Open The Door Of Your Personal Prison

Open The Door Of Your Personal Prison

I have learnt to seek wisdom from people from all walks of life including men and women who did not succeed in their first attempt.

Many people see their failure as a permanent experience.

The reality is that they did not succeed at that time.

But the fact that they did not succeed once does not mean that they will fail every time at everything. It depends on their response to their predicament.

They may have had shortcomings in their knowledge, skill-sets or resources, but I love it when people determine that they can’t stay in the prison of their limitations.

These successful men and women, who once failed in the past, have found peace with the actions that lead to their failure. They have asked for forgiveness for making mistakes, and have learnt their lessons. Many of them have committed to improving themselves professionally as well as personally. Some have even taken associates under their wings and guided them on how they can avoid mistakes and do better.

If these men and women can find light and hope, how dare us not see the light that shines upon us.

So many of us are incarcerated in the prison of our minds by not looking for our light. We can easily get caught behind the bars of our limitations and limiting beliefs.

We have to get up every single day and make the choice to focus on improving our self.

If we choose not to focus on improving ourselves, we are not working towards our success.

If we look at every mishap of failure that ever happened to us as tragic, we are missing out on the light within that situation.

We all have opportunities that are presented to us on a daily basis. These opportunities up show up in the people we meet, the invitations we receive, and all the information shared with us.

Our response to these choices can determine how sooner we break free the prison and walk to the door of success.

If you are ready to let go of your self-doubts and limiting beliefs, and you need a trusted thinking partner to achieve more success in your career quickly, connect with me to enrol in the Career Success Program. This personal development course will help you jump over the hurdles, skyrocket your career success and experience greater fulfilment in work and life.




How to get a job fast

How to get a job fast

Whether you are just starting your job search or you have been in the game for a while, it can be hard to know exactly how to get a job fast.

So, here is an article highlighting the 10 best job hunting tips you must not ignore to get a job fast.

The tips mentioned herewith will give you a surety on how to proceed, and they will make your job search less frustrating,

It will help you keep your career moving onward and upward, without wasting any time.

The hard reality of job search is that you get to hear a lot of “no’s” in order to get to a “yes”. 

So, you need a trusted thinking partner who could tell you exactly why you are rarely hearing back on the hundreds of resumes you are sending out or what you are doing wrong and why your answers are not creating an impact in interviews.

As a seasoned Career Coach, I provide personalised support to job seekers on getting the job fast. 

Click here to connect with me if you would like to get your resume and LinkedIn profile reviewed, and discuss your interview preparation.


10 Things you must do to get a job fast


The best way to ensure that you get a job as fast as possible is to follow the tips listed below:


1. Keep Your Job Search Focussed


It’s an open secret that several companies have a slow hiring process. There are interview rounds after rounds to ensure that you are fit and truly interested in the job role and position you have applied for.

You can’t change how the company expedites the process on its end. However, you can eliminate the time-consuming obstacles on your end by keeping your job search focused and your intentions top of mind.

So, be intentional in your job search. And don’t settle for a job that doesn’t excite you or fulfil your needs because if the job isn’t a fit, you will likely be searching for another job in a few months.

Here’s what I recommend doing so that you keep your job search focussed and do not get caught in a rushed panic while applying for jobs:

  • Be clear on your career goals
  • Make a list of the things you are looking for in your next job.
  • Develop a list of companies where you would like to work.


2. Identify Your Personal Brand


Determine how you are unique from everyone else who is after the same job title.

Become aware of your strengths, skills, and expertise to see how you are unique. And identify your career achievements to be able to showcase your skills and talents effortlessly and more impressively during job interviews and other networking opportunities.


3. Update Your Resume


Refresh your resume. Remove the outdated items as you grow more senior and advanced in your career.

Make sure all the dates and job titles are correct. And include the necessary keywords that hiring managers and applicant tracking software are looking for in your field.

Furthermore, remember that your resume must be branded and customised for each position for which you apply as it could make or break your chances of getting an interview.


4. Prepare A Compelling Cover Letter


No matter how great your profile is, it won’t matter if it never gets opened. So put some time and effort into writing a cover letter that generates interest in 15 seconds or less.

It must not only show your interest but also must demonstrate that you know enough about the company as well as you are the best fit for the position.


5. Network And Market Yourself


If you are on a fishing expedition with other fishermen, what are the odds of you catching as many fish as if you found a secret place that nobody else knew about? You won’t catch much fish in the spot where everyone is fishing. So, find the secret places that few people know about or are willing to try.

Network and market yourself to people who need you. It is the most effective means of getting a job fast.


6. Set Up Job-Search Alerts


One of the most time-consuming aspects of the job-search process is scrolling through job postings.

So, if you want to simplify this part of the process and save some time, sign up for email alerts on the positions of your interest on :

  • career page of the companies you prefer to work for
  • job search platforms like LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, CatererGlobal, etc.

Whenever a job matching your criteria is posted, you will receive new postings directly in your inbox.

Consequently, you will save your time, effort, and energy by not scrolling through the same listings each day. And you can focus on other more important things during your job search.


7. Optimise your professional profile for keywords


Creating a professional profile on job search portals and platforms makes sense only if your profile is searchable to employers, recruiters, and hiring managers leveraging these platforms.

And to get noticed and picked by the right Hiring Authority on such job search and networking platforms, your professional profile must contain the right keywords in appropriate proportionate.

So, make sure that you optimise your profile on LinkedIn, MyOpportunity, and other job search platforms.


8. Get In Touch With Headhunters And Recruiters


Many organisations hire via recruitment agencies to streamline their hiring process. So, connect with the recruiters and headhunters at job placement services to get some professional help in your job search.

And remember that the recruiters fill positions for companies. They are not looking for positions for you. So, understand how to relate and work with them.


9. Make Sure Your LinkedIn Profile Looks As Good As Your Resume


LinkedIn is the best way to get your professional profile in front of a lot of companies to leave an impactful impression and start having conversations fast.

So, work on your LinkedIn profile and make it look more attractive to the hiring manager.

Oftentimes, the hiring managers have a difficult time deciding between candidates. And on such occasions, the impression you leave via your LinkedIn profile can be just as important as the impression you made during the interview process itself.


10. Prepare For Every Opportunity Not Just Interviews


Whether you are connecting with a friend, talking to a recruiter, or calling the Company, every person with whom you interact throughout your job search journey represents a potential opportunity. A complete stranger might hold the keys to your next job. So, be prepared for every situation that might arise.

Here are some pointers to guide your way forward

  • Prepare to answer the most common interview questions. Your interview preparation does not have to actually wait until you have an interview. You must make sure you are ready to make an impact through your answer to open-ended questions like “Tell me about yourself” “What made you apply for this job?” etc.
  • Put together the questions you can ask the interviewer. Not doing so could make you look unengaged or uninterested in the role or the company.
  • Keep ready the thank you note you can send after every interview. You must identify ways to follow-up the right way.
  • Do your research on salaries by company and position, and figure out your salary expectation. Be sure what a fair salary is so that you get paid what you’re worth.
  • Prepare yourself to negotiate. After all, an employer’s first offer is never its best offer.
  • Approach colleagues and former managers to ask for references. Hunt down people who are willing to speak on your behalf and have plenty of endorsements from colleagues. Doing this in advance does not slow down the job offer process.

In case you feel stuck and you need help, connect with a Career Coach you can trust to learn the type of information you need to research prior to your interview and how to best prepare for the types of questions you might encounter.



How to become a good listener

How to become a good listener

Listening is easy, isn’t it? All we need to do is pay attention, picture what the speaker is saying, maintain eye contact, not interrupt and parrot back what we heard to ensure understanding. Well, this could help us with pretending that we are listening, but would we really be a good listener?

Have you ever thought of what it takes to become a good listener?

How leaders and managers listen with empathy and mindfulness every time they communicate with their team?

The simple answer is they stay fully present and they utilise their social skills fully. Of course, under the hood, there are many more things that contribute to their effective listening skills.

Lots of people try to listen effectively, but very few get success. A lot of young as well as experienced managers are not great listeners. During conversations, they would either lose patience very soon or become defensive or judgemental, and then end up hijacking the conversation.

Effective listening is the need for all managers today. Listening paves way for earning the trust of the team, keeping employees more engaged, fostering the discovery of new ideas, managing difficult people and situations, and enhancing emotional well-being at work.


5 Useful Tips On How You Can Listen To Your People A Little Bit Better


Very frankly, nobody likes working with leaders and managers who don’t have the knack of listening.

Time and again, research has shown that effective listening is required for effective leadership. Also, people are more interested and willing to cooperate with bosses who are good listeners.

On that account, here are 5 useful tips to help you become a good listener so you can routinely listen to others and their different viewpoints calmly, without losing your cool.

You can, as a result, make the workplace environment less challenging, less stressed, more secure, and more fun. And most likely, your team won’t feel like the management just neither cares nor listens!


1. Be purposeful while listening


There is a huge difference between effective listening and just hearing. Anyone can go into conversation with someone and have a lot of things to say. But only a few have the intention and desire for listening.

If you really want to become a good listener, start by identifying the end goal you are trying to get from actively listening to the other person or a group of people.

Unless you find your answer to ‘why you are listening?’, you will not find a way to make listening more effective.

So, set clear intentions beforehand.

To give you some ideas, here’s a list of objectives or reasons why efficient leaders and managers usually engage in deliberate listening at the workplace-

    • To encourage positive social interaction without being in a hurry
    • To make people feel valued and engaged
    • To hear suggestions or recommendations patiently while working on what’s in the best interest of the company
    • To handle grievances
    • To confront or understand a point of view you reflexively want to deny
    • To help people feel better when they are feeling overwhelmed
    • To build bonds and develop a sense of community
    • To coach the team members


2. Empty your mind before having a conversation


To be a good listener, get rid of your expectations and adopt the mindset of curiosity before having any conversation.

When we attach expectations and conversations do not go as we expected, listening becomes painful, frustrating, and difficult to follow through.

So, never enter a conversation with a preconceived notion or expectation of how the conversation should be. Subsequently, it will be easy for you to actively listen, understand and appreciate points of view that are very different from your way of thinking.

Here’s what I recommend you do to clear and quiet your mind and lay the foundation for becoming a deliberate listener-

Before you participate in any conversation, take a moment of silence to pay attention to your thoughts and emotions. Just listen to yourself and fine-tune into where you are. Then, choose to let those preconceived thoughts and assumptions go to listen truly to the other person and be a good listener.


3. Resist the urge to interrupt


Even if what the other person says contains a lot of wrong perceptions, bitterness, anger, blame, prejudices, misunderstandings or accusation, do not interrupt before the person indicates that he or she is done for the moment. Continue listening deeply. See the whole person. And first, understand the issues that concern him or her.

Remember that you will have a chance later to offer some information so that the person can correct his or her perception, but not now. Now is the time only to listen.

If you try to interrupt or correct the other person while they are still speaking, you will transform the session into a debate and it will ruin everything.

So, refrain from putting your pennyworth in even if the person says things that are not right.

Only after you have deeply listened and allowed the other person to express everything in his or her heart, give a little of the information you must give to enhance their perception.


4. Clarify


Good listening requires being thoughtful about what the other person needs help with most. For this, you must listen from within their frame of reference. And that’s not easy.

So, do not stay muted as you make efforts to be a good listener. Instead, be clear so that you do not miss or misunderstand what is behind the words.

Needless to say, do not hijack the conversation or make the other person stop talking.

Here are some things that you must do to gain more clarity while listening-

    • Draw out thoughts and encourage the person to elaborate so that you can delve deeper into their thoughts and experiences, and become aware of their deepest needs and positive intentions.
    • Ask questions when you don’t get what they are saying. Otherwise, you will never be able to go there and really understand where the person is coming from.
    • Restate the issue, if required, to solidify your understanding.


5. Be present in the conversation


Pay full attention to what is going on for the other person, without judging or being judgemental.

While listening, most of the people hear the words as well as think simultaneously- is this right or wrong? Where do I agree or disagree? What am I going to say in response? etc. That is not good listening.

Instead, good listening is all about being a witness, not the judge of the other person’s experience.

So, be genuinely interested, committed, and engaged in the conversation. Also, be available and receptive emotionally as well as through your body language.

Consequently, you will not lose track of the conversation due to your judgments or assumptions. You will feel what the other person is saying and meaning. Also, if he or she begins displaying emotions, you will be ready to handle that.

Here are a few pointers to help you be more mindful and present while listening to others-

    • Neither judge what you hear the other person saying nor draw conclusions about the person.
    • Put aside your smartphone, iPad, or laptop to give 100% of your attention. And look at the person, even if he or she does not look back at you whilst speaking.
    • Be sensitive to their feelings. In case you find yourself drifting into the zone of evaluation and judgement, remind yourself of the purpose behind why you are listening. It will help you bring the focus back on the task of listening.
    • Ask good questions that help the other person delve deeper into their thoughts and experiences as well as lead the conversation in the direction of objectives you want to achieve from listening.

Wrapping Up


There are lots of factors that we need to consider when it comes to communicating with people, and effective listening is one of them.

The most successful leaders and managers really listen to their people.

So, you use the tips above, to become a better and more effective listener. And as a result, you will build more trust, instil higher job satisfaction, make your people feel valuable, and managing difficult people and situations easily and quickly.

3 Things You Need To Know To Beat Applicant Tracking Systems

3 Things You Need To Know To Beat Applicant Tracking Systems

This article highlights the 3 things you must know to beat the Applicant Tracking Systems, have your resume get noticed by the right Hiring Authority, and be called for the job interview.

Are you sending out endless resumes, and not hearing back from anyone, even though you are pretty sure that you are qualified for the jobs for which you are applying?

If you’re not getting callbacks on your submitted resume, there’s a possibility that your resume is not making it past the electronic gatekeepers, also known as Applicant Tracking Systems or Resume Screening Software.

The reality is that reputed companies receive thousands of applications for one posting. And nobody wants to waste time going through the pile of job applications. So, the hiring department of most of the medium to large-size companies use applicant tracking systems these days to save their time and effort as well as filter out the best fitting candidate from the masses of thousands of job applicants.

As a matter of fact, around 75% of job applications for any vacancy get rejected solely by these smart, automated screening tools.

Of course, it is not easy to impress and outsmart the resume screening bots who in a way, just like nightclub bouncers, restrict you from entering into the building premises.

So, if you want your application to go past the Resume Screening Tools, you must recognise the following information and use it to the fullest to and get noticed by the Hiring Authority:-


1. Applicant Tracking Systems do much more than collecting and storing resumes in the database


Whenever you are applying for a job vacancy through any online form, you are applying through an Applicant Tracking System or Resume Screening Software.

Long gone are the days when hiring managers would use the cloud database and software only for collecting and storing resumes.

Today’s corporate recruiters and hiring managers are using technology in a number of ways. They use efficient resume screening systems that would scan the cover letter and resume, compare it with the company’s requirements and profile needs, and then single-handedly decide whether the recruiter’s eyes should see that resume or not.


2. The Applicant Tracking Softwares want specific keywords


The applicant tracking system and HR Resume Sorting Programs compare the content of your resume to the keyword searches initiated by a recruiter and give a percentage match rate.

When you submit your resume, the applicant tracking software stores your information in its cloud database. Later, when the recruiter searches for resumes submitted to a specific job, it compares resume in the database to the job description. Finally, either it assigns a rank to all the applicants or it pulls up the resumes which have most keyword matches.

Of course, the candidate who can predict the correct keywords in the resume has a better chance of being included in recruiter search results.

Therefore, for your application to rank highly for the position you want, your resume must contain the right keywords specifically.

In case you are wondering what to write and how to write it in your resume, connect with me to get a resume checkup done FREE.

I will be happy to guide you on resume keywords that will get your resume shortlisted.

Also, I will give you a detailed review indicating what can be improved – and how. 


3. Resume formatting matters a lot to the Applicant Sorting Software


When you upload your resume online, the Resume Sorting Software picks out the chunks of information in your resume and stores it in the company’s searchable database.

A lot of Talent Management Softwares find it difficult to label and categorise fancy resumes. Consequently, vital resume information and keywords get distorted or lost in your digital profile.

So, keep the fonts, graphics, and format simple and don’t let your most important qualification or experience details slip through the cracks.

How to identify your career achievements

How to identify your career achievements

This article will help you to think through and identify your career achievements so that you can showcase your skills and talents efficiently during job interviews and other networking opportunities.

Frankly, the more achievement stories you have in your bag, the easier it will be for you to showcase your expertise and talents.

Still, a lot of job seekers find it hard to recognise their achievements. They do not know how to identify their career achievements and accomplishments. And as a result, they do not make the most impactful and desirable impression.

So, if you want to make yourself and your work stand out against thousands of other candidates for the same job, and leave an impactful impression, you must identify your achievements and use them well in your job search journey.

And remember that your achievements are not just your special recognition, praise, awards, or letters of commendation you received in your workplace.

Your achievements and accomplishments at work are one or more of the following-


      • work-related tasks and responsibilities that you fulfilled successfully,
      • problems or hurdles you overcame while managing teams, departments, or projects
      • outstanding results you achieved with limited/fewer resources,
      • the personal initiatives you took to exceed your stakeholders’ expectations in the workplace,
      • unique strategies you designed to meet the objectives of your department or company,
      • the contributions you made to recognise and solve challenges before they become real problems


In reality, the career achievements are your most powerful means to convince the hiring authorities that you are the best fit for the job opening.

Your resume contains a short bullet-point version of your accomplishments. The cover letter demands a little more detailed paragraph version of your achievements. And job interviews require you to utilise a more detailed conversational style for telling your achievement stories.

So, spend some time to identify your specific career achievements.


Here’s a list of 15 things that you can count as your career achievement at work:


  1. Business goals you reached, or departmental results you achieved
  2. Special projects, committees, or task forces you were selected for
  3. Percentage of the operational cost you reduced or the amount of money you saved for your department or company
  4. New systems, processes, procedures, or ideas you designed, developed or implemented
  5. Percentage increase in your department’s or company’s productivity and profitability or revenue you achieved from your specific initiatives
  6. Unusually challenging business problems you solved that others did not see coming
  7. Major decisions or changes you contributed to
  8. Business results you achieved that had never been realised before at your company
  9. Projects you brought in under budget and before the deadline
  10. Needs you recognised and filled
  11. Special papers, reports, or presentations you were a part of
  12. Training and mentoring you facilitated to help others achieve their targets
  13. Standards and procedures you upgraded and critical issues you resolved
  14. Initiatives you took to improve communication or relations between teams and enhance the company’s customer service
  15. Special commendations and awards you received


Answer the following questions to jog your memory and identify your career achievements


Now that you have an understanding of the things you can add in your list of career achievements, here are a few questions designed to get you thinking about your accomplishments and recognise your career achievements in the workplace-

    • What things are you most proud of in your career?
    • How did your contribution as an individual or team effort produce remarkable results for your department or company?
    • What specific things are you known for in your team at the workplace?
    • If you quit your job, what positive things would everybody say about your work at your farewell party?
    • What compliments or praises have you received from your customers, colleagues, and senior managers?