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Tired of the Rat Race? Here’s Your Route to Escape

23 Jan

“The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

-Lily Tomlin

You know a person is normal when you see them with neatly combed hair, their 40ft cubicle, and that 9 to 5 desk job. For normal people like those, rate race isn’t an option; it’s a way of life. It’s their modus operandi.

The rat race tires the young blood to death, which is due to their itch for adventure, curiosity, and danger.

However, if you want to escape that rat race everyone’s been running in, you’ve got to step out of your comfort zone and take the steps you fear most. Oh yes, you’ll need to face the music by being the weird, wild, and free!

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4 Ways to Escape the Rat Race

Psst… here are a few ways you can escape the rat race and still feel comfortable in your own skin.

  • Forget about the Luxury; it’s time to Live Young – if you want to live young and free, you’d have to cut back on your expenses to the extent that only your necessities become your priorities. All you have to do is sacrifice your luxuries, choose simplicity, and save the cash for rainy days.
  • Make Money-Making Possible – Anywhere, Anytime – ok, this might seem impossible, but it’s true that you can make money without having to get up early and show up for an interview. Yes, its easy money and you can live off on that (only if you’re wired enough to understand that!)
  • Timeout Espionagethe problem with the rat race is that you just become habitual to the 9 to 5 and don’t want to work outside because you think you’ve had enough for the day. Let me tell you something, if you’re going to escape the rat race, this would be your chance to choose your working hours and give yourself some quality time as well. It’s weird, it’s unconventional, but it works!
  • Learn to Create Value – you need to add value to your life and adopt a mindset for value-creation. It’s your only possible way to survive once you escape the rat race. Provide the best quality to the people you’re working with and keep improving on that.

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If you’re someone wanting to escape the rat race, just know that you must have a guiding purpose behind your choice. Normal people just spend a lifetime in the rat race; make sure you’re weird enough to live free and celebrate every moment of your life.

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Can social media hurt your career? Beware of these pitfalls….

18 Dec

Social media is flourishing with prospects. Majority of the corporate professionals today make full use of social media platforms to network.

Interacting with other professionals will enhance your career and elevate it to new heights. However, for some unfortunate ones, it could mark the end of their careers.

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Avoid these 7 social media blunders to be a part of the former group.

  1. Badmouthing your work or manager

Saying bad things about your boss or your job, particularly on a public platform, is never a good idea. Do you think your boss can’t see your posts? Well, your co-worker might forward it to him. While a single comment may not seem to hurt your career today, it could end up haunting you in future. What if your future prospective manager sees it and decides not to employ you? Badmouthing your boss whether current or previous is never a way to go.

  1. Sharing your recent employment offer

Always remember that employment offers are mostly confidential and just because you have an offer in hand, there is no guarantee that you may actually get it. If you violate the discretion, your manager may perceive you as unreliable and cancel the employment offer.

  1. Plagiarizing

The biggest mistake you can do to sabotage your career is to plagiarise. Plagiarism is totally intolerable in the corporate world. It is similar to saying, “I’m unskilled and idle, and I have zero reliability!” This is not only true for your professional account but holds equal significance for your personal accounts as well. Are you sharing an article? Cite the writer. Putting up a photo? Give credit to the photographer.

  1. Using SMS Language

While it may not seem to be a big deal to use SMS language on your social media page, it may actually have a negative impact on your career. It seems convenient when typing on your phone or fitting into a 140 character tweet, however, it can seriously affect your spellings and grammar which are crucial to professional communication.

  1. Sharing Offensive Content

You could lose your job if any content that you share insults another individual. Avoid posting unpleasant remarks even if pun is intended.

  1. Posting Obscene Photos

Your photos reflect who you are. Posting an obscene photo will negatively influence your reputation in the workplace. Moreover, there are some countries where alcohol is prohibited and if you happen to live there then please respect the norm. Even if you are over 21 and have full right to individualism, uploading a photo with a glass of alcohol could cost you your career.

  1. Making fun of your clients

Similar to badmouthing your manager, insulting or making fun of your clients can have a negative impact on your job. Numerous virtual stories have gone viral about waiters who took photographs of meager tips and uploaded them on social media only to get sacked for such an act. Complaining about clients only portrays your corporation in a negative light that no manager would tolerate.

Heard of any social media incident that sabotaged somebody’s career? Share with us. Let’s learn together to avoid such mistakes!

 

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!

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!