7 Things To Help You Figure Out If Your Boss Is A Leader

7 Things To Help You Figure Out If Your Boss Is A Leader

Working for the right boss will inspire you to do your best at work. However, finding that great boss is not easy. Very rarely do you get the opportunity to pick out your new boss. In most cases, bosses move along and others take their place. It is best to figure out early what type of boss you have: are they leaders or just… bossing around? Knowing this will help you engage better with them and help you set realistic expectations towards your work together. Be careful: it is best to keep this assessment to yourself. Nothing good comes out of talking negatively of your boss. How do you know if you work for a leader? 1.You feel that your opinions are taken into account Leaders listen to what you say and encourage your input. They make you feel comfortable and safe to put your ideas forward. On the other side, whenever your suggestions are turned down, a leader will give you sound reasons for doing it. 2. You feel safe when you make a mistake If they are a leader, your boss will not negatively criticise you if you make a mistake. You can always have an open discussion with your boss about the lessons you have learnt as a result of making a mistake. Best of all, a leader will praise your work when they see you don’t repeat the same mistake the second time around. 3. You feel that you are constantly learning A leader sets you goals and projects that help you to grow professionally. You will always receive continuous feedback on your progress when...
5 Things to Look out for when Searching for a Job

5 Things to Look out for when Searching for a Job

Job hunting can be frustrating and time consuming. Most people go through job hunting a few times in their life. To make the right decisions at this critical period you should be aware of warning signs that come your way. You will need to understand what is behind these warning signs and use this understanding to make the right decisions. Making the right decisions will help you grow and stay positive in your career. What are some things you should look out for? 1. No Job description available or the hiring manager cannot explain the role clearly. Looking at a job description will give you insights about how professional and organised a potential employer is. You can judge if the employer has clarity of thought, proper delegation of responsibilities and accountabilities. You will see that these documents vary in quality. Make sure that you ask the recruiter or hiring manager clarifying questions about responsibilities and accountabilities if you do have a substandard document. You can tell by how they present the role if they understand the responsibilities that come with it. If you do not get a clear idea at this stage of the recruitment process, it is unlikely that things will get better when you are in the job. 2. Understand why the job has become available. It is always interesting to know why a position becomes available. Ask the recruiter or hiring manager this question. Pay attention to the tenure of the previous employee, why the person decided to move along, any reference to restructuring and other explanations which may seem out of the ordinary. Judging by...
4 Step Guide to Manage Difficult People

4 Step Guide to Manage Difficult People

Most of us encounter people who have different mindsets, values, personalities or motives in the workplace than ourselves. While in most instances, diversity leads to superior outcomes, in some instances it is difficult to get anything done. These troublesome interactions push our buttons and we struggle to maintain a calm and professional demeanour with these individuals. Learning to deal with difficult people is an art and needs constant practice. There will be times when things do not go according to plan. You will have to adapt your approach to the situations that occur and keep building these skills to be successful in your career. How do you manage difficult people to get optimal results? 1. Spend time to understand the other person’s point of view Put yourself in the other person’s shoes to understand their perspective. This is where your listening skills come forth. You need to listen to truly understand their perspective. You should be in a position to present their point of view to others. Observe their body language to see if they are relaxed in sharing this information with you. If they are not relaxed, they may not be telling you the whole story. Asking insightful questions and showing empathy for their position will help you connect better with them. By connecting with them, you will be able to truly understand their fears and objections. The less said by you at this stage, the better. 2. Work out a “win-win” solution for both parties Work out a solution that addresses their concerns while making sure it also addresses the problem at hand. Your solution should be...
6 Tips to help you Engage with Recruiters

6 Tips to help you Engage with Recruiters

Do these sound familiar…? The recruitment agent is very young and does not relate to the depth of knowledge and experience you have gathered over the years. The recruitment agent asks you the number of years of experience you have in different programming languages. He is not interested in what you have done or achieved. You have been working in an industry for the last five years. Recruitment agents prefer to present your resume to clients in the same industry. You would love to get a job that plays to your strengths and don’t want to be restricted by your track record. I am sure that you have come across these situations yourself or would have heard similar stories from others. Recruitment Agents are part of the employment scene in most countries. Finding the right agents to connect and build a strong relationship with will help you access the right jobs. How do you make a great impression with a Recruiter?  Prepare a concise resume and cover letter highlighting your strengths and skills. The examples of what you have achieved and your skills should give the recruiter the confidence that you can impress prospective employers. Make sure you highlight relevant information that satisfies their selection criteria. This way, you are making their life easier and they will be more open to chat with you when you follow up on your application.  Learn to sell yourself Most people like to hear a good story. Recruiters are no exception. Tell your story in such a way that you convince the recruiter you have what it takes to excel at the job,...