Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The “Digital” way of Job search

Advancing your career or changing jobs comes with numerous challenges. Today, the pool of candidates is vastly competitive. Hiring managers will analyze your resume, past professional experiences and social presence, so standing out is the key. Tidying your “Social Media Profiles” while Job Searching is imperative; put your best digital foot forward in your job search.

Today social media has caused a paradigm shift the way conversations are done. In the past decade, it has slowly blurred the line between personal lives with professional life. This can be easy to forget, until you start a new job search. Here are tips to cleaning up your profiles.  

Keep a check on your profile privacy settings
Facebook provides a range of settings to allow your profile to be completely public to totally hidden. Most people will seek something in the middle, which allows their profile to be found in their network while keeping your posts private. On Facebook’s homepage, click on “privacy check-up” to see how your posts appear to others and adjust your settings accordingly. Other accounts such as Twitter and Instagram don’t allow this range of privacy settings, but allow you to make your public accounts private.

Consider secondary professional accounts
Social networks were originally created to connect with friends and family, but have since made their way to include colleagues and business associates. If you prefer to keep these worlds separate, you can create secondary social media accounts for “friendly” business associates. If you do use a professional account, fill out the profile with your work information and include a professional headshot.

Scrutinize your history
Even if you choose to keep your accounts public, it’s a good idea to scan your social media history for any posts you may have forgotten about. This may flag any potential posts that you may want to delete. Keep a note of this.  

Use workplace social tools to communicate in the office
Social media is convenient; nevertheless its use should be restricted at the workplace. Fortunately, there is an alternative for those who wish to keep the convenience of social media within the workplace focus of email. Interoffice communication tools like Hangout, skype, Google Drive etc. for Work provide the group collaboration, while creating a place just for work. 

Share for the job you want
Social media can be an asset in this regard, not a liability. Use your platforms to follow the companies you’re interested in and share their content if it’s interesting to you. This will showcase your interest in the organization and you will equally benefit with the latest updates about the organization that you are looking as your future employer. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Be the best version of YOU at work.

We'd all like to excel at work and land that promotion we deserve. Whether you are just starting in a job or been there for years, there are characteristics that employers notice. If you are seeking a promotion or setting yourself up for other career opportunities, it’s time to freshen up the list that will help you stand out in a positive way.

Self-motivation- If you are self-motivated, you will work until things get done.  Something better is always the goal. Self-motivation is of great help in fulfilling your own objectives along with organization’s goals. This includes your own training; take a class or ask someone for help to learn something new. Desire to learn new skills and proactive approach to solve issues by leading without a title is something that can help you to prepare for the next role.

Positive attitude- Positive thinking is the key to motivation. Employees with a positive attitude will always think of ways to accomplish their task in a well defined manner. Those who are upbeat and optimistic are more enjoyable to work with and much more likely to stay employed. Your attitude makes a difference. It triggers a healthy thought process, enabling you to think wisely and logically.

Work with integrity- One of the most sought after and hard to find characteristics – integrity. Doing what is right even when there is pressure to take another path. Be honest, trustworthy and virtuous in all work encounters. When you can offer your employer transparency and honesty in your work and actions it adds a great deal of value.

Passion for the job- Are you passionate about the work you do? Do you show it? To carve a niche for yourself, it is essential that everyone around you sees that you are invested in your work whether it is in your daily work or executing big decisions. Passion is contagious and gets attention. It is an example to those around you, it is a leadership quality, and your management team will certainly take notice when it is obvious in everything you do.

Bring confidence- Be confident. It’s a good trait but make sure to temper it with a humble nature. When you are confident in your job you are more likely to offer suggestions that can have a great impact. A confident employee does not mind sharing the limelight to help build the confidence of those in their team.

Have a life outside your work. High stress is bad for you and your job performance. Being tired slows you down and reduces the quality of your work. Set aside time for relaxing, regrouping, and stepping away from the daily grind.