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Contract Jobs: Six Ways To Work Smarter Than The Others

You get better pay but you also work more. Or you are paid less but still made to work more. In either scenarios, the only way to strike the right work-life balance is to work smart. Not only will you be more efficient at your contract job but also less tired.

Take the help of tech

Even if you are tech-savvy, there are many of us who still rely on paperwork and post-its. It’s easier to just make a note and clip it on the cork board or stash it in a folder. But it’s not easily traceable or trackable. Having all of this in a digital software could come in handy. From scheduling to maintaining a calendar to ticking off the to-do lists, it’s the best way to be organised. You won’t miss an important deadline, event or instruction. Everything is readily available and in real time. Importantly, it reduces clutter. And there are automated tools that allow you to auto-schedule routine work as well. Some can even serve as your virtual assistants.

Message management

Emails, voicemails, SMSes, snail mail, bills, and other forms of messaging system like Slack, Whatsapp for Business, Google Docs and so on can take a heavy toll on your productivity. This is particularly true for creative people whose minds need to be on the task at hand. Any form of distraction will lead to an interruption in the flow. Similarly, when you are busy brainstorming over your business strategy, one email can impede the progress of your thoughts. So what do you do? Group all the messages into different levels of importance: important, not so important, can wait, delegate, delete, file, and so on. Not only will you be able to clear all your emails in a jiffy, but also get time to focus on the job at hand. Another way to do it is to come to the office half an hour early only to check all the office mail. Set the next time to check mail in the afternoon and again in the evening. If it’s really important, people will call you anyway.

Find the sweet spot

Everyone has a different time when they are the most productive. Some prefer the early hours of the day and some prefer evenings or nights. Depending on your preference, ensure that you stay off the social networks, mobile phone and water cooler conversations around that time. It’s time to be productive, not talkative.

Breaks are important

It’s not all work and no break. Getting away from work, even if it’s just for a few minutes, works like a charm. Your brain is rested and you come back with renewed energy. You could do a brisk walk, do some office errand, drink water, tea, coffee, snack, or just chat with someone who is not from the same profession as you do. Anything that takes your mind off your immediate work is a good stress buster. And sometimes, just closing your eyes or staring at the ceiling works just as fine too.

One man army

It’s great to shoulder all the burden and do everything that comes your way. But sometimes, it’s best to delegate it to someone else. This will not only lessen your burden but also empower the other person. When will they learn if you don’t give them a chance. By doing this, you can focus on the most important things and leave out the least crucial.

There’s no such thing as perfection

Mistakes happen. Everyone is human, including you. You shouldn’t over work to the detriment of your health and those of others. Don’t be tough on yourself and on others. It’s okay to be near-perfect. Never try to be perfect because that usually leads to a dip in morale, high stress, depression, micro management and energy loss and low productivity.

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Contract jobs: How to get them, the right way

Unemployment can make anybody insecure and lose confidence. The job market is tough today because there is more demand than supply. It’s become more competitive than a decade ago. So how can you stand out from the crowd and make your presence felt to the employer? Here is where the situation demands you to be proactive and inventive. No point in sitting down and accepting the rejection. If you are a job seeker, consider yourself a challenger.Contract job

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FIGURE OUT YOUR USP

Imagine yourself in the employer’s chair. Why would he hire you? Take your time to come back with an answer. Once you are sure you can confidently answer that question and show the employer that hiring you is the best return on investment he can hope to achieve, you have a winner on your hands.

GO OUT

Staying home and being the quintessential couch potato will only drive you nuts. Instead, chat up with long-time colleagues, partners, friends and associates. Go to some networking events and social get-together. You never know who might take interest in your skills or give you a solid reference or recommendation. Being out and about also makes you lose your inhibitions and become more confident. Networking events catalyze that as you meet new people and exchange positive vibes.

REFERRALS

Companies pay more importance to referrals, and so do their employees. Who wants to hire a complete stranger when they can get a friend they already know. Fewer ego issues and far better productivity. Instead of looking for a job on LinkedIn, you should search for the job you want in the ‘people’ search category. Since we add so many strangers to our network, we don’t realize that there are potential employers and employees you could work with. With this nifty tip, you will not only know the vacancies in a particular company but also a way to get recommended by one of their own employees. This will help you to filter companies that have a vacancy but not worthy enough. If your contacts had worked in that company and tell you to avoid it, you can move on to the next company instead of getting hired and regretting the decision.

CONQUER THE WORLD

Sometimes, due diligence works wonders. But for that, you also need a generous dash of confidence. Nothing can beat good old fashioned research. Find out the top 20 or top 50 companies you want to work with. Get to know their key department heads. Find out about their requirements. Fill up their application forms and send a personal cover letter to each of them with a hard copy of your resume. Make an appointment with those who acknowledged receiving your application, dress in your best and make an impression. When a candidate is so thorough, well prepared and personable, the chances of getting hired increase substantially.

SHUT OFF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Any kind of information about you on social media could be bad for you. Your political, sexual or religious leanings are best left unsaid. You never know what could trigger negativity among your potential employers. Therefore, avoid putting out any such views online. The better bet would be to not have a social media identity under your real name. It’s best to avoid the client from researching on you and finding a ton of information that could go against you. Like your feminism stance, your anti-government remarks or your penchant for travelling at the drop of a hat.

AND FINALLY…

Stay active. Remain positive. Don’t just sit at home. Mine the internet. Interact with friends and strangers. Never give up. You will be hired only if you try.

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4 ways to inspire your employees

Many times, if there is always some fire-fighting or feud inside an office, it’s because of a chaotic or confused leadership. When you send out confused signals to your employees, it saps their creativity. And when you try to micro-manage everything they do, it has the same affect too. So how can be hands-off and yet be hands-on? Here are ways to inspire your workplace and keep your contract and permanent employees firing on all cylinders…

 

Inspire Employees

Many of the work force is employed by small and medium businesses. Which means, much of their employee strength is anywhere between 5 and 50. So how do you manage a tight set of employees and retain them? By inspiring them and keeping them engaged with you even outside the regular office setting. The vision and mission has to blend in to your style of working. And the more informal the setting, the better it is for your employees. Just having an informal workplace will not do. The approach should be just as informal.

 

A lot happens over java

Yes, coffee or tea, it’s the best way to start your day with your employees. Not only will they tell you what’s bothering them, you will get to know first hand, their problems and possible solutions as well. The moment you begin to empathise, your approach to your vision and mission becomes that much more humane. What you say is not as important as how you say it. Anything said over a cup of coffee will be way better than impersonal office mails. 

 

Walk around the columns

Yes, it’s not just the water-cooler conversation you should eavesdrop upon but actually get down and dirty by chatting up with people at their work desks. Or in the pantry and loo. Yes, the more informal, the better. And the chatter should not be your agenda. It can be as simple as, ‘Hey, what’s got you so excited today?’ to ‘What’s bothering you today?’ If it’s work, you can give them effective suggestions based on your extensive experience and if it’s personal, you can use your EQ to calm them down, and perhaps even solve their problem by just being a patient listener. Pray why? Because most people have answers; only nobody bothered to hear them out completely. When you do, you score brownie points. And if it’s a problem that concerns a larger team, you can call them out and have an immediate brainstorming session right in the middle of the office where you are as much a team player as the others. 

 

There’s no such thing as a free lunch

Yes, that’s what the business managers will tell you and they are right. You should make the most of this principle too. Sometimes, you should go for lunches with your employees. Chat with them in their place of comfort. That’s when they will be their real selves. It’s not like you will uncover major business tricks, but it will help to make the team gel well even inside the office. As a boss, you will become that much more communicable. If you work in a big office, you are still working in a small office. There are only so many people working on your project. That’s your office staff for you. Work with them and make the most of your lunches.

 

Sharing and caring helps

Being approachable is as important as sharing what you know. It could be an anecdote or your own humble beginnings. But what it does is make you human. And that’s just what the employees need, so they don’t hesitate to talk to you when circumstances permit. You should be perceived as accessible. That itself will keep many managers on their toes. They know that if they don’t do their job well, their subordinates can walk right into the CEO’s chamber.

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5 reasons why EQ will land you a contract job

Hiring is easy but firing proves costly. Not only will it lower employee morale but also affect your company’s productivity levels. All your time to pick your candidate goes to nought when you realise what a bad hire that was. And statistics reveal that cost of replacing an employee is six to nine times the sacked employee’s salary. That’s what The Society for Human Resource Management says in one of its many predictions on workplace practices.Contract Jobs

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So what makes for a great hire? Statistics reveal that a high amount of Emotional Quotient (EQ) plays a bigger role. They say that 90% of top performing employees have high emotional intelligence. 

Therefore, if you plan on hiring contract employees, or if you want to be hired on a fixed term, these are the qualities you should possess.

 

Watch your body language

What you say should mirror your body language. Studies reveal that much of our communication is non-verbal. Therefore, how you behave during interviews is crucial to nailing that job. The confidence in your voice comes next. The gait with which you walk across the room to meet the interviewees, the awkward pause before they ask you to sit down or you ask for their permission are all giving them hints on your emotional intelligence. An ideal interview room is one long rectangular size where the interviewees at stationed at the end of it, so they can judge your body language as you come over to meet them. A person who is wedded to his work but lacks the social skills needed for a job will not get the job and his body language will announce this to his hirers even if he doesn’t. A person with a higher EG will mirror what his inside to the outside and vice versa. And that’s when his body language will be in sync with what he truly stands for. And such people exude an aura that immediately catches people’s attention. If you are the recruiter, learn to read the body language. And if you are a recruit, don’t fake it; you will be exposed within no time. Just be yourself. If you are good, you will be hired.

 

High vs low EQ

So how do you judge a person on the EQ scale? For one, there are four things to look at. Are they aware of who they really are? Can they manage themselves? How socially-aware are they? And what about their relationship management skills? These cardinal rules are especially handy when you have people who are equally qualified for the job. That is when you should apply the EQ rules and pick the candidate. The simplest example of this is picking a person who repeats your question to understand if that is what you meant, you know that this person knows a lot about better relationship management.  

 

 

Think outside the office

 The CCTV footage outside the interview room and where the candidates are interacting with the other candidates and the front office assistants give you a ringside view of the candidates and their personality profiles. Here is where their EQ is in full display. Unknowing to them, if you monitor their body language out here, you will get a clearer picture of who they really are. If they are masking their real identity, it comes undone after the interview. And if you’ve seen them before the interview, you have already seen their real self. How the candidates behaves with the others and how he treats the front office assistants goes a long way in how he will treat the workplace after you hire them.

 

Avoid the usual set of questions

What’s on the biodata should be avoided. What you should ask is something that will make them introspect; take a pause and answer. It’s like throwing a googly at them to see how they respond to a question they never expected. Here is where their true body language will be in full display. The confidence in their voice, the passion in the subject they are talking about and the warmth and kindness they bring to the discussion is what separates a winner from a loser.

 

Feedback can come from anyone

Sometimes, when you are still not sure whom to hire, particularly when there are two candidates who appear equally deserving, there is another thing you can do. Ask all the people the candidate came in touch with: the HR executive, the receptionist, the clerk, the fellow employees and the job consultant. All their feedback will help you arrive at the best possible summary of where this guy’s EQ stands compared to the others.

 

And finally…

There you have it. The rule of EQ demands that not only should the new hire have it but also the person who is hiring them. It works both ways. So the next time you hire someone, remember Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s oft-quoted remark: “I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work directly for that person.” Surround yourself with greatness and abundant positivity will follow you all around.

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How to ‘live’ the good life

A contract job suffers from just one thing. The inability to provide job security. But then, it’s not something the truly exceptional need to worry about. If they are good at what they do, they can work for six months and take the next month off to pursue their many passions. This way, they can come back to work on some other project for the same or different company. Not only will this break the monotony of a 9-5 job but also get you do what you have been wanting to do in a long time. Take a break and climb the Mount Everest, for example. 

 

Which brings us to ‘functional’ resumes compared to the existing chronological variety where dates play a significant role and not the job you did. It’s time to not only adopt the contract culture but also emphasise the work you did rather than the time you spent at a particular company. Make sure your resume demonstrates not only the quantitative part of your work experience but also the qualitative aspects to them. 

 

It’s time to be multi-faceted and not wedded to one company doing the same thing over and over again. It’s time to take a break and do something new with your job. You could upgrade your skills and get a better pay at the same company or get into a completely different field just because you can. What’s more, you can do one better. You can work on contract and also become an adjunct faculty to transfer your knowledge to the future generation. It’s your way of giving back what you’ve learnt. And only a fixed term contract job allows you to do that. 

 

So whether you’ve worked for just a few days, months or years, you can turn that into your unique selling proposition. Focus on the job you did rather than the duration and you’ve landed your next job. Just remember to focus on work that is relevant to the job you are applying for. And don’t forget to talk about the attributes and goodwill you carried into your every job. If your co-worker or boss expresses deep gratitude to the work, your future employer will realise how helpful, creative or hardworking you were. And that could be a great value addition to the job you are applying for. 

 

If you are a habitual contract employee, it exemplifies traits few possess. That of accomplishing tasks in a brief period and be able to mingle with a new set of people to achieve your goals. It showcases your interpersonal skills and the fact that you worked in a team full of strangers.

 

Contract jobs are for those who are serious about what they do. They give their best in the shortest possible time, so they can do something better after that: pamper themselves by pursuing a hobby or fulfilling a long cherished dream. 

 

Just the way contract jobs are redefining workplaces, it’s time our resumes did that too. Focus more on the jobs and attributes you brought to your work and pay less attention to the duration of your work. That doesn’t really matter in a world where you can chase multiple careers. And that’s precisely what WorkFlexi.in offers. A fixed term contract job after which you also get a month’s minimum basic pay, so you can look for a job in the meantime without worrying about your living expenses. Welcome to a new world where you can LIVE and not just EXIST!

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Flexi jobs: The future of workplace recruitment

No longer do companies want full-time employees to sit on the ‘bench’ and await new work. They would rather hire people on contract, based on the work they already have on hand. Welcome to the new age of staffing. Call them flexi jobs, flexi staffing, contract jobs or part-time jobs, but they are here to stay. Not only does this flexible working arrangement work to the company’s benefit but also help the employees take off for a few days or months to pursue their other interests like photography, backpacking or just rest for a while to recharge themselves.

 

Flexibility and gaining a competitive edge is driving the industry to go for a flexible work schedule that fosters part time work and powers contract employees. According to the Indian Staffing Federation (ISF), the growth in contract staffing was 10% in 2017 and is said to rise to 12% this year. “The ISF has predicted that the 2.1 million temporary workers presently in the organised sector will increase to 2.9 million workers by 2018, making India the third largest market in the world,” said Adam Pode, Director of International Research at Staffing Industry Analysts.

 

That’s not all with flexi jobs. According to one ISF report, the Indian IT flexi staffing industry crossed $3 billion in 2016-2017 and is expected to witness 14-16% growth in the next three years. And this extends to all states and sectors across India. The ISF should know. Some of the topmost companies in India are part of it and make up 20% of the total market share. 

 

One other study by ISF found that 60% of the companies who were making use of flexi staffing were more capable of withstanding revenue dips and remaining in business. The justification isn’t without reason. The employees get to do short term projects for a limited period, so they can take a break from work, and get back to working on a new project that will give a shine to their bio and also upgrade their skill set. They get the same pay and perks as the permanent employees but they don’t have to remain stuck with one company or job for long. They do have the option of joining the company full-time if the company and the candidate find it mutually beneficial. But otherwise, the candidate could just take a break from the contract job. 

 

The majority of people opting for temporary jobs happen to be under 30. And it’s understandable. They are new to the workforce and want to try out all their options and also indulge in their hobbies before family life and financial responsibilities take over their life. Although the IT industry is the primary driver of flexi jobs, the other sectors queuing up include retail, telecom, pharma, hospitality, manufacturing and agriculture. 

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Flexi jobs: Life is all about second chances

There are many times in your life when you wish you had a different career. Or a seven-hour work week. So you could pamper yourself with the free time. Only freelancers working from home have that luxury. A full-timer like you doesn’t. The result is that you go out when most others do and end up behind bumper-to-bumper traffic. Everyone gets in and out of the city the same way you do. Even when you want to enjoy, traffic jams, full-house cinema halls and packed amusement parks take the thrill away from you. 

Here is where contract jobs are just what you want. Not only do you work full-time like any normal person, you also enjoy the same pay and perks. However, you work for three months, six months or a year. It’s all up to you. After the job ends, you take a break and can either come back to work at the same firm, if both find it mutually beneficial or you find a new job that excites you more. Either way, you benefit. And so does the employer. Who wants an employee who is bored of the work he does. Why hire a permanent employee at the cost of productivity? Hire the best and use them optimally. What’s more, there are contract jobs that let you work only fixed days of the week. On other days, you are completely free to do what you want. Now, you can go on a vacation when most don’t and enjoy life. The amusement park will not be as packed, so you can enjoy all the rides without waiting in long queues. And there won’t be as many traffic jams at toll plazas, because you are vacationing on a week day.

This is the age of multiple careers, says famed author Gurcharan Das. And flexi jobs let you do that in more ways than one. No wonder, people under 30 and above 40 find these work opportunities the most beneficial. But don’t be bound by these trending rules. The rules of the game change. Because you do. 

So what are you waiting for? Take a break. Get a contract job. And live the life you missed for so long. Workflexi.in offers you all of this and more. It’s the world’s first platform where you can work at will. And it’s also more than that. When you are not with a job in the interim, it gives you a ‘minimum basic pay’. Can anyone do better than that? Hop on the contract bandwagon and give your life a second chance. It is about time.

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Work is Worship, and Passion is God!

Passion is the supreme source of success. In the presence of passion, one can nearly achieve anything. According to the Holy Bible, Jesus says ‘God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth’. So the word ‘worship’ loses its true meaning when there is no spirit and truth. However, there is no existence of truthfulness in people’s heart, during their regular 9-5 job. But it is quite a known fact that this is not the case during days in pursuit of passion.
Steve Jobs, Chris Gardner, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett are some of the greatest Entrepreneurs who have believed and proved ‘follow your passion, and success follows’.
No one said it was easy. In finding your passion and pursuing it, there will be many hours, days, weeks, or months, even years that pass before milestones are reached.

Here goes a look at passionate lives:

  1. Simplified life : With all the chaos and information overload in today’s world, there’s something very freeing about rediscovering our passions (or discovering new ones!). Also, this brings some simplicity back into our lives.
  2. Greater self-awareness and self-confidence : Self-awareness is listening to what our soul is telling us, and leading to self-confidence comes in by recognizing our strengths and interests.
  3. Expansion of comfort zones : We begin to push the boundaries of our comfort zones as our self-confidence increases.
  4. Satisfaction : Satisfaction increases with the learning, growth and fulfillment of self that occurs with meaningful progress.
  5. Happiness : When you engage in meaningful progress, you are taking action in the pursuit of future happiness.
  6. Meaningful progress increases your creativity : It’s that simple—more creative juices flow when you are doing what you love.
  7. Being part of something bigger than ourselves : As humans we want to leave the legacy of having made an improvement and impact on our surrounding. This is accomplished through our passions and abilities with which we’ve been equipped.
  8. Life in Harmony :  When we incorporate our passions into our lives, we get to experience the harmony in life.
  9. Inspiration to others : Being true to yourself in pursuing a meaningful path automatically positions you as an inspiration to the world.
Finding your passion and working towards it isn’t easy, yet with all the challenges involved, the benefits of following your passion outweigh the difficulties and sacrifices. It’s time we start a movement!
Workflexi was born for passionate people to make it much easier to pursue their passion, and not to mention, earn at the same time.
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The Dark Side of Permanent Jobs

The intense competition in the job market cannot be withstood by permanent employment. In a changing global economy, what is that permanent jobs lack that has created downsides to it? Have a look– have made some points about permanent jobs that are detrimental to many employees.
No Job Security – No, this doesn’t affect contract/temporary jobs as much. The reason is that when an employer looks at lowering risks of approaching crises, permanent employees are very likely to be in the layoff list (you know why).
Lack of Ability to Evolve – Permanent employees possess less relevant and in-demand skills than contractors, as the latter continuously have to make it a point to remain relevant and valuable in an ever-changing professional marketplace.
You become Stagnant – The luxuries like the pay, the amount of work given, and the workplace environment, that supposedly come only with permanent jobs blinds the employees to think about any other careers, making them stagnant.
True Potential is Unknown – It’s widely believed that a 9-5 job is like working inside a box. There’s no looking beyond your own cubicle. You do not tend to discover your (other) passions, and so don’t you ever know your true potential.
Lack of Flexibility – It’s very difficult to achieve work-life balance unlike contractors who decide when, where and how they work.
Blurred Buying and Selling Services – Certain tasks other than what permanent employees were told to do, are done without realizing that it has no worth to them as professionals, but it does for their boss.
Boring Resumes – When companies look for an array of experiences when considering a potential candidate, having the same job for many years can have a negative impact on the employees resume.
Difficulty in Hunting for Jobs – After a long term full-time work, it gets hard for permanent employees dive into the pool of job-search. One may also not know where to begin. Things are of course terrible if you are fired from the job.
Lack of Network –  Permanent employment narrows down the networking opportunities. If there is good network, it’s easy to land a job.
There are plenty of reasons to say ‘good-bye’ to permanent jobs. Temporary employment is very useful and can be very instrumental in getting the unemployed back into the workforce. Workflexi  – World’s 1st platform to work at will!
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