Wishing all readers a successful 2015

writingWe have many things that compete for our valuable time, making it very difficult to strike that delicate balance between a rewarding professional life and a fulfilling personal life. I would argue that the not many people of the past knew & present know how to balance both the mission and their lives at home. This doesn’t happen by accident.

Not sure if Benjamin Franklin said this

 “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

It all begins with A PLAN.  Priorities in your lives, competing interests in your life, demands in your work & business, pressures on your study or any decisions you need to make, you need to have a plan to move on. You move more directly from where you are in life to where you want to be. If you have no plan, you are on the merry-go-round of life. You’ll pay your money, sit on a carousel, go around, get off the ride and find yourself somewhat nauseated while realizing you have gone absolutely nowhere!

As a husband and a father and a responsible, accountable person at work, I know it is very difficult to juggle between my priorities. The one priority I have in my plan is to put my family first, love them first. But I struggle in this area!

I cannot possibly show my children I love them without participating in their lives and being present during their activities. I cannot possibly show my spouse I  love her without spending quality time together.

I need to plan other priorities at work, give equal importance without diluting my focus on my family & and my own passion.

We cannot be all things to all people. We shouldn’t merely imitating others. Exceptions are not examples and examples are not exceptions!!. Make a confirmed plan, prioritise your priorities.

Plan for your family, plan ahead to attend your kids important events. I encourage all to sit down and put some deep thought into developing your own plans. Remember this statement when considering your own plan “We cannot become what we want to be, by remaining who we are.”

Wishing all an eventful and successful 2015.

Falcon & Farmer

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Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia.

He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to get them trained. Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its branch.

Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself… “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.”

In the morning the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.” The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?” With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, ” It was very easy, your highness, I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting.”

We are all made to fly. But at times we sit in our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We confine to the familiar, ‘comfort zone’, so most part of our lives are mediocre instead of being exciting, thrilling and fulfilling.

So let us learn to destroy the branch of laziness or fear we cling to
and free ourselves to the glory of flight!!!

Recruiter’s role in building successful organization by ANTONY XAVIER

Would you like to work as a Recruiter? Do you want to know what is the role of a recruiter in building a successful organization or Are you already a recruiter but would like to know how to be a strategic Recruiter? then here are the five best practices as a recruiter you can follow to build a better organization which I learnt from my experience.

  1. Branding the Organization: Crafting a brand that is consistent with your workplace culture will result in attracting the most relevant talent, which will in turn lead to a much higher employee retention rate.
  2. Creating Better Employee Referral Programs: Employee referrals are a critical component in your efforts to obtain the best potential employees. Employee referrals provide better than average candidates because employees know your company culture and have an idea about what employees work successfully in your organization. Employee referrals also reflect on the referring employee who wants to be positively regarded in your organization.
  3. Go – Getter, Aggressively pursuing top talent: Finding and sourcing top talent benefits every company, regardless of field or industry. When top sourced talent comes on board, the best results occur.
  4. Proactive Recruiting: Adopt a talent strategy to addresses long-term requirements before they become short-term nightmares. If you are NOT proactive with your recruiting and hiring process, you will NOT hire the best candidates available. So be proactive. Find the best, recruit the best, and hire the best.
  5. Invest in Employees: Invest in developing new skills and abilities in those you employ. You are assured of a better return a more capable and competitive workforce.

Top 3 Tips to Be an Expert Interviewer by Sean Little

An entry level job candidate may not be as experienced with the interview process as their older comrades in the job market. When judging a candidate’s abilities, you don’t want to pass up an excellent candidate because they are not comfortable with the interview process yet. Here are a few ways interviewers can help the process along when hiring for new grad jobs.

  1. Let the Candidate Do Most of the Talking

An interviewer must engage the candidate with information about the company and the job, but once it’s time to get more in depth, it’s the candidate’s turn to talk. Interviewers can use Firstjob.com advanced screening on top-tier employment plans as one way to gain more information on a candidate prior to an interview. However, those that want to gain a lot of the information through the interview process alone must be skilled in pausing at the right time to allow the candidate to fill in the blanks.

  1. Don’t Accept General Answers

A fresh graduate job candidate may not understand how to properly answer questions in an interview process. Ask for an example within their own life if an answer is too general. If you are still not satisfied with an answer, try to approach the same question from a different angle.

  1. Be Organized and Take Good Notes

An interviewer may be impressed enough to hire a candidate on the spot, but typically it takes some time to compare one candidate with another who may also be a good candidate. Don’t rely solely on your memory when making such an important decision.