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Want a Promotion? Here’s What To Do

1 Nov

Who doesn’t want to be promoted to the next level? Well, sometimes promotions are not handed over to you. You need to ask for them. However, requesting for a promotion can be a nerve-wracking experience. After all, it is not easy to put yourself out there in front of the higher management, particularly when the competition is tough. And, obviously, there always exists the fear of rejection. It can be really challenging to start the big conversation.

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Ready to take the challenge? Here’s what you need to know before you take that next step:

1. Stand out and make a difference

Actions speak louder than words! Show your passion through your work, implement changes for the betterment that will portray your skills and make your profile stand out.

2. Get involved

Participate actively in every task that manager has allotted to you. Seek for his help and ask for feedback about your work. Set targets and share your plan with him to accomplish those goals.

3. Keep records

Make a habit to list down all your allotted tasks. Once you begin the big talk, share your progress report with your boss. Highlight the tasks in which you’ve gone beyond the expectation level.

4. Multitasking

Don’t restrict yourself to a specific work domain. For instance, if you are involved in technical work then spare some time to go through the operations, sales, marketing, supply chain or customer service workflow. Be a multitasker!

5. Be innovative in your approach

Nowadays, you can get every information on the Internet with a single click. Incorporate new ideas and practices in your work. Share information on new technological developments with your co-workers. Be a team player.

6. Plan the Timing

While there is no ideal time to request for a promotion, it is good to discuss this issue on certain occasions such as during annual performance appraisal. It will provide you with an opportunity to discuss with your boss how you have been performing and where your professional life is directed.

7. Don’t be aggressive!

Never ever threaten your boss that you will leave the job if you do not get what you deserve. Negotiate till things move rightly in your direction.

8. Request a meeting

 Once you are ready to ask for promotion, send your boss an e-mail asking for a meeting. Clearly mention that you would want to discuss your work performance and future prospects. The meeting could be a one-on-one discussion or you could even demonstrate your skills by delivering a presentation.

 9. Follow up

After you put forward your request for a promotion, it is important to follow up with your boss. Know your proposed salary figures and negotiate. Negotiation can make a huge difference. Be friendly with your boss and communicate well with full confidence.

 10. Adapt to new responsibilities

Once your message is clearly conveyed to the management, half of the task is done! It’s time to involve yourself in other departmental tasks to get familiar with the workflow. Promotion will bring a new set of responsibilities and tons of new problems so it is better to be well-prepared beforehand.

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Now that you know how to ask for a promotion, you are ready to go and knock at your manager’s door. Good luck!

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Skin Woes During Pregnancy? No More!

30 Oct

Pregnancy can be a very special time in your life. You start preparing for your new arrival- getting the nursery ready, researching baby names and registering for your baby shower. You are so excited and look forward to every new experience and change that pregnancy has to bring along, except for one: skin woes.

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During pregnancy, our body is transforming which includes your skin as well. While pregnancy can leave some lucky ladies looking gorgeous, stunning with luscious locks and clear complexion, for others, all that extra hormonal activity can have the opposite effect. You may end up suffering from a variety of pregnancy skin issues.

Here are some of the effectual ways to take care of your skin during pregnancy.

1. Oily skin with breakouts

Women face hormonal breakouts during pregnancy as your skin becomes oily because of all the hormonal changes. You mostly experience nastiest breakouts during the first trimester of pregnancy. Imagine having a pimpled face along with morning sickness, yuck!

Remedy

Use such products which contain acne-fighting elements in order to treat hormonal breakouts. Using clarifying cleanser is one perfect idea as it reduces bacteria from skin and helps to fight acne for hours. Apply this 1-2 times a week to get purified and pores free skin. You can also use products which contain glycolic acid, alpha hydroxyl acid, or witch hazel. Get in touch with your doctor before using any of these ingredients!

2. Dry patches

During pregnancy your body gets dehydrated due to which your skin becomes dry and you might start having dry patches and crumbling skin. To fight this challenge, you have to step up your water game.

Remedy

It is suggested to wash your skin with a soap-less rinse-off cleanser, so find such products which contain elements such as conditioners and botanical oils like Sunflower Oils and Avocado oils, and humectants. Use of such products will soothe and moisturize your skin immediately. It will repair your skin’s dryness and will give you a smooth skin.

3. Discoloration

When you are pregnant, the most important thing to protect your skin from, is harmful UV rays. It is possible that your skin becomes hyper-pigmented, as you are progressing through each trimester.

Remedy

To protect your skin from discoloration, apply antioxidants sunscreen products which contain at least SPF 30 and Vitamin C. It is better to use higher SPF sunscreen, if you are going in the midday sun or at the beach.

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There are a number of other issues as well. However, the above three are the most common troublemakers that can mar your pregnancy experience. Got anything to add? Please share with me!

5 Ways to Say NO without Feeling Bad

23 Oct

Do you often regret saying ‘yes’ when people come to you asking for a favor because you are too quick to say yes and too hesitant to say no? Well, it’s time to learn to say NO! Read on and master the art of refusing politely.

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As someone who is leading a professional life with a hectic schedule, you may already have your plate quite full of chores and which is why you need to think before you agree to any point thrown at you. There is a fine line between helping others and being exploited by others and you need to recognize that line, for your own progress.

To be an efficient professional, you sometimes need to take a step back and say “no”, even if the demand comes from someone superior to you in the workplace. Saying “yes” to every single prospect can be disrupting and demanding, particularly when your own timetable is already over-flooded with responsibilities and appointments. Addition of more tasks merely to gratify others can make you overwhelmed which will eventually make it hard for you to satisfy these requests in the end.

How can you say NO in a polite and professional way? Here are a few ways to help you practice the art:

1. Ask Time for Considering the Offer

If you think there is a slight chance you might regret saying yes, ask for more time. Say something like “Let me think a little about it”. Doing so helps you gain some time to consider and think things through before making your final decision.

2. Appreciate the Gesture

If someone tries to involve you in a project or take your help in executing an idea, do not blurt out a yes or no instantly. Appreciate them by being positive or by complimenting them slightly. Enhance their confidence by giving positive remarks about the idea and then ask for exemption from the project.

3. Express that You Already Have Commitments

If you consider that the offer is something which may be useful for you in the future, you can keep your way open by saying something like “I would love to assist you in the task but I have a few plans for now”. This helps in getting the offer again in the future, in case you would like to do a similar project in coming days.

4. Show Willingness

To be polite, you need to show the willingness to accept the offer, particularly if the offer comes from a superior. Highlight the demands of your current, busy schedule in a way that it does not seem like you are complaining about the workload and then say no.

5. Be Straightforward

If nothing works, just take a deep breath and deny in a straightforward manner. Start your sentence by saying “Sorry, but I can’t be of assistance”.

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Got any more ideas to say NO without sounding like a snob? Please share with me!

5 Things You Don’t Learn in College

22 Oct

Hello Readers!

Hope you all are having a great Sunday so far. These days I am working on a few projects that involve researching about available career prospects and professional advice for fresh grads and young employees. And, I thought I should share some career-oriented posts with you all as well. So, be prepared for a series of such posts. Here comes the first one. I hope you’ll like it. 🙂

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When we are in college, nothing really matters more than securing extra marks in a subject or passing an exam we dread the most. However, once we graduate and enter into our professional life, at some point, we realize that what we learnt in college is no longer completely applicable. In fact, we are expected to learn on the job. We have to be more open to developing new abilities that are imperative to succeed in the competitive environment of the corporate world.

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Here’s a list of some skills we often have to learn once we graduate, which remain with us throughout our career life and beyond.

1. Learn to set boundaries and be responsible

As soon as we land into our first job, the first thing we are expected to do is be responsible. We are considered responsible for all our actions and decisions. In this regard, we have to set boundaries and then stick to them. Then only we are viewed as a responsible and reliable person in the workplace. We soon come to realize that we can’t be good at everything. Hence, it is important to recognize our strengths and weaknesses and prioritize what matters the most.

2. Engage a mentor

Always remember; you are never too old to learn. There is absolutely no harm in looking up to someone you can trust. Engage a reliable, more experienced person to help you recognize opportunities and discover ways to prosper.

3. It is okay to fail

Yes, you read it right. As long as you are learning something out of your failure, it is alright to fail. You emerge as a true winner if every wrong decision teaches you a valuable lesson. All you have to do is work on developing the courage to rise whenever you fall. Expertise in this area will get you a little closer to victory.

4. Put your own ideas on the table

Once in a while, surprise your manager (in a good way!) by putting forward your own ideas. This will not only convey your dedication to the boss but also portray you as an independent go-to person. Always focus on delivering first-class work, which simplifies the boss’ job and begins prepping you for the subsequent level.

5. Be comfortable in your own skin

Easier said than done! This is one of the toughest things to do once you enter into your professional life; especially when there is so much competition around. While it is good to challenge yourself, there is no need to go out of your comfort zone at every prospect and end up feeling depressed. Identify your fortes and cultivate an area of proficiency that stimulates you.

If you’re still in college then these tips will help you predict what to expect once you graduate. And, if you have already started your career then it is never too late to learn and prosper. What did you skip in college that you wish you had learned? Share with me!

 

Clean your Kitchen Appliances like a pro!

11 Mar

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What’s the toughest part to clean in your home? Especially after a big fat party is over? The kitchen, right? Well, it appears to be the most challenging area to clean from the whole household. Ladies would rather prefer dusting the furniture for hours over cleaning the kitchen appliances. For working women, a convenient option is to hire professional cleaners.

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Nevertheless, here are few tips for cleaning your kitchen appliances within no time, without substantial exertion and even without spending cash on costly scrubbing products.

1. Blender:

Nearly every house has a blender now. Especially if your family loves to consume healthy and fresh juices and foods. While it makes your life easier with some quick blending and mixing, it is a quite tough task to clean it thoroughly. Although it is appealing to put the jug away after pouring out the contents, just add some water and a few drops of liquid detergent. Put it back on the mixer and turn on the appliance for nearly 30 seconds. Everything remaining on the insides of the jug will be effortlessly removed and a simple wash with water will complete the task.

2. Microwave oven:

Talking about cleaning kitchen appliances, nearly all housewives dislike the microwave oven. Why? Simply because they don’t know how to clean it easily and effortlessly. Put some damp paper towels in it, switch it on for some minutes and watch the magic! The vapours these towels produce will aid in removing the tints and the filth easily. Once the towels cool down, take them out of the oven and utilize them for dabbing the inner walls of the oven for getting rid of all grime. Have a foul smelling oven? Put a mug of water with half a cup of lime juice in it and turn on the oven for some minutes. Keep the mixture in there for additional ten minutes. Voila! Your oven will become odourless.

3. Coffee/Tea pot:

Remember the white exquisite tea/coffee pot you got as a present on last Christmas? As beautiful as it looks while placed on your coffee table, it will soon turn into brownish one unless you regularly clean this pot. Worry not! You only need three things to clean it: ice, salt and lemon. Fill the quarter of the pot with ice, then add some lemon juice and around two tablespoons of salt. Spin the pot enclosing this mixture for a few minutes and then wash it with plain water. That’s it!

4. Trash Can:

This is not essentially the most problematic, but certainly the most spiteful area of kitchen cleaning. The unpleasant smell with tough stains make the cleaning task a herculean one. Not anymore! Just use some ice cubes composed of water with equal parts of vinegar, rub these cubes in the trash can and you are done within a minute!

So, how do you clean your kitchen? Share with me your cleaning stories. I’d love to hear from you.