Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Why Yoga is Necessary for Career and for Corporate

Yoga centre inside the headquarter of Google

In a corporate environment one of the things that make a critical difference for employees is a relaxed congenial environment.  The headquarters of Google is one of the most productive places in the world and every idea that comes out of the Google thinking tank seems to be another winner, yet this is achieved in a building that is filled with slides, relaxation equipment, staff libraries, canteens and even beds.  The message is clear - we care about the results not about how long or hard you work. 

Recreation facilities inside corporate buildings 

Not surprisingly the results come and the staff is happy to work long hours in a relaxing environment knowing that they will not be harshly judged by their co-workers for taking a relaxation break.  In less ideal environments the opposite of this is often true with stress levels high because every decision, every move, everything could have the future of a company hanging on it.  Successful businesses recognize that this stress is not productive and that if it can be reduced the level of accomplishment will rise proportionately.  Google is the extreme of a trend that has been developing for a long time - providing recreation facilities inside corporate buildings.  One of the most successful and popular is a Yoga centre.

Yoga-The most effective form of stress relief 

The stress of the modern corporate world is usually a counterproductive thing; it puts people on a knife-edge and frequently leads to mistakes that a calmer more relaxed person would not make.  Yoga is known to be one of the most effective forms of stress relief.  Yoga is a special type of discipline that can be utilized on a number of different levels, places and situations. 

A perfect example is the Yoga breathing exercises such as Anulem and Vinolum.  These are used to calm the thought process and allow you to maintain focus when overwhelmed with too much information or too many thoughts and problems at once.  And because they are merely a deep and focused way of breathing they can be performed sitting in a chair, standing in an elevator or even while driving a car.  Cramps and bad back posture are also often treated with nothing more than a steady breathing exercise with some quite spectacular results in some cases.

Yoga's health benefits are both immediate and long term
The simplicity of being taught to breathe properly may strike some corporate as strange.  Nobody teaches us to breathe, or sit or even stand.  These are simple things that we spend our whole day doing, yet at no point in our lives are we actively taught them.  Incorrect posture when sitting is a very serious problem if you are in front of a monitor all day, but simply learning the correct way to breath can align your body properly and solve many of the problems associated with this bad posture.  If you take deep breathes and focus on them your body is pulled in to shape by this most natural of human movements.

Yoga decreases numerous bodily problems

Where specific problems such as Obesity or joint pain are present, a Yoga class can be specially tailored to address them.  Blood pressure problems and ailments of the kidney can be treated with Yogic Kriyas.  Poor agility is a result of poor balance and this issue is frequently confronted and quickly overcome with a range of balance-enhancing Yoga exercises.  Some people who have reported daily occurrences of problems like anger, tension, hypertension, stress and headaches have achieved very good results simply from using Yoga to its full potential.  The increased flexibility that Yoga provides is a godsend for people in sedentary job environments.

Mental health for more output

The mental advantages of Yoga are also quite clear.  Yoga has an ability to redirect our thinking to a more positive frame.  The most common form of Yoga used in corporate stress management is Hatha Yoga because it is a particularly potent form of physiological and psychological cleansing.  In any environment stress is a normal occurrence, what differentiates a successful person from an unsuccessful one (and by extension a successful business from an unsuccessful one) is how we deal with that stress.  Hatha Yoga and Yoga in general provide executives with the tools they need to deal with stress on a daily basis.

Yoga for happier work environment & increased productivity

Some businesses will go as far as getting a staff medical done and passing the results on to a Yoga instructor who will formulate a customized program for an individual based on their health needs.  Different Yoga techniques deal with different problems and a qualified instructor will be able to find those best suited to an individual’s personal situation.  Through recognizing Yoga's ability to deal with the individual needs of employees and incorporating it into part of the daily work schedule businesses are creating a happier work environment and being rewarded by their employees by increased productivity and a greater loyalty and appreciation of their employer.

Do you know yoga instructor for corporate is now emerging a fascinating career?

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

How to Use LinkedIn to Landing Your First Job?

LinkedIn can be a very useful tool in your job search. It is a great way to manage all of your connections, as well as meet new people. It also has become one of the premier tools recruiters use to find candidates. So, LinkedIn will bring you one step closer to landing your first job.

One of the best ways to be informed of jobs on LinkedIn is by following those companies you are interested in working for. Most companies have their own LinkedIn page where you can view all of their job openings. Each job opening also lets you see who posted the job, along with a link to their profile so you can contact them (the employer/recruiter) directly.

Be familiar with how LinkedIn works

LinkedIn is a professional social network. Unlike Facebook, which people use mostly to keep in touch with friends and family, LinkedIn is geared toward professional life and managing one's connections. Essentially, you create your own profile, which is like having an online résumé, complete with a profile picture, work experience, and “Skills & Expertise.” You are then able to join groups, search and connect with people, and apply for job postings listed on company pages.

There are three levels of connection on LinkedIn—1st, 2nd, and 3rd. 1st connections are those people you are connected with directly, allowing you to message them, obtain their personal email address (if they list it), and view all of their connections and their profile (unless they have certain privacy settings in place). A 2nd connection is someone that is a 1st connection of one of your 1st
connections, or a connection of one of your connections. You can connect with these people directly or you could “get introduced” to them, by having your 1st connection who’s connected with them make an introduction, which is essentially a message they send connecting the two of you together. Finally, as you could
probably guess, a 3rd connection is a connection of one of your connection’s connections.

The great thing about LinkedIn is that it’s a growing network many successful people are on. With just one search, you could pull up the profiles of even some of the world’s most powerful and influential people, including Fortune 500 CEOs, and with just one click of the mouse, you can contact them directly. People use
LinkedIn to find work, connect with future employers, and check up on people from their past and see where they’re working now.

LinkedIn profile as your online resume

First, sign up and fill out your profile completely. Think of your LinkedIn profile as your online resume, complete with the responsibilities and accomplishments of every internship and job you’ve ever had, as well as your education. Next, add a
professional picture of yourself; not a picture of you at the bar with your friends or of you in the sixth grade. Then, add everyone you know to your network.

LinkedIn has a great tool that will search through your email account and pull up the profiles of all those people you’ve communicated with in the past. Then, join groups and networks that apply to you. Whether it’s an alumni network for your college or university, or even a networking group for young professionals, these are great ways to help get yourself noticed online. Join as many as you can.

Including a professional summary

A professional summary is the tagline people see under your name on your LinkedIn profile. Some like to keep it simple and list their current occupation, while others are more creative and describe their goals or even promote their own business. If you’re unsure of what to write, either use your current job title and company or something along the lines of “Aspiring [Industry] Professional.”

Inserting strategic keywords

Apart from setting up your profile and adding your work experience, you have to be strategic with how to bring your LinkedIn profile to the top of recruiters’ searches. When a recruiter is working on filling an open position, they’re taking keywords from the job description and searching for it on LinkedIn. For example, if I’m working on a java developer position, you can be sure that “java” is a keyword I’m searching for. On the other hand, if a recruiter is looking for
someone entry-level who has experience working with a particular kind of computer software, those who stress it more in their profiles will come out on top. That is why the keywords or the “Skills & Expertise” section of your LinkedIn profile is just as important, so be sure to include the different kinds of technologies you’re familiar with, as well as the skills you have, so you will come out on top of more search results.

Creating a way to contact you

You have to make it easy for recruiters and employers to contact you. Unless they know you or have met you before, LinkedIn does not allow them to “connect” with you (although a lot of people tend not to follow this rule). However, there are ways where you can make it easier for them to reach you. The first would be to add your email address at the end of your profile. Usually, people say
something like, “If you’re interested in reaching me regarding career
opportunities, please feel free to email me at”

Another option is enabling OpenLink on your profile. OpenLink allows anyone to essentially message you for free. Usually, recruiters have premium LinkedIn accounts, which allow them to perform more advanced searches and InMail (basically a LinkedIn message) a certain number of people every month. Believe
me, these InMails run out fast, and a lot of times recruiters run out of InMails and have no way of contacting people they want to speak with. With OpenLink, anyone can message you for free. You can enable the OpenLink feature under the “Settings” page of your LinkedIn profile.

Upgrade to a premium account

If you’re willing to go the extra mile and maximize your LinkedIn capabilities, I suggest you upgrade to a premium account for a month or two. You usually can get the first month for free. This way, you can take full advantage of LinkedIn’s InMail feature and reach out directly to people you want to network with. You may even get lucky and find a few employers with the OpenLink feature activated as well. However, use your InMails sparingly, as you only get a certain amount each month (unless you purchase more).

Linking with LIONs

LION stands for “LinkedIn Open Networker.” This is someone who typically accepts all invitations to connect on LinkedIn. A good way to find LIONs is by simply typing “LION” in the LinkedIn search box. They publicly advertise this in their profiles, as it’s a good way for people to find them. I suggest you connect with LIONs who work in the career fields on your “hit list” or connect with LIONs who are connected with the people you want to be connected with.

How to write cold emails (or InMails)

Cold emailing, or emailing someone you’ve never met before, can be a very effective method for establishing professional relationships. If done right, you could even get responses from Fortune 500 CEOs and other prominent figures, let alone recruiters. The key is to write emails that are short and sweet. The people you're writing to receive hundreds of emails every day. Being respective of their
time and writing short, personalized messages with little reply-back required will be much more effective than long, detailed emails. There are four questions you need to answer when composing cold emails:
1. Who are you?
2. What do you want?
3. Why should I help you?
4. How long is this going to take?

Here’s a cold email to a recruiter to apply for a position you found online:

Subject: Resume for Business Analyst Opportunity
My name is Dev Nath Shukla and I'm a recent graduate from IIM Bangalore. I would like to apply for the Business Analyst opportunity you posted on LinkedIn. I reviewed the qualifications and strongly believe I would be a good fit, given [explain why here].
I'm attaching my resume for your review. Would you be free for a quick call on Wednesday at 11am to discuss?
Dev Nath Shukla

Do you see how I constructed the email so the recruiter/employer can simply reply-back yes or no? All they have to do is look at their calendar. You're more likely to get a response from someone if they have to only write one word, instead of a sentence or paragraph.

Do you know why employers like linkedIn as a tool to recruit candidates?

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