Friday, January 25, 2013

How to Start Job Hunting?

Career, finding a new job, fresh entry into job market are the key concerns for many. I have been mentoring on this subject for long and have also written many articles.
Recently, I received the following email from a young lad:
Just read your blog “How to Build A Career Path?” It is an excellent piece of advice for all job seekers. Thanks a lot sir:) Your efforts to help people especially youth are commendable!
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Why Do Networking? Your network is your net worth

Most young people who are just coming out of schools do not focus on networking. During networking events such as seminars and conferences, these young boys and girls prefer not to sit with people they do not know. Coffee breaks and other opportunities to interact with new potential friends are missed also. My experience is that at a gathering of 100, only five percent people make new contacts.

Your network is your net worth” – one must believe in this and act on keep building his network of relevant influential people. Guy Kawasaki author of Rich Dad Poor Dad said that “The richest people in this work look for and build networks, everyone else look for work!”

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Political Officer Job at British High Commission Islamabad


Job Title

Senior Political Officer

(Please note this position has been re-advertised therefore applicants who have already applied need not apply. Candidates from both rounds will be considered in the final process).

Slot Code
Reference Number
Date of Announcement
Wednesday – 05 December 2012
Last Date to apply
Tuesday  – 18 December 2012
Job Type
One year renewable contract

PKR 117,839/- per month
Number of Positions
 01 (Full time)

Þ    Knowledge of Indo-Pak relations, and Kashmir, would be useful. 
Þ    Awareness/experience of interacting with political parties and civil society groups desirable.




Main purpose of job:

To provide political analysis and understanding on the India-Pakistan relationship and wider regional stability, and help strengthen the BHC contact network to support UK policy work.

Other tasks include;

Þ      Increase depth and breadth of understanding of the India-Pakistan relationship through effective analysis and reporting on developments. Help the Political team provide informed, strategically-aware advice to UK policy-makers on all aspects of the relationship and assist the Projects Team in implementing the Indo-Pak Conflict Strand.
Þ      Inform effective BHC engagement on Indo-Pak, and wider regional issues, through advice on relationships and key influencers within and outside of the Pakistani establishment.
Þ      Strengthen existing network of BHC contacts in Pakistan Government, Civil Society and Media constituencies.
Þ      Join regular BHC visits to Pakistan-administered Kashmir to meet politicians and other stakeholders, and provide timely and strategically-aware reporting on Kashmir, as a political entity, and as key to relations between India and Pakistan.
Þ      Help the political support officer to monitor regional security issues and produce timely reporting and analysis on key developments.
Þ      Manage one political support officer: delegating work effectively; providing timely and constructive feedback; and helping this officer to develop.

Þ   Managing External Relationships
Þ   Strategic Awareness
Þ   Communicating & Influencing
Þ   Delivering Results

Þ      Experience of, and strong skills, relating to project management, including stakeholder and relationship management;
Þ      Experience of political influencing
Þ      An excellent command of written and spoken English & Urdu;
Þ      Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
Þ      Strong self-organising skills;
Þ      The ability to think creatively to solve problems, often under pressure;
Þ      Willingness to work to frequent and tight deadlines while maintaining a high standard of work;
Þ      Flexibility and sense of humour required to work positively in a diverse team;
Þ      Confidence and commitment to deliver results with minimal supervision;
Þ      Strong IT skills;

Submit to

Applications should be submitted on the attached job application form to:

HR Department,
British High Commission,
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5
P. O. Box 1122

Special Note
 (It would be appreciated if along with your job application form you could also send any relevant job references (experience) letters / certificates.)

Þ    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and no telephone enquires will be dealt with.
Þ    Shortlisted candidates will be expected to be available for interview within one to two weeks of being advised they have been shortlisted.
Þ    There will be a written test at the interview stage.
Þ    Appointment is subject to medical and security clearance.
Þ    Applicants who do not have the required qualification & experience should kindly abstain from applying, as their applications will not be considered.
Þ    Applicants must abstain from contacting the BHC for information on the selection process. Any applicant who in any way tries to influence the Selection Committee will be disqualified immediately.

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