Cracking the “Tell me about yourself” question!

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“So, tell me about yourself,” is an oft repeated question that many a person has faced in an interview, no matter what job it is! It can be a challenging question to answer suddenly, especially if you are not prepared for it. But did you know that the catch here is that it can serve as the perfect icebreaker, if you are ready to answer it, with panache at that!

Foremost, the intention of the interviewer is to know about your recent work experience and about yourself in brief and your answer will help the interviewer know where your mind is. It will also allow them assess you and your personality. Other ways of asking the same question is “Can you talk me through your CV?” But the intention remains the same, to know more about you and if you are suitable for the job. If you answer it right, it will help you set the tone of the job interview; you can emphasize on the points that you most want your potential employer to know about you.

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Your intro
Who you are, is what it’s all about and this is your chance to create a good first impression. Your first sentence should be an introduction to who you are professionally, an overview statement that shows off your strengths and gives a little sense of your personality too. It is not an easy thing to do, so it will greatly help you if you prepare in advance.

Be concise
Give a concise response that summarizes everything about you. Don’t ever just run through your resume in order bullet by bullet and year wise, it will show a lack of preparation on your part. Always keep it professional and don’t give personal life history details. It’s your best chance to pitch on why you are right for the job.

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Highlights
Do not be under the assumption that the interviewer has read your resume in detail. There is no harm in talking about the highlights in your student life or earlier jobs; it helps them know more about you. Briefly highlight a couple of points that you think make you stand out.

Your achievements
Share key information about your proudest achievements and goals and focus on discussing major selling points that feature on your CV or application form, especially the points which are directly relevant to the job you are applying for.

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Connect the dots
Start off with what you are; for example – “I’m a journalist by profession, but over the years have got into the writing sphere.” Start off with the past or present and then where you are right now. While you are at it, talk about the experiences you have gained.

End with a flourish!
Finally, finish with the future, why you are excited for this particular opportunity and how you can make a difference to the job. Give some suggestions if you can beforehand, about the difference you can make. Relax and share interesting anecdotes, being nervous will not help you in any way.

How to get motivated at work!

How to get motivated at work!
Do you feel like there’s nothing new or exciting happening in your work life? Does the thought of leaving your bed and going to office seem like a mammoth task every day? Does your job feel like a mundane one? If you have answered yes to even one of these, then you are in grave need of some inspiration and motivation. Thankfully, we have a list of 8 tips that will help you get motivated to work with enthusiasm and to your full potential again!

  1. Use a mantra
    Look up a few positive quotes and make one of them your go-to mantra. Chant this every time you feel like you are losing motivation. ‘Be awesome today’, ‘Dreams don’t work unless you do’ or ‘Just keep swimming’ are a few examples of what you can make your mantra.
  1. Take off some load
    Doing too many things can easily cause exhaustion with leads to demotivation at work. Cross off a couple of things on your “To Do” list to lighten the load and you will automatically feel more inclined towards your job.
  1. Have variety
    If you have a same old routine that you follow daily, then you are bound to lose interest in your work sooner or later. Here’s where engaging lots of different skill sets helps. Do regular tasks in new ways and mix up your routine.

How to get motivated at work!

  1. Do easy tasks first
    The best way to get motivated is to finish off the simple tasks first so that you gain a sense of achievement at their completion and the comparatively difficult tasks to follow, will seem easier to complete.
  1. Practice self-care
    Practice a few minutes of deep breathing or guided meditation to revitalize yourself. Take breaks when you can at work. Get out of the office and walk around the block to clear the cobwebs from your mind.
  1. Set a quit time
    Set a time period for your work and stick to it. Do not work for longer hours than the ones set by you. When you set a quit time, you will realize that your work-life balance is slowly becoming normal too.
  1. Reward yourself
    Each time you complete a difficult task, reward yourself with a little something of your liking. This will not only give you a sense of satisfaction, but will also help motivate you for future tasks that may seem difficult to you.
  1. Change your environment
    A persons surroundings play a very crucial role in determining his mood. If you are in an environment that is dull, you will lose motivation to work. Brighten up your work space or try working in a different part of office on days that you don’t feel as proactive as always.

Those were a few tips that will help you gain some perspective on how to make your work life a little more easier and a whole lot happy.

Handling exam stress

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It’s exam time and coupled with it is the stress that comes with it for many. Do I know enough? What questions will come up? What if I do badly? These and many other questions trigger a series of reactions from not being able to concentrate, to feeling irritable to being unable to eat or sleep properly, feeling tearful or even panicky.

Much as many dislike exams, they help build a student’s career and go a long way in proving their mettle. Here are some tips on how to deal with exam stress.

Start studying early
Be ahead of the timeline and study a little bit every day. Once the exam dates are announced, you could revise it all over again. You can prepare even more by thinking of questions that your teacher might ask on an exam. Write the questions down and answer them after your class is finished. This will make studying easier.

Manage your time
Trying to do many things at the last moment is obviously not a great option and cramming all night doesn’t usually work. Plan your calendar and schedule your study time ahead so that you are confident before you head for the exam, and are not a nervous wreck!

Take short breaks in between study time, have a snack, take a short walk, call a friend or just relax doing nothing. Study so you understand the material and not just to memorize it.

Eat and be healthy
It is proven that taking the time to get some exercise and eating healthy improves performance on exams. So don’t just sit and get stressed, go out and get moving. You are stressed eat healthy and you will feel better.

Practice, and more practice
Make your own practice test and answer the questions with friends and grade each other’s work. This will help you access your own preparation levels and also identify where you need to focus and study more.

Sleep well
Worrying about not being able to nod off only makes matters worse but there are many things you can do to help. A hot bath and having somewhere dedicated just to sleeping (and not to watching TV or going on a computer, phone or tablet) will help you switch off. If you can’t fall asleep, do something repetitive like a jigsaw

Taking the exam
First of all, do not be nervous or stressed to read through the question paper. Read it with a relaxed mind and scan each page before starting to make sure you have all the questions. This will also help you decide how much time you’ll need to complete it. Read all the instructions on the exam. Do the questions you can answer first to make sure you get the marks for them. Stay until the end of the exam in case you remember an answer. Go back and review your answers.

Relax! If you are really anxious, find a calm, quiet space and try breathing deeply in and out for a few minutes, focusing your mind on something pleasant or anything that helps you wind down. If you find that you’re still stressed, talk to someone you trust, whether it’s a parent, teacher, school counsellor or friend. They will help you put things in perspective.

Tap That App! 5 Must-have Apps for an aspiring PR Professional!

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In the fast-paced line of PR communications, success depends largely on us moving with the ever-changing technology. We bring you five apps that bring PR into your pocket! Check them out…

  1. News Runner – It is called the Twitter of the ‘news world’. NewsRunner is the world’s first audio newsreader, which has the latest headlines ready for you, whenever you need them. It claims to be “the best thing to happen to news, after news itself.”
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  2. Marketing 101 – This app helps you learn from marketing experts, the tips and tricks of this trade. With HD tutorials, articles by experts, hand-written articles by lawyers and options to download and print, this app will surely give your brand the boost that it needs.
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  3. Flipboard – Visually appealing, Flipboard is a news aggregator that gives you the feel of flipping through a magazine. It curates content based on your selected interests allowing you to browse handpicked articles. You can also build your own personal magazines, and can even add your social network feeds including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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  4. The Facebook Pages Manager– Social media apps are an obvious necessity for PR professionals. The Facebook Pages Manager app helps you keep a constant connection with your audience, which is important for managing any crisis or opportune any moment. It also allows you to post new updates and photos, respond to comments and view or reply to private messages.
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  5. Pulse – In order to get hits, you need to know which issues are currently trending within your industry or target market.  The Pulse app puts all of your favourite blogs, magazines, social networks and newspapers in one place, that too for free! This is great for tracking emerging news stories, and also for sharing them with your audience via the app’s Facebook and Twitter integration.
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5 steps to becoming a great actor

If you think having a successful career as an actor is easy, then you’ve got it all wrong. But if you follow these simple steps it could help you on your way.Acting-tips_2

Have a goal!

Sure you need to get your portfolio done and network a lot, but it is your eventual goal that will drive you through the hard times that every actor goes through. Understand what sort of actor you want to be and how you’d like to be remembered. Legacy can be a powerful motivator.

Understand the real picture!

All actors would like to win an Oscar and it is indeed an admirable ambition. But allowing your Oscar dreams to govern your choices when you’re starting out can be detrimental. Look at your position realistically and you will be better able to handle rejection and eventual success.

Learn humility!

You may think you’re the best actor that ever walked the face of the Earth. Well here’s a News Flash, you aren’t. Learn to take criticism with grace, it will only help you grow as a thespian. Learn to listen when those with more industry experience (and more talent!) are giving you advice; they’ve spent years finding solutions to the problems you’re facing. Above all, accept when you’re wrong or out of your depth.

Take risks!

If your gut’s telling you a role is perfect for you, but your brain is warning you against it, take the risk and go with your gut. Yes you could make the wrong choice, but you’ll learn a lot from your mistake. If it succeeds, however, you would have experienced a personal triumph.

Live a little!

Acting is all about life and its living. Go out into the world and meet different people from all walks of life, even those who you may have nothing in common with. Understanding people and the reasons why they do things is instrumental in building the characters you will play through your career.

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