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Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh

Padmaja Ganeshan-Singh is a freelance writer and an HR professional with extensive experience in employee relations, talent management and career development. She can also talk endlessly on the merits and demerits of forced distribution and pay for performance. In her free time, she tries to figure out the personality type of people she meets using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. INTJ anyone? 

 

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Most Recent Posts by PADMAJA GANESHAN-SINGH
  • How to Return to Work After a Long Leave

    Returning from a long leave could often be overwhelming, both to the employee and the manager. While the employee is anxious about getting back to work, getting up to speed, and readjusting to working life, it is the manager’s responsibility to ensure that the transition is smooth and productive for both the employee and the team.
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  • What You Need to Know Before You Take a Long Leave From Work

    Going on a long leave is seldom easy. Whatever the reason for leave, it is the joint responsibility of the manager and the employee to figure out a suitable solution to their mutual situation. Here are a few pointers to help the employee and the manager find a good middle ground.
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  • Interviewing for a Job? 4 Tips to Ensure That You Are Not Leaving Money on the Table

    At some point during your interview process, either at the initial screening or during the offer phase, you can expect to hear this question: “What are your salary expectations?” How you handle this question will decide what you earn, perhaps for years to come.
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  • Before You Take Your Career Break

    A career break could range from a few months to a few years. In a previous post, we discussed the reasons that could lead to taking time off from your career track. In this post, we discuss a few factors to consider before taking the plunge.
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  • Is a Career Break Right for You?

    "Career break," or "career gap" -- these words almost always elicit strong reactions among working professionals, whether they're considering the option or not. The idea of taking time out from your career is either emotionally liberating or terrifying, but hardly ever anything in between. There are a number of factors that you need to consider before taking the plunge.
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  • 6 Things Your Recruiter Expects From You, Even Before the First Contact

    The next step after applying for a job is to wait for the phone call from HR, letting you know that you've been selected for the first round of screening. The recruiter at the end of the line knows that you are interested in the job. But are you really prepared for that call?
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  • Is the Organization’s Culture the Right Fit for You?

    Before accepting a job offer, we often spend a lot of time learning about the organization's structure, compensation and benefits plan, job responsibilities, and so on. But a very important -- yet often overlooked -- aspect of working for a company is the organizational culture. Would you be able to thrive in its environment and work culture? What do you even know about it?
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  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Including Career Objectives In Your Resume

    Starting a resume with a career objective seems like a good idea. Why not portray yourself as a driven person who is passionate about the job and has a long-term vision, right? The problem is that objectives only work if someone actually pauses to read them. Given the limited amount of time a recruiter has to review your resume, this three- to four-sentence introduction only derails the recruiter's focus.
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  • 6 Tips to Land that Job Interview Even When You’re Not Seriously Looking

    You don't need to look for a job in order to get one. In today's job market, many workers are passively job searching all the time. But in order to maximize your chances of landing an unexpected interview with the employer of your dreams, you need to be prepared.
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  • How to Negotiate a Job Offer

    You've successfully managed the interview process, and now the employer of your dreams has extended an invitation to join the company. Now comes the tricky part: negotiating the job offer. If the very thought gives you sweaty palms, fear not: a little preparation ahead of time will give you a better chance of getting the salary and benefits you deserve with the least amount of discomfort and risk.
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