High School Diploma Tips

Do you want to earn your high school diploma? By earning your diploma you are opening doors to higher paying jobs and the opportunity to continue your education. Many people today cannot even get a minimum paying job without a diploma. There are many opportunities today for one to get an education or to complete their studies.

Some of the benefits of getting your diploma are: finding a better job or career; furthering your education and feeling good about yourself. These are all important benefits, but each may have a different meaning to you and your decision to earn your diploma.

Not everyone that sets out to get a diploma actually finishes the task. It is not easy, but it can be very rewarding and beneficial. As talked about earlier, people with a diploma have a much better chance of finding a better job or starting a new career. Most employers, regardless of industry, require applicants to have a diploma.

Additionally, people that are interested in going back to school must have a high school diploma. The options are endless for those that have a diploma. Regardless of the type of school: beauty school, trade school, community college or traditional college, none much have a diploma to be accepted.

Although the diploma is important in order to get in school and to start a new career, it is equally as important for making you feel good about yourself. As an adult, you will so much better about yourself by simply having your high school diploma. This will be an accomplishment that no one can take away from you or put you down for doing. Furthermore, having your diploma will open doors and give you opportunities that you once thought were impossible.

5 Important Time Managment Tips for Students

Time is what we want most, but what we spend worst.”
– William Penn

Mr. Penn hit the nail on the head with this quotation. As humans we beg, plead, bargain and negotiate for more time. However, if asked how we would spend it, our answers tend to come up short. As in life, time management in your education is paramount to your success as a student. Those students that master it, perform very well in their classes.

Mastering your time management will be a necessity during your schooling (and with any schooling after that!). Students that manage to develop skill sets to better control their time will find greater success and less stress. However, just like any other skill, time management is learned.

So here are a few Time Management tips for your education. If you are not using them now, put them into practice and see how much more efficient you become!

Prioritize your tasks
Look at your day ahead and take a few minutes to figure out what NEEDS to be done THAT DAY! These should be things that directly relate to your current goal(s). If something does not correspond to your immediate goals, it has less importance. Something that is necessary to complete your goal that day has severe importance and demands your attention that day!

Make a list
Knowing what you have to complete in your day keeps you focused and task oriented. Take 10 minutes before you go to bed and make a list (using the priorities from tip #1) of the tasks to be completed that day. Carry this list with you and refer to it often. When you complete a task, cross it off (it feels good!). At the end of the day you should have your list completely crossed off. If not, the tasks you did not get to will go at the top of tomorrow’s list.

Concentrate on ONE task at a time
Attack your list one thing at a time. This one can be hard for many as we all have distractions in our lives. Try to avoid them at all costs. Close Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, turn off the TV and shut the door! By being laser-focused on completing that one task before anything else you will help keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed. Once that one is done move on to the next on the list.

Dedicate time throughout the day
This is CRUCIAL! Plan your day in accordance with what needs to be done (I.e.: if you have an exam the next day you need to allow time for study). Everyday should be planned out before it starts. Take time for school studies, job, family and also time to relax (don’t forget this one!). Benjamin Franklin once said, “If we fail to plan, then we plan to fail”. If you do not plan your day, others will plan it for you. When that happens, you become less effective and you become one of those people that say “I just don’t have enough time”

Build “time rewards” into your schedule
In order to make a habit of time management- you need to reward yourself for all your hard work. Put time allotments in your schedule that give you time to do something you want to do, not something you have to do. Take time to exercise, read a book and just generally relax.

Going to school can be tasking. If you master your time, you make your education that much easier and more fulfilling. Implement a few of these tips into your routine (for our current students, do it immediately!). I guarantee you will feel less overwhelmed and in more control of your education, job and life.

Interview Tips to Remember

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Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.

Brandon Mull, Fablehaven

How right and applicable is the above mentioned quote? There are some mistakes which only you should make yourselves because you will own the learning too. But some mistakes, you should learn from others and not make them as they are not worth losing what you could have got, if you never made them.

Resume is one such thing in which you MUST learn from the mistakes made by others because you might never get a chance to bring back what you lost. You might think that a prospective employer might just think as simple as “Oh! That’s a mistake” but in reality, the impression such mistakes leave are irreversible and fatal for your career.

Although mistakes may be many and various depending upon individual profile but listed below are some of the most common mistakes along with the implication/s they leave on the readers’ minds:

  1. Typing Mistakes and Grammatical errors

Employer thinks: He does not know how to read or write. Poor Communication Skills, hence, NOT SUITABLE.

Advice: Always Proofread.

  1. Incomplete information

Classic example:

Education: MBA – from XYZ institute – 2001-2002

Employer thinks:

Whether the info is wrong or the course is still being pursued?

What’s the specialization?

Any achievements or top grades, distinctions, awards, CGPA?

Advice: Always give all the relevant details. Make a checklist.

MBA – 1 year executive program – from XYZ institute – 2001-2002 – Specialization – Marketing

Dissertation topic: How to make a resume?

Worked as an Intern for 2 months with ABC Company as Marketing Trainee

Submitted report on – How to make a resume

CGPA: 7.2

Same goes with work experience.

  1. Omitting or giving incorrect information

Employer thinks: Nothing. He simply won’t be able to contact you.

Advice: Carefully make a checklist before starting to make a resume. Also proofread.

  1. Making a General Cover Letter

Employer thinks: You feel nothing special for this job or company.

It may also happen than while applying, you address it to Mr. XYZ while you send it to Mr. ABC

Advice: Always make specific cover letter which shows special interest in a job and the company.

  1. Making ‘Duties driven’ CV instead of ‘Accomplishment driven’

Classic Example:

Job responsibilities: Cost cutting initiatives in procurement

Searched for better vendors

Responsible for Data management

Employer thinks: Has he made any significant contribution/s?

Advice: Employer understands what you could have done in a role. He wants to know what you achieved.

Job responsibilities: Reduced the cost of procurement by 15% in the financial year ending 2012.

Created a strong portfolio of vendors with best quality and rates with excellent capacity to supply in large quantities at short notices.

Reorganized procurement data in a form which is more accessible and easily comprehensible by management and the team.

  1. Listing of Experience/ Education in Chronological order

Classic Example:

Work Experience: XYZ company – 2008-2009 – as Marketing executive

ABC Company – 2009 – 2011 – as Assistant Manager marketing

Current Company – 2011 – till date – as Manager marketing

Employer thinks: “Oh my God, I will have to read all before reaching what I really wish to read.”

Or he may simply not read below because of lack of time and may completely over look it. He will think you are currently unemployed.

Advice: Always mention education/ experience etc. in “REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER”. Saves time and pain for the employer. He may read the rest, if time permits.

  1. Long Paragraphs

Classic Example:

Computer Skills: I have excellent command over MS word, especially, excel and I have also worked in a SAP environment. I also, have experience with Coral Draw and I am proficient in creating advanced designs.

Employer: Usually overlooks such information because of lack of time. Also, the expertise and proficiency never stands out.

Advice: Use ‘Bullet Points’

Computer Skills: Proficient in MS word

Experience of working in SAP environment

Expert in advanced creative designing using Coral Draw.

  1. A bad ‘Objective/ Title’ and No ‘Summary’

Classic Example:

A hard working and enthusiastic professional looking for middle management positions

Employer thinks: You have as many as 6-10 seconds to give employer what he wants. If he is running short of time, he may move on to resumes more targeted and specific in nature.

Advice: Use strong Title/ Objective and also add Summary.

“Senior Manager – Supply chain, working with XYZ company with 10 years strong multi-faceted experience in Supply Chain Management with most reputed companies, qualified from ABC institute of Supply chain management.”

Also Add Synopsis/ Summary as it gives a quick overview of your entire profile and creates a preference.

  1. Making a long resume

Classic Example: Any resume running for more than 2 pages.

Employers think: “Who’s going to read all this?”

Advice: Keep it focused. Put only relevant information. Remember, an HR manager has to go through 100s of resumes in a day.

Ideally just 1 Page resume or maximum 2 pages.

  1. References on resume

Classic Example:

Either references are mentioned or it simply says “References: Available upon request.”

Employer thinks: Supplying references is a must. Why mention it and waste space?

Advice: No need to mention the word ‘References’ on the CV. Furnish details only when requested. Utilize space for better reasons like mentioning your strengths or special skills acquired relevant to the job.

So, now when you are making a resume, keep all these common mistakes in mind and DO NOT MAKE THEM.

Good Luck!!

Job Search Tips for Aspiring Candidates

Every sensible mind thinks of a bright career and hence a stable handsome job. Job search is an ordeal. Today’s is the age of speed and competition. No one has time to wait for others. You have to prove your mettle; otherwise others are ready to trample you down and make their way through. With the tremendous progress all around, we have ushered into the world of LPG (Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization) where thousands of job opportunities are knocking at the door. Perform or perish seems to be the mantra for today.

How to seek a dream job? That’s a million dollar question. I have observed that many youngsters are not happy with the current job and are doing it just as a compromise. It’s dangerous, I tell you. Landing in a job where there is enough scope for your inherent skills and talents is very important. This is the reason enough for me to offer a few invaluable job search tips through this article.

Here follow the tips for a successful search of job:

  • Ask Yourself What You Love Doing:

As you grow you develop certain likes and dislikes. You recognize your natural aptitude and propensities. Ask yourself at an early age what you enjoy doing. Direct your likings to a systematic development. No one will be luckier than you if you get a job where your interests get enough exposure to flourish. Self analysis is the most important tip before starting your search.

  • Groom Yourself Accordingly:

Diligence and hard work lead to success. Try to shape yourself to fit in your dream job. Education is the most important tool to turn your unique qualities into hard cash. Get the necessary information regarding the required qualification for the job you want to apply. You will get this information on related websites. Keep updating your knowledge through different courses and educational programs and groom yourself accordingly. This search tip is immensely important.

  • Determination is the Key:

This is the job search tip that often remains neglected. Once you decide your path, no matter what others think about your choice, go on. You know what you want to achieve. Why heed others? Be determined, be loyal and faithful to your tasks and enjoy the fruits of success. I always emphasize on this tip in my job search tips and advice sessions.

  • Systematize Your Job Search:

It’s no use finding a job just for its sake. Let your job search be a systematic process. List down the names of the companies you would like to work with. Don’t try your luck in too many companies at a time. You will end up getting confused. Set your preference. Send your optimized resume online. Moving even one step ahead you can prepare your own online portfolio. Let your prospective employer come to you in search of a talent. This job search tip really works.

  • Social Networking is a Must:

Understand the importance of social networking. Develop social contacts that will help you reach your destination. With the availability of many social networking tools like facebook, orkut or twitter, it has become easier nowadays to widen the frontiers of your contacts. Follow this job search tip religiously. It works in your job search.

  • Career Guidance Centers Can Be a Great Help:

These days you have many career guidance centers offering job search tips to the promising youth. You can contact any such center and consult the experienced in this regard. You can reach at the right place at the right time through such guidance. Nowadays campus interviews have become a general practice. Even big companies approach colleges as they are in search of young talented employees. Never miss such opportunities. Who knows this may be the right beginning.

  • Contact Present Employers:

Keeping in touch with some of the experienced present employers of a particular company can help a great deal. They are well aware of the pros and cons of the job you are searching. Their guidance will make your job search easier.

  • Keep Learning:

You gather rich experience in the whole process of a job search. My job search tip for you will be to keep learning through your experiences. Don’t repeat the same mistakes. Let your job search be a journey of pleasure and not a boring drudgery.

May you get your dream job as quickly as possible! May you touch the dizzy heights of eminence and have a bright career. Best of luck!