How to find the job you want to find? How to progress in your career?
How to use social media to connect with potential employers? What are tools and techniques for an effective interview? How to handle an interview taken by a CEO?
If you are looking at the answers to any of the above, I would suggest you to read the latest book by one of my dear friends, Mr. Hammad Siddiqui called ‘Bootstrapping your career’.
The simple message of the book is: Stand out and stay at the top!
The book comprise of 122 pages and eight (8) chapters. It is very easy to read. In this blog post, I would like to provide a few ideas from the book which may help you in your career:
True career stories:
Could you answer this question: What is your career objective and how are you searching for career opportunities?
To begin with, you need to have career goals. Secondly, don’t fall into a trap of having dream job immediately after graduating from the college. It will take time. Most important point is: The Direction!
Hammad Siddiqui sahib has shared true stories based on his experience about the candidates who were too enthusiastic to find dream job but were unable to identify their unique selling proposition properly. Mr. Siddiqui says: If you don’t have any unique selling proposing then…. Create one! One needs to have a ‘unique’ point to sell. It may take time but everyone has a unique selling proposition.
Your net work is your net worth
Whether a person likes it or not, you need to make contacts and know people whom you don’t know.
Mr. Siddiqui suggests people to use twitter, Linkedin or facebook and use the same for building network. However, here is the word of caution: Don’t send email until the person whom you are trying to contact recognize you and don’t ask for favours right in the beginning of your relationship.
There are four key skills to develop a career path: Understanding your skills, preparing a list of companies you intend to target, dealing with deficiencies and developing a clear vision.
Where do you see yourself in next five years?
Perhaps this is the common question asked in an interview. In the book, you will find various answers to this question based on Mr. Siddiqui’s interaction with his blog readers and other professionals. One of the best answers is: “I aim to be recognized among the top professionals in my field of work”
Mr. Siddiui shares with readers about Daniel Gulati, co-author of passion and purpose. He spoke with 30 professionals aged between 28 and 58 and asked a simple question: What idea makes you consider that you made a mistake in your career and you should have acted on it earlier rather than regretting now?
The five biggest mistakes or the points where professional felt that they feel regret were:
1. I wish I hadn’t taken the job for money
2. I wish I had quit earlier
3. I wish I had started my business
4. I wish I had used my time at the school more productively
5. I wish I had acted on my career hunches
Do you want to be in the ‘wish trap’ after ten years from now? If not, then time to build your future is now. Its simple: ACT.
Read the book of Mr. Siddiqui. Go to his blog site. www.hammadsiddiquiblog.com
Learn ideas and take action. To conclude, I would like to quote Anthony Robbins: Live with passion!
To visit Mr. Siddiqui’s blog, click: http://hammadsiddiquiblog.com
The book can be purchased from: http://www.booksestore.com/bootstrapping-your-career-hammad-siddiqui.html