This is one of the most common confusion that lot of people have. Let me try to share you what each of this term means, this should help to understand the actual Difference between Resume, Curriculum Vitae and BioData. Using the right category is essential to communicate with adequate information as required.

Resume: Resume is a French word meaning "summary". A resume is ideally a summary of one's education, skills and employment when applying for a new job. A good resume would start with a
Brief Profile of the candidate, Summary of Qualifications, followed by Industry Expertise and then Professional Experience in reverse chronological order.

Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae is a Latin word meaning "course of life". It is more detailed than a resume, generally 2 to 3 pages, or even longer as per the requirement. A C.V. is used to highlight the general talent of the candidate rather than specific skills for a specific position.

Bio Data: Bio Data is the short form for Biographical Data and is an archaic terminology for Resume or C.V. In a bio data, the focus is on personal particulars like date of birth, gender, religion, race, nationality, residence, marital status, and the like. A chronological listing of education and experience comes after that

Now that you are clear on difference between Resume, CV and bio data, lets understand the usage of these terms around the World.

A resume is preferred in Canada and US. They prefer the curriculum vitae only if they are applying for a job in abroad or if searching for an academic or research oriented position.

In the Ireland, New Zealand and UK the curriculum vitae is used in all contexts and resumes are not used at all. In Germany, the curriculum vitae is more commonly known as Lebenslauf (latin origin) and is only one of many application document the German job aspirants must produce to get an interview.

In India, Australia and South Africa, these two terms are used interchangeably. The term resume is used more for jobs in the private sector. The Curriculum Vitae is used for public service positions.

In the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East countries, the employers are expect to receive the curriculum vitae from the job seekers.

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Lately have you sat at your desk and tried to focus on a task, only to find that you are unable to focus and your mind is wandering ? Here am share some easy and quick tips, which when you follow, you would be able to improve your concentration..

Lets divide this in to three categories. If you are able to manage these three categories, you would surely be able to focus much better.

Mindset , Environment, Nutrition (MEN)

1. Mindset : Be very clear in your mind that Limiting distractions allows you to get into the flow of your work, so you get more done.
a. Focus on one task at a time
b. Prioritize your task list
c. Focus on one task at a time

2. Environment : This plays a large role in your ability to concentrate. The more comfortable  your environment is, the easier it will be for you to stay focused
a. Make sure you're comfortable
b. Shut out distractions as much as possible

3. Nutrition : This also plays a active role to help you focus more better. Just ensure you follow the below nutrition tips.
a. Drink water while you work
b. Start your day with well rounded breakfast

Will all these being followed make sure you also reward yourself on success. For instance, make a rule that if you focus intensively for 45 minutes on one task, you can take a break to get a cup of coffee when you're done.

Some managers or supervisor feels showing appreciation undermines their authority. Some feel that its not necessary, since the employee is merely doing their job and they don't have the time appreciate or reward them. Sometime the supervisor feels by appreciating some of the employees, it would stir
up jealousy in other members of the team. The most successful leaders are those who recognise and reward their team's efforts. This not only builds trust mutually, but also strengthens the loyalty as well. The best and simple way is to thank an employee. Just make sure you're sincere about why you thank people.

If you want to follow this, here are three important tips or guidelines you should remember when you 'thank' your people.

1. Be specific – Every time you praise a member in your team, be specific about what he did to deserve the recognition. If you say, "he did a great job yesterday!" then that's not only vague, but it may cause jealousy from other team members. Since everyone feel's they all are doing a great job. This could also give raise to thoughts of biased, etc. So being specific not only makes the person you recognise feel better, it also lets the whole team know that you're paying attention. So, detail exactly what the member did and why it made a difference.

2. Be consistent – Consistency is very vital. If you praise during the first month, and then skip the next month entirely, your team will wonder what's going on. Creating a culture of recognition is important – so once you start, make sure you continue. You could start with small steps.

3. Personalise the message - The appreciation needs to be sincere and heartfelt, hence no point is just a passing a note, try to personalise the message, sign the message, you could get acknowledgement by other leaders who too feel the same.

Remember a leader need to say "thank you" regularly. Your team members will likely work much harder if they feel that what they're doing really makes a difference, and that their efforts are noticed by those with "authority."

An employee’s motivation to work is heavily influenced by his or her work environment. Building and maintaining a positive work environment will yield far better results for your employees and your company. You can make this one of your priority goal. Below are few important actions you can
follow to build a positive work environment.

1. You need to have a positive attitude at all time

If you live life with regrets of yesterday, you will have no today to be thankful of.  What you believe, you act on and what you act on will yield you results. Spend time with positive colleagues, peers, team members and friends to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become your habits as well. You would also need to check is there is any negativity in the team and if there is, then try to understand the reasons of employee negativity. Its important that the employees have a positive outlook.

2. Set an example to your team, you need to walk the talk. 

All the things that you expect from your team members, needs to be first demonstrated from you and that too in a continuous manner.  Lead the way, As the one in charge, you are the one who sets the tone for your employees. Few additional pointers could also be..
              a. You need to take responsibility for your behaviour when you are at work.
              b. Believe in yourself, successful people start with a deep inner self-belief
              c. Be unbiased and offer compliments to others as much possible

3. Master your basics and always try to add an extra bit. 

Effective communication between a boss and his or her employees is essential for a positive working relationship. Little changes in your language can change the way you think and how you act.

              a. Listen to everyone’s ideas.
              b. Recognise hard work
              c. Show your trust

Goals, such as these, are not achieved overnight. All worthwhile achievements take time. So you must be patient and consistent in your effort. You must have the faith to believe in efforts to achieve this goal.

Remember Success is no secret that is available only to an elite few. 

If your have been recently promoted as a manager or if you are looking forward to become a manager very soon, its important you make yourself aware of some key tips to be successful as a first time manager.

When you move from an individual contributor role to a management role you have great opportunity in your hands. Supervising people is all about clarity, relationships, communication and focus. Here I would like to share you 5 important tips for first time managers , that one could follow to be successful

1. Knowing the myths and misconception of a Manager Role - Knowledge
2. Setting up clear Team Goals and communicating  - Clarity
3. Tracking Performance and Giving Feedback - Communication
4. Creating allies at workplace - Relationship
5. Be motivated and Keep Motivating  - Focus

In my next article i will briefly explain each of these tips for a new manager. Hoping these act as tips to be a great manager. 

In today's rapidly evolving time, Managers and supervisors have a more complex responsibility of maintaining strong employee engagement within the organisation.

Employee engagement is determined by an individual's level of contribution and satisfaction in their existing role.

A perfect level would be where an employee attains maximum job satisfaction and maximum job contribution.

Below is a simple model to achieve full employee engagement. The X Model

You could also refer this simple infographic on employee engagement (click and open the below image to download )

How many times have you sat at your desk and tried to focus on a task, only to find that your mind is wandering? Despite your best intentions, you just can't concentrate. We've all been in this familiar, frustrating situation, and it's something that can really undermine your performance. - See more at: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_78.htm#sthash.Xz3TsHja.dpuf
How many times have you sat at your desk and tried to focus on an important task, only to find that your mind is wandering? You just can't concentrate.. despite your best intentions. It doesn't matter where you work or what you do, you probably deal with situation many a times.This kills your time and your effectiveness to deliver.

1. Get up early: There is a saying "He who sweats more in training. bleeds less in war". By getting up early you prepare early for the day ahead while the world is still sleeping. Its scientifically proven that one may have more willpower in the early hours than later in the day. "Willpower is like a muscle, which becomes fatigued with over-use. Getting up early morning also gives you the opportunity to set a positive tone for the day.

What to do after you get up early ? Well do the 20-20-20 rule as explained in the below intersting video by Robin Sharma advicing about the 5am club.

2. Do the most difficult thing first in the morning: Disorder and chaos tend to increase as your day goes on. At the same time, the decisions and choices that you make throughout the day tend to drain your willpower.

You’re less likely to make a good decision at the end of the day than you are at the beginning. So dare to do the most difficult thing first in the morning when you are at best of your capabilities.

3. Eliminate half–work and focus deeply: Most of us are distracted several times, if not dozens of times, every day. Eleminating distraction would automatically help to focus deeply on your task at hand. To
eleminate distraction, you need to know what are your distraction in the first place.

To name a few, it could be frequently checking and responding to email (Minimize this distraction by scheduling specific times to check and respond to emails) Other key distractions are Phone Calls, IM/Chat alerts and also Co-workers.    

4. Take care of your health: Your personal health and mental condition plays a large role in your ability to concentrate. The more comfortable you feel the easier it will likely be for you to focus.

Drink water- When our brains don't have enough fluid, they can't operate at peak performance. Staying hydrated is an easy way to help improve your concentration during the day. Start your day with a healthy breakfast. It's much harder to concentrate when you're hungry, Keep healthy snacks like Almonds, fresh fruit at your desk which also can help your concentration.

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Over thirty years of research by leadership guru Dr. John Kotter have proven that 70% of all major change efforts in organizations fail. Why do they fail? Because organizations often do not take the holistic approach required to see the change through.

Its proven over the years of research that following the 8-Step Process for Leading Change helps organizations succeed in an ever-changing world.

Step One: Increase urgency In order to change, we need to understand the need to do it. Time is required at this stage to ensure support for the change. The reasons need to be human, not business.

Step Two: Build guiding teams Change needs leadership. This comes from influential people throughout the organisation, not necessarily the senior people. They need to work together as a team to build momentum around the change. All relevant points of view should be included.

Step Three: Get the vision right We need to understand and remember why we are doing the change. A vision helps us to understand what we are trying to achieve. The vision must be inspirational and achievable.

Step Four: Communicate the Vision The vision needs to be shared frequently and powerfully. It should be part of all communication. We need to see that leaders are practising what the vision says. Behaviour is more powerful than words.

Step Five: Enable action There will be some processes and structures that get in the way of change. Some people will also resist it. We need to be rewarded and recognised for change, and supported to overcome barriers. Where there is resistance, honest discussion is needed.

Step Six: Create Short-term Wins
Look for things that you can achieve as you go along, set goals that can be met in the short-term so that everyone is motivated by the early successes and is rewarded for their effort. This makes everyone more positive and optimistic.

Step Seven: Don’t let up Evaluate as you go along to see what is working and what needs to improve. Keep on building on the successes. Keep sharing the vision and get more and more people involved.

Step Eight: Make it stick The change needs to be based on values that can be seen in day-to-day work. The change should be visible in all that you do. Culture change comes last, not first and happens because people can see the new way is better than the old.

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