Career Mantras

When is the right time to change jobs?

Today’s Generation-Y changes jobs very often! At times, more than twice a year!!!  If we compare the ratio of people switching jobs frequently with those who don’t change, this figure is very high! The question naturally arises: is it a necessity these days that we change our jobs so frequently? Although candidates do get jobs “at the drop of a hat” (due to the severe talent crunch India is currently facing), the fact remains that “no one li.. More
Posted by:  Prakash Kewalramani Date:Aug 08, 2016

When is the right time to become an Entrepreneur?

  Don’t be an entrepreneur if you can’t handle rejection. Every no gets you closer to a yes”:  Mark Cuban, a self-made billionaire The following write-up is not a treatise on entrepreneurship. Every day, this author gets a CV from some entrepreneur or the other who tried his luck at entrepreneurship but could not succeed. The main reason for their failure is they not being adequately aware & prepared for the challenges ahead before taking the entrep.. More
Posted by:  Prakash Kewalramani Date:Jul 27, 2016

What are your Salary Expectations?

Salary negotiation is an art and a science! This is a question which is invariably asked at each & every interview especially for those applying for lateral hiring at mid to senior management levels. Generally, the question is asked towards the end of the interview when the interviewer is convinced of your candidature and wants to take the same to the next level. Yet, this is the one question that stumps most candidates. We tend to take the interview question “What are yo.. More
Posted by:  Reema Fernandes Date:Jul 11, 2016

Tell us something that isn't in your Resume

"In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you."...Warren Buffet While attending an interview, an interviewer will always want you to share something beyond what you have mentioned on your resume. The idea is to get a complete picture of your background. Your resume states the facts related to your past experiences and job profile, but the interviewer wants to kn.. More
Posted by:  Reema Fernandes, JobMantras Date:Jun 17, 2016

What have you gained from your internship programme?

  Students undergo internship programmes which help them to get first-hand corporate exposure and also live experience in their professional stream. This helps them in zeroing in on the kind of job they would like to take up on completing their studies.   Remember! Any work experience is good and the skills that you have developed are useful to get into a particular career. Hence, put together a portfolio of projects on which you have worked during the internships. This is.. More
Posted by:  Reema Fernandes Date:May 24, 2016

How do you decide on a job offer?

Best decisions are made when you learn the most important aspect of communication – “hear what isn’t said” When you get a job offer, you may be so excited about it that you may not delve into various essential aspects. However, you may not be the first one to accept an opportunity without thinking, there are many more. Yet, it is essential to research substantially before taking any decision. You must collect information like how long has the organisation been i.. More
Posted by:  Reema Fernandes Date:Apr 05, 2016

How to Negotiate a Salary Hike

  Have you ever felt you are performing but are being underpaid?  Have you given a thought that people in the same profile in other companies are being paid more?  Have you done a research on the value of your skills?       If you are eager to gain a pay hike, you need to be giving a thought on the above questions. This will help you to justify your statement of negotiation and command a better hike. As said by Amy Poehler, “It’s.. More
Posted by:  Reema Fernandes Date:Apr 04, 2016

How to manage interview stress

  Getting the right job is not easy! As it is, you are stressed out (for reasons best known to you) looking for a suitable opportunity. Once you get an interview call from that “dream company”, the thought about succeeding in the interview will generate even more levels of stress.  You prepare yourself very well for the interview (what to wear, what answers to give, what salary to ask for). Yet, you are stressed out! Why??? What is it that is affecting you? It is .. More
Posted by:  Sneha Shety Date:Mar 21, 2016

What interviewers & job-applicants do not like about each other

Although both interviewers & job applicants need each other, there are a number of things which act as deterrents in building a great relationship between the two. We list below some of these deterrents. What interviewers do not like about job-applicants 1. Lack of clear enthusiasm & interest in the organisation and/or the assignment: as if the candidate has been "pushed" to attend the interview. The candidate goes for the interview without doing research abo.. More
Posted by:  Prakash Kewalramani Date:Mar 03, 2016

Your First 30 Days in a New Organization

"Don't sense what happens a year later, just focus on today and apply your skills to get to where you want to be."   Getting a new job is an amazing feeling and that’s a new beginning! Your real test begins when your work starts and offers new challenges of aligning your profile as per the employer’s requirements and work culture. You need to follow few steps to ensure you lay a proper foundation for your new opportunity. What you do and don’t do in .. More
Posted by:  Sneha Shetty Date:Feb 10, 2016
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