Thursday, November 27, 2008

How to manage your minutes effectively

In an age where attrition is rife in the market and jobs are quickly becoming scarce, there is something that seems to be helping those who posses it, to hold their jobs. The talent in question is multitasking.

There seems to be a never ending steady stream of work, with a not so steady time to fit them all in, and to top that off, there is always the goal of being the best, improving work habits, good work ethics, etc, and far too much competition in the market.

An article from Times of India said:

A multi-tasking employee is never a diminishing asset to an organization. And it is time management that churns out this skill in an employee. “Time management makes an employee more productive, helps him/her reach his/her goal at a faster pace, and most importantly, gives a feeling of contentment and joy,” confirms Arun Rao, VP-HR, Applabs.

It also helps employees to maintain a work-life balance which is of paramount importance in today’s stressful environment. Optimum utilization of available time and reducing procrastination are some of the areas that professionals focus on for maximum results. “We encourage our employees to set realistic goals and priorities them. It is important that they decipher the relevance of goal setting, handling interruptions and find the most effective means to complete their work,” says Nishikant Kadam, vice president-HR, CBay Systems.

So how can one find the wherewithal to do such seemingly impossible Herculean tasks? The answer lies in tracking your minutes and in finding the peak hours which you can obviously fit more work in.

Try keeping a schedule up for a week. Excel sheets help with this. Log in your starting time, and keep logging everything that runs through your day that is work related – including those 2 minute meetings, etc. Doing this for a week or better yet, for a month, will show you where your time is getting spent so you can improve upon it.

So manage those minutes effectively, and save your job for another day!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Banking Jobs

There is a lot of scope for banking jobs in India. Working at a job in banking can be an exciting one, but also highly stressful if you’re not careful. Working in a bank, means you will get to meet many different kinds of people as well as learn a lot from your hands on experience. Perhaps the best part about working in a bank is that it looks pretty impressive on your resume.

But if you think it’ll be a walk in the park, think again. Many a banker comes home late – like late, late – to be with his wife and family, solely because the work pressure on him in office kept him working till 10 at night – and maybe longer.
Insurance and accounting jobs are no better. High-pressure work loads make the jobs stressful and largely draining. While it looks good on your resume to have these kind of jobs listed as work experience, you should count the cost before you step in to fill such a role.

Finance jobs can be quite exciting although, and looking on the bright side of it – at least it pays well. Jobs in Bank Industries have been known to pay over 6 digits per month and sometimes even more than that. But this need not always be the case. Jobs in Banking can be as diversified as there are types and categories of jobs in the market – well maybe not that many, but you get the point..

The first thing you need to do when considering joining a bank is ask yourself why. Are you joining them for the money? Are you joining them because they are a good brand name? Are you joining them because the market is down and you have nowhere else to turn? Ok, I’m sure that’s not why you’re joining, because banking employment seems to be the last place anyone would look if they were in such a state. Are you looking because you want to learn something new? Are you there because it’s a family business or your parents want you to do this?

Once you decide on your reason for doing this, figure out whether you would like an online banking job, or work in a regular bank. There are many types of banks under the heading of a regular bank. Some of these are: a small bank, a national bank, a hometown bank, a regional bank, etc. and then take the next step to applying to them.
As with any job, there is a minimum qualification that they expect you to meet. They don’t expect you to have criminal records or any such thing. You also need to have some basic computer knowledge.

And finally, bank jobs can be found online, in local newspapers, etc. Pick up the phone and apply.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Choose Your Career Wisely

Sales Jobs – A common myth about a sales career is that working in sales will give you more ‘control over your life’. When doing a job in sales, your life will be more exciting and adventurous then it ever was, owing to the fact that it is a challenging, high-pressure job. In sales, you get to learn a lot of new techniques and tricks as you are on the job. It’s one of those jobs that take practical and hands-on learning to gain experience and become a top-notch professional. If you enjoy interacting with people, tactfully and convincingly marketing a product, and more, then having a career in sales is for you.

Automotive Jobs – Automotive retailing jobs seem to be the most happening thing on the block. With an estimated 31,000+ new jobs being made available annually, a career in automotive retail seems to be the way to go. Taking up a job in the automotive industry can be extremely rewarding financially, intellectually and in the stability it provides as well.

Nutrition Jobs – If you enjoy working with people, taking up a job in nutrition is an excellent idea. You can find jobs for dietician’s just about anywhere: at a hospital, school, in a food processing unit, etc. If you have a flair for writing, you can take it one step further and cover the nutritional aspect of some part of life as a journalist. Having a career in nutrition is becoming better financially as time goes by. Soon there will not only be scope in the variety of the job, but in the levels of pay packages as well.

Accounts Jobs – Careers in accounting today have become much more happening thanks to the computer. Letting the computer do the calculating work for you, will leave you free to analyze and search for solutions to problems that your clients face. If you have strong interpersonal/ communication skills, and an excellent grounding in financial analysis, starting off your career in accounting will be fitting. According to an article in, a job in accounting equals a dynamic growth possibility in which strong careers can be established.

Online Data Entry Jobs – The best thing perhaps about having an online data entry job is that you can work on your own terms, and as per the amount of time and effort you put into the work, you will be paid accordingly. This kind of job is something that can be done anytime and from anywhere. Whether you are on vacation or not, you can still be earning. Pay in this kind of job is entirely upto you, as if you spend 40 hours working, you will obviously get more pay then someone who only puts in an hour a day.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Part time jobs

A lot has been in print as well as online about the now very popular concept of part time jobs. In fact, as one who writes on job market trends, industry updates, and careers, over the last two weeks I must admit that I’ve had a very large number of requests for various articles on part time jobs in India, online part time jobs, part time jobs in Delhi and other details about the same. So said, I have done a quick, condensed compilation of some ways to get a part time job no matter who you are.

First of all, if you’re a student and looking for a part time career, you can start by putting together a list of your educational qualifications, any job experience you have, and extra curricular activities you may have taken part in, such as social work – in short, you’ll need your resume. In your resume you should make it clear that you are looking for part time work.

After you’ve made your resume, prepare to go out and ‘claim the land’ so to speak. If you don’t have some nice formals, now would be a good time to get some. When going for an interview, first impressions are extremely important. Whatever your plan of action (whether it be to apply online for a job or to visit office to office, etc) you will need a hard copy of your resume, possibly samples of your work (or at least documented samples of your work), and of course presentable clothes.

For those of you who are not looking for student part time jobs, but are possibly looking to get, say a part time hr job, there are some points to keep in mind that are absolutely crucial to your success in getting part time jobs.

The first of these is, as I said earlier to get together a simple resume for yourself if you do not already have one.

Remember that appearance definitely matters. First impressions count, and you need to look your best if you want to get the job. Get some neat, formal clothes that you can wear when on interviews and first time meetings.

Make a list of places that you would like to apply to whether or online, or in person. A short pencil is better then a long memory!

Prepare yourself that the answer will oftentimes be a ‘no’ to giving you the job. This is absolutely normal and nothing to panic about. Sometimes all the available jobs in the company are filled, perhaps they are already over-staffed, maybe they just don’t have jobs for freelancers or whatever the case may be. Don’t be disappointed. In not now, then soon you will get the job you want.

And last but not least, follow up on places that you have been to. If they ask you to call at a specific time, to meet them on a specific day, or to send them mails, DON’T forget. You may be risking your new job if you do.