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Careers and Concerns

Knowledge Vs Communication skills

knowledge vs communication skills

Many years ago, I interviewed Ramana Rao for a position. Ramana Rao scored good marks in his M.Sc. and applied for a job in a pharmaceutical company. He was shortlisted and called for an interview for a role in the quality department. I, as the HR head, along with a senior scientist and the head […]






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Understanding the reasons for rejection

reasons behind rejections

In our previous blog, we understood three stages where an interviewee will face rejection. Let us understand the likely reasons for rejection at each of these stages. Reasons for rejecting the resume:  Your resume may not be meeting even the minimum specifications of the job requirement. These requirements are mostly seen as mandatory; any CV that […]






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Image makeover for increased productivity at work

In our previous blog, we have discussed about two professionals Mini and Ravindra who were wondering what others think of them at workplace. When seen keenly, knowingly or unknowingly, both have created an image at the workplace. Many of us may face this situation and we may not even realize. What contributes to such image […]






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How to cope with the break in career?

I our previous blog “Managing Career Breaks”, we have discussed about two professionals Harini and Rajesh, who planned to break their careers for different reasons. If the break in career is a planned break, it is somewhat easy to cope with. In Harini’s case, the break was caused due to certain events in her life and […]






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Five Derailers to Watch Out

Young professionals with good education, sharp intellect and job related competencies with abundant talent sometimes get derailed in early stage of their careers. do set their careers on the success tracks initially. However, they fail to sustain the same. The reason for their derailment is not their incompetence on the job; it is indeed their […]






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Which leader brings the best out of you?

In our previous post, we discussed about Ranjan Mitra, a very cordial, articulate and competent professional who is facing a trouble since the time new manager Mohan joined the organization. Ranjan is struggling to cope up with Mohan’s style of working. In this process, as a self check, he looked back at his career and […]






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Impact of leader on your performance

Here is an important question: What do you think influences your performance at the workplace? Question looks simple, but answers could be many. The usual factors that influence the workplace performance are: role clarity, amenities, quality of colleagues, cooperation across various departments, compensation, incentives, my personal competence and motivation. In addition to all the above […]






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You shape your own career!

In our previous blog (“Who owns your career” published on May 28th 2014), we came across Virendra, a senior professional with more than eighteen years of experience and Nidhi, a fresher who are worried about the future and visibility of their career. Their main concern is “what will others (the top management) to do their […]






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Who owns your career?

Let me narrate two recent conversations that I had recently. The first one was with Virendra, a senior professional with more than eighteen years of experience. He said, “I have been playing the same role for over four years now and I am not sure how long I need to continue without any growth. My […]






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7 tips for Work Life Balance!

In our daily routines sometimes,we get stressed out while choosing option between work and life. How much do we focus on the most powerful machine – our body and mind? What are we doing towards work life balance?  If we wish to have a work life balance, it means that we need to balance our expectations […]






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