Do you know the right way to cook your meal?

While cooking I always think – Am I cooking the food right? I am not talking about the taste; more important is cooking the food the best way so that it’s healthy. I have seen that some of my friends don’t know the right way to cook food. Though I can’t follow everything what it’s supposed to be, yet I try to follow some simple tips while cooking.

Here are some simple tips which you can follow too:

Wash your hands thoroughly – I used to think that it’s sufficient to wash the fruits and vegetables; but, most of the germs are contaminated through hands. So, you should wash your hands thoroughly before cooking.  

Clean the vegetables nicely – The fruits and vegetables also need to be cleaned thoroughly, especially the ones which you won’t peel. Peeling the skin of the fruits and vegetables help remove dirt and germs. You may also use washing up liquids which are specially meant for fruit and vegetable cleaning.

Cook at the right temperature – You cannot cook each and every food at one temperature. Some food need to be cooked less while some require cooking at the right temperature to kill harmful bacteria. Usually, non-veg food requires cooking at the right temperature.

Try to cook on a slow flame – Cooking on high flame reduces the nutrients of foods. So, try to cook on a slow flame as much as possible.

Along with it, it is very much necessary to clean your kitchen after preparing every meal. Often people forget to clean the chopping boards nicely. But, it’s very much necessary. So, clean the worktops and chopping boards with soap and scrubber.

Another thing – Always refrigerate the leftovers in a tight container and don’t keep them for long. Consume the food within one or two days.

Following the above tips will help you save money and stay healthy.

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Are you sure you’re in the right job? Have a look!

In my last post, I discussed my thoughts regarding striking a perfect work-life balance. It is a must especially for working women like me! Yes, seriously. Sometimes I feel like stretching the number of hours in a day for more than 24 hours.

However, another thing is much required to strike the perfect work-life balance – to be in the right job. But, the question is, how will you know that you’re in the right job?

Here’s a checklist:

You look forward to going to office or login from home

Do you look forward to going to the office on a Sunday evening? If yes, then you’re in a right job. You look forward to a weekend after 5-days of work; but, the thought of going to the office on a Monday makes you equally happy.

Working makes you energetic

You are always full of energy and never dread any new work. You enjoy the time you work in the office. Instead of looking at your watch and calculating the hours left to go back home, you focus on completing the required work within the definite time period.

You’re giving required output (Or even exceeding expectations)

You never have to worry about “output”; you’re always coming up with new ideas, pitching in where required, helping your colleagues,… even planning an event is your stress buster. You don’t have to think about meeting your target because you usually exceed expectations.

You are constantly learning

You are sure to get job satisfaction when you are constantly learning and you love that. A job becomes boring when you don’t have to learn anything new.

Your co-workers are your friends

Are your colleagues your friends? It’s natural that there’ll be a professional competition but your colleagues shouldn’t be your enemies; otherwise, you’ll be alienated from your work. Occasional chatting with colleagues will help you work better. Moreover, an occasional coffee with your boss or manager encourages a healthy work relationship.

So, what do you feel? Are you in the right job?

One thing I didn’t mention at first. How many of us are there who’re in the right job? It’s also not possible to change job every now and then. However, we can enjoy in whatever job we are. I plan to discuss about this in my upcoming blog posts…… Do share your experience as well.
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Is job hunting a rock-hard task? Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn to the rescue!

‘Use social media to find a job’ is quite a hot topic these days. Social media has become man’s best friend in the past decade. So, why don’t you use it to find the right job this time? But, do you know how to use social media for a job search? No? Then check them out right here.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn can help you in your job search. Companies are keeping an eye on job seekers’ social media profiles. So, why not use this opportunity to attract them to your profile to get a job.

Yes! Social media can help you discover your dream job! Here’s how:

1. Facebook

Facebook has become a household name today, and almost every person has a Facebook profile of his or her own. Well, Facebook is obviously more than just “like”, “comment” and “share”. This time, use your Facebook profile to get a good job for yourself.

Almost every company has a Facebook page of its own. By liking their page, you can get regular job updates in your newsfeed section. You should set your ‘work and education’ information public and enable others to view your professional history. Who knows you may get a call from your dream company! But make sure all your professional information are up-to-date.

You can also look out for job updates that your friends are posting. The best way to get a job through Facebook is to give ‘status update’. Don’t forget to mention every job detail of yours. Let others know that you’re hunting for a job. Join and get active in different groups and communities on Facebook to help you find a job. Take a peek at the new category of “Professional Skills” in a Facebook profile’s About section under the Work and Education heading. Use your Facebook profile to its full potential to help you advance in your career.

2. Twitter

This is another popular social media networking site that provides you an opportunity to discover your dream job. Twitter is brimming with job applications and professional networking pages. You can catch hundreds or thousands of jobs via 140 character tweets each day. All you need is to keep your profile clutter free.

You should take into consideration the ‘keywords’ and ‘hashtags’ while searching for jobs on Twitter. Keywords such as “jobs,” “hiring,” etc. and career specific hashtags such as #ITJobs, #TechJobs, #Marketing, and so on are helpful for job searching. Popular hashtags like #JobListing, #Jobs, #Careers, #HR, #Marketing, etc are used by companies to help job seekers find out specific jobs related to their profile.

There is a good deal of apps and websites to get hold of a job that suits your profile. Websites like CareerArc.com (formerly known as TweetMyJobs.com) help you to find jobs on Twitter. CareerArc.com is a trustworthy recruiting tool used by companies that use social media to find candidates. This tool also helps you get customized job leads directly to your Twitter feed.

Tweeting is the best method to get in touch with like-minded people in your professional field. You can send occasional tweets and follow businesses and people that you find are relevant to your career. Twitter is beneficial in identifying hidden job leads, creating a network of industry insiders and analysing companies and interviewers. If you are already a professional, then Twitter helps you to create your personal brand. You just need to make a plan and move strategically to get the best job search benefits from Twitter.

3. LinkedIn

“LinkedIn” – this is perhaps the first professional networking site that comes to our mind when we want to find a job through social media. It was launched in 2003, and now it’s rated as the third most popular social network right after Facebook and Twitter.

LinkedIn has a jobs board that helps you find jobs in any profile and anywhere. You can easily connect to people who’ve similar career interest as yours. It allows you to share content with other professionals such as colleagues, potential employers, business partners, and new employees. LinkedIn can also be a superb marketing tool for your business.

As per LinkedIn’s Career Expert, Nicole Williams, “sharing articles or content with your network boosts your chances 10 times for getting contacted by a recruiter.” That’s because sharing content showcases your knowledge. So, share more to get noticed by the recruiters. Don’t forget to fill your profile with all the necessary details. Don’t have a LinkedIn account? Join now!

This recruiting season you should use your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles to get jobs at your fingertips.

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