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HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR OPPORTUNITY

Post by Support Team, 24-08-2018.

Use this as a guide to help you prepare for your opportunity. The steps I take to prepare for speaking opportunities are the same steps that I will use to prepare myself for that opportunity to give a workshop when it comes around again.

1. VOLUNTEER

Use your involvement in work projects, non-profit affiliations, church ministries, fraternity and sorority (fraternal) ties, employer affinity groups and the like to take on volunteer positions. Your involvement in such programs and activities serve as a great training ground for a future opportunity. Note, too, that there are times when the work you demonstrate as a volunteer gives you exposure that creates opportunities for you.

Toastmasters which is a non-profit organization. There I give speeches, but because I do not always have an opportunity to give a speech, I use other meeting roles as an opportunity to speak.

2. STUDY

Always be a student. If the opportunity you would like requires a skill you do not currently have or if the opportunity is something in which you have no experience, like anything you need to learn, study it. Take a course in a class, online, or offerings from Coursera. The latter two have apps that allow you to learn offline anywhere you go. Attend a workshop or seminar. Study people or programs that are skilled at what you would like to do. Also study what  Example: I am currently taking self-paced courses to learn how to expand my speaking beyond Toastmasters. In addition, I have been collecting videos to study other speakers.

3. NETWORK

Chances are that someone you know already has experience in what you desire to do. If not, it is quite possible that someone you know knows someone with experience with what you desire to do. If either or both of those lead to dead ends, there are millions of people on  Example: On LinkedIn I am in a group where I am learning from and getting advice from people with experience in this space. Also, my work and church networks provides opportunities for me to speak on panels and to make appeals, respectively.

4. PRACTICE

Put into practice what you learned from volunteering, studying, and the information provided by your network. Be intentional about your practice by working a way to practice into your day.

canwillDONE Facebook page, I create short videos to share life lessons I learn through my morning workouts. Writing these blog posts help create content for speeches. When speaking to people, I practice getting to the point, speaking clearly, and eliminating filler words.



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How do I prepare our self?

Post by Support Team, 24-08-2018.

Organize your study space

Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Have you got enough light? Is your chair comfortable? Are your computer games out of sight?

Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible. For some people, this may mean almost complete silence, for others, background music helps. Some of us need everything completely tidy and organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and take the time to get it right.

 

Practice on old exams

One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice taking past versions. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and - if you time yourself - can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section. 

Organize study groups with friends

Get together with friends for a study session. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. As long as you make sure you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, this can be one of the most effective ways to challenge yourself.

Snack on brain food

You may feel like you deserve a treat, or that you don't have time to cook, but what you eat can really have an impact on energy levels and focus, so keep away from junk food. Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries. The same applies on exam day - eat a good meal before the test, based on foods that will provide a slow release of energy throughout. Sugar may seem appealing, but your energy levels will crash an hour later.

Drink plenty of water

As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.

Good luck!

 



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How do I prepare for bank exam at home?

Post by Support Team, 24-08-2018.

A.Reasoning Aptitude

The topics like Syllogism, Machine Input Output, Puzzle Test, etc carry high weight-age as far as a IBPS PO exam is concerned and with 6 months in hand you can bring an absolute command over these topics provided you know the approach. Do not get worried about the verbal reasoning topics as they take only 1 or 2 months’ preparation to gain command over.

B. Quantitative Aptitude

Learn Speed Maths tricks (Many of them are available on Youtube), do a lot of mental Math in everyday’s life and make yourself able to calculate really fast.

Get an root understanding of chapters such as Simplification, Average, Percentage, Ratio, Profit and Loss and Data Interpretation. Once you become sure about the concepts and your ability to solve them fast try bringing command over other chapters.

C. English Language

For last few years the level of difficulty in this particular section has been increasing and to clear the cut-off you must be a good reader of English Language. Make a habit of reading different pieces of writings; News Articles, Journals, Magazines, etc. Besides, you’ll to work on your grammar as well.

D. Computer Knowledge

You need not be a Computer wizard to clear this section just follow online computer section of your online institute and once you are done with its contents, practice a lot of sample questions either online or offline.

E. General Awareness

Preparing for this section seems most cumbersome to most of the students as one has to store a lot of events, dates, names in one’s mind with daily happenings at National and International arena. But I would advise you not to do thorough study for this section as it will consume a lot of your precious time.

 



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Top 10 interview questions and how to answer them

Post by Support Team, 24-08-2018.

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Answer: Identify some of your main attributes and memorise them. Describe your qualifications, career history and range of skills, emphasising those skills relevant to the job on offer.

 

Q: What have your achievements been to date?

A. Select an achievement that is work-related and fairly recent. Identify the skills you used in the achievement and quantify the benefit it had to the company. For example, 'my greatest achievement has been to design and implement a new sales ledger system, bringing it in ahead of time and improving our debtors' position significantly, saving the company £50,000 a month in interest'.

 

Q: Are you happy with your career-to-date?

A: This question is really about your self-esteem, confidence and career aspirations. The answer must be 'yes', followed by a brief explanation as to what it is about your career so far that's made you happy. If you have hit a career plateau, or you feel you are moving too slowly, then you must qualify your answer.

 

Q: What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?

A: The purpose of this question is to find out what your definition of difficult is and whether you can show a logical approach to problem solving. In order to show yourself in a positive light, select a difficult work situation which was not caused by you and which can be quickly explained in a few sentences. Explain how you defined the problem, what the options were, why you selected the one you did and what the outcome was. Always end on a positive note.

 

Q: What do you like about your present job?

A: This is a straightforward question. All you have to do is make sure that your 'likes' correspond to the skills required for the job on offer. Be enthusiastic; describe your job as interesting and diverse but do not overdo it - after all, you are looking to leave.

 

Q: What do you dislike about your present job?

A: Be cautious with this answer. Do not be too specific as you may draw attention to weaknesses that will leave you open to further problems. One approach is to choose a characteristic of your present company, such as its size or slow decision-making processes etc. Give your answer with the air of someone who takes problems and frustrations in your stride as part of the job.

 

Q: What are your strengths?

A: This is one question that you know you are going to get so there is no excuse for being unprepared. Concentrate on discussing your main strengths. List three or four proficiencies e.g. your ability to learn quickly, determination to succeed, positive attitude, your ability to relate to people and achieve a common goal. You may be asked to give examples of the above so be prepared.

 

Q: What is your greatest weakness?

A: Do not say you have none - this will lead to further problems. You have two options - use a professed weakness such as a lack of experience (not ability) on your part in an area that is not vital for the job. The second option is to describe a personal or professional weakness that could also be considered to be a strength and the steps you have taken to combat it. An example would be: "I know my team think I'm too demanding at times - I tend to drive them pretty hard but I'm getting much better at using the carrot and not the stick".

 

Q: Why do you want to leave your current employer?

A: State how you are looking for a new challenge, more responsibility, experience and a change of environment. Do not be negative in your reasons for leaving. It is rarely appropriate to cite salary as your primary motivator.

 

Q: Why have you applied for this particular job?

A: The employer is looking for evidence that the job suits you, fits in with your general aptitudes, coincides with your long-term goals and involves doing things you enjoy.  Make sure you have a good understanding of the role and the organisation, and describe the attributes of the organisation that interest you most.

Other common interview questions to consider:

  • How does your job fit in to your department and company?
  • What do you enjoy about this industry?
  • Give an example of when you have worked under pressure.
  • What kinds of people do you like working with?
  • Give me an example of when your work was criticised.
  • Give me an example of when you have felt anger at work. How did you cope and did you still perform a good job?
  • What kind of people do you find it difficult to work with?
  • Give me an example of when you have had to face a conflict of interest at work.
  • Tell me about the last time you disagreed with your boss.
  • Give me an example of when you haven't got on with others.
  • Do you prefer to work alone or in a group? Why?
  • This organisation is very different to your current employer - how do you think you are going to fit in?
  • What are you looking for in a company?
  • How do you measure your own performance?
  • What kind of pressures have you encountered at work?
  • Are you a self-starter? Give me examples to demonstrate this?
  • What changes in the workplace have caused you difficulty and why?
  • How do you feel about working long hours and/or weekends?
  • Give me an example of when you have been out of your depth.
  • What have you failed to achieve to date?
  • What can you bring to this organisation?

 



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The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Make

Post by Support Team, 24-08-2018.

Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you've lost your mind, headhunters say you'll never work again and your mother-in-law steps up the old, "I told you so" routine. But for many burned-out, bored or multitalented folks who are sitting on skills they're not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their marbles. 


Regardless of your career change strategy, never make these 10 mistakes 

1. Don't look for a job in another field without some intense introspection. 
Nothing is worse than leaping before you look. Make sure you're not escaping to a field that fits you just as poorly as your last. Check out these self-assessment articles. 
Get thorough information about the fields you're considering by networking, reading and doing online research. Having informational interviews with alumni from your college, colleagues, friends or family is a fun way to get the scoop on different fields. 

2. Don't look for "hot" fields unless they're a good fit for you. 
You wouldn't try to squeeze into your skinny cousin's suit, so why try a field because it works for him? People who are trying to help you will come along and do the equivalent of whispering "plastics" in your ear. Instead of jumping at their suggestions, take time to consider your options. Decide what you really want to do. When you enter a field just because it's hot, burnout isn't far behind. 

3. Don't go into a field because your friend is doing well in it. 
Get thorough information about the fields you're considering by networking, reading and doing online research. Having informational interviews with alumni from your college, colleagues, friends or family is a fun way to get the scoop on different fields. 

4. Don't stick to possibilities you already know about. 
Stretch your perception of what might work for you. Read some job profiles and explore career fields you learn about from self-assessment exercises. 


5. Don't let money be the deciding factor. 
There's not enough money in the world to make you happy if your job doesn't suit you. Workplace dissatisfaction and stress is the number-one health problem for working adults. This is particularly true for career changers, who often earn less until they get their sea legs in a different field. 

6. Don't keep your dissatisfaction to yourself or try to make the switch alone. 
This is the time to talk to people (probably not your boss just yet). Friends, family and colleagues need to know what's going on so they can help you tap into those 90-plus percent of jobs that aren't advertised until somebody has them all sewn up. 

7. Don't go back to school to get retreaded unless you've done some test drives in the new field. 
You're never too old for an internship, a volunteer experience or trying your hand at a contract assignment in a new field. There are lots of ways to get experience that won't cost you anything except your time. A new degree may or may not make the world sit up and take notice. Be very sure where you want to go before you put yourself through the pain and debt of another degree program. 

8. Be careful when using placement agencies or search firms. 
Do some research to be sure to find a good match. Ask those who work in the field you're trying to get into or other successful career changers for suggestions. Try to find a firm that knows how to be creative when placing career changers -- not one that solely focuses on moving people up the ladder in the same field. 

9. Don't go to a career counselor or a career transitions agency expecting they can tell you which field to enter. 
Career advisors are facilitators, and they'll follow your lead. They can help ferret out your long-buried dreams and talents, but you'll have to do the research and the decision making by yourself. Anyone who promises to tell you what to do is dangerous. 

10. Don't expect to switch overnight. 
A thorough career change usually will take a minimum of six months to pull off, and the time frequently stretches to a year or more. Changing fields is one of the most invigorating things you can do. It's like experiencing youth all over again, except with the wisdom of whatever age you are now.



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How to prepare for competitive exams

Post by Support Team, 29-03-2018.

• Time Management: 

Time is the most crucial factor in determining your success in competitive exams. Make sure you start your preparations so that you have ample time your hands and there is no panic at the last moment. Divide the entire syllabus into equal parts in order to be able to cover the whole syllabus on time.
For example: If you have 10 chapters to cover and 15 days of preparation time, then make sure you complete 1 chapter in 1 day, leaving the last 5 days for revision.

• Sample Papers and Mock Tests to prepare for competitive exams:
Attempting sample papers and previous year question papers helps you to formulate a better strategy for the exam and know your weaknesses. It will give you a better understanding of the pattern of the question paper and make it easier to finish the paper in the given time. The more sample papers you solve, the more confident and prepared you will feel during the competitive exam. Work hard to overcome your weaknesses.

• Smart work along with Hard work:
It is true that there is no alternative to hard work when it comes to preparing for competitive exams but smart work is also as important as hard work. You should start with the subjects and the topics that are most difficult and carry the maximum
. Take a short break now and then if you are finding it difficult to focus for a long period of time. 

• Do away with distractions:
Maintain a balance between your study time and other activities. To prepare for competitive exams set aside a fixed time for your studies. Discipline yourself, do away with distractions. Switch off your phone and sit in a room without TV while studying. Ask the people around you not to disturb you while you are studying.

• Do not fall under the pressure:
You might be under a lot of pressure to prepare for a competitive exam and do well. Tension and anxiety
not going to help your preparation, instead stay calm and relaxed. Do not study because of pressure from your parents, siblings, and relatives. Stay motivated and do it for yourself.
If you work hard and study with a right frame of mind, success is sure to come knocking at your door. At the end of the day, even if you do not succeed, understand that it is okay to fail and do not get disheartened. Do a thorough preparation for competitive exams and be confident while giving the exam. Be an efficient time manager while preparing for the exam as well as during the exam. Allot time to each section and try to complete it within the desired time frame. Prepare for the competitive exam with focus and determination.

All the very best.