We do not think about our mental strength unless we experience challenging, tough people and circumstances.
Whether it is dealing with rude colleagues to managing the underappreciated appraisalsand other emergencies, life sends forth millions of challenges at us in regular life.
Mental strength does not come by birth. One must practice few habits every day to sail through rough waters and become strong.
Here are 6 habits you should practice every day to become mentally strong.
1. Practice Gratitude
Expressing gratitude, be it big or small can bring a huge difference in your life. Moreover, practising it every day will make your mental muscles joyful.
2. Never Expect
You cannot expect people to be at your disposal or be courteous every day. Mentally strong people understand every individual is different and has a different set of thinking.
Reminding yourself every day not to judge other person and not to expect will make you mentally strong.
It is observed individuals who are mentally tough exercise every day. Working out every day leads you to higher self-esteem and leaves you refreshed. Keeping your body fit keeps your mind fit. When you work out on a daily basis, you notice positive changes in your system. This, in turn, makes you mentally stronger and boost confidence.
4. Turn negative into positive
There will be times when you will physically and mentally exhaust. Take a deep breath and remind yourself “It is Okay”. Now, you need to turn those negative thoughts into positive ones and practice this every day.
5. They forgive
Mentally strong people only forgive and forget. They do not wait for your apology. This is one of the best practices to calm your mind and let it go.
6. Firmly believe in your values
Mentally strong people have set of principles and values, and they swear to them. They do whatever is the best as per their values and do not get sidetracked to any temptations.
In discussion with CareerBuilder, Mr. Madhav Vamsi, Campus Head at Flipkart, shared some virtuous knowledge with us about ‘How to Build Job Satisfaction & a glance at some amazing strategies that can help job candidates build their careers with their heels and head high.”
Data says – “Whether you love your job or not, you’ve probably given at least some thought to your next career move.” And yes, we make the same mistake(s) like ever while searching for a job. With so much research, content, wisdom and knowledge available around us, the expectation is to optimize time & search for the next big opportunity. However, most often these are those simple, small, minor avoidable mistakes standing between you & your career.
A job means different things to different people. For a few, it might be a means to pay bills while they pursue their interests through other means and the list goes on. I’m not the type of person who says that your professional life needs to look a certain way.
However, if a job means the following for you, then move ahead with this article.
What is a Job?
It is part of your life & not life itself (My apologies to all the workaholics who thought otherwise) – Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread – very basic
It is a means for creating & building a meaningful life – very basic
Therefore, my attitude, behavior, values, education, job 1 + job 2 defines my career & life both – basic but we strongly do not introspect (What comes first- growth or job?)
The means by which we trade our skills, talents, and passions and bring value to someone else & ourselves as a means to earn money.
Believe me when I say that you have control over your job satisfaction.
What if I told you that your job satisfaction is totally dependent on you (refer to point 3) & that every job or career opportunity you have from now until the day you retire can be fulfilling and rewarding financially as well as emotionally? It is totally possible with the right set of attitudes & behavior – do not worry much around skill! – Introspect (Are you healthy – Your productivity – Your ambition – Who are you/your self-awareness)
Read out the checklist of things which might help you better your future job searches.
Crisp Resume- I am not a big believer of resume, but I am part of a democracy & the 1st step for any job search continues to be a resume.
Make it concise – (Make it into 1-2 pages only – analytic’s say an employer spends 30 secs typically per resume)
Avoid templates- (Ctrl C + Ctrl V)
Be Honest- (Super important- include only those things which you could back with data – refer to point 3↑)
Emphasize accomplishments- (Key Achievements/Personal Traits/Awards & Recognition/Your Favorite book or Your Hobbies)
We are all creative– However, avoid too much design, over index or use creativity on content (say action verbs) & less on design
Don’t lie on your resume – (refer to point 3 ↑ values)
Focus on what makes you special
Update your LinkedIn profile – social profiling is the new hiring trend and employers want to know you beyond your resume – invest into a digital presence, we are in the world of populated digital natives. Don’t forget, LinkedIn is a very powerful tool – it’s more than an online resume
Proof read your profile- (resume/LinkedIn profile) – get few of your colleagues to read your profile too
A job never comes to us- Knock the door – be proactive – make your list of 10-20 employers you would want to work with.
Broad base your Sources– Whether you recently lost a job or are ready to jump ship from your current one, the chances of you getting a new position through the job postings ads is next to nil.
Invest into networking (KEY)- No limits here- your friends, parents, ex-colleagues, teachers, it’s a fair game to enter for your next job pursuit. Hence it is important you value people around you, respect them & you earn a lot back – do not connect back to them just when you are in need – consistently stay in touch with your network.
Become a Social Net-worker- The world is Digital now – setup your social accounts, it’s a great learning platform, while you learn you have an opportunity to share your thoughts as well.
Get out there– Ask your network how they got their current jobs, or at least those of your network whom you consider are into great jobs/jobs you would love to be part of.
Ask yourself a very basic question– “Did I learn anything new in the past 6-12 months?” – maybe a new skill, a new art, a new something totally unrelated to your job function but which has an impact in the way you think – if the answer is no, then it’s not a good news at all – you don’t want to be that ‘difficult-to-train’ new hire for your next employer.
You are a Brand: Determine your unique value proposition (Heavy line, but never mind. Ponder on it) What makes you different from your peers; Figure out your value + strengths + your skills + your attitude – your passion. Both your offline & online brand is important. Guys attitude plays a big role, there are a certain set of characteristics that almost all hiring managers find appealing. “Respectfulness” is the most important, for me it earns 5 Star rating, remember in that sprint attitude wins over skills all the time.
Sum Total of U– It’s a great idea to share your psychometric profile with your employer (self-image/work image/stress image) – ever tried subjecting yourself to assessments/tests which throws your profile? (Data & Science is a far more convincing testimonial – remember that).
Prepare for your interviews – Hiring techniques have changed – while a few employers still conduct biographical or traditional interviews, a lot of firms rely on the importance of structured & competency based interviews measuring behaviors too. Do a few mocks, get someone to ask you questions/ invest into mock interviews- it builds your confidence. Try this question, why did you join your (X) job & what are the reasons to quit that (X) job.
Always Follow-Up– It would be wonderful if every HR rep followed-up in a timely manner. But the reality is, they don’t. It isn’t always their fault. The best you can do is persistently follow-up to find out where they are in the process and if they need any more information from you.
Perception– It is a killer (and a bottleneck). Our ability to follow- up shows our organizational skills, integrity, and most of all -our interest. Do not shy on following up- stop assuming that you would end up looking greedy or too much in need of a job – remember those self-defeating thoughts come from your lack of confidence/ insecurity. (Eliminate guessing)
Finally, be Politely & Patiently Persistent
To sum up, just want to share a line I read in the Accelepoint Webzine-
“Even individuals need to develop a brand for themselves… Whatever your area of expertise, you can take steps to make people think of YOU when they think of your field!
The tips shared by the Bengaluru recruiter at Flipkart can go a long way in shaping out job-seekers, as well as, employees seeking out opportunities in their diverse fields.
About the Author
Madhav Vamsi M, is Campus Head (HR) at Flipkart.com. The talent leader manages all entry level recruitments and takes strong interest in people analytics. Madhav frequently travels to campuses to lead presentations, networking events and conduct awesome coffee chats. The HR blogger has made headlines with HT media & Career 360. Known for his knowledge bank by his ex-colleagues, Madhav keeps outstanding sharing knowledge pieces on his social media platforms.
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
Above lines are no different from what we have been told for years whenever anyone wants to commence any form of business. But, the impact of prevailing truth becomes more powerful when prominent people come up with words to motivate people.
The above lines in the quote are well said by Mark Zuckerberg. Until businesses are ready for taking risks, they can’t expect success. It makes their organizations prone to various uncertainties. Therefore, companies take risks to achieve desired business targets. In order to take business ahead, business leaders make ‘changes or adjustments’ to their business.
What a business can ever face as a destiny-defining change?
One of the major changes that may ever happen to any business is – buying or merging with another company.
Basically, it’s called mergers & acquisitions (M&A) or “consolidations”. Acquisition happens when one business acquires another, and merger or consolidation is all about two businesses are becoming a single entity. There could be multiple reasons for it.
Sometimes, companies shake hands for the merger to control market share and eliminate the competition. On the other hand, one business acquires another to save money. For example, instead of commencing a completely new business and figure out how to sell something new, it might be a profitable deal in acquiring a business with expertise in that space.
Ultimately, after an acquisition or merger, the new company is usually in a better position. But, that is often not the case for many employees who belong to both the companies. If two businesses get combined, layoffs often happen. Why does it happen? For example, the freshly established company won’t be looking for two CEOs, two HR departments, two accounting teams. At some point, the newly formed company might cut back the workforce so that they can save money.
Regrettably, employees can’t control their fates if their employer have decided to lay them off following a merger or acquisition. But, employers can let their employees (survived, new and redundant) feel relived or control the negative aspects if they try to do so. The subsequent points would highlight three major negative situations and the solutions to overcome from them with efforts done by an employer:
How to handle the most Challenging Situations after an M&A?
Situation 1 – Employees who lose their jobs after an M&A deal find themselves in a really difficult time. Maybe for some of them it proves to be finding a better opportunity, but, for some it becomes a challenging and stressful situation.
Solution – Here, the major responsibility of the company is informing employees in advance of the possibility of workforce reductions and give some time to search new jobs.
Situation 2 – The survived employees find themselves in an unfamiliar territory post the deal. Probably, it becomes difficult for some of the employees to work with new coworkers. The reason largely depends on the communication gap between the new coworkers and the survived employees. Also, the communication gap between the new management and survived employees creates the situation awkward after M&A. Poor communication becomes the evil here.
Solution – Companies can get over this situation well with multiple individual and group sessions organized to provide ample opportunity to everyone to communicate with management and coworkers.
Situation 3 – When employees are apprehensive about their job security they are more likely to become competitive with others. It can result in internal conflicts among employees.
Solution – It is crucial for HR professionals and managers to be attentive to handle negative competition. They must ensure that employees receive information regarding the impact of M&A on their jobs and their future with the company. Healthy competition is good, but the company must not overlook the competitions which create tensions and conflicts in the organization.
There could be more situations for the businesses which have multiple negativities involved post an M&A deal. Dealing with each of the issues requires different approach. But, the first and foremost responsibility of employers is to think about their employees in whatever action they take. Organizations can avoid conflicts, tensions and miscommunications through taking precautions before stepping into any M&A.
The soul of dealing with post M&A issues is first taking precautions before any merger or acquisitions, and second thinking about the employees.
Employers are searching for the perfect employee all the time, and good candidates are always in demand. Despite the fact the job market seems to have thousands of people wanting jobs, the veracity is only handful of those people would fit into the “Most Desirable Candidate” category with all anticipated qualities.
Let’s take a look at the firm guidelines to become the most wanted candidate in the job market.
Every employer has had some degree of experience with bad and good employees. It is one of the reasons every employer has a decent idea what she or he wants more of.
Seven must haves to become the most desirable candidate in job market
1. Be a Leader
In this context, leadership is irrespective of any designation or label. In the hierarchy, you can be the leader at any level. It is about how you do the things. Organisations are searching for people with excellent leadership skills, at all levels.
One of the best ways to learn is to watch other leaders in your organisation
Always speak positively
Take leadership responsibilities at work
Attend conferences and seminars on leadership
Read books and journals on leadership
2. Be a Subject Matter Expert
Long gone are the days when employers look for ‘Jack of all trade and Master of none’ employees (or candidates). Here and now, ‘specialist’ are high in demand. It is imperative for you to be in the job market with something unique skill.
List down all the activities that you do in your current role and figure out one area that you want to specialise in.
Once you identify that area, look for the related certification programs.
Highlight it in your resume
Create the blogs digital material for free reading
Attend concerned events and conferences.
3. Be an Inquisitive Learner
Ronald E. Osborne once said, “Unless you do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow”. It is so true in the job market. Today, there are tens of thousands of people competition for the same position and to start to climb the corporate ladder you have to be a curious learner. Be inquisitive about your industry, ask questions and find answers.
Ask more questions about related industry
Do self-learning courses online
Use the digital platforms to find answers
In your area of work determine to learn at least one new concept biweekly
4. Be a Team Player
The real asset of any organisation is its Human Capital. Interpersonal skills can help you go up the ladder speedily. Therefore, if you are a team player you have pretty good chances of becoming the most desirable candidate for any job opening(relevant to your education and experience). To be a good team player you must embrace the following qualities:
– Communication skills
Sincerely care for others.
Pay attention how you interact with the team and how they respond to you.
Always put the interest of team first over your personal interest.
Constantly try to get honest feedback and focus on areas of improvement.
5. Be a Visionary
Employers look for candidates who can have a vision and purpose not only towards their work life but also for their company and department. Here are a few essential tips help you to become a visionary.
Listen to your co-workers and customers. Listening let you understand their pain points and help to develop a vision to solve those problems.
Read blogs, books and more books to get various perspective and build a vision.
You have been looking for a job change for some time now. You have surfed through several job portals and floating your resume all across. Finally, you come across the job offer you have been waiting for all this while. It is time for you to say goodbye to your current employer. So, one fine day, you submit your resignation and decide to serve the notice period.
Now here comes a twist. Your current organization evaluates the situation and decides to hold you back. Needless to say that your manager/HR/current employer makes you a counter offer. What to do now?
Let’s delve into a little detail
Remember that every company, whenever they hire, whether through job portals, social media or any other resource, they put in much effort into it. Scanning and interviewing probably a hundred of candidates before making the final decision. Employers also have to put in much effort to train people and retain them.
After resigning, receiving a counter offer is very natural (promotion or hike in compensation), and it happens in most industries across the globe. Since hiring is a tedious process, an employer also tries his or her best to retain an employee.
Types of Counter Offers
As said earlier, a counter offer implies when your current employer decides to retain you after you have put in your papers. They usually review the terms and conditions and make a fresh new offer. There are essentially two types of counter offer that you come across:
Economic/Financial: This is one of the best counter offers that is usually made by the employers. In this case, what they do is make you an increased compensation offer than your new job offer (in case they have an idea about your new pay package). Sometimes it is a common assumption that they make and try to retain you according to the new terms and conditions.
Emotional: This has nothing to do with the financial aspect of the company. In this case, the employer tends to focus on the loyalty part of the employee. In these case, the current employer manages to lure the employee by offering him a position that the present one. To be very blunt, the employee is offered a promotion along with promises of a better future.
What should you decide? Well, it is a NO!
Lucrative offers such as the ones mentioned above might make you reconsider your decision. You might think that you are a valuable asset for the organization, which is why they want to retain you.
Well yes, you are an asset but only because it will cost more to replace you than keep you, especially if your resignation has come as a surprise or at a time when your company cannot be without resources. Boosting your salary or promoting you is a means for your HR to keep you within the organization until you become more disposable!
Are you surprised by any chance? Well, you might be surprised, but it is a fact. While this does not mean that you are any less valuable to your organization, but employers and good managersthese days know that switching jobs are but a part and parcel of present day professional lives.
Why can counter offer might not be right for you?
There are certain reasons as to why accepting a counter offer might not be right for you. Here’s an overview:
I. You may lose the most genuine part: Trust
Yes. Once you have resigned from a particular company and accepted another job offer, clearly implies that somewhere down the line you are unhappy with your current employer. Even a counter offer might not guarantee that you will not look for new offers.
II. No significant change in your bank balance
You might have been offered a better compensation, and you choose to accept your counter offer. The extra bucks might be simply the money allocated for your next bonus or raise. Therefore, diminishing the actual value of the counter offer.
III. You are burning bridges
Understand that going back to a particular company, after accepting their offer might not be viewed in a very positive light. If you decide to stay with your current company and things again don’t work for you as promised/expected, you have burned a bridge with a company that may have been a better fit.
IV. Chances of losing your reputation
This might come as a surprise to you, but the fact that you accepted a counter offer and rejected another new offer, might not be perceived in a right way by others; especially the new company. You never know, you might be letting go better chances of professional growth by rejecting a new offer.
On the last note, it can be said that while not all acceptances of counter-offers are regretful, (some can turn out to be positive for some professionals), in most cases they are often perceived as the “Kiss of Death” for someone’s career.
Congratulations — you just graduated from college and you’re ready to conquer the working world. But before you can begin your conquest, you’ll need more than just a resume and cover letter to showcase yourself and demonstrate your competence to potential employers. You need to develop a personal brand.
What does that mean, you ask?
According to a Forbes article: “Your personal brand should represent the value you are able to consistently deliver to those whom you are serving. This doesn’t mean self-promotion — that you should be creating awareness for your brand by showcasing your achievements and success stories. Managing your personal brand requires you to be a great role model, mentor, and/or a voice that others can depend upon.”
Why should Personal Brand matter to you?
According to CareerBuilder’s 2015 social media recruitment study, the number of employers taking to the web to research applicants has steadily risen over the past few years — from 39 per cent of employers in 2013 to 43 per cent last year to 52 per cent in 2015. That means potential employers already have access to information about you at their fingertips. It’s up to you to ensure you’re making a strong first impression when they look you up.
That’s why you need these simple and practical tips to help you build and maintain your personal brand.
1. Identify and define your brand.You may think you have to start creating your personal brand from the ground up, but the truth is you already have one that’s floating out there in cyberspace. Do a Google search or set up Google alerts for your name and see what turns up — there may be posts, pictures and more that you may not have realised were public. While you may not have total control over what’s out there, you can adjust your privacy settings and take charge of what you voluntarily put out there for the world — and employers — to see.
2. Make sure your brand is authentic.Whatever your personal brand is, make sure it’s reflective of who you are. This is your chance to show off your personality and skill sets and to set the tone for how you want to portray yourself. And even though you’ll want to keep it professional, don’t be afraid to add your own voice and show off your personality instead of sounding like a robot.
3. Make sure your brand is consistent.While there may be some inherent differences in how you blog versus how you tweet versus what you post on LinkedIn, it should still have a consistent tone or voice.
4. Create channels of communication.Whether it’s a blog or website or various social media channels, explore ways that you can communicate with your audience and create a positive digital footprint that will round out your portfolio. If you’re one of those people who thinks: “But my life is so boring; what will I write about?” consider starting out by curating content for a while before moving on to the more arduous task of creating original content. For example, if you’re about to start looking for a job in marketing, start following various marketing experts and companies on social media and share their articles with a note that says something like: “Here’s an interesting blog I found on content marketing. I think it’s especially useful to help guide your business-to-business content strategy, so give it a read.”
5. Think before you post/tweet/retweet/share/upload.Sometimes we don’t think of the ramifications of the information we put out there. For example, if you’ve had a bad day at your internship or received a bad grade in one of your classes, it might be tempting to vent on social media. While venting in a public forum may made you feel better in the short-term, remember that it could come back to haunt you at any time. A good rule of thumb would be to ask yourself: “Does this reflect who I am, and would I be comfortable with potential employers seeing this?” If you have any doubts about it, it’s safest to just vent in person or via text.
Leadership has never come easy, nor has entrepreneurship. The resource promptly available to us for learning has been-Awesome books. We can gather a cluster of books those that address the spirit and skills of leaders. Today we can find some of the great leaders who have transformed into top entrepreneurs in the tech industry. What Bill Gates was inspired to? Which book fascinated Tim Cook? Let’s discover those famous books that inspired and transformed some of the most successful minds across the world:
Books that inspired the top entrepreneurs
‘The Art of Computer Programming’ by Donald Knuth.
While Bill Gates has a fixed regimen for his every minute, the entrepreneur turned billionaire still takes out time to read a book in a week. Besides his love for mostly nonfiction books, Bill Gates has always been fascinated and inspired by the book ‘The Art of Computer Programming’ by Donald Knuth. Like most of his range of interests, this books also talks about transforming systems and has led him into a successful leader.
‘Competing Against Time’ by George Stalk Jr.
Apple has always been concerned about managing its supply chains. Tim Cook has often been heard offering copies of this book, ‘Competing Against Time’ by George to its new employees on board.
The books unveils how the top-notch companies manage time in a new product development, production, sales, as well as, distribution. With examples of top brands namely Fords, Honda Deere, Toyota, Wal-Mart and more been listed, the author describes how time can be utilized in the best possible manner, while ensuring a difference in results.
Book: ‘The Charisma Myth’ by Olivia Fox Cabane
The book offers a perfect amalgamation of unique knowledge, which is drawn from a multitude of sciences, explaining what charisma actually is about and how it works. Mayer put author’s lessons while working at Yahoo and implemented leadership training lessons ensuring they are utilized by every member of the organization.
‘Be Here Now’ by Ram Dass
Steve Jobs, the late Apply co-founder read the book, ‘Be Here Now’ while as a student of Reed College in 1971. He was deeply moved by the concept of the book surrounding meditation and metaphysics. According to Jobs, the book really inspired and transformed him while becoming the top entrepreneur. The book is divided into four sections and is easily understandable to every novel enthusiast.
‘The Boys in the Boat’ by Daniel James Brown
Satya Narayana Nadella is a renowned name for Microsoft. Currently handling the CEO position at the organization, Nadella took leadership lessons from his favorite book, ‘The Boys in the Boat’ written by Daniel James Brown. Brown was an ex-Microsoft employee and gave an evocative explanation of how a team should be working in tandem at the highest level.
Besides the one listed above, some of the most splendid books that every entrepreneur must explore include:
‘Boost Your Sales Using Irresistible Offers’, written by Lisa Sasevich
‘Accounting for Numberphobic’, written by Dawn Fotopulos
‘E-Myth Revisited’ written by Michael
‘Choose Yourself’ written by James Altucher
Rightly said, “You are what you read.” If you are one of those entrepreneurs whose goal is to build a successful organization or brand, you might learn the tricks and tips of the trade by reading some of the books mentioned above. Not having much time is inevitable for an employer, but investing the valuable time that can help you transform as a great leader is a productive approach to be successful in the long run.
Time is the most precious resource and must be utilized properly by everyone. Hours can slip from the day, which can translate to wasted money for employers and less valuable products for employees.
As workers and employees, we all need to manage out time properly as to perform better. If we are able to manage it the right direction, we would not only turn out to be more productive but also happier employees.
There are only three ways to spend time—thoughts, conversations and actions. Regardless of the type of business you own, your work will be composed of those three things, come what may.
As an employee at a workplace, you are indeed bound to be interrupted with some or the work. Whether it is meetings or any other work related stuff, it is difficult to avoid interruptions at workplace. However, you can always choose to time yourself in order to ensure that you complete your work in time.
Given below are a few tips that will ensure good time management for employees:
Maintaining a schedule is the first step to time management. Prepare and maintain a proper schedule so that you are able to keep a track of your daily tasks. This will also ensure that how much do you get done during the day and where are you investing your precious moments.
Plan to spend at least 50 per cent of your time engaged in conversations, activities and thoughts that help you produce maximum results.
Do one type of action at a time. Avoid indulging in too many works at any given point of time. Take up one job, finish it and then take up another one. This will not only save your time but also ensure that your work gets done effectively.
Take 30 minutes time off as you step into the office. During these 30 minutes make time and plan your day accordingly. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.
Give yourself five minutes before you take any all or start off any task. This will help you gauge what success looks like. After you have completed the task, take five minutes off to determine were you able to achieve the desired results or there’s more to it. If you were not able to achieve what was it that was missing? What can you do to work upon it?
Place a “Do not disturb” sign when you absolutely have to get work done. But be a little cautious as others might not take it in a positive way.
If possible, strictly avoid using all kinds of social media channels unless you need it for your business as these cause a lot of distractions.
Applying theses time management skills will ensure that you turn out to be substantially productive than before, at your workplace. So if you want to be more productive at workplace and manage time properly, do implement these strategies.