People who outsource their transcription work are looking to work with companies or individuals who they know they can trust to provide the best possible service. When a company or business outsource any work, they are placing their trust in someone else to perform a particular job or role in the name of their company, and so whatever task it is that is being completed must be done so to the highest possible standard. Otherwise, outsourcing altogether would not prove to be a wise investment. Continue reading
If your business has grown to the point where you are ready to hire employees to help with certain functions, you may think that once a certain position has been filled that you can relax until you need to consider hiring again. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is something that you should be constantly on your radar. Continue reading
Business centres are not just hives of activity, but full of networking opportunities too. Filled to the rafters with entrepreneurs all eager to make their mark in the world of business, they’re also a perfect place to practice your social skills. So how can you get to know your business neighbours, and could it really benefit your business?
Find out who’s who
It’s not hard to find out who’s who in a business centre, and a quick check of the building roster will give you a good idea as to whether some real-life ‘friending’ is in order. Remember that social networks don’t just apply to the virtual world; they work equally as well in the real world as well, and are particularly important in business. The old adage is true, it’s not just what you know, but who you know as well!
Open up your business
As well as getting to know others, let them get to know you. This is an ideal chance for you to do a bit of B2B promotion, so if you’re in an industry that transcends sector boundaries such as web design, for instance, it’s also a great way to drum up a bit of local trade. Once other organisations within the centre get to know that there’s a webmaster lurking in an office on the third floor, they’ll be keen to find out if their ‘local boy’ or girl could take a quick look at their website and perhaps give it a few tweaks.
At this point, a word of advice. Managed offices and business centres develop their own little communities and, yes, even friendships can grow out of the shared challenges of a collection of hardworking SMEs. However, don’t be lulled into doing ‘something for nothing’ in the hope that your neighbour will reciprocate in kind should you need their expertise further down the line. Keep things professional from day one and you won’t end up running around doing ‘favours’ for people who really should be paying for your time. Physical proximity within the confines of shared office space doesn’t automatically entitle anyone to a freebie.
When you move in, a great way to get to know your business neighbours quickly is to throw a welcome party and invite representatives from the other companies in the centre to a simple get together. They may appreciate this more than you realise, as it’s also a great chance to get to know each other too. If you’re the catalyst for a stronger and more inclusive business community within the centre, then you’ll find that your reputation can quickly grow and develop as a decent person to do business with!
The rewards are worth the effort
Making yourself accessible to the other organisations within a business centre community is a smart business move. Within the confines of a small area you have a collection of businesses that could be potential customers, contacts or even partners that could complement your own enterprise at some point in the future. Making the most of the opportunities that present themselves could help you establish your business much more quickly.
About the author – Kevin Maddox blogs regularly about the trials faced by start-up businesses, and has written extensively about office life for various business and SME-focused sites including Abacus Real Estate.
It can be argued that using regular surveys can help you to improve your employee engagement; this increased engagement can be understood in a number of ways, from opening up the confidence in employees to provide constructive feedback, through to being able to troubleshoot details on projects. Ultimately, though, employee engagement can be helped by using surveys that respond to particular challenges in your business, and seek to gauge attitudes, giving employees a space in which to be more involved in the day to day and the long term running of a company.
Employees that are given the chance to provide anonymous feedback can become more confident, and more engaged, by having a clear communication channel through which to comment on their experiences and provide opinions; anonymity is particularly crucial, in this context, for giving employees the confidence to address managerial problems without worrying about their job security.
Troubleshooting for Projects
Employee surveys can help to improve engagement with specific projects before, during, and after major projects; filling out surveys allow employees to provide feedback on how a project is being set up, and whether any areas could be improved. This feedback can be used to encourage self-reflection during the development of a large scale project, where it can be hard to get formal feedback on a regular basis.
Flexibility and Focus
Surveys that quiz employees that may not be working in a central office, or are working from home, can represent a good opportunity to boost cohesion, and to get a wide range of different perspectives on a problem. It’s possible to use employee surveys, in this way, to build up a broader sense of how work load is being distributed within a company.
Get Different Perspectives
The level of engagement within a company can be boosted by allowing employees to put forward ideas that may not normally have been brought to the surface; this kind of engagement with problems can give you a new perspective, and can be made into a valuable part of the decision making process within a business.
Develop Better Benchmarks
If you want employees to get a stronger sense of what their goals are, and how they can become better engaged with them, surveys can allow them to reflect on selected deadlines, as well as on how effective their current workplace is for delivering these results.
Improve Internal Communications
Surveys can also be useful for allowing employees to give you feedback on the current quality of your internal communications; this might involve looking at the success of internal emails, as well as the accessibility of an Intranet system.
Boost Awareness of Company Culture
More engaged employees can potentially be created by using surveys to test their knowledge of what their employers do, and how they can think about their place within a broader working culture.
Regular surveys can allow individual employees to formally reflect on their role within projects, as well as over what they get from being part of different teams over time.
Improved Line Management
Carefully developed employee surveys can allow anonymity to be used for staff to raise any issues they may have with middle management and the allocation of resources within a company; while sometimes difficult to produce without causing confidentiality issues, these surveys can help to indicate where solutions might be made.
Even short surveys delivered to provide a few questions on employee satisfaction and suggestions for change can help to foster a stronger degree of engagement within a business; doing so can also help to develop a transition between old and new management styles.
Bob is a successful entrepreneur and has found that with 360 feedback he is able to accurately judge how his employees are performing. After having set up several business and seen them flourish he now is looking to share what he has learnt over time with others.
When trying to accomplish any major goal in life, rejection and obstacles are inevitable steps that every professional has to encounter not once but multiple times in life. The key is to learn from your mistakes and persist through it until you succeed. However, this is easier said than done. The critical differentiators between success and failure is the ingredient of the person, who befalls the same. It is not aptitude that creates the difference but attitude, as has been recognized in numerous highly cited research works (Shao et al. 1988, Jennifer et al. 2006; etc).
I have personally encountered numerous professionals who are actually extremely competent but find it hard to deal with failure and perceived rejection from the social and professional network due to the same. Counseling helps in more ways than is perceived in making or breaking these otherwise highly competent people.
Success of course is the ultimate souvenir and the only testament to your efforts. However, dealing with rejection is critical to avoid burn-out and maintain self poignant efficacy and confidence to go on. Coping strategies include using emotional or instrumental support; self-distraction; denial; religion; venting; substance use; self-blame; and behavioral disengagement.
Of these, using social support (for emotional, instrumental and terminal goals), denial, venting, behavioral disengagement, and self-blame coping had negative effects on individual satisfaction and ends up in boosting sub-lingual dissonance within the mind. As more and more professionals used these coping strategies in dealing with the day’s most bothersome failure, the less satisfied they felt at the end of the day and subsequently their performance felt the effect of a dissonant mind in the long run. This creates job churn or disengagement from organizational citizenship behavior or even group affiliation.
In contrast, positive reframing (i.e. trying to see things in a more positive light, looking for something constructive feedback from first hand experiences), factual acceptance and humor coping had positive effects on satisfaction. It has been observed that professionals using these coping strategies in dealing with failures, became more satisfied and less stressed they felt at the end of the day (Stoeber et al., 2006). The finding that positive reframing of relatively bitter experiences in the professional sphere was helpful for professionals having extremely high perfectionist goals and long term self-improvement commitment is particularly important. This establishes that even people high in perfectionistic concerns will have a tendency to be dissatisfied no matter what they achieve, are able to experience high levels of satisfaction if they use positive reframing while attempting to cope when dealing with perceived failures. The same also applies for all professionals even if they are somewhat in the “cross the fence” stage where they are yet to taste success majorly.
Do let us know, if this helps you in dealing with stress from fears of failure and rejection.
The most important facet while applying for a job is presenting one’s competency through a resume or CV. So how should one present one’s CV so that the first barrier, of getting noticed amidst hundreds of applicants, is successfully crossed. Here are few tips every professional should keep in mind while writing the curriculum vitae. Always remember, the first round while selecting a candidate through the CV is via elimination, while the second round to finalize a hire is through selection via interviews.
- Your resume is not the biography of your life. It is should only capture your professional aspects, including few major sections like academics, awards and recognitions, achievements, positions of responsibilities, extra-curricular relevant to the application, publications if any and past relevant work experience. Of these, academics and work experience are the often the most important sections that get you the interview call. Ensure your strengths are highlighted. Ensure that your contact details are mentioned, preferably in the header or footer.
- In the work experience section, highlight your organization name, period worked for and role details, chronologically. Also be sure to highlight how your performance created a difference, if possible, quantitatively. Also, mention if your work was given any formal recognition, it is always a cake cutter.
- As a thumb rule, a CV where work experience is lower than 5-7 years should not exceed 1 page. If your CV exceeds 1 page, ensure it reaches 2 pages completely, else cut down the content to 1 page. Simply put, the HR manager will have hundreds of applicants and necessarily lacks the time to go through lengthy CV where substance of key importance may be diluted amidst non-relevant information.
- The minimum font size for writing a CV is 10, while don’t make it larger than 12. Use a regular font like Times New Roman, Calibri, Ariel although sometimes fonts like Garamond, Cambria and Georgia are preferred by many professionals.
- Typically, line spacing should be 1 to 1.5. Do remember, a CV which cant reach 1 page with 1.5 line spacing and 12 size font, may not be impressive. So for starters / freshers, if your CV seems too small (say half page only), you need to dig deeper into yourself to find the facts which you may have overlooked to mention in your CV.
- It is often a good idea to highlight major sections, using a colored and slightly bigger font or using font background shading. The recruiter then can easily read the sections he is more interested into. Increased readability of your CV can transcend to increased initial responses from potential recruiters.
- Put points in your CV which is verifiable and factual. Don’t write about things which are intrinsic qualities like how passionate you are, or your punctuality. However, if you had been awarded for your performance or punctuality in meeting deliverables, be sure to mention that.
- A great CV should highlight your strengths and hide your weakness. Keep the sections that you may not want to highlight in the middle sections of the page. Ensure the words or phrases you want to draw attention to are highlighted (bold) .
- Ensure that whatever you write is crisp and devoid of fat. A good way to deliver this is write in bullet points and within each point, highlight the word or phrase you would want to draw the recruiter’s attention to.
- Finally, please do remember, while emailing your CV to a potential recruiter, do add a cover letter highlighting that you are highly interested in the position and why you are highly suitable for the same, and how the opening is in line with your career objectives. A CV without a good cover letter WILL go unnoticed 90% of the times.
So how should Harry Potter write his CV if he were to present it at the auror’s recruitment drive, following these tips? Check this out his resume to get an idea of how to present yourself for a job interview through a CV to minimize the risk of preliminary elimination.
Do let us know if you have any feedback regarding CV writing tips.