Objective of Group Discussions

GD is a common term that is a vital one in the life of the job seekers. Group discussion is a prevalent tactic used as an important tool for personality assessment. This is a commonly used method to evaluate overall personality of candidates. This technique is proved to be highly efficient to gauge the basic traits of the applicants. In this method, a group of applicants is made to sit together, in a way that they can have an interaction and discussion on a given topic. Usually, one session for Group Discussion lasts for 15 to 30 minutes. 

Why group discussions have gained importance?  

Nowadays, be it any stream or field, your interaction skills are highly valued. By means of group discussions recruiters judge your capabilities in and out. Group discussions have become an integral step of evaluation for process of recruitment and admissions. These discussions are aimed at appraising various aspects of personality like confidence, communication skill, patience, etc. At the same time Group discussions are also important to evaluate your command on the given topic. 

Why do you think GD is conducted?  

The time has become advanced and so are the recruitment processes. Those days are gone when only your qualifications were counted. The recruiters now look out for ‘X- factor’ in the candidates. GD plays a vital role in enabling the recruiters to identify your skills. 

Your performance during Group discussion throws light on your: 

  • Communication skills
  • Knowledge on given topic
  • Reasoning skills
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership qualities
  • Initiative
  • Clarity on concepts
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Listening skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Patience

Confidence, eloquence and logics are the key to excel in Group Discussion. Our write up presents you with a clear picture of why GD is given that much importance. So prepare yourself well as it gives you an edge over others in the recruitment.

Career Planning

 ‘Career’ is a term that has utmost importance attached to it. Right from the time when a child is born discussions about what he/she will become starts. In school, class Xth is the deciding class for the students where they could opt for the stream that they wish to pursue in the future. So, the actual planning about the career starts from the time you enter your secondary classes. But the serious and careful thought that is laid to the planning of the career begins when a person is done with his school. This is the time when the shell breaks and the students are exposed to the outer world. Not only students also people who have completed their higher studies and are still confused about what path to take should take on their career planning.

Why career planning is important?

Parents and teachers always guide children to plan their career but it appears to be a forced affair to them. People, who do not plan what they have to do, often end up in a tumult or failures. To channelize your path to success it is very important to plan your career. it is also vital for those who are not content with their current field.

 Scale down your Interests and abilities :- You must have a clear idea of what your interests and abilities are. Many a times your abilities are not enough to fulfill your interests. So, you must make a move to brush up your skills.

 Aptitude Tests  :-  You must assess yourself in order to know your positive as well as negative points. Assessment can be done with the help of aptitude tests that are easily available on Internet. These tests help you to better judge your skills and let you know the areas of improvement

 Career Counseling :-  Nowadays, Career counseling has almost become a trend but it is truly an effective means to clear up all your doubts. There are various career counseling classes that you could attend in order to draw answers to your questions.

 Attractive fields :-  The fields that are productive and attractive now might not be same after few years. So, do not just go by the attraction of the field. Thoroughly study the scope of the field you wish to enter.

 Location :-  If you have decided to settle say in abroad then you must carry out a research about the fields and opportunities that are available there.

 Communication skills :- Be it any field, the need of the hour is that you must possess good communication skills. There are countless institutes that provide courses to enhance your communication skills.

 Personality Development classes :-  Also, you can join Personality Development classes that aim at developing your overall personality and lets you become more presentable in the society.

Dont’s:
· Do not plan your career under any kind of pressure: Parent’s pressure and Peer pressure.
· Do not enter any field before giving it a thought.
· Do not enter any field without having complete information about it.

So now you know what all you need to do before starting your career. Thus spare some time on your career planning in order to have a secure future. Our aforementioned points will help you plan your career in an efficient manner.

Does It Really Matter if you’re a Workaholic?

In the period when the economy is facing tough times, you will rarely find people criticizing about their jobs. The people who are employed feel gratitude towards their employers even if they are dissatisfied with their jobs. Apart from them are people who work tirelessly 24×7 and pay attention towards their job only. These are the ones who have no other topic to talk about other than work. Holidays, parties and outings are a complete ‘NO’ for such employees. They are simply called as workaholics. Being attached to your job and having intense passion for it is a good thing. But as it is said ‘Excess of everything is bad’ so working all the time endlessly without sparing any time for yourself, might lead to a doom. At one point of time when you will feel the need to relax and put your work down it won’t happen.

This web of work will lead the workaholic people to suffer exhaustion. If you are a workaholic and want that this should not happen to you then you must correct your ways. The question arises that how many people actually know that they are workaholics? If you want to know what the warning signs of a workaholic person are then you are at the right place.

Following are the signs that a workaholic person shows:

 Can’t relax: Everyone feels the need to relax after working hard for the whole day. You plan your work for the day accordingly and when you achieve it, you feel good. But when the desire to work beyond this becomes uncontrollable it results in you being hysterical.

  You become habitual in doing what is expected from you. In the process you often tend to neglect your needs and what you want.

  When you don’t feel like working but still you feel compulsion to complete the jobs. You are actually fearful to stop in between.

  At times you work in the time when you would have enjoyed. After procrastinating you feel self-pity. This leads to lack of concentration in the work you are doing but are scared to leave it and relax.

  Your self-esteem sustains only on the perception of how you and your work is judged by others.

  Your self-esteem sustains only on the perception of how you and your work is judged by others.

  You have a fanatical wish to understand each and everything, even your emotions. You do not express your emotions in a fear that if you do so, you will lose control.

  You work intensely hard in order to acquire admiration from your boss or colleagues as you live in an illusion that you will feel better that way.

Yes, it really matters if you are a workaholic so if you observe any of these signs in your work approach then it is time to rectify it. You can do it in several ways like by giving time to yourself and family, accepting your mistakes and working on them, to seek help from your colleagues. Just don’t overboard yourself with work as health is more important than money.

36 Beautiful Resume Ideas That Work

Resume or C.V or Bio-Data is the most important document that is required at the time of finding a job. It is the first thing that is to be presented to the interviewer or the employer. It is the representative of yourself and contains information about your educational qualification and work experience. With the advancing of time modifications have been brought about in almost all spheres. Innovation and novel ideas are welcome in all the fields. Gone are the days when resume was written on a plain sheet of paper. If you walk in for an interview, numerous candidates are present there. Don’t you think there should be something that is unique about you? Your resume can set you apart from all others. Attractive resumes draw the attention of the recruiter and the chances of getting short listed increases.  You must be thinking how a formal document be turned attractive? The answer to this can be sought in our write up.

Following are the tips that will help you design a resume that is appealing and distinct from others.

Fonts and Borders :  You can apply different borders and make use of various fonts to make your resume exclusive. Also, different kinds of headers and footers can be experimented. This will make your resume an attractive.

Colored background : Colors add life to everything. It adds to the attractive quotient of a document. Resumes with colored backgrounds seem interesting and maintain the reader’s interest.

Graphics : Graphics have become a part of everyday life. Even at the professional front it has been absorbed. Resumes that are professional documents can now be designed using different graphics. But it should be ensured that the graphics used are moderate and far from being loud.

Proper spacing : This is another important thing that needs attention. Proper word and line spacing give your resume a tidier look. The document becomes an easy read.

Highlighting : Highlighting of the main heads or the important facts using different colors can help the recruiter focus on the main points. Ensure that the color used for highlighting is not too loud.

Proper Categorization : You must know which field is to be written first. E.g. If your work experience is written before your educational qualification, it’s inapt. Also, always write your work experience in the correct order starting from your current job and then moving to your previous ones.

Grammatically correct and No spell error : Ensure that your resume is grammatically accurate and has no spell errors. Even a minor mistake reflects your ignorance and gives a bad impression to the recruiter.

We hope that you are all set to give your resume a new look by using our useful tips. You can check out the resume designs that are available online before designing your own. Also, you can try out designer resumes that are available on the Internet. You can also seek services of resume designers who will prepare a striking resume as per your requirements

The Most Difficult Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Interview is the term that sends jitters down your body and goose bumps tend to develop. A job interview is an important step in the ladder of your success. But why is this term so frightening? The answer to this is lack of confidence and less preparation; these are the factors that turns an Interview into a nightmare.

In the time span of only a few minutes you need to:
Ø Present the best of you to the interviewer.
Ø Need to prove your abilities.
Ø Show your skills.

This is possible only when you are not nervous. For this you need to be prepared beforehand. We present you with some of the trickiest questions which seem easy but are really difficult to answer on the spot. We also present the ways to tackle them. This will help you to walk in for an interview with utter confidence.

Q.1. Tell me something about you?
Although all information about you is on your resume but this question is asked in order to see your level of confidence and primarily to the start the conversation. It is considered a difficult one as it lays down your first impression. Answer your question in not more than 5-6 lines and provide details about your objective, education & work experience and your skills that have helped you grow professionally. In short summarize your professional skills.

Q.2.Explain your KRA (Key Responsibilities Areas) in the last company?
This question seems an easy one but it is asked to know how capable you are and what all responsibilities you have handled till then. While answering this question you should be frank and should present a truthful record of your duties in the last job. You must be prepared with an answer so that you do not rumble in between.

Q.3. What are you looking for or what do you want to achieve?
This is an important question that helps the interviewer in assessing your position.
Your answer shall be concise and should contain what position you want to attain next. You must be prepared to describe the next level of your professional growth.

Q.4. What is the reason behind leaving your current/last job?
This is the most difficult question asked by the interviewer. People try to fumble while answering it. The answer to this question should be an honest one, without any manipulation. The one thing that needs to be kept in mind while answering this specific question is not to say any wrong thing about your previous employers or co-workers. It may reflect your negative attitude.

Q.5. What do you know about this organization?
This question is asked in order to check your preparedness and interest in the job. You must do your homework and have a fair idea about the company and its working.

Q.6. Why do you want to work for this organization?
The answer to this should be based on the research that you have conducted about the company. The answer shall be given in all sincerity and after giving a good thought.

Q.7. Why should we hire you?
This is one question that gauges your total strength in your view. This has to be answered on the spot considering the competence you possess as per the expectations of the interviewer.

Q.8. What is your salary expectations?
This is one of the tackiest questions asked in the interview. DO NOT answer first. Dodge the employer and try to flinch away from quoting any amount. If the interviewer persists you to answer the question then provide a wide range.

These are some of the representative questions that are asked in an interview. Our advice will prove to be effectual in killing your nervousness and enable you to gear up for the interview ahead. There are numerous other questions that are asked, which have to be answered sensibility and with faltering. You must act smart while answering all your questions.

10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Make

When a well-settled professional plans to switch his job, what do you think are the reactions of the people around? They discourage you, believe that you have gone out of your wits and offer you all kinds of taunting statements. But if you have an apt reason for moving to another job then these retorts should not actually matter to you. There are various reasons because of which a person decides to switch his job, the most common being that the skills that he/she is endowed with are not coming in use in his current job. He/she might feel uncomfortable due to this reason and thus such a situation demands an immediate job change.

These circumstances are very common in the current scenario as the present generation is multitalented and multitasking and have a dynamic attitude. They are very organized people but don’t you think they still many mistakes that hamper their professional graph? Yes they do, we are laying down some common mistakes that one should never make while changing career.

Never search for a job in a field other than yours without giving it complete introspection.

Never heed for “hot” or known fields unless they’re fit for you.

Never choose any field just because your friend is making good profits in it.

Never stick to set possibilities that you already know about, explore more job profiles and try carry out some self-assessment exercises.

Never bring money in between and assure that it should not be the only deciding factor.

Never hesitate from going back to school i.e. you can always take up new degree or diploma in order to enhance your skills.

Never let your discontentment disturb you rather speak to close ones in order to get some inspirational advice.

Carefully select the search firms or placement agencies.

Never thing of going to a career transitions agency or a career counselor believing that they will guide you the ideal field to enter.

Never expect a job change overnight, patience is required while completely switching your career.

If a candidate who is preparing for a job change goes thorough these points he/she will get a clear idea of what to look out for and what not to. Following these guidelines and ensuring that none of these above mentioned mistakes are committed will land the candidate in a safe and lucrative career.

Nurture your Personality

A person to a professional

Recession, slowdown, increasing competition, high expectation, performance pressure and lot more (sorry if I haven’t mention the one bothering you), are just compelling beginners to set themselves under strain. Yes time is demanding and no doubt that you have to prove to be the Best yet there is nothing to be frustrated about.

If your boss seems always in hurry and gives you no time to improve, than its not that he has personal grudges with you, he is forced to do so. He has no time to endure mediocre results and believe me tomorrow you will be in the same situation because with rapid pace of competition no one is actually allowed to walk slowly. So I also speed up the discussion and come to the nucleus of topic picked.  

Identify yourself :-  Relax I am not saying that you don’t know your name, but have you ever introspect with your own strengths and weaknesses? No? Then start now, first thing is to identify your uniqueness that may set you ahead from the crowd. Delight yourself for the things you can do and make a difference. At the same time jot down the traits needs to be worked on. Plan a strategy and push them off from your persona. This introspection will definitely help in balancing your approach and set long term goals.

Mantra :  Honest knowledge of oneself is more powerful than any other knowledge.


Simplify the issues :- 
What all you had to listen from your boss for a non performance? Are you remembering those harsh words and tone? Stop it. Simply just take out the gist of instance. There must be a simple and straight fact that “you have not achieved what was expected from you” again try to simplify the reasons behind this “not” there must be a mixture of lame excuses and genuine issues. Now just throw out the lame excuses (forever) and analyze the remaining. Use your strengths to solve out these issues or discuss the same with an experienced professional (who else better than your boss?)

Mantra : Always there are sales made and sales lost.

 

Effective listening :-  Do you always hear with ears only? Next time use your brain as well, after all that is the safest store to keep important things. Most of us listen but few of us actually listen. Pay hundred percent attentions to the said and then draw out conclusions. There is a big difference between said and half said, so fix yourself to completely said. If needed make a note of important.

Mantra: Listening is an art to be master if you dream to be a master.

Tips for getting a job in the recession period

Recession is a term that fills terror in the minds of people actually suffering from it. It generally brings unrest in the job market and stock exchange. Thousands of people lost their jobs and the ones that are looking for job have to wait endlessly. If you are unemployed and searching for tips that can help you in acquiring a good job, then you are at a right place.

The tips are

Multitasking: One should be capable of doing multiple jobs rather than focusing on. This is because a company in the period of recession looks for people who are able to perform various jobs; this will cut their expenses to a great degree.

Salary flexibility : One should not be obstinate in the matters of salary. During recession one should try and gain maximum experience rather than thinking of getting high salaries.

Specified Training : Companies look for people who are skilled and have attained proper training. So, a person should be sufficiently trained in order to catch the attention of the employers.

Flexibility in selecting a work place : In the times of recession, one should not restrict himself to a specified job location. One should be ready to work even in far off places. This will open up many options for you.

Make your accounts on different Placement Portals : There are numerous placement portals that act as a platform to connect the job seeker- employer. Making your account on different Placement portals will open up more opportunities for you.

Well- framed CV : Your C.V. represents everything you are, so it should be properly written.

Ø Framing of categories should be taken care of, as it will help in easy browsing.
Ø Should be error free- no grammatical or conceptual error.
Ø Complete details should be provided.
Ø Should be frequently updated.

Keep eye on the changing trends : One should keep track with the new trends in the job market.

These tips will serve as highly beneficial to you and prepare you to be easily noticed by the employer. These tips help you to be better exposed in the job market.

Resume facts Employers Will Never Check

The first thing that a job seeker is asked for is his/her resume. Special emphasis should be laid while preparing a resume in order to make it interesting and at the same time effective. What problems do you generally face while making a C.V.?- assembling the facts in a logical manner, making the resume interesting, restricting yourself to a set format. We are showing you a right direction in terms of attracting employers by choosing a skewed path that carries some fabricated facts.

Omit unnecessary information: The person conducting the recruitment process has to go through several resumes every day. If he sees a resume full of information that may or may not be important for him, he might ignore it. So, what should you do to avoid such situation? You must avoid giving all the details about your earlier jobs. A resume can be made specific by omitting the irrelevant information about your previous jobs.

 Take Credit for your Team Success: If you have worked in a team that has performed really well and made immense profits, there is no harm in taking credit for it. The employer doesn’t have much time to get back to the previous company and get details of your projects.

 Love the job you were in : Always pretend that you loved the job you are currently working in or have left in order. This will give them an impression you just want to step up the ladder and are not in grave need of a job.

 Manipulate About your position in the earlier job : Show that you were very important for your company and held a prominent place there. This will add to your credibility and will ensure the recruiter’s interest in you.

 Portray a pseudo image : If you frame your resume on the lines of how a recruiter will like it to be, it will be of great help. So you must change your way of thinking while writing a resume rather come up with a false image. Portray yourself as another person that a recruiter will love to meet and employ.

 Showcase yourself as a marvel : Portray that you follow strict job ethics and this should be a highlight of your resume. Recruiters like to employ those who strictly adhere to rules and regulations.

By addition of such facts your resume will become catchy and will lure the recruiters towards you. These tips will help a job seeker to frame an ideal resume that will fetch him a desired job.

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