Career Advice – Career Hunts Blog Career Hunts blog | Job Recruitment Advice | Career Guide Tue, 29 Nov 2022 11:27:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HERE’S HOW TO DEFINE YOUR WORK-LIFE PERIOD Tue, 29 Nov 2022 11:27:41 +0000 No matter where your job takes you, striking a balance between work and personal life can be difficult. It’s all too easy to mix work and pleasure when you work from home, return to the office, or do a bit of each. And the good news is? You can have success in both your professional and personal life by striking a good balance. What follows are 5 strategies for finding that sweet spot.

    • Adhere to a schedule

Although not everyone is able to work the traditional 9-to-5, there are still methods to give your day some form regardless of your schedule. In order to avoid working nonstop, it’s a good idea to make a schedule and stick to it religiously. Despite the fact that there may be rare occasions where this guideline must be bent, it should be followed whenever possible.

    • Just be forthright about how much work you have and how long it will take you to finish.

It may be challenging, but it’s important to be open and honest about your workload with your coworkers and manager. Taking on too much at once might lead to poor results or burnout. While it’s normal to have a heavier workload during peak periods, if you consistently find yourself working past your normal shift, you may want to have a conversation with your boss about how you may better priorities your responsibilities and manage expectations. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

    • Do not allow your phone to bother you with email alerts.

Stressful as it may be to get an email outside of normal business hours, you have no influence over when someone chooses to send you one. If you find that you are constantly being interrupted by work-related emails or chats when on personal time, it may be time to disable notifications. Make sure your team knows why you made this choice and what they may expect from it. When time is of the essence, you should do the following:

  1. Tell your team to text you if something is urgent

  2. Check-in briefly on your own time

You shouldn’t feel compelled to constantly squeeze extra work into your paid time off; instead, you should use this time to relax and rejuvenate. The time you take for yourself is vital even if you don’t go anywhere special. If you want to make the most of your vacation time this year, it’s best to plan it out in advance. It may be helpful to schedule or save random days off for mental health purposes.

    • Communicate

Having an open line of communication is critical at all times. Your manager should be approached if you’re having trouble finding time for personal pursuits outside of work. It’s important to remember that your manager probably doesn’t know everything that you’re up to or all the side projects that have you buried in paperwork. By being forthright and maintaining an open line of communication, you can better establish personal limits between your work and personal life.

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WHEN ASKED, “TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF,” HOW TO REPLY Sat, 26 Nov 2022 08:01:51 +0000 This is one of the most common interview questions, and you’ve definitely been asked it more than once. This may not appear to be a very challenging question at first glance, but it has the potential to catch you off-guard if you aren’t ready. There are numerous potential responses to this question; how can you determine what the hiring manager is hoping to hear? How to study for this question is as follows.

Don’t get right into talking about yourself.

Being a strong cultural fit is essential when joining a new team because you will likely spend more time with your coworkers than with your family and friends. Your interviewer probably isn’t that interested in learning about your background or your interests at the moment, despite your want to do so. If you’re being asked “Tell me about yourself,” you’re definitely in the starting phases of the interview process. Pay close attention to the aspects of your background and experience that make you an excellent candidate for the position. If you do well in the initial interview, you may be asked to return for a second round in which you can provide more in-depth information about yourself.

Elaborate on how your experiences and qualifications make you an ideal candidate for the position

The recruiting manager thinks you could be a good fit for the position, so he or she has invited you in for an interview. That’s why now is the time to prove it.

Prepare by reviewing your resume in advance so that you can confidently discuss your experience and qualifications. Consider the interview questions, the company, and the position itself, and how your past experiences connect to each. Include relevant experience; for instance, if the position calls for event planning skills and you just had a smashing success, include that. Don’t forget to highlight your enthusiasm for the role, as well as any particular aspects of the organisation or the job description that really interested you. Positive energy is always appreciated.

Just pretend your response is a narrative.

It’s important to have a well-thought-out response that efficiently highlights why you’re a good fit for the position. Because of this, you should plan and rehearse your story in advance. Keep your ideas in order, as if you were telling a story.

It’s common practise for new professionals to begin by discussing their educational background, including where they went to school, what they majored in, and how they launched their careers. Afterwards, talk about your qualifications for the job you’re interviewing for, such as relevant hobbies or past work experience. If you’re a bit further along in your career, you might want to focus on more recent accomplishments and experiences.

Contemplate your background and the events that led up to the interview where you are now. The role of an event planner is used here as an illustration.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in [Insert Major] from [Insert College/University]. I began my professional life with [Insert Company], but I left after a year to pursue other opportunities. In that context, I realised how much I enjoy organising and coordinating events. Over the course of my career, I’ve organised and executed over fifteen successful events, the most recent of which took place at my present firm two months ago. As a seasoned event organiser, I am familiar with securing speakers, developing lecture tracks, and making presentations for both live and online gatherings. Organizing events is fascinating to me because it allows me to put my organisational skills and ability to multitask to good use in a fast-paced, high-stakes setting. It’s been my experience that the business world is a very gratifying one as well. I’m on the lookout for a new job because I’d like to advance my career and work for a larger, more well-established, tech-forward corporation like yours.

Keep it brief and to the point.

Though you may wish to elaborate, please limit your response to a reasonable length. It’s a shame that the Academy Awards aren’t being held here. Even while the interviewer won’t start playing music if you go on for too long, they may have to cut you off if you continue talking. Depending on how the situation unfolds, this could be awkward for both of you. Your entire resume of work history is not required to be listed. Do not include any extraneous material. It’s important to be mindful of the interviewer’s time and to let the dialogue flow freely.

Find out if you’ve got the right answer by checking your work.

Maybe anything you said wasn’t as clear as you thought it would be, or maybe your answer was too brief. If you think you may have answered a question, it’s wise to double check. A simple “I hope that answers your query, but I’d be happy to elaborate on anything if not” would do the trick. The interviewer can then probe for further information from you or move on to a new topic. It also demonstrates that you have excellent communication skills and a genuine interest in helping the other person.

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A STORY OR TWO TO USE IN YOUR JOB INTERVIEW Sat, 26 Nov 2022 08:01:15 +0000 Think back on the guidelines you were given for essays, stories, and presentations you gave in school.

Things need to be structured with a beginning, middle, and end. This is the same technique used by filmmakers and authors to draw in their audiences. Each story has an opening, middle, and closing.

This regularity is ingrained in our minds, so its absence is felt as a disruption. The result is a lack of satisfaction.

The same holds true for your response at the job interview.

Our previous article, “Tricks of the Trade to Nail Your Next Job Interview,” discussed effective ways to respond to the inevitable “what’s your greatest weakness?” inquiry.

Let’s go into how you want to present this data.

Wrapping your instances of strengths and flaws in the workplace in the cloak of a story requires you to begin in the past, go through some time in the centre, and finally wind down into the present (end).

This formula requires you to discuss the historical manifestations of your weakness (for example, at what point in time did you first notice it? How so? When did it reach a breaking point?

If you want to get someone’s attention, you need to be particular. Don’t be vague or overly generic, but rather specific. Include many steps in the development of the scenario in your story’s timeline.

Is there a secret to remembering small bits of information?

Tip #1: Use the 5 Ws of journalism

Here are some prompt ideas:

  • What (which weakness, what was the problem?)
  • Who (who was involved, internal/external partners, who triggered the weakness?)
  • Where (which company / department / team / project?)
  • Why (why was it blocking you? Which fear? Why was the weakness an issue?)
  • How (how did you move into solution mode? How did you solve it or minimize it? How did it work out in the end? How is it currently?)

The conclusion of your answer is where you elaborate on your plans to improve upon your deficiency.

Describe the setting in which you became aware of your stumbling, the steps you took to find a solution, the best course of action you took, and the results you achieved. How did you manage to conquer, minimise, or tame your weaknesses?

Tip #2: Seize a storytelling strategy to make a deep impression

In a way that is sure to wow your listener, answer in the form of a story with a beginning, middle, and end.

  • You are incredibly self-aware, as evidenced by (balance between strengths and weaknesses)
  • It’s possible to pinpoint and work around obstacles to your success in completing a task or undertaking.
  • To what extent can seemingly insignificant actions affect your performance and that of your team?
  • You are not a person who sits still and wallows in adversity, but rather a person who takes initiative.

Doing so shows that you value developing as a person and as a professional in your field.

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THE 6 COMPETENCIES PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR Sat, 26 Nov 2022 07:26:38 +0000 If you’re looking to change careers, now is the time to do it. Companies are making it quite obvious that they are keen to bring on fresh talent in 2022 as the number of available jobs continues to greatly outnumber the number of qualified applicants. Candidates may have more bargaining power with potential employers and a wider range of choices.

Don’t let these benefits make you slack off in your job search efforts, though. In today’s competitive employment market, where many applicants are highly qualified and acclaimed for their skills, how can you differentiate yourself?

Make sure you highlight your strongest qualifications on your CV, in interviews, and in your work samples to increase your chances of getting hired. You’ll want to show the following abilities to convince the hiring manager that you’re the best person for the job:

The ability to think critically and solve problems

In today’s fast-paced world, every company worth its salt will want to know that you can think critically and solve problems quickly when they emerge. Don’t stop at just stating these abilities; show them off in an engaging way on your resume. You should instead elaborate on your past actions by keeping track of the challenges you overcame, the lessons you gleaned, and the outcomes you achieved. During an interview, you may expect to be asked in-depth, free-form questions regarding your experience resolving workplace issues and resolving conflicts.  

Familiarity with Mainstream technology 

In today’s tech-driven environment, it’s difficult to find a job that doesn’t need at least some familiarity with digital tools. Although the most sought-after qualifications for new hiring vary by sector, the following are some general abilities that are in high demand: 

  • Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel 
  • Social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter 
  • Web and coding: HTML, JavaScript, CMS 

Proficient in working independently

The expectations of employers are changing to accommodate telecommuting. Employers value a wide range of talents, but one of the most sought-after is familiarity with a variety of collaboration tools. Some examples are: 

  • Communication + collaboration tools: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Office 365, Google Drive 
  • Video meeting software: Zoom, WebEx, GoToMeeting 
  • Project management tools: Asana, Trello, Monday 


Possessing the ability to change and adapt is essential. The ability to bend and shape to new conditions and circumstances shows that you are adaptable and open. Employers place a premium on individuals who can think on their feet, and there are several reasons for this: 

They are:

  • competitive;
  • quick learners;
  • good at making tough choices;
  • Inventive.

The expectations of employers are changing to accommodate telecommuting. Employers value a wide range of talents, but one of the most sought-after is familiarity with a variety of collaboration tools. Some examples are: 

Ability to Express Oneself

The ability to communicate effectively is a must in today’s modern workplace. This is especially the case when face-to-face time is restricted, people work at different hours, or different regions. That’s why it’s so important for prospective employees to impress during the interview process. Can you have a meaningful conversation over email? Can you keep up a conversation while listening? Is your body language generally upbeat? While interviewing, they will be thinking about all of these things. 

Professionalism as outlined in the job description

Having a wide range of technical abilities pertinent to the position you’re seeking for is also crucial. The first step in getting hired is making sure your resume is optimised with relevant keywords from the position’s description and that you can provide concrete examples of how you’ve applied those talents in previous jobs. By doing so, you increase the likelihood that your CV will be discovered by recruiters using tools like applicant tracking systems and online job boards. In the event that you go to the interview round, you should elaborate on how your prior experience and qualifications make you an ideal candidate for the position.

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STEPS TO TAKE WHEN BEGINNING A CAREER IN SOCIAL MEDIA Sat, 26 Nov 2022 06:17:38 +0000 We have reached a tipping point when social media must be incorporated into the digital marketing, branding, and public relations plans of virtually every business today. When done properly, a job in social media may be very rewarding. You’ll find some suggestions and advice for getting into and keeping your social media career down below.

 Recommendation 1: Show your worth

 If you want to show that you’re up-to-date on social media marketing, you need to show that you can adapt to change. Therefore, you need to be quick on your feet and flexible enough to change with the business world. It’s also important to be able to convey this value on your resume.

 Recommendation 2: Gain experience

 Don’t expect your first job to be your dream job; instead, seize every opportunity that comes your way. Many businesses now prioritise individuals with social media marketing experience above those with traditional marketing credentials. If you lack practical experience, you can get it through student internships or charity work, and then you can fill in the gaps by reading relevant forums, blogs, and articles online.

 Recommendation 3: Build your story

 Create a reputation for yourself that’s based on your values and interests in addition to your professional accomplishments. Although it’s wise to differentiate yourself from the competition, it’s crucial to do so in a way that’s true to who you are and what you stand for; otherwise, you risk coming off as inauthentic. If you want to be remembered by potential employers, it’s important to convey your personal brand in a way that’s honest and unique.

 Recommendation 4: Do what you say

 Maintaining a good name requires you to follow through on commitments you make; if you say you’ll do something, do it; don’t leave it to chance that it will get done without you. Showing potential employers up front that you can perform even the most fundamental tasks swiftly and competently will go a long way toward earning their trust.

 Recommendation 5: Remember why companies hire people like you

 Social media marketers can be broken down into two categories: those with credentials and experience (who are therefore more expensive) and those without (who are therefore less so).

Obviously, a corporation with no sense of humour would not want to hire someone who has never worked in the real world. It’s not rocket science; they just want assurance that you can do the things competently that any worker should be able to do.

Showing that you have what it takes will make up for your lack of experience. New hires need to show their worth fast because otherwise the person behind them will be promoted.

 Recommendation 6: Always be professional

 Never share anything on social media while at work or while using business equipment that could be construed as negative toward the company or yourself. This includes your free time; therefore, you should monitor the content you share on your personal social media accounts. Your coworkers won’t thank you if they have to defend (or worse, ignore) your comments in public, so act professionally at all times.

 Recommendation 7: Master social media but don’t rely solely on it

 Keep up with what else is out there (and read this blog), learn how other people handle things, and formulate your own ideas along the way; it’s unlikely that any employer will expect you to manage all parts of their social media accounts. If you’re open to gaining new knowledge and are willing to work for free if required, you may even stumble across significant chances that will allow you to diversify your career. You should take advantage of any learning opportunity that presents itself.

 Recommendation 8: Be humble but confident

You have a lot to learn, so there’s no need to come out as arrogant or egotistical. When it comes to everything, including social media marketing, there are almost certainly people out there that know much more than you do, so it’s always wise to listen before speaking.

 If your beliefs are being questioned, you should be prepared to defend them, but keep in mind that the other person may have good points that deserve consideration. Long-term, it’s beneficial to maintain an open mind in such situations; even if they’re wrong, you’ll have a better understanding of the person’s character.


 To sum up, a career in social media demands unrelenting effort, commitment, and dedication. Keep your attention on the things you can influence, and reach out to people who might be able to help you in the future, but keep in mind that hiring a new social media marketer is probably not their top priority; they may be too busy with work to help you out in other ways.

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5 ADVICE POINTERS FOR PICKING A COLLEGE MAJOR Sat, 26 Nov 2022 06:16:06 +0000 Choosing a major in higher education is not something to be taken lightly. If you’re a student, this is probably one of the biggest and most essential choices you’ll ever have to make. There are many moving parts, and it’s easy to become flustered under the weight of it all. Here are five suggestions to consider as you make your decision on what major to pursue in college.

Complete your homework thoroughly.

To learn more about the courses offered at a specific institution, visit their website. Read them carefully and make a note of the courses that interest you. The courses above may all seem similar, but there are important differences between them that could lead to vastly different job prospects, so it’s important to do your research. The last thing you want is to have to switch classes in the midst of the semester because you realised the subject matter wasn’t a good fit.

Program changes are safe, but they can be time-consuming and difficult to implement. Also, don’t forget to look into the school in question. Is it a secure neighbourhood for the school? Is there time for anything besides schoolwork? Do you think it’s a reasonable price? By devoting significant time and energy to research, you will be able to more precisely limit down your options for classes.

Assess yourself 

Recognizing your own abilities and limitations can guide you toward the best path. Think about your strengths and weaknesses. To what extent do you excel at certain tasks? In what ways do you express your enthusiasm? Write down all of the factors that encourage you to provide your absolute best effort. Never forget to give equal weight to both your technical abilities and your soft talents while evaluating yourself. How well do you collaborate with others? Do you have excellent people skills? Possess you qualities of a leader?

After you’ve gotten a feel for what you have to offer, consider the areas of study that piqued your interest as a child. You can improve your chances of success in life and in your career by choosing a programme where the subjects offered are in line with your values, interests, and ambitions.

Think about the potential for your future career

When deciding on a major, it’s also crucial to think about the job prospects. Before enrolling in a course, it’s a good idea to learn more about the career prospects in that field. In other words, how competitive is the employment market? Could taking this class help me land a job in a foreign country? Always keep the big picture in mind while you consider the answers. Talk to people you know who have already earned their degree in the field you’re interested in learning more about their experiences.

But if you’re still confused about what to do with your life, figure out what you want first. If you want to succeed in your career, you need to have clear goals for the future and a strategy for reaching them. I’m curious as to where you envision yourself in the next five years. In what field do you hope to work? It is possible that the course you are considering is not the ideal one for your future career, but defining your goals will help you decide.

Stop by the university

You should check out the school and its offerings in person before settling on a major. Finding out more about the school is the best way to decide if it’s the best fit for you. Think about the area it is situated in. Where can I find the closest hospitals, pharmacies, and grocery stores? Is it far from here to the nearest hospital and police station? Is late-night campus exploration risky? Do you think you could make a home here? Think about these things before signing up. Keep in mind that you will be spending the next four years of your life here. You should be made to feel secure, at ease, and at least somewhat at home.

Listen to your gut

They have every right to advise you on what they believe is best for you. Know that those who care about you truly do want what is best for you. No matter how convincing their arguments are, you shouldn’t choose a major based on what they want. Don’t let your lack of cash flow prevent you from making a good choice; there are a variety of financing methods available. Pick a major that will push you to improve as a person so that you may shine in your chosen vocation.

It’s a difficult decision to make, so give it some thought. The right college major can relieve a lot of anxiety and stress that you may have unwittingly put on yourself, and these suggestions will help you find it.

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TIPS TO BOOST YOUR PRODUCTIVITY WHILE WORKING FROM HOME Sat, 26 Nov 2022 06:10:09 +0000 The workplace dynamic has changed due to the pandemic. With the rise in popularity of remote work, it’s important to have a functional space to do your job from home. It can be difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance when you first start working from home and are still learning the ropes.

Here are some suggestions to help you stay on top of things and adapt to your new way of life. We recognise that this solution won’t be appropriate for everyone, but we believe it’s a good first step toward achieving work-life harmony. OK, here we go:

Rise Early

If you don’t have to rush off to catch a train or bus, sleeping in may seem like a very appealing option. Late sleepers may find it difficult to rise and shine, but those who make the effort often reap the rewards of a more efficient day. If you want to get more done in the morning, try getting up an hour or two before the rest of the family. You’ll be astounded at how much more productive you become in a short period of time when you’re able to concentrate more easily.

Find a spot to set up as your desk.

One effective strategy for increasing output is to set off a compact area as a dedicated work zone. It doesn’t matter if you have to set up a temporary desk in the kitchen. An contained location with plenty of distractions is good. In the absence of such an option, high-quality headphones should be purchased. The finest headphones for avoiding interruptions are those with built-in noise cancelling technology. They will aid with concentration by blocking out ambient sounds. You may find a large selection of headsets to choose from and evaluate their relative merits at, making this an excellent financial decision.

Pick a Time to Meet

Establish a time of day during which you will be reachable through phone, email, or the Internet, and stick to them. This will help you get things done and establish a time frame during which you won’t be interrupted. Work completion is essential, but so is time spent unwinding and focusing on loved ones outside of work. The most effective method of handling work from home is to set up barriers between your business and personal lives.

Take a stroll

The eyes may tyre from staring at a screen for long periods of time every day. Most notably if you’ve only recently made the transition from an office setting to working remotely. Getting up and moving around, even if just for a few minutes to walk around the block or in your own backyard, can do wonders for your blood pressure, mental clarity, and sense of well-being.

Light exercise is also recommended, as it has been shown to improve mental health and boost productivity.

Make a list of what you do on a regular basis

Make a list of everything you need to accomplish each day to help you stay on track. Make a detailed list of tomorrow’s activities, including what has to be accomplished and at what time, every night before you turn in for the night. If it is helpful, you might also add your job schedule. That way, you won’t have to try to juggle too many things at once and can get everything done on time. And it will help you have a positive morning every day.

Lastly, working from home undoubtedly has its own obstacles, but setting specific schedules, having clear limits, talking with your loved ones, and limiting distractions will help reduce the strain.

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Jobs in the nonprofit sector: an introduction Fri, 25 Nov 2022 10:24:38 +0000 The best way to get a job in the nonprofit industry is through volunteer work.

Conveniently, organizing and participating in volunteer events is a must for landing your first job in the nonprofit sector. “You need to stand out from the throng. According to Christian Aid’s worldwide head of human resources, Ola Fajobi, this entails giving back to the community through voluntary work with nonprofits.

Likewise, Henrietta Blyth, people director for Tearfund, thinks volunteering can even trump postgraduate education. Having practical experience and adept skills is more useful than a lengthy resume. Pick a few organisations you fancy working for and write to the relevant person of staff to ask them if you may shadow them for a few days. If they agree to work with you, it’s a great opportunity to network in the field.

Working for a good cause does not necessitate relocating to London.

It may appear that the majority of charity work in the UK is concentrated on the capital, but there are actually many other locations where one can make a difference. “While there are fewer charities outside of London, there are also fewer candidates, so don’t regard this as too much of a barrier,” says Joe Marsh, Prospectus’ fundraising specialist.

However, there are unquestionably more options in the capital due to London’s enormous size and its direct flight linkages to foreign countries where charities may conduct field programmes. For greater choices, Marsh says, “you have to ask yourself whether you would be prepared to go.”

Be flexible in your employment search for non-profits.

When you’re a beginner in the work market, you need to be adaptable. Unless you’re incredibly lucky, it will take some time until you get your dream job. One way to increase your chances of success is to show that you can adapt to different situations. “Candidates who are multi-skilled or who have a variety of specialisations have a lot going for them. Glen Manners, charity business manager at TPP recruitment, suggests framing your skills as dynamism, adaptability, and value addition to any number of departments.

Persevere to get your first charity role

Andrew Hyland, recruitment manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, thinks that persistence is key to getting hired in the nonprofit sector.

Candidates that demonstrate their enthusiasm for the position stand out to hiring managers. The secret is to elaborate on your stated interest in working for a nonprofit by providing specific instances of the causes you care about and how your values align with those of the organisation. “Anything to show that you’ve gone above and beyond can help you stand out,” suggests Manners. “Quote an article, statistic, or something from their website.

Make your own job in the informal economy.

Carla Miller, managing director of Charity People, argues that making up your own job description is one way to get started in the nonprofit sector or advance in your current position. Take a look at the areas where your charity might use your expertise and think about how you may help fill those gaps. By doing so, “I have built my own new employment at a couple different charities,” Miller says. “Sit down with your manager and explain how you need to develop in order to operate at a higher level – then work towards that,” the article advises those seeking advancement.

Applying for jobs requires you to be clear, specific, and brief.

Cover letters for positions in the nonprofit sector are very important in making a good first impression. According to Pasca Lane, head of public relations at Scope, “you need to make sure you absolutely address in your letter the primary areas that a charity is looking for,” and do it in a short and well-written fashion.

In agreement with this sentiment is Hyland: “When you apply, ensure that all the talents and personal abilities indicated in the job description are included in your cover letter.”

Similarly, keep your resume brief to help hiring managers focus on what matters most to them while reviewing your application. Senior consultant at Charisma Charity Recruitment Sandra Smith recommends starting resumes with a summary of relevant skills and accomplishments. Volunteer experience should be highlighted on resumes because of its significance. This will demonstrate your dedication and enthusiasm for the cause of the charity.

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Get a new job? There are 6 considerations before committing to a contract. Fri, 25 Nov 2022 10:22:56 +0000 Getting a job offer can be really exciting, especially if it’s your first time working full-time. Shouldn’t you sign the dotted line without reading the fine print if the money looks good and the job sounds like something you’d enjoy doing? Okay, that’s not the case. It is important to read and comprehend any documents you are asked to sign.

Which factors are most important to consider before committing to an employment agreement?

Title and Functions of the Position

This matters because it specifies the limits of your position and the tasks your employer can ask or expect you to complete. The more latitude an employer gives you in your job description, the more they can shift the goalposts and ask you to do more. Make sure the job description accurately describes the position you are applying for and does not try to force you to perform duties outside the scope of your skillset or interests. It’s important to double-check that the job title is listed accurately. You wouldn’t want to use the word “executive” if the position is for a manager, for instance.

Occupational Setting

Your company will have more leverage if you later object to a relocation if you have agreed to work in a large geographic area, including other offices, locations in the UK, or even abroad. You should include language in the contract to that effect if working from home is an option that has been addressed. Refusing to work in a new location, despite having committed to do so in your contract, could also negatively impact your rights to a redundancy payment.

Income, advantages, and bonuses

Validate that the terms of your offer letter are reflected in the terms of employment. You should make sure that the terms of the agreement allow for the payment of any additional benefits, such as a higher pension, a car, private health insurance, equity or share options, bonuses, and commissions. Find out if bonuses are a sure thing or up for grabs. Clearly defined goals and an awareness of who makes the final call on whether or not those goals have been fulfilled are necessary for a performance-based compensation structure.

Time spent working

Don’t settle on a routine that you’ll come to despise. If you need a specific change in order to complete the project, you should try to negotiate it at the outset. This may involve discussing the potential of flexible hours. Also, make sure you know if you’ll be expected to work weekends or evenings, and if so, how often, and for how long. Make sure you know what’s expected of you if they say you have to “work all the necessary hours that the job involves.” Be sure to ask if overtime is mandatory and if you will be compensated for it.


It is not possible to schedule vacation days whenever you choose; if your company has restrictions on your vacation time, you should discuss the matter with management. The following are some red flags to keep an eye out for:

    • Dates for the beginning and end of the holiday season. Is it, say, from January 1st to December 31st? The number of days you can take off in your first year on the job will be determined by this number.
    • If there are any restrictions on when you can take time off. For example, December and January are both very busy times of year.
    • Can unused vacation days be carried over to the following year?

Confidentiality agreements

Because restrictive covenants only come into play after you leave your current employer, it’s easy to gloss over them when signing a new contract. However, if you’re expected to bring your customer base with you to a new company, these restrictions could stymie your ability to advance professionally or expand your business. Typical restrictive covenants aim to limit your ability to solicit clients or work for a rival company for a set amount of time after you leave your employer (typically three to six months, but they can be longer). Unless otherwise specified in your contract, your restrictive covenants may be expanded to include any clients or customers you brought to your new employer on your own.


Make sure the length of your notice is reasonable. One to three months’ notice is typical for most workers. Too long of a notice time could prevent you from moving on to another work, while too short of a notice period could leave you feeling unsettled.

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How to look for an internship? Fri, 01 Jul 2022 08:14:00 +0000 Internship plays an important role in every student’s life. It provides the field knowledge and experience required to get a break, and first-hand insights into what career to pursue.

But what is an internship? Internships are short-term job opportunities offered by companies to students to gain some entry-level experience to get a kick start in their careers.

Internship opportunities can be paid or unpaid and allow candidates to gather the relevant hard and soft skills along with the basic tricks of the trade to start in the field.

Based on your performance and your network-building capabilities during the internship, you can also convert your internship into a full-time job opportunity.

Now, as a student, it can be a bit of a task to get a recruiter’s attention for an opportunity, especially if your institution does not have a placement cell that can connect you to companies providing internships.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, you have landed on the right blog. In this piece, we will take you through ways you can ask for an internship through email and how you can approach your alumni circle for the same.

How to ask for an internship through email

Once you have come across an internship opportunity, the next step is to apply for it. Applying/ asking for an internship through email is the most popular option.

However, you need to understand that writing a formal email is a completely different ball game so first, get acquainted with how to write a formal email and its etiquette tips. This will help you write a clear and concise email that grabs the recruiter’s attention for good.

While you familiarize yourself with the etiquettes, here are some additional tips you need to follow while drafting your email asking for an internship.

Appropriate email id

Before you sit down to draft your email asking for an internship, ensure that you have a formal email id and not an informal one like

When creating a formal email id ensure that it has your first and last name in it, you can also add numerics such as your birthdate. In short, a formal email id will look like this:

Perfect the subject line

An impressive subject line is a key when writing an email since it is the first thing the recruiter will notice. An unclear or vague subject line may lead to your email getting ignored or landing in the recruiter’s spam folder.

The tip is to keep it brief, simple, and clear.

Use appropriate salutations

Another factor to be cautious of is to get the salutation on point. If you do not know the person make sure to keep it professional. Here’s how you can write a professional email salutation,

“ Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms (Last name of the person)

Or in case you do not feel comfortable with this approach, you can write it in the following manner.

“ Dear (First & Last name)

Get your intent across to the recruiter

The first sentence of the email body should clearly state your intention of writing the email. The recruiter gets bombarded with emails daily and they can’t unearth the email’s purpose after going through it entirely.

So, it is best to mention your purpose of writing in the opening sentence of the email for clarity.

Use formal language

An application for an internship falls under the category of a formal email. Therefore it is best to stick to formal language as it looks more polished, serious, and sincere adding weightage to your email.

Add your reference

Make sure to add your reference in case you have found out about the opportunity through a third person like a friend, senior, or alumnus. Mention their name and how you know the person in the email.

Highlight your interests

You need to show that you have done your homework when sending an email asking for an internship opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the recruiter.

So, mention what factors about the company or internship role actually got you interested and that you are not just shooting a mass email.

Research thoroughly

Always research the company well irrespective of whether you have found out about the opening from a friend, alumnus, or any other common source. You need to know about the company’s culture, mission and vision statements, etc.

Also, go through the company reviews to understand what you are signing up for, what the team is like, and what is the scope of learning opportunities. Research the company’s projects and achievements for your insights and utilize them as talking points in your interview.

You can take your research a step further by reaching out to people who became full-time employees from internships/ had taken up internships and asking them about their experience with the company. This will give you a clear idea of what to expect and how things function in the organization.

Contact the recruiting team

While applying for an internship, the recruiter information may not always be available, especially if you have come across the internship opportunity on your own. In that case, you can ring up the company and ask to speak with the respective person.

Ask them about the email address and contact details on which your application is to be sent. You can also take this opportunity to ask the recruiter about the requirement of a cover letter along with the resume, and so on.

Additional factors to consider while drafting an internship application

Apart from these, do not forget to follow these basic protocols.

Tweak your social media accounts

Do monitor your social media accounts in case you are applying for an internship that requires creativity and you need to link them in your resume/cover letter.

Certain job profiles require you to be an extrovert and keep your social media accounts for public viewing. So check with the requirements of the job role and make the necessary changes to your social media accounts.

Tip: Apart from monitoring your posts, also check through the comments section and erase any comments that might dampen your chances of bagging the internship opportunity.

This is the main part of the internship application and the chance to make or break your opportunity to bag the interview call.

Tailor your resume

One size does not fit all is a golden rule in the job application process when asking for an internship opportunity.

Every company has a different requirement from their interns, making it important for an applicant to present their resume as per the company’s requirements to cut.

Read the job description carefully to understand the keywords in order of prevalence and tailor your resume accordingly.

Follow up

In case you have not heard from the recruiter, you can send a follow-up email to find out about the status of your internship application. You can also take this opportunity to get constructive feedback about your application.

How to approach an alumnus for an internship

Are you in touch with your alumni? If not, now would be a good time to connect with them.

An alumnus is a former student of the same institution. He/she could be your immediate senior who has passed out or even someone of much seniority.

Now, in the case of immediate seniors, you still get the chance of building up a good network in the real world.

But what about the alumni who have passed out way before you entered the institution? How do you approach them? How do you break the ice since you are strangers?

Here are a few tips to help you build a rapport with an alumnus and approach them for an internship opportunity.

Connect with your alumni well in advance

It is downright rude to approach a person and straight away ask “Are there any openings in your organization?”

As a college freshman, you will be unsure, confused, and clueless about a lot of things, and career avenues might not even make it in the top 10 of your concerns at that time.

However, this might come back to bite you when you are in your final year and continue to remain clueless about what career you want, thus making internships important for you to have a final answer at the end of your college phase.

To build a meaningful rapport with an alumnus, it is best to start early in your fresher year. This will allow you enough time to gel with your alumni and also help you to explore your career opportunities in an organized manner as you will have enough time to be guided in the right direction.

Introduce yourself correctly

The adage first impression is the last impression plays a crucial role when you have to introduce yourself to an alumnus who can help you in more ways than one.

So, when you introduce yourself, keep it simple and mention the following:

Introduce your name, Batch year, and Major course

Mention how you came across his/her contact

Politely state the purpose of reaching out

Attach resume

Here’s how you can write to your alumnus.

Hi (Name),

My name is Anshika Sharma, I am a first-year student of English at XYZ University. I got your contact from the Alumni Association Contacts. I am writing to you to ask for 30 minutes of your time to discuss your line of work, and if you could kindly guide me as to how to prepare for the field’s demands. I am also attaching my resume to give you an overview of my education and experience.

With the last line, you are offering your resume to the alumnus for an understanding of your education history and experience instead of asking it to be forwarded to HR. This provides you the chance to bond with the person instead of making him/her feel like you just want a favor from them.

Ask relevant questions

Next, ensure you ask relevant questions to get to know the person. For example, “How did you decide what you wanted to do?”, “What news and social media accounts do you follow for industry updates?”, “What are the career growth opportunities in this field?”, and so on.

These questions show that you are genuinely interested in building rapport with the person and are serious about your career decisions.

Reach out periodically

Do not forget to send a thank you message/ email the next day after you have had a conversation with your alumnus. Not only is it a basic courtesy but you can also mention what piqued your curiosity.

You can also send them congratulatory messages when you come across any milestone achievement of their respective organizations or have any questions regarding any industrial development.

This will keep a communication line open and also highlight that you are genuinely interested in building a rapport by taking interest in them and their line of work.

We hope these tips help you in navigating the question of how to ask for an internship. Apart from perfecting the email template for an internship opportunity, do check out how to write a cover letter for internships.

You can also prepare internship interview questions and common interview questions to prepare for the interview.

All the Best!

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How to Find Your Perfect Internship With CareerHunts! Mon, 23 May 2022 09:51:00 +0000 Getting an internship is a question of peak interest for those in college, and rightly so.

With the changing hiring trends, qualifications alone are not enough to get you a high-paying job. Recruiters are always on the lookout for a candidate with prior experience, and while you can not work a job along with college, you can always consider taking up internships.

Internship experiences on your resume can be a highlight and can help you land your dream job. This blog will discuss what an internship is, its meaning, the importance of internships, and answer the million-dollar question- how to get an internship?

Let’s get started!

What is an internship?- meaning and origin

An internship is a short-term job where students can learn the tricks of the trade and gain hands-on learning experience in the field of their interest.

The concept of internships originated from medicine, where doctors without licenses would practice as interns to gain the required experience.

Today, students can find data science, accounting, engineering, digital marketing, data analytics, content writing, journalism, and many more internships with just a click.

With an internship, students can find the right opportunity to get an insight into the profession they want to pursue and make intelligent career choices.

Importance of internships

Before we go ahead and talk about how to get an internship, let us take a step back and understand, what is the importance of internships, and why you need to choose wisely.

1. Great chance for students to build their professional network

Establishing professional connections when you are right out of college is no piece of cake. It takes a lot of effort and effective communication. But, with an internship, you can meet people in your field who can mentor you in the long run.

Interning gives you the chance to acquaint yourself with the experienced people working in your field of choice who can help you get jobs in the future.

2. Internships can help you identify your interests

Internships are the perfect way for freshers to decide their career route. If given short-term opportunities with just enough exposure and time, freshers can ditch researching their dream job online, and find one while experiencing it.

3. Grooms freshers to deal with the job market

Apart from work experience, knowledge of the corporate world and job etiquette is crucial too. But not all of it can be understood theoretically. On-the-job experience and learning can provide a lot more clarity, making internships important for freshers.

With internships, freshers get an opportunity to learn minute aspects of professional life- from scheduling meetings to work-appropriate dressing sense and much more in a short period.

4. Internships can lead to full-time job opportunities

Training the workforce, again and again, can be a time-consuming task for organizations. This is probably why most companies offer full-time opportunities to their interns.

This works well for both the interns and the company as the organizations get a few months to gauge the candidate, contrary to the general hiring procedure where the decision is made based on a comparatively short interview.

As for the interns, they do not have to spend more time on job search, interview preparation, etc., making it easy for them to enter the job market without much discomfort.

5. Recruiters prefer candidates with experience

It is always easy for companies to recruit experienced candidates who are well-versed with the work profile and are aligned with the organization’s mission statement.

But even without experience, an intern, when given a full-time opportunity, can prove to be a great addition to the company as they save time on training, and the recruitment process’ hassle, making it a smooth transition into getting hired by the same company or others.

How to get an internship?

Coming to the question of the hour- How to get an internship?

The short answer is that you build a strong resume, apply to internships you like, and prepare for the interview. Sounds simple, right?

If done right, getting an internship can be simple. So, here is a step-by-step answer to how to get an internship.

1. Identify your area of interest

While there are several reasons to feel burnout, one of the major reasons is working for an industry you do not believe in or know anything about. Since internships are your gateway into the professional world, the first step to finding an internship should be to identify your area of interest.

For example, if you are a creative person, your talents and skills would be wasted in an analytical role and vice versa.

2. Prepare application documents before you begin your internship hunt

Now that you have identified the fields you want to pursue, it is time to work on your application documents. The most crucial documents you will need are a resume & cover letter.

Resume for internships

A resume is a professional document that hosts your qualification, and experience. Usually 1-2 pages long, a resume is a brief but impactful document as it is the first point of communication between the company and the candidate.

Some tips to keep in mind while drafting a resume for an internship are

  • Opt for simple fonts like Georgia, Helvetica, Arial, Times New Roman, etc.

  • The ideal font size is 14-16pt for headings and sub-headings & 11-12pt for normal text

  • Write impressive resume headlines

  • Use brevity to draft a concise and clear resume

  • Focus on skills and education

  • Include keywords relevant to your preferences

  • Choose a professional resume template

  • Tailor your resume before applying to each internship

Cover Letter for Internships

A cover letter is an additional application sent along with the resume. It is a part of an application but is more conversational than the resume. While a resume is a brief and concise collection of facts, a cover letter can be used to convince the recruiters that you would be a great fit for the organization.

With a cover letter, you can talk about things that did not make it to your resume but are relevant to your professional life.

Some basic tips to keep in mind while writing a cover letter are

  • Make an impactful first impression by opening with a unique introduction

  • Research the company and include a few anecdotes about the same to reflect your research and passion for the company

  • In 2-3 lines, convey why you think you are a good fit for this internship

  • Just like the resume, tailor your cover letter to suit the internship opportunity

3. Update your social media profiles

We live in a digital age where the social footprint is more impactful than the physical ones. Social media has grown into a platform for people to showcase their lifestyles, hobbies, and talents, making it one of the most important tools in the hiring process.

Many recruiters check the candidate’s social media accounts before hiring them. So, a good practice is to log on to professional networking sites and make a profile with all relevant professional details.

Some good practices to follow for professional social media platforms are

  • Use a professional headshot, preferably with a plain background

  • Avoid banter and personal conversations in posts, comments, and public replies

  • Share and write content that is relevant to your preferred industry

  • Add work experience in a descending chronological order

  • Connect with people in your industry and seniors who can help you find opportunities

4. Build a strong professional network

Adding on to the last tip from the previous point, having a good professional network can be a huge plus for people looking for job opportunities.

A strong social network helps you organically discover relevant job openings, and you can also reach out to them to ask for help if you need any.

You can also use the platform to raise concerns, understand new market developments, and connect with companies. With a good networking group, you can find relevant answers with ease.

So, reach out to your teachers, seniors, mentors, or even people on good posts across organizations.

5. Prepare for the interview

By this step, your resume and profile have been shortlisted and you have been called for an in-person interview with the recruiters. The final thing to do now is to ace your interview and to do so, you need to prepare well.

Experienced or fresher, every jobseeker faces interview blues at some point. The only solution for this is to invest time and effort in interview preparation.

As you prepare, here are some basic pointers to keep in mind:

  • Prepare to answer crucial interview questions and answers

  • Research about the company and tailor your answer accordingly

  • Dress to impress

  • Get 8-hours of sleep the night before

  • Understand interview etiquette

  • Participate in a mock interview with your peers

  • List questions you want to ask

  • Understand the dos and don’ts of non-verbal communication

6. Follow up

The final step to answering how to get an internship is simple- follow up. Post-interview, make sure to follow up with the recruiters since they come across several candidates every day, and a follow-up email from your end will refresh their memory about your job interview.


Questions like how to get an internship often have simple answers, but the implementation takes a lot more than theoretical knowledge, sending resumes, and giving interviews.

Everything that happens before, during, and after the internship interview is a different story, and in this blog, we tried to explain a step-by-step way of landing your preferred internship.

We hope this was helpful and that you will be able to find the right start and make good career choices.

All the best!

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Here Are 6 Promising Careers For Extroverts Thu, 21 Apr 2022 05:40:00 +0000 Finding the right employment can be significantly affected by one’s personality type. Introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts frequently have different preferences when it comes to stakes and career paths.

Because of this, it is crucial to select a career role that works to your advantage and is suitable to your skills, especially if you are an extrovert and are more likely to be attracted to various jobs than those that are to the liking of an introvert.

This article lists six careers for extroverted people that pay well and are a good fit for their personalities.

But before we delve into these fields, it would be helpful to have some background knowledge on extroverts and the strengths they bring to the workplace.

Define “extrovert” for me, please.

The term “extrovert” refers to those who operate at high energy levels and like being in the company of others. To be an extrovert, you need to like being around other people and be comfortable even in extremely crowded situations.

Since extroverts get bored quickly when they are on their own, the best careers for them are those that encourage constant interaction with coworkers and clients.

Because of their extroverted nature, extroverts do well in environments where they must interact with many people at once. Some traits shared by extroverted individuals are:

  • A person who expresses themselves verbally and physically
  • Powerful communicator
  • Group members
  • Confident
  • Outgoing
  • Being sociable

Keeping these traits of extroverts in mind, let’s look at some of the well-paying job descriptions that may be a good fit for outgoing people.

Jobs for the extroverted that pay well

For those who thrive in social situations, we have compiled a list of 6 well-paying careers that also fit extroverts.

1. Event manager

One of the most rewarding careers for extroverted people is event management. They’re in charge of coordinating parties and gatherings of all kinds, from birthday bashes to weddings to company picnics.

Every aspect of planning these events falls within their purview, from setting up the finances to arranging for the food and entertainment to finalising the venue and decorating it.

An event manager’s responsibilities may shift from one event to the next. However, many aspects of running a business are ideally suited to extroverted people. This is especially true of activities like networking, public speaking, and hosting events.

2. Customer Success Manager

The customer success manager, also known as the customer care manager, is the company’s leader and main point of contact with its clientele.

They need to be able to clearly and concisely describe the company’s products and services to clients, and they must maintain open and honest communication with those customers.

Additionally, they use their people abilities to efficiently resolve any complaints or problems that may arise from clients. Candidates for the position of customer success manager need strong problem-solving, decision-making, and conflict-resolution skills.

They are the first point of contact for customers, therefore they need to be outgoing, friendly, and have excellent communication skills.

3. Sales Manager

An organization’s sales force can only be as effective as its sales management. They determine goals, establish objectives, and coach and guide their team members to hit their sales targets.

In addition, sales managers are responsible for maintaining excellent connections with clients and inspiring their teams to hit their targets.

In my opinion, sales management is a good fit for extroverted people because of the emphasis on teamwork, morale building, problem solving, and other soft skills required when dealing with people.

4. Public relations executive

A public relations executive’s job is, as the job title suggests, to foster goodwill among a specified group of people and to drum up media coverage.

Executives in public relations (PR) are in charge of promoting their company’s products and services by writing press releases, managing social media accounts, and organising events.

To put it another way, a company’s PR professional will be the go-to person for all interactions with its clientele. Since they will be dealing directly with the public, it is advantageous if they are extroverted and can read the energy of their audience.

A public relations executive’s outside work with the media, press, and other forms of advertising necessitates that they be outgoing, outstanding communicators, at ease in large groups, and capable of problem-solving on the fly.

5. Flight Attendant

Because of their preference for interacting with others, extroverts are well-suited for the role of flight attendant, one of the highest-paying jobs in the industry.

Besides the usual prerequisites, a career as a flight attendant calls for a person who takes pleasure in the company of others, can remain calm under pressure, and can effectively communicate with passengers of varying temperaments.

 6. Legal consultant

Consulting firms hire legal advisors to oversee their business’s financial and legal dealings.

Their duties may include discovering wrongdoing, weighing the legality of each business deal, and digging into company documentation and other legal matters.

A legal consultant must be patient and personable because they work in teams with other individuals and engage directly with stakeholders and clients.

Legal consulting is a high-paying field, and while introverts can be successful in it too, it seems more suited to extroverts. The average annual income for a legal consultant in India is around 6.0 LPA, with a salary range of 1.8 LPA – 24.1 LPA.

Advice for the outgoing job seeker

Finding your ideal job can be difficult, but with some work and practise, you’ll have it nailed in no time. What follows is a discussion of some tried-and-true advice for job-seeking extroverted types.

1. Study the job posting carefully before applying.

It’s a piece of advice that can be put to use by people of any and all temperaments. Everything you need to know about the job, from the duties and responsibilities to the required skills and experience, as well as the company’s values and goals for the ideal candidate, can be found in the job description.

Read the posting carefully to determine if the position is a good fit for your skills and experience. For example, if a company is advertising for a “team player,” only extroverted persons need apply for the position, since introverts can simply pass on it.

2. Just jot down a few interview talking points.

People that are naturally more outgoing tend to be very outspoken and say exactly what’s on their minds. Being open and honest is admirable, but it might backfire in an interview if you don’t take the time to fully comprehend the topics being asked.

Because what you say may have such a significant impact on the outcome of an interview, it’s a good idea to prepare a set of talking points in advance. What follows is a list of simple recommendations to consider:

Conduct dummy interviews with close loved ones.

If you want to feel more peaceful and in control of your emotions, try meditating for a while.

Be prepared for the interview by writing down some notes on the most important topics.

3. Attend carefully to the interviewer’s responses.

Listening to the interviewer’s comments is just as crucial as giving a thoughtful response to their question. Confused?

Some common interview mistakes include talking too much, or taking too much time to think of the “perfect” answer.

It’s best to gather your thoughts before responding to a recruiter, but holding off until the end of their sentence will prevent you from being sidetracked and leaving important details out of your answer. So, instead of just answering their questions, pay attention to what they’re saying.


Although extroverts are generally at ease in any social setting, it is still important to select a career that is a good fit and allows you to develop while still being true to your character. Decide on a fulfilling profession among the many opportunities open to extroverted people, and pursue it with confidence.

All the best!

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