BPO Sector: The New Age Career Option

In this growing age of globalization, making career in BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) industry is becoming one of the preferred choices of the youngsters. Being the rapidly developing sector for information technology related services, the demand for efficient and educated manpower is rising high in the BPO sector. It offers an array of services like customer support, telemarketing, insurance, technical support, data conversion, data entry, online research etc. that opens gates of bright future for the aspiring candidates.

Although, BPO industry is flourishing at fast pace in India, there are certain things, which an aspirant should understand before starting a career in BPOs for brighter prospects in the long run.

Career in BPO and its Positive Points

Kick starting your career in BPO industry is quite easy as they offer in-house trainings to the employees. They give preference to the candidates with graduation degree in any discipline, thus, any academic specialization is not required. The best part of BPOs is that they offer excellent work environment with good wages and maximum benefits to the employees. Transport facility offered by BPOs attracts youngsters and they get fascinated by the striking lifestyle and flexibility of time provided by them. Due to these things, the future of BPO sector in India is very bright and more and more people are getting driven to it.

The Negative Aspects

Everything has its own positives and negatives, so is the case with BPO industry. It is necessary to have a clear view about the negative and positive points of the BPO sector before starting a career in the same. Usually, after some point of time employees of BPO sector start thinking that their work is tedious and monotonous. Sleepless nights are the other factor that makes aspirants move away from the opportunities in BPOs. Future plans of higher education or ambition of having better salary and higher status also restrains people from getting into BPO sector.

No doubt that BPO’s are among the best employers that offer complete satisfaction to the employees in terms of job satisfaction, compensation, company culture, work environment, growth, overall benefits, appraisal system, etc. but they have their own negatives as well. So go ahead and fly high in the sky of success with complete assurance of promising future.

Myths About Choosing The Right Career

Are you confused about which career to choose? Are your parents pressurizing you to become an engineer but your heart is just not in it? Do not jump into a career without thinking through all the options available to you. In this article you will find not one but many myths about choosing a career and we will follow them up with certain tips to help you choose the right one.

  • It Is Easy To Choose A Career- If you think choosing a career is a simple task, then think again. There cannot be anything as difficult and complex as choosing the right career. First ask yourself what you are most likely to excel in and then choose the option that arouses your interest.
  • Career Counselor Will Help You Choose Your Career- A career counselor will not tell you what career you should choose. He will simply guide you and will give advice on your decision once you have made up your mind.
  • I Should Only Choose The Most Popular Career- If people around you are opting to become doctors or engineers, it does not mean you also have to follow in their footsteps. You should do something that satisfies you in the long run. Do not just choose a career that may be the perfect one for someone else but which will prove to be a disastrous choice for you.
  • A Career Once Chosen Cannot Be Changed- If you think that once you have chosen a career you will be stuck in it forever, then you cannot be more wrong. If you are not able to settle into your chosen career, you can always opt out of it and choose a new career.
  • Changing Careers Will Waste Your Time And Skills- Even if you are changing your career and require new skills for the next one, don’t think your previous skills have gone to waste. Your skills are yours to keep. Nobody can take them away from you. And talking of time, you did not waste your time in your previous career. You just gained some extra knowledge.
  • Making Money Will Make You Happy- If you want to choose a career keeping the money aspect in mind, then you may be disappointed later by a great degree. You may be able to earn a lot of money indefinitely, but the career may not be satisfying. It will drain you of any creativity or enthusiasm you had and will leave you frustrated.

After reading the above mentioned points, we are sure you must be pretty clear about the process of career planning. So, the bottom line is that- don’t choose a career which everybody will appreciate, choose a career that will appreciate and utilize your skills and knowledge.

Step by Step Career Planning

Planning your career is a process that extends throughout your life and it starts right from planning for your first job till the time of retirement. In between there are many stages that enrich your career if the right steps are taken at the right time. But the most important decision in your professional life is the first time when you decide the career option for you.

While advice from all quarters is available in plenty, you can definitely listen to your parents, friends, peers, seniors, relatives or teachers but along with that you must do an adequate amount of research to make an informed decision. Here in this article, you will find simple and easy steps on how to plan your career to achieve success.

Assess Yourself and Chalk out Your Needs

This is the first and foremost step that will define the path that you can take in your career. Only after an accurate estimation of your goals, interests, skills and aptitude, you can be sure of forming a clear idea of your personality and what career path you should take. You need to carefully understand what you want in the short term and long term basis for your future. You must be very honest about your feelings as this can greatly impact the decision making process.

Research

After evaluating yourself, you need to check the available options. This is important and you can discover many diverse options that will expand your horizons. Taking help of the following resources, you can find out where you stand vis-a-vis the prevailing situation in the market.

  • Search through career journals, magazines and the career edition of newspapers.
  • Take the guidance of a mentor or go to the career counselors.
  • Research the industrial information.
  • Research about the occupations that interest you and the labor market as well.
  • Go for an internship in the field of your choice
  • Conduct informational interviews with people who are in a similar line.

Putting the Planning and Research into Action

Now, that you are aware of what you want and what options are available to you, the implementation of tasks for the set goals can begin.

  • Firstly, you need to develop a strategy in broad steps to help you in reaching the final goal.
  • For further preparation, you need to gather the essential qualifications or additional trainings.
  • Next you will have to write a proper resume, along with a cover letter, recommendations etc.
  • Finally, you need to start preparing for the interview rounds by applying for the desired positions and practicing till you get the interview call.

Career planning is basically a question of what you are, what you need and what you have to do in order to get it. Making a good decision in the initial stages and even starting this planning right from the academic stage of your life is necessary to achieve your goals. So, make the most of the resources available to you and lay the foundation of a great career and a promising future.

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Target Success in Your Career and Job Search

Tired of searching for the ideal job that can provide complete job satisfaction and also pay handsomely? Or looking for a new job but not aware of the best way of getting it at the right place? Then, you need to evaluate your job search strategies and check out why they are not working out properly for you.

If you are ready to get started with your job search program then follow the provided building blocks that will help you in achieving your goal in the world of work.

Access the Hidden Job Market

Contact the employers even before they post requirement for an opening with them. Doing this is one of the critical factors of successful job search plan. You can use online tools for accessing the employer information and mail your resumes to the companies that match your requirement.

Respond to Job Postings on Different Media

Several job portals, newspaper, magazines, etc. are flourished with the number of job openings available in the job market. Make sure to search on the basis of multiple titles and spend some quality time in going through these mediums. Filter out companies according to your needs and send them your resume along with cover letter as early as possible.

Take Services of Recruitment Agencies

Undoubtedly, one of the best ways of searching for a suitable job is to take services of a reliable recruitment agency. Such agencies understand the requirement of both the job seeker as well as employer and they are packed with the vast data of employers. So, get yourself registered with one or two recruitment agencies for brightening your chances of getting your dream job.

Do Regular Practice for Interview

Making preparation in advance for the interview will relieve you from the last moment tension of revising frequently asked interview questions or selecting the right terms for negotiating salary, etc. Also, work on your confidence level and communication skills before you get scheduled for the interview of your dream job.

Manage Your Energy and Attitude

The most important building block for a right job search strategy is to maintain positive attitude and focused energy level. If you work on this, you can easily achieve the desired result. Doing fun and creative things can help you in manage your attitude as well as energy. Take care of your mind, body and soul because relaxing and enjoying will keep your spirits high.

Revaluate your job search process and its progress every month until you find the right job. With these simple building blocks, you will surely witness improvement in your job search results and will take you closer to your dreams.

Soft Skills And Their Importance In Your Career

There are two types of skills that an individual possesses- Hard Skills and Soft Skills. Hard skills are generally those special abilities and skills, which can be taught and are tangible. These skills can be measured and defined. Hard Skills would include typing, writing, calculating reading, the ability to use software programs and speaking a foreign language. Hard Skills can be taught to anyone by expert training but soft skills, on the other hand, are inherent and cannot be taught. Soft Skills are those group of personality traits, soft skills complement hard skills and they are both important for a successful career. Some of the most essential soft skills include:

  • Socializing
  • Teaching others
  • Motivating others
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Active listening and participating
  • Empathic communication
  • Foresee situations
  • Self-awareness
  • Proactive attitude

In some organizations, more emphasis is laid on the soft skills rather than hard skills or occupational skills. As occupational skills have to be taught, they do not contribute much to the growth of a business. Soft skills are inherent and more effective as they contribute to the emotional well-being of a company’s employees, which can lead to the growth of the company. Soft skills in an employee are very beneficial to both the individual employee and the organization. Let us discuss the various benefits of soft skills, both in terms of employees and organization.

Individual Benefits

  • Appreciation from industry, employer and colleagues
  • New employment opportunities
  • Lifelong credentials
  • Increased responsibilities
  • Promotions and appraisals
  • Renewed ability to perform on the job

Company Benefits

  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Employees will be more productive
  • Strong teams and leadership
  • Improved relations with customers
  • Dedication to customer service
  • Improved results and growth of the company

As Soft skills help in the overall growth of an organization as well the employees, it is essential to hire people in whom soft skills are prominent as they are inherent and cannot be taught.

Tips for a Career Change

You might have hoped to climb the ladder of success in your career, but you realized soon that the profession you had chosen is not of your interest or perhaps you began loosing your interest. So, how do you deal with situation like these? Enlisted below are certain guidelines, which would be beneficial if you ever plan to go for a career change:

  • Many people make a decision to change their career due to some or the other reason. So, it’s important to realize what made you change your decision. Identify your likes, dislikes and then plan on which career or field excites you more.
  • Once you have identified your likes and dislikes, take some time out to research on different careers that would interest you. Next, apply the skills that you possess like ability to communicate well, leadership quality into your new career too.
  • If possible take training or join some course to sharpen your skills and broaden your knowledge on the chosen field.
  • Another important factor to a successful career is your networking ability. People in your network could provide you with information about a particular organization, about the work set-up and environment. He/she may introduce you to other people who could help and guide you in your career, which further could help to expand your network. So, it’s important to maintain good contacts with everyone you come across.
  • Experience always counts. So,if you have chosen an entirely different field, don’t hesitate to do an internship or a part time part job, if required. It will definitely help you to gain experience in your field.
  • Once you are sure in which field you wish to make you career, next step is to start hunting for a job. You can float in your resumes in various companies online by visiting their website or by just contacting them.
  • Since, you have given entirely a new direction to your career, be flexible in terms of salary or your job position. Don’t let yourself get affected by some trivial issues in the company.

Changing a career is one of the most important decisions of your life. So, keep the above-mentioned points in mind to excel in your new field.

Writing Appropriate Career Objective

Every person has certain aims, ambitions and objectives in life. What is important is to communicate your objectives through your resume to the recruiters as well. The career objective is the most prominent and highlighting part of the Curriculum Vitae (CV) or a resume. Hence, it is necessary that the career objective written in the resume should impress your prospective employer at first glance. Read ahead to know how you can write an effective career objective…

Career objective should always be listed in the resume otherwise it is bound to leave a bad impression on the employers of the company. It makes them believe that either you are confused of what you want to do in life, or you do not have sufficient knowledge of the professional work set-up.

Things to know before you start to write your career objective:

  • First thing to know is that the paragraph on the career objective is either at the start or at the end of the resume.
  • It is essential to remember that your career objective should highlight the position that you have applied for in the company.
  • Next, it should also bring forth your skills, accomplishments, what you expect from the company and your career plans.

Writing part….

Here, are certain tips that will surely help you while writing your career objective:

  • Be honest and truthful in your writing. Don’t unnecessarily boast about skills that you do not have.
  • Clearly state your career goal
  • Keep it precise and to the point
  • Career objectives should not be too long as it is expected to bore and tire the readers
  • Keep your career objective practical as well as logical and not over-ambitious
  • Focus on your expectations from the company

If your career objective is in line with what the company demands, then it is sure to attract the attention of the recruiter and brighten up the chances of your entry in the company. Also, it will further help in the creation of a healthy working atmosphere. So, don’t forget to keep these tips in mind while you frame your career objective.

Create a vision for your career

On the onset of any work or job, the two prime things that decide the fate of getting a success are the ‘Mission’ and ‘Vision’. After the setting up a mission, a visual perception of the path to be taken to achieve that mission is seen. A career that has no vision is actually a failure and an unsuccessful one. Your vision is your career coach that will take you on a successful journey.

Why you should have a vision:
>> As any career has to face a lot of ups and downs, a set vision can let you remain calm and makes you capable of fighting the extenuating situations.
>>  It gives you a thrust to move on in life despite hurdles.

How can you create a vision for your career?

Following are some of the points that must be considered while creating your career vision:

  Claim What You Want and don’t want
Assess your ambitions and abilities and lay down what you want from your career. Your interests and the capabilities shall be considered simultaneously in order to create an achievable vision. In addition to this, also keep a track of things that you are not good at.

  Fight the Fear
When a person sees a vision, he/she is scared whether it will be materialized or not. This fear lets down the courage. So, it should be combated and focus shall be laid to create a vision and steps to follow it.

  Self questioning
Self questioning is the best method. Before setting up your mission and vision you must be clear about your expectations from your field and where you wish to see yourself in some time.

Ask yourself questions like:

What type of company I want to join?
For how many hours shall I work?
What salary should I expect?
Which are the jobs that I could handle?
Where I want to settle?

There are numerous other questions other than this that shall be answered before you frame a vision for your career.

 Assume it as a game
Don’t just waste your time, once your vision is created, you must start following it. Take it as a game and smoothly head towards its utmost level.

 Be positive
Always follow a positive approach and shun off the negative vibes and logics. Just be open to change and receptive to new ideas. This will enable you to create your vision for career in a more effective manner.

The above mentioned steps will be useful to you only when you are strong-willed and have determination to attain higher goals in life.

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.

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