Signs You’re Doing a Great Job

Signs You’re Doing a Great Job

When starting a new job, there’s this inevitable roller coaster of emotions.

At first, you feel like you have zero idea what you’re doing. You’re lost trying to figure out how to work the company’s software, where to find the information you need, and what exactly the protocol is for the break room microwave.

But soon, you get your feet under you. You gain more confidence in your position—and, as a result, you’re on the receiving end of praise from your boss and colleagues about what a great job you’re doing.

From there, everything seems to be going fine—until you reflect on the past few weeks (or maybe even months). When’s the last time your boss commended you for a job well done? Or called you a lifesaver? He used to brag about you all the time, but now you can’t think of a single recent instance.

Cue the panic and the dip in that roller coaster ride. We all experience something like this. Getting comfortable in your job usually results in fewer compliments from your superiors—which, unfortunately, can make you feel like you’re failing or stagnating.

But, rest assured, that’s likely not the case. Here are six key signs you’re still an awesome employee—even if your boss doesn’t say so as often.

You’re Receiving More Feedback

This first point seems counter intuitive. Shouldn’t you be receiving more praise and less feedback if you’re really doing well?

But, think about it this way: You’re performing so well that now your boss wants to give you the tools, resources, and constructive criticism you need to become even better. You’ve set the bar high for yourself, and now it’s your manager’s job to continue challenging you.

So, don’t automatically assume that increased feedback is a bad thing. It can actually be an indicator that you’re exceeding expectations.

You’re the Go-To Resource for Questions

When your colleagues have questions or run into problems, you’re typically the first person they turn to for help and guidance.

Why? Well, because people trust you. You’ve established yourself as an expert resource, and your co-workers are comfortable approaching you for assistance in sticky situations.

Would they do that if you weren’t a capable employee who seems to have a strong handle on all that your position entails? Probably not.

You’re Asked for Your Opinions

Similarly to establishing yourself as the go-to for questions, being asked to provide your input during discussions and meetings is another indicator that you’re making a positive impression.

If you’re given a seat at the table for big decisions and important conversations, that means that your colleagues and superiors see the value in your thoughts and ideas. And, remember, they wouldn’t feel that way if you were digressing in your position (like that voice of self-doubt in your head keeps telling you).

You’re the One Your Boss Depends on

“Can you handle this for me?” is a question you hear a few times each week. When your manager needs something taken care of, you’re the first one she turns to. And, let’s not forget to mention the fact that you’re always listed as her alternative contact in her out-of-office messages.

So, no, maybe your boss isn’t doling out the praise like she used to. But, the fact that she trusts you enough to rely on you without so much as a second thought is a good sign that your manager still views you as an awesome asset to the team.

You’re in Charge of Your Own Work

When you’re getting up to speed in a new role, there’s quite a bit of hand holding that has to happen. Your superiors need to offer guidance to ensure you tackle things appropriately.

But, when’s the last time that happened? If your manager is now letting you take ownership of your projects—without an ounce of micromanagement—you can feel good about the fact that you’ve proven yourself enough to earn his unquestioning trust.

You’re Asked to Represent Your Company

You’re sent to a speaking engagement to talk on behalf of your employer. You’re asked to head to a meeting with external partners. When a press opportunity arises, you’re one of the employees that’s quoted.

Regardless of the specific situation, the message remains the same: You’re doing such an awesome job that your boss is comfortable having you act as an ambassador for your company. And, that means a lot—arguably even more than a compliment said in passing.

When you become more comfortable in your role, the praise tends to slow down. It’s natural, but it’s still enough to plant plenty of seeds of self-doubt in your mind.

Instead of obsessing over what your boss might be thinking, keep your eyes peeled for these six signs. Chances are, you’re still knocking things out of the park.

Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers

Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers

When you’re not looking for a job, it can be easy to ignore your LinkedIn profile. Sure, you add people you meet at networking events as contacts and accept requests as they come in, but everything else? While we definitely don’t recommend this approach, we get that there are times you need a total LinkedIn profile overhaul. And for those times? We’ve got you covered!

Here, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about tricking out your LinkedIn profile—from crafting a stunning summary to selling your accomplishments, projects, and skills—in one place. Read on for expert-backed ways to make your profile seriously shine—and start getting noticed by recruiters.

Put in the Time to Make it Awesome

Simply put, the more complete your profile, the better the odds that recruiters will find you in the first place. So, completeness is important from that standpoint. It’s also important after a recruiter has found you and decided to click on your profile: He or she wants to know what your skills are, where you’ve worked, and what people think of you. So, don’t get lazy—fill out every single section of your profile. The good news? LinkedIn will actually measure the “completeness” of your profile as you work and offer suggestions on how to make it stronger.

Get a Custom URL

It’s much easier to publicize your profile with a customized URL (ideally, rather than the clunky combination of numbers that LinkedIn automatically assigns when you sign up. How to get one? On the Edit Profile screen, at the bottom of the gray window that shows your basic information, you’ll see a Public Profile URL. Click “Edit” next to the URL, and specify what you’d like your address to be. When you’re finished, click Set Custom URL.

Choose a Great Photo

Choose a clear, friendly, and appropriately professional image, and pop that baby up there. Not sure what “appropriately professional” means? Take a look around at what the people in your target company, industry sector, or business level are wearing. Match that. “A photo can go a long way to convey passion, energy, charisma, empathy, and other soft skills that are hard to write about.”

Write a Headline That Rocks

Your headline doesn’t have to be your job title and company—in fact, especially if you’re looking for jobs, it shouldn’t be. Instead, use that space to succinctly showcase your specialty, value proposition, or your “so what?” The more specific you can be about what sets you apart from the competition, the better.

Use Your Target Job Descriptions to Your Advantage

Take a look at the job descriptions of the positions you’re after, and dump them into a word cloud tool like Wordle. See those words that stand out? They’re likely what recruiters are searching for when they’re looking for people like you. Make sure those words and phrases are sprinkled throughout your summary and experience.

Don’t Waste the Summary Space

“Ideally, your summary should be around 3–5 short paragraphs long, preferably with a bulleted section in the middle. It should walk the reader through your work passions, key skills, unique qualifications, and a list of the various industries you’ve had exposure to over the years.”

Be Warm and Welcoming

“The summary section is your prime opportunity to showcase the good stuff about you, with your target audience in mind. Give ’em a little chance to get to know you. So what do you think the first impression is going to be if you craft your summary like some long, pompous speech? Or worse, craft it in the third person? They’re going to think you’re pretentious. And it’s going to be hard for that reviewer to get a feel for your personality and style. Be you here. Keep the brand message in line with all of your other professional marketing materials, but realize that LinkedIn is a platform designed for interaction.”

Avoid Buzzwords Like the Plague

What do the words responsible, creative, effective, analytical, strategic, patient, expert, organizational, driven, and innovative have in common? They’re the most overused buzzwords on all of LinkedIn. Come on—we know you can be more creative!

Treat Your Profile Like Your Resume

Your resume isn’t just a list of job duties (or, at least, it shouldn’t be)—it’s a place to highlight your best accomplishments. Same goes for your LinkedIn profile: Make sure your experience section is fleshed out with bullet points that describe what you did, how well you did it, and who it impacted.

But Use the First Person

You shouldn’t use the first person on your resume, but it’s actually fine to do so on LinkedIn (think “I’m a passionate development officer who raised $400,000 for cancer charities last year,” not (“Jackie Stevens is a passionate development officer…”).

Get Personal

“Your profile is not a resume or CV. Write as if you are having a conversation with someone. Inject your personality. Let people know your values and passions. In your summary, discuss what you do outside of work. You want people to want to know you.”

Show Your Achievements

Recruiters spend countless hours scouring LinkedIn in search of the high performers. And when they find them, they contact said high performers. Knowing this, you’ll serve yourself well to market yourself as a high performer in your summary and experience section (think action words, accomplishments, talking about times you’ve been promoted or hand-picked for projects).

Include a Current Job Entry, Even When Unemployed

“If you’ve only listed the past positions you’ve held in the experience section but show nothing current, you’ll probably get missed in most searches. Why? Because most recruiting professionals exclusively use the current title box to search for candidates; otherwise they’d have to sort through thousands of candidates who held a certain role (for example, graphic designer) as far back as 20 or more years ago. The simple workaround, if you’re unemployed, is to create a dummy job listing in the current section that includes the job title(s) you’re targeting—‘Full-Time Student/Financial Analyst in Training’—followed by a phrase like ‘In Transition’ or ‘Seeking New Opportunity’ in the Company Name box.”

Add Multimedia to Your Summary

“A picture truly is worth a 1,000 words, especially when it comes to showcasing your work. LinkedIn lets you add photos, videos, and slideshow presentations to your profile summary. So instead of just talking about your work, you can show examples. Or show yourself in action. Or share a presentation. Click ‘Edit profile,’ scroll down to your summary, then click on the box symbol, then ‘add file.’”

You can do the same thing for each of your work experiences. So, use this to your advantage: Add your company websites, projects you’ve worked on, articles you’ve drafted, or anything else that can provide a more multimedia look at your work.

Add Projects, Volunteer Experiences, or Languages

Do you speak Mandarin? Have a project management certification? Volunteer for Dress for Success every weekend? Adding these “additional” profile features (listed on the left when you’re editing your profile) is a great way to showcase your unique skills and experiences and stand out from the crowd.

Request One LinkedIn Recommendation a Month

When someone says, “You did a great job on that project!” ask him or her to take a snapshot of that success by writing a recommendation on LinkedIn. And don’t be afraid to specify what you’d like the recommender to focus on. Getting generic recommendations that say, “Lea was great to work with” aren’t very helpful—but something specific, like “Lea’s contributions on the project enabled us to increase forecasted savings by 5% over our original plan” will really showcase your strengths.

“Make a strategic plan for your recommendations,” says Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert. “Approach different people and suggest particular skills or experiences you would like them to highlight.”

Don’t Be Afraid to Cut a Recommendation

“Ever get a recommendation you didn’t ask for? Or one that isn’t something you’d want to showcase on your LinkedIn profile? If you get a recommendation that’s poorly written or is unsolicited and don’t feel comfortable reaching out to the writer and asking for some revisions, no biggie. You can easily hide the recommendation instead. Select Profile > Edit Profile and go to the position with which the recommendation is associated. Click Manage. Uncheck the box next to the recommendation that you want to hide, and click Save Changes.”

Manage Your Endorsements

Endorsements can be a great way to show off your skills—as long as your profile isn’t overloaded with too many to really send the right message. The secret to making them work for you is keeping your skills updated: As you transition between careers, develop new skills, or take on new responsibilities, drop outdated skills from your profile and add the ones you really want to be known for. Now, when connections land on your page, they’ll only see the most relevant skills.

Update Your Status

Just like on Facebook, you can update your LinkedIn status as often as you wish. So, do! Update it professionally and strategically (share the article you just wrote, not what you ate for lunch today), ideally once a week. Your entire network will see your updates, both in their news feeds and in the weekly LinkedIn network updates emails they receive.

Become an Author

LinkedIn’s newest feature? Allowing all users to write and publish their work on the platform. Share your perspective about what’s going on in your field, weigh in on a recent industry development, or show off your skills as a writer. It’s a great way to get noticed.

“If you have a WordPress blog, we highly recommend feeding your blog into your LinkedIn profile (unless, of course, the content isn’t appropriate for a LinkedIn page.) To enable this setting, Select More in the main nav bar and Select Applications. From there, choose the WordPress application and enter the link to your feed. The blog will then appear in your profile and will update each time a new post is added.”

Be a Groupie

LinkedIn Groups are an incredible resource—and they can do wonders for your job search. By joining groups relevant to your profession or industry, you’ll show that you’re engaged in your field. But more importantly, you’ll instantly be connected to people and part of relevant discussions in your field—kind of like an ongoing, online networking event.

Have at Least 50 Connections

Having 50 or fewer connections on LinkedIn tells recruiters one of three things: 1) You are a recluse who knows very few people, 2) You’re paranoid about connecting with others, or 3) Technology and social media are scary to you. None of these are good. We’re certainly not suggesting you need to be one of those weirdos who wears your “abnormally large number of connections” like a badge of honor, but you really should have at least 50-100 people with whom you’re connected as a starting point.

If enough people reject your request and say they don’t know you, LinkedIn can shut down your account.

Don’t Go Overboard

With all the bells and whistles LinkedIn has to offer, and without being limited by the 8.5×11″ confines of your resume, it can be tempting to, well, go nuts. And while details are good, there’s certainly a thing as too much. Step back, take a look at your profile, and see how it looks to an outside person. Is it enticing—or overwhelming? Edit accordingly.

Keep Your Job Search Under Wraps

“Many people don’t realize that LinkedIn does have privacy settings—for a reason. ‘When you’re out looking for a new job, and are actively engaged in your current job, you want to be discreet,” Williams explains. ‘A telltale sign to an employer that you’re leaving is that you overhaul your profile, connect with recruiters, and have an influx of new people. You can tailor your settings so that your boss doesn’t see that you’re looking for opportunities.’ The privacy settings are easy to find: Just sign in, and then select ‘settings’ from the drop-down menu, where your name appears in the upper right-hand corner.”

Make Sure People Can Find You

Don’t forget to add your email address (or blog, or Twitter handle, or anywhere else you’d like to be found) to the contact information section of your resume. You’d be surprised how many people leave this off!

Be Excited About Your Career

At the end of the day, the most exciting people to hire are the people who are the most excited about what they do. So, make sure your LinkedIn profile shows your enthusiasm. Join and participate in groups related to your field of expertise. Use your status line to announce stuff you’re doing related to your field. Share interesting articles or news. Connect with the leaders in your industry. Fly your cheerleader flag.

Different Ways Entrepreneurs Can Combine Profit and Purpose

Different Ways Entrepreneurs Can Combine Profit and Purpose

If you want to leave a legacy and give back to society, you need to make some smart decisions along the way. Here are five ways you can make your mark while sleeping peacefully at night.

1. Pick An Impactful Industry.

Depending on your background and skills, you may feel limited about which area you decide to go into. However, this shouldn’t always be the case. The key is to pick an industry that has a real, tangible impact on the world.

For example, biotech is one of the most exciting industries to be in because the constant innovations don’t just make smartphones smaller or rented accommodation more authentic. Those breakthroughs actually save lives and work to eradicate diseases or revolutionize medicine. From finding a cure for cancer to making vaccines safer, biotech (currently valued at $415 billion) allows social entrepreneurs to leave a legacy while solving world problems.

2. Recognize The Power Of Inclusion.

Diversifying your startup team isn’t just good for public relations (PR). Some of the world’s most successful companies, including Cisco, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson consistently find themselves among America’s most diversecompanies. Recognizing that creativity and innovation can come from unexpected places, the more diverse your team, the more ideas they will bring to the table. You’ll also be creating an inclusive company culture that provides opportunities to those often overlooked.

Diversity isn’t just about ethnicity, establishing benefits for women or policies for LGBT employees. Try hiring people who think differently from you. A mix of personality types in a team can spark the best ideas and propel a startup to amazing heights.

Diversity extends to your choice of suppliers as well. Ford Motor Company is a world leader in contracting diverse suppliers. They get the best mix of products and solutions while stimulating new business opportunities for minorities to boot.

3. Create A Business Model ThatGives Back.

If you want to have an immediate impact on those around you, why not create a business model that gives back? This could be something as simple — but effective — as apportioning a certain amount of your sales to a given charity or cause you feel strongly about. Weaving this kind of profit-sharing model into your company’s marketing materials and PR can have a major impact on sales.

Household names like Warby Parker or even TOMS Shoes do this exceptionally well.

Almost two-thirds of consumers will pay extra for a product that has a positive impact on the environment or is made through socially responsible means. Moreover, companies that give back are seeing success across all industries, especially with their socially conscious millennial target.

Try to find a cause that fits in with your company so that it makes sense with what you do. The more natural it seems to your core values, the more successful it will be and the easier for the whole company to get behind.

4. Sponsor Local Events.

Unable to break into a life-changing industry? If your startup is built on other foundations, don’t worry. You can still find ways to bridge profit with purpose. If you can’t donate a portion of your profits while still making ends meet, or you aren’t in a position to add flesh to the bones of your skeleton team, start slowly. Try sponsoring local events.

Not only will you get your name associated with causes or big brands, but you’ll become an integral part of your community. This can be something as simple as providing the shirts for a high school fun run, helping out with administrative expenses or donating a prize. You’ll get plenty of gratitude and promotion in return, and ample chances to send out press releases of your own.

5. Source Your Products Locally

Where possible, try to source your products locally. You’ll stimulate the local economy and have full control over the parts you use, the processes that went into them and where they came from.

You can also select organic produce or materials from companies that offset their carbon footprints. The EPA outlines the benefits of sourcing local materials on the environment, including saving money, reducing pollution and helping cut down on greenhouse gases.

You may not think that entrepreneurs can do much to tackle climate change or help solve world problems. But, it’s easier today than ever to strike a balance between turning profit and doing good. Solve real world problems while making a name and earning a healthy compensation to boot.




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Ways To Detect A Fake Job Offer

Ways To Detect A Fake Job Offer

Job seekers often receive fake job offers on email. While some are easy to spot, others may not be.

Sadly scammers are on the increase, with more and more fictitious jobs appearing on job boards, and more and more unsuspecting job seekers being conned into parting with their hard earned money, or becoming victims of identity theft.

What is a Job Scam?

A job scam occurs when a scammer poses as an employer or recruiter, and offers attractive employment opportunities which require that the job seeker pay money in advance. This is usually under the guise of work visas, travel expenses or background and or credit checks that are required for the job. Once the money has been paid over the scammer disappears, and the job seeker is left with no job, and out of pocket.

Whatever the scammer’s technique is and how they go about their modus operandi, their goal is always the same. To separate you from your cash, or to obtain your confidential personal information, that can be used in identity theft.

The problem is, that scammers are becoming more and more crafty in the way they operate, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to know what is a scam and what is a legitimate job opening.

It also appears that more and more often, the scammers are targeting job seekers from overseas, such as hopeful immigrants or contractors, where they use the lure of huge salaries, work permits and paid travel in first world countries, as ways of enticing the job seeker to part with their money.

So how do you recognize a job scam, and what signs should you look out for?

If they ask for money, you are being scammed. Never part with your money. The golden rule is any job offer that requires that you pay a fee in advance, is probably a scam. Most reputable companies will absorb these costs themselves. Another warning sign, is if the recruiter offers to train you for the job, in return for money. NEVER pay money across ever. No legitimate company or recruiter will ask for money upfront. Not for anything.

Do some research on the company. Visit the company’s website. If they do not have one, or it does not have contact details, then you need to tread cautiously. If there is a company website, compare the contact numbers, email addresses etc, to what would appear when doing a Google on the company or in a company directory.

Be careful of free email accounts. Any recruiter or company that corresponds from a free email account such as Yahoo, Live, Hotmail or Gmail could be a scammer. Legitimate job related emails will come from corporate email accounts.Do a Google search on the company. Do a search on the company name and see what information you can find. Compare it to the information that you have been sent.

Check scam lists. Always check with organisations such as Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to see if the company has been reported as a scammer.

Be extremely cautious of job offers without interviews. Always remember that reputable companies are not going to offer you a role without interviewing your first. Flattering as it may seem that they were so impressed with your resume, that they have offered you a position without meeting you first, the reality is, that you are probably being scammed if this happens. Never, ever accept a job offer that has come through via email, when you have never had a telephonic or face-to-face interview.

Be careful of work from home offers. If this appears in the job title, the chances are very real that it is a scam. The chances of making money in your pajamas may sound enticing, and the idea of making a lot of money whilst being able to work from home is just too good to pass for many gullible job seekers, and because of this, it is a favorite with scammers. Unsuspecting job seekers have been falling for this type of scam for years now.

Receiving offers for jobs you did not apply for. If you receive an offer in your inbox for a job that you have not even applied for, and it sounds too good to be true, then it is too good to be true.

Salaries that are way over what you would normally earn. Getting paid a really high salary is not the norm for all job seekers. Any legitimate employer will evaluate your skill set and experience, before deciding on what you are worth. If the company offers you a salary that is completely out of your range, and experience, you are probably in the process of being scammed.

Don’t hand out personal information. Never part with your social security number or personal information. By divulging this information, you may just be setting the scene for the scammer to pose as you to apply for credit cards, and run up massive bills in your name and ruin your credit record. The only time you should be handing over personal information such as social security numbers, is after you have been hired and are setting up payment and tax information.

Be cautious of emails with grammatical and spelling mistakes. Most online fraud is carried out by scammers outside of the United States, with English often not being their home language, so check the grammar and spelling carefully when communicating.

Fake URLs (websites). Scammers often use fake URLs to mask themselves as large well known corporates. Double check the URL, or the web address of the company. You may think that you are on a well-known company’s website, when you are actually on a bogus website. So always check the URL first.

Be on the look out for vague sketchy job descriptions. If you read the job description and at the end of it, you are not really sure what the job actually entails, or if the role states that there is no specific skill necessary for the job, you are probably about to be scammed. The majority of jobs will require at least some experience or qualification.

The consequences of falling prey to scammers, can be devastating and can include identity theft, the loss of your hard earned money, and illegal charges to your credit card. It can be a very hard lesson to have to learn, and devastating for already cash strapped job seekers.

Don’t learn the hard way. Before falling prey to unscrupulous scammers, do your homework and checks very carefully.

While internet has helped job seekers find vacancies at the click of a button from anywhere, it has also made them more vulnerable to hackers. Here are eight ways to figure out whether the job offer you have just received is genuine or fake.

1. Fraudulent job emails usually don’t have detailed information about the job, role, company and package. The content of the e-mail would be vague and unclear.

2. If money is asked, then it’s fake job call. No legitimate company asks for money in the name of bond or security deposits in advance.

3. The list of opening shared with you would be enormous — right from blue collar staffers of all industries to white collar staffers to the top management.

4. Generally, these emails would land in your spam folder. Because, they were sent in bulk.

5. Email address from where the mail is sent would be deceptive. You would find email address where the name of the company would be displayed like this ‘’. However, a genuine job call from any company will never use email services of Gmail or Yahoo Mail or Hotmail to send job offers to candidates.

6. Office address given in the bottom of the mail would mostly be wrong.

7. Fake job calls generally would have numerous misspellings and grammatical errors.

8. It’s a fake job call if you asked to disclose your date of birth, social security number or any other personal detail. Companies may ask for some of this information but not before the job offer has been made. It is at secondary stage after you have been shortlisted that some such information is required for background check.

To stay safe, it is advisable to do a little research about the company before applying. See if there are openings on their career page. Also, compare the contact information from company website to the information that you have received in email.


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Corporate Charity Is What Inspires Greater Employee Engagement

Corporate Charity Is What Inspires Greater Employee Engagement

Corporate giving totaled $18.55 billion in 2016, increasing 3.5 percent from the previous year. Many charitable groups benefit from those surplus dollars, from food banks to homeless shelters to medical organizations. Few people would question the outside benefits of office giving, but as an employee-centric organization, we were curious whether corporate charity has a positive influence on how someone feels about their workplace.

According to a recent survey over 1,000 employees at companies across the U.S. were performed to understand how they perceive corporate charitable giving. The responses were encouraging and instructive as to how employees feel about their charitable companies:

Corporate giving improves company culture.

Of all the buzzwords circulating among HR professionals, the buzziest right now is “culture.” Although improving culture means different things in different industries, one key for any company is helping employees feel connected to an organization. Charitable giving is an opportunity for companies to reinforce their purpose — their greater cause, beyond just products and services — and help employees connect to that purpose.

Corporate Philanthropy: It’s Not Just Money That Changes The World

Charitable giving is rarely a key focus for any company, but organizing and promoting charitable events among employees results in significantly improved employee engagement. When asked if their organization has a clear purpose, respondents who answered “yes” jumped from 62 percent for companies that don’t organize holiday charitable events, to 84 percent for companies that offer multiple holiday charity events — a leap of 22 percentage points for a program generally unrelated to corporate vision or mission statements.

In organizing and offering charitable opportunities for employees, companies can create strong traditions, which promote a sense of pride and ownership among employees. For example, O.C. Tanner assembles turkey dinner boxes for a local organization during the holiday season. Participation is always voluntary and open to every employee. We have done it for a few years now, and it has become a tradition that people eagerly anticipate.

When employees participate in holiday giving, they will more fully buy in to their organization’s values. According to our survey, seventy-eight percent of employees who are provided multiple charitable opportunities express support for their company’s values, a significant increase from only 50 percent of employees at companies that do not have holiday charitable events. The data is clear: companies that want to improve their culture should be organizing charitable opportunities for their employees, particularly around the holidays.

A majority of companies do it, but there is room for improvement.

Charitable giving has been a part of the workplace for decades, and our results found that a majority of companies organize charitable events for their employees. However, it was a slim majority — just over half provide opportunities for holiday giving and service.

Around 15 percent of companies organized a single event, which was broadly categorized as anything from “Sub for Santa” to group volunteering at a homeless shelter. One positive trend was a greater number of companies holding multiple events (36 percent) than companies that did nothing at all (29 percent).

The 20 percent of respondents who were unsure if their company organized charitable events during the holidays could represent an opportunity. While much of the result is probably chalked up to lower employee engagement in one form or another, there may also be a disconnect with how companies communicate these opportunities to their teams.

Even companies that have those traditions of charitable giving can find ways to improve, and in so doing, help their employees feel more connected. The rewards in work culture and employee engagement are incredible.

Workers are happier when they work for generous companies.

There is ample research indicating that happier, more engaged employees benefit the company in a broad variety of ways, including increased productivity, better relationships with supervisors and improved corporate growth. For those leaders who must focus on profit and loss statements, yes, happier employees even benefit the bottom line.

Among respondents asked specifically about charitable events, 37 percent felt more connected to their company culture when they had opportunity to participate in charitable events. The perceived impact on morale was even stronger: 57 percent of respondents believed the charitable events made for happier teams.

There is a simple formula for meaningful corporate charity communicate the programs to employees, put a little money and importance behind it, and then give opportunities for people to get involved. Companies see the best of both worlds when they do that.

The communication element can be easily overlooked, but is one of the most critical. Communication should present various opportunities to participate, and also includes sharing the results and benefits, afterward. Together these help develop a sense of pride, ownership and connection in understanding what the company and their employees have done together.

As more companies focus on building culture and increasing employee appreciation, they should consider frequently turning their focus outward. By providing an opportunity to help others as an element of employment, organizations can build value and purpose for their teams.



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Tips To Hire Best Candidates

Tips To Hire Best Candidates

If you are a smart recruiter, then finding the right candidate for your organisation is not hard to find. Hiring right talent – even in a competitive job market – becomes easy with well-thought out strategies. Top recruiters spend time formulating sound recruitment tactics which are both efficient and effective in procuring the best and the brightest employees. Here are some tips for hiring best candidates in 2018.

Use Of Technology

Technology plays a key role in improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the hiring process. Recruiters often use technology to select appropriate candidates, reach out to them easily and most importantly, fish the best out of the lot.

Cross Industry Hiring

Organisations are now looking for talent who can apply specialist knowledge in a generic industry. People who can use their experience to make a better tomorrow will be in demand and hence, cross industry hiring will receive a lot of fillip.

Power Of Review

Employer review platforms – such as JobBuzz – offer an unbiased and clear picture to job seekers about their dream companies. The new generation of job-seekers extensively research prospective employers before they make a career move. Hence recruiters should pay attention to their employer brand and concerns surrounding it.

Use Of Analytics

Today, recruiters are flooded with data pertaining to a variety of topics. This includes talent catchment, candidate preferences, performance of candidates on board, reasons why candidates refuse offers, and so on. Analytic support is becoming extremely crucial to decide which candidates to go after and how to keep them engaged.

Going Social

While job portals are the most preferred hiring medium for nearly 55% organisations, social media hiring is also gaining importance, revealed a recent study by TimesJobs. With significant penetration of SMAC technologies – both in business and employees‘ personal and professional lives – social networking is becoming a key source to tap diverse talent pool.

The Mobile Revolution

More companies will develop apps that help schedule and record time and attendance, aid employee engagement, create digital to-do lists, productivity trackers and complete a range of other tasks. These apps will have the ability to access data stored in the cloud and be accessible from multiple devices. A smart recruiter must make use of these apps to save on time and resources.

Catch Them Young

On the campus hiring front there has been a steady increase in the number of Pre-Placement Offers (PPOs). Year 2018 may see offers being rolled out to students who intern or do projects even in their second year of college. Hence keep a watch on the campus relevant to you.
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Charity Begins at Home

Charity Begins at Home

Charity is always a good thing that all people should do and advice others to do. In this world, many people are unfortunate who have lost their families and become alone. For these people many organizations are working, which are taking care of poor and helpless people. Here we are taking about the famous phrase “Charity begins at home” that is completely about donation or charity but also indicates the importance of family members in our life.

Charity influences and affects many people by different ways like positive impact of charity on those people who are helped and assisted but sometime, negative impact on those who are ignored and neglected due to this action of charity like own family members. Some people just forget that their family needs the more attention and also the money which they are donating to other places just for show off or due to the human nature of social worker. The phrase “Charity begins at home” completely suits these kinds of people.

Good person has always left good impression on others and their good actions like charity are counted as noble act and an inspiration for others. Feeling of real charity means a soft desire of a person, who wants to offer something to the needy people, while meeting the needs of his family first.

Nature of kindness of a person being in form of charity done for the noble cause is always good and should be followed by everyone. In fact, we should teach our children about the importance of charity which we do for the needy people. Charity should be always done in this manner that one hand could not get to know that other hand has donated something to the needy people. Various unfortunate people are residing in this world who are poor, helpless and alone in this world. Several places are made for the survival of these people which are known as orphanage, old age home or some organizations which are operating through charitable trust. To help these places, people should always contribute by offering money or some other essential things that those people require like clothes, food, education, toys and books for kids.

One thing that all should keep in mind before helping others that, your family members are fully comfortable and satisfied with all they have and doesn’t affect negatively by your charity. People who follow this rule are the real person and admirable by all.

Many situations come in life when you should think of yourself first, some people will refer it as selfishness but it is a prime concern to take care of your family and friends first before helping others and thus someone has truly said that “Charity begins at home”.

Another example of this phrase “Charity begins at home” can be defined in other way like now-a-days in our country, many people are preferred to work in foreign countries after completing education from here. In spite of helping in increasing the economy of our country by doing service here, people migrate to the other countries just because of the external beauty and advance technology of that country. Same as, a man who is living in a village before completing his education and after completing his studies he just moves to metro cities, in spite of doing services for his village or his home town he prefers to live and do a job in metro cities. These are the major and suitable examples of this phrase of “Charity begins at home”.

The home, the society and the country should be your first priority as people need your full support, efforts and consideration. We all should not neglect or ignore it, thus we say that charity begins at home. Once you ensure that your family, society or country are well established and in well situation then you can help others and do charity for them.

10 Phrases You Should Never Say To Your Boss

10 Phrases You Should Never Say To Your Boss

You worked hard to get a job, and you’re probably making goals to earn a pay raise, promotion or both this year. On top of presentations, sales reports, and other performance indicators, much of your success on the job depends on how you interact with your boss. But despite all your good intentions, a slip of tongue could quickly tarnish your boss’ perception of you. There are certain comments and questions based on negative perspectives that can set you back with your boss. Think twice before repeating any of these words to your manager.To avoid that kind of catastrophe and keep your job and dignity intact, here are some words and phrases you should never utter to your boss, even if you’re friends:

“I need a raise.”

No one likes to be given an ultimatum and that includes your boss. If you want a raise or perk, don’t threaten to quit if you don’t get it. This behavior is unprofessional and is practically guaranteed to end in failure. Brush up on your salary negotiation skills instead.

“It’s not my fault.”

The blame game is a treacherous path. If you’re innocent, then explain why. Don’t implicate others if you bear the primary responsibility. If you’re always seen as someone pointing the finger, eventually your boss is going to question who is really to blame.

“We’ve tried that before.”

When a new leader joins a company or team, it’s inevitable that she’ll want to try new things. However, some of those things will be projects and initiatives that have been tried at the company before and didn’t work. Bosses don’t like to hear about what was done before. In other words, you won’t win this argument, so instead of fighting against trying the same things again, determine why they failed in the past and try to make them better this time.

“That’s not part of my job.”

Your boss needs something done and he asks you to do it, then don’t disappoint him. You need to find a way to get it done either by doing it yourself or working with another employee to complete it.

“This is how we’ve always done it.”

People typically don’t like change and employees rarely like change. New leadership teams often want to make a variety of changes and employees respond negatively to those changes.

“That’s impossible”

Even if your boss is asking for something that seems impossible, avoid the urge to blurt out “No” in response to his request. Managers want to hear about solutions, not problems.

“I can’t work with that person.”

Your boss expects you to do your job, and sometimes you have to work with people you don’t like. Don’t show your boss that you’re difficult to work with by refusing to work with specific individuals.

“I’m too busy.”

Telling your boss, that you’re too busy to do something is like telling him you’re incapable of doing your job.

“I’m not paid enough to do that”

Maybe you’re just trying to be funny — or hint that you deserve a raise — but this phrase is highly inappropriate and unprofessional and it tells your boss that you’re not willing to go above and beyond.

“How do I benefit from this?”

Sometimes your work involves helping others and other departments. Bosses have little tolerance for those who aren’t team players. 


Saving India’s Street Dogs

Saving India’s Street Dogs

Millions of stray dogs live on the streets of India. Most are direct descendants of their feral canine ancestors, a “breed” much older than any AKC (American Kennel Club) breed. With the recent increase in popularity among Indians of full breed dogs, more and more street dogs are abandoned pets or have bred with pet breeds.

Although they are widely feared because some carry rabies, for the most part India’s street dogs are not aggressive and will only bite if provoked. Indeed, many are fearful of humans and sadly, the dogs’ fears are well founded.

India’s street dog population is closely associated with municipal sanitation practices – or neglect thereof. Because these homeless dogs often survive by scavenging rubbish, exposed garbage means more healthy dogs – and more puppies. Ironically, this actually makes the dogs a boon to public sanitation. By scavenging garbage, they reduce perishable waste that could otherwise be a source of contamination for people. And their presence around garbage keeps away other potentially dangerous scavengers, such as rats and mice.

Unfortunately, fear and ignorance have led many Indian citizens and officials to see street dogs as nothing but a nuisance and to seek eradication using inhumane methods such as poisoning and beating. But for every dog killed, another typically comes in to take over that dog’s territory. The only scientific method to humanely reduce street dog populations is mass spay and neuters, commonly known as animal birth control (ABC).

Through ABC programs, all the dogs within a community or region are sterilized and then released back to their territories. The result: dog breeding stops and their population declines.

Help Animals India funds ABC programs across India and have funded the sterilization of hundreds of thousands of street dogs from partner organizations including, Varanasi for Animals, Karuna Society for Animals and Nature, HOPE and Animal Trust, Just Be Friendly, Sarnath Animal Welfare, Raahat, CUPA, and more.

Another partner, Sarvodaya Sevabhavi Samstha, is a traveling veterinary team that conducts ABC operations across India and educates communities about how to live safely and peacefully with street dogs and other animals. Here’s one of their delightful educational videos, co-produced with Help Animals India:

Developing new ABC operations isn’t an easy task. But we’re determined to keep expanding these vital programs across the country. Just recently, funding by Help Animals India enabled the Sarvodaya vets to conduct the first ever ABC project in Sarnath, the birthplace of the Buddha. Six months into the program, we witnessed firsthand the transformation in community attitudes as people began caring for the very street dogs they had previously dreaded.

Winning community support for ABC projects where none have existed before can be an uphill battle. To increase the odds of success, we always make sure our ABC projects are managed by qualified people who are up to the challenge. To give an example of the resistance they sometimes encounter, Buddhists typically regard sterilization as tantamount to taking life. As a result, many Buddhist communities in India are very resistant to ABC programs. But thanks to skillful community education by our ABC project coordinators, attitudes are changing and ABC is gaining ground within India’s Buddhist enclaves, making their communities safer for dogs – and people, because anti-rabies vaccination is also part of every ABC program.

Rabies is a genuine problem when it comes to India’s street dogs. Although the numbers are widely debated, the World Health Organization estimates that rabies kills about 20,000 people a year in India. That’s 36 percent of rabies deaths worldwide.

Clearly, controlling rabies is key to winning hearts and minds, not to mention saving lives. The publicly very visible anti-rabies vaccination (ARV) component of our ABC programs helps build community support. When people have less reason to be fearful of dogs, they’re less likely to want to destroy them.

People and street dogs can get along. With the generous help of our donors, ABC and ARV programs are slowly making that dream come true where our partners work in India.





What Not To Do When You’re Applying For Jobs & Reasons For Getting Rejected

What Not To Do When You’re Applying For Jobs & Reasons For Getting Rejected

Doing the wrong things while you are searching for a job can jeopardize your chances of landing you at dream job. There are many things you should do when you are applying for a job, but there are also things that can hinder your job search. In addition, some mistakes can impact your standing with your current employer if you’re not careful.

Check these tips to conduct your job search in a way that will help you get hired without impacting your current job.

Submit Resume Or Cover Letter With Typos

Check your resume, your cover letter, and every single email you send for grammar and spelling – even if it’s just a quick email or Facebook message to a networking contact.

Tell Your Co-Workers That You Are In Job Hunting Mode

It can be a good idea to tell everyone you know that you are looking for a job – but only if you’re unemployed. If you have a job and you want to keep it, be very careful about who you tell about your job search.

Forget To Limit Public Access To Your Social Media Accounts

If you have a personal website, make sure you wouldn’t mind having employers view it.

Show Up Late For An Interview

Employers want responsible and punctual employees. Plan your travel carefully and leave extra time for unanticipated delays. Avoid this common interview mistake and make the best impression during your interviews.

Have An Unprofessional Email Address

Save the funky expressions for forums which will not be visible to employers.

Use Your Work Computer To Generate Documents Or Search

Contrary to what many workers believe, there is no guarantee of privacy when you use company equipment. Many employers monitor communications and they will be upset if you are devoting work time or resources to your job search.

Dress Inappropriately

Don’t wear jeans or shorts, tank tops, crop tops or anything too low cut or too short. It is always important to be neat, tidy, and well-groomed and to present a positive image to the employer.

Act Unprofessionally

No matter how difficult your job search is, make an effort to greet your interviewer kindly and be active and remain engaged during the interview process. Be outgoing and positive even if you don’t feel that way.

Keep Your Phone On…

If your phone is constantly beeping or ringing, it creates a distracting environment and reflects poorly on you. So, make it a priority to keep your phone on silent mode.

Neglect To Send A Follow-Up Communication

You can send the wrong message if you delay or miss the opportunity to follow up before a decision has been made about your candidacy.


Reasons Why You Are Getting Rejected From Jobs

Employers list job requirements when they advertise open positions for a reason. They have determined that those skills are necessary for that particular job. If you’re applying for a job and getting rejected time after time that means you are not qualified for the job. You may feel like you’re raising your chances of landing a position by blindly applying to everything on your radar, but you’re actually wasting valuable time and energy. Recruiters only hire the person who is the best qualified applicant for the job.

For most jobs, hiring managers have a good selection of qualified candidates and aren’t interested in those who don’t have the qualifications. Here are reasons why you could be rejected for the job right away:

Lack Of Work Experience

Most employers require a certain amount of experience when seeking applicants. That information should be clearly listed in the posting. If you’re close you might be considered but if you fall significantly short you won’t be

Short On Skills

If you don’t have the skills and qualifications the employer is seeking, think twice about submitting an application. Many job postings list the skill set required for the position, and if you don’t have at least most of them you won’t be considered.

Short On Educational requirements

In some cases, employers list educational requirements. You’ll need to meet those requirements in order to be chosen for an interview.

Short On Connections

For some jobs, especially sales, you’ll be expected to have a network of contacts and clients that you can tap. Be sure that you have the client base or connections you’ll need to be success on the job.

The Job Or Company Isn’t A Fit

Sometimes, the job or the company simply isn’t a match for what you want for your next job. It could be that you don’t have the job requirements or that you have a different concept of work than the company does.