October 2009
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by Sarmad Tariq 
"Anything the mind of a man can conceive and believe,
it can achieve."- Napoleon Hill
It is in times of despair that you need to "Give yourself a break!" Take a step back, identify your flaws, uncover the underlying issues, search for the reasons behind them, and then determine which ones are changeable. Ask yourself this question "Do I want to remain the way I am or do I want to grow and flourish".
After pondering on the subject of 'believing to achieving' I came to the conclusion that things which prevents us from really achieving what we want out of life is when we hang on to the past and doubt the future, always expecting the worst possible outcome. You may have come across people who say things like:
  • "It didn't work before–why should it work now?"
  • "I know I will fail."
  • "Why take a chance–it won't work anyway."
  • "I made a wrong choice."
  • "I wish this wouldn't have happened."
People have a difficult time letting go of the past because they are held back by unfinished business. They may regret choices they made or feel guilty about past actions. As long as guilt and regret are not resolved, it is difficult to move forward. Playing safe and hiding from realities that surround you will lead you no where. So stop blaming others, and even your circumstances. Carry your lessons from the past and then close the door on it. Don't dwell on what's happened indefinitely. Don't let the past steal your dreams. To move on and live your dreams, clear out the clutter in your mind so that your dreams have room to live and grow. Set goals: Plan, execute and implement them.
Remember! We came to this world with a purpose. Find out what that is. Determine your mission in life and focus on making it happen. There will be challenges along the way. Face them! It is up to you!

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Why Job Seekers Miss Out On Good Opportunities?

editors-choice-missing-out-on-job-oppJob Seekers who believe that they have an ideal educational background and job experience for a particular job, when later find out that another applicant has been selected, should know that they are not alone. Even with a perfect resume, excellent skills set and brilliant interview talent, things can go twisted.

This article contains some of the basic reasons of why job seekers miss out on good job opportunities. We have also included some key solutions that will help our job seekers minimize their chances of losing one of their dream jobs.

1. Importance of a Cover Letter

A well-presented Cover Letter definitely creates a good impression on the employers. Getting the basics right, easily makes a difference and allows an application to stand out in the competition. The cover letter is your first sales pitch to a potential employer. A good one introduces you to the employer and explains why you are superior among other candidates applying for the same job.

2. Make Your Resume Precise and Attractive

We have all read novels and stories that take forever to get going, which insists on recounting every single insignificant detail of the central character's existence before finally getting to the heart of the account. This is not a luxury affordable for your resume. First impression really matters! Your resume is a marketing document, and hence, must attract the readers' attention.

3. Shortage of Time at the Employers' End

Employers get to see loads and loads of resumes during their recruitment period. Obviously, they cannot go through each and every resume especially through those that do not seem attractive. Applicants can make the employers' life easier by keeping their resumes' content short and accurate. It is essential that you set fire to the readers' attention in the very beginning or within thirty seconds/less.

4. Incorrect English

Why risk a dream job on poor English writing? Only job applications written in grammatically correct and fine English are given importance by busy employers. The rest go to the bin.

You might be well-qualified and perfect for a particular job, but the employer may disqualify you if your resume contains incorrect sentences and wrong use of vocabulary. It is very important for the job seekers to make sure that they double check the content of the resume. They should  check the spellings, punctuation and grammar very carefully.

5. Visual Illustration

The visual illustration of your CV is very important. If employers cannot find the desired information quickly, they will move on to someone else's resume. You should use plenty of 'white' space in your CV with appropriate headings.

If you are applying online, an email/cover letter starting with "Hi" might cause your resume to end up in rubbish. Write an email as you would write a proper letter. Instead of "Hi," write, "Dear Sir/Sir/Madam. ……" and instead of "Thanks," finish off with "Sincerely."

In the body of the email, do not start with "Please find the attached…."; always offer your services and do mention the "Job Title" of the job that you are applying for and keep it simple.

An Exemplary Email Would be:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am offering my services for the job "…..….." in your company.

Thank You.

(Your Name)

6. Avoid Unnecessary Detail

Quantifying accomplishments help, but remember to be discreet about it. Phrases like "managed a budget of Rs. 500,000" or "led a team of five" might catch an employers' eye but in a bad way. It is better to spin it as "managed company's largest budget" or "was a Team Lead".

Avoid a 14 page CV with details of every piece of course work since you were a kid. If it doesn't fit at all, cut it down to the most relevant and impressive items and alter it to the specific job in question. Long paragraphs & too much detail can leave a poor impression. A CV should be an accurate summary of an individual's career history rather than a biography.

7. Proof Reading

Nothing looks worse on a job application than spelling errors. It shows  hat you didn't take enough care or time to look over your application. Spelling errors can result in depicting your wrong impression on an employer. Check and recheck your curriculum for spelling and grammatical errors prior to sending it off to the employers. Small catches make a big (and bad) impression, silently implying that you are careless, linguistically challenged, or both.

8. Highlight Your Achievements

You need to highlight your achievements. Remember your CV is your sales document, if it does not say clearly and unequivocally why you should be employed then it has failed.

An employer will only want to hire you if they can see a benefit in it for themselves. So, do tell them that you are beneficial for the company.

Enlisting your achievements in your resume can also benefit you, in case the employer you have applied for uses some application to filter candidates from his CV database. Such applications are useful for employers, as they can filter candidates using their desired keywords.

Last but not the least, it is very important for the job seekers to look for a job with determination. They should keep the above mentioned points in mind, so that they have better chances of getting their desired job, instead of losing it. "Don't fall at the last hurdle" is a friendly advice. Good luck with your job hunt!




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What You Think Is What You Get
The Law of Attraction

The law of attraction is surprisingly simple: Like attracts like. It becomes a bit more complicated when it comes to training our minds to think in ways that will bring what we desire into our lives. The term "self-fulfilling prophecy" describes the same law. This well-known term explains that we create the circumstances our mind dwells upon, whether positive or negative. So our goal is to practice consistent presence of mind to make sure our thoughts are always directed toward the positive and that which we want to create.
A key to the process is the word "frequency." This is true for two reasons: 1) The frequency you use when you passionately dwell upon or revisit a thought, dream, desire or goal provides the energy your musings need for creation; and 2) just like a radio station broadcasts on a certain frequency, like the radio you must be "tuned in" to receive it. This means preparing for the arrival of your dream on every possible level—material, physical, and spiritual. You don't have to know how it will come into your life, just trust that it will. Your job is to lay the groundwork, follow any leads you can find, and prepare for its arrival. This can mean cleaning out your garage to make space for a new car, taking a tour of a model home to get the feel of it in order to feed your fantasies, or thinking of what you want in a mate and then living up to that list yourself.
Just like with any skill, the law of attraction must be practiced. We must decide what makes us feel abundant, and use our imagination to create the feeling. It isn't enough to just want something; you must use the power of your thoughts to attract it. A series of choices is what brings us everything in our lives right now, every moment. When we know the direction we want our choices to take us, it is as if we've placed an order with the universe. Then we can await its arrival with joyful anticipation. If we find ways to experience our dreams right now, we make creating joy a treasure hunt in which the seeking is just as much fun as the finding.
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Twelve ways to keep your ego in check  



  1. Monitor the danger sign of a runaway ego
  2. Realize that your success depends on the efforts of others.
  3. Remove self-serving and egoistic expressions from your language.
  4. Stop talking and start listening.
  5. Study the best "balancing acts" you can find.
  6. Place your stature in context
  7. Identify the motive for self-aggrandizement.
  8. Learn to laugh at yourself
  9. When you've offended or embarrassed someone, apologize.
  10. Associate with many different kinds of people.
  11. Serve the downtrodden.
  12. Become a servant leader.

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  1. Recognize your personal decision making biases
  2. Involve colleagues who see the world differently from you.
  3. Fight the temptation to solve today's problem with yesterdays solution
  4. Solve problems with a win-win orientation
  5. Solicit information from individuals affected by the decision
  6. Make sure you are solving the right problem
  7. Consider as many solution as possible.
  8. Realize that even the best solution may open the door to new problems.
  9. If you are using hard data as the basis of your decision, verify the numbers.
  10. When you make a decision affecting others, share the reason behind the decision.
  11. Think in terms of satisfying, not optimization.
  12. Ask a lot of questions.
  13. Learn from prior decisions
  14. Ask for criticism.