Looking for a job and finding one that you love are pretty strenuous tasks – for most of us. It’s not an exact science and one needs to go through the motions to see what comes up. Although looking for job profiles that fit the skills you have could be a logical starting point.
11 things to do while you are looking for a job
Before you start looking for a job, it’ll be a great idea to take stock of what’s in your skills inventory. Jot down your skills and the jobs/experiences that justify it. It’ll be very helpful when you write your cover letters for different job roles you apply to. This inventory can also build the foundation for your answers during the interview. This will be like master sheet for your reference. (a helpful master sheet for your job applications coming up later)
The nerdy characters in The Big Bang Theory fumble with small talk till Penny arrives on the scene! (Photo credit)
“What’s shaking?” is Sheldon’s way of starting small talk with Penny in The Big Bang Theory. And we all know how tenuous his grasp is of any social convention. Although this leads to comic effects in the sitcom, small talk is no laughing matter. Chit-chat that seems banal can not just get you promotions but also crack million dollar deals!
The first few sentences of a conversation, in any culture, set the tone for the rest of the exchange. The closeness of that conversation really depends, as I’ve discussed later, on the cultural norms apart from social ones. But first, let’s look at why is small talk important and how do we do it right.
Writer’s block is an often discussed topic in blogging and writing communities. Simply put, it is the inability to come up with new ideas and write consistently. It’s either lack of ideas or not being able to write well about them. I think it also includes not having enough motivation to actually sit down and produce some work. There are at least 4 kinds of blocked writers, according to this article in The New Yorker. The situation is more dire for fiction writers who make a living out of it than for casual bloggers. And writer’s block seems to be as old as writing itself given the number of authors through out history who have suggested their own fix to the malady.
A 200 post milestone is a great time to look back on the blogging lessons learnt
200 posts! 113022 views! 76669 visitors! In a little less than 4 years! Seems like yesterday that I hit the 100 posts mark! It’s been a hard but rewarding journey! I have nurtured this blog like a baby and from teething troubles to teenage tantrums – we’ve gone through it all! There were times when the blog was a pliant infant easily giving in to my writing endeavours. Other times, it behaved like a recalcitrant toddler that just wouldn’t allow me to pin down ideas. As it grew, we also had our share of spats when we snubbed each other for weeks! But no matter what happened, both of us have stuck together through it all. The passion and the love with which the blog was created ensured that come what may, it wouldn’t wither and die.
The story starts in July 2014. This blog began taking shape. As I took baby steps in creating my professional presence online. The right theme, pages to add, content for the pages, look of the home page, planning content for the posts – decisions and more decisions to be made. And the blog has come such a long way since those confusing times! With so many revamping sprees in between. It’s still a work in progress. It’s also learning in progress.
Mr. Sinha is the head of his department with about 8 people working with him. He is a great manager and everyone can put forth their ideas during team meetings. But one thing befuddled everyone who worked with him. As people started talking about their ideas, Sinha would slouch in his chair, close his eyes and get comfortable. Anyone who saw him could be sure that he wasn’t listening. One day, a member of his team decided to discuss this with him and both of them were surprised. Mr. Sinha had no idea that his body language was coming across as exactly the opposite of what he meant. And the member of his team figured that sitting back in his chair was his boss’s way of concentrating on the idea being discussed.
That worked out for Mr. Sinha and his team. But there are so many wrong body language cues we give through out the day and we don’t even realise. Here are a few body language blunders you should watch out against:
Give feedback without hurting anyone’s feelings
Tracy finished facilitating her first meeting and she knew it wasn’t perfect. Yet, she felt great because she had at least taken the first step. But her boss walked up to her while the other team members were still around and told her, “The meeting did not go well”. She was flummoxed by his comment and attributed it to her inexperience. And if you have been the recipient of such vague feedback at work, you know how that feels.
Giving and receiving feedback is a sensitive form of communication. It is very easy to hurt and demoralise or hold resentments even though they may not be called for. I want to share an article with you that gives you specific guidelines on giving feedback without hurting anyone’s feelings. And I think this is a key skill for the work place.