Three days more till 2016

Three days more till 2016. Is this really happening?!

Well, let’s accept the fact that 2016 will be coming soon with a lot more unexpected moments.

Looking back through the year, 2015 is a weird and tough year for me. Graduated at the end of 2014, stepping into a new 2015 I started to ask “what’s next?” and never seemed to find an answer. I don’t know if I was the only one on this planet who felt it, but I kind of lost like a small fish in a big, big pond. I don’t know what I should do. Sounds like a loser enough, huh? Apologies. But I really was.  Hence, I just went for things that were available. I gambled in making decisions. I tried new things, learned a lot of new knowledge and most importantly, all the roads I’ve walked – it made me become a more mature Izni, who is stronger and braver in living her life. I can see an Izni who learned to be a positive being, a strong riser after every fall and I am proud that I didn’t waste 2015 staying static. I was improved in some ways and perhaps this coming 2016 would be another great journey of mine.

2016 resolutions? Ah. Come on, I know this is rather lame but I really want to work on a few things in my lists.

First thing is – Travel the world! I wouldn’t mind what type of job I would have, but once I secured one, I will work like hell just to save for my next travel plan.

Second, I just wanna be a healthier and happier human.

With that, happy 2016 peeps! May all of our dreams come true.

 

The last selfie(?)

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So perhaps this is the last selfie in this student room. Haha.

Coming here for the last time just to say goodbye to my desk, my place, my lab, and everything. I’ve learned a lot during this journey and nope, no regret. But to tell you the truth, this was the toughest and most valuable experiences I’ve ever had.

Till then, student room.

Till then, IBS.

Life as it goes on

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Everyday is a second chance.

Be proud of yourself, do not underestimate your ability. You would never know how far you can go if you refuse to open up your wing and try to fly.

So, today’s story in the life chapter of Izni – she drove a good 1 hour plus to Damansara,alone.

Got an interview upon my online application few weeks ago, this time, it is -still- a kind of marketing-field-related job, and the pay is not too high, even lower than my previous works. But, I don’t mind. I will just give it a try. I decided to just do whatever is available.

Had a 2 hours interview with the young, ambitious and cold manager at a kedai mamak (yes. U heard it right). I like the business idea and he asked me whether I wanna grow stronger with their team because they’re planning to have another side businesses.

I thought it was over, but at the end of the session he told me that I have to get through the second interview. I was like..ah great. Bring it on! Haha. The second interview will be conducted through phone to access how fluent I am in entertaining customer.

Another one hour plus driving back to Bangi, I am a bit tired now – let’s call it a day.

A course summary: Job Hunting using Jobstreet & LinkedIn

Following my experience attending Ameirul Azraie’s mini course, here is what I can conclude.

Enjoice!

  1. Strength of weak ties

Weak ties simply means “ a friend of a friend” that possibly can help you to land the job you want. For example, you want to work at XX Company and you found A who is currently working at the same company. You can ask A for help, and at the same time you should try to email the HR of the company. If you manage to find B who works there as well, ask for his help too. Or even C, D and E – do not feel reluctant to ask for their help even they are not in your friend list. Usually, recruiter will pick someone who stands out, or with such proactive mean. It will look like “Oh, this person has been recommended by three peoples!”

  1. Know how to write!

This is the crucial part of all. Job hunter must be good at words. Whenever you want to email someone for a job application, do not leave the body content empty. Write up a good, brief notes on how you know about the vacancy, who are you, what is your speciality and convince them why you are suitable for the position. Do not attach your cover letter, make it as your email body. Bear in mind, recruiter will just spend about 5 minutes to decide based on your email notes. So, make a pitch there.

  1. LinkedIn

As a professional job hunter, try to create a good LinkedIn profile. Connect with the potential recruiter. If you have one now, try to click at the ‘Job’ alongside ‘Home’ and ‘Profile’. Besides searching for the job vacancy at ‘Job’ section, filling your particulars on your profile is equally vital. Once you want to apply this particular job, click at the Job Poster and connect with them. Better yet, drop them a personal message or email saying you are interested on the job ad. Attached another copy of your CV, make a pitch at the body content and good luck!

  1. Jobstreet

Well, I bet Jobstreet is now your best friend? Okay, the first thing you should do is to read the job description. Do not just hit the “Apply” button without having any idea on the job description. After you’ve read it, use it in Make-your-pitch section. Try to match your competency with what is needed in that position. Here comes KSA concept. Show off your Knowledge, Skills and Ability and how it will benefit the company. Make it short and strong.

Keep checking your application dashboard. If it is stated that your resume has been viewed, do not sit in silence. Do something. For a bold you, you might call the company or if it takes forever for you to hit the dial button, you can just email them – attach a copy of CV and convince them again. Mention that your resume has been viewed as stated at the web.

  1. Practice makes perfect

Don’t know where and what to start with? Keep calm, things will not getting better without practice. Try to write up some nice sentences, keep learning from the thousands website out there, keep improving your CV – make it not more that two pages – alter the unnecessary things and practice the manners of emailing.

I believe you can get through this!

Conclusion

Have faith. Do not lose hope and keep trying.

Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it’s time you’ll know

-Firework

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Tuesdays with Morrie #1

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“Mitch”, he said,

“We are so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car,fixing the radiator when it breaks – we are involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?”