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5 Tips for Choosing a New Career


So you graduated from college and found a job. It provided a good salary, job security, benefits, and it was close to home. It was the perfect job! So why are you now considering a career change? Well, there could be several reasons. More than likely, your current job isn’t as perfect as you thought it was. Yes, good pay, stability, and convenience are important, but you’re now finding out that there’s much more to a fulfilling career than stability. Or it may just be that you’re bored and need a change – it does happen. Whatever the reason, you want to make sure that (1) a career change is the answer and (2) your new career addresses the issues that have driven you to the crossroads where you find yourself.

The following are 5 tips that will help you make a successful transition.

1. Look at the issues that are pushing you toward a career change.
When contemplating a career transition, the first thing you should do is determine what has caused you to be unhappy or discontent with your current situation. At the same time you should also consider what it is that you do enjoy about your current job. Almost everyone making a career change can put together a list of reason’s they need to make a change, but most can also think of quite a few things about their current job that they enjoy. It’s important you do both. Are you not making enough money? Are you unsatisfied with your company’s management? Are you sick of the people you work with? Once you’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons of your current career, ask yourself whether or not these issues are likely to get better or worse once you change careers. Are you likely to make more money by changing careers? Is the work environment going to be substantially better? Are the people you work with going to be more enjoyable? Also, will your new career provide all of the benefits of your last career? In about fifty percent of cases, making a career change does not improve an individual’s situation – and in some cases it gets worse. Make sure that pursuing a new career is the right answer. Once you’ve determined that it is, make concrete goals to support your career change and don’t look back.

2. Work to understand your inner critic 
Take some time to determine what is really preventing you from reaching your career goals. Sometimes it isn’t your career that is keeping you from the career success or wonderful life you envision, it’s you. Are there other professionals in your career finding success? Have you been passed up for promotion opportunities by individuals who you perceive as less qualified? Are you making less than what you were expecting to make before getting into your current profession? Are you finding it difficult to get along with the people in your field of work or at your company? These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself before looking to a new career as the solution. If you can answer yes more than one of these questions, there is a good chance that things won’t improve even after finding a new career. If after analyzing your current career you come to conclusion that the issues driving you to a career change are intrinsic to the career itself, then by all means start exploring new career opportunities.

3. Recognize recurring patterns in your life
Don’t jump ship immediately. Take some time, while at your current job, to better explore what it is that you seek in a career and work setting, and what really fulfills you. Don’t start searching for a new career based on a momentary whim or because you’ve had a bad week or tough project. Once you’ve begun entertaining the idea of changing careers, just sit back, focus on your current job for a while and observe what it is about your current situation that you don’t like, as well as what you do like. Keep a detailed record of what you discover. This will help you identify what exactly it is you need to look for in a new career. Individuals who are hasty about their career change often find themselves several months, or even years, later back in a career they don’t like.

4. Network and investigate career interests that map to your goals and needs 
After you have discovered what you are seeking in a job and work setting, try to locate a few careers that meet your criteria. Also take some time to meet with professionals working in careers you are considering in order to find out what they like and dislike about their jobs. Take time to evaluate any career meeting your criteria, so you do not rush into another unsatisfying situation. Investing the time to investigate different careers by meeting with industry professionals will also help you start developing a professional network that can launch into a great position in your new career field.

5. Make a plan that takes your current and future financial situation into account.
It is not easy making a career change so consider all costs associated with transitioning into a new career. You may have to go back to school, move, or acquire a loan to meet your new career objectives. Be realistic about your finances during a career transition. When considering any potential career, you’ll also want to think long and hard about what your earning potential will be. When individuals move into a new career field they are often not as experienced as other professionals who have been working in the career for many years. Will your earn as much in your new career as you do in your current job? Taking a paycut can make a new career unsatisfying for some. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into and be prepared.

12 Ways Your Resume Can Say “I’m Unprofessional”

Everyone wants to find ways to stand out during the job application process. Make sure your application doesn’t stand out for the wrong reasons, though. Lack of professionalism, careless emails, or just general lapses in judgment are the quickest way to get your resume dumped in the trash, no matter how good your qualifications are.

Here are twelve resume mistakes that people make when writing a resume and/or filling out job applications.

1. Sending informal emails with poor grammar, lack of capitalization or punctuation, and lack of proper greetings and closings.

Are you writing to your potential employer on facebook? Or filling out your application via text message?  If not, then your potential employer probably won’t appreciate receiving an email that starts with “Hey.” Even with highly qualified applicants, correspondence matters. The content of your email is the employer’s first impression of the person behind your resume. Err on the side of professionalism.

You’re thinking: My resume and qualifications are great, and this is how everyone writes these days.

We’re thinking:  This person either can’t construct a grammatically correct sentence or is just too lazy. Either way, how is someone who is that unprofessional before they’ve even interviewed for the job going to behave once they’re on the job?

2. Sending an over-done graphic-design resume with an artsy, colorful background.  Or, worse, sending a video resume or a brochure about yourself.

Congratulations, you can use Photoshop. Unless you’re applying for a position in graphic design, it’s not exactly relevant. Resumes have a simple, straightforward and pretty standard format for a reason. Your potential employer probably has better things to do than scroll through pages of brightly colored graphics just to figure out if you’re qualified for the position. If you really feel the need to jazz it up a bit, stick with a simple, low-key design that doesn’t distract from the text.

You’re thinking: I’m awesome. This makes my resume really “pop” and stand out from the crowd. It’s sure to get me noticed for creativity and innovation.

We’re thinking:  You might think you’re awesome, but saying it out loud never helps. Besides, this makes my eyes hurt and it’s too much trouble to go through.

3. Listing completely irrelevant skills, hobbies, and interests on your resume.

While there is nothing wrong with having a “Hobbies and Interests” section on your resume, ask yourself if what you’re listing there is relevant to the job and makes you stand out.  For example, saying “reading” is your hobby isn’t likely to pique an employer’s interest.  Detailing your skills in ancient weapons techniques and firearms also isn’t likely to get you very far if you’re applying for a job teaching kids.

Make your hobbies and interests specific and try to communicate, even briefly, how they can be relevant to the job you are applying for.

You’re thinking: Listing my interest in puzzles and board games shows that I am a well-rounded person with varied interests and abilities.

We’re thinking:  How does this person think that this is in any way relevant to this position? Do they even understand the position they are applying for?

4. Sending documents and information that isn’t required for the application process.  

Unless they specifically ask, most employers neither need nor want your birth certificate, your religious affiliation, your vaccination history, or information about what you had for breakfast.  Believe it or not, employers actually think about and consider exactly what information they need, and then ask for exactly that.  Following the application instructions will impress potential employers a lot more than a scan of your official black belt certification.

You’re thinking: I’m proving that I am proactive, fully prepared, and thorough.

We’re thinking: All we asked for is a cover letter, resume, and photo. This person can’t follow simple, straightforward directions.

5. Contacting every single person at the company that you can possibly find an email address for.

Spam isn’t good on sandwiches, and it’s not any better in a job application process. You might not think of it as “spamming” the employer, but contacting multiple people at an organization asking the same questions is sure to be interpreted that way.  Furthermore, it is a surefire way to annoy everyone in that office. If a position lists a particular person to contact, then contact only that person.

You’re thinking:  This shows that I am persistent and serious about getting this position.

We’re thinking:  Why do we have 15 emails from this person? Can’t they make up their mind on a department/position and stick with it?

6. Demanding a higher salary, increased benefits, or specific job preferences before you’ve even completed an interview—or even completed your application!

Often, the compensation that you receive for a job is negotiable. Sometimes benefits are fixed. Either way, making specific demands, or stipulating that you will only apply for the position if you are granted certain preferences makes a pretty bad first impression.

If you don’t think the position as described is a good fit, don’t apply. Wait to discuss how you deserve double the salary they are offering once you’ve completed your first month or two at work, wowing everyone with your brilliance.

You’re thinking: I’m more than qualified for this position, and I deserve better benefits than those listed for this position.

We’re thinking:  We haven’t even interviewed this person yet, and they’re making demands of us? How difficult is this person going to be to deal with once we’ve actually hired him?

7. Putting inspirational quotes on your resume or in your emails 

Showing some personality on your resume is cool.  Quoting The Big Lebowski, not so much. Your uniqueness should come out in your accomplishments, hobbies, and in your cover letter. We’ve had people quote movies in the text of their emails, put inspirational quotes in the header of their resumes, and fill their email signatures up with their personal insights on life. Unless you are applying to be a motivational coach, keep your inspiration for yourself.

You’re thinking: I’m showing my insight, personality, and worldliness by quoting Nietzsche.

We’re thinking: What is this person trying to prove? I am inspired to hit the delete key…

8. Writing a one-sentence cover letter

A cover letter is a standard part of any job application process. It is your chance to introduce yourself and explain why you are a good fit to a potential employer. It is also often the first thing that an employer looks at, before they even see your resume. The point of a cover letter is to show you’ve done your research, understand the position you are applying for. It’s a chance to prove you are serious about the position. Take the opportunity to sell yourself, tell your story, demonstrate your qualifications, and link it all with the opportunity you are applying for.

You’re thinking: My resume clearly shows I’m qualified for this position.  The cover letter is just a formality, so I won’t worry too much about it.

We’re thinking: If this person can’t take the time to write a couple of paragraphs explaining why they want to work here, they must not be that serious about getting the job.

9. Sending an inappropriate or unprofessional photo

If a photo isn’t specifically asked for in the job application process, don’t send one.  If it is asked for, make sure that it portrays you as professional and personable.  Send a photo where you are dressed nicely and smiling.  Use your judgment.  If the company you are applying to is a smaller, more casual company, then a more casual picture is appropriate (not too casual, though!).  If it is a large corporation, your photo should look as professional as possible.

Here are a few examples of things your photo should never include: Animals, costumes, alcohol, any form of swimwear, your significant other, a gaping hole where your ex-significant other was clearly torn out of the picture! In short, just because it is appropriate for facebook does not mean it is appropriate for a job application.

You’re thinking: I look awesome in this photo!

We’re thinking: If this is the sort of photo they send with a job application, I can’t even imagine what sort of stuff they have posted elsewhere!

10.  Sending a blank email with documents attached

Chances are that whoever you are emailing gets quite a few emails every day. Typing a simple greeting, explanation of who you are and what you are sending, and a formal closing saves that person from having to hunt through past emails and documents just to figure out who you are.

You’re thinking:  Attach, send.  Done.  Easy.

We’re thinking:  Who are you?  Why are you sending me this stuff?

11. Using a cute email address for correspondence

You might think you’re being unique by having an email address that stands out, but make sure that it’s an appropriate email address. Email addresses like cutiepie@ and ladiesman@ will do everything but impress a potential employer. An email address that makes a potential employer fear a future sexual harassment charge against you is not likely to land you an offer.

You’re thinking: This is a cute email address that everyone is sure to remember.

We’re thinking: We’re not going to tell you what an employer might think. Trust us, it’s not flattering.

12.  Sending your resume out to numerous employers in the same email

Flat out, this is not cool. This is the quickest surefire way of having someone delete your email as soon as they have received it. Employers likely know you are applying with several companies, but if you are trying to save time by writing one email to five employers about five different jobs and can’t take the time to actively inquire about one position, it’s highly unlikely you will get an answer.

You’re thinking: I’m being productive.

We’re thinking: This person isn’t serious. They’re just fishing for information. I’m not going to compete with all of these other companies for the attention of someone who can’t be bothered to apply for a position directly with us. Next, please.

Avoiding these mistakes is as easy as stepping back for a minute, proofreading, and engaging your common sense. Otherwise, you might give your potential employer a good chuckle when they see the funny face you’re making while you hug your favorite puppy, but that’s not likely to get you an interview, let alone a job offer.

How to Write a Great Cover Letter

Skip the “Dear Sir or Madam” and zero in on exactly how you’re going to solve whatever problems the hiring company has.

cover-letter-how-to-157Do hiring professionals even read cover letters for senior candidates anymore? Some say yes; some say no, they don’t bother unless the resume in question has grabbed their attention.

The simple answer is that you should assume your resume will merit a look at your cover letter; always include one (either as a separate document or an e-mail that acts as one); and make it exceptional, so you stand out from the crowd. TheLadders talked to hiring and career management professionals to find out exactly how a good cover letter is laid out and what it contains.

Dear who?

The salutation is your first chance to make contact with a hiring professional, but it’s one spot where laziness often wins out over due diligence. We’re talking about the “Dear Sir or Madam” approach. What this generic salutation says isn’t positive: Namely, that the author couldn’t be bothered to find out the hiring manager’s name.

Abby Kohut, president and staffing consultant at Staffing Symphony, suggests job seekers can easily locate the right person online: “To find the name of the hiring manager, try searching on Google or LinkedIn,” she said. “Even a good guess scores you points because it indicates that you tried harder than everyone else.”

Why do you want to work here?

Kohut recommends that job applicants make sure to mention the name of the company in the letter, followed by an explanation of why they’re interested in working there. “Make sure that you really mean what you say,” she said. “Recruiters have a way of sensing when you are being less than truthful. Our goal is to hire people who sincerely want to work at our company — it’s the job of your cover letter to convince us.”

Bombastic claims are just as bad as insincerity. Brooke Allen, a hiring manager at Maple Securities, said he hates it when job seekers claim in their cover letters that they’re his “best candidate.” “How can they know without evaluating all my candidates?” he asked.

You also need to make a sales pitch as to why the employer should want to work with you, Kohut said.

“Your letter should explain what you can do for your ‛customer,’ not what you are selling,” she said. “The key is to give the reader a small glimpse into your background, which encourages them to want to learn more by reading your resume.”

Length and format

Job coach and author Susan Kennedy, of Career Treking, provided this outline for a good, succinct cover letter:

First paragraph

Introduce yourself and state why you re writing; you are enthusiastically presenting yourself for a job, and your background makes you the best candidate. List a referral source if possible.

Second paragraph

List your value to the company. Describe how you will contribute to the company from Day One. This should be based on research of the company and job. Share knowledge of the company’s goals, accomplishments and opportunities.

Third paragraph

Call to action. Ask for the interview and state when (exactly) you will follow up.

If you are responding a job posting, Kennedy recommends a column approach. Below is a sample of how that might look, with bulleted lists of requirements and descriptions of how your background matches them:

Job Requirements: 1-2 years of general accounting experience.
Your experience: Tracked expenses and all financial reporting for a government subcommittee.

Job Requirements: Attention to detail.
Your experience: Edited manuscripts to ensure American English vs. British English.

Kennedy notes that cover letters “can also be used to bridge your background and the job.” She offered up an excerpt from the cover letter of a client with a degree in political science who wants to get a job in the video-gaming business:

“As you can see, my resume is attached. But what you won’t see on my resume is my passion for video gaming: it is how I see the world. My analytical skills and attention to detail will enable me to help solve the caller’s problems and ensure a high-quality product.”

Perfect spelling and grammar are mandatory

A cover letter is “a writing-skills evaluation in disguise,” Kohut said. “When recruiters are faced with large stacks of resumes for new positions, you’ll never make the first cut if they notice even one spelling or grammar mistake on your resume or cover letter.” Make sure that even an e-mail is scrupulously proofread.

Tactics hiring professionals love

Sometimes a gesture can impress a hiring professional. Kohut was once beguiled by a candidate who read her LinkedIn profile and saw that she had won a ping-pong tournament. “He sent me a ping-pong paddle in the mail and wrote a cover letter with ping pong-themed language in it,” she said, including sentences like these:

  • “I’d like to get in the game.”
  • “I bring energy, intelligence and motivation to the table.”
  • “I now feel compelled to drive home positive business results.”

For Allen, the most effective cover letters are those that do one of the following two things in one sentence or two: They make a compelling statement that begs a response, or they ask a question that must be answered.

“A good approach is to ask for clarification of a point that makes it clear they have done their homework, as in: ‘Your ad said X while your Web site said Y … Could you help me understand Z?’ ” he said. “I believe the goal of the job seeker is to start a conversation rather than just throw a resume into a pile.”

Steps to Achieving a good Work-Life Balance

In today’s busy world, prioritizing between your work and your personal life can be a huge challenge. But studies show that a poor work-life balance can result in unhealthy levels of stress, unhappiness, and even reduced productivity.

The 14 tips outlined in this article are designed to help you restore the balance — and harmony — in your work and personal lives, so you can enjoy both to the utmost.

Step 1: Set your priorities

Figure out what you want your priorities to be, not what you think they should be. Ask yourself, “If I could only focus on one thing in my life, what would it be?”

That answer is your top priority. What would you focus on second? Third? Fourth? Fifth? You’ve now identified your top five priorities.

Step 2: Track your time

For one week, track how you spend your time. How much time do you spend doing things that don’t matter to you? Or that don’t align with your priorities? Eliminate these things from your life, or delegate them.

Step 3: Concentrate on one thing at a time

Forget multi-tasking. It’s not possible to focus on two things at the same time. Instead, devote your full attention to the task at hand.

When you are working, work. When you are spending time with your family, focus solely on them.

Step 4: Schedule one thing you look forward to each day

Book some time to play tennis with a friend, go to an art museum, or have a massage. The activity doesn’t have to be time-consuming, complicated, or expensive.

Put aside an hour on your schedule to read a book, take a walk, or just to be alone.

Step 5: Respect your private time

An emergency would most likely have to come up before you’d reschedule an important work meeting. Give your own time the same respect.

Once you’ve put private time on your schedule, protect it, unless there’s an emergency.

Step 6: Take a look at your personal habits and general lifestyle

Lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and bad exercise habits can cause you to feel a lack of balance in your life, and can counteract any efforts you are making to achieve work-life balance.

Step 7: Take a vacation

At the very least, take two weeks off from work per year. You don’t need to go far and you don’t need to spend lots of money, but you do need to recharge your batteries in order to be the most productive, creative, and happy person possible. Turn off your cell phone and computer, and enjoy.

Step 8: Ask for support

Tell your boss, family, friends, colleagues, and anyone else involved in your life that you are seeking a better work-life balance.

Tell them what your plan is, and ask them to respect it.

Step 9: Hire a personal coach

A personal coach can assess your current work-life balance, and can tell you what you can do to achieve optimal balance.

Step 10: Get plenty of exercise

It may feel counterintuitive to add another activity to your life, but exercise relieves stress, clears your mind, and ultimately makes you more productive.

Don’t skip it. You’ll find that you greet work, family, and personal commitments with renewed vigor.

Step 11: Set boundaries

Today’s technology can make the line between your work life and personal life quite blurry.

Turn off your cell phone and laptop when you’re at your son’s soccer game, and ask friends and family not to interrupt your workday unless it’s an emergency.

Step 12: Find a mentor

Do you know someone who has it all — a successful career and a terrific personal life?

Ask him or her to give you advice on career development, setting priorities, and time management.

Step 13: Learn how to say “no”

Don’t acquiesce to every request that comes your way. If it doesn’t fit into your schedule or align with your priorities, don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on more.

Step 14: Evaluate your work-life balance on a regular basis

Achieving work-life balance is a never-ending journey, and your needs will be different at different times in your life.

Set aside some time once every other month or so to reflect on your current balance, what you would like it to be, and what the plan is for arriving there.

Balance is beautiful

Achieving balance in both your work and personal lives allows you to perform optimally in both areas.

When you follow the 14 tips in this article, you’ll have the strategies and tactics necessary to achieve the balance you desire.

Japanese tech firms hiring talent from India

newsTOKYO: Facing cut-throat competition from the international market, Japanese companies are stepping up efforts to hire people from India, China and other emerging countries, reaching out for talent across national borders.

Technology companies are no exception to the trend of cross-border talent hunting as they try to survive the crucial phase.

Harshad Maral, an Indian engineer who was hired by Sony in 2010, is a Sony aficionado whose enthusiasm for the company shames even his Japanese colleagues.

“I’m happy to be able to work in the company’s head office, where creative work and core operations are concentrated,” Maral was quoted as saying by Kyodo agency.

He has been fascinated by Sony’s commitment to innovation since he read a book written by Akio Morita, the company’s iconic co-founder, while studying at university.

In 2011, Sony introduced a fast-track training programme for entry-level foreign workers at its offices in Asia and the Middle East, aiming to foster management skills quickly.

This is an attempt to give foreign workers higher motivation by providing the chance to move up the career ladder without being held back by the traditional Japanese system of promotion.

But Japanese companies have made the office ambiance hostile by prolonging its working hours for the employees and curbing the holidays, the report said.

Employees discover that working long hours, regardless of the productivity, is a badge of honour for the companies.

“When I left the office on time after finishing my work for the day, I was rebuked for not working hard enough and was told to stay longer,” the 26-year-old man said on condition of anonymity.

“The people who worked until late at night, and not the people who produced results, received employee commendation awards,” he added.

Lack of holidays is a popular source of grumbling among foreign expatriates.

“I have only three or four days to enjoy my time back at home. Two weeks off would be better,” said 26-year-old Vakkhova Liudmila, a Russian working for Marubeni.

Opening the door widely to foreign workers, as well as giving women more working opportunities, is a national challenge for Japan, as advocated by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe under its growth strategy, as the ageing society and shrinking population continue to curtail the ranks of working-age Japanese.

According to a survey conducted by Recruit Career on companies employing five or more workers and hiring new workers, around 20% hired at least one foreigner as an entry-level worker in 2014. Next year, around 30% are planning to do so.

Hindustan Salts Limited Recruitment 2014 Apply Online (Various Posts – 34 Vacancies)






Hindustan Salts Limited (HSL) / Sambhar Salts Limited (SSL) Jaipur (Rajasthan State) invites Online Application for filling up following posts in HSL/SSL on Regular/deputation basis. Eligible Candidates are required to submit Online Applications on or before closing Date 15th May 201

About: Hindustan/Sambhar Salts Limited, is a Government of India Enterprise (PSU) under the administrative control of the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, New Delhi.

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No of Vacancies

Pay Scale (IDA-1997)


General Manager (Works)




Dy. General Manager (Finance & Accounts)




Dy. General Manager (Tech)




Chief Manager (PSP Plant)




Chief Medical & Health Officer




Chief Manager (Bromine Plant)




Sr. Manager (Finance & Accounts)




Sr. Manager (IT)




Sr. Manager (Civil)




Sr. Manager (Salt Washery)




Sr. Manager (Administration & Estate Management)




Sr. Manager (Coml) Inputs & Logistics




Manager (Finance & Accounts)




Manager (Mines Operations)




Manager (P&A)




Medical Officer




Manager (R&D and Quality Control)




Jr. Manager (Survey)




Executive/Management Trainee


Consolidated Rs.15000/- PM

Educational Qualifications: B. E. / B. Tech / M. E. / M. Tech, CA/ICWA, MD or MS / MBBS and ICSI. Detailed Qualifications and Post Qualification expeirence check out official advertisement.

Age Limit: General Manager – 52 years, Chief Manager & Sr. Manager -45 years, Managers & Asstt. Manager – 40 years, Jr. Managers, Supervisors – 35 years, for Management/Executive Trainee – 25 years.

Selection Process: Interview (original relevant documents for verification at the time of interview)

How To Apply: Eligible Candidates are required to Apply Online through from 16th April 2014 to 15/05/2014.


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പുതിയ ജോലിയിലേക്ക് മാറുന്നതും സ്വപ്നം കണ്ട് നടക്കുന്നവരാണേറെയും. അറുപത് ശതമാനം  ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥരും ആറു മാസത്തിനകം ജോലി മാറാന്‍ ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്നവരാണെന്നാണ് പുതിയ പഠനം. അതില്‍ 58 ശതമാനം പേരും പുതിയ ജോലിയില്‍ ഉയര്‍ന്ന സ്ഥാനങ്ങള്‍ കരസ്ഥമാക്കാന്‍ ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്നവരാണെന്നും പഠനം പറയുന്നു. ഉയര്‍ന്ന ശമ്പളം ലഭിക്കണമെന്നതിനേക്കാള്‍ നേതൃപദവികളിലെത്തണമെന്ന ആഗ്രഹമാണ് ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥരുടെ ജോലി മാറണമെന്നുള്ള ആഗ്രഹത്തിനു പിന്നിലെന്നാണ് റിക്രൂട്ടെക്സിന്റെ പഠനം സൂചിപ്പിക്കുന്നത്.
നാല്‍പത് ശതമാനം തൊഴിലന്വേഷകരും തങ്ങളുടെ നിലവിലെ അവസ്ഥയിലും ജോലി ചെയ്യുന്ന സ്ഥാപനത്തിന്റെ കാര്യത്തിലും അസന്തുഷ്ടരാണ്. എന്നാല്‍ 20 ശതമാനം പേര്‍ സ്ഥാപനത്തിന്റെ കാര്യത്തില്‍ സന്തുഷ്ടരാണെങ്കിലും തങ്ങളുടെ ജോലിയുടെ കാര്യത്തില്‍ സംതൃപ്തരല്ല. കൂടാതെ 12 ശതമാനം പേര്‍ സ്ഥാപനത്തിന്റെ കാര്യത്തില്‍ തൃപ്തരല്ലെങ്കിലും തങ്ങളുടെ ജോലിയില്‍ സംതൃപ്തിയുള്ളവരാണെന്നും റിക്രൂട്ടെക്സ് പറയുന്നു. ഓണ്‍ലൈന്‍ ജോബ് പോര്‍ട്ടലുകളില്‍ ജോലിക്ക് വേണ്ടി തിരഞ്ഞു കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുകയാണ് അറുപത് ശതമാനത്തിലേറെ പേര്‍. സുഹൃത്തുക്കള്‍ വഴിയും മറ്റും ജോലി കണ്ടെത്താന്‍ ശ്രമിക്കുന്നവരും കുറവല്ല.

മൂന്ന് നാല് വര്‍ഷത്തെ പ്രവൃത്തി പരിചയമായിക്കഴിഞ്ഞാല്‍ ആളുകള്‍ പ്രാമുഖ്യം നല്‍കുന്ന വിഷയങ്ങളില്‍ കാര്യമായ മാറ്റം സംഭവിക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. വിവാഹവും ചുറ്റുപാടുകള്‍ ചെലുത്തുന്ന സമ്മര്‍ദ്ദവും ടീം ലീഡറോ മാനേജറോ ഒക്കെ ആവണമെന്ന ആഗ്രഹങ്ങളുമൊക്കെ ഇതിന് പിന്നില്‍ പ്രവര്‍ത്തിക്കുന്നുണ്ടെന്ന് ജീനിയസ് കണ്‍സള്‍ട്ടന്റ്സ് ആന്റ് മാനേജിങ്ങ് ഡയറക്ടര്‍ ആര്‍.പി.യാദവ് പറയുന്നു. എന്നാല്‍ മത്സരങ്ങളുടെ ലോകത്ത് പിടിച്ച് നില്‍ക്കണമെങ്കില്‍ അക്കാദമിക് വിവരങ്ങള്‍ക്കൊപ്പം ആശയ വിനിമയ ശേഷി, നേതൃത്വ ഗുണം, ആത്മ വിശ്വാസം, പ്രശ്നങ്ങളെ അഭിമുഖീകരിക്കുവാനുള്ള കഴിവ് തുടങ്ങി നിരവധി ഘടകങ്ങള്‍ക്കായിരിക്കും ഭാവിയില്‍ തൊഴിലുടമകള്‍ പ്രാമുഖ്യം നല്‍കുകയെന്നാണ് മാന്‍പവര്‍ ഗ്രൂപ്പിന്റെ എക്സിക്യൂട്ടീവ് ഡയറക്ടറും പ്രസിഡന്റുമായ ശ്രീകാന്ത് രംഗരാജന്‍ അഭിപ്രായപ്പെടുന്നത്.

Employee Motivation

Employee Motivation – A 7 Point Checklist For Success

1. Say Exactly What You Expect

Employees want to know exactly the results that you want from them. Set crystal clear, unambiguous, measurable performance standards. Performance goals are important. But performance standards tell employees how well they’re progressing and how they’ll know they’ve achieved the results you want.

2. Specify Exactly How Their Performance Will Be Measured

Set the performance standards. Say precisely how their performance will be measured against the standards. The standard may be to produce 9 content rich, published blogs each calendar month. The measure may be to produce 2 a week for 4 consecutive weeks plus one “standby” blog. You could also define “content rich” and “publishable”.

3. Tell Them “How Well They’re Going”

Employees should know, daily if possible, how well they’re performing against the standards. Your internal systems should produce that information. You should support it through verbal feedback as required and at least every week.

4. Provide Resources

You cannot expect top performance if you don’t provide and maintain adequate resources: equipment, tools, time, machines and support. That’s all that needs to be said about this.

5. Create Performance Systems

Your role is, with employees, to put systems in place that make it impossible for them to fail. Remember “system” is merely a word we use to describe “how we do things around here.” If your systems are poor your people will fail. That’s the reality.

6. Establish Performance Based Reward Systems

Pay employees well when they achieve results. Pay incentives to reward superior performance. It’s best to establish reward and incentives systems that reinforce the importance and value of performance standards.

7. Encourage Autonomy

Set standards, establish systems, provide feedback, reward performance. Having done that, encourage employees to recommend improvements in all three areas. Employees want to give you what you expect. But they also expect you to respect their achievement with greater freedom to act to improve things.


Psychometric Testing

Psychometric testing is a tool used mainly in the recruitment process. It is recognized as an efficient way to gain insight into a person’s personality and psychological thinking. It can help develop team spirit in the workplace and assess an individual’s priorities.

Psychometric testing is usually an office-based procedure, although the test itself can be conducted anywhere. Many are processed online using software applications. The test should only take around 15 minutes to complete, although depending on the depth of the test, it may take longer. There are tests to assess sales capability, management styles and social personality traits.

Psychometric testing usually falls into three specific categories. Ability testing measures a person’s potential to learn new skills or to cope with the pressures of a specific job. Aptitude testing is also job related, but focuses on specific job areas and how the test taker would perform in a defined role. Personality testing covers how a person acts in the workplace in relation to different personality types. It can determine how the test taker would deal with someone of the direct opposite personality type, and suggest to management how to get the best results from someone with a certain personality type.

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People work most effectively when they’re happy. Following some manners in the office will make our self and our co-workers happy. Quoted here with some office manners, To make sure your workplace is free of rude behavior.

  • Be Sincere in your work.
  • Be punctual always.
  • Chewing gum and popping bubble gum in the presence of co-workers is neither cool nor dignified.
  • Be formal in your dress code.
  • Avoid tattoos and body piercing.
  • Be neat, clean and as conservative as the business requires you to be
  • Shower regularly and use a suitable deodorant
  • Do not cough or sneeze in anyone’s direction. Use a tissue, if possible, to contain the germs and then say “Excuse me”
  • Give respect to co-workers.
  • Knock before entering to others workspace.
  • Show appreciation for the slightest courtesies extended to you
  • Be helpful and co-operative with each other
  • Brush up on your computer skills so that you can help others
  • Aim to improve your other workplace skills and attributes too
  • Speak clearly without shouting.
  • Say, “Please; Thank you; you’re welcome”, as part of your everyday courtesy
  • Be discreet and compassionate in your criticism of a co-worker
  • Don’t gossip about any co-worker’s private life
  • Do not try to sell things to your colleagues
  • Avoid sexist comments about a co-worker’s dress or appearance
  • Take responsibility for your mistakes, apologies and go about correcting the mistakes
  • If your boss criticizes your work, enquire about what precisely is wrong with it. Consider the comments, discuss them amiably if you disagree with the comments but defer to the bosses opinion if he/she is adamant
  • Don’t argue with the boss.
  • Welcome new employees.
  • Keep your work area tidy. Try not to be messy
  • Show consideration for other people’s feelings
  • Do not interrupt another speaker at meetings.
  • Pay attention to the proceedings quietly. Don’t shuffle your papers
  • Do not leave the meeting until it is closed by the chairperson
  • Always be particularly respectful to those older than yourself even if they are junior to you in position
  • ‘Mute’ your cell phone in the office. No fancy ring tones