Category: Personal Branding

5 Effective Ways To Boost Your Confidence Before An Interview

Reinventing your careerThe interview is one of the most daunting, yet most exciting components of a job seeking process. It is a process that shows the employer that you are the right person for the position and can also be source of anxiety for candidates who fear making mistakes that break the entire opportunity.

To be successful, you need to know how to present yourself well before your potential employers. It is vital that you start feeling good about the entire interview process to get rid of any anxiety.

If you are struggling with expressing your strengths and weaknesses, being open about your skills and qualifications or even describing why you are the right fit for the company, the following five tips will to help boost your confidence for any job interview you are looking forward to.

1. Conduct an exhaustive research

It is very important that you find as much information as you can about the company to boost your confidence for the interview. Research about the company as most interviewers would want to know how much you know about them. Use their website and other relevant news sources to showcase your knowledge of their background and state some of their future objectives.

You will in addition, handle such questions as: how can you be of benefit to this company? Why do you think you are a good fit for this company?

2. Research interview questions and possible answers

There are a lot of resources that will present you with lots of information to build your confidence for the interview. Research on the internet possible interview questions you could be asked and prepare answers. Review the questions carefully and try to say the answers loud to feel natural and confident in the interview.

Additionally, it is important that you are informed of the company’s interview system. There are companies that use a behavioral based interviewing system while others have different systems. With all this preparation, your interview will flow naturally, and you will without a doubt, be confident.

3. Conduct a mock interview

You can ask someone to help you conduct a mock interview for practice in order to build your confidence for the big day. If you cannot find a close friend, a mentor or a networking contact, you can answer questions in front of a mirror to get your facial expressions and body language right.

Sit down with your friend or family member and rehearse all your answers to simulate the actual interview environment.

4. Do not leave any loopholes

One of the most important steps in preparing for your job interview is recalling your qualifications for the position advertised as well as your career history and goals. While you review your professional and personal credentials, it is important that you ensure there are no loopholes on the internet that could cost you the job.

Most companies look for information from the internet about interviewees, so it is very important that you ensure your social networking profile is private or presented professionally.

5. Is the job really worth it?

While it is recommended that you don’t think about what the job can do for you and instead think of what you can do for the company, it is important that you anticipate some questions from the employers. Many companies will ask potential employees their salary expectations, so it is advisable that you have an answer.

In addition, it is very crucial that you think about what you can offer the company to help you focus on your strengths, which is what every employer is looking for.

Besides the salary, think of whether the job you are applying for is worth your energy, time and efforts. Is it worth giving them your social network password, and do you feel sharing your confidential information is worth it? Think about these factors before attending the interview.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you are in control of the way you present yourself before the panel of your potential employers. Avoid being bashful when presenting your skills and qualifications, experience or career goals. Remember that the outfit you wear is very important; find a professional and stylish outfit that you will feel confident in.

You will also be more likely to exude a better posture and the right attitude during the interview with the right kind of outfit.

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Benefits Of Internal Movement At Your Existing Company

Reinventing your careerIf you are considering changing your job, the first thing you have probably though about is moving to another firm, with new staff and a new employer. However, you might find it beneficial to stay with the firm you are with, and to apply for another internal role with the same company.

Not only will this save you the hassle of having to move to a different office, and adapting to a new way of working, applying for an internal role with your current employer could provide you with a higher income, increased job satisfaction, and further career progression opportunities.

If you work for a small company, the range of jobs available to you in the same firm may be limited; a larger company however will often actively seek internal employees to fill vacancies, so it might be wise to check your company’s job board, or speak to the human resources department about any available positions.

Should I apply for another job within the same company?

One of the most common reasons for employees looking for vacancies with a different firm is because they don’t get on well with fellow employees or their boss. Because of this, they may actively seek work with a different employer.

– In a larger company, employees might flourish in a different department of the company, working with different staff and under a new team leader or manager. People often make the mistake and believe that other departments within the same company work in the same way. This isn’t always the case; a different team leader or manager may know how to utilize your skills, allowing you to progress your career within the same firm but under different circumstances.

– Remember, other managers within the same company can communicate in a different way, and you may work better with staff members who share your passion and ambition.

The benefits of working for the same firm

So when should you look for an internal opportunity within the same firm? Ask yourself if you have garnered a reputation in your current job that you would like to shake off. If so, would you relish the chance to work under a different team leader or manager within the same company and make a fresh start?

– Rather than becoming involved in office politics and feeling disenchanted in your current position, do your research and find out about other departments within the business. Find out what the core values and motivations are of the staff who work there, and see if there are any opportunities to apply for a position there.

– You may enjoy working for the company as a whole but find that you feel suffocated in your current position. If so, you might prosper in a position where you will be able to work with people who share a similar skillset to yourself. If you have a good track record and have adhered to performance standards in your current position, moving to a different department could present you with a number of opportunities, and would allow you to stay working for the same company but under different conditions. You wouldn’t have to worry about relocating to a different office on the other side of town, and could still work among the employees you do get on with.

How to secure a new position 

Before applying for a new position within the same company, there are a number of factors to consider. Find out about different departments and teams and find out what goes on there.

– You may already be familiar with staff from other departments if you talk to them during your lunch hour or on the way home from work. Ask them if they are satisfied with their job, and if there are any positions available. Have a look at internal job boards, and start networking. Meet people outside your current department and look or any training opportunities that the company offers that will allow you to move to a different job position within the business.

– Update your resume and focus on what the skills you have garnered since working for the company. If you secure an interview, explain why you still want to work for the same company, and go in detail about why you feel you are better suited for a different role.

– If you feel you lack the skills needed to progress to a different position, consider taking an evening class to increase your chance of being accepted for a new position.

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Is It Time To Change Your Career??

Even in the current economic climate, when taking such a risk could easily backfire, many people would still like to find a new job or change career path. The truth is, many people are too scared to take the plunge and try something new, even if they know deep down that it will be better for them in the long run. It could be fear of the unknown, or perhaps economic need, but the statistics speak for themselves: thousands of professionals stay much longer in their job than they originally planned.

If YOU are unhappy in your current position, or are just wanting to try something different, now could be the time to find a new job. Perhaps you have always wanted to own your own business, but have lacked the confidence and means to be able to do so? Or maybe you have wanted to change career path for a while but have kept putting it off. If so, perhaps it’s time to change gear and seriously consider changing your career. It’s not as daunting as it seems, and a year from now you could be thanking yourself for making such a brave decision.

Am I ready to change career?

It can be tricky to if you have stayed too long at your currently firm. You might not want to leave your current job before you are ready, especially if you feel you could still progress in the position.

– Ask yourself ?

Have you accomplished everything you originally planned to in your current job? If you have, it could be time to move on. Your employer may even feel the same, and may recommend you to prospective employees in the future and tell them that you have exceeded all professional expectations.

– Think about your current position for a few seconds

How do you feel? Could you envisage yourself working there for another six months? Another year? Another five years? Ask yourself about your future, and where you see yourself going in your career. Your current position may not be able to provide you with the job satisfaction you are looking for, and you may be better suited to a position where you will be able to utilize your skill set and experience.

– Discomfort at your current company

If the discomfort of staying with the company outweighs the thought of leaving, then you might want to discuss with friends or relatives about the possibility of you applying for a different job.

– Making the decision to leave

Consider the opportunities in your current position and if there is any scope for career development. If you find your day-to-day duties are unsatisfying, is there a chance you could carry out different work within your current job role?

– Weigh your options, before taking the leap

Does the company offer training schemes so you can garner new skills, or allow you to apply for different positions within the same firm? Weigh up all your options before making the decision to leave, and ask your friends and family for some advice. A second opinion could be extremely useful in this situation.

– Consider your finances

Many people fear leaving their job, especially if they feel they will not be able to support themselves during the transition between leaving their current company and starting work with a new firm.

– Bud-getting

Ensure that you know how long it will be before you receive your first wage at your new company, and then budget accordingly. Remember that some companies do not issue a wage to their employees straight away, and depending on the date you started, you may have to wait until the following month before you receive your salary.

– Keep your savings handy

You may want to put some money aside before you leave your current position to tide you over if this is the case. If you want to start your own company or to work in a freelance position, you will need to be in a sound financial position to be able to do so.

– Leaving your current job

When you have made the decision to leave your current company, and have been given your notice period, make sure you still perform to the best of your ability until the day you leave.

– Leave on a good note

Leave the company with integrity and respect, even if you have fallen out with your fellow employees or boss. If you are sad about leaving, remember that you are moving onto pastures new, and that you are entering an exciting new stage of your career.

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How To Motivate Your Employees..

Reinventing your careerEmployee motivation is a key factor in employee performance. If your workers are not satisfied with their work or the workplace, then chances are that they would try and shun their responsibilities, do low quality work and perform poorly.

So, to ensure excellent results and successful achievement of goals, the company must ensure that their employees are highly motivated. The motivation source can be anything – it could be monetary, non-monetary or other personal factors. As manager of a company (especially if you are a small organisation) finding the pulse of employees is very important.

If an employee is motivated, then he/she can reach their maximum potential. They can achieve their personal goals and aim at self-development. This in turn leads to professional excellence.  Once employees see a link between their efforts and results, then they tend to perform even better.

The most common mistake a company makes is to think that money is all that motivates an employee. While money is one of the most important aspects, what a company forgets is a list of other factors. For e.g.: recognising an employee for their achievements is quite imperative and so is listening to them. Your goals for the company should encompass the goals of an employee as well.

Remember employee satisfaction and employee efficiency are closely related!

Especially in times of economic crisis and troubling times, keeping your employees motivated should be your number one priority. You need to remind your employees that they need to overcome the obstacles of today’s market and emerge victorious on the other side. You have to strive hard to keep their morale high. Acknowledge their efforts and tell them that their contribution is needed by the company, more so now than ever.

Imagine you are the captain of a ship facing a big storm. You need to continuously encourage and motivate your crew members and give them support whenever the need be. A good leader would inspire his/her employees and would help them overcome their fears. Be their employer, friend, and leader and above all be a philosopher!

Most companies are nowadays hiring professional motivational speakers to help them get the best out of their employees. And that is not a bad idea!

A motivational speaker can help you help your employees. Your employees should be left with something to ponder about and they must feel more positive and uplifted. You need someone who excels in the art of communication, inspiration and motivation; someone who is a good listener too!

The performance of your employee depends on the way they think and the way they act. And a good motivational speaker or keynote speaker should be able to transform them in a way that they give their best!

Don’t underestimate the power of a keynote speaker – to motivate your employees, that is the right way to go!

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How To Easily Build Your Resume?

You may apply for a job through online job portals or approach a head hunter – either ways your resume will be picked out only when your credentials match to those required by the employer.

Building a resume is important as that is the first thing an employer looks at – your first impression! With the number of people sending in their resumes, how much time do you think is given to your resume? 30 seconds to a minute – yes, that’s it! So before building a resume, you must ensure that yours is well-written and grammatically correct.

Building a resume is a series of steps that one must accomplish successfully in order to make an impression. The steps are mentioned below:

1) Include all important information about yourself

Name, age, address, contact number and email address. These details are necessary for your potential employer (or head hunter) to reach you. So, when you start building your resume, start with basic information.

2) Make your objective company or a specific role oriented

It should clearly state why you want to apply for the particular position – make it every specific and not general as this statement will make an impression on your potential employer. He/she should know why you want to work for their company and what your driving force is.

3) Educational qualification is next

When you are building a resume you must make sure not to miss this piece of important information. It is pointer of your credentials and relevant degrees. Some companies may need specific degrees, trainings in certain field or a particular educational qualification to consider you for the job.

4) Mention your experience in the relevant field

Also while building a resume, if you want your resume to stand out then you must mention your skills, knowledge and accomplishments. This information will help your potential employer know whether you are apt for the position or not and whether hiring you will be beneficial to the company or not.

5) Highlight hobbies and interests

These are just pointers to what kind of a person you are – what are your personal aspirations and what other activities interest you. Your social and personal life is an indication of your characteristics traits. This shows your potential employer how you will behave in a team, how you will deal with a stressful situation and what your general outlook in life is.

Just keep these pointers in mind before building a resume and if your resume is effective enough you will land yourself an interview!

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