Important Tips for New Graduates

If you have recently graduated from university, then you must be thinking about starting your working life. Entering the workplace is a totally different experience from being in a university.

Here are some important tips for you to remember:

Remember what you have learnt

Your university studies give you a foundation for success. So do not treat your degree as the end result of your education, use it as important tool to help you move on to the next stage of your future and career.

Bo someone that your colleagues will love to help

Be optimistic and have a positive attitude. Love yourself and try to help people around you. Helping each other is the best way that people can survive in difficult situations in life. If you help others, they will help you to succeed.

Don’t assume you’re the smartest person in town

Being down to earth is a great way to make strong relationships in the workplace. Arrogance is definitely not the way to go. Even if you are (always) right, you should remember that you need to keep people on your side. Never forget that teamwork is admired and followed in every organisation.

Make a good first impression

Work on the impression you want to create when you start out in the workplace. It’s difficult to change people opinions once they are formed.

Give your best when you are given a menial task

Do your best when you are given a menial task and keep a smile on your face. This will earn you the respect of your managers and colleagues. So initially, pay your dues; use your energy and dedication to gain greater achievements later on.

Work hard to enjoy success

Stay focussed and productive. Develop a habit of working regularly, efficiently and in a good humour. Good work habits like these are more admirable than simply having a talent in a certain area. So develop yourself along these lines.

Learn to listen, listen to learn.

It’s extremely important to listen to people and concentrate on what they are saying. This is the best way to learn. So use this powerful technique to become a great learner.

Work on your weaknesses and accept them

We all have weaknesses, so learn to compensate for them. There will be moments in your working life when you will be asked to do things which do not play to your strengths, so the best way to handle such a situation is to evaluate yourself and learn as much as you can from other people along the way.

 

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Why every Organisation needs Direct Sales Jobs

Organisations with the most effective direct sales departments consistently earn more money.

Being a sales consultant at a firm or a direct sales person in a store will help you learn new communication skills and ways to look deep into people lives. Sales personnel can also learn more about the culture of the organisation they work for than other colleagues, during the course of their job. Earning experience in a sales field can give you unbeatable communication and convincing skills which would be the strongest point in your paper or video resume.

Here are three big advantages of being a direct sales consultant:

Direct Sales have helped make things easy

Shopping has changed, thanks to the rise of the internet and the whole mechanism of buying and selling has altered beyond belief in recent years. Customers can now access more information and help when choosing products. Direct sales are so much more convenient for customers too, when they can just choose items on a website and order them. Customers no longer need to face difficult car parking or lengthy shop visits. Interaction with sales personnel is now all about finding out even more about the product and seeking advice to make sure they make the right decision.

Sales Interactions can lead to Relationships

Customers can become long term friends with sales personnel whom they find useful and pleasant to deal with. They might even land a job at the same company by asking about job vacancies etc. If you are friends with a sales consultant, the interactions you enjoy together may turn into a longer-lasting friendship and relationship with the company as a whole..

Direct Sales delivers a sense of accomplishment

People who work in direct sales get two types of rewards. Firstly, when they win the customer’s order, and trust. Secondly, when they get a commission or other monetary benefits from the sales they have generated. Some sales personnel enjoy trips abroad and get to meet new people/customers, learn about foreign cultures and have the opportunity of doing some shopping of their own.

So if you are currently in a sales position and want to start your own business and maybe employ sales people yourself, think about how you have been rewarded and see how you can make the same happen for your staff.

So in conclusion, direct sales jobs are not always as stressful as they seem. If you are the right person for the job, you can make a large impact on your employer and learn how to become a great entrepreneur. In conclusion, direct sales jobs are great fun and highly profitable if you can offer the right attitude and passion.

What to pack for short Business Conferences, Networking and Business Trips?

If you are a working woman whose job involves building networks, then you will doubtless find yourself attending plenty of weekend conferences, meetings, business parties etc. It’s very important to dress correctly for these occasions – business trip attire can be very different from normal routine dressing in your office.

So what you should have in your luggage to look good in front of colleagues and new contacts? Here are some tips for your business travel wardrobe:

Location

Bear the geographical location in mind and dress accordingly. For example a beachside conference venue deserve a slightly more relaxed vibe, whereas if a venue is a posh city hotel, then your dress must be more professional.

Weather

It’s really obvious to factor in the weather when deciding on your outfit, but check the weather forecast for your destination before packing your bag. The weather can vary from the norm at times and you should go prepared for both indoor and outdoor meetings.

Number of outfits

Plan different outfits for day and night time get together, as per your meeting/conference programme and appointment diary. Try packing three pair of trousers for different occasions, plus three tops, jackets and pairs of shoes plus plenty of decent accessories to help you match or customise the outfits.

Comfort level

Are you comfortable wearing a certain type of dress among the people you are going to have meeting with? Never choose a dress that is stunning but inappropriate for the occasion. Secondly, if you are going to walk around a lot, or have to move between different rooms and stand with different people, then you should not feel like your outfit is constricting or annoying in any way. So pack the clothes which you know fit well, are easy to wear and in which you look absolutely awesome.

Personality

Make sure the dresses you wear define your intellect and sincerity. It’s all about making strong networks and friendships, so use your outfits to display your personality and optimistic outlook. The dresses you wear define much of your personality so use colour and patterns as much as you can in the business environment. If you prefer minimalist designs, use this to show off your cool simplicity. Dress to boost your self-confidence and trust in yourself.

The ins and outs of why people get hired

interviewingIt’s very important for graduates to submit an eye-catching application, which reflects their skills, qualifications and interests. Here’s how to do so…

Understand what the organisation needs

Have a clear understanding of what is required by the organisation you are applying to. Check carefully that you have submitted everything they have asked for, such as a cover letter, resume and any accompanying documents.

Next, carry out your own research into how the organisation handles the recruitment process. For example, do they schedule video-based interviews or conduct their assessments in person? Also try to find out what kind of questions they ask, for example do they use using case studies, IQ-based questions or behavioural analyses?

Once you know all this, you will be able to prepare yourself and work on your presentation skills, critical thinking and analytical techniques.

Work on your skills

Work on your skills to find out what you can really do and how you can shine. Also see how you can match your skills up with your previous work experience, both in university and in any internships you may have completed.

Remember, skills learnt through solid work experience mean a lot. Work experience can be gained from academic activities or in a business-based role. Don’t just rely on academic qualifications, as these may not be enough in the face of more pro-active competition.

Make your resume both accurate and precise

A well written resume shows that you are good at planning and presenting your case. Your cover letter should be the first point of evidence showing your effective planning and presentation skills, not to mention your ability to organise data. You can further emphaises your strengths in these areas by highlighting the points in your CV that reveal your communication and research abilities.

Show how you are unique by describing specific accomplishments and personality traits. It’s important to do this because employers have to sift through hundreds of applications and you want yours to stand out amongst all the others.

How to behave in your interview

Even the most confident people can get nervous during interviews. Relax and trust in your abilities. Find out what the company culture is like by paying close attention to what’s happening around you while you are sitting in the lobby. Never be afraid of losing out – if you are meant to get the job you will, and knowing this will help you remain confident and calm.

Always follow up after an interview

Follow up the interview by sending a short thank you email. Communicate in a professional manner and make sure they know you are still keen to be considered for the job.

In conclusion, you can improve your interview performance  by looking for new challenges and skills to add to your resume and by staying positive and happy. Never lose hope; success usually comes to those who are not afraid of hard work.