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Fear in Meeting My heartbeat increases before I speak to a group India
Getting Fired Can't get hired because past employer says she was fired USA
General Where to look for a job? Philippines
Three Motivations I want to know what is my choice of job India
General Want to be a computer engineer but weak in math Nigeria
Fear in Job Interview Nervous and desperate to get a job USA
Fear in Job Interview Sometimes good talkers are poor workers SA
General Worried about having to run meetings at work USA
Getting Fired What to do with assignment worksheet? USA
General Ambition is to be an animator India

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My heartbeat increases before I speak to a group

Topic: Fear in Meeting


October 14, 2010

Hi to all!
it's really interesting, I've a question that when I try to speak in a meeting or somewhere else before a group or morethan that...My heartbeat increases and sometimes I forgot what to say and I get sore throat so please can you advise me how to solve this problem...
I really like to be a good speaker/communicator but this problem is bothering me everytime... SO please please I'm waiting for feedback..
Thank you very much!

Asad - India



You must always be well-prepared before speaking to a group of people, including rehearsing your speech or presentation. Note that a stage actor does not perform without many rehearsals.

Everyone gets a little anxious before speaking. However, the more confidence you have in your material, the less the anxiety.

For more on overcoming the fear of speaking, see:
Also look over the reader feedback on this topic.

I hope that helps. Best wishes in becoming a good speaker and advancing in your career.

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Can't get hired because past employer says she was fired

Topic: Getting Fired


July 8, 2010

I was fired from my job October 2008 and I have not been able to find full time work yet.

My question is Why won't the employers speak with the immediate managers that you have worked with on the job, instead they are verifying general employment with the Human Resources Department that does not know anything regarding your work skills nor your personal skills. They just know you were fired and what was put in your file.

I have talked with my lead administrator and she said she would be fair, regarding a reference however she never gets a call from an employer because the human resources department is being contacted.

How can I get around this dilemma? I have a credit score of 751, educational background of 137 college credit hours toward a teaching degree and can pass criminal record check.

Cleola - USA



When you interview for a job, you could tell the hiring manager up front that you were let go from you past job due to "personality conflicts" with a manager at the job. Give the name and number of the lead administrator and say that she was the person with whom you worked. If they are interested in hiring you, they will understand.

That happened to me once, so the new company bypassed my old boss and checked with my immediate supervisor.

Most companies will not tell that a past employee was fired, due to fear of a lawsuit. You could check with an employment lawyer and have him send the company a "cease and desist" letter. That will typically stop them from giving you a bad reference.

Another issue is that you need to explain why you haven't been able to get a full-time job since 2008. Certainly don't tell a future employer about your problems. Instead, say you have been thinking of a career change or such.

Best wishes in getting a good job soon.

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Where to look for a job?

Topic: General


February 26, 2010

i am now a graduating student but i don't have that exact knowledge as to where to work whats the technique? tell me more

justin - Philippines



You need to define your area of interest and skill. Usually, that concerns the major subjects studied in school. Any type of job experience that you have also shows your skills.

Before you even look for a job, you should write up a resume. See: for sample resumes.

When applying for a job, you should send your resume with a cover letter:

Pick a specific type of job you want, according to your interests and skills. But also look in the newspapers and online for which related jobs have the most openings.

When you find a job to apply to, customize your resume to match the job requirements.

It is a lot of work, but worth the preparation time. Best wishes in getting a good job.

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I want to know what is my choice of job

Topic: Three Motivations


December 23, 2009

i want to know what i want in life.
i want to know what is my choice of job.

feroz - India



Think of all the things you are good at. Also think of all the things you enjoy doing. Often you enjoy doing what you are good at.

You want to get a job that you would enjoy doing. Think of various jobs that would be enjoyable or even fun. Getting such a job can be a goal to achieve.

However, you also need to earn a living, so you can compromise to get a job that you enjoy but also pays well and has some security. It takes some creativity and research to find such a job.

Look around you. Find people who have the type of job you would like and ask for advise.

Life is a journey. You want to grow in skills and experiences. You want to improve your circumstances. It takes an effort to do those things.

Best wishes for a successful career and life.

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Want to be a computer engineer but weak in math

Topic: General


November 19, 2009

I want be computer engineer and i have mathematical problem, what to do?

Babatunde - Nigeria



Some areas of engineering require a strong knowledge of mathematics. However, there are other technical jobs where you do not need such a background.

If you are weak in mathematics and the requirements for a degree in computer engineering require much math, then you might consider other areas of technical study. The other choice is to take easier math courses first to build up your skill in that subject.

The best job to have is one in which you are interested, have good skills and which pays well. Often you need to search around for the best combination.

Best wishes in your studies and your career.

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Nervous and desperate to get a job

Topic: Fear in Job Interview


October 27, 2009

I feel nervous because I am so anxious to get a job because I need one bad. I am Desperate to get a job or I will loose my house. this is my first interview in 8 months and I cant tell you I am so nervous about having maybe an opportunity I cant even be excited. Help me to relax and not worry what do i do???

Thank you

Andy - USA



Before your job interview, you need to do some thorough preparation.

Do some research about the company. Find out what they do and what type of things they need. Google them to find their website, as well as anything about them. Also, examine their want-ad carefully to get clues as to what skills they want. You want to come in their familiar with their company and business, so that they will feel you are a good prospect.

Do some practice interviews with a friend who is willing to ask some tough questions: Why did you leave your last job? Why haven't you found work? What have you been doing in the meanwhile? Why do you want this job?

You need to have good answers for such questions. Don't make excuses. Don't bad-mouth your past employer. Have a positive spin on what you will say.

Go over your work experience and write down some examples of how you saved your employer money or helped out. You can use these mini-stories or examples to show your potential to the new employer.

Having a thorough preparation should make you more confident in your interview, as well as help you make a good impression.

As soon as you get home, send the person or persons who interviewed you a hand-written note, thanking them for the opportunity and telling them you are really interested in their position. (Remember to write down their names during the interview.)

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes in getting a job.

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Sometimes good talkers are poor workers

Topic: Fear in Job Interview


October 21, 2009

I found this very educative and true. These are the basics of really preparing for an interview. However my experience tells me that sometimes great talkers are less doers. When given the work to do they sometimes do not deliver. At the same time one must not loose the sight of the fact that an interviewee needs to give positive impressions to the panel of interviwers. I learnt a lot from this passage. Thank you.

Howard - SA



Thoroughly preparing for an interview will reduce the applicant's anxiety. However, the person must not be seeking to impress the hiring manager will his knowledge as much as try to appear to be the type of person that would fit into their team.

It is true that some people seeking a job will be very good at talking but end up not being good at doing the work. The worst thing to do is to interrupt the manager in order to try to make an impression of knowledge.

Being interviewed by a panel is a real challenge, because you can be dealing with a range of personalities.

Certainly, the more opportunities you get to be on an interview, the better you can get at being interviewed.

I'm glad the material was useful to you. Best wishes in your career.

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Worried about having to run meetings at work

Topic: General


October 20, 2009

My boss wants me to start running small meetings with my co workers of about 9 and my bosses boss will also be there . I am to a point that it worries my all the time when the next meeting is and am i going to freeze up. I get to a point before a meeting that i know i have to start that my heart is beating so fast and im sweating and i just cant do it . Its almost to a point that its not worth taking the job because it boters me so bad .Now i can talk in a meeting if someone else starts it a calls on me for something that doesnt bother me to bad . But when i know i have to present something and my turns is comming up i almost have a heart attack i feel like this is the only thing i cant do in my life and it makes me made . Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you soon Mark

Mark - USA



What you have to realize is that when you run a business meeting, you are not giving a speech or required to put on a show. Instead, you are simply facilitating the meeting and coordinating things so that it runs smoothly.

Before the meetings, check with your boss concerning what items he wants to be covered and who should give what reports. Then write up an agenda and give everyone a copy before the meeting. It is good to both email the agenda and also distribute hard copies at the meeting. Or you can have a PowerPoint slide of the agenda.

Then, you can call on people and coordinate any discussion. The burden is on the others to provide input. If you need to give your status report, it is easy to do once the initial butterflies go away during the meeting.

This is a great opportunity to get "face time" with your boss' boss. If you set things up in a professional manner, the meeting should run itself.

Best wishes in running some successful meetings. Let me know how things turn out.

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What to do with assignment worksheet?

Topic: Getting Fired


September 17, 2009

when my daughter is done with a assignment worksheet does she have to scan it and send it to you?

Jennifer - USA



Our website is used to help students understand their school assignments, as well as to explain things to people. We don't grade material.

If she has an assignment worksheet, it must have been given by a teacher and should be given to that teacher.

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Ambition is to be an animator

Topic: General


May 2, 2009


I am kranthi working in e-learning company. but my ambition is to become a worlds toppest earning animator.

Now i cont have time to learn and practice animation i am always at office doing work. I can't even resume my job and start practicing about animation. then how can i become the successful animator.

Can u please suggest me any tips to achieve my goals.

Waiting for your reply.

Kranthi - India



You must set aside at least one hour each day to study and practice your animation, even if you must get up an hour early in the morning or stay up later at night.

If the e-learning company where you work has animations in their products, let them know about your interest in the field. Talk to the people who do animation and ask questions about it. Some companies encourage their workers to improve their skills.

Your goal should never to be the highest earning animator. It should be to be the best in what you love to do.

I hope these ideas help you. Best wishes in your career as an animator.

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