Successful career management is about being ready for an opportunity. In the past, have you lost out on an opportunity because you were not prepared for it? Career management can help you in making the most of these opportunities. Career management also requires finding your life vision.  You have to know where it is you want to go in life.
For employers, hiring and retaining employees is a constant process of getting the right value for the money. Your task, in managing your career, is to ensure that the value you offer to your employer is more than the cost required for the employer to employ you.  Here are some tips to help you prepare!

Important Factors to Successful Career Management

Interviewers have a standard format of questions for the interview which they ask every applicant.  Here are four important aspects that every HR Manager looks for –

Leadership Skills

  1. Good communication: If you have a good communication then you can go miles. You have to be very careful while opening up your mouth especially when you are not in a good mood. From writing casual to formal documents, you should be very careful while putting your words on paper or electronic print. Keep your audiences in mind.
  2. Teamwork: People who work in different companies have to work in a team and under a team supervisor. It is helpful to indicate that one likes to work as part of a group and also the ability to take orders.
  3. Handling Stress: Frustrated customers, long hours and repetitive work on a daily basis are aspects what one can expect during the job.  Applicants have to decide if this is what they want to do for a living. Not everyone thrives in stressful situations – most often than not, people have to sign up and stay on the job for a specific period of time before they can quit.
  4. Providing instances of good customer service: At the time of the interview, applicants will be asked if they have instances of offering great customer services and resolving problems.  Provide real life examples of such instances – interviewers will pay particular attention to this answer

Personal Habits

  1. Computer and technical skills: In today’s fast paced business environment, knowing some amount of computer skills is useful.  Experience in a customer service and handling different technical situations is a big asset. People who are quick learners also stand a good chance of being hired as they are highly trainable.
  2. Organizing documents: You should have a folder supported by subfolders to store all your information online. You should always keep backup copies for all your documents. Always keep an additional copy of the files saved so that even if they accidentally get deleted, you have a copy.
  3. Community service: You should clearly identify the various projects that you indulge in regularly or from time to time. File the articles, pictures, and any other thing associated with your community service. This will have a positive effect on your employer as he will take you as a person who is well-rounded.

Take our leadership survey to see how your personal habits align with what HR managers are looking for.

Having a Life Vision

  1. Financial planning: Through a finance plan, you will be able to know the various associated costs of employment. You should think about the right kind of budget that will help you acquire your career skills. A proper budget for career progression is very essential on your part to be successful. Your employer would like to see that you are at par with the current field and also continuously upgrading your knowledge base.

Time Management Skills

  1. Proper storage and retrieval of documents: You should properly store all the career related documents at one place so that you can locate them easily without sweating out. If there is any document that is saved in your office computer and needs to be filed, then mail that document to your personal ID. Download it and keep it in your file.
  2. Keep copies of employment reviews: It is important that you ask the HR professional to get you the copies of your employment reviews. If the employer does not have any such reviews, then do one yourself by taking help from your senior. File any positive opinion about you coming from your employer.
  3. All your presentations made and participations in various office events should be retained and filed. You must also file any article that you have written or edited.  Also file any honors or awards received by you.
  4. Always keep updating the information in your file as and when required. So as soon as the next opportunity arrives at your door, you know that you are completely prepared to face it.

What to expect at the time of interviews:

Basically, HR managers look for people who are able to work under extreme pressures. Managers want you to be the public face of a company and interact with customers. You are the point of contact for customers.  You provide all kinds of information, settle problems, handle complaints and orders. Employees are also a point of contact for their peers.  Teamwork skills are also required for business.  It is vital for anticipating individuals to be aware of different work cultures and be prepared to get trained accordingly. Keeping yourself updated with the latest happenings around you, general knowledge, information about the company that you are applying the job for also are some of the major attributes that HR managers look for.

Are you looking for a clear vision for your future? My Vision Camp has a few spots open in 2019. This camp helps people aged 18-25 find their life vision, and set them on a path to achieve their goals!