Author: Fatima Rassool (page 1 of 7)

Here’s How You Can Give Better Presentations (Even When You Hate Public Speaking)

Do you have an important presentation coming up? Are you dreading the aspect of standing in front of a large audience? It’s quite normal to feel nervous about giving a big presentation, especially if its in front of a huge group of people. Sometimes, there are a few things that you can add to your presentation that will definitely make the process easier. Here are a few tips that can help you give better presentations even when you hate public speaking:

 Start Off By Telling A Story

Do you ever start your presentation and immediately worry that your audience will get bored?... Read More ...

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The Guide to Post Baby Job Hunt

Being a mom is a full-time job. If you had a baby and you’ve been out of the workforce for quite some time, it may be hard for you to pick up where you left off. You’ll probably realize you need to re-polish your CV, learn new skills, or find a job that fits into your daily schedule. If you’re ready to go back to work after being a stay-at-home parent, then you’re going to have to follow a new approach. If you’re on a post-baby job hunt then you can follow these few tips:

Assess Your Situation and Create a Schedule

You must keep in mind that your priorities will definitely change after being a mom.... Read More ...

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How To Handle Unrealistic Expectations From Your Boss

Have you worked so hard on a task, aiming to solely impress your boss, only to realize that your boss is not impressed at all with the results? It’s always a delicate situation when you feel like you’re not meeting expectations at work. You might start to worry that your boss might call you into his or her office and – God forbid – ask you to resign. But let’s not get too hasty here. If you’re dealing with a similar situation at work, then here’s how you should handle these unrealistic expectations from your boss:

Is It Really “Unrealistic”?

Has your boss ever asked you to do something and the first thing that popped into your head is “That is so unrealistic.... Read More ...

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Things All Office Workers Should Keep on Their Desks

You probably haven’t given much thought about the items that are always found on your desk. You might find things such as gum wrappers and half filled coffee mugs – but have you really thought about what you should keep on your desk? In order to produce your best work, you have to make sure that your work area is well thought of. Here are a few things that you should always opt to keep on your desk:

A Phone Charger

Are you always using your phone to call clients? Are you expecting an important phone call? Do you find your phone’s battery life draining throughout the day?... Read More ...

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Why You Should Ask For Feedback After Getting Rejected

Getting rejected is not the most pleasant feeling in the world. That one rejection letter can shatter your hopes and dreams and definitely serve as a mood killer. While your first reaction might be to throw a fit (and probably head out for some ice cream) it might surprise you to know that asking for feedback after getting rejected might be the smartest thing you can do. We do know how hard it is to ask for feedback after getting rejected. However, here are a few reasons why you should swallow up your pride and actually go ahead and ask for feedback:

You’ll Prove That You Want to Learn and Grow

Sometimes when we fail, we lose the will to push on forward.... Read More ...

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Job Skills You Won’t Learn in College


We learn a lot from the courses we take at college. The courses we take, the projects we work on, and the exams we undertake will definitely help prep us for the real world, yet believe it or not, there are a few job skills that you wont learn in college. Sometimes, your job can greatly help you build on the skills that you already acquired throughout college. Here are a few job skills that you won’t learn in college:

Working With People

Working with your friends on a group project is quite different from working with your coworkers. In the working environment, you have to learn how to cope with different people and with different personalities.... Read More ...

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Tired of Useless Meetings? Here’s How To Make Them More Engaging

Are you an employee, a manager, or a CEO who’s usually in charge of leading meetings? Meeting rooms are probably the most dreaded rooms in the office. It’s where you’ll most likely find employees doodling on their notepads, zoning out the window, or playing Candy Crush on their phones. But that’s not just it. Sometimes, meeting usually drag on and on, with no direct purpose. Are you tired of poorly organized and utterly boring meetings? Akhtaboot – the career network shares with you a few tips that can probably change the way you’ll start leading your meetings:

Make Them Short

Lets get this straight; nobody enjoys long meetings.... Read More ...

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How To Deal With a Coworker Who’s Wasting Your Time

Time is precious at the office. When your workload seems to pile up, even a lunch break seems to be out of the question. So what happens when you’re fretting about getting your work done, but a coworkers keeping lingering by, and stalling you from finishing your work? Clearly, you may be bothered. Dealing with a coworker who’s wasting your time can keep you from completing your work and hinder your work performance. If you’re dealing with something similar at work, here are a few ways that can help you deal with a coworker who’s wasting your time:

The One Who Sends You Endless Emails

It can be quite overwhelming when you arrive to work in the morning only to find your inbox overflowing with unread emails.... Read More ...

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Topics You Should Avoid Discussing At Work

We all know that work life is filled with chatter. It’s only natural to feel comfortable around your coworkers, especially when you spend a large portion of your day at the office. Has a simple conversation over lunch suddenly spiral into a heated argument? To avoid any unnecessary quarrels or misunderstandings. there are some topics that should not be discussed in the workplace. Keeping your topics at work on a professional level will spare you the trouble of engaging in heated debates that may disturb the working environment. For these reasons, here are a few topics that you should try to avoid discussing at work:

Religion

Religion has always been considered a private and personal matter.... Read More ...

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Signs You Need Work/Life Rebalancing

How’s your work/life balance? Do you feel like your job is taking up too much of your time? Achieving work/life balance is crucially important to help boost your work satisfaction and work productivity. An imbalanced life will result in stress, fatigue, and loss of control. If you feel like your job is taking its toll on you, then it might be time to achieve a positive state of life equilibrium. For these reasons, Akhtaboot – the career network has decided to share with you the signs that signify you need work/life rebalancing:

You Are Always Exhausted

Do you constantly feel fatigued?... Read More ...

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How You Can Stay Healthy Even When You Sit At a Desk All Day

Do you have a desk job? Sitting at your desk for eight, ten, or even more than twelve hours can be both challenging and exhausting. Your legs will start to feel numb, and your back might start to ache. Staying healthy with a desk job can be quite difficult regarding the circumstances, but its not really impossible. Akhtaboot – the career network has decided to share with you four tips that can help you stay healthy at work, even when you sit at a desk all day:

Take Breaks

Sitting at your desk for very long periods of time can start to take its toll on your body.... Read More ...

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Avoid These Career-Change Mistakes

Do you feel stuck at your current job? Are you contemplating a career change? If you’re unhappy and facing several crossroads with your current field then it might be time to move into a new one. Changing career paths is a life-changing decision that many job seekers seem to face. If you’ve decided to change your career, then there are a few mistakes that you should avoid making before you transition onto a new path. For these reasons, Akhtaboot shares four career change mistakes that you must avoid:

Not Developing a Financial Plan That Supports Your Transition

Developing a financial plan is crucial for success.... Read More ...

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