A well-written resignation letter always leaves you with more open doors even after departing from the organization. Additionally, a well-executed and graceful exit letter will give you additional leverage in your future job, whether for networking purposes or as staunch referrers.

 

What are the important aspects an individual has to bear in mind when tendering a resignation?

[more…]Maintain a formal but friendly tone: Your resignation letter should appear as a formal and friendly business letter starting with an initial name like “Dear First Name,” as against “Dear Mr. X,”.
 
Avoid being equivocated: Make it a point to clarify that you’re not ready to accept counter offers by using a clear-cut line like, “I hereby render my resignation letter as effective from (date)”. Ideally, people who are in more senior positions or hold greater responsibilities should give more than 2 weeks’ notice.
 
Be complimentary: The letter has to be highlighted in such a manner that it shows your gratitude towards the organization. You can use lines like, “I cannot thank you enough for all that I have learnt and all the chances kindly bestowed upon me during the past five (it can be less or more) years”.
 
Set the record clean: Since the letter is going to be filed in personal records, you have to pay close attention while presenting the contents of the letter. It is also good practice to mention your accomplishments in it. Taking such a step is necessary as it will put you in a good position in your future endeavor in finding a job. It is also important because there may be a probability that you will have to work with the same HR department staff.

 

“A well-executed and graceful exit letter will give you additional leverage in your future job”

 

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Stay positive: Should an upcoming employer seek to verify your employment history, they might speak with somebody who is aware of your pitfalls and strengths. Ideally, you would want them to see that the last words written by you are “positive, uplifting and thankful”. Even if there are any adverse remarks in your file, the human spirit will be spurred to negate the same, especially if you appear nice and non-threatening on paper.
 
Be supportive: Let your employer understand that you are ready to offer help in the transition, if required, after your previous date of employment. Be enthusiastic to share your telephone number with your last employer and convey your preparedness to field any questions on the job front.

End on a warm note: It would be apt if could end your resignation letter in the following manner: “Dear Hiring Manager, without your able guidance and cooperation, I would not have landed at this job opportunity. I am truly grateful to you and can only hope that my replacement will be as supportive as I was”.  Sign off your letter on a warm note, such as, “Respectfully yours”, or “Warmest regards”.

 

With a warm tone and words of appreciation, you will get to leave with a fuzzy feeling, and at the same time still be remembered by your colleagues in a positive light.

 

 

The “firsts” in life are always scary, especially when it comes to the first job interview; nothing can be more daunting. Whether it’s face-to-face or online , the good news is (as a general rule of thumb) if you take simple steps and precautions, you can convert your D-day into one of your best experiences ever. Read on to find some easy and effective tips for job interview. [more…]

Polish your intellect

  1. Research: A valuable research calls for an impressive knowledge about the company, the position you are applying for, and the interviewer. Research the company’s profile, achievements, and background. Know as much about the company as feasible. You should always be prepared to talk in depth about the organization, industry, and the position you are applying for. This will certainly give you an edge over the other candidates. Also, try learning your interviewer’s name and the job position. You may call the company for this purpose.
  2. Anticipate: Based on the research you have done, try anticipating some possible questions for job interview. Start from basic questions such as “why do you need the job”, “what have been your experience in the industry”, and others. Later, move on to other more complex and industry oriented questions. A prior comprehension and expectation of these questions for job interview will help you feel a lot more comfortable during the interview.
  3. Practice: Like any other important task, it is a must to practice for a successful job interview. Practice giving complete and concise answers with appropriate terminology. Ensure that you aren’t speaking too slow or too fast, and state your answers with confidence. You can also start by practicing with a peer in order to obtain feedback in a more relaxed setting, which will allow you to gain greater confidence before subjecting yourself to a less forgiving environment.

Take Command over your body language

Just like a first date, the most vital visual during the interview is you, and a great amount of this “visual you” is conveyed through your body language. Remember, every tiny movement and action of yours is being observed from the moment you enter the room, sit down, interact, and finally go out. Practicing beforehand in the mirror is a great way to hone this skill.

You must maintain a poised and active posture throughout. Also, observe your gestures when you speak.

  • Keep your chin parallel to the floor and spine erect, and make confident moves. Maintain open handed gestures to build trust and rapport with your interviewers.
  • Make meaningful eye contact with one interviewer at a time for 3-6 seconds.
  • Lastly, no matter how stressed or nervous you may feel, give a dazzling, confident smile to put yourself and the interviewer at ease. A real genuine smile will engage your zygomatic muscles that are responsible for bringing laugh lines near the eyes, communicating friendliness and openness.
  • Dress in your best formal way. Choose conservative shades, crisp clothes and minimal accessories. Avoid wearing strong fragrances and keep your hair off your face.

Infuse Self-Confidence

If you are an otherwise grumbling person, keep your thoughts at bay while you are preparing for your interview. Employ a simple mantra of “think well and feel good”. Recall your past achievements. Believe in the positive you. Keep track of small events that are directly proportional to your confidence levels. On the big day itself, ensure that you have done the following:

  • Organize your interview supplies, documents, and make sure to carry extra copies of your CV.
  • Don’t skip a healthy breakfast as a good breakfast improves the functioning of your brain and boosts alertness.
  • Reach at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time. You need to acquaint yourself with the environment to fit into it.
  • Check for bad breath and utilize the additional time to freshen yourself up by using a mouthwash.

By implementing the above stated interview tips in your preparation strategy, you should be able to perform assertively and with greater ease on your interview day.

 

The “firsts” in life are always scary, especially when it comes to the first job interview; nothing can be more daunting. Whether it’s face-to-face or online , the good news is (as a general rule of thumb) if you take simple steps and precautions, you can convert your D-day into one of your best experiences ever. Read on to find some easy and effective tips for job interview. [more…]

Polish your intellect

  1. Research: A valuable research calls for an impressive knowledge about the company, the position you are applying for, and the interviewer. Research the company’s profile, achievements, and background. Know as much about the company as feasible. You should always be prepared to talk in depth about the organization, industry, and the position you are applying for. This will certainly give you an edge over the other candidates. Also, try learning your interviewer’s name and the job position. You may call the company for this purpose.
  2. Anticipate: Based on the research you have done, try anticipating some possible questions for job interview. Start from basic questions such as “why do you need the job”, “what have been your experience in the industry”, and others. Later, move on to other more complex and industry oriented questions. A prior comprehension and expectation of these questions for job interview will help you feel a lot more comfortable during the interview.
  3. Practice: Like any other important task, it is a must to practice for a successful job interview. Practice giving complete and concise answers with appropriate terminology. Ensure that you aren’t speaking too slow or too fast, and state your answers with confidence. You can also start by practicing with a peer in order to obtain feedback in a more relaxed setting, which will allow you to gain greater confidence before subjecting yourself to a less forgiving environment.

Take Command over your body language

Just like a first date, the most vital visual during the interview is you, and a great amount of this “visual you” is conveyed through your body language. Remember, every tiny movement and action of yours is being observed from the moment you enter the room, sit down, interact, and finally go out. Practicing beforehand in the mirror is a great way to hone this skill.

You must maintain a poised and active posture throughout. Also, observe your gestures when you speak.

  • Keep your chin parallel to the floor and spine erect, and make confident moves. Maintain open handed gestures to build trust and rapport with your interviewers.
  • Make meaningful eye contact with one interviewer at a time for 3-6 seconds.
  • Lastly, no matter how stressed or nervous you may feel, give a dazzling, confident smile to put yourself and the interviewer at ease. A real genuine smile will engage your zygomatic muscles that are responsible for bringing laugh lines near the eyes, communicating friendliness and openness.
  • Dress in your best formal way. Choose conservative shades, crisp clothes and minimal accessories. Avoid wearing strong fragrances and keep your hair off your face.

Infuse Self-Confidence

If you are an otherwise grumbling person, keep your thoughts at bay while you are preparing for your interview. Employ a simple mantra of “think well and feel good”. Recall your past achievements. Believe in the positive you. Keep track of small events that are directly proportional to your confidence levels. On the big day itself, ensure that you have done the following:

  • Organize your interview supplies, documents, and make sure to carry extra copies of your CV.
  • Don’t skip a healthy breakfast as a good breakfast improves the functioning of your brain and boosts alertness.
  • Reach at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time. You need to acquaint yourself with the environment to fit into it.
  • Check for bad breath and utilize the additional time to freshen yourself up by using a mouthwash.

By implementing the above stated interview tips in your preparation strategy, you should be able to perform assertively and with greater ease on your interview day.

 

LinkedIn is the career networking tool of choice for over 175 million individuals spanning 200 countries and territories. It counts all members of Fortune 500 companies as its members, and 85 of the Fortune 100 companies use LinkedIn’s[more…] corporate talent solutions. Research across 20 countries showed that 82% of participants made successful hires as a result of recruiting through LinkedIn as compared to other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

 

However, do you really know how to leverage on the myriad of functions of ‘social networking for work’? Whether you are already in a comfortable job or actively looking for a new one, it’s never too early or too late to build up your profile. Here are our top 4 tips on how you can cut through the clutter and hit the main features on LinkedIn quickly and effectively.

1. RESUME
Have a complete profile. Your LinkedIn profile is also your digital resume, which is like a passport that tells people where you’ve been and more importantly, where you can go. Having a photograph is something that most people neglect, but be mindful that in doing so, you’ll be in danger of being put aside as ‘just another faceless member’. Professional photographs should be used; a profile with a photo is also seven times more engaging than a profile without one. Additionally, utilize a resume builder to turn your LinkedIn profile into a word or pdf resume which can then be hosted on the cloud.

2. EXTERNAL VALIDATION
Having an impressive profile is only part of the equation, as this information is put up by you, not others. Industry connections are good way of supporting the roles displayed on your profile. LinkedIn discourages adding people that you don’t know and spamming them with invitations, but you are able to build your network through existing connections by being introduced to second or third-degree connections. People whom you’ve worked with on previous projects are also able to give detailed recommendations for each other. Also available is an ‘endorsements’ function, which is a simpler way of recommending someone for expertise e.g. in project management, market research, etc without having to type out a lengthy description.

3. INTERESTS AND KNOWLEDGE
Follow companies and groups. These provide an opportunity for people with similar interests to share news and trends as well as post questions and opportunities on a topic. By actively contributing to discussions, you increase your prominence and standing in the community as your responses are directly linked to your profile. This also gives others an idea of your interests and knowledge based on your past experiences.

4. PERSONAL BRANDING
A host of applications are available to LinkedIn users, most of which are free or can be purchased at minimal cost. While they often can be used to enhance your profile, experts warn of keeping such apps to about 5 to reduce clutter.

Our top 5 apps are (in no particular order) as follows:

 Amazon’s reading list – Tell us what you are reading

 

 Tripit – Organise and plan your business trip

 

 Wordpress – Sync your blog

 

 Twitter – Sync your twitter account

 

Slideshare – Share your presentations

 

 

Article adapted from:
http://www.business2community.com/linkedin/10-must-know-features-on-linkedin-0296644#807FGXWcRiehHpvF.99

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