Are You Heading For The Right Role?

Recently one of my team members approached me for some coaching. She wanted to grow into being an Account Manager in the next six months. As part of our discussion, we identified the skills that are required for her to fulfill the role, ascertained the gaps and set down to create a plan to bridge these gaps. Good – so far.Right Role

As we set down going through each of the gaps, she started slowly started objecting to some of the gaps – this was not aligned to her core areas; she didn’t like doing some stuff; tasks that were routine and administrative…

 If we look at any role across the industries and the people who are performing it – we learn that each role requires us to perform a multitude of tasks. Some of these are very obvious (e.g Steve Jobs introducing the new iPhone to the world as CEO of Apple) while some of these might be less exposed (bitter boardroom fights for control). We can look at many examples closer to our work place – a manager handing out performance appraisals, customer meetings for a delayed project, attending meetings across time-zones etc.

When we chart our career path, we sometimes make the mistake of identifying future roles based on the outside view (glamour, control, authority, fame, power, working hours, work-life balance etc). Even when it is obvious, we sometimes overlook some parts to convince ourselves. While determining the next role or charting a long term career – trick is to look deeper to see what was not observed at the first glance. Asking yourself about conflicts, workload, time pressure, importance, resources, time zones etc. It is helpful if one can talk to someone who is already performing such a role. Also, studying the weekly routine of such a person can sometime provide insights which they themselves cannot.

Once all the Do’s for a particular role are identified, there will start a process that will help reach a judgment about suitability of a role. To start with, there will be activities that one will not like doing.  One needs to ensure that higher gratification is driven from the activities that are liked vs. the dismay of performing those that are not liked.

Does it mean that one fails in the roles where this gratification is not higher than dismay or is success guaranteed for perfect gratification score? Actually no, real life is not black-n-white, but played out as mostly grey. Depending on the gratification/dismay you start with, a number of real life factors, personal strengths and Murphy’s laws – one will perform the role with varying degrees of success.  It is very likely that the chance of success will decrease as dismaying activities increase. It is also very certain that if the score is not tipped in favor of gratification – one will not enjoy, even if one if successful.

A very likely possibility while evaluating a role is that we come across one, where one will like doing all the tasks associated for the role. When that happens, we know that we have found our Dream Job, where one will succeed and enjoy immensely on the way. And that will be the time to bring everything together to get there.

Contributed by: Abhilash Bhanot

Dos and Don’ts of Career Break

Yes I know, you have kids, you have lots to do at home but don’t forget that you also studied really hard, worked hard and you have a career. Yes it’s on hold right now so you can take care of yours little munchkins, but look ahead to when you want to relaunch…and start preparing now. Here are some simple tips that will get you thinking about your career path and will help you get back to working with confidence.

Career Break

Career Break

Dos

  1. Do some soul searching…Were you happy with what you were doing when you were working? Is that your passion? Is that what you want to do going forward? Sometimes taking a step back and looking at what you want to do with your life can really help you succeed in whatever you set out to do.  I read a quote somewhere that has stuck with me ‘Find your passion and make it your mission’.
  2. Do pick up some work, maybe freelancing, maybe helping a friend with their business, maybe your own part time venture.  This will help you shine in front of prospective employers and will give you intellectual stimulation. Yes…get out of mommy brain for a little bit.
  3. Do keep your skills updated, studying something relevant to your future job, preparing for a certification, maybe joining some classes to add a new skill to your resume.  Find few hours in a day to focus on your career. Just don’t get stagnant
  4. Do update your resume and submit your resume and profile to relauncHER.in. We can start looking for opportunities for you and even help you with updating your skills or answering your questions about the job market
  5. Do take care of yourself. Being on a break is a good time to not just take care of your family but also of your health. Learn some skills to relax, to balance your life and your day so you are prepared when the time comes to go back to workforce.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t lose touch with your friends, mentors and teachers. Try to get out and meet with them. Continue networking. Continue to update your linkedin profile, you never know who might help you with your successful relaunch.
  2. Don’t spend all your free time watching TV , gossip or shopping or reading about Bollywood.  Please, there is so much more to do.
  3. Don’t lose your interviewing skills, it doesn’t hurt to interview just for the sake of it. Maybe apply for some positions and interview just for fun.
  4. Don’t beat yourself for taking a career break and the fear of not being able to find a job. Hey, its life. We all to have to deal with what life throws at us. You made a choice, but you are going to make the most of it
  5. Don’t lose your confidence; invest some time in gaining confidence.  Try joining some groups like toastmasters that can help you with your speaking skills and also can help you grow your network

-Contributed by: Anshu Singh

Enhance Your LinkedIn Profile

Enhance Your Profile

Enhance Your Profile

Your LinkedIn profile is more than your online resume. Consider your profile as a marketplace to showcase your skills to employers. A good profile can help you find and attract great work opportunities. It is your professional presence on social media and generally your first impression on the recruiter. Give your profile some power lift and see the wonderful results it might bring:

  • Profile Picture: Add a professional looking photograph of yours preferably a close-up. Avoid using any selfies, generic pictures or some photo from your vacation.
  • Headline: Think and identify keywords that recruiter will search for to find someone like you for a position. Use these keywords to write your headline. LinkedIn by default uses your current position as your headline- which will not lead you anywhere. Also avoid using generic overused words like creative, enthusiastic etc.  Instead use leadership terms or action words (managed, designed) to establish your niche.
  • Summary: In this section write your elevator pitch. Describe your professional background and aspirations.  Do not write about your previous job roles here(that comes under the Experience section), instead focus on the work you have done, the value you can bring etc. It’s a place to describe your voice and personality.
  • Profile URL: Do not use default profile URL LinkedIn has assigned you.  Customize this URL with your name etc. Use this profile URL in your resume, email signature and business cards for added visibility.
  • Showcase Yourself: Mention all your awards, certificates, honours and accomplishments. Your LinkedIn profile is the best place to showcase your achievements to prospective employers.
  • Volunteer and Causes: Do not shy away from mentioning the volunteer work you have done. Many hiring managers consider volunteering as a legitimate work experience.
  • Get Recommendations: Ask your colleagues, friends, family to endorse and recommend you. It adds to your credibility.
  • Join Groups:  Be a member of groups related to your profession and roles. Actively participate in the discussions to show your competency and subsequently build a great network.

 

Completing your LinkedIn profile 100% with your education, experiences, recommendations, group membership will improve your search ranking on LinkedIn and will get you more visibility with employers.  So go ahead, build a strong professional network and leverage the power of LinkedIn.