How to Build Good Online Presence for Fresh Graduates

Social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn are no-longer strangers for people nowadays. From elementary students to older people, almost everyone is on social media these days. Social media is also proven to be beneficial in job search, as you can use it for various purposes such as collaborating, networking, sharing, and gaining knowledge necessary for jobseekers. Not to mention, it is not uncommon for employers today to optimise social media presence as a method to enhance their recruitment process.

In terms of recruitment and employee engagement, social media plays an important role. Kristin Kane Ford, director of social media at Kane Partners, suggested that social media allows firms to identify candidates that are perhaps passively looking, engaging with leaders in industry, as well as to deliver information to prospective employees about their company’s opportunities, benefit, and culture. “Social media allows a prospective employer to get to know you beyond just words on resume. It has a potential to identify you as someone engaged in your industry, or contributions to the conversations taking place in the industry,” added Ford. Moreover, Resume Help added that “social media has helped individuals to enhance recruitment process once and for all.

Therefore, it is important, especially for fresh graduate to build up solid social media presence. Not only it can tell how much contributions or active you are in your field of expertise, social media also shows recruiters your professionalism. Hence, if you want to open your chance of getting employed better, apply these tips to help you get noticed online:

First Tip – Be human

First and foremost, social media has become one of many media to help you build your own personal brand. That being said, even the slightest mistake you made in social media will likely shatter your reputation one and for all. Moreover, you cannot be a faceless individual with zero personality. Because in the modern age of transparency, people want to get to know you on a more personal level. Therefore, posting about your interest and personal life can provide a nice peek into who you are. It can demonstrate a variety of interest for potential recruiters.

Second Tip – Set smart goal

It is true that social media is a platform to share thoughts and ideas. However, you can make your social media presence more attractive by setting a smart goal such as developing yourself through it or sharing useful contents. You can follow leaders or experts that catch your attention and see what difference you can gain from your social media. Recruiters will love it as they see a talented candidate who is up-to-date and thrived to grow.

Third Tip – Audit yourself

Most recruiters will Google their candidates before hiring. So, it is better to be ahead of them. Google yourself and see what web shows you about you. If you find something unpleasant, you should be able to eliminate it before applying a job. Moreover, ask yourself “is this enough to show how talented I am to recruiter?” If your answer is a no, then find solution and rearrange or recreate your social media presence. Most importantly, make your presence and name as clean as possible.  

Fourth Tip – Be active

Once you’ve built your social media presence, it tells you your personal brand name. So, to make it more engaging, you should stay active and keep it to the latest information. Post interesting articles of your own and share good content.

Read also: 4 Necessary Mindset a Graduate Should Have for Future Career

 

4 Necessary Mindset a Graduate Should Have for Future Career

Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it” – Steve Maraboli

As the world of work is undergoing a constant revolution, it is important for individuals to consistently change and be flexible with the change. Jeremy Wade, founding director of Jindal Centre for Social Innovation + Entrepreneurship, said that degree and skills will not be enough for graduates to face everyday reality of workforce. Instead, it is the mindset that profoundly shapes your decisions and ability that will help you adapt to change over time. That being said, everyone needs to adopt these four mindsets to prepare for what’s coming.

A growth mindset

George thinks that ability is fixed or integrated. We are born with it and we cannot change our ability even through hard work. This is what we call fixed mindset.

Meanwhile, Andrea thinks that ability can be developed through hard work and effort. This is how growth mindset people think.

Which one is you?

According to Skills You Need, mindset is how we see and achieve our goals. Having different mindset (either fixed of growth) can affect how we react to information. For example, the brain of fixed mindset is most active when they are given information about how well they have done. As a result, they will feel discouraged by setbacks because setback dents their belief in their ability. Then, they tend to be uninterested and finally giving up when facing a failure.

On the other hand, growth mindset brain is most active when they are being told what they could do to improve. As consequences, they will view setback as an opportunity to learn. They tend to try harder to overcome problems they face. Thus, it is important to have a growth mindset rather than fixed mindset as growth mindset can help you achieve “impossible” things in life.

A digital mindset

Technology is no longer a foreign thing. Wade argues that digital will significantly impact and change future jobs and workplace. Hence, if you are looking at future jobs, you should also view in digital way.

“The core to having a digital mindset is to understand data and use it to make better and faster decisions,” said Wade. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman at Alphabet Inc., commented, “I think a basic understanding of data analytics is incredibly important for this next generation of young people. That’s the world you are going into. By data analytics, I mean a basic knowledge of how statistics works, a basic knowledge of how people make conclusions over big data.”

However, digital mindset is not only about data analytics, but also about working effectively in the digital economy. It includes embracing more organised decision making and practising more rapid ways of doing things.

An entrepreneurial mindset

Quantumrun forecasts for 2030 showed that industries will change and adapt rapidly to the new workforce. New industries are also constantly being born that are obsolete the olds. Jonathan Grudin, principal researcher at Microsoft, stated that “people will create jobs of the future, not simply train for them, and technology is already central. It will undoubtedly play a greater role in years ahead.”

Thus, individuals should challenge themselves to take more initiatives. Employers are seeking out those who consistently look for new opportunities, ideas, and strategies to improve. The entrepreneurial mindset is drawn to new opportunities and challenges, risk-taking, and seeing bigger picture. It is foundation of innovation.

A collaborative mindset

A collaborative mindset is about having a self-awareness to work effectively across cultures, said Wade. Complex projects might require continuous communication and consensus building in face of occasional conflict or disagreement. Moreover, many startups are allowing its employee to work remotely. It means you should be able to work collaboratively with people outside geographical boundaries. You might need to establish, build, and maintain trust over time without meeting them in person. While technology might ease your job, working collaboratively requires higher levels of empathy and strategies to find shared understanding.

Read also: 5 Good Reasons Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander at Work

5 Good Reasons Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander at Work

A survey from Monster.com found that two-thirds of working adults spend notable amount of time to daydream about having a different job. While this might seem harmless, dreaming about working in different role could be a sign that many employees are unfulfilled with their current position. Among common reasons of this phenomenon are because they feel underemployed or do not find the jobs challenging anymore. They might also have a toxic workplace or deal with difficult supervisor.

Not only about having new job, many workers also daydream about their current situation or even personal life while in a meeting or during their working hours. Thus, does daydreaming give bad impact to either company or productivity?

Eclipse Technoconsulting cited that “daydreaming might appear to be a waste of time. However, projects which are guided by rich imagination often run into fewer problems.  Even while not looking at anything in particular, daydreamer is granted with an incalculably valuable vision.” Giant company like Google allows its employees to spend up to 20 percent of their time at office daydreaming. Hence, daydreaming might not harm company or workers. It will benefit them, instead.

According to Georgia Institute of Technology study, daydreaming is a sign of cleverness. Eric Schumacher, Georgia Tech associate psychology professor and co-author of the study, said that “people with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering.” It implies that those who are more frequent daydreaming have higher score on intellectual and creative ability. The findings of the study also revealed that absent-minded individual who is off on his own world, sometimes oblivious to their own surroundings. “School children – for example – who are too intellectually advanced for their classes. While it may take five minutes for their friends to learn something new, they figure it out in a minute then check out and start daydreaming”, added Schumacher.

Moreover, Wellbe survey agreed that daydreaming can add more creativity to individuals who did it. It also helps them visualise a bigger solution by gaining new perspective on problem or linking to previously disjointed thought to come up with an original idea. Needless to say, you can access better and more unique ideas by allowing your mind to disconnect to everyday life or work routine. Another study from LiveScience also found that wandering mind is a stated where you can refocus to your task and be more productive than ever before.

Cristine Dell-Amore shared five fun facts about daydreaming that you probably never heard of:

 

  • As you get older, you daydream less – Daydreaming is about anticipating the future. For example, young you often have “power fantasies” if you become a superhero. And yet – as you get older, the amount of time you spend daydreaming decreases because probably the future shrinks.
  • When you are daydreaming, you will forget what you are doing – The type of daydreaming affects how much you forget current activity. For instance, you are asked to daydream about your childhood home. The further you back in time with your daydreaming, the bigger forgetting effect you’ll feel.
  • Daydreaming turns off other parts of the brain – You have two parts of brain, analytic one and emphatic one. When your mind wander, it naturally cycles through different modes of thinking. During this time, your brain tends to turn each other off.
  • Your brain (not your mind) controls your daydreams – When you daydreaming, your brain naturally fluctuates in certain ways. Thus, it shape the structure of your daydreaming.
  • Daydreaming makes you creative – Many studies have proved that daydreaming can improve creativity. It is because daydreams give you insight of wisdom which oftentimes, gives you solutions to problems that you have not considered before.  

Read also: 7 Top Languages You Should Learn to Face Future Workforce

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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ – Nelson Mandela

People will understand more when we communicate with them using language they understand, and the same thing goes in terms of business matter. In today’s vast learning world where people are always eager to seek for new knowledge, English remains the first choice in language learning. As English is universally-used in diplomacy, business, and popular culture and spoken by billions of speakers, it becomes “the language of the world”.

However, not only English, there are some other languages you should learn if you want to reach the top of business market. Training Journal mentioned that “speaking more than one language can improve a person’s job prospects, potentially opening up opportunities for roles in global business.” Moreover, being a bi- or multilingual can help you make better decision-making, improve perception, have stronger relationship with others, as well as master the art of multitasking.

Here are 7 top languages that will help you face future workforce.

  • Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world with over one billion native speakers. In business, people who speak Mandarin will have huge advantage when you plan to tap into Chinese market. Thus, it will be much easier to develop all-important relationship if you speak Mandarin. As a leading country, China’s importance on diplomacy and trade has also grown exponentially. So, if you are planning to work in Asia, mastering Mandarin Chinese will add an invaluable string to your bow and open up a huge opportunity in career advancement as Mandarin is a language of a business future. Mandarin Chinese might be challenging and difficult language to learn, but it has no verb conjunction of distinction between number or gender. It also has a simple grammatical structures so you do not have to memorise much.

  • French

French is widely spoken as first language in European Union and is official language for 29 countries worldwide. French is among five largest industrial economies in the world, it has strong economy in agriculture to engineering and commerce. Thus, as French is spoken throughout the world and giving big influence in the industry, it becomes obvious that French language has become an integral ingredient of corporate success on an international scale.

  • Spanish

Spanish is the official language of the UN, EU, World Trade Organization, and North American Free Trade Agreement. It also is the third most used language on Internet due to the continuous growth in young and middle aged Spanish-speaking user base. Instituto Cervantes estimated that in 2050, United States will rank at the top, in terms of Spanish speakers, reaching up to 30 percent of its population.  It means learning Spanish is very useful in fields of mass-media and management to communicate especially if you are planning to work or leveraging your business in international scale.

  • Japanese

According to IFR, Japan is the world’s predominant industrial robot manufacturer. Japan is also the third largest national economy in the world after United States and China. Becoming the third largest in economy culture, Japanese language is spoken by more than 128 million native speakers and 128.3 million speakers worldwide. Thus, by learning Japanese, you can boost your professional value. You will also has less competitors when seeking for a job. Don’t forget that Japan is also a leading country providing a wealth of innovative opportunities.

  • German

Inlingua Edinburgh mentioned that German has had a long-standing, prominent role in international business throughout the years. It also is the second largest exporter and has a major role in international business. As Germany has the biggest economy in Europe, skills in German are highly desirable for any company interested in exporting. Therefore, no surprise that employers are more interested in hiring employees with strong German skills. Likewise, German is also widely spoken among Western European population which ensures plenty opportunities is waiting for German speakers.

  • Arabic

In recent years, Arabic language is proven to be a powerful language as Arabic-speaking countries play important major in global economy. United Language Group says that Arabic is currently ranked on Power Language Index (PLI) as the fifth most important language based on several factors such as number of native speakers, economic output, and importance of language in world diplomacy. There are 20 countries which official language is Arabic and there are nearly 300 million native speakers. Although Arabic language is as challenging as Chinese, once you master it, you will get a vast reward both in business and personal life.  

  • Russia

Spoken by more than 260 million people world over, Russian becomes the eighth most spoken language in the world. If you are interested in Russian culture and its hidden treasure, learning its language will be an advantage. Moreover, learning Russian language can also improve your employability. According to Mosa Lingua, Russia is trying to recuperate its position as a geopolitical leader along with the USA, EU, and other powers. Russia country is now a member of G20, BRICS, European Council, United Nations, UNESCO, and World Trade Organization. It means Russian language will be one of diplomacy and trade languages.

Read also: Revising Your Life – How to Navigate Your Career When You’re Lost

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How many times have you failed on something?

Life is not all cupcakes and rainbows. People succeed and fail all the time, including you. There are times when you have to deal with bitter facts that you might not always get what you have been expecting from your current job. You might have to handle rejection from your dream employer. Or, you might still have to revise your report even after pulling an all-nighter to get the task done. Reality bites, doesn’t it?

If you ever feel down and lose your energy to get up, here are some life quotes from old cartoon characters. We hope this can help recharge your positive mind and energy, maybe this quotes can help bring your spirit of victory come to live again.

‘Adventure is out there.’ – Ellie (Up)

‘Just keep swimming.’ – Dory (Finding Nemo)

‘It’s about staying focused on your goals.’ – Goofy

‘Learn things and get smart.’ – Geppetto (Pinocchio)

‘To laugh at yourself is to love yourself.’ – Mickey Mouse

‘A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do!’ Chuckie Finster (Rugarts)

‘Even miracles take a little time.’ – The Fairy Godmother (Cinderella)

‘The shell of an oyster only hides the pearl inside.’ – Jack (Samurai Jack)

‘The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.’ – Walt Disney

‘Today is a good day to try.’ Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

‘In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.’ – Mary Poppins

‘Anything is possible when you have inner peace.’ Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda)

‘Life does not give us purpose. We give life purpose.’ – The Flash (DC Universe)

‘The only thing that is impossible is impossibility.’ Phineas (Phineas and Ferb)

‘It’s real life. And in real life, you can’t always win.’ – Gerald Johanssen (Hey Arnold)

‘Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it.’ Merida (Brave)

‘Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.’ – Rapunzel (Tangled)

‘A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.’ – Eeyore (Winnie-the-Pooh)

‘Oh yes, the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it or learn from it.’ – Rafiki (The Lion King)

‘A true hero isn’t measure by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.’ Zeus (Hercules)

‘You thought you were a nothing, but you’re really a something, which makes you an anything.’ – Kala (Tarzan II)

I am only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.’ – Mufasa (The Lion King)

‘Just because I cannot see it, does not mean I cannot believe it.’ Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

‘Fairy tales can come true. You gotta make them happen, it all depends on you.’ – Tiana (Princess and the Frog)

‘The future is worth it. All the pain. All the tears. The future is worth the fight.’ Martin Manhunter (DC Universe)

‘In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.’ Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

‘There is not a monster more dangerous than a lack of compassion.’ Master Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

‘You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.’ Chef G (Ratatoulle)

‘Everyone faces challenges in life. It’s a matter of how you learn to overcome them and use them to your advantage.’ – Donald Duck

‘It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.’ – Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

‘When bad things happen, I know you want to believe they are a joke, but sometimes life is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light.’ – BMO (Adventure Time)

Read also: Revising Your Life – How to Navigate Your Career When You’re Lost

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Just like a resume, a cover letter is a weapon to “sell yourself” to the hiring managers. What differs between the two are the format and content. Resume is a brief description of your cover letter. In cover letter, you should write in detail about personal information and professional quality in order to attract recruiters to shortlist your job application.

Tim Windhof, an executive resume writer at Windhof Career Services in Columbus, Ohio, advices that your cover letter should address the following: how you learn about the opportunity, how your qualifications match the job requirements, your possible availability in the area and how you can be contacted. In brief, your cover letter must describe “why it should be you and not others”.

Take a look at the following tips on how to write an appealing cover letter for successful job search:

01 Choose wording that mirror the ad language  

Before writing a cover letter, you should review the job ads carefully and underline the main points. If your cover letter will be read by hiring managers, they are more likely to skim brief at first to see whether you are a good fit or not. You can increase your chance of getting shortlisted when your cover letter matches most requirements listed in the job ads.

Don’t embellish your qualifications if you don’t really meet the requirements. Only write down real information and present yourself in the best manner by describing as many qualities as you can. You never know which qualifications employers value most.

02 Pay attention to readability

This is important as a cover letter written in readable format will likely to win employer’s heart. In a cover letter, you should only use business letter format. This will make the recruiter to only focus on your content rather than on the writing style. Business letter format usually comes along with 1” – 1.5” margins, 12-point font, professional font, uniform alignment (justify).

03 Address it to specific person

Do your homework and find out who will be responsible to receive and check your job application. Calling or sending email to the contact person provided in the job ads can be an effective way to get such information. You can also ask questions or confirm certain information related to the job opportunity to the right source instead of wondering around.

If you are sending the cover letter via post mail, make sure to write both the employer’s and your address. It usually contains first and last name, street address, city, state zip, and postal code, phone and email for applicant.

Example:

Your Name

Address

City, State, ZIP code

Your phone number

Your email address

 

Date

 

Name of Hiring Manager

Name of Company or Organization

Street Address

City, State, Zip Code

On the other hand, if you send the cover letter via email, you can simply start by writing the hiring manager’s name. This is much better than writing with to whom it may concern. Yet, in a situation where you can’t find the name of the hiring manager or head of HRD, you can address your letter to “Dear Hiring Manager.” It’s a better choice than starting with Dear Sir/Madam.

04 Brief introduction

In this part, you should start with when and where you find the job opening. Make sure to specify job position that you want to apply, especially when the company post multiple job positions. Make it into a paragraph that contains two to four sentences.

05 Compelling content

To grab the hiring manager’s attention, you should start by writing your educational background, followed by your achievements such as related training or internships you have completed and work experiences. However, if you are a fresh graduate with no job or internship experience, you can emphasise other skills such as organisational, leadership, or even time management skill, etc.

You can write it in two to three paragraphs for the content. However, you should not be wordy or  spill too much information. Sometimes, giving too much information can hinder you from getting the job offer.

06 A-Okay closing

Always finish your cover letter by asking for an interview and reiterating how much you want to proceed to the next step of hiring process. Also, do not forget to always provide your phone number so the recruiter can contact you with ease.

07 Signature

Always give signature to either written or email cover letter. Use complimentary closing sentence such as best regards, regards, sincerely, yours respectfully, etc. In a written letter, just simply write your full name. Meanwhile in an email, always type your name followed by contact information.

Example:

Sincerely,

(your signature)

Your full name

Mobile: (66) 987-98787

Email: andie@andiejone.com

08 Proofread, proofread, and proofread

Lastly, you should give the right amount of time to proofread your work – in this case, your cover letter, maybe two or three times proofreading. Find out spelling or grammar errors that might lessen your chance from getting shortlisted. Again and again, cut out the flowery words as too much description or information will make your cover letter look unprofessional. As best as possible, keep your cover letter only in one page.

Read also: Passion versus Skill: What Comes First in a Job Search?

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Finding yourself trapped in a toxic work environment can be a stressful experience. You cannot even fake a smile as you need to struggle and survive when working under negative atmosphere at work. As stifling as it might be, leaving the job is not an option as well, given that you might be working with certain contract system that makes you unable to leave any time or you find it difficult to land a new job in today’s tough economic conditions. At the end of the day, you have no choice but to brace yourself and stay in the company until you can find better solution .

Maintaining professionalism in the toxic workplace is a challenge. Cheri Torres, a business leadership coach and an author, says that employees cannot work at their best in a distasteful workplace, while their mental health and wellbeing is at risk as well. So how to minimise such risk and stay productive in a toxic work environment?

Here are some tips to help you cope with a stressful life at the workplace:

01 Set boundaries

Limit yourself when interacting with the toxic people or environment around you. You might not realise it but if you still find yourself hanging around in an environment with negative vibes, eventually you will turn to be one of them as the environment you are living in can shape your personality and behaviour.

Of course, you don’t want to change who you truly are, let alone becoming one of those toxic employees. In this case, you should surround yourself with positive energy and if possible, stay far away from or limit your interaction with negative environment as well as the people who create it.

02 Don’t expect people to be nice

You cannot control what people say or do to you. You can, however, control how you react to such action. You should find a way out of that situation by accepting people’s behaviour around you. The sooner you accept that, then the better you can adapt and know where you should stand within the setting. This realisation will help empower you to improve your wellbeing at work. The point is, if you cannot control people, then learn how to control yourself because anger cannot solve anything, it will only give you regret.

03 Self-talk to yourself

Have you ever tried to talk to yourself?

Well, many people already did this and the impact is amazing. Self-talk can be either good or bad for your mental health because the source of this talk is yourself. Doing a self-talk can increase your mental well-being as you can try to spend few hours motivating yourself and let the positive attitudes come in your way. You can also take a walk around the office space and observe the good things by yourself; this will regain the positive energy in your mind. Besides, this simple practice can affect your daily life and can be your mood booster at work.

04 Reach out for help

Another thing you can do when stuck in a toxic work environment is to reach out for help. You might feel embarrassed to admit that but by asking for other’s opinion, you can find another way out from someone else’s perspective. It is good to talk to trusted colleague or friends even though they aren’t working in the same company as you. You can either get solutions for your problem or at least get someone to listen to your problems.

05 Take it as a lesson  

See your current condition as a part of learning experience. If you cannot deal with the toxic environment anymore, you can take it as a good learning experience. People say “the struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow”, meaning that personal strength can be built from difficult situations. Pay close attention to the situation, for instance you can learn from the bad management that you never want to do twice or your leader’s behaviour that you don’t want to imitate when you become a leader someday. Take as much necessary as the lesson you can and utilise it to achieve your own self-growth.

Next read: Got an Interview? Get Rid of These 9 Behaviours

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Finally, you get the opportunity to take one step closer to your dream job: an interview. Coming to the company building with all confidence you could muster, suddenly you find your palms producing excessive sweat while your breathing gets heavier. You get anxious as you study the questions and answers you have prepared last night, over and over again. To calm down, you try to convince yourself by whispering these sentences, I have prepared everything, I know everything about this company, I am qualified for this job, and My resume is good enough.

You finally overcome your anxiety, but is that enough to get you ready for the interview?

Maybe, because the fact that the hiring manager invites you for an interview means that your resume has caught his interest. However, more than good resume and excellent hard skills on paper, you need to demonstrate great soft skills too. In that case, you should get rid of these 9 behaviours in order to get accepted in the job you have always wanted:

 

  • Come late

It goes without saying that arriving late to a job interview can lessen your points in front of your employer’s eyes. Therefore, if you realise that you have a morning interview scheduled in the next day, you should prepare yourself by setting the alarm, waking up early, and getting ready for it.

Also, it is so important to not skip your breakfast. Why? Because, Lisa De Fazio, a healthy-lifestyle expert, said that breakfast is an important meal of the day. When you skip your breakfast, your blood-sugar level will go lower and it will affect your attention span which later will lessen your focus. As consequent, you cannot do your best during the interview.

 

  • Ignore the body language

During a job interview, putting your hands on the table is okay but not recommended; as it is better to put your hands on your lap to look more professionals. You should also mind other body language such as eye contact, heads, facial expressions, body postures, and handshakes. Poor body language can reduce your chance of getting the job as the interviewers pay attention to all your moves.

Aside from that, according to Gillett in Business Insider, among the biggest mistake people do during an interview is that they tend to “wishing that the job interview will end soon.” That being said, frequently checking your watch or looking at the clock will make it seem like you are eager to leave the interview room soon.

 

  • Poor word choices

Don’t use foul language! You might be excited because getting a job interview for the position you always want is a rare opportunity and you blurt out saying some foul words. Accidentally saying swearing words can indicate that you are a careless person and unable to calmly and thoughtfully deal with a situation. Therefore, you should be careful when you speak.

 

  • Showing boredom

Waiting for your name to be called and interviewed is boring. Everybody can relate to this. So how will you overcome the boredom while waiting? Checking your phone? Play online game? Or texting?

Most people will do the things mentioned above. Why? Because those activities help them overcome their boredom and pass the time. However, doing those things above will only make you look unprofessional and the recruiter might think that it is a good idea to remove you from their candidates’ list.

What else can you do, then? Show that you are genuinely interested to work for the company by reading the magazine or brochure commonly provided in the waiting room.

 

  • Being too informal

Let’s talk about the dress-code. You should not choose a “too formal” or “too informal” dress because your attire will tell a lot about whether you want to be taken seriously or not.

Dressing too informal will tell the recruiter that you have less interest in the company. On the other hand, wearing too formal clothes tells the employer that you do not research the company’s custom well enough so you might not be a good fit for the job.

 

  • Bringing too much stuffs

Bring only what the recruiter asks you to bring, most will only ask you to carry a copy of your resume and portfolio. Bringing too much stuff in your hands to the room can tell the recruiter that you are an unorganized person. So, leave everything else such as your water bottle or handphone in the car so you can be free to shake hands with potential employers.

 

  • Speaking too much

Stop being over confident! Naturally, people tend to talk more than needed because they want to impress the recruiters that they have certain skills and talent. Well, that is not a good thing to do as the interviewer might see you as long-winded candidate. Owing to which, it is crucial to always think before you speak, just keep it simple, give the interviewer an opportunity to ask you questions and only answer with relevant responses.

 

  • Being too grueling

Asking questions during an interview is important as it will show that you are interested in actually landing the job. However, only ask certain questions that will help you increase your employment opportunity such as, “How do you measure success in this company?” For that reason, you can list questions based on the job position you are applying before attending the interview.

 

  • Being shy

Lastly, you should swipe away your shyness. Being nervous 15 minutes before interview is normal. However, you should not show that shyness during the interview. Shyness can indicate that you are insecure and incompetence. A Harvard Business School professor, Amy Cuddy, suggested that if you are a shy person, you can use that to take your time before answering. She said “slowing down and pausing signals indicate that you feel comfortable, that you are deserve to be there, that you respect this interaction, that you are engaged, and that you are interested.”

Read also: Reality Bites: What to Do When Things Don’t Go as Planned

 

 

 

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As Albert Einstein once said, “Failure is success in progress.” How many times have you faced failure in your life? Be it in your personal or professional life, there are times when failure is something you cannot avoid. As painful as it might be, you keep trying and doing it all over again. However, at the end of the day, you cannot help feeling tired of doing the same things to no avail. Finally you choose to stop trying, forget the goals, and create a new target. But alas, the luck is not on your side. What should you do, then?

People with whom you share this story might respond and say, “Do not give up” or “Learn from your past mistake.” They might not understand your struggle but at least it can cheer you up. However, you remain feeling stuck and do not know whether you should continue or take a break from your career. When everything do not go as planned, you can relax for a bit and apply this simple plan to keep you going:

Plan A: Take a deep breath

This is the very first yet simple plan you should always have on top of your list. To always breathe everything out, you should have relaxed and peaceful mind before starting everything. By doing so, you will be able to think more clearly, such that it can help you come up with a better career plan and find the way out of all the failed plans that you have done.

Plan B: Stop being such a procrastinator

Let’s be frank. If you are an acute procrastinator and unwilling to leave your comfort zone, you better stop reading BUT if you do want to change, now is the time. While people procrastinate from time to time, you should know that turning procrastination into a permanent habit is not a good thing for your productivity. While you are lazily lying down, people are busy chasing their dreams. Time waits for none, so start your move NOW.

Plan C: Stop being Sluggish

If you want to work things out but you do not want to work towards it, your plans will fail EVERY TIME. Here is the golden principle: when you plan to change a behaviour, you should do it on repeat for 2 weeks or a month. During those times, you will get used to the new custom and it will grow to be a habit. It goes the same as when you want to reach certain goals, you should persistently work on but you should be flexible regarding how to achieve it.

Plan D: Be flexible

Being flexible means you should be able to adapt and adjust yourself in every situation. If you have set certain target in your career journey, you should prepare more than two plans to achieve it. For example, when you apply for your dream job but receives no calls or notification emails for weeks, should you just apply to different company? Maybe. But what if the same things happen again? Will you just wait and do nothing, or should you change the strategy?

Well, the key is to be flexible. Find any potential gap that fails you, such as maybe your CV is not appealing or your skills do not match with the position you are applying apply. Here, you should either learn a new skill in order to achieve your dream role or change your career destination altogether.

Plan E: Stop expecting too much

There is a phrase saying, “Stop expecting, expectation always hurts.” Well, this could be true. Here is an example, your boss asks you to give a presentation about a new product. Feeling anxious about the responsibility, you tell your trusted workmates what you feel but instead of giving words of support, you hear them talking about how incompetent you are and that you do not deserve to be in your position now. As consequences, now you feel worse because the one you trust betrays you.

In this case, you should not always expect too much. Yet, from this experience you gain good lesson regarding your coworker’s personality and learn that you can not depend on anyone but yourself. The only thing that you can do is that you should stop being emotional about the unexpected situation and be responsible of the decision that you make. Also, you should always think positively and do not let negativity consumes you.

Plan F: Write more plans  

As mentioned earlier, you should have more than one plan in order to achieve your goals. In this case, you should sit quietly, think clearly, and write everything in your mind. Do not spend too much thinking whether A is possible or B is impossible. Then, you will need to sort out your plans from easy to difficult or vice versa so you can manage your next step wisely and adjust yourself with it.

Towards the end, the most important advice is that you should DO your plans. Best of luck.

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Thanks God It’s Friday! After buckling down on an important project for the whole week, weekend finally comes and it should be the time to rejuvenate yourself after all the hectic weekdays. However, instead of relaxing, you cannot stop thinking about your unfinished project and getting worried about the upcoming deadline. Without realising it, your mind has always been occupied with work-related matters that makes you unable to enjoy your time-off. Even worse, you might end up using your holiday to get back to your tasks.

While you want to be a professional with astounding loyalty and commitment towards your job, it does not necessarily mean you should sacrifice all your lifetime for work. Taking work stress home will not only ruin your mental health as it overwhelms your mind and makes you restless, but also damage your body as it steals your sleeping hours that will lead to sleep deprivation. What should you do, then?

Every now and then, you should leave work matters at work and maintain good work-life balance. Here’s how you can achieve a peace of mind during your day-off:

Create a to-do list

Most people start to worry about their incomplete tasks right before the end of the day. When the clock shows the time is 5 pm, they have just realised that there are still a lot to do. This is most likely to happen when an employee does not have good time management. To deal with it, you can jot down a brief list of what you have to do for the next morning in your notebook. This way, you will be less bothered about the job matters as you have prepared for tomorrow’s schedule. Close the note and make sure you don’t open it again until the next morning. Besides task-related list, you should also create a list about what you will do exactly after you exit the office door. You can write any meaningful activities such as having exercise, making dinner, doing your hobby or other activity to fill your spare time.

Make another project

To divert your attention and stress about work, you can busy yourself to do other meaningful activities that will make you feel happy and refreshed. For example, you might want to change your room layout, have the wall repainted, take care of your garden, learn a new language, or anything else which needs your focus. However, you should keep in mind that this other project will not add up a new burden for you.

Don’t be alone

When people are alone, it is easier to have their minds wandering around and thinking about a lot of things, including their incomplete assignments. When it happens, you should find other person to talk to. You should go out of your room and have a quality time with your family. Or, you can call your friends and hang out with them. Talking about your job matters for minutes is okay to reduce your burden, but you cannot ruin your quality time with your beloved ones by lamenting the matters all the time.

Stay away from your working devices

There is a common pattern: you receive an email notification, then you open it and accidently you see other emails related to work. After that, you feel disturbed by the fact that you have not finished the report requested by a client two days ago. As a result, you cannot enjoy your holiday and choose to open your laptop and work on that report. To prevent this from happening, it is important to stay away from your working devices such office laptop or mobile phone. When you have an office account on your own mobile phone, you can turn the notification off until the next day you go back to work.

Article first appeared in HR in Asia.

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