#Google launches ‘#Bolo’ to #tutor #children to #read #Hindi, #English

  • Google’s Bolo app, which is being launched in India first, uses speech recognition and text-to-speech technology
  • Bolo will be available on Google Play Store in India for all smartphones running Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and higher

Tech giant Google Wednesday unveiled a new app ‘Bolo’ that aims to help children in primary school learn to read in Hindi and English.

The free app, which is being launched in India first, uses Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology.

The app features an animated character ‘Diya’, who encourages children to read stories aloud and helps if the child is unable to pronounce a word. It also lauds the reader when he/she completes the reading.

“We have designed the app to work offline, so users need to just download the under 50MB app once and then they have access to close to 100 stories in Hindi and English that the children can read out loud and improve their reading skills,” Google India Product Manager Nitin Kashyap told PTI.

Bolo will be available on Google Play Store in India for all smartphones running Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) and higher, he added.

Citing the annual ASER 2018 report, Kashyap said, it was found that only half of students enrolled in grade 5 in rural India can confidently read a grade 2 level textbook.

“Lack of reading ability can significantly impact further education, and ultimately children’s ability to realise their full potential. Limited access to quality material, under-resourced infrastructure, and barriers to learning outside the classroom are some of the challenges that children often face,” he added.

Google piloted the ‘Bolo’ app in about 200 villages in Uttar Pradesh and the early results are very encouraging with 64 per cent of children showing an improvement in reading proficiency in just three months, Kashyap said.

“We are now actively working with a number of non-profit partners to take the app to more people across the country who could benefit from it,” he said.

Kashyap said the company is also looking at expanding the app to other Indic languages like Bengali, soon.

To ensure safety of the child, all personal information always stays on device. The users are also not asked for details like email ID and gender for logging into the app.

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5 #Mistakes to Avoid in Your Next #Interview

Interviewing is often a fraught exercise. You’re threading the needle between selling yourself and your accomplishments, while also being humble and self-aware. Say too much and you’re unlikeable. Say too little and people wonder if you have the skills.

Keep in mind that the interviewer hasn’t done your job at your company, and they can’t read your mind. So, instead of simply listing out all the things you did at your last job, speak to the value that your work added to the team, product, or company.

And be authentic. While the pressure of the interview can make it hard to really be yourself, try to shake off the nerves. The connection you forge with your interviewer(s) can have a big impact.

So, want to nail your next interview? Read on for five of the most common mistakes I’ve seen while interviewing hundreds of candidates at Facebook.

1. Being Unprepared

During an interview for a role on the Facebook Marketplace team:

Interviewer: What are your thoughts on the Marketplace experience?

Candidate: I’ve never used it.

I would understand if the product were an enterprise service, but this is a consumer product. Buying or selling something on Marketplace takes a short amount of time and money.

The Lesson: By not bothering to familiarize yourself with the product or the space, the interviewer is left wondering if you even want the job since you didn’t put in the time to test out the experience.

2. Appearing Apathetic

During an interview at Facebook for a Product Management role:

Interviewer: What makes you want to work at Facebook?

Candidate: A recruiter reached out to me, so I thought I would come in.

The interviewer has invested their energy and passion into the company they are at, and they want to hire someone who has the same commitment and excitement. Hearing you say you don’t really have a particular interest in their company is an instant turn off.

The Lesson: If you are unsure of your interest, say you are excited about the opportunity to learn more rather than give a half-hearted reply.

3. Focusing on the Wrong Things

Interviewer: What are you looking for in your next role?

Candidate: Growing my scope and managing a larger product set.

Scope and impact go hand in hand. Proving yourself makes it possible for you to grow your influence. Interviewers want to work with someone humble and willing to learn, not someone who sees the job as a stepping stone to something more.

The Lesson: Explain how you want to further the company and the team, not just yourself. Show you’re a team player by explaining how you’ve successfully managed projects through to the end.

4. Lacking Self-Awareness

During an interview called Leadership + Drive where they test for self-awareness and willingness to take feedback.

Interviewer: What area do you want to work on? What is your biggest gap?

Candidate: I work too hard and care too much.

This is not a trick question. What really is your greatest weakness? Couching it in a positive response makes interviewers think you are not self-aware enough to provide an answer, which means you are not open to growth. Our culture at Faceboook encourages us to “be open” and we look for people aware of their areas of growth.

The Lesson: By sharing what you are working on and what clear, concrete steps you are taking to improve, you will build a connection with the interviewer and humanize your challenges.

5. Selling Rather Than Listening

Interviewer: We have struggled with product market fit on this product for months.

Candidate: That’s easy. I have done it a dozen times before, here’s how.

A strong candidate is a great listener. Asking and learning what meaning is behind the question is important. Show you are intellectually curious and want to adapt new information.

The Lesson: When you’re in an interview, listen to the question, but also consider the rationale behind it. The interviewer is asking the question to learn more about your skill set. How you respond says a lot about your ability to not only answer the obvious question, but also your deductive reasoning skills.

When I leave a great candidate at the end of an interview, I can’t wait to work with them. There is a ‘fear of missing out’ feeling on all of the incredible things I can imagine them doing.

So, during your next interview demonstrate that you will bring a level of commitment and energy to the job by showing a passion for the space, the company, and the people. Enable an interviewer to see your mindset, flexibility, and self-awareness so they know you can listen to feedback and grow. And, connect with them on a human level. Show you are someone they would love to work in the trenches with everyday.

The No. 1 #Way To #Bungle A #Job #Interview

Just about every time I walk into a Starbucks these days, I run into someone preparing for a job interview—and almost always they’re amped up on caffeine and headed for disaster. No matter how much they rehearse and prepare, they can’t avoid the No. 1 way to mess up a job interview: failing to master the mental game.

And it happened again.

While in a Starbucks the other day, I spotted a young man in a suit and tie, lip-syncing and gesturing with his hands—clearly rehearsing for something. Suddenly, he rushed away, leaving his laptop and briefcase on the table.

Fifteen minutes later, he returned—face pale, jacket off, shirt damp with sweat. He thanked me for keeping an eye on his stuff: “I threw up. This always happens to me before a job interview.”

This guy was a classic example of a disaster in the making: going over and over his resume, as if the hundredth time he practices saying he’s a “self-starter” and a “team player” with a “can-do attitude” will be the key to success. Making it worse, he already had a track record of interview failure. “It’s happened four times in a row,” he admitted. “I know what I want to say, but when I get in the interview I just freeze.”

When he went back to his one-man-show rehearsal, silently going through his “script,” I just had to stop him. “Sorry, but you need to change your approach—and fast.”  Here’s what I told him:

Get out of your own head: In the best case, a job interview is somewhere between a trip to Disneyland and a visit to the dentist to get your wisdom teeth extracted. You’re looking forward to it, but you also dread it. In the worst case (such as this guy), it’s all dentist, peering into the farthest reaches of your gum line and calmly saying, “You might feel a pinch (code for “this is going to hurt like hell”). Stop psyching yourself out!

You’re not auditioning for The VoiceAt the eleventh hour, there’s nothing on your resume that you haven’t read countless times before. Stop rehearsing! This isn’t time to decide how to answer the predictable, standard questions about your accomplishments, strengths and weaknesses, or how you picture yourself contributing. You should know that long before. In the hours before the interview, it’s not about content—it’s about composure.

You’re not being interrogated. No one is going to shine a light in your eyes and ask you where you were the night of the fourteenth. It’s a conversation, pure and simple. It starts from the moment you arrive. Smile at people, make small talk with everyone. Observe your surroundings and pick up on any detail—a picture on the wall, the view—that you can comment on to break the ice. During the interview, don’t wait until the end to ask questions. Make sure it’s a give-and-take between you and the interviewer(s). You’ll feel more relaxed and in control.

Think about your dog (or another loved one): No matter how much you want the job, this interview is not the most important thing in your life. Family, friends, your pet all outrank it, because they reflect who you are as a person. Keep a picture of what matters most to you on your phone or in your pocket. Just before heading into the interview, take a last look at that photo to keep your perspective about who loves you. Think about when the interview is over and you’re going home to see your family, relaxing with friends, walking your dog. Imagine how you’ll feel then. Picturing a successful outcome will go a long way to achieving that reality.

Breaking the cycle. The young man at Starbucks had more than two hours before his job interview two blocks away. If he sat there through 120 agonizing minutes, I doubted he’d even make it through building security. He needed to break his pattern. I asked him about his passion and interests outside of work—who he was, not just what he did. “Art,” he said, without hesitation. Across the street from the Starbucks was a museum. I reached in my pocket, pulled out a twenty and insisted he let me treat him to admission. “Go look at something beautiful,” I told him. “Change your thinking.” He protested a little—breaking the rehearsal habit was tough—then put away his resume, picked up his briefcase, thanked me, and headed for the door.

Later in the day, I received an email. “Loved the museum—great art. And, I’m headed for round two next week!!”

After conquering the mental game (and some stomach issues), nailing the interview was easy.

CREDIT: FORBES

#Full #list of #Indian #public and #bank #holidays in #2019

Full list of public and bank holidays in 2019 in India.

Planning trips and going on adventure in the new year in your mind? Or booking your travelling arrangements soon enough to be with your families when the holidays come around in 2019? You will need a complete list of public holidays to set your plan in motion

Here you go then –

January 2019

1 Jan       Tuesday     New Year’s Day

13 Jan     Sunday      Guru Govind Singh Jayanti

13 Jan     Sunday      Lohri

14 Jan     Monday     Makar Sankranti

15 Jan     Tuesday     Pongal

26 Jan     Saturday    Republic Day

February 2019

10 Feb     Sunday       Vasant Panchami

19 Feb     Tuesday      Shivaji Jayanti

19 Feb     Tuesday      Guru Ravidas Jayanti

 March 2019

1 Mar       Friday              Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

4 Mar       Monday          Maha Shivaratri/Shivaratri

21 Mar     Thursday         March Equinox

20 Mar     Wednesday     Holika Dahana

21 Mar     Thursday         Holi

21 Mar     Thursday         Dolyatra

21 Mar     Thursday         Hazarat Ali’s Birthday

April 2019

6 Apr        Saturday        Chaitra Sukhladi

13 Apr      Saturday        Rama Navami

14 Apr      Sunday           Vaisakhi/Mesadi

14 Apr      Sunday           Ambedkar Jayanti

17 Apr      Wednesday    Mahavir Jayanti

18 Apr      Thursday        Maundy Thursday

19 Apr      Friday             Good Friday

21 Apr      Sunday           Easter Day

May 2019

1 May       Wednesday   May Day

18 May     Saturday         Buddha Purnima/Vesak

31 May     Friday             Jamat Ul-Vida

June 2019

5 Jun        Wednesday    Ramzan Id/Eid-ul-Fitar

21 Jun      Friday             June Solstice

July 2019

4 Jul         Thursday           Rath Yatra

August 2019

4 Aug       Sunday                Friendship Day

12 Aug     Monday              Bakr Id/Eid ul-Adha

15 Aug     Thursday             Independence Day

15 Aug     Thursday             Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)

17 Aug     Saturday             Parsi New Year

24 Aug     Saturday             Janmashtami

September 2019

2 Sep         Monday               Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi

10 Sep       Tuesday               Muharram/Ashura

11 Sep       Wednesday          Onam

23 Sep       Monday               September Equinox Season

October 2019

2 Oct          Wednesday         Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti

5 Oct          Saturday              Maha Saptami

6 Oct          Sunday                Maha Ashtami

7 Oct          Monday               Maha Navami

8 Oct          Tuesday               Dussehra

13 Oct        Sunday                Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti

17 Oct        Thursday             Karaka Chaturthi (Karva Chauth)

27 Oct        Sunday                Naraka Chaturdasi

27 Oct        Sunday                Diwali/Deepavali

28 Oct        Monday               Govardhan Puja

29 Oct        Tuesday               Bhai Duj

31 Oct        Thursday             Halloween

November 2019

2 Nov        Saturday               Chhat  Puja (Pratihar Sashthi/Surya Sashthi)

10 Nov      Sunday                  Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad

12 Nov      Tuesday                 Guru Nanak Jayanti

24 Nov      Sunday                  Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Martyrdom Day

December 2019

22 Dec       Sunday                  December  Solstice Season

23 Dec       Monday                 First Day of Hanukkah

24 Dec       Tuesday                 Christmas Eve

25 Dec       Wednesday            Christmas

30 Dec       Monday                  Last day of Hanukkah

31 Dec       Tuesday                  New Year’s Eve

These #habits can make you #lose your #job in 10 #days

You can lose a guy in 10 days. You can lose job in 10 days as well. So, stop what you are doing and undo the damage by learning an alternate set of behaviours.

Like the Hollywood movie, How to lose a guy in 10 days, here is a take on how to lose your job in 10 days. There is also a long term plan in each case. What if you don’t wish to lose your job? Then figure out if you are applying any of these job-losing tactics unconsciously. Stop what you are doing and undo the damage by learning an alternate set of behaviours.

  • Day 1 Show up late

Turn up late for work. Repeat daily. This works even better if you have just joined your new job. Reach late for team discussions since you believe nothing gets done in the first 30 minutes. As a long-term tactic, make a habit of missing deadlines and staying absent from meetings. Keep people waiting where possible and make their work suffer.

  • Day 2 Bad dress day

Did you party a little too hard last night? Let everyone know by showing up at work hung over and with a reluctant attitude. Or arrive unkempt, still dressed in what you wore to bed. Fail to find time for a shower on weekdays. That’s what weekends are for. In the long term, apart from poor personal hygiene and being a eyesore, also ignore both stated and unspoken office etiquette, thus making people uncomfortable.

  • Day 3 Not my problem

Learn your job description inside out and stick to it meticulously. Refuse to do anything that was not specified earlier. Take no responsibility and offer no help if people ask for it. For an extended strategy, do not volunteer for extra projects and stay away from initiative and leadership. Be the kind of employee who barely gets a ‘Meets Expectations’ rating every year.

  • Day 4 Gossip master

Start your day by speaking ill about someone you interacted with yesterday. Share any secrets and personal details you may have learnt about a colleague. Aim to master the art of office gossip and negativity over time. In the long term, experiment with false stories that attract attention. Lack of integrity works very well when you are seeking to get fired.

  • Day 5 Conserve energy

Indulge in an ‘energy conservation day’ and avoid work altogether. Preferably call in sick day at office and head out to the mall to unwind. If you are at the office, take time to catch up with friends and family over the phone. In the long term, make sure you exhaust all your leave and use office time for personal work. Never double check your work, and ensure that your colleagues are surprised when you actually meet a deadline.

  • Day 6 Don’t speak

Silence is golden and today you will not speak. Ignore everyone because you are superior, or shy, or because no one is worth talking to. In the long term, keep to yourself and never get involved in any discussion. Shy away from professional conflict and connecting or bonding with colleagues. Never own up to your mistakes or apologise. Also, don’t step forward to claim credit for your work. Surprisingly, staying invisible at work does not protect you. It gets you fired for being irrelevant.

  • Day 7 Say it all

Today is the day to speak without any filter. Complain to everyone about everything that is wrong with the office and your job. Take time to speak to the HR about the exit policy and how much money you will receive if you quit. For an extended impact, hog the spotlight and take credit for everyone else’s work while pointing out their shortcomings in public.

  • Day 8 Don’t listen

Make work simple today by refusing to listen to everyone. Keep to yourself, walk away when someone is speaking and ignore all directions, suggestions and queries. In the long term, stop learning new stuff on the job. Refuse to change and claim, “It’s always been done this way”. You should soon find yourself making way for a replacement.

  • Day 9 Go Social

Spend time with your cell phone today. Invest all your hours in Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp. Make sure the world knows what you are doing every moment. Over time your employer will know that you are always available online through your social media accounts. So why bother calling you to the office?

  • Day 10 Boss around

If you haven’t been fired yet, here’s your instant fix for today. Abuse your boss in public and end it all with a slap. Don’t forget to pick up your bag while security escorts you outside. For a slower strategy, having an intimate personal relationship with your boss works the same way. The resentment of colleagues and senior managers to perceived favouritism and improper behaviour will cost you the job and a messy break-up will follow.

Don’t #Chase The #Money! There Are More #Important Things To Look For In A #Job

There is recent news that the U.S. jobs market has picked up, and many people are looking to change jobs. Most job seekers are described to be looking for either money or advancement, but for what long-term career advantage? Whether or not you’re now looking for a new job, it may be a good time to get ready. What criteria will you use in seeking your next job, and how can you prepare? Here are some pointers.

Don’t chase the money. This is the most fundamental advice of all. The more your focus is on the money, the more you are playing into other people’s ideas about your career and career success. Of course, you will need a basic level of income to live your life, but there are many other considerations you can apply in owning your career. How about, for example, having a more engaging job? Or what about a more worthwhile, family-friendly or socially useful job?

Look for new learning. One fundamental consideration is to look for new learning. A successful job change will close one learning chapter in your career, and open another chapter. Moreover, if you look after your learning, the money will often follow. What learning can you expect to gain from your new job? What career trajectory will that take you on? Will you become more skillful in your occupation, or gain more opportunity to apply your skills in the marketplace? What can new learning mean for you?

Seek new relationships. This proposal complements the one above. Most learning takes place on the job, and much of it will involve other people – mentors to show you the ropes, customers to share their side of the story and occupational peers to give you the benefit of their experience. Aside from any learning consideration, you can also use your existing abilities to build your reputation, and thereby open new doors of opportunity that would otherwise not become available.

Show your commitment. Showing your commitment can make an essential contribution to gaining a job offer. Many young accounting graduates, for example, look alike. Many applicants for CEO positions can look alike, too. So a primary concern of the recruiter is whether you will invest the necessary hours, and show the required initiative to get the job done. You need to make sure you emphasize what your commitment will be, and illustrate that from your past experience.

Say what you would like. This is something that either deferential or cavalier job seekers may avoid. They don’t want to speak out of turn, or haven’t thought things through, so they don’t express their own career interests. If you behave like that, it will work against you. Show an interest in where the recruiting company would like to go, and expect them to show an interest in where you would like to go. If you both do that, you will each be able to recognize a good match.

The issues of money, learning, relationships, commitment and your career future will all be in play in any recruitment process. Moreover, making sure you are clear about what you would like from your next job is important to your career. You will be able to quickly respond to a new job opportunity when it is advertised – and also to network in search of new opportunities before they are advertised!

5 #Reasons Every #Newbie #Freelancer #Needs A #Mentor

When you work as an employee, you often have mentors. This is true, even if there is no formal mentorship program in place. You can nearly always count on your boss or even a more seasoned coworker for guidance and feedback. You may even find someone to help keep you sorted when it comes to your future goals. For freelancers, this doesn’t happen automatically.

This is a shame because freelancers, especially new ones, need mentors just as much as anyone else. Here are five reasons why as well as tips on how you can find potential mentors and build relationships with them.

1. Mentors can provide industry-specific insights

If you can find a mentor who is experienced in your field, they can provide you with insights that you may not get anywhere else. Think of them as kind of being a walking, talking, unofficial guidebook. They know the unspoken truths.

They can, for example, let you know which ‘influencers’ are actually considered to be quite disreputable. A valuable mentor will be able to tell you which tools and training are valued by others, and which are a waste of time.

2. A mentor can offer an honest perspective

One challenge freelancers have is setting goals for business and personal growth. Without someone to provide an objective, outside in perspective, all you have is your own wishes and opinions on your abilities to go on. Sadly, those aren’t always objective or accurate. This is why it’s so important to connect with a mentor who is willing to be truly honest with you.

For example, let’s say you work in web development. At this point, you largely work as a coder, but you want to get more into the design side of things. Without a mentor, you might simply dive right in and start marketing yourself in web design. Maybe you even pick up a few graphic design tools and learn those as well. After all, why not help people design logos along the way.

The only problem is that you don’t have an artistic eye whatsoever. Your designs are off-putting. You pick colors and fonts that simply don’t work. You don’t ‘get’ how visuals and branding go hand in hand.

If you have a mentor who truly cares about your growth and success, they’re going to be willing to have that tough conversation with you about your skills and give you a reality check.

3. Having a mentor creates accountability

“I’m going to take three classes next semester.”

“I’m going to revamp my website.”

“I won’t end a week without having made 10 cold calls to potential clients.”

As a freelancer, you  undoubtedly make promises to yourself that you will do things to grow your business and improve your skill set. The problem is that nothing happens if you only have yourself to answer to.

With a mentor, you have accountability. There’s someone that you have to report back to. It’s illuminating how flimsy the excuses you use become when you  direct them at someone else. This provides additional motivation for you to stay on top of things, and accomplish the things you need to in order to advance your career.

4. Your mentor can be a career sherpa

Speaking of career advancement, mentors are amazing career sherpas. If they believe you have potential, and that you will make the best of your efforts, many are happy to give you a hand up. This could mean introducing you to industry insiders or recommending you to potential clients. A mentor may even allow you to partner with them on some of their projects.

Another area where they can provide guidance is dealing with difficult clients. For example, they may be able to provide advice on negotiating the terms of contracts. They may even tell you potential clients that you should simply steer clear of.

5. You can bounce ideas and frustrations out of your mentor

Freelancing is difficult work. You have stressors that you must deal with that simply aren’t present in other types of work. Not only are you your own boss, you wear many other hats as well. You are your marketing team, salesforce, technical support, and likely financials person. There’s no buffer between yourself and people who may be rude, clueless, or incompetent. In the fact of all of these things, you  must remain polite, professional, and accommodating.

A good mentor gets this. They understand your frustrations. Even better, their experience allows them to provide advice and perspectives that can help you to deal with these things successfully. Not only that, when you have new ideas, they are your perfect first audience. They’re there to be supportive of your goals, but also honest enough to give you valid input.

If you are new to freelancing, you should consider connecting with a mentor. There are so many career and personal benefits to doing so. Reach out to someone who is more experienced in your field, and you might be surprised at how much you can learn from them.

How To Take #Charge Of Your #Career #Path At Your Current #Employer


Just a generation ago, working for the same employer for decades made sense. The timeline went something like this: Employer hired employee, employee got raises, employee maybe got promoted a time or two, employee enjoyed stability.

These days, work life has a different rhythm.

Not only are businesses dealing with unforeseen disruptions, but traditional corporate ladders have disintegrated. Consequently, workers often find themselves without a clear way to rise through the ranks because the ranks aren’t well-defined or aren’t inherently part of the culture. Is it any wonder, then, that half of employees feel like they can’t advance within their current companies?

Of course, many analysts suggest advancement does not rest solely in the hands of the employer. Today, workers have a responsibility to take charge of their career route by being proactive, smart, and creative.

Installing The Rungs Of Your Career Ladder

Although many organisational leaders have a plan for role succession, many of them never share that plan with their team members. At the same time, employees don’t always tell their managers what they want in terms of advancement. Imagine how much better it would be if both parties — the employer and the worker — made their wishes known. Two-way communication would create clearer routes to new positions.

That’s why the onus is on you, as an employee, to get the ball rolling. At the end of the day, employers will focus on business objectives and filling seats. While that could get you the raise you desire, you may end up filling a position that is completely misaligned with your career goals and interests.

“Bottom-up career pathing, on the other hand, places a greater emphasis on the employees’ career goals,” says Linda Ginac, CEO of TalentGuard, a talent management software-as-a-service provider. “Paired with succession planning, this method lets managers and HR professionals tailor their employees’ objectives to those of the company, not the other way around.” This approach works because it gives everyone a holistic view of how to retain good workers while meeting corporate objectives.

Career pathing, in which employees chart out possible vertical and lateral moves at their company, allows individuals to take charge and construct their own ladders rather than waiting for an employer to notice their desires to achieve more. Getting started is fairly straightforward, as long as you’re willing to take some calculated leaps of faith.

1. Adopt a “possibility” mindset.

The employment landscape is rapidly changing, thanks to everything from outsourcing to emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and chatbots. Find out all you can about your industry and investigate departments in your company that are new to you — maybe operations, IT, marketing, sales, or customer service. Then, project a few steps ahead: How can you be an asset to the business? What are the possibilities for you based on gaps you see?

Take time to think about your findings. Hash out some ideas with friendly contacts in your network. When you’re ready, you can bring them to your supervisor or HR manager to discuss your future. The meeting shouldn’t be about a hostile “This is what I need or I’m leaving” ultimatum. Instead, you should aim for a conversation about opportunities that would let you stay with an employer you like.

2. Target your bliss.

What do you absolutely love about your job? Write down all the tasks you perform that keep you motivated, even when you have to work overtime or you’re having a rocky day. Use this document as a springboard to consider what else you would like to do to turn your position into a true dream job.

You might discover that you can’t fully explore some of your wish list skills — like leading a team, creating killer content, or analyzing legacy data to jumpstart sales revenue — in your current position. Take these thoughts to your boss to figure out how you might try on some new skates. Consider accepting additional projects related to your ideal role. At the same time, be sure to pay attention to your regular responsibilities; your work ethic shouldn’t lapse for a moment.

3. Define the relationship.

You may remember when you and your significant other had the “Where is this relationship going?” talk. You might need to have the same kind of serious discussion with your supervisor. Explain where you see yourself in a year, two years, five years. Talk about your desires to move ahead in your career path, and be forthright about any concerns you have regarding whether your employer offers upward mobility.

Of course, your mindset shouldn’t be “My way or the highway.” Start the conversation with a matter-of-fact description of your expectations. You’re doing your boss a favor by being honest, because he or she now knows that you’d like to stay, but you need some give-and-take.

4. Seek out a career advocate.

We can all use someone in our corner, and that’s where a career advocate comes into play. Career advocates are folks in your business who push for you to advance, even if you aren’t technically ready for a job opening or don’t have all the prerequisites.

Obviously, the more influential your career advocate, the better. Still, don’t overlook same-level colleagues in other departments who have your back. Not only can they put in a solid word for you, but they can tell you when openings are about to happen so you can prepare ahead of time. And if you do end up moving to another company? You can be allies for each other. Your ally might even end up joining you at your new employer.

If you love your organization but aren’t getting raises, more responsibility, or greater influence, you don’t necessarily have to leave the company. Explore your home-base options first. You may have far more choices than you thought.

What #men need to know about #dressing for #job #interviews

Attention men: do you know the modern rules to dress for success? Times have changed, and with them the guidelines for dressing for job interviews have too. And in today’s volatile, talent-rich job market where one wrong move can send you to the bottom of the applicant pool, the stakes for making an impeccable impression on job interviews are higher than ever before.

Along with your cover letter and resume, how you handle yourself on a first interview—which includes how you dress—is a critical component of your initial impression on potential employers and hiring managers, and we all know how powerful and lasting first impressions can be.

So keep reading, get ready—and go shopping if necessary—to make sure you’re absolutely ready when you’re on your next job hunt.

Dress for the environment

An important (yet often ignored) maxim when dressing for job interviews is dressing appropriately for the environment. What does this mean? Simply put, a three-piece suit may not be the best choice for every situation. An interview at a prestigious law firm and an art gallery are different animals that likely require different wardrobes. There are times when a conservative outfit is practically a requirement, and times when a little creative flair will be appreciated and well received. When you’re on an interview, potential employers will not only be looking to see that your outfit is polished and professional, they’ll also be checking to make sure it’s appropriate for the setting and reflects good judgment.

Bottom line—whether in a board room, theater, campground, classroom, or somewhere in-between, part of your prep for every interview is to research your target environment and audience and to pick out an outfit that appropriately fits the situation.

Fit matters

In times past, men had plenty of leeway when it came to clothing fit and many chose to opt for loose comfort. Today, a more tailored fit is in style, so much so that in some places you’ll look positively behind the times if your outfit is too baggy or loose-fitting. A well-tailored outfit radiates positive, professional poise whereas a baggy, ill-fitting one may send a subconscious message that you’re unprepared, disorganized, or careless (regardless of whether or not it’s true).

Your best bet is to make sure your clothes reflect a neatly tailored fit—this doesn’t mean you have to buy a whole new wardrobe, but it may necessitate a trip to the tailor if you find yourself drowning inside of your current outfits.

Don’t be a peacock

Sure, you want to stand out from the applicant pool when you’re on an interview, but do it with your amazing abilities and experience—not with an overly flashy outfit. Resist the urge to peacock your way through your interviews and save the loudly colored suits and shirts and wildly creative ties for your next party or social gathering (unless you’re absolutely certain it’s the right environment for it). Instead, opt for more subtle color palettes and fits. Trust us on this one—you may stand out with a wild outfit, but likely not in the way you want to.

Comfort is key

Just as important as a carefully considered and appropriate outfit is reflecting the aura that you’re confident—which means feeling comfortable in your clothes. Make sure you’ve tried on your outfit in advance of the interview day, and make sure your choice of outfit makes you feel good about how you look and your chances of landing the job. Nothing wrecks a first interview quite like a complete lack of confidence and comfort, so be prepared and consider yourself forewarned.

Use these tips to plan out your outfit so that when interview day comes, you’re ready to go. Looking great leads to feeling great, which then leads to putting your best foot forward—so you’ll already have a leg up on the competition. Good luck!

7 things #successful #people do #over the #weekend

Perhaps you picture financially successful people jetting off to Ibiza for the weekend. Or maybe the truly accomplished spend their free time writing novels over Sunday brunch? Whatever your vision of success, the time the weekend offers is valuable to everyone—and some of us are definitely squandering it. Let’s explore a few simple ways you can spend the weekend time to become the best version of yourself.

Unplug

Successful people finish their tasks, then leave work behind. Stress from work can eat into your weekend if you let it, rendering the time useless. There’s nothing worse than an unfinished task gnawing at you or work emails reminding you what you need to do once Monday rolls around. If you set clear work-life boundaries, especially with your tasks and tech, it will result in fewer nuisances over the weekend and a better focus during actual work hours. Really, ask yourself—can’t this email wait until Monday?

Rest

Believe it or not, successful people do have downtime. No one can run with all cylinders firing all the time; if you tried, you would burn out quickly. Successful people are good at scheduling themselves during the work day, which includes scheduling break time. Maximizing a successful weekend means taking that time to recover from the work week. Whether it’s in the form of meditation exercises, getting lost in a good book, or simply getting a couple good nights of sleep, prioritizing rest helps you recharge for the week to come.

Challenge yourself

Why not run the extra mile? Exercise is just as important for the mind as it is for the body. As with rest, you maximize your potential when your body and brain get a boost from physical fitness. But a successful person might take it up a notch beyond the stationary bike at the gym. They challenge themselves to go further: hike a mountain, train for a triathlon, take up kickboxing, or simply try something new they’ve never done before. When exercise is about striving towards a goal or making new discoveries, it fosters the kind of dynamism that make successful people excel.

Develop other talents

Successful people can possess a laser-like focus on their goals, but highly successful people don’t just excel in their field; they likely have talents in other areas. Diversifying is not just for the financial portfolio. Art, music, or learning a foreign language helps you to challenge yourself mentally and to develop a healthier, balanced brain. The drive that helps you succeed can be used to help you find fulfillment and harness talent in other aspects of life.

Savor

On the weekend, successful people make the most of their time—not by filling every second with action, but by enjoying what you can while you can. It’s the difference between savoring the flavor of coffee vs. guzzling it down like diesel fuel. Making the most of the seasons, getting outdoors, and enjoying family time are important ways to recharge over the weekend.

Let the back burner work

Sometimes your best ideas come to you when you’re not actively working. Innovation can be brewing in the back of your mind while you’re busy cultivating a life outside of work. Successful people are on the lookout for those ideas, ready to capture them—which means taking time away from the grind.

Plan out the weekend

So how do you rest, challenge yourself, develop a new talent, unplug, and spend family time all in one weekend? It’s no secret that successful people plan out the hours of their work day to meet goals efficiently. Why wouldn’t they plan the weekend too? If you’re torn between weekend goals, planning recreational activities ahead of time helps you get the most out of the day. Just remember: the planning shouldn’t be stressful. The most successful weekend is the one you enjoy.