You just got off the phone with a recruiter who gave you the wink and the gun that your candidate profile seemed exceptional, and you have gaged that your phone interview went smoothly overall. Terrific! As a result, you are sitting back and relaxing assuming you have now completed your part in expressing your interest in the job that you truly want. After all, it is the recruiter’s onus to reach out to you with a status update right? As a recruiter and based on my research however, I can confess that you are not quite correct as you have yet to complete your share in fully expressing your interest in the job and the organization. It is evident that in this hypercompetitive market, one must walk the extra mile to stand out amongst the rest of the handful of applicants. Here are some simple yet impactful activities that are pending completion on your part:
I used to often find myself questioning if I was truly happy where I was, or if I was just… well, comfortable. Sure I had graduated from university, and I was also advancing through my career. I was also surrounded by amazing family and friends, but I almost always felt a certain void in my life; like something was missing. While conversing with my friends one afternoon, the conversation got me thinking about the last time I did something I truly enjoyed, purely for my own enjoyment. When was the last time I actually did something for myself? I was living a textbook kind of life; going with the flow, and never really taking a moment to pause, slow down, and enjoy the endless possibilities and experiences around me. I found myself caught up with work, the growing responsibilities, and the fast-paced lifestyle that I forgot to enjoy life.
School is hard; it doesn't help when you have to pay for textbooks, have midterms coming up, a part-time job, deadliness for the group you decided to join and MOST IMPORTANTLY you have to stay current with the latest episodes of your favourite show because you would hate for someone to let a spoiler slip! So how do you cope? With students back in the full swing of school swamped with assignments and upcoming exams, I've decided to make a guide of a few things every student should know.
When was the last time you risked something in life? If I was fronted with this question 3-4 years ago, I would struggle to come up with an answer. Perhaps similar to you, I used to approach situations and potential opportunities with a risk-averse mentality. I was reluctant to come out of my comfort zone for a simple reason: I was comfortable “being me.” However, I soon realized that being comfortable quite ironically began to feel uncomforting.
There is no such thing as a perfect recipe when it comes to baking cookies. Some may argue with me, but I beg to differ. Even though I am no magician in the kitchen, I do know that I prefer certain ingredients over others in my ideal batch of chocolate chip cookies. Point being, the ingredients used to make the perfect batch of cookies differ from one person to another. Similarly, the ingredients used towards formulating a fulfilling career are unique in nature and only are perfected over time.
Here are my top three ingredients for fostering a fulfilling career:
A couple of Ramadan's ago, myself and a group of friends decided to go to Denny’s for Sehri (the meal Muslims consume before they begin their fast). It was late at night but spirits were high. The topic of conversation eventually turned to the future, and one of my close friends suddenly announces that he would like to go back to Saudi Arabia eventually to further his career. Chaos follows. What started off as a light hearted meal turns into a heated and intense debate, mainly about the pros and cons of going back to Saudi Arabia. We must have debated the topic for a good hour and a half. The sun was truly up by the time we left the restaurant.
“When was the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone?” This question, posed to me by one of my dearest friends (whom I love and adore), sent me reeling pensively in an unforeseen manner. In the moment, this question bothered me and I could not explain why. However, explaining why it bothered me is what I will attempt to do now.
Students around the world spend a considerable amount of time and money acquiring knowledge necessary to excel in their chosen field of work. Being an accounting major, I was confident I was ready for the challenges that lay ahead of me as I entered the working world. I call myself naïve for not realizing the difference between a mistake in an accounting exam and a mistake in a client’s accounting books. Here are a few things schools should teach students before they graduate:
Metal collects rust if it is neglected. Analogously, our soul dives into a pile of dust as it encounters complex thoughts and experiences. Naturally, we would want to wipe these stains of dust to ensure we cleanse our soul and breathe positivity. In fact, we may not necessarily have many stains, and aim to prevent from gathering any at all. Confronting either of the above phenomena lies in the mere art of self-reflection, which by definition is our capacity to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about our fundamental nature, purpose and essence.
It is undeniable that friends play an integral part in shaping our lives. Without the slightest of hesitation, I attest to the fact that the person I am today is because of the friendships I currently have or have had in the past. But before I carry on, let me make one thing very clear. This blog post is not going to flirt on the topic of “how amazing friends are.” Although I do agree that friends are pretty amazing, I want to be as real and truthful as possible. Each of us has lost good friends either by choice or by force and there is a story to be learned from every friendship won or lost. I want to share with you the three lessons I have learned from my friends thus far and how it has impacted me both at the highest and lowest points of my life.