Five Questions Every New Employee Should Ask

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Every organization demands certain attributes or skills to achieve success. An insight into those on the very first day can give you a head start in a new job.

History of the Role

It’s most important to know that whether the position you have been hired for is ‘new’ or a ‘replacement’. If the role is new, then one should be able to check the proper route map of one’s growth and if it’s the replacement then one should know the exact reason for the same. These two questions will support you to estimate the elevation of your career graph.

Expectations from You 

Most organizations fail to spell out clear expectations with time frame. Ask for it in writing, ask questions on the same, and seek clarity before going about achieving it. It’s important that one should have an understanding of the management’s expectations.

Understand the Vision of Co

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5 Essential Office Etiquette Tips

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Appropriate Dressing

While some companies seem to be relaxing dress codes for employees, there are some fine lines which shouldn’t be crossed. One should dress comfortably and in business casuals — not being bound by ties and jackets. Having said that, office wear should be subtle and professional. Torn attire, apparel with obscene/offensive messages don’t belong in an office.

Maintain Eye Contact

Some of the bigger concerns around office etiquette these days are looking into your computer or smartphones when someone is talking as it’s disrespectful. Be receptive to those who are talking and do not look elsewhere.

Mind Your Language

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Five Skills Today’s Employers Want

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Communication Skills

The most significant step towards getting through the interview process is to polish your communication skills, both written and verbal. This is the best way to stand out in the crowded candidate market and it also aids in building a strong professional network.

Attitude For Leadership

It is not just the academic record and domain expertise that matter these days, but also your proficiency to be a leader that companies look out for. Not everyone can master this skill; however, one can work on building their inherent leadership qualities by taking initiatives and responsibility.

Being a people’s person and a team player

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10 Life Skills That Every Young Professional Should Have

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How to just be honest

When you’re late to an appointment, it’s tempting to pin the blame on gridlock or train delays. It is recommended to apologize instead of giving details. ‘I planned poorly’ is a hundred times better than risking your integrity by inanely blaming traffic.’

How to receive criticism

No one likes to be told they’re wrong or even that they could be doing something more effectively.  It’s easy to resent the person critiquing you, or completely ignore them. In order to succeed in life you should always accept criticism and always respond positively to it and never think ill of people who point out your mistakes.

How to start an interesting conversation

Conversation-making is probably the most underrated skill for the person who is shy and finds it difficult to interact with the other person. But the experience suggests that if you dare to strike up a discussion with the person next to you, you might very well end up with a new friend, a business connection, or some novel insights on an old topic.

How to ask for something you want

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7 Myths Of Decision Making

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Myth 1: Experts don’t make disastrous choices

Often the most damaging decisions come from experts. Why does that happen? It happens because for many decisions that have very serious implications, we usually depend on experts. Due to such passive, unguarded acceptance, when the experts go wrong, their bad decisions can have devastating consequences. Expert failure ‘usually is the worst kind of failure’ and ‘it’s the overconfidence of experts that can result in spectacular mistakes.’ Normally we think of failure in terms of a deficiency of knowledge, but the truth is that society is suffering far more from failures because of expertise.

Myth 2: Teams take wiser decisions than individuals

Team decision is defined as mode of thinking that people engage in when deeply involved in a cohesive in-group, when the members’ strivings for unanimity override their motivation to realistically appraise alternative courses of action. Moreover, group think cannot be countered by having more knowledgeable members in the team. Also, involvement of too many people can aggravate the chance of making mistakes.

Myth 3: No one remains locked in a bad decision, knowingly

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7 Tips for Successful Career Planning

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Make Career Planning an Annual Event

Many of us have physicals, visit the eye doctor and dentist, and do a myriad of other things on an annual basis, so why not career planning? Find a day or weekend once a year or more often if you feel the need or if you’re planning a major career change and schedule a retreat for yourself. Try to block out all distractions so that you have the time to truly focus on your career what you really want out of your career.

Map Your Path since Last Career Planning

One of your first activities whenever you take on career planning is spending time mapping out your job and career path since the last time you did any sort of career planning. While you should not dwell on your past, taking the time to review and reflect on the path – whether straight and narrow or one filled with any curves and dead-ends will help you plan for the future.

Reflect on Your Likes and Dislikes, Needs and Wants

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5 Ways To Deal With No Back-Up Plan Situation

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Not everyone quits a job with a plan in mind. People either do so because they are frustrated at work or are trying to figure out a direction they want their career to take. It is important that you resist the temptation to jump to the next job that comes your way. Following things can be done when you quit job without a backup plan:

Review Your Finances

The first thing to do when you quit without a backup plan is to review your finances. Do not use up all your savings. It is essential that you have enough savings to cover at least three to six months’ expenses while ensuring there’s more to fall back on if an emergency arises.

Friend Network

More often than not, most established companies have an employee referral programme and it’s good to check back with your friends to see if they know of any job openings in their intranet.

Try College Placement Cells

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6 Ways To Improve Your Email Etiquette

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Appropriate Email-id

Use of sobriquet in professional email address can be unethical for your job search. Generate new email address for your job hunt if required. For instance, email addresses like superhero231@gmail.com or jobhunt124@yahoo.com most likely doesn’t send out the best message. It is recommendable to use email address for job search that begins either with the first or last name and shall contain your full name.

Clear Subject Line and pertinent message

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How To Offer Help To Your Co-worker?

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Be consistent reliable

Efforts you can put to help your co-worker is to perform your own duties perfectly and follow through all the duties that you have promised. Helping others and neglecting your own task is also not beneficial as it hinders the overall performance of the team. Working with the person who is irresponsible towards his work is quite infuriating. On the other hand, if you are good performer your colleague can rely on your work and can spend more time in their task.

Provide help with time consuming but simple tasks

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