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Anshuman Kukreti

Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics related to employment across the globe.

Job-search, the term itself has become so clichéd that today even Googling it will land you up with a million search results. A zillion career experts with numerous opinions, each guaranteeing you the most desirable job offer and there you stand, stuck in a dilemma to make the best pick.

It might seem a bit rudimentary, but before putting any step forth, you need to get your basics in tune. Hence, mentioned below are a few such tools that either have been overlooked or not at all considered during your job hunt campaign so far. So, without further ado, just give them a good glance and try whatever it takes to incorporate these into your routine. Who knows, it might just click right!

Digital Tools to Brand Yourself

In this technical era, gone are those days when you had to post a copy of your resume to different companies. The corporate world today runs online and that’s where you need to make a mark. The recruiters in most of the corporations hire employees by getting their databases from search engines like Google and Bing.

You need to start by giving it a try and searching yourself on various search engines. Tools like Trackur and Google Alerts can prove quite handy in the same regard. You can view and control the quantity of information, you want to let out in front of HR professionals mapping and sourcing candidates.

In addition to this, you can also use your social media accounts and a personal blog to make your online presence more efficacious. To sum up the point, ways are numerous, it just depends on your approach and the efforts invested to boost your digital image.

Most Significant One: The Networking Hack

Sources round the globe suggest that networking is one of the most crucial tools that can benefit any job-seeker. While it’s true that vacancies are let out up for grabs amongst job-hunters, but to be truthful, chances that way are quite bleak. What you need to tap is the ‘hidden job market’. Companies in most of the countries today are going for referrals instead of walk-ins. Hence, it becomes imperative for you to collaborate with people through platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Moreover, you can also build and nurture a healthy professional network, just by being a regular participant at various networking events. Meet people, learn more about your industry and make it a regular affair to have conversations with them. As pushy as it may sound, this really works in favor of those hunting for the right internship or employment opportunity.

A Track of All Your Accomplishments

Although there’s a specific section in your resume talking about the medals you hold in the academic arena and all the accolades you’ve won during your time as a student, but is that it?

There sure are ways you can pump up the efforts and make it way more conspicuous. What todays employer looks for are success stories during the walk of your career and this is what you need to target. It proves to be quite a fruitful method, considering the fact that it gives the employer an idea regarding your capabilities and the way you react when tackling adverse situations.

For instance, being an online marketing expert you might list increasing the web-traffic up by 25% as an achievement. But, it does little for a skeptical manager. What you need is to lay down the whole story and explain, how you were up for the task and the challenges you faced while hitting the required target. This way he’ll get over every modicum of inhibition hovering above his head.

Obviously, these were things you always came across but ignored, somehow. What you need at present is the implementation of these ideas to increase the bandwidth of alternatives you may score. Good luck!

Are you good enough?

A fact quite clear- motivation is central to happiness, productivity and creativity. It might be the fear to finish last, or the challenge that seems unable to clinch, demotivation is quite natural to happen at this stage of life. Obviously, the only energy which binds our actions together and causes us to act on the desired path is motivation.

We act, create movement, notice things, suggest changes, feel involved and masterful, there’s so much that stems out of this source. This itself makes being motivated a pre-requisite to succeed in professional life. There might be targets that’ve intimidated you a great deal, but losing hope just wouldn’t get you anywhere. It’s time to collect all pieces up and stand tall to fight with all your demons.

Here are a few tips to help you fight demotivation, during any instance in your professional life.

End the Blame Game

You blamed your seniors, your colleagues and yourself, eventually. But, that’s not how it works or would work. Motivated employees are need of the hour everywhere and it is for you to understand that the sense of motivation is quite as much intrinsic as anything else in the whole wide world. You don’t have to react to external factors that further aggravate the deal and cause you to feel low at work.

Obviously, you need to take ownership, which is quite different from blaming yourself. Just see your part in all that’s going on and the actions that’re required to rectify the whole situation. Remember, being in a look-forward position will keep you thoughtful in the present and focused on the future. You too need something that draws you ahead in the game!

Find a Purpose in Things at Work

It happens that everything seems empty and vague, being consumed in thinking about how you’re not doing well or treated unfairly. All that’s required right now is the sense of purpose which seems to get lost in the whole process.

Every task that you take up at work, definitely pays off sometime in the future. In addition to this, it also helps you hone transferable skills, which’re crucial in every profession. You might also look out for a mentor who helps you revive the lost sense of purpose and the hunger to try with a harder gut, every time you fail. It really works, considering the kind of pressure situation that arise in the professional arena.

Start With some Appreciation

The ideal case scenarios have been discussed far too much by career experts and advisors. One of the best things that you can do is the act of relieving yourself of the pressure to find the perfect job. It often happens that expectations vent up inside, to the extent that it starts hampering your performance at work and damaging your time  schedule, fretting over things that could’ve happened in a ‘perfect way’.

Well, squash all these unreal expectations and the minute you do it, you’ll suddenly realize that what you’ve got in life is probably the best. You start loving your job and results that were staggering in the lows earlier, take a shoot for the stars.

Take things Step by Step

It overwhelms us to the core when we see the bigger picture and all that needs to be achieved. But, this does lead to missing out on small details that make all the difference in the end. Being a major constraint, there’s an utter need for you to take things one-by-one, as they come.

Reflect upon all that you’ve done and keep repeating things in the process. It certainly wouldn’t make you lose out on your precious time, after all that you’ve spent feeling low.

There’s a lot that can possibly be said. In the end, it all comes down to your approach and the mindset. Stay focused and believe in yourself. Everything will be fine.

Answering The Interview Question- Where Do You See yourself in 5 Years?

Everything’s going fine. Answering all questions with immense confidence, you seem to be acing the interview till now. There you sit, optimistic and enthusiastic about the fact that you’ve nearly made it with a desirable job offer to suffice all your needs.

Suddenly, the interviewer stoops towards you and asks, where do you see yourself in five years?

And there you are, flabbergasted and dumbfounded as never!

Going by the interviewer’s body language, obviously, you would’ve pictured yourself to be a successful professional nipping deadlines in the bud and scoring high incentives with team appreciation in the future. But, how to shape it in the form of a crisp yet informative reply?

Hold your horses my friend, the discussion to follow will build on the same line of thought and enable you to gain some clarity regarding the question. The drill to outlining your answer depends on the following hacks.

Focus on How This Position Would Help You!

Before securing a job offer, this is the point where you should consider the tides of feelings and apprehensions going rampant in your mind. Think about the work-life balance and whether or not you’ll be able to maintain it. Does it seem like the kind of work environments where you can capitalize on your strengths and produce some results?

Will this job help you increase your value in the job market?

Take some time to get these questions answered and base your reply on the facts that bulge out of these. It’s always better to stop for a while rather than making haste and blabbering, right?

Lay Stress On Your Long-Term Interest in the Company

A possible reason for the hiring manager to ask this question is that he wants to ensure whether you can stick and grow with the firm for a considerable period of time or not. In case, you have short tenures dazzling in your resume, this might be the most crucial factor to consider.

The case of ‘job-hopping’ kept aside, the company will be investing a lot of money, time and resources to train you in the most efficacious way. The least you can do is showing an honest intent to stick around for a while and be ready for a long-term job role!

Try Mentioning Some Goals As Well

Agreed, that it becomes a bit difficult for an individual to foresee the future and state things accurately, to happen during the course of next few years. But, you can always think about the possibilities that might exist once you accept the offer. Take a moment to ponder over the principles you’ve imbibed in personal as well as your professional life. Jot them down and form an answer to the question, ‘what do you want your career to be in the next five years?’ The imperative thing to consider is that your answer should be in line with the values you jotted down earlier.

However, while mentioning your goals try and keep them realistic at the same time. Don’t be overly ambitious and state something that seems virtually impossible to accomplish.

Shaping Your Answer

Having formed a strategy and realized your personal career goals, now you’ll be in a better condition to answer the question in an organized way. More the time you take to visualize about your profession and how things might turn out to be in the future, more will be the logical validity of your answer. The best thing here is that you can be honest to the interviewer while telling him about your goals. The job role would definitely take you somewhere. All you need is to align those possibilities with your broader professional objectives.

An Ideal Answer Can Be Like

‘Well, I’m really excited by this job profile at ABC Enterprise, because in 5 years I’d like to see myself having immense expertise in the finance sector. I’m also looking forward to take some managerial duties over the course of next few years and potentially even take the lead on some projects.