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The Best 13 Career Tips I’ve Ever Got

The Best 13 Career Tips I’ve Ever Got

The Best 13 Career Tips I’ve Ever Got

The Best 13 Career Tips I’ve Ever Got

by Karin Singh 30/01/2018

Have you ever approached and asked a career guidance counselor for their best career tips? Considering that everyone makes their own personal experiences in their career, I can imagine that everyone would have a different story to tell.

When I’m providing lessons on career counselling for experienced professionals I often share the following 13 career tips. They are based on my personal experiences gained in 20 years, in different countries, in different jobs and industries.

#1. Choose your career wisely because it will have an impact on your finances, your health, your happiness and your self-esteem. Do something you are passionate about, but that allows you also to earn a decent income!

#2. Become a master in communication! If you show poor communication skills (written or/and verbal), you leave a bad impression. People will not forget it, no matter how well qualified and experienced you are! Learn to express yourself in an articulate way and know the difference between assertive and aggressive language. “How” you say something often matters more than what you want to convey to people.

#3. Polish your manners. Having good manners will get you further in life. Being pushy and rude doesn’t benefit you in any way. But if you are polite and kind, you will achieve your goals quicker, easier and better.

#4. Be best prepared for any situation. Thorough preparation is crucial, no matter whether you are going to a job interview, chairing a meeting, holding a presentation, taking part in a tough negotiation, approaching an angel investor etc. It shows one more time how professional and well organised you are!

#5. Be positively curious! Before taking important (maybe even life-changing) decisions, ask a lot of relevant questions. The more you know, the less mistakes you will make, and the smaller the chance that people will fool you.

#6. Don’t underestimate the power of networking, online and offline! Having the right connections and making effective use of them at the right time can make all the difference. Believe it or not, but getting a job, winning a new client, getting advice, etc. can become much easier if you have the right people in your circle. It’s not always what you know, but WHO you know!

#7. Be sceptical in what people are telling you. If impressive claims are made, ask for proof! It the claims are genuine, they shouldn’t have a problem to share it with you. There are too many scams and fake people out there.

#8. If you want to stand out, you need to think differently, more creatively. Ask yourself how you can make things better, quicker, more efficiently, in a more personalized and impressive way.

#9. When it’s time to ask for a pay raise focus always on the value that you added to the company’s success. Never mention the change of your personal circumstances, that will not convince any boss to give you a pay raise!

#10. Don’t wait for other people to teach you. Be proactive and teach yourself everything you need to know. There is no shortage of options to extend your knowledge and skills via online learning. Become better than anyone else. Strongly believe that you can become a master, an expert in your subject matter!

#11. Be interested in others, in a genuine way! That’s the key to success of many professionals! Building and maintaining meaningful relationships can become time-consuming, but it can be very rewarding in the long term.

#12. If you want to impress others, always go the extra mile. Do what others would never do, or never think, to do. Differentiate yourself, exceed other people’s expectations and you will be in high demand!

#13. Check out people’s online reputation. Don’t ignore this great (free!) opportunity to find out more about people on various social media platforms. Make sure you associate yourself with people who are decent and not with those who continuously post inappropriate content. Be aware that others will google you as well. Thus, make an effort to shine online!

What great career tips would you like to share? There are many options available for career counselling for experienced professionals, get in touch with one of Talentese’s career guidance counselors!

Karin Schroeck-Singh’s passion lies in creating, translating and promoting content of high-quality in multiple languages (English, German, Italian). She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the author of several ebooks. She gained more that 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Helping businesses to optimise their online presence is her priority, no client or project is too big or too small for her.

Stop worrying. Start outsourcing!

Karin Schroeck-Singh

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10 Damaging Habits That May Keep Millennials From Achieving

10 Damaging Habits That May Keep Millennials From Achieving

10 Damaging Habits That May Keep Millennials From Achieving

10 Damaging Habits That May Keep Millennials From Achieving

by Bishwabandita Guru

Millennials –the first real digital generation– conquer over many across the length and breadth. However, their work style preferences force them to indulge into certain habits that may prove to be damaging in achieving greater career objectives and moving towards desired career change.

Jotted down below are the top 10 among those habits.

#1 Talking more and listening less:

People might consider that Millennials have a natural habit of talking a lot as they think they outdo many and know a lot. That results in poor reception. The truth is they should always set their primary goal to learn as much from their counterparts as possible. And learning can’t just happen without the process of listening. Also in order to build rapport and engage with people one must show genuine interest in what they have to say. And listening is an indispensable ingredient in establishing rapport with anyone.

#2 Straying along:

Straying along without focusing on a particular career goal is the strongest prerequisite to end up living a miserable life. It is crucial to acknowledge that the career life has already begun and it is high time to define clear cut goals and reach out for them. Having an aspiration and sticking to it is very much important. By making decisions and taking responsibility one can determine the trajectory of life – though career change can have a positive impact on your life, having no consistency at all is not a good thing.

#3 Saying “NO” to complex issues:

It is not worth saying “no” to something one has not given a try even. That only lazes one’s brain off and puts it on instant relaxes. Also it is the easier way to avoid complex issues and in no way helpful to drive one to greater career success. By adopting a habit to accept any challenge, no matter how difficult it is sets one’s confidence level high, allows him to figure things out in due course and helps solve them. Persistence leads to success, and in several cases Millennials are not seen as persistent enough.

#4 Wasting productive moments on Social Media:

Unleashing the power of Social Media towards the productive end is always a welcome move. However, studies reveal that Millennials spend a largest fraction of time on the web accessing Social Media and mostly they use it for entertainment purpose. Needless to mention here that Social Media is a huge consumer of one’s most precious asset: time. And it barely adds any value to one’s personal growth and development. So it is wiser to go offline and use time wisely.

#5 The “I can do EVERYTHING if I try” Mindset:

There are tons of things that require adequate experience to be handled well. However, Millennials are usually seen as people who love to try their hands on different new things to satisfy their sense of achievement. They usually have a ton of shallow experiences in a wide array of tasks and hence are lousy at a lot of different things or are not masters of their core area of expertise. Valuing experiences should be of pretty much importance and realising that one must devote a lot of time and effort developing and nurturing his own field of knowledge and expertise, rather than being too preoccupied with trying everything that comes on the way. One can’t commit to any project or vision that helps him to make an impact at the best firms to work for, if he’s tempted to try his hands on anything and everything that world has to offer.

#6 Adjourning life:

Millennials are pretty good at prioritising things over a breadth of life experiences. But they are poor at adjourning important pursuits to a later date they genuinely love. “Later” often means “never” if not planned beforehand. If one has a strong desire and possibility to do something, he should start it with immediate effect rather than to adjourn it to a later date. It is an extensive belief that there will always be a second chance to do anything like expression one’s feelings near someone, asking someone out, writing a novel, starting a business and so on… usually that chance barely comes. So it is better not to adjourn things of importance and start them immediately!

#7 Saying “ENOUGH” to learning:

Millennials don’t value constant learning. Acquiring new skills and knowledge is very important, all through one’s life if one wants to stay abreast of the latest updates his career demands. Otherwise, there are maximum chances of his getting left behind by his peers. College or University was just a warm-up and the real learning starts as soon as one enters into the job arena. Always remaining in constant learning mode not only improves a person to a greater extent, but also boosts the confidence level up to achieve anything.

#8 Too much of multitasking:

The CEO of Omnicore, Mr. Salman Aslam says, “As a Millennial… we think we are very efficient at multitasking, but being in business has taught me that it is not always right to multitask or to hop on new projects like a bunny.” There are many more quotes from industry bigwigs discouraging multitasking. Multitasking often results in Task-switching. Where Multitasking is coined for and designed to carry out tasks effectively during busy hours. Millennials tend to use this as a parameter to prove themselves as super-efficient. They, in true sense, insert a number of activities, that interest and excite them into their multitasking schedule which they skip/postpone as something else again replaces their interest. This often results into fairly lousy performance in their core project of delegation even by the most desirable employers.

#9 Avoidance of in-person interaction:

With the advent of technology, lots of events happen remotely. Text replaces talk; employee branding replaces direct job hunt; virtual meetings replace in-person interaction. Millennials are stubborn about not to kill important moments over commuting to carry out physical meetings or simply not so confident of meeting people face to face as they are mostly not used to it. However, at some point, communication loses its essence if it doesn’t happen across the table with proper eye-to-eye contact. While dealing with top managerial client level, texting instead of calling or avoiding direct contact to fix an appointment to discuss things forward tends to reduce the chance of bagging a deal.

#10 Living with insecurities:

‘The feel of Insecurity’ is what paralyses a person and stops from taking action. Millennials are often keen on doubting their strengths and mostly afraid of failure. When it comes to take big decisions, career change and risk, they keep more room for hesitation. Believing in oneself, slaying down fears, taking action, doing the right things and letting consequences follow can make a person bold and confident.

Are you a millennial? If so, what do you think about this habits? Are they true?

Dr. Bishwabandita Guru is a seasoned HR Professional and presently the Founder of “HR-Revamped”, a Startup Co., that provides strategic HR solutions to SMEs. She is a Freelance Business Content Writer and Author of two books on HRM titled as “THE ULTIMATE QUOTEBOOK FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGERS” and “DEMYSTIFYING THE HR JARGON WAGON”. After an MBA and a DBA in HRM, her learning desire seeks shelter in International Business and American Language Studies. For her, the noblest pleasure in this earth is the ‘JOY OF LEARNING’. Her public profiles can be accessed on the following links:


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How Happy Are You With Your Boss?

How Happy Are You With Your Boss?

How Happy Are You With Your Boss?

How Happy Are You With Your Boss?

by Karin Singh 23/01/2018

Recently, did you praise your boss for a job well done, or did you think “now it would be the perfect time to quit’?

Have you ever thought you couldn’t stand your bad boss’s behaviour anymore?

Let’s also not ignore the result of a Gallup study that revealed that about 50% of 7.200 adults surveyed left a job to get away from their bad boss!

What are the indicators that should make you re-think whether you really want to work for your current boss?

Watch out for this:


# 1 – Your boss is incompetent and doesn’t know what s/he is doing.

If there is a lack of leadership and the wrong information is passed on to staff, it doesn’t really set a good example. The consequence is confusion, loss of respect and unproductivity.


# 2 – Your boss treats their employees with disrespect.

Have your ideas been ignored? Have you been talked over? Have you been criticised unfairly? Have you been sexually harassed? Has your holiday request initially been approved and then in the last minute been rejected? Have you experienced discrimination on a regular basis? If yes, then you should seriously consider looking for another company where the boss knows how to appreciate their employees. Checking out the company’s ratings on Glassdoor, where employees have the power to rate their boss, would be a good idea!


# 3 – Your boss is utterly self-centred.

Is your bad boss self-obsessed, having a big ego and always looking for approval? Does s/he take criticism very badly? Then it’s time to change company or ask a career guidance counselor for some advice what you can do about it. If a boss gives their employees the impression that s/he is the superstar, while everyone else is just a waste of space, it should raise a red flag.


# 4 – Your boss is a micromanager.

Do you feel that your boss is looking too much into every employees’ job? Do you have the impression that there is a lack of trust and that every task that is carried out, is being questioned? Does he not give you the freedom to decide by yourself how you are going to do your task to achieve the set target? What a pity! Your boss misses out on the opportunity to empower their employees in achieving outstanding ideas and results!


# 5 – Your boss has a negative attitude.

Dealing with a person who is manipulative, shows an unreasonable behaviour, is selfish and spreads gossip, is not easy to work with. Do you really want to waste your time working for a boss that is disruptive and has a negative impact on the whole staff? Or would the company start offering training sessions for their staff on career counselling for experienced professionals to tolerate their unruly boss?


# 6 – Praise doesn’t exist in your boss’s vocabulary.

If your boss is a master in criticising you, but never notices when you do a good job, it’s obvious that your motivation will not be high. How long can you really take such kind of behaviour?


# 7 – Your boss forgets that you have a life outside work.

If your boss expects you to work over time for weeks (without any recognition or even paying you for it) then serious steps need to be taken.


# 8 – Your boss sells your ideas as his own.

If you have great solutions to the company’s problems, the last thing you wish is that your boss considers them as his own. It’s a real sign of disrespect and lack of management skills if this ever happens to you.


Unfortunately, behaviours like these happen every day in workplaces. Remind yourself that you don’t need to spend and waste your career with people that suck your energy, belittle you and destroy your self-confidence. Get out of there and if you need help to cope with certain situations, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a career guidance counselor.

By the way, you would be surprised how many people on Twitter are complaining about their bad boss. Ever tried to enter #ihatemyboss on Twitter? Give it a try and you will see… you are not the only one to feel that way!

Remember, using social media to criticize your boss is NEVER a good idea. It does not bring you any benefit. On the contrary, you are sabotaging your own career, do you really want to do that to yourself?

Karin Schroeck-Singh’s passion lies in creating, translating and promoting content of high-quality in multiple languages (English, German, Italian). She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the author of several ebooks. She gained more that 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Helping businesses to optimise their online presence is her priority, no client or project is too big or too small for her.

Stop worrying. Start outsourcing!

Karin Schroeck-Singh

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How to uncover tricks to find jobs in a new city?

How to uncover tricks to find jobs in a new city?

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How to uncover tricks to find jobs in a new city?

by Talentese Team 19/01/2018

Finding a job in a new city is always a challenge. If you’ve made your decision to move, then you must start considering all possible options to gain employment at your new chosen location. The trick while applying for out-of-town jobs is to be upfront that you’re planning to shift within a specified time frame. Address your viability as a good candidate on the basis of past experience and educational qualifications. Always remember that the hiring manager or recruiter must be comfortable to trust your authenticity in relocating to the new town.

If you’re wondering how to find a job before moving, then let us assist you with some tips to ease your worries.


Start your job search early

Ideally, you should start doing research on how to find a job before moving and look for various employment options available in the new city before you shift. Start by updating your resume to fit the specifications needed in your chosen geography by speaking to a local career guidance counselor. Next step would be to gather a few trusted references to use in case your chosen employer requires a background and reference check.


Sign up for jobs online

Whenever you are relocating to a new city, always sign up for jobs available in that location. You will get alerts when new jobs are posted that fit your search criteria. This way, you will be able to apply for jobs pertaining to your specifications directly with your chosen employers. You should also seek assistance from career guidance counselors specific to your area of specialization. Seeking career counseling for experienced professionals will also put you on the path to receiving alerts as soon as a new job is listed with the counselor or recruiter.


Meet recruiters personally

Take the time out to visit your new location, and meet recruiters and HR professionals personally. You could also contact local recruitment firms and set up meetings beforehand. This shows your dedication towards your shift and will also create a favorable impression with the chosen companies or recruitment firms.


Target specific companies

If you targeting companies you would like to work with, start by applying to them directly. Always mention (in your cover letter) that you are shifting to their location on a specific date or within a time frame. Write friendly, open cover letters, and whenever possible, speak directly to the HR in your target company. Introduce yourself, explain your position, and let them know when you would be visiting so that you can meet them personally.  If you’re unsure of how to do this, seek career counseling for experienced professionals to ease your worries.


Update your LinkedIn profile

Once you have decided on your chosen city, update your LinkedIn profile location so that recruiters have a chance to view your validity. This also helps recruiters who prefer hiring through online job portals and view profiles according to geography and pin code. You could also join LinkedIn groups that are specific to your new location. Many times, headhunters and recruiters directly post jobs in specific groups to meet their selection criteria.


Reach out to existing connections

If you know anyone who lives in your chosen city, then reach out to them and reconnect to let them know you are planning to shift. Let your friends, family, professional, and personal connections know that you are planning a move. Even if they are not able to help directly, they might be able to connect you to someone who might be able to assist you with your job search. You can also do this by speaking to a career guidance counselor who specializes in cross country or international relocations.


Ask for a transfer

In case you work for a company that has multiple branches or offices, you could speak to your superiors to transfer or get you a relevant position in the new city within the existing organization. Simultaneously, you could also ask if they would allow you to work remotely at your current job and only travel for important meetings and conferences.


Don’t rely on relocation expenses

Many employers reject candidates simply because there are relocation expenses involved. If you are shifting to a higher job or package, your new employers might offer relocation expenses, but this is a rarity. Unless you are confident in your background and abilities, offer to pay for relocation expenses on your own. Many times, this is the deciding factor for recruiting out-of-town candidates. If you are uncertain of how to broach this discussion, speak to a career coach and receive advice to ease this difficult discussion.


Don’t shy away from Temporary or Contract positions

If you are unable to secure permanent positions, do not hesitate to accept contract/temporary positions since this will give you ample time to continue your job search while taking care of relocation and settling expenses. At the end of your term, it will also give you the credibility to apply for new jobs within your new location to gain permanent employment. Get career advice to understand the pros and cons of this shift in greater detail.

Use these tips to broaden your job search and apply to jobs in a new city. Remain flexible and keep all your options open as you start your job search. Visit the new city as often as you can, so that you can start networking and building newer connections.

by Talentese Team 19/01/2018

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by Alexander Wollboldt 16/01/2018

“Happiness” is most likely the most common answer to the question “What is your goal in life?”. But what is real happiness? Some will say that having a filled bank account, the newest smartphone, a fast sports car or the newest designer bag will suffice your definition of being in the ultimate state of being the most happiest person. But isn’t this a little bit like a cat chasing after its own tail? Once you were able to obtain your long wished for gadget how long will it take until you start comparing it to others only to find out that there is already a better, nicer gadget out there? The way towards happiness does not seem to be found in material things.


Does a well paid Job make people happy?

A well paid job might not be the most singular factor to this question either. You can find some interesting contributions about the topic monetary incentives through Daniel Pink on You tube. He describes the phenomenon of highly paid IT specialists spending their spare time developing tools like the Browser Mozilla for free. Just for the purpose of seeing a bigger meaning in this serving the internet community rather than what they are getting paid for in their jobs. So what is it that we have to look for and what drives happiness?


Happiness Factors at Work

One of the questions in Gallup’s Q12 Employee Engagement survey is “Do you have a best friend at work?”. It’s giving us a clue on the driving happiness factors at work to look out for. Having a best friend at work describes a high sense of belonging to the workplace triggered by a person that we have a positive trust relationship with that goes beyond work. One could assume that the more best friends or best friend-like relationships we have at work the more we create an environment of comfort. Positive interactions support such an environment. It is linked to the question what triggers positive emotions in others. So it’s worth spending some one-on-one time with your colleagues talking about those areas that excites them and apply those insights regularly.          


The Authenticity of Shared Happiness

When you think about situations where you felt authentic happiness, aren’t those the moments that you spent with your friends, family members, sports team buddies and you experienced amazing beauty of nature, travel adventures or victories in sports competitions? And aren’t those the moments that you love to bring back into your memories and enjoy it even more when you can share those with the ones that were with you during those times? In fact, this seems to be the answers the to the initial question. Experiential happiness is the only authentic happiness that will last longest. So it is very much on us to establish the preconditions of happiness at work by creating positive interactions with our colleagues and try to create memorable moments together. Let’s pave the way towards happiness at work!    


by Alexander Wollboldt 16/01/2018

Alex Wollboldt is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), – Consultant (CMC) and Gallup Strengths Coach and has a decade of corporate professional history as Finance Head and Director in manufacturing and service industries in different locations such as Germany, Japan and the Philippines. He is a founding partner at Wissen Solomon, a business consultancy that provides businesses through consulting and coaching expertise in the area of digitization, marketing, finance, operations and organizational development. Alex also acts as co-director for OSG Global Consultancy taking care of various areas involving private equity investments, financial advisory, M&A mostly in the Philippines and other South East Asian countries.

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