ensure a great career in 2018

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Nikhli's blog ensure a great career in 2018

Year 2018 is here and a bevy of new year resolutions are popping into every one’s mind. One common one is the about career enhancement.

Every employee or job seeker hopes to come across ‘that opportunity’ that can turn his fortune around and catapult his career into another dimension. We at TimesJobs wish all the best to our users for the coming year.

Here are tips that can help you ensure a great career in 2018:

No 1 – Resume: Your CV sells you to the firm. First thing to do this year is review your resume. Is it updates with all your latest qualifications? Does it have any spelling mistakes? Is it too long and boring for a recruiter to read? And, most importantly do you have a cover note ready with it?

No 2 – Interviews: You’ve sent your CV and are now waiting for an interview call. Job interviews can be nerve-wracking if you aren’t comfortable with ‘selling’ yourself but believe it or not, being skilled in interviews is something you can learn. An interviewer will make a judgement, so it’s important to make sure it’s a positive first impression. Pre-interview research is so important. When the interviewer is enquiring about experience, take this opportunity to relate the skills acquired in previous positions to the role that you are applying for.

No 3 – Polish your skills: Landing a great job isn’t just about having the technical abilities a certain position requires. Employers, look for job seekers who have the soft skills required to succeed in the face of constant new challenges, from being curious and inquisitive, to having strong communication skills.

No 4 – Global outlook: In today’s fast paced global economy, employers are on the lookout for candidates who have good cross-cultural communication skills, are highly ambitious, and can adapt to a diverse work environment and task load.

No 5 – Digital workspace: A digital workplace is the new norm for employee empowerment. New digital and virtual technologies are reshaping the way we work. And the companies expect the employees to be digitally savvy too.

No 6 – Fit in the work environment: In a rapidly changing work environment, it becomes essential to keep up. For a healthy and happy workplace, building trust among employees is essential. This keeps the employees stress-free and mentally fit. The best way to achieve this is by continuing to challenge oneself at the workplace.

No 7 – Work-life balance: With advancement in technology, stress can be reduced through flexible work schedules, telecommuting and other remote methods of getting the job done. Explore these, but only as long as your manager is comfortable with it.

No 8 – Inquire about employee benefits: Employers now dole out perks and benefits on top of your base salary to keep employees happy. In this bid, many employers offer opportunities for higher studies or exclusive discounts to skill upgrading courses. Inquire about these, for they will polish your career way beyond than 2018 as well.

No 9 – Social media platforms: Earlier social media was nothing but private communication platform. Today we know the power of social media, so we use these platforms for building our personal brand, establishing business contacts, and getting hired! More and more people use them to find their dream job too.

No 10 – Watch out for new job profiles in your domain: 2018 is the year of AI and automation. Almost every job profile will get molded with these two aspects. Watch out for new, emerging profiles in your domain.

No 11 – Virtual job fairs: Recruitments are no more limited to face to face interaction, with changing dynamics the complex processes has evolved. Virtual career fairs are emerging as the new hiring platforms. One-to-one interaction between the employer and the job seeker, diversity of choices and the level of transparency is making these fairs popular.

No 12 – Social profiling: Your online social media profile may be as important as your resume if you are looking for a new job or to change career. Employers are more frequently using social media networks to find candidates for employment, rather than going through resumes or searching job websites.

No 13 – Effective communication: Being an excellent communicator can help you land that first job in your new career and ensure a positive future. It can separate you from other applicants, help you be a more effective employee and serve a a stepping stone to leadership responsibilities and career advancement.

No 14 – Follow ups: Prepare the list of companies where you applied last year and they said they’ll keep you posted about the new openings. Call them this year to cross check about some on board job opportunities that they have in their organisation.

No 15 – Highlight your tech savvy abilities: With the advent of digitisation the preference of employers have changed. Traditional methods of working are bygone, recruiters are looking for employees who are tech savvy and understands its operation well for smoothing functioning of work.

No 16 – Salary negotiation: You may have an idea of what you are worth based on anecdotal information about what people like you are paid, but you will need something a little more scientific if you are to convince a future employer. Have a comparison list with you in the interview. Add any extra skills you believe are important for the role. This gives you a physical list of your strengths as compared to the employer’s needs, and a negotiation base.

No 17 – Watch out for booming sectors: Sectors to look for in 2018 Fintech, API, Robotics, AI, AR, IoT, Tech Security, Block Chain and MobiTech.

No 18 – Job contests: Try to look for job contests apart from applying traditionally. Such contests help you to showcase your talent and reach out to the top notches of the industry. These opportunities helps you to network and seek advices from the known of the industry.

source : http://content.timesjobs.com

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