Some Tips To Develop A Personal Mission Statement

You need to have laser sharp focus to stand out in the crowd and make a purposeful & significant contribution to build a higher potential for success. Many business owners and managers have spent valuable time to create organizational mission statements. However, very few have gone through this process on a more individual or personal level to showcase the focus in their professional life. Your personal mission statement should be succinct and clear. Here are five suggestions to help you write a personal mission statement:

  • Reserve some uninterrupted time to think through and write the statement. Allocate at least an hour or so away from the distractions of home and work to reflect on where you are and where you want to be. Realize that the feeling of true success comes when you have a balanced lifestyle of success, family, friends, true happiness, personal health and fulfillment.
  • Identify your main purpose in life. This can be done by answering the following questions.
    1. What do you believe your primary purpose on this earth is?
    2. How will you be able to achieve this, based on how you live your life?
    3. How will you empower yourself and others with the vision behind your mission?
    4. What qualities or attributes do you admire in others and wish to embody in yourself?
    5. What principles can you learn from other successful people that could benefit you most in your work?

Use a journal to record your answers to these questions as you explore and discover who you are and what’s most important to you.

  • Gather your thoughts and apply your action plan
    1. What are the five goals you are committed to achieving in your work in the next year? In the next five years and in the next ten years?
    2. What specific actions do you need to take in the next year to achieve your one-year mission? Your five-year mission? Your ten-year mission?Now, take a close look at your action plan, primary purpose, empowering vision and the right principles.
  • Once you’re created your draft version, continue working on your mission statement by seeking input from others who can help you refine your ideas.

Seek out the essential elements of your life that are necessary to write your personal mission statement. Use your mission statement as a tool to guide you. Keep it within your reach and visible at all times to enforce it in your life and make it a possibility.

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How To Be A Star Performer At Your Workplace

Communicating well, in business and in all other circumstances leads on the path of success. Likewise, the key to a successful career is communication. It is not always easy to know what to say, and it certainly isn’t always obvious how to say it. To help one out of this precarious situation, here are some tips which can come into handy while communicating well for professional success.

One should be a strong, strategic communicator during interviews. There is a high probability that one might land a plum job, even though one is the “least qualified” of all the candidates.

One should learn how to re-think the basics like ‘When’s the last time you re-evaluated how you introduce yourself on a phone call?’ or ‘Do you ask the person if it is a good time to talk?’ and also about the more advanced communication skills, including how to manage in a crisis, communicate about a missed deadline or how to recover when you aren’t prepared for a presentation.

There Are Four Concepts That Need To Be Focused On

  • Empathy – Thinking about the other person before you consider your own needs and focusing on how to make that other person’s life better.
  • Initiative – Being proactive without creating work for others, thus moving your career forward by “engaging in meaningful and productive work that contributes to the greater good”.
  • Forward Momentum – Creating, nurturing and sustaining personal relationships, even when you have no specific “reason” in mind, other than to just keep in touch.
  • Transparency – Being honest when you mess something up and admitting when you don’t know something.

Also, one should know about the concept of ‘personal selling’. One should be aware what topic should be discussed with whom. Like for example, one can talk about a recent vacation with one’s peers and one’s achievements should be highlighted in the presence of one’s immediate seniors. Just like people have multiple online profiles like Facebook, Gmail, LinkedIn etc, people need to understand that different circumstances warrant different approaches to get ahead and be a noticed as a star performer at the workplace.

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Writing A Great Resume Sans Job Experience

There are some individuals who have a college degree but very little or no job experience. Although this could cause problems for those who are competing against candidates with education and experience, by writing a great resume one can have a fair chance at a job. Here are some tips to consider for writing a great resume:

  • Utilize Life Experience and Volunteering Efforts: While one may not have professional job experience, there may be other skill-based activities that contribute to a job. For instance, if one has volunteered to be a part-time librarian for a library in one’s locality, one not only has organizational skills but is up-to-date with technology to create databases for record keeping.
  • Add College Honors: Another way to show one’s knowledge as an entry-level professional—even with little job experience—is by including the college honors in the resume. Keep this in mind that adding this information works if one is a recent college graduate and even then if it specifically proves that one is qualified for the job.
  • Cover Letter: A cover letter is a document that can be highlighted well in an interview. This document can be used to one’s advantage by talking about the strong desire to work in the position one is applying for and how the time spent as a college student or stay at home parent can make a difference to the company. One should speak with a passion that would make the employer realize that what is being said is meant in total honesty. It can be useful when the employer does not see a long professional history.

Instead of writing a biography, simply present important points in the professional/academic/personal background to explain why one is interested in moving forward professionally and how those experiences makes for a great candidate.

Sometimes it can feel intimidating to compete against individuals with more experience. But in the end, employers are looking for someone who can get the job done. If one can prove this, then position can definitely be obtained without hurdles.

Things To Learn From A Bad Interview

No matter how much things go wrong in an interview it is never the end of the world! There is still a good scope of learning from an interview gone bad but many people fail to recognize this. It is every interviewee’s worst nightmare. One is in the middle of an interview for a job and all of a sudden, it all starts going wrong. It does not matter if it starts out well, once things start going wrong it feels like there’s no way back. However, it is possible to get things back on track and limit the damage during the actual interview. There are also some steps to follow later that one can take after the event to rectify the situation and to move on with the job search regardless of what the outcome of the bad interview is.

  • Send a ‘thank you’ note: No matter how embarrassed you are because of a bad interview, still email a ‘thank you’ note to the interviewers. It can’t logically make matters worse and is a simple sign of acknowledgement and politeness. If you are really convinced there’s no way you’ve gotten the job, just think of sending a ‘thank you’ note as an act of closure.
  • Don’t suggest new thoughts to the interviewer: The last thing you may want to do after a disastrous interview is to email the interviewers with new thoughts or ideas about the interview topics. The best thing is to invite feedback on why you were not considered on the position and how you can avoid those mistakes in the future.
  • Don’t vent online: You may think there’s no way in a thousand years the interview can land you the job, but that’s still not an excuse to jump on Facebook and rant about the experience. Firstly, you never know, the interviewers may still be considering your candidature and therefore may be monitoring your social media presence to see if you behave professionally online. Secondly, other employers may be checking your online profile.

The best way to recover from a bad interview is to move on. If you genuinely think that the bad interview is a lost cause even after you have followed the above steps, you should not give up on the job search completely. You should focus on how to improve the interview technique. Even a bad interview can be worth something if learning from the mistakes helps you to ace the next interview.


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