Showing posts with label Job. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Job. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Win Every Interview with these 6 Steps

1.    Predict the future. You can anticipate 90% of the interview questions you’re going to get. Three of them are listed below, but it’s an easy list to generate.
“Why do you want this job?” “What’s a tough problem you’ve solved?” If you can’t think of any, Google “most common interview questions.” Write down the top 20 questions you think you’ll get.
2.    Plan your attack. For EVERY question, write down your answer. Yes, it’s a pain to actually write something. It’s hard and frustrating. But it makes it stick in your brain. That’s important. You want your answers to be automatic. You don’t want to have to think about your answers during an interview. Why not? Keep reading.
3.    Have a backup plan. Actually, for every question, write down THREE answers. Why three? You need to have a different, equally good answer for every question because the first interviewer might not like your story. You want the next interviewer to hear a different story. That way they can become your advocate.
4.    Prove yourself. Every question should be answered with a story that proves you can do what you’re being asked about. “How do you lead?” should be answered with “I’m a collaborative/decisive/whatever leader. Let me tell you about the time I ….” Always tell a story or have facts to prove you are what you say you are. More on how to construct and tell these stories in a future article.

5.    Read the room. All that brainpower you’re not using to desperately come up with answers to questions? Look around. Focus on the interviewer. In the first 10 seconds, is there anything in their office, or about them, you can notice and use to forge a connection? A book on a shelf? A family photo? A painting? Read the interviewer: is their body language open or closed? Are they tired and should you try to pep them up? Do they like your answer or should you veer in another direction?
6.    Make it to Carnegie Hall. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Same goes for getting a job. When I was in my second year of job hunt, I practiced my interview answers -- out loud -- until I could tell each story smoothly, without thinking about it (but not so smoothly that I was bored with the re-telling). My roommate walked in one day to find me sitting on the futon reciting why I thought I was a great leader again and again. He figured I was stuck in some kind of Stuart Smalley-like self-help loop. But I got 2 job offers from 5 companies (that’s another story) and was on track to get another 1 before I stopped interviewing. How is that possible? Practice.

Everyone deserves an amazing job. I hope this helps you get one.

           Courtesy :Laszlo Bock SVP,  People Operations at Google

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Hey Friends today I am quoting a wonderful article By Susan Wilson Solovic it is about how savvy professional women promote themselves. 

Susan Wilson Solovic is a women of many talents, she is an award winning entrepreneur, media personality , amazon top 100 bestselling author, sought after keynote speaker etc.

Solovic has written four bestselling books: “It’s Your Biz”, The Girls’ Guide to Power and Success; Reinvent Your Career; and The Girls’ Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business.

Perhaps you're one of those people who gets personal satisfaction out of a job well done. Maybe you sincerely believe that if you work hard and produce a quality product, the rewards and recognition will come. Unfortunately, things don't work that way.

Talent and brilliance alone won't get you to the top. You need to launch a personal marketing campaign for yourself. The goal is to "wow" them.

We women aren't good at tooting our own horns because we're taught that good girls don't brag. While boys grow up vying for the limelight and learning to one-up each other, girls are taught to share the glory. We aren't supposed to be the center of attention. Therefore, in business, we sadly watch as we're passed by time and time again for promotions, high-visibility assignments, committee chairs and so on because we don't draw attention to our accomplishments.

"One woman I used to work with was always tooting her own horn, and I didn't like it. Then, one day I realized that I was impressed with her track record. Subsequently, I realized you really have to do your own PR work. For a lot of women, including myself, that's hard. But you really have to do that if you want people to understand what your contributions are," says Juanita Weaver, a creativity consultant based in Washington, D.C.

"Nobody knows you better than you. There's nothing wrong with letting your manager or others know about your successes. But as women, not only do we fail to draw attention to our accomplishments, but we tend to downplay them," says Sharon Hadary, executive director of the National Foundation for Women Business Owners, based in Washington, D.C.

Self-promotion can be accomplished in an artful and tasteful manner. You don't want to appear too opportunistic, nor do you want to become a legend in your own mind. The best advice is to watch and learn from others.

Let the Right People Know
Does you boss's boss know what a great job you're doing? Does your sales contact keep his or her supervisors apprised of your company's performance record? Will anyone be aware of your accomplishments if your supervisor or company contact leaves or gets promoted? If you can't answer yes confidently to these questions, then you aren't doing a good job of marketing yourself. You need an action plan.

"What I try to do personally is document what I do, and let people know about it. You have to recognize that it's okay to say you're good at something, and by documenting things you've done, you can show them on paper," says Catherine Garda Newton, a former IBM executive. "I also regularly update my resume because it forces me to look back at what I've done and keep it firmly in my mind. I also can evaluate better whether I'm moving toward where I want to go."

Seek Ways to Tell Your Story
If your company has staff meetings, always be prepared to highlight your results. Utilize internal memos and weekly or monthly progress reports as methods of keeping associates informed of your accomplishments. Use opportunities to remind your customers of your performance record. Rather than bragging, you'll appear competent and professional for keeping everyone informed.

Be Generous with Your Praise
Make certain your business associates, employees or team members receive recognition for a job well done. When you're quick to sincerely praise the good work of others and allow them to bask in the limelight, they'll readily do the same for you. You won't have to say a thing about yourself because your associates will enthusiastically carry your banner.

Use External Sources
Enhance your credibility and stature by writing an article for a trade journal or business publication. Establish yourself as a resource with the media -- someone they can call when they need an authority to quote. Send out news releases announcing your business successes. Share published articles with business associates and customers. Of course, always make certain you have permission to copy printed materials so you don't infringe on a publication's copyright.

Write a Dazzling Bio
Create a personal bio that will wow readers. If you aren't a good writer, hire someone who can do it for you. Even though I've been a marketing professional for more than 20 years, I hire marketing professionals to write for me. These professionals have the objectivity to make me sound great. If you choose to do it yourself, make certain that you highlight your achievements and experience as well as any awards or special recognition you may have received. The goal is to look like the superstar you are.

There's a delicate balance when it comes to self-promotion, and you don't want to be guilty of overkill. But when used appropriately, a personal marketing campaign can create magic for you and help you get where you want to go. Marketing yourself is like marketing your business -- if no one knows about your product, who will buy it?

Monday, July 8, 2013

7 C’s of Communication

Clear: Your messages need to be clear if they are to be effective.

Concise: If you want your messages to be read by busy people, make them brief. Say what you need to say, and say no more (while maintaining goodwill, of course). Remove all words phrases and sentences that serve no purpose. You can also eliminate wordiness by substituting one word for wordy, overused expressions.

Concrete: You have a choice in your writing to use concrete (specific) or abstract (vague) words. They both have a place in business writing. However, concrete terms are typically more accurate and, in some cases, more believable.

Correct: Correctness in business writing includes spelling, grammar, punctuation, and format. For spelling, punctuation, and grammar, you should keep a dictionary and a writer's guide at your desk.

Coherent: Messages need to "hang together." Ideas need to flow from one to the next through smooth transitions. You can achieve this by outlining your messages, writing simple sentences and focusing each paragraph on one idea. You can also improve the coherence of your message through parallel structure, connecting words and phrases, and guide posts.

Complete: Check to be sure that your message is complete. Have you included all the information you need to ensure that the other person can do a complete job or make a reasonable decision?

Courteous: Your message should be positive-building goodwill and focused upon the reader. Watch gender specific language and always use proper titles. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

10 Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

  • 1. Compose

    Press Shift + C to compose a new message in a new window.
  • 2. Scroll Up & Down

    Scroll between messages in your inbox by pressing K and J to access newer and older emails, respectively.
    (The tiny blue bar to the right of the arrow indicates the highlighted message.)
  • 3. Select a Message

    As you're scrolling through your inbox, select a message by hitting X. From there, you can perform a variety of functions, such as archiving, labeling, etc.
  • 4. Move Between Conversations

    When you're in an email thread, type N and P to move among newer and older conversations. Hit O or Enter to expand a conversation.
    (The blue bar to the right of the arrow indicates the highlighted conversation.)
  • 5. Archive

    When you're in an email, simply press E to archive. If there's already a label applied, the email will archive into that folder.
  • 6. Reply & Forward

    When viewing an email, hit R to reply, A to reply all, or F to forward.
  • 7. Save Draft

    If you're in the middle of composing a message and want to save for later, type Ctrl + S to save as a draft.
  • 8. Delete

    To move a message to the trash, type #.
  • 9. Label or Move

    Whether you're within a message or have selected the message from your inbox, type L to label. A drop-down box of folders will appear. Either select one, or type the folder name to search.
  • 10. Mark as Read or Unread

    Once you've selected a message, either type Shift + I to mark as read or Shift + U to mark as unread.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Story of a Horse and Goat

There was a farmer who had a horse and a goat…..
One day, the horse became ill. So he called the veterinarian, who said: 

"Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. 
I'll come back on the 3rd day and if he's not better, we're going to have to put him down. 

Nearby, the goat listened closely to their conversation. 

The next day, they gave the horse the medicine and left. 

The goat approached the horse and said: “Be strong, my friend. 
Get up or else they're going to put you to sleep!” 

On the second day, they again gave the horse the medicine and left. 

The goat came back and said: "Come on buddy, get up or else you're going to die!
Come on, I'll help you get up. Let's go! One, two, three..." 

On the third day, they came to give the horse the medicine and the vet said: 
"Unfortunately, we're going to have to put him down tomorrow. Otherwise,
the virus might spread and infect the other horses". 

After they left, the goat approached the horse and said: "Listen pal, it's now or never! 
Get up, come on! Have courage! Come on! Get up! Get up! That's it, slowly! Great! 
Come on, one, two, three... Good, good. Now faster, come on...... Fantastic! Run, run more! 
Yes! Yay! Yes! You did it, you're a champion...!!!" 

All of a sudden, the owner came back, saw the horse running in the field and began shouting: 
It's a miracle! My horse is cured. We must have a grand party. Let's kill the goat!!!!

The Lesson: 

Nobody truly knows which employee actually deserves the merit of success, or who's actually contributing the necessary support to make things happen. 



If anyone ever tells you that your work is unprofessional, remember: 

AMATEURS BUILT THE ARK [which saved all the species] 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Job !!

*A little boy went to a telephone booth which was at the cash counter of a store and dialed a number.
The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation:

Boy : “Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?
Woman : (at the other end of the phone line) “I already have someone to cut my lawn.”
Boy : “Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price than the person who cuts your lawn now.”
Woman : I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.
Boy : (with more perseverance) “Lady, I’ll even sweep the floor and the stairs of your house for free.
Woman : No, thank you.

With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.

Store Owner : “Son… I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.”
Boy : “No thanks,
Store Owner : But you were really pleading for one.
Boy : No Sir, I was just checking my performance at
the job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!” *

** This is called self Appraisal”** 

Give your best and the world comes to