10 tips for right career- the ultimate guide for Bright career!

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Tips for bright career

 

10 Tips for right career:

Applying for a job or choosing a career is not an easy thing. we must take care of few things before making it as our career. Here we have given the list of things which one has to concentrate while choosing a Bright career.

  • 1. Eligibility Criteria
    • Academic qualification:

      Make sure that you meet the academic requirements of the job. In some cases, though the required qualification is B.Tech/BE/MBA, the nature of work in the organization could be very demanding. Some companies specifically mention that the applicants should be from reputed universities like IITs, IIMs, NITs, BITS, etc.  while some don’t say so explicitly but expect the candidates to perform on par with those from these institutes once selected. So, it is better to get an idea about the job deliverables before you apply.

    • Age limit:

      Thanks to the software behind online application form-filling. If you are not in the eligible age bracket, it will show an error/pop-up at the time of applying itself. However, it is better to check the age criteria clearly for your category i.e. in case you have some age relaxation to your caste, experience, service in the Armed Forces, etc.

    • Work experience:

      You need to understand how companies count your experience. the open secret in the IT industry is many companies do not consider your first year at work as experience i.e. let’s say you worked for 3 years in a company, and are looking outside then your experience is counted as only 2 years for purpose of negotiation of your salary, etc. This is because you are considered as a trainee rather than a productive employee in the 1st year of your career and you’re under probation period the 1st year at work.

    • Physical standards:

      Some jobs, especially in the Armed Forces, require the applicants to have certain physical standards even though the jobs are non-combat in nature. They are very particular about their rules, so make sure you check all the details in prior.

  • 2. How To Enter
    • Entrance exam:

      This is the most common means of entering into the job. Some government sector/PSU jobs are selected through exams which are conducted on a regular basis i.e. yearly/half-yearly. Private companies also conduct exams to screen candidates, especially when the number of applicants is high and also to test the candidate’s aptitude skills for the job. So, register yourself in websites of these companies or keep checking them regularly for the release of exam notification (Alternatively, you can create Google Alert or RSS Feed for updates on the website).

    • Apply directly:

      If you are asked to apply directly, make sure that you apply in the format asked by the company/organization. An example could be jobs in the Indian Army – The applicants are often asked to send their details with few particulars like paper color, type of envelop and highlighting streams. If you make a mistake in any of these, the application will be rejected. So, pay great attention to format, fee, deadlines, etc.

    • Through a reference:

      Many companies conduct referral drives i.e. employees of a company will get an opportunity to refer their friends/relatives for an opening in the company. Why do companies do this? For two reasons – One, if an existing employee refers someone; it saves a lot of time and energy for the recruitment team to do a fresh search. Two, the company gains the goodwill of the existing employees as they give jobs to those referred by them (subject to the person meeting the requirements). Also, the employees will earn some referral bonus in the form of money, which intern increases the retention rate of the company.

      So, when you go through a reference, generally there are better chances of getting selected than applying on your own.

  • 3. How to Prepare
    • Written Exam:

      The only way you can perform well in the entrance exam is by working hard and preparing yourself to give the best. However, unlike in a personal interview, you will not get an opportunity to justify your answers and opinions in a written test. So, you need to know what the company is expecting from the test-takers. In the job notification, look for words like “The candidates are expected to…”, “The candidates will be tested in…”, etc. If nothing is mentioned in the notification, refer previous papers and get in touch with someone who took the exam earlier. You may even contact the company HR/recruitment team to know the expectations from candidates.

    • Personal Interview:

      The same principles apply for the personal interview also. The only advantage (or sometimes disadvantage) is that you get an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and views to the interviewers directly. Again, know what is expected from you. There is no point in going to a PSU interview and declaring that they should you in because you are patriotic and have NCC/NSS certificates (what they are looking for is a candidate with sound knowledge who can help with the company profits). It is always advisable to attend a few mock interviews.

  • 4. Skillset

    You need to have a clear understanding of the skills and knowledge demanded by the career. This is because you need to think long-term while choosing a career. So, even if you can manage to get a job now with your current skills, if you cannot meet the demands a few years down the line, your career have to face undesirable consequences.

    So, even before you apply for a career. It is highly recommended to speak to a few experienced people and knows the required skills and other requirements. If you decide to take up the career, have a clear plan as to how you are going to acquire the required knowledge and skills.

  • 5. Job Description and Designation

    Know your roles and responsibilities of the current position well. For instance, if you enter into computer networking as a fresher, your role would be that of a Network Admin or System Admin.

    On the other hand, responsibilities are the specific tasks or duties that a person is expected to complete. These are specific activities assigned to you and you will be held accountable for these activities. Continuing with our Network Admin example, your responsibilities may be to configure networking devices, maintain a database of the same, troubleshoot any complaints received from the customer, etc.

  • 6. Salary and Perks

    The debate of “Salary vs. Power/Prestige” in choosing between a private and a government job is all well-known to us. Well, what matters is whether you are able to meet all your needs with the salary that you get. The salaries for many government jobs are low when compared to private jobs but the silver lining is the comfort that is offered. For instance, some PSUs offer free holiday packages, free stay in star hotels, etc., for their employees.

  • 7. Career Progression

    Again, this is a part of planning your long-term career. This could especially be important in inspiring you to take up the career. An example of Civil Services – Anyone who aims to become an IAS officer says that she/he wants to serve the country by becoming a Collector/District Magistrate. However, to become a collector will take at least 10 years. But by envisioning himself/herself as a Collector the person inspires him/her to pursue her goal.

  • 8. Presentation skills

    Interviewers often give more importance to non-verbal communication over verbal communication. So, students should follow the formal dress code, maintain eye contact while talking, shake hand firmly and be confident during interviews.

  • 9. Be in contact with seniors

    Staying in touch with college seniors could be helpful, especially in the case of company referral drives and walk-in interviews. At times seniors working, bring their campus drives to the colleges for placements.

  • 10. Prepare an impressive resume

    Resume preparation forms a very important part of applying for jobs. By the time you enter your 4-2. you must have a well-prepared resume which sums up your career goals, academic and extracurricular achievements, projects, hobbies, etc. Know that your resume speaks to the interviewer before you meet him. So, put in your best efforts and try to make it innovative. You can create info-graphics in place of plain text resume. If you want to stand out create a 2-3 minute video resume and send the link to the company.