The Secret of Being Happy at Work

August 30, 2022

By Sheena M

The Secret of Being Happy at Work​

A happy work environment resonates happy workforce. An employee who is happy is more collaborative, productive and can maintain good relationships with the team as per Harvard University studies. They enjoy what they do. They are extremely proud of what they deliver and offer better performance. Here are a few ways by which we can stay happy at work.

1. Appreciation

Who doesn’t love appreciation? Appreciation will always boost confidence and elevate spirits in a work environment. Do not hesitate to treat and reward yourself to boost your positivity. You are special!

2. Be inclusive and positive

All are different especially when the workforce encompasses multicultural aspects and paradigms. Mutual understanding and resilience are the key factors to channelling frustrations and crafting healthy relationships.

3. Small celebrations

A simple gesture to wish a colleague on his/her special day with a birthday e-card will make them feel buzzed. This will create a lasting positive impact, a feeling of belonging and compassion. Put it those aspects of psychology, technology and creativity to make your colleague’s day special.  You only gain and there is nothing to lose!

4. Buddy system

Companies need to ensure that the new hires start their journey in the right direction. An induction program will ease stress and perturbation. An assigned ‘close buddy’ at the office will be of great help with simple but crucial information like where is the restroom, how to access the nearby public transport facility, how to order stationery, where is the pantry and much more.

5. Net your emotions

We need to try to net our emotions to the best possible efficiency. Our personal worries should not hinder our focus and productivity at work. It is equally important to consider vice-versa too. 

6. Scheduling

Try to manage work with a proper schedule. This will not only help you stay organized but will help you stay relaxed and get prepared for what comes next!

7. Eat healthy, stay hydrated and move around

We need to take time to stretch our back, hands and legs. Maybe take a small walk across the room amidst the busy schedule. Our energy levels climb to their peak when we stay hydrated and fit. Though it sounds like a mundane advice, it is the best solution to those grumpy moods.

8. Throw out what you do not need

Keep your workplace organized and clean. A clean workspace keeps you away from distractions. You should know what you need and where you have to place them. Get rid of that unwanted clutter. Studies have proved that an uncomfortable work environment will negatively affect your psychological and professional well-being.

9. Acceptance

You can do nothing about a confrontational colleague or an obnoxious co-worker or a tough boss. You just need to devise ways to get along with them. You also need to tactically handle and manage rumours. Try your best not to let these factors affect your productivity.

10. Wow, Office!

Identify the stuff that brings happiness to you at work. Try to abstain from negative thoughts and things that stimulate stress and burn you out.

All said, not every day at work is going to be a great day. Not every day will bring sunshine to your face. Your emotional quotient and willingness to proceed despite petty hurdles will keep you going. Crucial long-term insights and goals that we set should be our fuel. This will ground us to balance every day, even if a facet looks different through our and others’ lenses. And don’t forget to pat your own shoulder!

Happy work experience to all!

The Secret of Being Happy at Work

August 30, 2022

By Sheena M

The Secret of Being Happy at Work​

A happy work environment resonates happy workforce. An employee who is happy is more collaborative, productive and can maintain good relationships with the team as per Harvard University studies. They enjoy what they do. They are extremely proud of what they deliver and offer better performance. Here are a few ways by which we can stay happy at work.

 

1. Appreciation

Who doesn’t love appreciation? Appreciation will always boost confidence and elevate spirits in a work environment. Do not hesitate to treat and reward yourself to boost your positivity. You are special!

2. Be inclusive and positive

All are different especially when the workforce encompasses multicultural aspects and paradigms. Mutual understanding and resilience are the key factors to channelling frustrations and crafting healthy relationships.

3. Small celebrations

A simple gesture to wish a colleague on his/her special day with a birthday e-card will make them feel buzzed. This will create a lasting positive impact, a feeling of belonging and compassion. Put it those aspects of psychology, technology and creativity to make your colleague’s day special.  You only gain and there is nothing to lose!

4. Buddy system

Companies need to ensure that the new hires start their journey in the right direction. An induction program will ease stress and perturbation. An assigned ‘close buddy’ at the office will be of great help with simple but crucial information like where is the restroom, how to access the nearby public transport facility, how to order stationery, where is the pantry and much more.

5. Net your emotions

We need to try to net our emotions to the best possible efficiency. Our personal worries should not hinder our focus and productivity at work. It is equally important to consider vice-versa too. 

6. Scheduling

Try to manage work with a proper schedule. This will not only help you stay organized but will help you stay relaxed and get prepared for what comes next!

7. Eat healthy, stay hydrated and move around

We need to take time to stretch our back, hands and legs. Maybe take a small walk across the room amidst the busy schedule. Our energy levels climb to their peak when we stay hydrated and fit. Though it sounds like a mundane advice, it is the best solution to those grumpy moods.

8. Throw out what you do not need

Keep your workplace organized and clean. A clean workspace keeps you away from distractions. You should know what you need and where you have to place them. Get rid of that unwanted clutter. Studies have proved that an uncomfortable work environment will negatively affect your psychological and professional well-being.

9. Acceptance

You can do nothing about a confrontational colleague or an obnoxious co-worker or a tough boss. You just need to devise ways to get along with them. You also need to tactically handle and manage rumours. Try your best not to let these factors affect your productivity.

10. Wow, Office!

Identify the stuff that brings happiness to you at work. Try to abstain from negative thoughts and things that stimulate stress and burn you out.

All said, not every day at work is going to be a great day. Not every day will bring sunshine to your face. Your emotional quotient and willingness to proceed despite petty hurdles will keep you going. Crucial long-term insights and goals that we set should be our fuel. This will ground us to balance every day, even if a facet looks different through our and others’ lenses. And don’t forget to pat your own shoulder!

 

Happy work experience to all!

WHAT IS AN IDEAL CV?
Who wouldn’t wish to have a CV that will rank at the top of recruiter searches?

October 30, 2023

By Sheena M

IDEAL CV

A good CV is a crucial asset for your job search as it gives a brief and compelling sketch of your capabilities and experience. Here, as a few elements that need to be considered while making or amending, and/or enhancing your CV.

 

1. Clear formatting: 

Resumes should be well-structured, easy to read, and organized in a consistent, and professional format with clearly marked sections, headings, bullet points, and subheadings. Tailor/customize your CV according to the job position. Make sure that you emphasize qualifications and experiences that align with the specific job description.

2. Contact information: 

Include your name, phone number, email address, LinkedIn account URL (if available) and location. It is always better to avoid the mention of Date of Birth, gender, marital status, and family details.

3. Professional summary and title: 

A brief, targeted statement with a title/heading stating your field of expertise explicitly at the beginning of your CV will highlight your career goals and help your CV stand out. It should be exceeding 3 lines and your tagline should be intended to grab attention.

4. Work experience: 

Always ensure to list your work history in reverse chronological order (most recent job first). For each position, include the job title, company name, location, and dates of employment. Use bullet points to describe your key responsibilities and achievements in each role.

5. Education: 

It is important to provide essential details about your educational background in your CV. This includes names of institutions, courses/degrees, graduation dates, and any relevant honours or awards. It is not advisable to mention the details of school graduation unless that is the highest qualification that you possess.

6. Skills: 

Highlight both technical and soft skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. This portion is very crucial as it will tell the hiring officer about the possible contribution you can make and what makes you different from other candidates.

7. Achievements and Accomplishments, Or Awards and Honours:  

You need to showcase specific achievements, quantifiable results, and contributions you have in different genres.

8. Certifications and training: 

This section is often combined with the work experience section, which is not recommended. Try to keep this section separate in your CV and let it stand out to enhance your qualifications for the position.

9. Publications, presentations, and projects (if applicable): 

If you have contributed to publications, given presentations, or worked on notable projects, mention them in a separate section to catch the attention of the recruiter. It is advisable to follow the international format to mention your publications. If a clickable link can be provided for the publication, it is more apt.

10. Languages: 

Many candidates forget to add this section. If you’re proficient in any language other than your native language, you need to include this information. If you possess typing skills in more than 1 language, it is always advisable to mention the same.

11. Professional affiliations: 

Mention memberships in relevant professional organizations, associations, or industry groups.

12. Volunteer work or community involvement (optional): 

Include any volunteer experience or community service in your CV. This will show your inclination towards CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

13. Keywords: 

Always make sure to incorporate relevant keywords from the job posting to increase the chances of your CV getting noticed by the recruiters and the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).

14. Length: 

Generally, a CV should be no longer than two pages, but this can vary depending on your level of experience and the industry.

15. Proofreading: 

Typos can create a negative impression. Always double-check your CV for grammar and spelling errors.

16. References: 

References need not be included in your CV. Instead, you can write “References available upon request” and be prepared to provide references when requested.

17. Color: 

Try to avoid flashy colors and images. Keep it subtle and professional.

Your CV is a dynamic document, and it should be updated as your career progresses. Honesty and transparency are the key factors to be kept in mind while drafting your CV, as any inaccuracies can be problematic during the hiring process. Always remember that your CV is not an outline of your life story. It is the key to success and tip-off to grab the attention of the recruiter in 10 seconds. A CV crafted in a concise, elevated, clear, consistent, and authentic style will stimulate the mind of the reader and help you get picked up from the stack.