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How to Write a Corporate Email Thank You Note

Writing a successful thank you note is much more important than you think. The letter can even change your life by giving you an opportunity that you never thought possible if it is written with efficiency. However, thank you note is not something that will offer you a job or opportunity directly yet it is really important as it still can prove advantageous by impressing your stakeholders. Therefore, don't neglect thank you note when you write one.

Now the question remains if it is wise to send thank you note by email or by postal mail. I think you should send it by email, because postal service is time consuming and more vulnerable to lose the mail. If the recipient is going to take any decision that can influence your future, time is definitely a factor and you won’t like to make the decision process delay by communicating through regular postal service. Remember that a thank you note are not only mere thanks giving rather it is a way to remind your beneficiary about existence. What to Include in Your Email Message?

Remember that your letter should be precise and to the point. Still you can use it as a reminder about the potential that can establish in future through Mutual Corporation. However, don't beg or be over passionate because that will present you lightly. In case of group thank you note, be careful that you haven't mistakenly written one of the recipient's names. Just use in-general addressing like Dear benefactor, Dear Patrons or Dear stakeholders.

In case of thank you note to your

potential employer, your letter may also include some additional points, you consider really important for your getting the job, you missed during interview. You

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interests, qualification and your need again in this letter though definitely

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General requirements of effective thank you note are appropriate diction, errorless language and maintaining courtesy.

After pondering over this, being precise, to the point, mutual cooperation, flawless subject, addressing in proper sense, a strong approach towards your concern/interest, appropriate diction, and errorless language as well maintaining courtesy enhance to write an effective Corporate Email Thank You Note.

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How to Use Appropriate Email Etiquette at Work

Because of its being fast, email is becoming more effective means of communication than phone or postal mail. This scenario is more applicable to the business world where time has always been a factor. However, it is not enough only to write emails, it is very important to write emails with proper etiquette for greater and more efficient communication. If written inappropriately or without maintaining proper etiquette, emails can even cause harm to your professional advancement. The question remains how to write effective emails maintaining all the etiquettes? You have to remember some simple tips when you write emails.

Be courteous: Use perfect greetings and more courteous terms like Thank You, Best regards, among others. Use Dear before you write the name of the recipient.

Subject: Be careful in writing your subject because it subject line that the official will read at the very first place. So your subject line should express your purpose of writing in an appropriate way.

Get rid of unnecessary appearances: Write your email as concise as possible as it is general fact that your recipient is a busy man and won't have idle time to read out unnecessary write ups.

To the point: Be precise and to the point when you write an email. Always keep it in mind that the people you are writing are really busy and they have no time for unnecessary chatting. So make your email to the point.

for unnecessary chatting. So make your email to the point. Seek permission: It is a general

Seek permission: It is a general courtesy to seek permission while you are forwarding another person’s email. In this case don’t take any risk to lose their trust on you.

Don’t be lazy: Replying emails in time is a part of courtesy. So don't be lazy to replay emails when you get them; however, at the same time, don't be hasty to write your reply because that can cause errors in your write up.

Keep separate your accounts: In case of your personal emails, send them by using your personal web based emails. Always keep separate your personal and professional email accounts. It will make your scheduling more efficient.

Follow the conventions: Always try to follow the conventions of capitalization and punctuation. Don't try to invent something of your own.

Attentive to the subject: Be more attentive to the subject. Your subject should be precise and at the same time should perfectly represent the contents of your email.

Don’t convey anything rebellious: However, always remember that your official mail accounts are continuously being monitored by your higher officials or administrators. So keep emailing in a way that they do not convey anything subversive to your organization.

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How to Create Effective Electronic Communication

Sometimes in business world electronic communication or communication through emails becomes so obvious that a million dollar contact can be signed upon sending a single successful email. As a result, emailing is becoming highly important mode of communication in the present business world. But always remember that you can write anything you like when you are emailing to your friend or your cousins; however, in case of business emails, you must be really careful. Because business emails are something on which the future of your organization might depend. So write emails correctly and effectively. Now question remains how to make email effective? The strategies are described below:

Use proper language: Always use formal or standard English. Try to avoid slangs and unfamiliar dictions.

Don't make the email reader feel bore: So be precise and brief when you compose your email. And always try to be to the point. Curtail off unnecessary words and terms because that will make your email more complex.

Follow the conventions: Always try to follow the conventions of capitalization and punctuation. Don't try to invent something of your own.

Attentive to the subject: Be more attentive to the subject. Your subject should be precise and at the same time should perfectly represent the contents of your email.

Clearly demonstrates your purpose of writing: The people you are sending emails are busy officials who receive

people you are sending emails are busy officials who receive hundreds of such mails every day;

hundreds of such mails every day; therefore, they won’t have more than 2/3 minutes for each email if the content is not something exceptional. So you should write your subject in a way that it clearly demonstrates your purpose of writing.

No personal emotions: Your emails must be free from personal e emotions. Remember that you are writing an official email and it is odd to express your passions and sentiments in it.

Paragraphs should be logically arranged: In case of large emails, all the paragraphs should be logically arranged. That means, there should be coherence and relevance among consecutive paragraphs.

Read the email several times: Be sure about the tone of your email. Read the email several times after writing and try to find out is it with appropriate tone you wanted to write with in the first place.

The information you are giving: Always be truthful about the information you are giving. Remember integrity is the best policy.

Be well mannered: Be courteous when you write a business email. Try to use "thank you," "how are you," "Sincerely," "Take it easy," "Best regards" to make your email more courteous.

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Business Etiquette for Responding to Mail & Email

Sending or receiving emails and mails have become most common day to day tasks in modern corporate world. However, being common doesn't mean that these tasks are of less important rather these communication means have already taken a major portion of business communication. Therefore, it is a must for any business personal to maintain business etiquettes in communication via Mail & Email for better successes. Try to remember the following suggestions when you write any sorts of business email or mail.

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Don't be lazy in correcting your errors and careless mistakes.

Be courteous by using proper courteous terms.

Be careful to spell the names of your recipient. Misspell of names might seem a modest careless mistake, though; some people take it really seriously. So don’t take any risk by tasting the temperament of your beneficiary.

Your email must be brief and to the point. However, it should not miss any important points in an attempt to make precise. Use simple language so that the recipient doesn’t feel any difficulty to grasp the contents of your email.

Don't bring your personal feelings, emotions and passions into your professional emails.

Send attachments in zip if the size is too big or you can ask for permission from the recipient before sending large files.

Be sure that your name and the recipient's name are clearly and accurately written in case of hand written mails.

Never try to assume the content of an email that you have received; don’t forget that assumptions can be resulted in misunderstanding. So if you don’t understand anything, you should write back seeking clarification.

The subjects will give the recipient a clear idea of the content of the email so the subject line is very important and should be wisely written.

Try to say some general courtesy expressions like thank you, how are you, or appreciate your help! As many times as possible

Always keep emails brief and to the point. Never forget to end your emails with courtesy endings like "Thank you," "Sincerely," "Take it easy," "Best regards" - something!

In case of replaying an email, be sure to delete the points that are no longer relevant. It will make your email more to the point.

Try to avoid your passions and emotions as much as possible. And if you still have to demonstrate your sentiments, try to be more careful in choosing the words that will express your feelings. Always read the emails several times before sending if they are emotionally biased.

Always revise your emails for errors before sending them. Don’t use an old email to reply or communicate to your beneficiary.

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Avoid These Ten Killer Cover Letter Mistakes

The first question would be; what is a cover letter? In simple words it is an advertising tool used to uphold one's potentiality to the employer.

Cover letter adds some more information about the employee's prior experiences, skills and interests in slightly details than the CVs. In multinational companies, cover letters are highly considered to measure out the candidate's prospects for their company. Therefore, if you are looking for a job of your dream in some multinational company, you should definitely be careful about the common mistakes that people often make during writing their cover letter.

Cover letter is not a bill board- I have already said that cover letters are some sort of advertisements. But that necessarily does not mean that you your cover letter should be a bill board or a poster shamelessly demonstrating your qualities. You should be decent and smooth in informing your advantages as an employee.

and smooth in informing your advantages as an employee. Not upholding yourself clearly- Do not advertise

Not upholding yourself clearly- Do not advertise yourself though don’t forget to uphold your skills in your cover letter. Don’t forget that cover letter is a marketing tool and in this case you are marketing yourself.

Lengthy cover letter- Don’t make your letter lengthy full with unnecessary information. Be precise but informative. Be careful that your desperate endeavor of presenting yourself doesn’t results in monotony. So just write your accomplices rather than job duties.

Grammatical/spelling mistake- Don’t underestimate your employer. The people you are sending the letter might be more qualified than you. Therefore, don’t try their temper by leaving silly mistakes in your cover letter.

Making false or unsurpassed claims- Don’t claim yourself something that you are not in reality, or don’t ask for anything that you are not eligible for at your cover letter. Be honest to your information and believe the fact that honesty is the best policy.

Using wrong format-You should not try your creativity to find out an own format of cover letter. Rely on the international acclaimed cover letter format.

One cover letter for every job- Don’t be miser or idle. Be a bit careful and try to write new cover letter for every job describing how you can serve that specific company you are going to apply.

Insufficient information- Give all the information that an ideal cover letter requires.

Lack of neat and cleanness- The most basic requirement of any write up is neatness. Cover letter is not an exception. Try to type your letter instead of hand write to ensure neatness.

Don’t use “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Employer- Don’t use “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear Employer'' to address your employer. Using these terms will give your employer the impression that you are using a general cover letter for every job you are applying for. Try to address the concerning person of the organization.

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5 Keywords That Can Help Land the Job

Getting a suitable job has always been a challenging endeavor for fresh graduates. However, only a stunning academic qualification is not always the secret to occupy a job at an organization of your dream. In this highly competitive as well commercial era, job givers often look for smartness, present wit and effective communicative qualities in a candidate rather than his/her volume of certificates. And to fathom out a candidate for above qualities, the job provides often seek help of interviewing, an old yet effective method of employee selection.

an old yet effective method of employee selection. Today, I am going to share some tips

Today, I am going to share some tips on interview interactions that might be helpful for potential interviewees. The tips are no scholarly suggestions, or not accumulated from any lengthy research paper created by some dynamic business researcher. My tips are very personal, retrieved from my experiences at interview boards as an interviewee. However, most of the tips are to some extent universal and all the interviewees know about them; still we cannot always apply that we are acquainted with. Therefore, reminding these familiar but effective measures might yet be beneficial for interview contestants.

Smartness-Smartness is the first and most prioritized quality for an interviewee as no job giver wants his enterprise full with sluggish people. Many think that wearing costly and fashioned clothes resembles smartness. But, to me, smartness is not something associated with dress up though your cloth must be neat and clean. Smartness lies in good pronunciation, confident approach and spontaneous interaction.

Be interested but don't be over passionate - Look like you are interested to take the job. Don’t pretend that you are attending the interview merely for experience or for fun. But look interested does not necessarily mean that you should look passionate for the job. In more straight words, do not beg or do not demonstrate your miseries validating your necessity of the post. As far I believe, the interviewers are looking for selecting an employee and not for charity. Your sad stories can make them irritated.

Be gentle but not weak- You have be gentle; however, some people think that being courteous may resulted in being weak. But it is certainly not true; a man can be strong, and at the same time gentle and mild.

Be smiling- everybody likes to see a smiling face. The people at the interview board are as human being as you and me so they also love to see loving faces like we do. Therefore, always be smiling yet at the same time; be careful that you are not grinning without any logical reason.

Don't show your nervousness but don't be too confident to look bold- Everybody gets nervous during interviews. It is almost as natural for people as they became happy to be offered good food or become afraid of wild animals. However, it is not wise to look nervous no matter how much you really are. But it will be more disastrous if you behave aggressive in your desperate attempt to look bold.

Say straight if you don't know an answer- Don’t bubble or don’t try to make your own answer if you don’t know the answer of any question you are asked. Even the interviewers know that everybody can’t know everything. Your confession about your ignorance can even present you as an honest and smart individual towards your interviewers.

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Why Team-Building is important

Dealing with people is one of the toughest things to do in an organization. ‘Managing people’ is the major managerial challenge. In most of the organizations it requires to work in formal or informal groups or teams. Therefore, team-building is a crucial part of the job and operational excellence of an organization depends a lot on it. Both the organization and the individuals are the beneficiaries of a team-work.

Team building helps to flatten the hierarchy in an organization. When an individual works for a project he contacts his high command individually. The manager has to listen to everyone in the organization separately. This may create an information chaos for the manager. On the other hand, when employees handle a single project in a group the manager finds it easier to handle groups rather than individuals.

Creativity is more inspired in a team. Working in a group gives the members an opportunity to brainstorm and explore each other’s ideas. Thus a better idea can be developed which might not be possible with individual effort.

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Knowledge is best utilized when shared. The outcome from a team may be more fruitful than that from an individual. This is because different people have comparative excellence in different fortes and everyone can contribute in a work with his/her according to her capabilities.

Division of labor is a globally recognized way of an effective production system. The same rule can be applied to a team. A person should be assigned a task which she can handle the best.

Working in a team gives a sense of togetherness and a sense of unity. Team cohesiveness enables people to consider the betterment of the team and the organization as a whole before considering the benefit of his own self.

Team building is also helpful for the improvement of one’s capabilities as an individual. Let’s take the example of group study. When you are studying at home you can only get the knowledge provided in the books but when shared with a group you can meet other dimensions of learning. A fellow team member can teach you a new way of performing a task which you used to do in an inefficient and time consuming manner.

Responsibility comes along with group working. I have learnt from my personal experience that many people who always tend to indulge in idleness when assigned a task act more responsibly when they work in a group. This way building a team instigates positive individual qualities.

Another individual quality that can develop through team-working is acquiring a positive attitude toward people. For those who cannot tolerate other people’s opinion or way of style, team-working is a great opportunity for them to work on that shortcoming.

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Things to Never Say To Your Boss

initiative by M.A.I. Khan Things to Never Say To Your Boss Your performance in the workplace

Your performance in the workplace depends a lot on how your boss is. Creepy and inconsiderate boss is one of the worst things in the world. ‘Handling bosses is one of the toughest job, you have to manage to do every day in your workplace, well, in weekends too. To be honest whether or not you have a weekend depends on your boss. Try to understand your boss, how is he, how does he think, what are his favorite topics, what does he hate the most and the list goes on and on. One need not to be a mind reader or psychologist to know these things, just think smart, act smart, speak smart. There are certain common things you should never say or do in front of your boss-

Never Say “no”

You are just done with your work and packing up for the day. You have already got three texts from

you wife, she is waiting for you at the movies. Just at that moment your boss comes and assigns you

a new task. In your mind you may want to kill him. Well, do that but in your mind. Done? Now say,

okay sir, I am doing it right now. Whenever your boss says something to you, do not say “NO” even

if it is the easiest thing to say.

Delete the word “impossible” from your dictionary

Your boss may assign you a task which is next to impossible but do not let him know that. Try your best and if you cannot nail it show him your efforts. Take some time before denying or expressing inability to do something.

It is your responsibly, not mine

Got an assignment not included in your job description? Surely, it is a creepy situation to handle. You know that very well that it is your boss who is responsible for doing this but do not say this to him. Either do the work or tackle the situation wisely so that he himself is convinced to perform that task.

Don’t assign me anymore jobs, one at a time

In your overwhelmed work schedule you get another task from your boss. Do not let your irritation be showed on your face. If your boss is short-tempered unpleasant words may come and ruin your day.

Got a date/ son’s birthday/ dinner party Never mention any personal appointments in front of your boss if you know well enough that he will not consider it. Of course make the best utilization of considerate boss who will value your personal life.

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I am not paid enough

Dissatisfaction with salary is the strongest de-motivating situation. Try to find about the financial condition of your organization, also enquire tactically about your colleagues’ salary. But be careful! Do not utter a word in front of your boss you don’t have enough proof to support your opinion or have a stand-by job waiting for you.

I am way too qualified for this

Even if it’s true, there’s nothing you can do. You took the job, now you have to accomplish it. Complaining will not reflect your capability or smartness rather make you a matter of laugh to your boss and co-workers.

Ask anyone else to do it

Never! If your boss has assigned you something, it is you who should do it. Do not dare to refer any of your colleagues to be assigned. It will make you look snob and may restrict the path of promotion in your career.

Why he is better paid than me?

Do not compare you condition with your co-workers in front of your boss. Doing this will imply that you mean your boss is unjust. Tackle professional jealousy with competency not childish comparison and complain.

These were just common mistakes employees do. In practical life you may have to face more complex situation. Use you intelligence and decide what to do, do not act over smart or take any whimsical decision. Remember the universal saying, “boss is always right”.

The Art of Interaction

The art of interaction-perhaps the toughest thing to demonstrate. There is no prescribed way of how you should interact with people as different way is applicable to different people and in different situations. Moreover a list of advice cannot mold your way of thinking or your style of interacting. However, social scientists have been trying to establish the rules of face-to-face interaction; these rules include language, body language and attitude. Although actively unaware of the rules, from our common sense we know what is appropriate and what is not.

What I have always believed that the most import thing in social interaction is to show your confidence. It is your confidence that will make you more interesting and the other person will be willing to interact with you. Try to make an eye contact when it is a two-way communication. Looking directly into eyes shows how assertive you are and this also helps you to analyze the person you are talking to.

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Develop Yourself - An initiative by M.A.I. Khan You may be a good speaker and have

You may be a good speaker and have the ability to lead the conversation. Don’t take the lead even if u can. There are many people who don’t want to be led or directed by others and by doing that you may create a negative situation for you. Being a good listener is one first step to effective public interaction. By this you are letting others know that you are interested to listen to them.

Open mindedness is a quality that should be acquired and cultivated to be a good communicator. You should leave the option to others to express their opinions. Do not close the conversation on your own and come to a conclusion. Asking for opinions, advices will make you a better communicator.

Before making any comment or expressing your opinion, make sure that you are well-known of this matter. Do not make any hasty comment that will make you look stupid.

Try to control your emotions in public. Do not overreact at other’s opposing or hostile comments. Have patience and deal with un-supporting comments casually and intelligently. Give a try to convince the person logically not hostily.

Many people try to be funny but unfortunately end in being lame. Before cracking any joke think over it whether it is appropriate for the target audience or not. You definitely cannot tell an adult joke in a school seminar. Be careful when you are making any sexist joke that may hurt any male or female audience.

You must be cautious when you are interacting with a person from opposite gender. MAINTAIN DECENCY. Do not do anything that might create any wrong impression about you. If you are handling any important business dealing it might be fatal for you if the person misunderstands you.

These were merely some tips from my point of view. It is you who have to decide how you will act. Only intelligent and rational actions can make your socializing activities successful and by experimenting in different situations you will be able to set your own code of conducts.

Career Advice

If you are a fresh graduate, what you see around you is probably an ocean of possibilities and risks. Which path to choose? What is the best career option? Which one will secure my future? A lot of questions are naturally coming into your mind. This is the one of the most critical nodes of life which you have to deal strategically using your intelligence. There are ample opportunities for you and you have to choose the one so that you have to pay the least opportunity cost.

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I guess almost all of us remember writing ‘aim in life’ essay in school. Except for the most

passionate and dedicated ones the then mentioned aim has nothing to do with your life. Most of kids wrote either doctor, engineer or a very small percentage wrote teacher. A very few of them can be on that path in practical. The best time to choose a career is after completing higher secondary education. This is because at that point of time you have primary idea of the possible career paths, requirements and most importantly the 18 to 20 years you have passed with yourself has given you the understanding of your potential and capabilities.

you the understanding of your potential and capabilities. The step of choosing a career is to

The step of choosing a career is to explore you. Take your time and make a list of what you can and what you cannot. For example if you are weak in math engineering is

possibly not your forte. Similarly to choose a medical career you have to be a patient, calm, responsible and studious person in nature as the profession demands. After identifying your strength and weaknesses you are ready to go to the next phase.

Go through the options and evaluate them on the basis of your qualities. Find the profession that best suits you, your future plan and your family life. After you have done with this step, shortlist them again and choose the best path. For youngsters or those who are taking the first step towards building a career it is very important to consult your family especially parents as well experienced professionals.

Choosing a career is even tougher if you have graduated in general education which does not indicate a particular profession. You have thousands of option but not full advantage in any of these. This is a very critical situation, to deal with this go through the mentioned stages and you may need to do one or two specialized courses to acquire comparative career advantage.

For the female readers I would like to stay be careful. Although we say that women are equal to men, that day has not come yet at least not in our country. A woman has dual responsibilities of workplace and home whether you accept them or not. Giving enough time to family is a tough challenge for a working woman. You cannot ignore your children when they need you. This is not very practical to think that your life partner will share your responsibilities every time fairly, however, it might happen in some cases nevertheless, it is always better to think over broad future

aspect or in a realistic way. Therefore I would advise before choosing a career think over it deeply.

It is difficult to foresee all these problems when you are young but you should do that if you want to

properly balance your work and family life.

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Dress for Success

Many of us most certainly have heard the story of Sheikh Sadi, who went to a party with simple attire and was humiliated. The next time, he went to another party arranged by the same host. This time he went for a gorgeous get up. Naturally, he was admired and respected. He then, did an interesting thing-instead of eating dinner; he put the food items in his pockets. When asked, he replied, “It is my dress which deserves these foods and respect, not me.” What Shekh Sadi wanted to teach is a person should be judged not by his clothes but his knowledge and qualities. Well, another version of learning for this story is that good dress up creates the right impression for you. You can choose simplicity but be careful enough to be proper.

can choose simplicity but be careful enough to be proper. In your career, dressing holds equal

In your career, dressing holds equal importance while job hunting and also while working. In your workplace your dress should neither be lavishing

nor gorgeous but formal and classy.

When you are a fresher and looking for a job remember one thing, “You have only one chance to make the first impression.” Your dress sense represents a part of who you are. When you walk into a room your dress should reflect your personality, confidence and smartness. Of course, there is no substitute for knowledge and capability but a proper and smart get up can cover up a lot of your competitive lacking. May

be you are the highest CGPA holder in your batch but that does not necessarily mean that you will get the best job in the market. You may believe that when you are smart in your work, speak smartly you don’t need anything to show off. True, but when your perfect get up can represent the inner you more efficiently, then why not?

How should men dress?

For men, when going for an interview, go for a formal get up but when working in an organization act as the organizational culture says. If your office has an ‘informal day’ in the week, keep the formals aside, choose your favorite t-shirt and jeans. When going for a seminar or presentation try to wear white or light-colored shirt with dark formal trousers. Wear a tie if the office culture says so but “NEVER WEAR TIE WITH A CHECK SHIRT”. This is a dumb thing to do.

Give importance to your shoe. Don’t ever think, “who on the earth will look at my feet?” Well, the answer is, many will and so will your boss. Many believed that a man’s shoe is his best ID. Sandal shoe and sandals must be avoided except on ‘informal day’. Wear socks with shoes and choose the color wisely, it should be white, black or grey.

What should women do?

For women it is even more critical. Your dress should be smart, comfortable, intelligent and obviously not alluring. In Bangladesh there is a notion that saree is a formal dress. In many of the business schools also, female students are encouraged to wear saree on presentations and this

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trend goes to the office with them, but SAREE IS NOT A FORMAL WEAR. In addition it is not comfortable to spend eight to ten hours in saree. But feel free to wear a saree if you think that it represents your personality better.

In Bangladesh, many women working at MNCs wear formal shirt, trouser and jackets. You can either choose that or go for a salwar-kamiz with formal cutting. Do not wear trendy, latest fashion salwar-kamiz at office. This is not a good work attitude. Note that formal shoes for men and women are different. Wear high-heels but not too high or formal flat sandals which are very ‘in’ at present.

DO NOT CHOOSE SHOES THAT MAKE IRRITATING SOUNDS WHEN YOU WALK.

The last thing I would like to say is notice others and use your intelligence to decide what to wear and what to not. Whatever you choose make sure that it is comfortable as well as suitable for the nature of your work.

10 Tips to Boost Your Interview Skills

Competitive market means competitive organizations, competitive entities and competitive products. Where, the whole world is known as competitive market. So, to keep a sign of existence all the people must be competitive with diversified knowledge’s, attitudes and services or actions. Taking about all this won’t help you out; However, your seriousness towards this, can help you to go for the next step of, how to remain a competitive person. Here, job interview is the best place to recognize you as a competitive person.

Here, my point of view is: do not get a job; deserve a job by showing your skills from the beginning of an interview:

Gather proper and relevant information’s

Now-a-days, job seekers are concerned about getting jobs, but they are not as positive as the interviewer looks for. If you know about the company profile and can deliver those relevant information’s during interview, it’s a positive sign for you towards the interviewer.

Be free and let your stress to be thrown at a trash folder. Personal and professional life must be differentiated properly. Regarding this, all the stress as well as tensions of life should be forgotten in the time being of an interview. Otherwise, it will be a wasting of time of attending interview.

Create your first impression impressive. First look is the best look. Keeping this in mind, you must be properly dressed and gentle as it requires.

Learn to greet in a proper way to your interviewer. Cordial greetings may bring an effective attention of the interviewer. So, know the right path of greetings as demanded on person to person and time to time.

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Practice the own evaluation Knowing about oneself is an important part of having effective interview skills. Own positivity and negativity should be evaluated by oneself, as it may led to a proper placement.

evaluated by oneself, as it may led to a proper placement. Be knowledgeable and informative As

Be knowledgeable and informative As we all know, knowledge is power so believe these words and act towards it. It’s always true that as much as right answers establish you as a reliable candidate.

Analytical ability with quick thinking Good analytical ability for the interview board environment and on the interviewer generates to rebuild your attitude towards them. In this case, quick thinker as well as quick decision-maker owns an added advantage.

Good sense of humor Good sense of humor refreshes the interviewer mind. If you can use this power you may focused for the interviewer close attention.

Be assertive rather than affirmative Assertive means confident and forceful. Where, affirmative leads to say “YES” always. Interviewer likes confident and forceful candidates rather than “YES” holders.

Be respectful and flexible Mutual respect for each other can bring a good output when it is a team work. An interview is also a team work, where the interviewer and candidates together come out with a good result of right person for the right job.

10 Tips for Improving Communication

Our ability to communicate with clients, customers, subordinates, peers, and superiors can enhance our effectiveness or sabotage us. The 21st century seems one poised to be the communication century, where the old ways fall by the way side, as true communication goes further and further toward building bridges between people, and greases the skids in the business world between coworkers, clients and managers in ways that would seem impossible even a generation ago. To improve communication skills, everybody should focus direction of conversations around who, what, why, where, when and how.

Verbal or non-verbal, here are 10 effective ways to build your interpersonal communication skills and stay ahead of the game.

SPONTENIOUS PARTICIPATION Shying away from necessary conflict for the sake of avoiding confrontation is a big hindrance to forging meaningful communication. Through practice you will learn the best ways to conduct the difficult conversations that need to be done.

SENSITIVITY Get to the points you wish to make quickly, do not waste others' time and mental energy on pointless "filler" conversation, and people will appreciate you.

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STRIVE FOR FEEDBACK Often, the most important communication skill is learning to make the most of the small windows offered for you to give constructive feedback on something. Make the most of these opportunities.

CHERISH THE OPPORTUNITY A crucial skill to effective interpersonal communication is learning how to take criticism and feedback in stride, and to never take it personally. Feedback is a great way to learn what you need to focus on to perform better.

way to learn what you need to focus on to perform better. HYGIENIC POWER one of

HYGIENIC POWER one of the first things people notice about you is your hygiene habits. Bathe regularly, keep a neat and tidy appearance, and mind all aspects of your personal grooming habits. It makes no sense to allow something so easy to control to derail your attempts at communication.

REORGANIZE YOURSELF Dress for every occasion. Otherwise, it can be the excuse for not taking you seriously.

SELF-ASSESSMENT An honest self-critique can be the most useful ability in building interpersonal communication skills that you have at your disposal. Learn how to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES Look for the numerous non-verbal cues that will clue you in to what the other person is trying to convey to you in conversation. Pick up on the eye contact, the posture and the body language to hear the hidden conversation at play in every interaction.

BE ALWAYS ON-THE-JOB Always be prepared for any conversation, but never fear not having a particular fact handy. It is much better to admit ignorance than to make something up.

CHALLANGE YOURSELF RATHER THAN OTHERS learning when not to speak in a conversation can be an incredibly useful skill that allows the other person room to say what they need to. Challenge yourself to be silent the next time you feel urged to argue and you'll instantly build more effective communication skills.

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Getting People to Listen

By Barry Maher

From time to time when I’m talking to attendees after doing a session for managers, I’ll notice one person hanging back a little, waiting for everyone else to clear the room.

Then he or she shuffles up, gives me a little embarrassed smile and says:

shuffles up, gives me a little embarrassed smile and says: “I don’t really have any real

“I don’t really have any real issues with the way I manage. My boss thinks I do but I really don’t. The problem is that my people just don’t listen to me. So aside from firing everybody and recruiting in an entirely new staff, how do you get people like that to listen to you?”

“People like

“People who are so

attention.”

?”

People who just don’t pay

My first suggestion, which always has to be delivered tactfully, is that the easiest way to get people to listen to you is to listen to them. Think of the last time someone listened to you, really listened to you. Think about the two-way rapport that developed and how you felt about that person. Weren’t you far more likely to pay attention to them when they were talking?

Think of how you felt the last time someone didn’t listen to you. And how you felt about that individual. Particularly if that person was your boss.

Since we all want people to listen to us, here are a few other quick tips.

For important conversations, try to pick the right time and place: when the person is most likely to be receptive, when distractions will be at a minimum.

Give them a reason to listen at the very beginning of the conversation. Start with an interest- creating remark, ideally one that highlights the benefit to them of focusing on what you’re about to say:

“Here’s something that will save you 10 minutes every time you do that job.” “In order to get that raise we discussed, there are three things you’ll need to accomplish.” “We’re still finding pieces of the last person who tried to do it that way.”

When appropriate, ask them questions and of course actually listen to their answers. (Here’s one of my favorite, sweeping, all-purpose, general statements: When in doubt, in any business situation, anytime, with anyone, anywhere, on any planet, ask a question.)

Use examples, anecdotes and stories to make your points clearer and to increase interest. Examples like, “We’re still finding pieces of the last person who tried to do it that way.”

Consider enumerating key points. “You’re going to have to master a six step process. First”

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Pause occasionally. Or forget about being listened to after the first four or five sentences. Think about those directions you got the last time you were lost out in the country:

“Can’t miss it. You just go straight ahead, cross the bridge, take a left at the old mill. Not the lumber mill, the old wheat mill. You head north for about six miles until you come to the graveyard. You

don’t do anything there. But once you reach the lot where the old general store used to be

there you take a medium hard right. Not a real hard right: that’s old

Mrs. Allen’s driveway and she’s got a shot gun.

there no more, it’s just a lot

it’s not

Don’t worry, she doesn’t see so well anymore. Hasn’t hit a damn thing in months. Maybe one Jehovah’s Witness. So you take a medium hard right. Another five miles you take a quick left, your second right, and then your third or fourth left. Maybe your fifth. Head on for a piece, maybe seven miles more and about then you better find somebody else to ask or you could get lost.” Pausing:

1) Gives the other person a chance to absorb what you’ve just said; 2) Keeps them from feeling like you’re trying to run over them; 3) Provides them with an opportunity for input. Of course, you are taking a risk that someone else may actually get to talk, at least for a moment.

If it does nothing else, pausing gathers attention. Something different has happened. That stream of things I haven’t been listening to seems to have stopped. What’s up? Lastly, and perhaps above all: if you want to be listened to, be concise and to the point. (As unlike the driving directions cited above as possible.) That could even entail thinking through what you’re going to say beforehand: maybe even working out four or five talking points. If the message is important enough, you could even rehearse.

Just remember that if your explanation of the task at hand begins with the founding of the company or the story of your birth, no one’s attention is going to stick around for the conclusion. © Copyright 2011 Barry Maher, Barry Maher & Associates, Las Vegas, Nevada. You may not copy, reproduce or distribute this article without the prior written permission of Barry Maher. This article first appeared on barrymaher.com; to see other career-related articles, visit http://www.barrymaher.com

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