achieve. It is very important to tie your desires in goals, in that way it will always have you striving for the best.
Are you contributing?
This is another factor that is important you need to keep contributing towards your goal. Simply if you do not believe in goals and achievement, you might end up getting frustrated from your job which will end your struggle to achieve success.
Are you motivated?
A successful person is always someone who knows the art of motivating himself and keep others motivated too. This is a key tool because when you are high and motivated just help you go on, however tough it may be.
What are your current achievements?
Always look back to see what you have achieved so far, because this is one way you can analyze the time you have spent achieving your goal. This even makes you hungry for more achievements.
Are you improving yourself?
This is something that you need to make adjustments in yourself to move faster. Try and never repeat mistakes that have already been made by you in the past. Therefore recommended go for all the workshops and on job trainings it helps you a lot.
Are you will to take Risks?
Nothing comes free, it’s a wise saying you always need to pay the price, if you wish to achieve something in life. Common rule but very true prices need to paid, in order to achieve anything in life.
Do you have any help?
Certainly achievements never come single handedly, your work and home both play vital roles in your success. If you have enough support then it would be easier to achieve your goal.
Being underestimated and not appreciated is a very big factor that I have faced in the past. I have even seen my coworkers get de-motivated by the organization or the boss’s behavior with employees. The first negative thought you always get is that you should quit your current job. However this is not a wise thing to do and is more of a rational behavior. This usually happens when you are not satisfied with your service at the organization.
Always calm down sometimes your decision may be fatal for your career, because you are not thinking well. Although the idea gives a boost in your approach which makes you feel like you are in control of your life. However to make such a decision you need to have a lot of courage and faith.
There are always scenarios where you might not be heard by your boss or degraded but quitting is not the solution to your problem. Before you make a decision you must be sure that you are making the right decision and here are some rules that would help you make those decisions:
- How long have you been working in the organization? If you have been working for 2 years and above you might want to re-think because of the benefits and what you will be losing. If you have been working for 3 to 6 months in a company, I believe you should invest more time because at times the first 6 months you might not be able to create your place in the organization. In such circumstances you are just in the starting phase and by investing time you might be able to create an impression in the longer run.
- One major issue that a person feels he or she is burdened with work. Mostly cases like these come up when a person is not able to manage the work load and due to this reason quitting jobs is the first idea that comes up. Instead of resigning you should try speaking to the management, they might just have the solution to your problem.
- Sometimes a person working in an organization often is bored of his or her jobs because of the daily task that one performs. In this situation if you are bored, try and sign up for more assignments, in that way you might be able to gain your interest back at work. If you still do and you find that there is nothing that can be done then the best option is to find something that would suit your interest.
- Personal issues are a barrier that doesn’t allow you to focus on your work. Well one should not let personal life intervene with professional life and instead of quitting your job you should try and prioritize your issues and resolve them as soon as possible.
- Workaholics don’t really have a personal life, although they usually get frustrated and try and quit their jobs. That is not the right thing to do. One should try and create a balance between the two.
- Do you have a horrible boss? Well mostly everyone in this world faces this issue. If you think quitting is the best option you are wrong. In most cases your boss would want you to excel at your work, if your boss is horrible and there is nothing that is available in your book to adjust with him or her. The best thing to do is to find yourself something that would suit your expertise.
- Another situation is being under paid; well if you do face a problem like that you can always try and speak to the management. If not then find for yourself something else that would prove to be more beneficial for you.
- If you have another job opportunity, make sure the thing that the opportunity you choose is totally your choice because nowadays it’s hard to find jobs in Pakistan.
When you start off in a new organization it is understood that the person you need to impress is your boss, it is for certain that your boss would have major impact on your performance. Therefore you will need to be in a successful relationship with your boss. However your performance in the organization will depend on how you communicate with your boss and how your work proves to be beneficial for the organization.
Your boss is the only one who would be evaluating your performance from day one, make sure you listen and complete every task given to you by your boss. Make sure your boss is informed and well noted for all the goals and benchmarks that you achieve in your time period at work. Make sure you don’t make foolish decisions and always stay focused at work. As you know your boss is the only one who helps you grow in the organization.
The evaluation process is simple; your boss evaluates you, based on the goals you have achieved. Although your actions towards your team mate’s are very important but the essence of having a successful relationship with your boss is to create a productive working environment. If you follow these steps it would help you to maintain a perfect relation with your boss.
Dealing with a new boss regardless if he or you are new in the organization, it all depends on how you make your first impression and how would you deal with the problems at hand. Here are some suggestion by the veterans that would help you maintain a respectful and an orderly working environment.
Discuss the problems you are facing at work because in this way your employer would know what the recent activities. Be very clear when communicating your ideas and thoughts, and be up-to-date with anything that would be beneficial for the organization or your boss. Always explain and do not shy away from communicating your ideas, if there is something you would like to share go-ahead it is the only way you can get your boss to know what you are capable of. Always address the problem clearly to your boss and make sure you have the facts and figures to accurately suggest solutions. Being open to suggestions, having another person’s perspective on any situation is always a good idea. And last never back down from giving your suggestions and advice.
Another rule that could help you to make a real good impression is always try and complete the task that is given to you before the deadline instead of just meeting the deadline try and so how efficient you can be. Any boss would love a dedicated employee, so make sure names on his mind always.
Plan for success always because that is the way you will learn how to meet goals. This way you will always grow faster because once you are ahead of everyone recognition is just around the corner.
Establish a system because it is very important to maintain a smooth working environment. Always apply rule as this will help you one way or the other in your job career or in your personal life. Always try and follow your boss footsteps at the end of the day your boss is mostly right but if you are really sure he is on the wrong part, don’t shy away.
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffet.
What is success? How can you be successful? This has been a dream of many people, who live in this world and many are striving towards prosperity. In this article we will discuss on how you can take the initiative step towards success or have a successful career.
As a research conducted on successful people in the whole world by me, there were a few who had interesting experiences that changed the worlds approach completely. Great people like (Late) Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Carlos Slim Helu etc. They have been an inspiration to many and especially to me.
Through my research all of the great people had three things in common that helped them to mark themselves as an icon in the world today. The three important things that can help change their approach towards their career is, Risk, Focus and Determination.
As all these successful people once had jobs and they did strive to reach to the place that they are today. There are many individuals in the world today who would like to switch their careers because the industry doesn’t pay well. People use career mapping, consultants and advisors to choose a career. I will guide you five secrets on how it could help you to excel in your career.
Motivation, Hard work and dedication, enjoying success, pursue your dreams and mark all your dreams as goals. I am sure you would be able to pursue a better future. I have seen over the years many individual switch their jobs and start marching towards something that they are not skilled at. Well have you ever seen anyone in this world who has been successful jumping from one field to another? Skill and experience is very important.
In Pakistan there are many children who drop out of schools and colleges, in search of making money, regardless of any reason that they could have. However Education is a very essential factor in your life which will move you towards success, because education takes you closer towards your field and provides you basic knowledge and information that helps you in your career path.
The next section of this article would guide you on how you could groom yourself. Once your academic studies are over that is the time you choose your career path, which would advance you to the next level. Below are some guidelines of finding the perfect career.
- Stay focused and don’t wander.
- Always stay hungry to learn and educate yourself.
- Hard work and smart work is required.
- Stay dedicated.
- Dream and tie your dreams to goals.
- Save more spend less.
- Never rely on one way of income, always dedicate yourself to more than one project. Multitask how much you can.
- Be Decisive.
- Never back down to take risk.
- Be diplomatic.
- Network like Crazy.
The above mentioned guide lines would move you towards your successful career and would get you the dream job or career you are looking forward to pursue and I hope this article would be healthy and informative to you.
Whether you just graduated and looking forward to begin your career or you are an experienced professional, at some point in you will find the need to update your CV and send it to a potential employer. For a person starting his/her career it is an obvious starting point but the reasons for experienced person are many such as location, salary raise or a secure job.
Jobs security is one very important factor for any professional; with almost every company downsizing you have to keep a close watch on yourself as a part of the company you are working in. Are you valuable for the company? The percentage of people answering positively to that question will be very less but that is how it is. Very few are able to climb the corporate ladder to the stop with secure jobs; and if you think you are not valuable then you have to start from square one.
A Curriculum Vitae is an overview of your experience and qualification bundled carefully for a potential employer to make that overwhelming decision of not hiring you but just calling to speak to you. A great CV will not get you hired, it is only an opportunity creator and that is it.
Before you take a look at some of the sections of your CV an important note to make is that job openings in Pakistan will always be printed on your local newspaper or online but creating one CV and sending it out everywhere is a big NO.
When each job opportunity and employer is different why make one standard CV? One size does not fit all but you can have one master CV which would list down all your details. Think about it this way in your pantry you have all the ingredients you can think of but if you are making a cake, would you require pepper? Hopefully not but maybe for a spicy chicken meal you would. Same way you got to use particular information for a particular job, your sales experience for a teachers position will do you know good neither your teaching experience for a sales job. Rule number one is get all your employment history and qualification and other details in one document and just copy the elements you need for that particular job opening.
For your personal details section – name, address, contact details is more than enough your age or marital status is not relevant if the job ad has an age limit then don’t apply for that job. Which brings us to the next point always read the job ad carefully; see the position being offered, the company’s status, history and so forth. This will give you a better idea on updating your CV for that company and whether you really see yourself working there.
So keep irrelevant details out of your CV, make separate CV’s for different opportunities considering a Master CV and always analyze the job. These points will not help you secure jobs in Pakistan but it will help increase the chances of scoring much more.
BONUS TIP: Don’t forget to proofread your CV silly spelling mistakes, incorrect use of grammar and other related mistakes will cost you big time.
Over the years, we have seen numerous advertisements posted on newspapers, Internet and other media advertising channels. Later on the same companies fail drastically. Posting advertisements of these kinds don’t seem professional at all, however at once this strategy was used by many to introduce business in our country. When a job seeker is looking out for jobs that would suit his skills, he or she often has to go through the companies profile, observe the companies progress and since how long they have been operating their business.
Observing is one way you can actually make out, how the company is maintaining their standard, for example check the company’s website and check when was it last updated, secondly check what email addresses are used, if a company is using a Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or any other account that can be used generally you can know about the standard of the company. Secondly you could use step number 2 of calling the organization and check the reception service. If the company’s operator answers with a firm tone or a lousy tone, you can have an idea, however continue and greet them, ask them to connect you to the Human Resource department. If he or she does; so you can start with a greeting and ask them about the job vacancy they have advertised for and ask them for the details, if they refer you saying that the details are mentioned on the advertisement this would be unprofessional, here is where you can observe the companies standard. It clearly means the company is unprofessional.
You could wonder how I can say this with so much authority. Remember every employee represents the company, regardless of whatever department are they from.
Let’s take another example: What if you do send in your resume and you do receive a formal call from the company for an interview. Please follow the rule of observation. Note on how the HR representative speaks to you and If you can make it on the expected day of the interview well and good, if not then ask them if they could re-schedule you for another day.
On the day of the interview make sure you are as professional as you can be, shinny shoes, neat and well pressed clothes, neat and tidy hair and good fragrance coming from you, you would be surprised to see that looking professional will take you half way to get the job that you desire. Once you do enter the organization observe your way, especially the work stations on your journey in. Once you do sit in for the interview you will surely get your answer and the last and most important step is to decide if you would like to proceed. This would actually show you how to avoid a bad company in Pakistan.
Job seekers! There are many companies in Pakistan and around the world, who like to offer jobs, however all they want is the best business professionals in the market. One should implement these rules to find jobs especially in Pakistan and for a better and a brighter career.
This is has become a major drawback that individual throughout the country come to different cities in search for jobs, while there is an economic issue in Pakistan. Jobs are scarce and individuals throughout Pakistan come down to cities such as Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad and Hyderabad. However individuals from places like these top notch cities come to Karachi which turns out to be unfavorable for the people of Karachi.
Karachi having an industry range that hold 70% of the country’s economy, while the rest simply chip in. It is mainly because there is no awareness to the people of Pakistan. Jobs can be found in your own respective cities, people do not know where how you can find work in their own hometowns and traveling to some other city leaving your family behind is not ones choice.
For the people who select to travel you can use the internet for choosing your future profession. Stay in your own city and get yourself the profession you are looking for and instead look for online jobs that is at the moment this biggest charm as Information technology is progressing faster than you can ever imagine. Online jobs have opened up many opportunities, all you need to do search in the right area of the web for opportunity.
There is a lot of illiteracy rate in Pakistan especially in rural areas, so an important message to everyone is educate their future hands of Pakistan and to develop a more literate society instead of doing the opposite. Pakistan has always seen a vision to build a better tomorrow and is on the verge on creating a society that would make more opportunities and brighten the name of our country.
Information technology has grown and to create awareness many schools are teaching computers as a full time subjects. Ecommerce has flourished the market and future challenges, that we will have more of digital world and we are walking towards it. Online Jobs are going to be the future of work because computers have changed the world.
A little of looking for work online is by visiting recruiting organizations and Human Resource hiring agencies. It’s beneficial because most of the companies in Pakistan have out sourced their hum resource to these websites and it has proven to be one of the fasted growing businesses. Major Job relevant websites such as Jobsvilli.com and Rozee.pk have made a difference to find the right person for the right profession.
These recruiting web sites have created working opportunities of finding work possibilities all over the country and major companies and the government has supported the idea. At current you can visit jobsvilli.com to create a livelihood.